THE STYLUS
SPRING 2006

AFFILIATED WITH THE AMERICAN COUNCIL OF THE BLIND OF OREGON

EDITED BY RON CHANCE

CONTRIBUTIONS BY MEMBERS OF THE AMERICAN COUNCIL OF THE BLIND, THE OREGON COMMISSION FOR THE BLIND, AND OTHERS

AVAILABLE IN LARGE PRINT, E-MAIL AND ON CASSETTE

EDITOR’S PAGE

THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE SPRING STYLUS. IF SO, THEN WHY IS IT SNOWING OUTSIDE?????? Maybe because I live in Klamath Falls ? It has been known to do that around here at times.

It is time for another Stylus though, so here it comes.

I am going to print a list of all the new ACBO officers and how to contact them. That way if you have any questions or concerns, you will know who to go to. If you should happen to misplace your copy of the list, never fear, I will do it again in the next Stylus. Ok?

It looks like the 2006 Convention will be at the Conference Center in Salem. Don’t know anything more right now, but I will try to have all the necessary information in time for the next Stylus (June).

Pedestrian safety; audible signals, safe crosswalks, accessible public transportation, the list goes on and on, is becoming a very important issue with a lot of people. We need to get serious with this. There is money available to fund some of these things if we go after it. The following came from Deb Marinos, and was on the Oregon-l the 28th of Feb.

Yesterday I attended a transportation retreat for CARTS – Chemeketa Area Rural Transportation Services. It was announced that there is a statewide, 2 million dollar pot of money for innovation in transportation. It is one- time money, so should be a project that can be completed. I asked about pedestrian safety, and Jean Palmateer from ODOT, said that they had already funded 50 audible signals. The rationale was that if folks couldn’t access the transportation malls or stops, it was necessary for ODOT to provide them. There was also much discussion of implementing the SAFET-LU and Jobs Access, reverse commute dollars. We watched a video, “The Ten Commandments of People with Disabilities”. It was neat to see the reactions. Most of the folks there had not seen or heard of the concepts in the video. I learned some stuff about deaf folks, and to get down to the level of the person you are talking to, so they don’t have to crank their neck all the time. Great video, great hope in getting transportation to go to work. Act on it folks. This is local dollars, go visit your transportation advisory committee with a plan in place. These “innovations” will be looked at in July, funded in September. Let me know if you are working on a project…. We don’t want to let this money get away. Remember to include the deaf/blind population and the “quiet cars” in your talking points for audible traffic signals. Go Team! We can make a difference!

Deb Marinos
503-873-6627
deb@open.org

Inspiring Thoughts
Collected and shared by Jean Gambee

Your integrity will determine your destiny, don’t leave home without it.
Refuse to let an old person move into your body.
If you are going to follow your bliss and make a difference in this world, you will soon learn that you can’t follow the herd.
Look at every obstacle as an opportunity.
Our lives are what our thoughts create.
We can only give away to others what we have inside.
Don’t let emotions immobilize you. View them as choices.
Those who think the world is a dark place, are blind to the light that might illuminate their lives.
Conflict can’t survive without your participation.
Always be kind. Have a good attitude. Never give up!
(This was sent to me by Joan Hill)

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Are we ready to run the race?

I noticed that the Winter Olympics was TV, and although the athletes don’t run I couldn’t help wondering if we were ready to run the race – the race for survival, the race for pedestrian safety, and the race for advocacy in 2006.

This year, as never before, we are going to have to learn to live with less. As was forecast in our 2005 budget, the Car Donation Program has not as yet brought in expected revenues—and in plain language, that means, our main source of funding is limited, thus we will not be able to award grants this year as we have in the past, and we will do our best to keep expenses within the constraints of our budget. We are all striving to think of ways that we might be able to generate funds for our organization. If you have ideas for fundraising, let us know!

Secondly, our survival depends on all of us working together towards the common goal of communicating with one another. Ron Chance, our valiant Stylus Editor, has agreed to post the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all the Board members in the Stylus, and John Fleming is working on updating our website. There is also an e-mail list called Oregon-l that you can join and find out what is happening here in Oregon, and nationally as well.

Jan Chance has sent Minutes of our recent State Board Meeting to all Chapter Presidents. In those minutes you will find out about committees that are available for you to become involved in. Take advantage of these—we need your input and your help.

