IOWA COUNCIL OF THE UNITED BLIND
Web Site: www.icublind.org
Affiliate of the American Council of the Blind
Cynthia Qloud, President
1918 E. 12th
Des Moines, IA 50316
Norma A. Boge, Co-Editor
2324 Riverwoods Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50320-2808
Don Wirth, Co-Editor
921 – 9th St., #208
Ames, IA 50010
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
ADDITIONAL ICUB OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
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
CHANGE OF FORMAT OR RETURNING CASSETTES
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!
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 smile.amazon.com . 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
smile.amazon.com . 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 smile.amazon.com to make your purchases. Happy shopping!
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
Banquet Highlights 13
Sunday’s Session 14
In Memoriam 14
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
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
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, email@example.com .
2015 ICUB State Convention
Friday’s Opening Session
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