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Spring 2019

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An Affiliate of the American Council of the Blind

Carrie Chapman, President

200 Parkview Dr.

Waukee, IA 50263

(515) 657-1461


Don Wirth, Co-Editor

921 – 9th St., #208

Ames, IA 50010

(515) 451-3779


Sandy Tigges, Co-Editor

2904 34th St.

Des Moines, IA 50310

(515) 277-1256


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 515-281-1323 or, in Iowa, at 800-362-2587, option 3. Please direct other questions about format and address changes to Co-Editor Don Wirth.


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.


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.


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 eligible purchases. Keep in mind, if you checkout using the Amazon app on your smart phone, ICUB will not receive a donation. Use the app to put items in your cart and then complete your purchase at 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

What Has ICUB Done for You Lately? 6

What Does ACB Do for You? 8

Sometimes It’s Just Not in the Cards 11

News You Can Use 13

Fund-raising and Outreach 15

We Need Donations! 17

Life Coaching Corner 17

Diabetics in Action 18

Across Iowa At-Large Chapter Report 20

Des Moines Chapter Report 20

Digest of ICUB State Board Meeting Minutes 22

Policies enacted by the ICUB State Board 25

ICUB Officers and Directors 28

President’s Message

Hi, everyone!

I hope 2019 is off to a great start for all of you. I’m personally counting down the days until spring.

Don’t forget the 32nd Annual ICUB Conference and Convention is just around the corner. It begins Friday afternoon, April 12, 2019and will end by noon on Sunday, April 14, 2019. We already have some exciting events planned. There will be two breakout sessions on Friday afternoon. One will cover resources and apps for shopping electronically, and the other will focus on eating healthfully without breaking the bank. A highlight of Saturday morning’s session will be a presentation by Jack Fox, a Talking Book narrator for the American Printing House for the Blind. Besides his audio-book recordings, you have probably heard Jack’s voice on radio and television and at airports warning you to not leave your bags unattended and to face forward on moving sidewalks! Watch for more details to come.

Again this year the convention will be held at the Holiday Inn in Urbandale. Have you reserved your room yet? If not, I encourage you to do so by calling the Holiday Inn at 515-278-4755 or 800-465-4329. You must reserve your room by March 22, 2019 to get the discounted convention rate of $89.00 plus tax for a room with two twin beds or one king bed. Rooms are going fast so get yours reserved!

On Sunday, January 27, 2019, ICUB rolled out “Tips and Tricks with ICUB,” a platform on which members can share their experiences and knowledge on a variety of topics. Our first effort was an hour-long conference call where long-time ICUB member, Creig Slayton, talked and answered questions about ways to contact and share your concerns with your State Representative and State Senator. We were pleased to have approximately 20 people join the call. We are planning to have another conference call sometime in March on the topic of iPhone basics. I will be sending out more information as it becomes available. We would love to have you join us at our next meeting. If you have any topics you would like to see us cover, please email me at:

I want to share with you a handy resource called the Washington Connection, a legislative and information service provided by the American Council of the Blind. You can access it by going to the ACB website at and then clicking on the Washington Connection quickLink, or by calling 1-800-424-8666. The service is updated frequently whenever there is new information to be shared. It is a great way to stay informed on what’s happening at the national level. The ACB website is also a good source for a lot of valuable information. Check it out.

Finally, remember to like us on Facebook and to check out our website for links to other valuable resources at .

Stay warm and we will see you in April!

Carrie Chapman, President

Editor’s Note: Many people are involved in writing, editing, proofreading, printing, and mailing out the ICUB Bulletin. We especially want to thank Catherine Witte for the hours she spends carefully copy-editing and proofreading each issue. As the following article illustrates, Catherine is also a very talented writer who is committed to the goals of ICUB.

What Has ICUB Done for You Lately?

Catherine Witte

What have you done for me lately?

Let me rephrase that.

What has ICUB done for you lately?

We have sponsored increasingly diverse conventions offering a broad array of presenters on such topics as technology, transportation, legislative issues, and adaptive sports. We have arranged breakout sessions on subjects ranging from self-defense to iPhone use to exercise techniques to petting zoos. We have brought in an increasing number of exhibitors on products and services of interest to blind Iowans, panel presentations by blind college students and employees in various fields, and nationally and internationally known speakers on the latest services technology can provide to blind individuals.

In recent years, in collaboration with the American Council of the Blind radio services, we have streamed our annual State Conference and Convention for the benefit of members who cannot personally attend.

We have established a statewid