Recently, in Portland, a blind man was struck and seriously injured as he was trying to catch a bus after he had attended a stamp-collecting meeting. This is the third blind pedestrian who has been struck in the Portland-Vancouver area in the past year. It seems that almost every night someone has been struck and killed on our highways; how should this concern us? As pedestrians, we need to advocate for safer streets and laws that protect us rather than harm us. From rural towns to big cities, this is a growing concern. Stay tuned for a possible conference on Pedestrian safety!

We are planning to hold our yearly Convention in Salem in 2006. Our theme will be “Adventures in Advocacy”. The Board is looking forward to working to put on a great convention under the leadership of Deb Marinos, and with the able assistance of Bob Johnson. We look forward to learning how to advocate, and on a political level as well. Advocacy starts within each one of us.

We encourage each Chapter to start getting door prizes together, and those of you who wish to work on this individually, let us know.

We hope that you have been staying well, and that this long winter hasn’t caused you too many problems. Remember, we all have work to do to win this race-I look forward to running with all of you!!

Get Ready---On Your Mark---Go!!!

Kae Madera,
President, ACBO

MEMBERSHIP NEWS
By Joan Hill

First I want to thank all the hard working members that invited the 22 new members to join us. We want to welcome all of the new members and hope you will become active members. ACB of Oregon has 241 paid members this year.

One of the ways you can get the national Braille Forum is by e-mail. If you want to receive it this way, you have to send a blank e-mail message to the following e-mail address:
Brailleforum-l-subscribe@acb.org
You can also read the Braille Forum on-line: http://www.acb.org/magazine/index.html

If you have any changes or questions just let me know. My mailing address is: Joan Hill, 4332 Meadows Drive, Klamath Falls, OR 97603. My e-mail is: joanhi@charter.net and my phone number is 541-882-9667.

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ACBO BOARD MEMBERS

PRESIDENT:
Kae Madera
1839 N.E. 14th Ave. Apt. 306
Portland. OR 97212
Phone: 503-282-0804
e-mail: lady-potter@comcast.net

1st VICE PRESIDENT:
James Edwards
P.O. Box 83
Lakeside. OR 97449
Phone: 541-404-8214
e-mail: jamese49@earthlink.net

2nd VICE PRESIDENT:
Joan Hill
4332 Meadows Drive
Klamath Falls, OR 97603
Phone: 541-882-9967
e-mail: joanhi@charter.net

SECRETARY:
Jan Chance
3500 Summers Lane #19
Klamath Falls, OR 97603
Phone: 541-883-8227
e-mail: janchnc@charter.net

TREASURER:
Sharon Lofting
20 S.E. 103rd Ave. Apt 435
Portland, OR 97216
Phone: 503-256-0714
e-mail: sharonilofting@yahoo.com

PAST PRESIDENT:
Bob Johnson
4915 Swegle Rd. N.E. #69
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-361-8693
e-mail: bobfello@open.org

1st DISTRICT REP.:
Jerry Delaunay
3006 S.E. 136th
Portland, OR 97236
Phone: 503-761-3133
e-mail: jdelaunay@opb.org

2nd DISTRICT REP.:
Leonard Kokel
P.O. Box 336
Coos Bay, OR 97420
Phone: 541-297-1787
e-mail: leonardkokel.starlight@verizon.net

3rd DISTRICT REP.: Ron Whelchel
914 S.E, Mystic Dr.
Grants Pass, OR 97527
Phone: 541-955-7337
e-mail: r.whelchel@att.net

CONVENTION 2006

We all make a difference in this world.

Every time you live your life as a blind person, or support a blind person, you are making a statement. Within American Council of the Blind of Oregon, we have folks also making a difference in the laws, rules, and policies that our state lives with. Blindness is often misunderstood and generalized. It is our job to educate ourselves, and the folks in our world to the reality and possibilities of life with blindness. Now, on to the Convention !!!

Convention is coming October 19-21, 2006. Join us at the Grand Phoenix Hotel in Salem, OR for fun, education, and business. There will be vendors, speakers, and workshops. Be part of the action!

