Christmas, 2000


Affiliated with the American Council of the Blind

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Edited by Darian Hartman

Contributions by Members of the Oregon Council of the Blind



The Oregon Council of the Blind is a nonprofit consumer organization dedicated to advancing the economic and social interests of the blind in Oregon. We are also an affiliate of the American Council of the Blind, the fastest-growing and most democratic consumer organization of blind people in the United States.

We have grown from a small organization with a meager budget in 1954 to greatly enlarged membership which enables us to sponsor programs such as the following:

- Scholarships and grants-in-aid programs have enabled scores of blind students and children of the blind to go on to higher education.

- Loan Fund makes is possible for individuals on low or fixed incomes to obtain low interest loans permitting the recipients to develop greater independence in areas of home life, employment or mobility.

Legislation remains a major interest of the Oregon Council of the Blind. We have worked in various areas such as; Guide Dog laws, White Cane laws, improvements in "Aide to The Blind" laws, Little Randolph Sheppard Act to expand employment opportunities for blind Vendors, and Composition of the Oregon Commission for the Blind to better represent the needs and view of the blind consumers.

Education of blind and visually impaired children is a continuing goal of our Organization.

The Stylus is a quarterly newsletter published by the Oregon Council of the Blind to keep its membership informed concerning the activities of the Organization and items of interest to the blind community.

Presidents view

John A. Fleming President, ACB of Oregon
“Sail Away To Coos Bay In 2000” was a Grand Time for all. There were over a hundred in attendance for the Forty sixth annual state convention of the “Oregon Council Of The Blind.”

If all goes well it will be the last convention as the “Oregon Council Of The Blind”. A resolution by Ted Noddin to change the name of the “Oregon Council…” to the “American Council Of The Blind of Oregon” or “ACB Of Oregon”.” was passed.

This change will help end the confusion between the Oregon Commission and the Oregon Council. We are the “American Council Of The Blind of Oregon.” Check out our Web Page at

ACB of Oregon has a new Chapter. Welcome to the Spilyay chapter. Centered in Bend Oregon this chapter is expected to live up to its name. Thanks to all those Spilyay members that made the trip to the convention in Coos Bay where they received their charter. We are looking forward to having a convention in their back yard in years to come.

New district representatives were elected. Jerry DeLaunay, a member of the Pioneer Chapter of the Oregon Council of the Blind, will represent us in District 1. James Edwards, president of the Reedsport Chapter will represent District 2. We welcome these gentlemen to our board of officers and look forward to their input.

The other big breaking news is the change to the By Laws that was passed at this year’s convention. It addresses how we use our money. Through this By Law addition, we must put $330,000 into a fund that cannot be spent. We can only use the interest. This will insure an income no matter what happens on the donation front.

During Saturday’s general session, Artis Bazen, from the national office of the American Council of the Blind, gave us many insights to consider in developing our membership.

Carol Stewart’s entertainment at the Banquet was fantastic.

During Chuck Young’s 28 years of service to the Visually Impaired and Blind of Oregon, he affected most of our lives in some way. He gave a very emotional farewell speech that meant a lot to all of us. Thanks Chuck.

The next Board Meeting for the ACB of Oregon will be held in Portland. We will be meeting in the studios of Golden Hours on Saturday January the twentieth. Our April board meeting will be in Bend, where among other things the “Potato salad” is said to be great.

The Willamette Chapter will host the convention in Salem in October, 2001. Chapter president, Flo Dugan, will chair the convention committee. Plans are already in progress for the 2001 showcase for the “ACB of Oregon!” Stay tuned for dates and details. Start saving your pennies and plan to attend this grand event.

I would like to take this chance to thank all of you for the help you gave to make this a great year for the “American Council Of The Blind of Oregon.”

Thank You!

I would also like to extend my very best wishes to all of you for a great year in 2001. Have a great Holiday Season!

Officer Profile

Leonard Kokel

Leonard Kokel was born in Silverton, Oregon. When Leonard was seven years old, he lost one eye while playing with his brother. In this tragic accident, a stick found it’s way into his eye. He is totally blind, now, as he lost the sight in his other eye due to Sympathetic Ophthalmia.

Leonard has a wonderful son, Tim, who is seven years old. Tim says he will not need to learn this lesson the hard way as did his dad.

Upon graduating from high school, Leonard received training as a cabinet maker. For seventeen years, he owned and managed his own cabinet shop.

In 1971 Leonard moved to Depot Bay, Oregon. He spent a few years doing shipwright work. Leonard explained that shipwright work actually involves working with wood and building or restoring boats. He also did other work including remodeling a home on a Cliffside called “The House of Seven Gables”.

In 1975, Leonard moved to Newport where he again worked as a cabinetmaker. In 1977, he moved to Kennewick, Washington, where he also opened a cabinet making business. However, Leonard developed asthma while in this line of work.

His career path took another turn, and he retrained as a stern drive mechanic. This allowed him to open his own boat repair business. Leonard proudly divulged that he has also built six powerboats.

After moving to Coos bay, Leonard opened a boat repair shop but was forced to close it with the decline of the fishing industry.

He and his family raise cattle and horses. Leonard is already teaching his son, Tim, a strong work ethic and money management. Tim has his own garden. He also sells eggs, fish and puppies. Should I also mention that Tim drives a tractor on the farm? As if this isn’t enough to keep Leonard busy, he also sells Golden Pride--all natural health products.

Leonard and Tim enjoy fishing in their “spare time”!

Leonard became involved in our organization, in 1989, when he learned about the ACB of Oregon in his quest to acquire a computer. This organization was very helpful, and Leonard has been very involved in all facets of our organization. He serves on our board of directors as First Vice-President and is finishing up a term as one of our district representatives. He also represents the American Council of the Blind of Oregon on the Oregon Commission for the Blind Board of Directors. His term as a Commission Board Member ends in June 2001.

