Spring, 2001

Affiliated with the American Council of the Blind
Available in large print, via e-mail and on cassette
Edited by Darian Hartman
Contributions by Members of the Oregon Council of the Blind 

President's Report

By John A. Fleming

Some of the big news this year is we have a new Chapter. The "South Coast Chapter" was granted their charter at the January board meeting HELD in Portland. This new chapter IN Brookings is the result of a lot of hard work by South Coast Chapter President Carol Mallard. You can contact Carol at (541) 412-3023. Her address is 509 Hemlock, Brookings, Oregon 97415. Congratulations and Welcome South Coast Chapter!

April 21, 2001 is the date, Bend is the place and ACB of Oregon's board meeting is the event. The hotel and meeting place in Bend have not been chosen yet. For more information you can contact me, John A. Fleming at (541) 846-6981.

If you would like a chance to go to Houston Texas in July of 2002, and it will be your first time to attend an American Council of the Blind national convention, you need to start thinking about writing your letter telling why you would like to attend a National Convention for the American Council Of The Blind. It's fun, it's easy and it's FREE! Send your letters to Bob Matti, 2604 Cedar Flat Road, Williams, Oregon 97544. Bob's Email is his phone number is (541) 846-6385.

ACB of Oregon's 2001 convention will be held in Salem at the Red Lion Inn. Pam Shaw, Second Vice President of the American Council Of The Blind has agreed to be our Key Note Speaker. Pam is a very Dynamic speaker and will be a great addition to this year's convention. This should be a great convention and I am looking forward to seeing you all there.

Did you hear about the guy who applied for unemployment? When asked why he could not work he said it was his eye sight. "I just can't see myself working!"

Multnomah Chapter News

By Patty Bessant and Darian Hartman

Several of our members, along with Pioneer Chapter members, enjoyed a fine Christmas meal and celebration at Steamers restaurant in December. We even received a thank you letter from the family who owns the restaurant. A collection was taken for our annual charity donation. The beneficiary of our efforts was the Green House, serving youth at risk. This organization is under auspices of the Salvation Army.

Our audible signals have been at a winter standstill due to technical delays. However, this wait will be well worth it as we are expecting new and improved equipment to be installed. These signals will include audible devices that will facilitate locating the signal buttons. 

In January, several of us attended the Oregon Council of the Blind state board meeting at Golden Hours Radio in Portland. We were treated to a wonderful tour of the Oregon Public Broadcasting building where Golden Hours is housed.

Program speakers for our winter meetings included Vicki Jack who represents Guide Dogs for the Blind. She gave us a wonderful description of their programs. Darian Hartman discussed her job at IAM CARES, a national, nonprofit job placement organization. Her program enjoys a partnership with the Oregon Commission for the Blind. If you or someone you know is job searching, you may call the Oregon Commission for the Blind in Portland or Eugene and ask for IAM CARES services.

We would like to take this opportunity to give a big thank you to Jerry DeLaunay and Golden Hours for their ongoing assistance with duplicating the cassette version of "The Stylus". We look forward to a continued supportive relationship with Golden Hours and all of you out there. 


Submitted by Sue L'Esperance

The new year has brought some changes to the Rogue Valley Chapter. Long time members Irene Macklin, as Sunshine Lady, and Evelyn Henry, as Chapter Secretary, have resigned their positions. We greatly appreciate their many hours of hard work serving the Rogue Valley Chapter! We would also like to welcome Patty Rumens as our new Sunshine Lady and Martha Sells as Chapter Secretary.

Our membership drive is currently in progress. We currently have 44 paid members for 2001 as of January, which includes 24 regular members and 20 associate members.

Once again this year, our members are making plans to attend plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. Currently we plan to see "Enter the Guardsmen" on April 1 and "Merry Widows of Windsor" on July 15.

South Coast Chapter News

The South Coast chapter of the American Council of the Blind of Oregon, in Brookings, Oregon, was chartered last Saturday. The officers are: Carol Mallard, President/co-treasurer, Jan Clausen, Vice President, and Joanne Massa, Secretary/co-treasurer. We meet at the Disabled Senior Center offices in Harbor, OR once a month. We do not have a regular date as yet because we are still lining up speakers. Our next meeting will be February 15 at 2:30.

