Fall/Winter 2008 Bulletin

ICUB BULLETIN

FALL/WINTER 2008

Published by

IOWA COUNCIL OF THE UNITED BLIND

Web Site: www.acb.org/iowa

Affiliate of the American Council of the Blind


Robert Spangler, President

1505 W. 4th St.

Vinton, IA 52349

(319) 472-4843

E-MAIL: Ka0wjz@comspeed.net


Stephanie Hunolt, Editor

1016 Millwood Dr. Apt D

KIRKSVILLE, MO 63501

(660) 665-2404

E-MAIL: msmouse74@sbcglobal.net


Donna Seliger, Treasurer

3912 S.E. 5th St.

Des Moines, IA 50315

(515) 284-0505 – home

(515) 360-6949 – cell

E-MAIL: dseliger@worldnet.att.net


Jo Ann Slayton, Secretary

4013 30th St.

Des Moines, IA 50310

(515) 279-4284 – home

(515) 710-7875 – cell

Slayton4284@msn.com




ICUB OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS


Robert Spangler, President - Vinton, (319) 472-4843

Mike Hoenig, Immediate Past President - Davenport, (563) 344-8787

Dee Clayton, First Vice President - Pleasantville, (515) 848-5007

Barb Richmond, Second Vice President - Iowa City, (319) 358-9894

Jo Ann Slayton, Secretary - Des Moines, (515) 279-4284

Donna Seliger, Treasurer - Des Moines, (515) 284-0505

Joyce Davis, Director - Fort Dodge, (515) 955-1634

Sandy Feldman, Director - Pleasantville, (515) 250-9159

Ruth Hamdorf, Director - Marion, (319) 373-8608

Craig Slayton, Director - Des Moines, (515) 279-4284

Rose Stratton, Director - Maquoketa, (563) 652-2546

Shirley Wiggins, Director - Cedar Rapids, (319) 362-7138

Stephanie Hunolt, Director – Kirksville, (660) 665-2404

Robert Nesler, Director – Dubuque, (563) 557-0987





CHANGE OF FORMAT OR RETURNING CASSETTES

Anyone who cannot read this print bulletin or finds it difficult to have it read or wish an e-mail or cassette may receive a copy at no charge. Please contact Jo Slayton at (515) 279-4284 to request an alternative format. Cassette readers are always invited to keep their copy of the Bulletin. However, if you would like to return cassettes when you are finished with them, please place in a NEW standard mailing envelope, write “Free Matter For the Blind” in the upper right hand corner, and return to the editor using the address on the front of this Bulletin. Also, please remember to contact the editor if your address changes. The Post Office rarely provides us with a new address when someone moves. We want to make sure that anyone who wants to receive a Bulletin gets one!



SELECTING ICUB AS A BENEFICIARY

If you or a friend would like to remember the Iowa Council of the United Blind in your will, you may do so by using the following language: “I grant, devise, or bequeath unto the Iowa Council of the United Blind, a non-profit charitable organization, the sum of ______ dollars, ____ percent of my net estate, or the following stocks and bonds (please list them) to be used for its worthy purposes on behalf of blind persons.” If your wishes are more complex, you may have your attorney call (515) 279-4284, or write Iowa Council of the United Blind, 4013 30TH Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50310.


TABLE OF CONTENTS


Note from the Editor 4

Chapter Reports

Cedar Rapids 4-5

Waterloo 5-6

Des Moines 6-7

Dubuque 7

2008 ICUB Resolutions Adopted 8-12

Sad News

Adelaide Louise Ceglar dies 12-13

Bonnie Mitchell Baker dies 13-14

Karen A. Keninger appointed Director

of Iowa Dept. for the Blind 14-15

In the News

Announcing Next Generation

Perkins Brailler 15-16

New Crosswalk Safety System

For Visually Impaired 17-18

Upcoming Events 19



NOTE FROM THE EDITOR


Thank you for your support in submitting articles for the ICUB newsletter. Due to health concerns and computer issues, I am resigning from the position of Editor. I have enjoyed the position and appreciate everyone’s contributions to the newsletter. Thank you Donna for appointing me to this position. If anyone is interested in taking over as Editor, please contact Robert Spangler, President. Please consider this my official resignation.


Stephanie Hunolt



CHAPTER REPORTS



Cedar Rapids Chapter

By Shirley Wiggins


Hello, our last meeting was held Oct. 14th. Robert Spangler gave a short report on his trip to the A. C. B. convention. By acclamation we are keeping the same officers and board members for another year. They are…President Ruth Hamdorf, Vice President Eldred Gerhold, Secretary Judy McCarty, Treasurer Shirley Wiggins. Board members Ruth Failor, Burnadette Parcell, and Dove Tanner. With that being done, we paid dues. We then talked about last August's picnic and want to thank all of you for helping to make it another successful day. With that said, we want to invite you to our Christmas party the 29th of November. This year we are having it at 1195 Boyson Road Hiawatha IA. Hiawatha is a little suburb of Cedar Rapids. There is a Boyson Road exit off interstate 380 and I'm told you can see the Pizza Ranch from there. Again, the party is at the Pizza Ranch at 1195 Boyson Road Hiawatha IA. Time- 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The auction this year will consist of only goodies; candy, cookies, breads, cakes, anything good and sweet.

