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News and Events

Plan to Join SAVI in March

If you or a family member has a vision problem, mark your calendar and plan to attend one of our March activities. Our next meeting will be held from 1-3 PM (Central Time) on March 13 at Wing Avenue Baptist Church at 628 Wing Avenue in Owensboro. Members will complete ceramics projects selected at the February meeting, share ideas/information and more.

Two workshops are planned from 10 AM to noon at Wing Avenue Baptist Church. Gardening will be the topic on March 15 while the March 29 workshop will focus on sharing safe cooking strategies and techniques.

If you like to bowl, consider bowling with us from 1:30-3:30 PM on March 17. Reservations are required by noon on March 16.

For further information about SAVI or to make bowling reservations, call 270-684-4418.

Support SAVI When Shopping At Kroger

the Support Alliance of the Visually Impaired (SAVI) is now enrolled in the Kroger Community Rewards Program. When you use your Kroger Plus card to purchase qualified items at Kroger stores in the Louisville division serving many cities in parts of Kentucky, Southern Indiana and Southern Illinois, you can elect to have a percentage of your purchase come back to support SAVI. If you do not already have a Kroger Plus card, they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger. (We are not sure whether or not purchases made using a Kroger card at Ruler Foods count.)

Once you have the card, sign up online and register your card with the Support Alliance of the Visually Impaired or by using SAVI’s NPO number 85402 when visiting the Kroger Community Rewards website. If you do not have a computer, Call 800-576-4377, select option 4 to get your Kroger Plus card number using your phone number.

SAVI is a support group for visually impaired adults and their families in the Owensboro area which meets monthly. For more information call 270-684-4418.

Share this with your family and friends and encourage them to sign up to support SAVI when shopping at Kroger!!

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!

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 owensboro@kentucky-acb.org.
Link to the article here.

Upcoming Events

  • March 5 - SAVI Activities and Projects Committee on conference line, 7 PM.
  • March 12 - SAVI Budget Committee on conference line, 7 PM.
  • March 13 - March Meeting, 1-3 PM Central. Wing Avenue Baptist Church, 628 Wing Avenue, Owensboro. Information, 270-684-4418.
  • March 13 - SAVI Board Meeting on conference line, 7 PM.
  • March 15 - SAVI Workshop: Gardening. 10 AM to noon Central. Wing Avenue Baptist church, 628 Wing Avenue, Owensboro. Information, Rick Boggess at 270-684-4418 or Bill Roberts at 270-485-8170, owensboro@kentucky-acb.org.
  • March 17 - 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 March 16) 270-684-4418.
  • March 29 - SAVI Workshop: Cooking Safety and Strategies. 10 AM to noon Central. Wing Avenue Baptist church, 628 Wing Avenue.
  • April 9 - SAVI Activities and Projects Committee on conference line, 7 PM.
  • April 9 - SAVI Budget Committee on conference line, 7 PM.
  • April 10 - April Meeting. Gay Pannel, independent living specialist from Kentucky Office for the Blind, will share independent living tips. 1-3 PM Central. Wing Avenue Baptist Church, 628 Wing Avenue, Owensboro. Information, 270-684-4418.
  • April 10 - SAVI Board Meeting on conference line, 7 PM.
  • April 12 - SAVI Workshop: Cooking Safety and Strategies. 10 AM to noon Central. Wing Avenue Baptist church, 628 Wing Avenue, Owensboro. Information, Rick Boggess at 270-684-4418 or Bill Roberts at 270-485-8170, owensboro@kentucky-acb.org.
  • April 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 April 13) 270-684-4418.
  • April 26 - SAVI Workshop: Nutrition/Exercise. 10 AM to noon Central. Wing Avenue Baptist church, 628 Wing Avenue, Owensboro.

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 owensboro@kentucky-acb.org.

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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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