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Spring 2001 Bulletin

ICUB BULLETIN

Published Quarterly by

IOWA COUNCIL OF THE UNITED BLIND

Affiliate of

THE AMERICAN COUNCIL OF THE BLIND

SPRING EDITION 2001

DONNA SELIGER, PRESIDENT

3912 SE 5th St.

Des Moines, Iowa 50315

(515) 284-0505

1-888-404-5562 (Toll Free)

E-mail: dseliger@worldnet.att.net


JOHN TAYLOR, EDITOR

2012 - 40th Place

Des Moines, Iowa 50310

(515) 279-2817

E-mail: teriretir@aol.com


MICHAEL BARBER, TREASURER

1437 Guthrie

Des Moines, Iowa 50316

(515) 263-1441

E-mail: m1437b@home.com


JO ANN SLAYTON, SECRETARY

4013 - 30th Street

Des Moines, Iowa 50310

(515) 279-4284

E-mail: slaytons@earthlink.net



TABLE OF CONTENTS


Iowa Officers and Directors 2

Notice to Readers 3

President’s Report 3

Iowa Host Committee Chairs 5

Editor’s Note 7

American Council of the Blind Condemns Entertainment Industry’s Greed, Denounces Federation’s Failure to Support Access to Information for People Who are Blind 7

Vision-Impaired Doctor Restricted by Hospital Sues 10

Special Schools face Budget Losses 12

Cedar Valley Council of the Blind, Waterloo 16

Des Moines Chapter Report 16

Dubuque Association of the Blind 17

Iowa Council of the United Blind - Fort Dodge Chapter 18

Cedar Rapids Chapter Report 19

Beatitudes for Friends of the Aged 20

Farmer Joe 21





ICUB OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS


President, Donna Seliger

Des Moines, 515/284-0505


1st V.P., Michael Hoenig

Davenport, 319/344-8787


2nd V.P., John Taylor

Des Moines, 515/279-2817


Secretary, JoAnn Slayton

Des Moines, 515/279-4284


Treasurer, Michael Barber

Des Moines, 515/263-1441


2-Year Directors

1-Year Directors

Julie Bedard

Des Moines, 515/243-8593

Shirley Conrade

Dubuque, 319/582-7383

Sue Hergert

Coralville, 319/337-7691

Monty Habben

Sioux City, 712/258-6160

Dorothy Janvrin

Fort Dodge, 515/2\573-6043

Dick Natale

West Des Moines, 515/277-1167

Shirley Wiggins

Cedar Rapids, 319/362-7138

Sylvester Nemmers

Des Moines, 515/276-2729



NOTICE TO READERS

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) 279-2817, or write Iowa Council of the United Blind, 2012 - 40th Place, Des Moines, Iowa 50310.

Anyone who cannot read this print bulletin or finds it difficult to have it read may receive a cassette copy at no charge. Cassette readers are invited to return this Bulletin for re-use. Please help us keep you better informed.

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JULY 1, 2001

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

by Donna Seliger

Spring has finally arrived, which means summer is just around the corner. And that means we are in the final stages of planning the 40th annual American Council of the Blind convention to be held in Des Moines from June 30 through July 7.

In mid February, John Taylor (Bulletin editor) underwent heart bypass surgery. I’m sure he would welcome notes or phone calls from ICUB members and friends.

A joint meeting of the ICUB board and the Iowa Host committee has been scheduled for April 21 at the Department for the Blind. It will be held in the Director’s Conference Room at 10:00am. Lunch will be served in the 4th Street Café at noon. A list of the Host Committee chairpersons will follow this article for your review.

This meeting is open to all ICUB members who are interested in helping with the planning of the national convention. This is our one opportunity to host a national convention.

The Des Moines Chapter has generously allocated funds so that at least 75 ICUB members can receive a sum of $150 to help with ACB convention expenses. Following is the policy:

In order for an individual interested in attending the American Council of the Blind National Convention which will be held in Des Moines June 30 through July 7, 2001, the following policy for reimbursement will apply.

The Des Moines Chapter, ICUB wishes to contribute toward the expenses of this convention to lessen the burden of hotel, meals and transportation costs.

The Des Moines Chapter, ICUB will allocate $11,250 to allow at least 75 members the opportunity to attend the ACB national convention.

Each individual who applies and meets the following criteria will receive one hundred fifty dollars ($150) approximately two weeks following the close of the 2001 convention.

1. The individual must be a current member of the Iowa Council of the United Blind as of March 15, 2001, and residing in the state of Iowa.

2. The individual must contact Dick Natale, treasurer of the Des Moines Chapter, ICUB no later than June 15, 2001, to register for this subsidy.

3. The individual is strongly urged to attend at least three (3) general sessions of the American Council of the Blind convention.

4. The individual is strongly urged to attend at least one (1) special interest affiliate program, workshop or business meeting.

Adopted: 1/19/01

We will have an abbreviated ICUB convention at the Department for the Blind on Sunday, July 1 at 2:30pm to conduct elections and other ICUB business according to the constitution.

There are four director positions up for election this year. If you are interested in running for one of these positions, contact me and I will forward your request to the nominating committee.

This will be the last Bulletin before the national convention. I want to invite everyone to attend, as the experience will be memorable.

IOWA HOST COMMITTEE CHAIRS

Committee Chair

Donna Seliger

Religious Services & Invocations

Debbie Caldbeck

Entertainment before Sessions

Arlo & Elsie Monthei

IOWA HOST COMMITTEE CHAIRS (Continued)

Entertainment at ACB Hospitality Nights

Dee Clayton

Theresa Philpott

Press Room

Gary Patterson

Convention Office