Now for the Support Group. We also had a picnic the 3rd of September. Good food, solos by Eldred Gerhold, Jonathan Ice and the accordion by Shirley Wiggins. In October Delorus Reisinger, Jonathan Ice and I talked to the group on the importance of the white cane and then we had an open discussion on the importance of reading and writing Braille, each of us telling our greatest uses of it. This month we will ask everyone to tell us of something they are very thankful for. I have so very much to be thankful for I don't know where to start. We will also make some plans for our Christmas meeting.

Have a happy holiday season. Shirley Wiggins



Waterloo Chapter

By Gloria O’Neal

Dedicated to the Memory of Louise Ceglar



Fall is upon us once again, and with that, time to turn back our clocks. In remembering that, it got me thinking about the changes that have happened in my life since accepting that my vision was progressively getting worse. The first change was going into the Department for the Blind, a challenge that I now wish that I had invested more time and energy into as it was the stepping stone into functioning as a blind person. Another change was accepting Louise Ceglar's invitation to join the Waterloo Chapter of ICUB.

Louise was a person who looked beyond the flaws and saw the good in everyone She was a loving person who did her best to enrich the lives of everyone that she encountered. I enjoyed listening to her talk about the neighborhood that she grew up in as it is in the area that I grew up in also. Louise was a great grandmother and I enjoyed getting grandmother lessons from her. Louise did her best to make sure that each and every job that she took on was done to the best of her ability. She will be greatly missed by all.

With our next meeting we will be electing officers and trying to reorganize the group as we are now down to 5 members, 3 of which are blind.

As always, may God continue to bless and keep you.

Gloria O'Neal


Des Moines Chapter

By Dee Clayton



Happy Holidays to All from the Des Moines Chapter,

It is getting that time of year to start thinking of new officers and also Christmas parties.

Des Moines will be holding elections for officers and board members on Nov. 14th.

Well, it is time to think about partying for Christmas. The Des Moines chapter is having the Christmas party at a new location this year due to the closing of Judge Roy Bean's

Our party this year will be on Dec. 6, 2008 at noon. It will be at Mr. Fillet's or as many of you know it George's on Seventh Street just off Grand Avenue North.

Meals are: steak, grilled chicken or ham including salad, desert and drink. The cost is $20 plus tip.

We will be having a gift exchange for people that are interested, door prizes and an auction.

You should have your letter by the time you read this. There is an enclosed envelope addressed back to me to send your order and money in. Please, remember you cannot send this back Free Reading Matter.

Hope to have a great turn out.

By the time you here from Des Moines Chapter it will be about spring.

Everyone have a great holiday and take care through the coming months.

Dee Clayton


Dubuque chapter

By Bob Nesler


We had a few of our members go to the picnic in Cedar Rapids, which turned out to be a good day and outing for them. We had a reasonably good turn out for our annual banquet in September. We had the usual good dinner with swiss steak and trimmings, the Dubuque Colts gave us some good music, and Rose Straton did a good auction with several to help. There was an interesting speaker, a local priest invited by Gene Scholtes. Einez Schultz always comes up with a favor for each person, which is much appreciated. We were sorry to miss our faithful Cedar Rapids Chapter members due to the tragic death of their driver, Laura, which happened just before the Banquet. One of our members, Shirley Conrad, has been having a very difficult time lately with the death of her companion, Bill and her declining health. She has been hospitalized several times in the last few months because she has difficulty breathing. Bulah Matalaslo has also been hospitalized several times in the last few months with a similar condition. Our prayers are with them both.


Some of our members will be going to the Christmas event in Cedar Rapids which we are working on now. Our Chapter plans to have a Christmas party at the house of Gaby and Bob Nesler, that's me.


Best wishes from all of us to all of you for a wonderful Holiday season!


Bob Nesler




RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED AT THE 2008 ICUB STATE CONVENTION


ICUB RESOLUTION 2008-01


SUBJECT: OUT-OF-STATE TRAINING


WHEREAS, The Iowa Department for the Blind receives state and federal funds for the purpose of training blind Iowans; and


WHEREAS, for many years it was the practice for the three-member Commission for the Blind to accept out-of-state trainees only after it had been ascertained that no Iowans were awaiting training opportunities and that home states of out-of-state trainees were willing to pay for the training; and


WHEREAS, for the last several years out-of-state trainees have been accepted who did not meet the two criteria, forcing the citizens of Iowa to pay for the rehabilitation of individuals from other states; and


WHEREAS, the Iowa Department for the Blind has recently been terminating staff due to a shortage of state and federal funding;


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Iowa Council of the United Blind in convention assembled this fourth day of May 2008 in the city of Des Moines, that this organization calls on the three-member Commission for the Blind to reestablish out-of-state trainee criteria so as to require that Iowa state residents have a priority and out-of-state trainees have their expenses paid by their state of residence; and


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this resolution be sent to the three-member Commission for the Blind; The Honorable Chet Culver, Governor of the State of Iowa; The Honorable David A. Vaudt, CPA, State Auditor; and other state officials as appropriate.


