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Winter 2006 Bulletin

ICUB BULLETIN

WINTER 2006

Published by

IOWA COUNCIL OF THE UNITED BLIND

Web Site: www.acb.org/iowa

Affiliate of the American Council of the Blind


MIKE HOENIG, PRESIDENT

3119 Spring Street

Davenport, IA 52807

PHONE: (563) 344-8787

1-888-404-5562 (Toll Free)

E-mail: mhoenig@earthlink.net


DONNA SELIGER, EDITOR

3912 Southeast Fifth Street

Des Moines, IA 50315

(515) 284-0505

E-mail: dseliger@att.net


DICK NATALE, TREASURER

817 – 6th Street

West Des Moines, IA 50265

(515) 277-1167

E-mail: rnatale@earthlink.net


JO ANN SLAYTON, SECRETARY

4013 - 30th Street

Des Moines, IA 50310

(515) 279-4284

E-mail: slayton4284@msn.com







ICUB OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS


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

Donna Seliger, Immediate Past President, Des Moines, (515) 284-0505

Gary Patterson, First Vice President, Des Moines, (515) 278-2686

Elsie Monthei, Second Vice President, Des Moines, (515) 277-0442

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

Dick Natale, Treasurer, West Des Moines, (515) 277-1167

Dee Clayton, Director, Des Moines, (515) 282-1275

Lucille Dunlavy, Director, Council Bluffs, (unlisted phone)

Dorothy Janvrin, Director, Fort Dodge, (515) 573-6043

Cathy Kula, Director, Cedar Rapids (319) 378-8233

Mavis McVeety, Director, Des Moines, (unlisted phone)

Robert Nesler, Director, Dubuque, (563) 557-0987

Gloria O’Neal, Director, Waterloo, (319) 235-5687

Barb Richmond, Director, Newton, (641) 791-6574

Shirley Wiggins, Director, Cedar Rapids, (319) 362-7138




DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING MATERIAL

FOR THE NEXT ISSUE - ****March 15, 2007 ****



CHANGE OF FORMAT OR RETURNING CASSETTES

Anyone who cannot read this print bulletin or finds it difficult to have it read or wish 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!











SELECTING ICUB AS A BENEFICIARY


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.




TABLE OF CONTENTS


President’s Notebook………………………………………………………..4

ICUB Treasurer’s Report…………………………………………………….6

Some Must Hear Their Way Along…………………………………………6

Shopping Made Easier……………..………….……..………………………8

After 150 Years, School Plans Makeover…………………………………9


A Message From ACB’s Executive Director………………………….…13

The MMS “Two For One” Program……………………………………….13

Quiet Cars Are Coming…………………………………………………….16

In Memoriam

John Powers…………………………………………………………..17

Chapter Reports

Cedar Rapids…………………………………………………………18

Dubuque………………………………………………………………19

Des Moines…………………………………………………………..20

T’was The Night Before Thanksgiving………………………………….20







PRESIDENT'S NOTEBOOK - FALL 2006

By Mike Hoenig


Where has this year gone? It seems only yesterday that I wrote to you with the anticipation of spring, and now I'm beginning to think of Christmas! I hope that you're enjoying the return to cooler weather and the many fall activities that make Iowa such a special place.


A big thank-you to Shirley Wiggins, the staff and volunteers of Low Vision Enhancement, and the rest of our Cedar Rapids friends for hosting ICUB's fall board meeting on September 9. Vicky's tenderloins arrived in good form from Vinton and were unbeatable! The board spent considerable time discussing the 2007 state convention, which will be held May 4-6 at the Airport Four Points Sheraton. Thanks to the many board members who have already stepped up to the plate by volunteering to chair or serve on convention committees. We promise another interesting program, a great selection of exhibits, and an exciting and interesting ACB representative.


And speaking of conventions ... Remember that the 2007 ACB National Convention will be held in Minneapolis from June 30 through July 7. Your state board, in partnership with the Des Moines chapter, is exploring options for chartering a bus and offering financial assistance to members interested in attending. National convention is a unique experience, and it may be some time before it's held this close to Iowa again. Y'all come, now, you hear!


Always looking for an opportunity to promote Iowa, yours truly has been working with ACB Tour Coordinator Berl Colley on a possible pre-convention tour to Mason City on June 29. Thanks to Bob and Jeanne Jensen who spent two days acquainting Berl with spots such as Music Man Square and the Pioneer Museum, I'm very optimistic that many ACB-ers will be visiting River City in June!


On September 16, the great spot was the Dubuque Eagles Club, which once again hosted the Dubuque Association banquet. This event just keeps getting better and better. It's so much fun meeting up with friends, and we were once again treated to some great music during dinner. An inspirational speaker from the Dubuque area captured our attention by reliving her lengthy and harrowing trip back to Iowa on the heels of 9/11, then sharing some great tips for successful living.


ICUB is the proud owner of a new tape duplicator. After nursing our 20-something year-old duplicator far beyond its life expectancy, Creig finally called and said, "It's time." I want to personally thank Creig for coaxing that old duplicator through issue after issue of the bulletin, and am glad that we're able to provide him with some new equipment. As Creig shopped around for the best buy, he discovered that tape duplication is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. We're committed to making the cassette version available as long as possible, so let's hope that our new duplicator will serve us for many years to come.


Those of you with Internet access should visit our website at www.acb.org/iowa. Webmaster Gary Patterson has updated the site, and located software which will allow us to upload information at no cost to ICUB. Thanks, Gary, for your diligence and your willingness to continue to help ICUB with this important outreach.