OGEHR’s Instrument Loan Program is overseen by the OGEHR Programs Committee. Currently, there are two, three-octave sets of handbells (one Malmark and one Schulmerich). There are also eight sets of handchimes (Malmark and Schulmerich, ranging from three octaves to five octaves). The instruments are available for a one year loan period, with the possibility of extending the loan period. Foam pads are provided with each instrument loan.
The instruments have been successfully loaned to schools, churches, and community groups, allowing the groups to experience ringing with the loaner instruments while they work on fundraising to purchase their own instruments.
To request the loaner bells or chimes, a current Affiliate membership in OGEHR must be held, and a loan application completed, accompanied by proof of insurance. To request an application, please contact Barbara Peaker, Instrument Loan Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.