Winter 2001 Bulletin

ICUB BULLETIN

Published Quarterly by

IOWA COUNCIL OF THE UNITED BLIND

Affiliate of

THE AMERICAN COUNCIL OF THE BLIND

WINTER 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


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

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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APRIL 1, 2001

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

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

Committee Chair

Donna Seliger

515-284-0505

Religious Services & Invocations

Debbie Caldbeck

515-284-7308

Entertainment before Sessions

Arlo & Elsie Monthei

515-277-0442

Entertainment at ACB Hospitality Nights

Dee Clayton

Theresa Philpott

515-282-1275

515-284-8619

Press Room

Gary Patterson

515-278-2686

Convention Office

JoAnn Slayton

515-279-4284

Volunteers

Linda Curfman

515-274-8993

Information Desk(s)

Viki Whitaker

515-278-2686

Tours

Bob Seliger

Dee Clayton

515-284-0505

515-282-1275

Exhibits

Mike Barber

515-263-1441

ICUB HOST COMMITTEE ACB CONVENTION 2001 (continued)

Registration Packet Coordinator

Jeannie Miller

515-225-2929

Registration Packet Inserts

Frank Strong

515-243-1742

Gospel Sing-Along

Shirley Wiggins

319-362-7138

Welcome to Iowa Party

TBA


Ads for Program

John Taylor

515-279-2817

Door Prizes

Gloria O’Neal

319-235-1789

List of Restaurants

Bob Seliger

515-284-0505

Iowa Suite Food/Beverages

Dick Natale

515-277-1167

Iowa Suite Hostess

Rita Crawford

515-244-1013

Vending Machine Braillists

Jeannnie Miller

Rita Crawford


NATIONAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Chair

LeRoy Saunders


Assistant

John Horst


Tours

Jerry Annunzio


Volunteers

Margarine Beaman


Press Room

Penny Reeder


Information Tables

Sharon Keeran

Ardis Bazyn

Convention Office

Jean Mann


NATIONAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS (continued)

Exhibits

Diane Bowers

Mike Smitherman

Guide Dog Users

Kent Stanley


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

$2,563.00

Payments to groups which sold tickets, other than the Des Moines Chapter

$760.50

Total raffle expenses which included some prize acquisitions, raffle license, Iowa sales tax, postage and printing of tickets

$729.54

Total contributed to the Iowa Council of the United Blind

$1,407.96

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:

Prize

Won by

Sold by

$500 Savings Bond

Sue Hergert, Coralville

Sue Hergert

Waterford Crystal Thomas Jefferson Hurricane Lamp, Younkers

Carl Beall, Waukon

Shirley Wiggins

$200 HyVee Gift Certificate

Edward Schmalen, West Bend

Edward Schmalen

$200 SuperValu Gift Certificate

Judy Warwick, Webster City

Edna Mae Bourne

$100 WalMart Gift Certificate

Leonard Webb, Moorland

Janice Hendrickson

$50 Casey’s Gift Certificates

Valerie Monroe, Webster City

Eppie Frette

$50 Lowe’s Gift Certificate

Michael Burbridge, Cedar Falls

June Belz

$50 Pork Producers Gift Certificate

Rose Davis, Fort Dodge

Bernie Hensley

$25 Target Gift Certificate

Tommy Ford, Sioux City

Tommy Ford

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

(515)279-2817

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.