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IOWA COUNCIL OF THE UNITED BLIND
THE AMERICAN COUNCIL OF THE BLIND
SPRING EDITION 2001
DONNA SELIGER, PRESIDENT
3912 SE 5th St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50315
1-888-404-5562 (Toll Free)
JOHN TAYLOR, EDITOR
2012 - 40th Place
Des Moines, Iowa 50310
MICHAEL BARBER, TREASURER
Des Moines, Iowa 50316
JO ANN SLAYTON, SECRETARY
4013 - 30th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50310
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
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
Des Moines, 515/243-8593
Sioux City, 712/258-6160
Fort Dodge, 515/2\573-6043
West Des Moines, 515/277-1167
Cedar Rapids, 319/362-7138
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.
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DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING MATERIAL
FOR THE NEXT ISSUE
JULY 1, 2001
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.
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
Religious Services & Invocations
Entertainment before Sessions
Arlo & Elsie Monthei
IOWA HOST COMMITTEE CHAIRS (Continued)
Entertainment at ACB Hospitality Nights