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ICUB BULLETIN Fall 2017 Published by the IOWA COUNCIL OF THE UNITED BLIND Web Site: An Affiliate of the American Council of the Blind Carrie Chapman, President 200 Parkview Dr. Waukee, IA 50263 (515) 657-1461 E-Mail: Norma A. Boge, Co-Editor 2324 Riverwoods Ave. Des Moines, IA 50320-2808 (515) 288-1938 E-Mail: Don Wirth, Co-Editor 921 – 9th St., #208 Ames, IA 50010 (515) 451-3779 E-Mail: SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION: The ICUB Bulletin is available in large print, via email, and on an NLS-compliant digital audio cartridge. To subscribe to the cartridge edition, please contact the Iowa Department for the Blind Library at 515-281-1368 or in Iowa 800-362-2587, ext. 1-1368. Please direct other questions about format and address changes to Co-Editor Norma A. Boge. 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, IA 50310. DONATING YOUR VEHICLE TO BENEFIT ICUB Do you need to dispose of a used vehicle? ICUB's Used Vehicle Donation Program offers a perfect solution. Your vehicle will be picked up from your home and sold at auction. A portion of the proceeds go directly to ICUB. You claim a tax deduction equal to the dollar value of the vehicle. Call 800-899-4925 for more information. SHOPPING TO BENEFIT ICUB! Are you an online shopper? You can help ICUB secure some additional funds when you shop at There, enter your e-mail address and password. You will be prompted to shop for the charity Amazon is promoting that day or to select your own. In the dialog box for selecting your own, type our name, Iowa Council of the United Blind. We will be the charity of choice each time you shop at ICUB will receive 0.5% of the value of purchases. If you do not yet have an account at Amazon, go to their website, establish an account, and then go to to make your purchases. Happy shopping! Contents President’s Message. 4 Animal Puzzles and Fidget Spinners. 5 Trivia Bowl Provides Fun, Frustration. 7 Between the Lines. 9 The Good Old Days. 11 ACB Midwest Leadership Conference. 12 Obituaries. 13 Calling All Diabetics. 15 An Introduction to Reflexology. 16 Across Iowa at Large Chapter 17 Des Moines Chapter Report 18 Membership Committee Update. 20 Trivia Bowl 2017 answers. 21 ICUB Officers and Directors. 22

President’s Message

By Carrie Chapman

Hi Everyone!

Are you ready for the cold weather? This is the time of year that I wonder why I’m not somewhere warm. It’s also that time of year that I enjoy having family get-togethers and meeting with friends for the holidays. It’s the one time of year that everyone seems to make an honest effort to spend time together.

In July you sent me to the ACB national convention in Sparks, Nevada. It was a jammed packed week with lots of great information. Some of the highlights for me included updates on driverless cars. New and upcoming assistive technology. An update from Karen Keninger of the National Library Service. Many breakout sessions and a huge exhibit hall. I also always enjoy networking with members from all over. Thank you once again for allowing me to represent ICUB and attend this convention.

Speaking of convention, it’s not too early to start planning to attend next year’s ICUB convention. Dates are April 13-15, 2018, and we’ll again be at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites, Des Moines Northwest.

Our website has a new look and we now have a toll free number. That number is 1-866-436-0141. We are getting things in order and will do our best to keep everything as up to date as possible. Please feel free to let Robert Spangler know of upcoming events for your chapter that you would like to share or items of interest. In addition, we are now on Newsline. This will allow us to keep you up to date on things going on. Chapters will also be able to utilize this as well. We are really excited about all of this so check out our website and our channel on Newsline! Don’t forget to like us on Facebook as well.

The app I want to tell you about this time is called

Seeing A. I. This app is produced by Microsoft. The app is free and allows you to scan barcodes of any kind and get descriptions of products. It can read short and long text. Give descriptions of people and also scenery. I use this app all the time and would highly recommend it.

Have a wonderful holiday season and stay warm!

Animal Puzzles and Fidget Spinners

By Sandy Tigges

On July 31, the Des Moines Chapter of ICUB hosted a party for nine transition students at the Iowa Department for the Blind. Several transition staff were also in attendance. The goals were to inform students about ICUB and to help them understand the importance of teamwork, especially in relation to consumer organizations of the blind.

The planning committee decided the best way to achieve this goal was to divide the students into teams assigned with the task of assembling twelve-piece puzzles while wearing their sleepshades. Each puzzle had the picture of a different animal—a dog, a cat, a bird, and a fish. To shake things up a little, each team had one puzzle piece that belonged to another team, forcing them to negotiate with each other to get their piece back. The first team to get their puzzle put together correctly would win a prize—a shiny new fidget spinner.

