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Affiliate of the American Council of the Blind

Cynthia Qloud, President

1918 E. 12th

Des Moines, IA 50316

(515) 266-5110


Norma A. Boge, Co-Editor

2324 Riverwoods Ave.

Des Moines, IA 50320-2808

(515) 288-1938


Don Wirth, Co-Editor

921 – 9th St., #208

Ames, IA 50010

(515) 451-3379


Catherine Witte, Secretary

200 Parkview Dr.

Waukee, IA 50263

(515) 987-4490 – home


Jeana Mowery, Treasurer

1007 E. St. Clair

Missouri Valley, IA 51555

(712) 600-6028 – home

(712) 310-7140 – cell



Robert Spangler, Immediate Past President - Vinton, (319) 550-1748

Mike Hoenig, First Vice-President - Davenport, (563) 344-8787

Creig Slayton, Second Vice President – Des Moines, (515) 279-4284

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

Donna Seliger, Director – West Des Moines, (515) 284-0505

Arlo Monthei, Director –Des Moines, (515) 277-0442

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

Sandy Tigges, Director – Des Moines, (515) 277-1256

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

Lisa Davis, Director – Urbandale, (515) 278-2722

Carol Flickinger, Director – Rockwell City, (712) 887-1109


Anyone who cannot read this print Bulletin, finds it difficult to have it read or wishes an e-mail or cassette version may receive a copy at no charge. Please contact Jo Slayton at (515) 279-4284 to request an alternative format. Cassette readers may keep their copy of the Bulletin. However, to return cassettes when you are finished with them, please place them in a NEW standard mailing envelope, write “Free Matter for the Blind” in the upper right hand corner, and return them to the editor at the address on the front of this Bulletin. Please remember to contact the editor if your address changes. 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, 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.


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Table of Contents

President’s Letter 4

Editors’ Notes 5

Vision Loss Resource Fairs 6

2015 ICUB State Convention, April 10, 2015 – April 12, 2015 7

Friday’s Opening Session 7

Saturday’s Sessions 10

Elections 13

Banquet Highlights 13

Sunday’s Session 14

In Memoriam 14

Resolutions 15

Braille Writer Awarded 18

ACB Mid-Year Legislative Meeting Report 19

Connections Peer Support Social Network 20

Meet the Board 21

Des Moines Chapter Report 23

Des Moines Chapter Annual Picnic 24

President’s Letter

Dear Members and Supporters of ICUB,

I would like to express my thanks and the thanks of ICUB to the many individuals who helped make this year’s convention a good one.

In particular, there were several people who helped both financially and by giving their time toward putting the convention together and enabling as many people as possible to come and participate. Thank you, Creig and Jo Slayton, Sally Vander Linden, Don Wirth, Catherine and Jim Witte, Jeana Mowery, Ray Campbell, vendors presenting exhibits, and all of our trainers and speakers.

It takes a lot of effort to put on a good convention! Our program committee, Sandy Tigges, Linda Manders, Carrie Chapman, Carol Flickinger, Donna Seliger, and Cynthia Qloud, gave a great deal of time and worked hard to put together an excellent program.

We do need your help in planning our next convention. Please bring ideas to me, Cynthia Qloud (CIP). I would be happy to hear them. It is not too early to start our work for next year. Your ideas are essential to our providing presentations that will benefit you, our members.

Again, thanks much.

Cynthia Qloud, President

Editors’ Notes

We’ve been working hard to transition your Bulletin to a new committee of folks who will be responsible for all phases of getting the Bulletin to you. Many thanks go to Mike Hoenig for his years of service as editor. Mike put in countless hours assembling, editing, and formatting. It is not an easy job. Mike’s guidance and patience during our transition have been invaluable. We appreciate his help.

Speaking of transitions, the time has come for the audio cassette production of the Bulletin to come to an end. The need for change is causing us to explore some neat new ways of getting your Bulletin to you, and details will come in a future issue. If you currently receive the cassette edition and are ready to switch to either e-mail or large print, please contact one of us using the contact information at the end of this article. If you’d like to wait and see what other options emerge, that’s okay, too. We just want to make sure everyone understands our cassette duplicating machine won’t last much longer. We’re not even sure they are still being made. Stay tuned. We think you’ll be excited about what’s in the future for Bulletin delivery.

Lastly, remember this is your Bulletin. Please send us articles or stories or whatever you think might interest our members. Not a writer? That’s okay. We’ll write it--just tell us what you want to say.

You’ve waited quite a while for this issue, so let’s get to it, shall we?

Norma A. Boge and Don Wirth

Vision Loss Resource Fairs

The Iowa Department for the Blind has announced details for two upcoming Vision Loss Resource Fairs. Details follow.

Tuesday, June 23, from 12:30 P.M. to 2:30 P.M.

Iowa Department for the Blind

524 Fourth Street, Des Moines, Iowa, and

Wednesday, June 24, from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Broadway United Methodist Church

11 South 1st Street, Council Bluffs, Iowa

These events are free and open to the public. Information and items on display will include:

• Large print and audio reading books delivered to your home by mail • Free newspaper reading programs • Resources to assist with completing schoolwork • Vocational Rehabilitation Services for retaining or seeking employment • Computer speech programs, CCTV’s and text-to-speech technology • Devices to help with everyday activities -- talking clocks, handheld magnifiers and more

• Tips on how to complete everyday tasks when vision loss makes them difficult

For more information contact Barb Weigel, Iowa Department for the Blind, (319) 231-3059, .

2015 ICUB State Convention

Friday’s Opening Session

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