The Glasses for All (GFA) program was started in 2011.  The program is funded from grants obtained through local agencies, such as: Austin Bailey Health & Wellness Foundation, The Aultman Foundation, and most recently the Stark Community Foundation.


The new program Glasses for All II, started in September 2014.  This expanded version of the original GFA, now gives the recipient of the "Voucher", coverage for the eye exam, as well as the cost of the frames and lenses.  (limits do apply). 


This program is designed to help those in need of glasses, who have no insurance coverage for glasses and limited income.


Please contact the Society Office at 330-453-9157 to obtain an application.   

Social Hall Available for Rent

Entrace to Dining HallThe Philomatheon Society has a lovely Hall that you can rent for your special event:  birthday, wedding or baby shower, anniversary, graduation, family gathering such as Christmas.   Also available for business meetings. 

There is an industrial kitchen available with convection oven, steam table, gas range, Bunn coffee maker.

Seating capacity is 113 people.  Five hour rental fee is $175.00.  Use of kitchen (gas appliances) $30.00.  Additional hours charged at $30.00 per hour.  Security/cleaning deposit $80.00.  (Sunday Surcharge $20.00 and surcharges for Holidays)

Stop in and check out this lovely space for your next gathering.  Office Hours are: Monday to Friday, 9am to 3 pm.    Or call 330-453-9157 for availability.


We now accept Visa & MasterCard.  Payment can also be made on this site through PayPal.  Please Note:  there is a 3% (three percent) service fee for PayPal, Visa, MasterCard.  Please contact office at prior to making a PayPal payment. Thank you.

(prices effective 1/1/2018, but are subject to change, without notice)

Dining Hall Kitchen Window

In March 2013, the Philomatheon Society of the Blind started the "LOVERS OF LEARNING" Book Club.  Since the word 'philomatheon' is Greek meaning lovers of learning, we only thought it appropriate for this to be the name our book club.

Our first book was: "Thunder Dog, the true story of a blind man, his guide dog and the triumph of trust at ground zero, by Michael Hingson.  Then at the end of March several of the book club members got to meet and hear Mr. Hingson speak at events held in Alliance.  

If a vision problem is keeping you from enjoying reading, please contact us, we will assist you in finding other formats for reading a book, such as; large print, E-Books and Talking Books.   ALL WELCOME - COME JOIN IN ON THE FUN


As of Jan, 2018, the Book Club is no longer meeting.  If you have an interest in a reading club, we may be able to start this group again, or get you in touch with other Book Clubs.

Board of Directors     As per the Constitution of the Philomatheon Society of the Blind, the elective officers of the Corporation shall be a Board of Directors consisting of President, Vice President,  

      Secretary, Treasurer, combined office of Assistant Secretary & Assistant Treasurer, and four Directors.

     The President, Vice President, Secretary, and a majority of the Board must be legally blind.


President:  David Miller

Vice President:  Mary Pool

Secretary:  Jeri Lee Weatherholt

Treasurer:  Shirley Zelina

Assistant Secretary/Treasurer:  Deana Smith

Board of Directors:

Denise Dessecker

Jeff Murray

Mary Jean Gross

Judy Oddi



Effective:  January 20, 2018

  • Classes - Braille and Technology
  • Scholarships
  • Talking Book Program thru the Library of Congress
  • Visual Aids
  • Help Links

Photo:  CCTV "Closed Circuit Television.  A desktop magnification system.  If you live in Stark County, we may be able to loan you one of these machines at no charge.  Contact the office 330-453-9157, to get information about CCTV's and set up a time to stop in and see if this machine will help you. 

Closed Curcuit TV