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Fall/Winter 2008 Bulletin



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Affiliate of the American Council of the Blind

Robert Spangler, President

1505 W. 4th St.

Vinton, IA 52349

(319) 472-4843


Stephanie Hunolt, Editor

1016 Millwood Dr. Apt D


(660) 665-2404


Donna Seliger, Treasurer

3912 S.E. 5th St.

Des Moines, IA 50315

(515) 284-0505 – home

(515) 360-6949 – cell


Jo Ann Slayton, Secretary

4013 30th St.

Des Moines, IA 50310

(515) 279-4284 – home

(515) 710-7875 – cell


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


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!


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.


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


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


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