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Summer 2011 Bulletin



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Affiliate of the American Council of the Blind

Robert Spangler, President

1505 W. 4th St.

Vinton, IA 52349

(319) 472-4843


Mike Hoenig, Acting 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

1016 Millwood Dr. APT D.

Kirksville, MO 63501

(660) 665-2404 – home

(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 – Kirksville, (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

Braille School Residential Program Ends After 150 Years

Braille School Moves to Rebuild

The Friends of the Library Fall Fundraiser

Marshall Forest Braille Trail

And The Winner Is ...

Cribbage, Anyone?

In Memoriam

Marilyn Hegland

Laurie Marsch

Margaret Warren

Randy Davis

Florence (Dickinson) Hatch

Chapter Reports

Cedar Rapids Chapter Report

Can You Spell It?

Recipe Corner

Editor's Line

By Mike Hoenig, Acting Editor

Your eyes (or ears) are not deceiving you! I'm back as Bulletin Editor for one more issue.

We discussed the Bulletin at length during our annual ICUB business meeting at convention. All agreed that it is a very important part of ICUB's work. Some of you keep your memberships current because of the Bulletin. We have a long history in ICUB of keeping our members informed through this publication, and I do not want to see it die. Hence, my motivation to edit the summer issue.

As I stated in the spring issue and on the convention floor, I cannot continue in this role. This truly will be my final issue. If you or someone you know would like to take on this task, I urge you to contact me or President Spangler.

Our convention planning committee changed up the agenda this year and it really paid off. Jo Slayton's hours of prep time were rewarded by enthusiastic participation in Friday night's "Name That Tune." The exhibit hall became "the place to be" on Saturday morning, thanks to Frank Strong's hard work and the decision to schedule no presentations between 11 and noon. ACB First Vice-President Kim Charlson added a special touch to the Brailler Award presentation, recounting the history of the Perkins Brailler's invention to our six-year-old winner and an attentive ICUB luncheon audience. Roger Chapman challenged us to leave our comfort zones by learning a line dance. A few of us accepted his challenge and were grateful for the chance to get the adrenalin pumping. Jo and Creig Slayton helped us wind down, facilitating a discussion of "My Favorite Gadget." Everyone's favorite seemed to be Gary Patterson's brownie pan, a mold which separates the dough and eliminates the need for cutting!

This is not the happiest of Bulletins which I've had the privilege to produce. The "In Memoriam" column continues, unfortunately, to grow. I knew all but one person listed in this edition quite well.

A big thank-you to Shirley Wiggins, Rose Stratton, and Jo Slayton for contributing material to this issue of the Bulletin. It's your magazine, and your contributions greatly enrich its pages. I hope to see many of you listed as authors, contributors, and yes, even editors, in future issues.

Braille School Residential Program Ends After 150 Years

By Diane Heldt

(Reprinted from The Cedar Rapids Gazette, May 27, 2011.)

VINTON — The few students who lived at the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School this year emptied their dorm rooms Wednesday as the 150-year-old school marked the end of the year for the last time.

The stately campus will continue to be the administrative home for the statewide system that serves Iowa’s blind and visually impaired students, and occasional short-term and summer residential programs and camps will be held there.

But the traditional residential program, in which students lived on campus during the school year for academic instruction, life-skills training and social activities came to an end this year, closing an historic chapter.

“It’s very, very sad, really,” said Kasey Domer, 18, who lived at the school this year for the fifth-year program, which teaches students life skills to make the transition after high school.

In the program, Domer, a 2010 Independence High graduate with a visual impairment, learned to cook, clean, do laundry and dishes and change broken light bulbs. He will attend AIB College of Business in Des Moines this fall to study court reporting.

“It’s really proved invaluable,” Domer said. “I feel now I have the skills to confidently live on my own in college. I couldn’t have said that before.”

Ending the residential program at the Vinton campus is part of a plan that includes seven recommendations focused on intensifying services to blind and visually impaired students around the state and offering more programs regionally. The state Board of Regents, which oversees the Braille School, approved the seven recommendations from a study committee in August.

The transition from the on-site residential school dating to 1862 to providing services to students in their home schools and communities has been an evolution years in the making, said Patrick Clancy, Braille School superintendent and director of the statewide system that serves about 500 students.

Though only five students lived at the Braille School this year, the end of the residential program is significant given the history of the school and its impact on generations of graduates, Clancy said.

“My feelings are certainly very mixed. I do believe that the time for this change is right,” he said. “But it isn’t without acknowledgment that this is a significant change.”