After all of the puzzles were assembled, the students discussed their use of teamwork, how they got their puzzle piece back, and how their activity related to the importance of joining a consumer organization like ICUB. Two teams were slower getting their puzzles together because they relied on just one member to do the work. Another team lost because they gave away without negotiating the extra puzzle piece they had. The team they gave it to won the prize, both because they quickly had all of their pieces and because they held longer onto the piece they had that another team needed. They talked about the behaviors that helped the winning team finish first and why the other teams had more problems. They then discussed how consumer organizations like ICUB use teamwork and negotiation skills to achieve their goals.

The students also experienced some unexpected benefits from this activity. One student had never assembled a puzzle before and learned how to do it with the prompting of some staff. Learning to write Braille with a slate and stylus, the students were astonished at how quickly Jo Slayton could write down their names and email addresses. They discovered that, with practice, they could learn to write that quickly themselves.

After the activity and discussion were over, everyone enjoyed eating pizza and cookies. They also took the time to get to know each other a little better. By the end of the evening, both the students and ICUB members agreed it had been a good event and were looking forward to another one next summer.

Trivia Bowl Provides Fun, Frustration

By Catherine Witte

Hey, trivia fans! Des Moines Chapter members, families and friends met Saturday, November 4, to tax our brains yet again with several series of impossible-to-remember-the answer-to questions. One highlight of the event is that a couple of our members who have been somewhat homebound recently were able to be with us. Both Arlo and Elsie Monthei attended, along with their granddaughter, Izzy, aka, Isadora. And John and Brenda Criswell joined us as well.

Our turnout was a little lower—nothing like a couple of major football contests for Iowa and ISU to keep devout Hawkeyes and Cyclones at home. But we did raise $270.00 to be distributed to charities selected by the winning team, The Blueberries. Team members included the Montheis, April Reames, J. R. Swank, Steve Hagemoser, and Becky Dunkerson. Two other teams formed and competed: The WD50s and Dave (…it’s a long story related to the question asked 2 years in a row what the meaning of “WD” in the product WD 40 was and the average age of team members…), and The 7-Ups.

Okay. So here are a few of the most memorable questions. Remember the rules. No Googling. Put your smartphone or your new $1,000 iPhone 10 in the other room. No reaching out to friends and family, no matter how brilliant they are. And, go!

1. What is the meaning of the phrase, “Caveat emptor”?

2. How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll pop? (Someone from Purdue University actually did a study on this to arrive at the answer…!)

3. How many ounces are there in a gallon?

4. Which state is the “Last Frontier State?”

5. Name the three sons in the TV series, “Eight is enough.”

6. Who competed in the “Mother’s Day Massacre” tennis match?

7. In A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh books, which characters are not based on stuffed animals from his son’s collection?

8. In the novel, “Pride and Prejudice” who is Elizabeth Bennet’s chief antagonist?

9. What footwear was invented in 1815?

10. What do the initials IBM stand for?

11. Recite a portion of the lyrics to the theme song for TV’s “The Brady Bunch.”

12. Name the five living former Presidents of the United States in order of age, oldest to youngest.

13. George Springer of the Houston Astros hit five home runs during the 2017 World Series. Name two other players who accomplished the same feat.

14. What animal is Pearl, a friend of SpongeBob Square Pants, in the animated TV series?

15. Create as many words, 3 letters or longer, as you can out of the word “pumpkin.” Twenty-three is reported to be the maximum number possible.

There were several audio music and movie clip clues which we cannot replicate here. You might want to watch “On the Waterfront,” featuring Marlon Brando, or “La La Land,” starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone to get the feel of the clues. Or you might want to listen to Bobby Darin’s recording of “Mack the Knife,” The Four Tops, “Reach Out,” “Keep on believin’” by Journey, or “Little Red Corvette” by Prince. In a nod to the senior team, one clue was a hit recording by Lawrence Welk and his orchestra, “Baby Elephant Walk.” Our excuse for not realizing it was Mr. Welk’s work is that it lacked that champagne music touch!


Between the Lines

By Don Worth

Tracks used for track and field events are smooth, comfortable and easy to walk on. After all they are made to allow runners to negotiate them in the fastest, most efficient and healthy way.

For blind folks they would seem a good place to get some good exercise without the issue of uneven sidewalks and curbs. Not to mention cars, bikes and other vehicles.

However, tracks do have some limitations for blind folks. Tracks have lanes. To limit the potential of running into each other, track users should stay in their lanes. That’s easier said than done if you can’t see the lanes.

Tracks also have rounded corners. When that blind guy is out walking in a good straight line, he’s likely to head right off the track – not so good.

Kyle Rector is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Iowa. She is working on a project to help blind folks navigate tracks so we can enjoy the benefits. Kyle has been working with blind participants to test some of the solutions she is developing. I had the opportunity to be one of her study participants.

