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ICUB Bulletin Winter 2021

Updated: Mar 30, 2022


Winter 2021

Published by the


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Carrie Chapman, President

304 W. Cedar St.

Goldfield, IA 50542



Don Wirth, Co-Editor

921 9th St., #208

Ames, IA 50010



Sandy Tigges, Co-Editor

2904 34th St.

Des Moines, IA 50310



Table of Contents

President’s Message 3

Iowa Pre-Legislative Session Update 5

Meet the Board—Bettina Dolinsek 6

Shopping to Benefit ICUB 8

What’s New at the Iowa Department for the Blind 9

News You Can Use 12

Donating Your Vehicle to Benefit ICUB 13

How to Reach People Who Are without or Are Uncomfortable with Technology 14

Across Iowa At-Large Chapter Report 17

Des Moines Chapter Report 18

Selecting ICUB as a Beneficiary 20

Something to Warm You Up: Creamy Taco Soup 21

Calendar of Events 22

ACB Community Calls 24

Join the Braille Revival League 25

ICUB Board Members 26

President’s Message

Carrie Chapman

Dear members and friends,

We are excited to announce that our 2022 Iowa Council of the United Blind Conference and Convention is tentatively scheduled for August 29-30th. It will be held at the Courtyard by Marriot, 2405 SE Creekview Drive, Ankeny, Iowa, 50021.

The planning is just beginning. We are working on making this a hybrid event which will allow everyone who wants to attend the ability to do so, whether in person or virtually. Once we have more details regarding the Conference or related activities, we will let you know. In the meantime, mark your calendars!

Recently you should have received your 2022 ICUB Membership Packet. We value your membership and your voice and hope you will recommit to our mission for another year. We also encourage you to invite your family, friends, neighbors, church family or, maybe, coworkers to join. The Iowa Council of the United Blind has and will continue to work hard to improve the lives of blind Iowans, but we need all of you to help the us move forward on our mission now and for years to come. If you are not currently a member and would like to find out more, feel free to contact me at 1-866-436-0141. We would love to have you join us.

Happy holidays to you all. Stay safe and have a Happy New Year!

Carrie Chapman, President

Iowa Council of the United Blind


As noted in the Des Moines Chapter report, a Trivia Bowl was held in October to raise money for charity. For those of you who missed it—or who were there but want a second chance at some questions to see if you remember the correct answers—we are sprinkling some of the questions throughout the newsletter and adding a few new ones. Also, look for an opportunity to win a prize for answering the questions correctly. (Cory and Bettina, you are also eligible for the prizes, and here is a big thank you for your work on the Trivia Bowl and providing me the questions). Let the game begin!

Name the band that recorded the song, “Witchy Woman,” in 1972.

Which President is famous for saying, “…the only thing we have to fear is fear itself…”

Iowa Pre-Legislative Session Update

Carrie Chapman

It is just a little over a month until the 2022 Iowa Legislative Session begins. The Iowa Legislature will convene the new session on Monday, January 10, 2022. Here are the key dates for the Session:

• First day, January 10

• First Funnel, February 18 - This is the date by which a bill must be approved by a standing committee of its house of origin to remain eligible for further consideration in the current year.

Appropriations, Ways and Means and Government Oversight committee bills are the exceptions to the “funnel” rules, as they are exempt from procedural deadlines.

• Second Funnel, March 18 - This is the date by which a bill has to be approved by a committee in the opposite Chamber—meaning a House File must be approved by a Senate committee and a Senate File by a House committee—to remain eligible for further consideration in the current year.

Appropriations, Ways and Means and Government Oversight committee bills are the exceptions to the “funnel” rules, as they are exempt from procedural deadlines.

• Final day for lawmaker per diem, April 19

Meet the Board—Bettina Dolinsek

Don Wirth

(Editor’s Note: This article is the latest in a series to help our membership become better acquainted with ICUB’s Board of Directors.)

Bettina Dolinsek and her husband Cody live in Ankeny with their cat, Stella. Bettina has been on the ICUB State Board since 2019.

Over the past few years, Bettina has had a varied career. ICUB first met her at a State Convention where she discussed and demonstrated Cross Fit exercises. Bettina was the first blind person (and may still be the only one) certified to teach the Cross Fit exercise program. While she no longer instructs classes, she has converted her garage into a workout room. After all, most blind folks don’t need to worry about parking a car in the garage, and having a workout room also reduces the chances of the garage devolving to its other main purpose—collecting clutter that may or may not be seen again until it is time to move and you are forced to deal with because you cannot donate it to the next owner!

