Former club president, current speaker chairperson Genevieve Ford receives Helen Keller Award.

PMG PHOTO: CLARA HOWELL - Genevieve Ford received the Helen Keller Award from the Lake Oswego Lions Club.

This article has been updated from its original version.

Lake Oswego resident Genevieve Ford was honored earlier this month for the work she's been dedicated to with the Lake Oswego Lions Club.

Ford — past president of the club and current speaker chairperson and representative for the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce — received the Helen Keller Award Tuesday, July 6, for giving back to the community and aiding people with getting tested for vision and hearing.

The award — which has been given to more than 400 recipients — was created in the late 1990s as a tribute to Helen Keller. The award is given annually to a Lions Club member or nonmember. It can also go to a business or organization that has distinguished itself on behalf of sight and cares for the needs of those who are less fortunate.

"It was such a surprise because it was all members who voted on it," said Ford, who's been with the Lake Oswego club since 2016.

The club serves the community in several ways, most notably for sight, hearing and disaster relief. Members help provide eye glasses to people who cannot afford them and are involved with helping people get tested for hearing aids. The club has also been involved with donating money toward scholarships for high school seniors, various relief programs and more.

Ford has also received two awards in the past for her service with the club — the Tucker-Maxon School for the Deaf Legacy Award and the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award.

Ford has helped give back to the club — and in turn, the community — in many ways. Most notably, she helped provide scholarships to local students, participated in the coat and toy drive during the holidays, prepared thousands of masks for local residents during the pandemic and prepared the video presentation for the club's "Pancakes at Home" event.

Ford said this award is not given out annually so she considers it "quite an honor."

The Lions Club will celebrate its 75th anniversary from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lakewood Center for the Arts located at 368 South State St. on Oct. 16. Anyone who is interested in what the club does can attend the brunch.

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