ICUB RESOLUTION 2008-02


SUBJECT: OUT-OF-STATE TRAVEL BY ORIENTATION STUDENTS


WHEREAS, it has long been the practice of the Iowa Department for the Blind’s Adult Orientation Center to take a variety of field trips including: Camping, hiking, visiting other training centers, and tours of historical sites; and


WHEREAS, the Iowa Council of the United Blind has long been a supporter of this policy, believing that a variety of benefits result from such activities; and


WHEREAS, it has been noted by this organization that some of this type of activity has been expanded with many miles of unnecessary travel and expense without additional training benefit, i.e., a trip to Canada and another to Yellow Stone Park during the last two years; and


WHEREAS, it is this organization’s opinion that these extended field trips add a great deal of expense with little or no training benefit;


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Iowa Council of the United Blind in convention assembled this fourth day of May 2008, in the city of Des Moines, that this organization urges the three-member Commission for the Blind to adopt procedures which have the effect of keeping most field trips within the borders of the state of Iowa, or in the case of visitations to other training facilities, to states contiguous to Iowa; and


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Commission monitor this activity by requiring notification of all such trips; and


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this resolution be sent to the three-member Commission for the Blind; The Honorable Chet Culver, Governor of the State of Iowa; The Honorable David A. Vaudt, CPA, State Auditor; and other state officials as appropriate.


ICUB RESOLUTION 2008-03


SUBJECT: OUT-OF-STATE STAFF TRAVEL.


WHEREAS, it has been the practice of the Iowa Department for the Blind for the last several years to send multiple individuals: Four, five, six and more to out-of-state conferences under the guise of training; and


WHEREAS, a new all-time record was set during the past year with 13 staff members being sent at one time to the National Federation of the Blind Baltimore Office; and


WHEREAS, even if the travel expenses for these 13 staff were paid by a third party, their absence necessarily had a negative impact on service provision to blind Iowans; and


WHEREAS, it has long been recognized by experts in the field of training that one or two trainees are sufficient to train other staff, thereby reducing expense and interruption of direct services; and


WHEREAS, the Iowa Department for the Blind has been forced to reduce staff and home training visitations due to a lack of funds;


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Iowa Council of the United Blind in convention assembled this fourth day of May 2008 in the city of Des Moines, that this organization urges the three-member Commission for the Blind to review out-of-state travel policy in an effort to reduce the number of staff attending any one training seminar or organizational meeting in order to reduce travel expenditures and improve service delivery; and


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this resolution be sent to the three-member Commission for the Blind; The Honorable Chet Culver, Governor of the State of Iowa; The Honorable David A. Vaudt, CPA, State Auditor; and other state officials as appropriate.


ICUB RESOLUTION 2008-04


SUBJECT: STATE AGENCY STAFF PARTICIPATION IN BLIND CONSUMER ORGANIZATIONS.


WHEREAS, in the mid-1970’s the Iowa Department for the Blind was heavily involved with the recruitment of members for the day-to-day operation of what is now the National Federation of the Blind of Iowa; and


WHEREAS, the merging of activities between the Iowa Department for the Blind and the National Federation of the Blind of Iowa resulted in allegations of favoritism and other charges leading to 110 days of articles in the Des Moines Register critical of the management of the Iowa Department for the Blind; and


WHEREAS, Governor Robert D. Ray found it necessary to appoint an Adhoc Committee to investigate and make recommendations regarding the management of the Iowa Department for the Blind, resulting in administrative rules limiting the participation by Department staff in CONSUMER organizational activities; and


WHEREAS, some of the staff of the Iowa Department for the Blind in the fall of 2006 staged a takeover of the National Federation of the Blind of Iowa placing one of its members in as president and controlling the Board with other staff and their spouses; and


WHEREAS, since this takeover of the National Federation of the Blind of Iowa it has been noted that there is an increased activity on the part of the staff of the Iowa Department for the Blind to recruit members for the National Federation of the blind of Iowa, including a memo from Director Harris to all staff strongly suggesting that they attend the National Federation of the Blind of Iowa convention in the fall of 2007, with expenses paid; and


WHEREAS, even more egregious, recently the most blatant, arrogant, abuse of power by a state official occurred, when letters were sent by the Department throughout the state signed by a known Department staff member, Michael D. Barber, attempting to organize chapters of the National Federation of the Blind of Iowa; and


WHEREAS, these letters were received by Iowans who are dependent on the state agency for library service, training in alternative techniques of blindness, and other assistance, such as reader service for college students and job placement, the pressure to join the National Federation of the Blind of Iowa is obvious;


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Iowa Council of the United Blind in convention assembled this fourth day of May 2008 in the city of Des Moines, that this organization calls upon the three-member Commission for the Blind to once again establish administrative rules, which severely limit the participation of Iowa Department for the Blind staff in the management of blind CONSUMER organizations, including the National Federation of the Blind of Iowa, the Iowa Council of the United Blind, and the Blind