I met Kyle at the Ames High School track on a Wednesday in October. We had the track to ourselves for about an hour and a half before the football team arrived for practice in the center of the track. After gathering some background information for the study’s database, Kyle set me up with a cell phone around my abdomen. The cell phone’s camera was fixed directly in front of me. I was also given a set of head phones to receive directions from the phone. We would then set up in a lane. Upon the instruction to start, I would walk straight ahead (as best I could). If I veered too far to the left or right and crossed the line at the side of the lane, I would receive directions to move back left or right so I was again in the center of the lane. We tested four different methods of feedback.

After the first set of tests, we tested each feedback method while walking around the curves of the track. On both the straightaways and the curves, Kyle would walk along side in case someone ventured in front or something was on the track.

I found most of the feedback methods helpful and easily learned. I also enjoyed walking on the track. There were fewer things to listen and watch out for than when walking in my neighborhood. I was able to walk faster and more comfortably.

Kyle got interested in designing software solutions for blind folks during her graduate studies at the University of Washington. She is continuing to gather data for this project. She also hopes to work on other projects. If you would be interested in finding out more about Kyle and possibly participating in any of her studies, check out her web site

The Good Old Days

A computer was something on TV from a science fiction show of note A window was something you hated to clean and ram was the cousin of a goat.

Meg was the name of someone's girlfriend and gig was a job for the nights Now they all mean different things and that really megabytes. An application was for employment a program was a TV show A cursor used profanity and a keyboard was a piano. Memory was something that you lost with age a CD was a bank account And if you had a 3 inch floppy you hoped nobody found out. Compress was something you did to the garbage not something you did to a file And if you unzipped anything in public you'd be in jail for a while. Log on was adding wood to the fire hard drive was a long trip on the road A mouse pad was where a mouse lived and a backup happened to your commode. Cut you did with a pocket knife paste you did with glue A web was a spider's home and a virus was the flu. I guess I'll stick to my pad and paper and the memory in my head I hear nobody's been killed in a computer crash but when it happens they’ll wish they were dead. Author Unknown

ACB Midwest Leadership Conference

The ACB Midwest Leadership Conference was held in Omaha on August 4-5. Teresa Gregg, Carrie Chapman and Lori Trujillo were on the planning committee for this conference. On average this committee plans for a conference about every three years, and previous events were held in Saint Louis in 2011 and 2014. Thirty people attended this conference in Omaha. Some of the topics discussed were navigating and balancing life/work/ACB, ACB fundraising, leading your friends in ACB, using a guide dog and how to network using social media. Teresa Gregg was a presenter on two of these panel presentations. As a new ACB member attending her first National event, Ms. Gregg was surprised to see the passion, dedication and desire to implement new strategies to help grow ACB in the Midwest. The interactive discussions and leadership styles being presented were energizing and fun. She can’t wait to help plan the next Leadership Conference!

This conference was also streamed live on ACB Radio with the help of Larry Turnbull and Tyler Juranek. It was a great time of mixing old with new ideas, strategizing, fellowship and sharing. The main theme which kept popping up was learning how to obtain a harmonious balance by aligning your values with your work, life and ACB activities. Creating personal boundaries and learning to communicate them to your family, co-workers and ACB colleagues resonated with many attendees. The conference concluded with a banquet while each member shared what he/she learned as a leader.


Beulah Mae Bartlett died on October 21, 2017, at the age of 93 in hospice care after falling in her home.

Born Beulah Mae Reader on September 6, 1924 in Warren, Illinois, to Nellie F. (Meyer) Reader and Harry Hudson Reader, she graduated with a B.S. degree in teaching and business from the University of Dubuque and began her career teaching business subjects in Scranton, Iowa high school, where she met and married her husband of 66 years, Donald L. Bartlett. She was predeceased by her husband, Don, in 2013, and by her younger daughter, Jilane Mildred (Bartlett) Pratt in 2011. Beulah’s older daughter, Judy, lives with her husband in Marietta, Georgia. Beulah is also survived by her brother, Fred Reader, of Merrill, Wisconsin, and by her many nieces and nephews.

Beulah and Don raised their two daughters in Des Moines where Beulah taught at the Iowa Commission for the Blind. After retiring, they moved to a home on Lake Ponderosa in Montezuma. Later they moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico, where they continued to enjoy retirement and made many dear and fast friends of fellow mall walkers and bridge players. Beulah lived her last 6 months at the Winnwood Retirement Community in Marietta, Georgia, winning regularly at Bingo, playing bridge, reading, baking bread and entertaining the other residents with her piano playing of songs from the 1940s and other popular music. Beulah was loved and will be missed by her