Meet SAVI from Owensboro

News and Events

Visit Us At Senior Day Out

We will have a booth at Senior Day Out at Town Square Mall in Owensboro on September 21. If you or a family member have a visual impairment, Please stop by our booth to see product demonstrations, to pick up information and to learn more about SAVI.

Make Plans to Join Us in October

If you or a family member has a vision problem, mark your calendar and plan to join us at our next meeting from 1-3 PM (Central Time) on October 10 at Wing Avenue Baptist Church at 628 Wing Avenue in Owensboro.

It was great to see everyone at our September 13 picnic. Ten members and eight guests enjoyed meals from Lee's Famous Recipe Chicken, desserts prepared by Kim Roberts and Betty Boggess and drinks provided by the Owensboro Human Relations Commission. Members also played a fun game where they learned some little known facts about each other and signed up to work at our booth at Senior Day Out at Town Square Mall on September 21.

If you have further questions or want to arrange GRITS transportation, please do not hesitate to contact us at 270-684-4418. Arrangements for GRITS pickups ($2 each way) to an from the meeting must be made by noon on October 6.

SAVI Holds First Bowling Outing

On Saturday January 14, SAVI members Bill Roberts, Betty Boggess and Rick Boggess, along with one of Bill's sons, had a chance to break in one of the new bowling rails at Diamond Lanes South. SAVI member, Anthony Cobb and his wife, dropped by to offer encouragement and had a few laughs. WE hope to have many more bowling outings throughout the year. Stay tuned.

Thank you, Owensboro Lions Club

We would like to thank the Owensboro Lions Club for its recent generous $900 donation to SAVI. This money will be used to purchase a storage unit, supplies, large print/braille games and more.

This is just one example of how, since 1920, the Owensboro Lions Club continues to support the Owensboro community!

Owensboro Health Screens for Diabetic Retinopathy

According to an article in the January 1, 2016 Owemsboro Messenger-Inquirer, two new retinal imaging cameras in use since early December at Owensboro Health will make it easier for diabetic patients to avoid vision loss by making it more convenient to screen for diabetes.

High blood sugar caused by diabetes can damage the blood vessels in the retina, leading to diabetic retinopathy which causes blood vessels in the retina to leak fluid or hemorrhage (bleed), resulting in distorted vision. Diabetic retinopathy, which often has no symptoms until it's too late, is the leading cause of preventable blindness. Damage caused by the disease is irreversible; however, it's almost 100 percent preventable if detected early. .

The new cameras, which come from IRIS, a telemedicine company, are at McAuley Primary Care, One Health Family Medicine on Breckenridge Street and Multicare Madisonville. Patients visiting their primary care physician at these sites who have not had their annual eye exam can be screened the same day in about 10 minutes in the doctor's office. It is hoped these cameras will lead to earlier and more frequent detection of this disease. Diabetes is one of the biggest diseases seen at the hospital with more than 22,000 patients seen with diabetes.

According to the article, the two cameras, which are mobile units, can also be easily transported to rural Owensboro Health sites where screenings can be conducted.

SAVI: Sharing The Word About Vision Loss

SAVI President Rick Boggess spoke to the Owensboro Lions Club about White Cane Safety Day and SAVI's history at the club's October 6 meeting at the Owensboro Country Club. The information was well received and Lions Club President Don Wilkins, a reporter for the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, interviewed SAVI members Bill Roberts and Rick Boggess for a wonderful article which appeared in the October 12 edition of the newspaper.

Link to the article here.

White Cane Day Celebration

Thanks to everyone who helped make our first White Cane Day celebration in downtown Owensboro a great success on October 20. Twenty-eight people (16 members and twelve guests) were present as Daviess County Judge Al mattingly and Owensboro mayor Ron Payne presented proclamations. Following the proclamations, SAVI President Rick Boggess presented a brief history of White Cane Safety Day. The group then enjoyed a wonderful lunch at Bee Bops, a 50-s style ddiner in downtown Owensboro. Media from the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer and channels 7 and 25 in Evansville were present to provided much appreciated coverage and publicity.

For more information call 270-684-4418 or
Link to the article here.

Upcoming Events

  • September 21 - Booth at Senior Day Out at Town Square Mall in Owensboro. 8 AM 1 PM.
  • October 2 - SAVI Activities and Projects Committee on conference line, 7 PM.
  • October 9 - SAVI Budget Committee on conference line, 7 PM.
  • October 10 - October Meeting, 1-3 PM Central. Wing Avenue Baptist Church, 628 Wing Avenue, Owensboro. Information, 270-684-4418.
  • October 10 - SAVI Board Meeting on conference line, 7 PM.
  • October 14 - SAVI Bowling Outing. 1:30-3:30 PM. $8-11 person depending on number of bowlers. diamond Lanes South, 410 Carlton Drive, Owensboro. Information/registration (by noon on October 13) 270-684-4418.

About Us

The Support Alliance of the Visually Impaired (SAVI) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit which promotes public awareness about visual impairment and blindness. SAVI is a major local resource for blind and low vision adults and their families in the Owensboro area.

Visually impaired adults and/or their family members from the Owensboro area are encouraged to join SAVI's monthly meetings. Past meeting topics have included estate planning, emergency preparedness, accessible prescription labels, diabetes, accessible voting, Smart911, dealing with anxiety/depression, technology demonstrations, the Daviess County Public Library, and more.

SAVI meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Wing Avenue Baptist Church in Owensboro.

SAVI began with small group meetings in early 2013 and has shown steady growth since that time. The group registered with the Kentucky Secretary of State in August 2014, received its charter as a chapter of the Kentucky Council of the Blind in November 2014 and received its 501(c)3 letter recognizing it as a charitable nonprofit (retroactive to August 2014) in November 2016. The Kentucky Council of the Blind is the state affiliate of the American Council of the Blind.

For more information about low vision and blindness, the Support Alliance of the Visually Impaired, the Kentucky Council of the Blind or the American Council of the Blind, call (270)684-4418 or email

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2017 Officers

  • President: Rick Boggess
  • Vice President: Winter Renfrow
  • Secretary: Betty Boggess
  • Treasurer: Bill Roberts
  • Director: Sheryl Lott

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