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ICUB BULLETIN Spring 2018 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! Table of Contents President’s Message. 4 Schwann’s Fund Raiser 5 Life Coach Corner 7 The Last Roundup. 8 A New Grant for ICUB.. 9 Board Spotlight 10 Oh, No, They Changed the Website…Again! 13 BlindAlive Eyes Free Fitness. 15 Obituary: Gregory Eugene Phelps. 16 Remembering Greg. 18 Across Iowa At Large Chapter 20 Des Moines Chapter Update. 21 News you can Use. 23 ICUB Officers and Directors. 24

President’s Message

By Carrie Chapman

Happy New Year! We have hit the ground running for 2018. Our members and board have been busy working on our legislative agenda. We appreciate you taking time to write letters and make phone calls. I will also be attending the Mid-year Legislative Conference in Washington DC in February and will keep you updated as we know more. Plans are well under way for the 31st annual Iowa Council of the United Blind state Convention April 13th through the 15th. Some of this year’s highlights include: Peggy R. Garrett First Vice President - Membership Chair of the American Council of the Blind of Texas and Joel Schneider, Founding Director of the American Council of the Blind Audio Description Project. Some other highlights include: Blank Park Zoo, Hadley School for the Blind and a breakout session on fitness by our own member Teresa Gregg, just to name a few. Once again the site for this year’s convention will be the Holiday Inn and Suites, 4800 Merle Hay Road in Des Moines. The deadline to receive the special group rate is March 22, 2018 so if you have not made your reservation please do so. To reserve your room call 515-278-4755 or

800-465-4329 and ask for the ICUB special rate. Our group name is ICUB Iowa Council of the United Blind. Keep in mind cancellations are accepted until 6:00 p.m. the day of the reservation. Look for our registration packet coming out soon. Hope to see you there!

Registration is now open for the 2018 Passenger Transportation Summit. The 2018 Passenger Transportation Summit is scheduled for Thursday, May 24 from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Summit will be held at the FFA Enrichment Center on the DMACC Campus, 1055 SW Prairie Trail Parkway, Ankeny. For more information and to register go to or call Kristin Haar at 515-233-7875. We can’t make a difference if we don’t speak up.

Lastly, I wanted to tell you about the app “Be My Eyes.” Be My Eyes is an app that connects blind and visually impaired persons with sighted volunteers from around the world via live video call. The app is extremely easy to use and allows you to connect anytime to a live volunteer to help with your visual needs.

Take care and we will see you in April!

Schwann’s Fund Raiser

By Carrie Chapman and Jackie Armstrong

We are launching a fundraising activity through Schwan’s Cares and are asking for your support and involvement.

All you have to do is go on-line at from March 5 through July 19. Search for our campaign “Iowa Council of the United Blind” and order your favorite foods! You, your friends and your family can order delicious foods from Schwan's Home Service online using our

ICUB ID number, 36462, at or by phone at


With over 300 high-quality, delicious foods to choose from, and simple one-click ordering options, it’s easy to give back. ICUB will receive 20% of the sales during the first 45 days (March 5 – April 19) and 5% of the sales during the next 90 days (April 20 – July 19). This campaign will run for a total of 135 days.

Also, Schwan's eGift Cards are available for a 40% contribution to our organization during the 45 day campaign. An eGift Card is an electronic gift card available exclusively online through a campaign page. Limit one per customer, per campaign. eGift Cards do not expire and can be redeemed online, over the phone, or in person. A $25 eGift Card purchase will give a $10 contribution to our organization.

Both new and existing Schwan's customers must tie their orders to the ICUB campaign to get credit. Products are home delivered at a convenient time specified at checkout.

Existing Schwan’s customers on a designated delivery route must also order either online or over the phone to contribute to the campaign.

A credit card will be required for all fundraising orders because a contribution is being made to a non-profit organization on the customer’s behalf. You can change your payment type at the door if you are home at the time of delivery. This applies to new customers as well.

A Schwan's Home Service Route Sales Representative will personally deliver your order on the date and time you choose as part of the checkout process. If for some reason you are not home at the time of the scheduled delivery, your order will be placed in a free weather-resistant freezer bag that keeps your food frozen for up to 8 hours. If you are already an existing Schwan's Home Service customer, your order will be delivered as part of your regularly scheduled delivery. There is a customer service number to call if you have a problem or question: 1‐855‐870‐7208.

ICUB will receive a check for all funds raised upon conclusion of the first 45 days (ending on April 19th) and another check for all additional funds raised during the next 90 days (ending on July 19th.) Checks will be mailed to Jeana Mowery, treasurer, within 30 days after each profit making period.

Again, campaigns run for a total of 135 days. We will earn 20% on food purchases and 40% on eGift Cards for the first 45 days and 5% on food orders for the next 90 days.