These days, Bettina works for Nationwide and for lululemon. At Nationwide, she is a Digital Accessibility Analyst, which means she spends her time reviewing Nationwide’s and their vendors’ websites to ensure they are accessible to clients and staff. Lululemon is a fitness clothing company with its home base in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The retailer started by selling yoga clothing and then expanded to other clothing lines. Bettina works as an idea accommodations coordinator. She looks at issues and works with internal staff to develop solutions. These are not just blindness related issues. She also reviews digital content for accessibility for customers and staff.

Bettina grew up in Sioux City. She has been blind since birth and came to the Orientation Center at the Iowa Department for the Blind in 1995. There she became re-acquainted with Cody. They have been married for 24 years and have lived most of the time in Des Moines.

Bettina is a history buff who would like to go to college to study history. She is a cat person. I’m not sure what her favorite beverage is, but she mentioned that a previous cat was named Guinness and the current feline resident of the Dolinsek household is name Stella. I doubt Stella is named after that famous character in the Tennessee Williams play! Another clue is that prior to purchase, she investigated whether her work backpack would hold a case of beer.

Bettina wants the public to recognize blind people for what they can do. She lives her life as a personal demonstration of the high expectations society should have of persons who are blind. Through her role on the Board, she has modelled high expectations for others who are blind as well. She is working with the Iowa History Museum to expand the audio tour that was first presented at our State Convention so that it can be available for any visitors to the museum. The goal is to have the project completed by March, 2022, Iowa History Month. They also hope to have most of the exhibits tactilely accessible so blind folks can get a better understanding of what a Civil War uniform, sword, and other artifacts look like.

Bettina’s goals as a Board member include expanding the number of members and the roles they play in ICUB. “We have a rich history of intelligent activist founders and members,” she said. “We need to continue and expand on that history to lead ICUB into the future.”

Shopping to Benefit ICUB

Are you an online shopper? You can help ICUB secure some additional funds when you shop at .

There, enter your email 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 then be the charity of choice each time you shop at . ICUB will get 0.5% of the value of eligible purchases. As of March 2021, ICUB has received $312.46 through this program.

You can also now support ICUB using the Amazon shopping app on your mobile phone. Download or update the app and then open it. Go to “Settings” in the main menu. Tap on “AmazonSmile” and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile. You can also find the instructions by going to:

What’s New at the Iowa Department for the Blind

Emily Wharton

Greetings, ICUB! Thank you again for the opportunity to contribute an article to your publication.

Our north ramp construction has been quite the process. They are working outside my office as I type this. I am keeping fingers crossed that the project will be completed for our youth retreat and both consumer group holiday parties.

On October 19th, we held a very special surprise event at IDB. During the event, we unveiled our new training center symbol. Here is the text from the signs that hang below the triangle:

This triangle is rung to celebrate important milestones achieved by students in our adjustment-to-blindness training program. It celebrates the important milestones that our students achieve! These milestones include but are not limited to: learning the braille code, completing a drop off, finishing an industrial arts project, serving a small or large meal, and earning the Graduation Certificate.

The three sides of the triangle represent the three components of our comprehensive training: non-visual skills, self-confidence, and a positive attitude toward blindness.

We want to thank former Industrial Arts Instructor and Center Assistant Director, Dave Hauge, for creating this triangle and adding to his legacy of making a difference in the lives of countless blind Iowans.

When a student rings the triangle, we invite everyone in our IDB family to share in their congratulations and appreciation of the student's hard work. In the words of Nelson Mandela: "Remember to celebrate milestones as you prepare for the road ahead.”

We were very excited that the triangle’s creator, Dave Hauge, and Commission Board Chair and Center graduate, Sandi Ryan, were able to attend.

The Library is introducing the Great Reading Challenge! The Great Reading Challenge (GRC) is a six-month long event open to adults 18 years of age or older who are patrons of the Iowa Library for the Blind and Print Disabled. This challenge will begin on January 15, but you can get signed up now! Go to to create an account or log in and find out more information. Please contact Leslie at 515.452.1329 with any questions!

To learn more about IDB and ask questions, please join my monthly Director's Forum on the third Friday of every month from noon to 1:00 p.m. through Zoom at:

Meeting ID: 109 673 957

Passcode: 2222