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IOWA COUNCIL OF THE UNITED BLIND
THE AMERICAN COUNCIL OF THE BLIND
WINTER 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
ICUB Officers and Directors 2
Notice to Readers 3
President’s Report 3
ICUB Host Committee ACB Convention 2001 5
National Committee Members 6
2000 Des Moines Chapter Raffle Summary 7
Expanded Newspapers Read in Iowa 8
For Immediate Release - Scholarships 10
National Scholarships Announced 11
Deceased (Cecelia Witte) 12
She Teaches the Blind to Focus on Self-Esteem 13
I’m Fine 16
Cedar Rapids Chapter Report 17
Cedar Valley Council of the Blind - Waterloo Iowa News 18
Des Moines Chapter Report 19
Dubuque Association of the Blind 21
Not for Me 22
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.
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.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING MATERIAL
FOR THE NEXT ISSUE
APRIL 1, 2001
by Donna Seliger
Before I get into details about ICUB business, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year.
The 2001 American Council of the Blind national convention will be held in Des Moines from June 30 through July 7, and we are the host affiliate.
A host committee has been formed, and everyone is working to put together the best convention possible. We have a unique situation because we are using five hotels and the Convention Center for meetings. Three of the hotels are connected to the skywalk system as well as the Convention Center. Because everything is so spread out, we will need a great many volunteers to assist in many different ways. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone who has never been to a national convention to come, take in the convention, exhibits, and also volunteer to help.
There are still plenty of rooms available at a rate of $60 per night plus applicable tax. I am holding five rooms at the Savery Hotel (which may already be full) and 15 rooms at the Marriott for any Iowa people wishing to attend. Please call 1-800-451-2625 and ask for ACB housing. If you want one of the rooms I am holding, indicate that to the person you talk with. I will relinquish these rooms by February 1.
Following this article is a list of the Iowa Host Committee members. If you are interested in helping with the convention, please feel free to contact any committee member or myself at 1-888-404-5562.
By the time you receive this Bulletin, we will have had the second convention planning meeting as well as the ACB mid-year meetings. However, there will be a meeting of the ICUB board and the Iowa Host Committee on March 3, 2001 at the Department for the Blind. Notice of this meeting will be sent out later.
ICUB will not hold its usual annual convention, but will have a shortened version on July 1, 2001 at 2:30pm tentatively scheduled in the Assembly Room at the Department for the Blind. At this meeting, we will conduct elections and other business according to our Constitution.
There will be an updated report of the 2001 ACB Convention in the next Bulletin, but in the meantime, stay warm and call me with any comments or concerns.
ICUB HOST COMMITTEE ACB CONVENTION 2001
Religious Services & Invocations
Entertainment before Sessions
Arlo & Elsie Monthei
Entertainment at ACB Hospitality Nights
ICUB HOST COMMITTEE ACB CONVENTION 2001 (continued)
Registration Packet Coordinator
Registration Packet Inserts
Welcome to Iowa Party
Ads for Program
List of Restaurants
Iowa Suite Food/Beverages
Iowa Suite Hostess
Vending Machine Braillists
NATIONAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS
NATIONAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS (continued)
Guide Dog Users
2000 DES MOINES CHAPTER RAFFLE SUMMARY
by John Taylor
This year our effort received very generous cash gifts of $335 and of this amount, Bobby Palmer, one of our members, contributed $300.
The Des Moines Chapter has completed another very successful raffle which benefited our State organization, groups which sold tickets, and of course, our prize winners. The drawing was held on December 18, 2000.
Raffle tickets sold totaled
Payments to groups which sold tickets, other than the Des Moines Chapter
Total raffle expenses which included some prize acquisitions, raffle license, Iowa sales tax, postage and printing of tickets
Total contributed to the Iowa Council of the United Blind
We extend our warmest thanks to all who helped sell tickets, and our congratulations to our winners. We also express our deep appreciation to those who provided raffle prizes which greatly benefited our raffle results.
The following is a list of our prize winners, along with the names of the persons who sold the winning tickets:
$500 Savings Bond
Sue Hergert, Coralville
Waterford Crystal Thomas Jefferson Hurricane Lamp, Younkers
Carl Beall, Waukon
$200 HyVee Gift Certificate
Edward Schmalen, West Bend
$200 SuperValu Gift Certificate
Judy Warwick, Webster City
Edna Mae Bourne
$100 WalMart Gift Certificate
Leonard Webb, Moorland
$50 Casey’s Gift Certificates
Valerie Monroe, Webster City
$50 Lowe’s Gift Certificate
Michael Burbridge, Cedar Falls
$50 Pork Producers Gift Certificate
Rose Davis, Fort Dodge
$25 Target Gift Certificate
Tommy Ford, Sioux City
The Raffle Committee gratefully acknowledges the donation of raffle prizes by the following Iowa businesses: Younkers, HyVee, SuperValu, Wal-Mart, Casey’s, Lowe’s, The Iowa Pork Producers, and Target.
EXPANDED NEWSPAPERS READ IN IOWA
by Sally VanderLinden
IRIS, Iowa Radio Reading Information Service for the Blind and Print Handicapped, Inc., has developed a network to cover most of the state of Iowa that includes broadcasts from National Public Radio stations WOI-FM in “Ames; KTPR-FM in Fort Dodge; KSUI-FM in Iowa City/Cedar Rapids and Dubuque; KWIT-FM in Sioux City; KHKE in Waterloo/Cedar Falls and Mason City/Clear Lake, all 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Newspapers now read on the IRIS Network include the Des Moines Register, 9AM to 12 noon, Monday through Saturday, and 9AM to 1PM on Sunday. The Register is repeated in the evening, 6PM to 9PM, Monday through Saturday, and 5PM to 9PM on Sunday; Fort Dodge Messenger, 8AM to 9AM; Iowa City Gazette 8AM to 9AM; and Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier, 8AM to 9AM.
At the end of December, IRIS has nearly 2,000 radios in homes, retirement centers, hospitals and care centers. IRIS also is broadcast on Iowa Public Television’s SAP (secondary audio program) Channel 11 in central Iowa and Channel 12 in eastern Iowa. In addition, three communities carry IRIS programming on their public access channels: Indianola, Maquoketa, and West Branch.
IRIS currently lists 221 volunteer readers in the four areas that read local news: Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Iowa City, and Cedar Falls. Not included in that figure are the Della Gamma sororities from the University of Iowa and Drake University. The Delta Gamma sorority emphasize blindness and print handicapped as their national service project.
Some IRIS schedule changes involve the repeat of the Wednesday noon “Midweek Shopping Cart,” from Thursday at 9PM to Wednesday at 9PM, and the “Lux Radio Theatre” now plays on Thursday nights at 9PM.
A new program schedule is now available from the IRIS office in large print, Braille or cassette. Call 1-877-404-4747, toll free, or 243-6833 in the Des Moines area.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
John Taylor, Chair, Scholarship Committee
2012 40th Place
Des Moines, Iowa 50310-3832
The Des Moines Chapter Iowa Council of the United Blind is pleased to announce availability of one $1,500, one $1,000, and one $500 special needs scholarship grant for the 2001-2002 school year. The program is open to any post-secondary, full-time, blind Iowa student who expects to be involved in a training program during the 2001-2002 school year, including college, trade or mechanical, or other similar activity.