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Spring 2012 Bulletin



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Affiliate of the American Council of the Blind

Robert Spangler, President

1505 West Fourth Street

Vinton, IA 52349

(319) 472-4843


Mike Hoenig, Editor

3119 Spring St.

Davenport, IA 52807



Jo Ann Slayton, Secretary

4013 - 30th St.

Des Moines, IA 50310

(515) 279-4284 – home

(515) 710-7875 – cell


Stephanie Hunolt, Treasurer

1505 West Fourth Street

Vinton, IA 52349

(660) 216-4369 – cell



Robert Spangler, President - Vinton, (319) 472-4843

Donna Seliger, Immediate Past President - Des Moines,

(515) 284-0505

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

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

Jo Ann Slayton, Secretary - Des Moines, (515) 279-4284

Stephanie Hunolt, Treasurer – Vinton, (660) 665-2404

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

Ruth Hamdorf, Director - Marion, (319) 373-8608

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

Gary Patterson, Director –Des Moines, (515) 278-2686

Frank Strong, Director –Des Moines, (515) 285-7254

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

Dove Tanner, Director – Cedar Rapids, (319) 364-7128

Shirley Wiggins, Director - Cedar Rapids, (319) 550-6096


Anyone who cannot read this print bulletin, finds it difficult to have it read or wishes an e-mail or cassette may receive a copy at no charge. Please contact Jo Slayton at (515) 279-4284 to request an alternative format. Cassette readers are always invited to keep their copy of the Bulletin. However, if you would like to return cassettes when you are finished with them, please place in a NEW standard mailing envelope, write “Free Matter for the Blind” in the upper right hand corner, and return to the editor using the address on the front of this Bulletin. Also, please remember to contact the editor if your address changes. The Post Office rarely provides us with a new address when someone moves. 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, Iowa 50310.


Are you trying to decide how to dispose of a used vehicle? ICUB's Used Vehicle Donation Program offers the perfect solution. Your vehicle will be picked up from your home and sold at auction, with a portion of the proceeds going directly to ICUB. You claim a tax deduction equal to the dollar value of the vehicle. To donate or to learn more, call 800-899-4925.


Editor's Line

A Letter to Louis Braille

Prison Inmates Create Braille Materials for

Students across California

South African Chain Reaches Out to Visually

Impaired with "Braille Burgers"

Blind Beatitudes

CDC Report Finds Large Decline In Lower-Limb

Amputations Among U.S. Adults With Diagnosed Diabetes

Braille Sudoku Now Available

Churches Reach Out To Blind

At Perkins, Applause For Stamps Honoring Service Dogs

Branstad, Reynolds Urge Preparation, Launch Website

reminding Iowans of "N11" codes in advance of storm season

In Memoriam

H. Robert (Bobby) Palmer

Dubuque Association Of The Blind Update

Recipe Corner


By Mike Hoenig

As I write this, the Cardinal baseball game is playing in the background-a sure sign of spring. Another important sign of spring is the ICUB State Conference and Convention to be held May 18-20 at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites, 4800 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines.

This will be a very special convention, as ICUB will be celebrating its 25th birthday! Several events are planned to celebrate this milestone. Robert Spangler and Mike Hoenig are preparing questions with a 1987 theme for Friday night's Trivia Challenge. You'll be able to enjoy a piece of birthday cake at Hospitality, which will immediately follow Friday night's opening session. Throughout convention, veteran ICUB members will share memories of how ICB came into existence and reflect upon our many accomplishments. I'm personally looking forward to Shirley talking about those first meetings and Rose talking about her days as editor of "The Trumpet's Voice." Remember that great newsletter? Twenty-fifth anniversary mugs will be used as nut cups for the banquet and will be available for sale throughout convention. Come prepared to share your ICUB memories.

Carla Ruschival, ACB Treasurer and a long-time advocate in the blindness field, will be our ACB rep this year. You'll enjoy Carla's passion, outgoing nature, humor, and commitment to quality services for blind people. You'll want to ask her about the work which she and her husband, Adam, have done to preserve Kentucky's residential school for the blind.

Saturday is chock full of presentations, and you'll again have time to peruse the exhibits. Elections are especially important this year, as they will include all officer positions, four board seats, and delegate and alternate to the ACB Convention. We hope to introduce the Iowa Department for the Blind's new director during the IDB annual update. Back by popular demand, our program will include a session called "These are a Few of Our Favorite Things." Come with your favorite gadgets, tips, tricks, and websites in mind to share!

The planning committee has done another outstanding job with food selections. For lunch, you'll be able to choose from a club or veggie sandwich and soup. Our dinner choices are whiskey sirloin with twice-baked potato or pasta primavera.

It seems that our attendance is often low on Sunday morning, and that's a real shame. Shirley does an excellent job of honoring those who have passed since our last convention. Plus, it's the one time during the year when members from across the state can come together to discuss the business of the organization. Please make a commitment to hang in there and attend Sunday's events.

You should have received, or soon be receiving, your pre-registration form. In order to take advantage of the $5 pre-registration discount and ensure your luncheon and banquet ticket, you MUST return it by May 4. You may also make room reservations by calling the Holiday Inn at 515-278-4755 or 800-465-4329. Be sure to mention ICUB in order to receive the convention rate of $79 per night plus tax for a standard room.

Creig Slayton will again chair the Resolutions Committee. He asks that you send your resolutions to him at least two weeks prior to Convention at This will facilitate the committee being able to complete its work in a timely manner.

I wish to publicly congratulate Karen Keninger on her appointment to the position of Director of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. It was gratifying to see the turn-out for Karen's farewell reception. The process for selecting the new director has been intense, educational, and constructive.

I wish you all a good Spring, and look forward to seeing you in Des Moines!


By Ketan Kothari

(Retrieved from the ACB Listserv, January 4, 2012.)

(Editor's Note: Ketan Kothari lives in India.)

Dear Uncle Louis,

I am happy to celebrate the 203rd anniversary of your birth and would like to gratefully acknowledge your contribution in my life. In fact, it is only due to you that I am what I am today. You probably could not have imagined at the time when you created a totally new script the monumental development that it was. But let me assure you that you are God for most of us especially in places where people are not living in palaces and owning large properties. Your script is the greatest gift that has been bestowed upon us.