We will invite each ICUB officer to be group members to help spread the word. The research shows that each group member that joins will raise approximately $100. We will have access to customized marketing tools to let friends and family know they can easily support ICUB and enjoy quality foods that will be delivered to them at their convenience.

We are excited to launch this new opportunity and we feel confident that you will be as excited as we are!

Life Coach Corner

My name is Teresa Gregg and I am a certified Life Coach. As a life coach I believe you have all the answers and I consider it my privilege to guide you through a journey of growth and expansion. Whether you are pursuing personal growth, leadership skills, becoming a dynamic communicator and active listener, turning your trauma into triumph, or rediscovering your passion and purpose in life…a life coach can be the key to assist you in unlocking all these hidden but accessible doors.

Here are three questions to begin to expand your thought process:

· What type of legacy do you want to pass onto your family and friends?

· What values will it take for you to begin the course of this legacy?

· How do you want to begin to lay the foundation for this legacy?

Exercise to complete:

· Answer the first question in a complete sentence.

· Make a list of 10 values that mean the most to you

· Create a first step action plan of a specific action you can incorporate to your day to begin your legacy with purpose

Teresa Gregg, CPC, is a certified life coach and owner of Lumine Your Way LLC. She can be contacted at

The Last Roundup

By Robert Spangler

As many of you know the Iowa Board of Regents has offered the campus of the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School to the City of Vinton. Once possession of the property is transferred there will be no more reunions held at that location. Since the offer was announced many alumni have suggested one last reunion with no political connections to any organization. Plans have been in the works for several months to do just that.

The reunion will be held June 1st through June 3rd on the campus of the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School in Vinton. The cost per person is $60, which includes on campus rooming for two nights and all meals, $30 for meals only and $25 for the banquet only.

Join us Friday evening for a welcome party and hayrack rides. The snack bar will also be open with lots of goodies available.

For registration information please visit,

Send your payments to: 2018 All School Reunion, P.O. Box 148, Vinton, Iowa 52349. Make your checks payable to Jeff Young.

Bring your talents and musical instruments to have some fun!

For more information contact the committee at

A New Grant for ICUB

By Sandy Tigges

In January, ICUB applied for and received a $500.00 grant from the Greater Iowa Credit Union (GICU) in Ames. These funds will be used to cover some of the costs connected with membership development, transportation, and outreach. We send a grateful thank you to GICU for its generous gift, and we hope this is just the beginning of a long-term partnership.

GICU also has offices in East Des Moines (near the fairgrounds), West Des Moines, Waukee and Dennison. GICU has a crowd funding program to help different non-profit organizations each month. Visitors to the website can contribute to the current organization by visiting

Board Spotlight

By Don Worth

In past issues of this column, I have presented board members who have had a lengthy history with ICUB and advocacy for the blind. In this issue, I thought I would present a relative new-comer to the organization and living blind – me.

When talking to the other board members, I usually start with how long have you been blind; how long have you been a member of ICUB and length on the board; what is your background. So, let’s do the same here.

I was diagnosed as being legally blind in the early 1990s when I was in my 40s. I have a career in accounting, management and fund raising in broadcasting (WOI-AM/FM/TV in Ames.) I was doing okay. Being officially blind took some getting used to.

I contacted the Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB) to see if they could help me. They provided some equipment, some counselling and some training. But, I decided to fool myself by doing as little as I could to identify myself as being blind. It took falling off curbs and ripping out the knee of my dress pants – twice – for me to decide maybe that white cane might be helpful.

I also discovered that walking down hallways not talking to people branded me as stand-offish rather than unable to see them. Using that cane opened a whole different level of conversation.

Gradually, I used my CCTV magnifier and JAWS more and more. I learned how to adapt my work space to fit my limitations. I was able to work for another 20 years. But, I never got to know any other blind people.

After I retired, I signed up for Orientation on the Road through the IDB. We spent a week at the state resort at Lake Rathbun. There were a dozen of us who were beginning to come to grips with our blindness. We did the usual activities taught at the Orientation Center but for only a week. I became more comfortable with cane travel and technology. I had my first experience with braille, which was rather traumatic since the instructor couldn’t remember my name and always called me by my brother’s name. Soon she had everyone there doing it even though they didn’t know my brother. I liked braille and decided I wanted to learn more.

But after the orientation, I didn’t encounter any more blind people. Then I got an announcement from IDB that some organization called ICUB was holding a conference in Des Moines. Surely there were going to be more blind people there. I signed up and attended the conference. That was 5 years ago. I haven’t missed a state conference since.

Two and a half years ago, I agreed to co-edit the Bulletin with Norma Boge. Last year I was elected to the board of Directors.