Willamette Chapter News

by Carol McCarl

Willamette Chapter of OCB held its annual Christmas party in the form of a potluck lunch and steal-a-gift exchange. The site of the enjoyable event was the Salem Green Community Hall in Salem. We have learned from experience that we really have good cooks in the club and that the most coveted gifts, which were stolen most 

often, were gift certificates to local places of business. The January program was a presentation by our members, Ron Relaford and his wife, Janet Romine. They gave a candid, enthusiastic description of their travels in Egypt complete with sampling of food and music. They generously provided members with gold scarabs (suitable for wearing on a hold chain) which are small replicas of the dung beetle. Besides the travelogue, there was a jovial exchange of conversation by all the members as they recalled their favorite gift received at Christmas. Several members of the Willamette Chapter either entertained or observed the presentation of the annual Advocates for the Visually Impaired musical concert at Sprague High school in Salem. Those who sang and played guitars were: Ed Ripplinger, Jack Braziel, and Wally Menning. Bob Rushing is the treasurer of AVI and was responsible for ticket sales. Others who performed that evening were students from the Oregon School for the Blind and the Mid-Oregon Regional Services. The Digressions, a trio from Vancouver, Washington, of which Don Mitchell is a member, also played and sang. With the exception of Ed Ripplinger, all the adults mentioned are alumni of the Oregon School for the Blind. The guest speakers for the February meeting will be Laurie Brooks and her son, Dustin, and her daughter, Elisha. They are guide dog puppy raisers with the Marion County 4-H Puppy Raisers. The officers for the Willamette Chapter of OCB for 2001 are: Flo Dugan, President; Ed Ripplinger, Vice-President; Geri Hallisy, Secretary; Bob Johnson, Treasurer; and Cody Swanson, Appointed Junior Sergeant at Arms.


By Carol McCarl

My forgetter's getting better
But my rememberer is broke
to you that may seem funny
but, to me, that is no joke.

For when I'm "Here" I'm wondering
If I really should be "there"
And, when I try to think it through,
I haven't got a prayer!

Oft-times I walk into a room,
Say "what am I here for?"
I wrack my brain, but all in vain
A zero, is my score.

At times I put something away
Where it is safe, but, Gee!
The person it is safest from
Is, generally, me!

When shopping I may see someone
Say "Hi" and have a chat,
Then, when the person walks away
I ask myself, "who's that?"

Yes, my forgetter's getting better
While my rememberer is broke,
And it's driving me plumb crazy
And that isn't any joke.

* ** *** * *** ** *
Life Before the Computer

An application was for employment
A program was a TV show
A cursor used profanity
A keyboard was a piano!

Memory was something that you lost with age
A CD was a bank account
Compress was something you did to garbage
Not something you did to a file

Log on was adding wood to a fire
Hard drive was a long trip on the road
A mouse pad was where a mouse lived
And a backup happened to your commode!

Cut you did with a pocketknife
Paste you did with glue
A web was a spider's home
And a virus was the flu!

I guess I'll stick to my pad and paper
And the memory in my head
I hear nobody's been killed in a computer crash
But when it happens they wish they were dead!
(Received from Best of Humor and

A cheerful heart is good medicine... (Proverbs 17:22a)

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

Please submit any address changes or requests to receive "The Stylus" in a different format to Bob Rushing: 4705 Auburn Rd. NE, Space 52, Salem, OR 97301; E-mail: Those wishing to receive "The Stylus" via e-mail should contact Darian Hartman, by e-mail. Please include the words "Stylus via e-mail" in the subject line. For those of you who receive this newsletter in the recorded form, it is no longer necessary to return the cassettes. Thanks for your cooperation.

State Officers

President: John Fleming
106 NW "F"
PMB #258
Grants Pass, OR 97526
(541) 846-6981
E-mail: bj2kiowa@cdsnet. net

President: Bev Rushing
4730 Auburn Rd. N.E., Space #52
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 362-4151

1st Vice
President: Leonard Kokel
1845 W. Anderson Ave.
Coos Bay, OR 97420
(541) 269-7255

2nd Vice
President: Bob Johnson
4074 Market St., #11
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 361-8693

State Officers - continued

Secretary: Gery Hallisy
746 Browning Ave. SE
Salem, OR 97302
(503) 399-0495

Treasurer: Bob Rushing
4730 Auburn Rd. NE, Space #52
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 362-4151

Rep. #1: Jerry DeLaunay
Golden Hours Radio
7140 SW Macadam Ave.
Portland, OR 97219 
(503) 293-1902

Rep. #2: James Edwards
1075 Laurel Ave.
Reedsport, OR 97467
(541) 271-1226

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