At our state convention in October, Leonard demonstrated his strong convictions and commitment to our cause, in his emotional remarks about the Commission for the Blind Board business.

Leonard Kokel deserves our heart-felt thanks for his unfailing commitment and friendship.

Vision is more than the ability to see all that surrounds you in the physical world:

"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens."
(Carl Gustav Jung, Swiss psychiatrist)

Multnomah Chapter News

By Patty Bessant
Twelve of us traveled to Coos Bay and extend a loud round of applause for a super convention. Your planning and hard work ended in wonderful results.

Our most recent accomplishment was a white cane and guide dog awareness event. The event took place on October 16 and was organized by Darian Hartman and Mike Yamada, a mobility instructor at the Portland office of the Oregon Commission for the Blind. Mike was instrumental in coordinating the innumerable details required. Mary Volm, Communications Director for the city of Portland handled all of the scheduling. She arranged for the director of transportation, Police Chief Mark Kroeker, Commissioner Charlie Hales and the media were present.

Our location was at 23 and west Burnside, the site of a recently installed pedestrian audible signal. This is a rather complex intersection. Several of the sighted officials present crossed this intersection under blindfold, with the assistance of a white cane or guide dog and a blind mentor/escort.

We had a tent, PA system and ample food.

It was a glorious, sunny day, and in my opinion, a class act.

May one and all have the best holiday season ever!


By Sue L’Esperance
Summer months kept members busy. Our annual picnic brought many members out for food, fun, and entertainment by Friends of the Old Time Fiddlers at Riverside Park. We held our first rummage sale, adding $567 to the chapter treasury. A big thanks to the American Legion for use of their parking lot, tables/chairs and facilities! About 30 members attended “The Night of the Iguana” at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. Four members represented the chapter at the ACB convention in Louisville.

In an effort to promote social participation and education, the members voted to give $300 to help visually impaired children attend YMCA Summer Camp and awarded a $300 scholarship to a visually impaired/blind student at Rogue Community College.

Special guests continue to enlighten members at our business meetings, which are held at JJ North’s in Grants Pass on the first Saturday of each month September through May. In September, Corrine Vieville, Adaptive Technology Specialist at Rogue Community College, gave a presentation on various speech and magnification software programs and courses available for learning and/or improving computer skills at the college. At the October meeting, Home Health Care, Lifeline, and Hospice programs were discussed by Katie Ackison, community liaison for Asante Health Care Services.

Monthly workshops continue to be a favorite time for members to socialize and munch on homemade treats while sanding and assembling wood toys for the local Christmas basket program. A BIG thanks to Ed Bergerson and the Woodcarvers’ Association for continuing to supply the wood parts and supplies for this project!

On September 12, members took their third trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to see “The Taming of the Shrew”. We applaud the efforts in providing headsets for visually impaired/blind persons as they give descriptive narration of costumes, stage sets, and player actions, which greatly enhance the drama for us!

While many of our members were enjoying these activities, our chapter president Bob Matti was spending a month at the Boring, Oregon campus of Guide Dogs for the Blind training with his new guide dog, Eldon. Congratulations to both for successfully completing the program!

In support of national White Cane Safety Day, several members participated in a march through downtown Grants Pass on October 14 to help raise awareness of the safety issues faced by visually impaired/blind persons.

New member, Joan Hill from Klamath Falls, joined ten Rogue Valley Chapter members and “sailed away to Coos Bay” for the OCB convention. Welcome, Joan!

Currently, we are working on a membership drive, community outreach ideas, workshop activities and planning for a Christmas party.

"There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
(Anais Nin)

Willamette Chapter News

By Carol McCarl
The regular meetings of the Willamette Chapter of the OCB resumed on September 9, 2000. There are now 53 members of this chapter so each meeting provides a spirited exchange of ideas. Marie Anderson and Mariella Dibble gave an update of the efforts to get more audible signals installed at highly traveled intersections. At the present time there are two audible signals installed on Lancaster in Salem and six audible signals in Keizer.

Under the topic of "Where Are They Now?" our long-time members, Harvey and Mildred Gibbens, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on September 20, 2000. Many of their friends joined them at the community hall of Paradise Island to help them observe this momentous occasion. For those who may wish to send them a note, they live at Capital Manor and their address is: Apt317, 1955 Dallas Hwy., N.W. Salem, OR 97304.

The members of the Willamette Chapter will elect officers at the November meeting. Its Christmas party will take place at Salem Green Community Hall on December 9, 2000.

“The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true."
(James Branch Cabell)

Word Scramble

  1. yipysal raptech
  2. eht yultss
  3. oisul bellair
  4. spinker
  5. derag tow
  6. kenartnose
  7. pierone raptech
  8. bellair yadslip
  9. bellair dna peaks
  10. cob vetnocinn

Word Scramble Answers

  1. Spilyay Chapter
  2. “The Stylus”
  3. Louis Braille
  4. Perkins
  5. grade two
  6. Arkenstone
  7. Pioneer Chapter
  8. Braille display
  9. Braille and Speak
  10. OCB Convention

"We have two ears and only one tongue in order that we may hear more and speak less."
(Laertius Diogenes, Greek philosopher)

Editor’s Note

In order to produce an interesting, informative and creative newsletter, articles of interest; chapter reports; etc., need to be submitted in a timely manner. The Stylus will come to you quarterly in March, June, September and December, so please submit materials by the 1st of February, May, August and November. Materials may be submitted in Braille, on cassette, in print, on computer disk or via e-mail to Darian Hartman:
4335 NE 112th
Portland, Or 97220
(503) 253-9543

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