The Salem Conference Center is new, beautiful, well lighted, plenty of room and comfortable. They are eager to welcome the American Council of the Blind of Oregon to their facility. The meeting/exhibit rooms are adjacent to each other and will be on the same floor. The meeting facility(www.salemconferencecenter.org) is three blocks from the Salem Transit Mall. There are SMART buses that connect several times a day to this terminal. There is also a shuttle to Silverton, Corvallis, Polk County, and other spots. Amtrak Station is approximately 12 blocks north. The Phoenix Grand has shuttle service and will pick up with prior arrangements. Because the budget is so tight this year, the private bus service is not available. Please e-mail me, deb@open.org, to coordinate transportation. I would like to know how folks are coming so I can direct others to the same connection. This will help in picking you up on this end.

The hotel rooms are more expensive than in the past. The options are limited in Salem, and a hallway attaches the Conference Center to this hotel. The prices for the rooms are still in negotiation process, so wait about three weeks before making reservations. Let me know if you are willing to share a room to help reduce the cost. The rooms are very large, with separate sitting rooms. They do have rollaway cots, but do charge for the extra person. A generous hot breakfast is included with the room rate. The hotel phone number is: 877-540-7800. Their website is: www.phoenixgrandhotel.com. The address is 201 Liberty St. S., Salem OR 97301.

Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions for this year’s Statewide Convention. I am also looking for folks that are willing to take care of one small task at the convention. I’m hoping for about 15 folks, so each only has a small amount of responsibilities.

Respectfully,
Deb Marinos,
Convention Chair
e-mail: deb@open.org

ACBO BOARD MEMBERS

PRESIDENT:
Kae Madera
1839 N.E. 14th Ave. Apt. 306
Portland. OR 97212
Phone: 503-282-0804
e-mail: lady-potter@comcast.net

1st VICE PRESIDENT:
James Edwards
P.O. Box 83
Lakeside. OR 97449
Phone: 541-404-8214
e-mail: jamese49@earthlink.net

2nd VICE PRESIDENT:
Joan Hill
4332 Meadows Drive
Klamath Falls, OR 97603
Phone: 541-882-9967
e-mail: joanhi@charter.net

SECRETARY:
Jan Chance
3500 Summers Lane #19
Klamath Falls, OR 97603
Phone: 541-883-8227
e-mail: janchnc@charter.net

TREASURER:
Sharon Lofting
20 S.E. 103rd Ave. Apt 435
Portland, OR 97216
Phone: 503-256-0714
e-mail: sharonilofting@yahoo.com

PAST PRESIDENT:
Bob Johnson
4915 Swegle Rd. N.E. #69
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-361-8693
e-mail: bobfello@open.org

1st DISTRICT REP.:
Jerry Delaunay
3006 S.E. 136th
Portland, OR 97236
Phone: 503-761-3133
e-mail: jdelaunay@opb.org

2nd DISTRICT REP.:
Leonard Kokel
P.O. Box 336
Coos Bay, OR 97420
Phone: 541-297-1787
e-mail: leonardkokel.starlight@verizon.net

3rd DISTRICT REP.: Ron Whelchel
914 S.E, Mystic Dr.
Grants Pass, OR 97527
Phone: 541-955-7337
e-mail: r.whelchel@att.net

Phone: 503-873-6627

ACBO BOARD MEMBERS

PRESIDENT:
Kae Madera
1839 N.E. 14th Ave. Apt. 306
Portland. OR 97212
Phone: 503-282-0804
e-mail: lady-potter@comcast.net

1st VICE PRESIDENT:
James Edwards
P.O. Box 83
Lakeside. OR 97449
Phone: 541-404-8214
e-mail: jamese49@earthlink.net

2nd VICE PRESIDENT:
Joan Hill
4332 Meadows Drive
Klamath Falls, OR 97603
Phone: 541-882-9967
e-mail: joanhi@charter.net

SECRETARY:
Jan Chance
3500 Summers Lane #19
Klamath Falls, OR 97603
Phone: 541-883-8227
e-mail: janchnc@charter.net

TREASURER:
Sharon Lofting
20 S.E. 103rd Ave. Apt 435
Portland, OR 97216
Phone: 503-256-0714
e-mail: sharonilofting@yahoo.com

PAST PRESIDENT:
Bob Johnson
4915 Swegle Rd. N.E. #69
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-361-8693
e-mail: bobfello@open.org

1st DISTRICT REP.:
Jerry Delaunay
3006 S.E. 136th
Portland, OR 97236
Phone: 503-761-3133
e-mail: jdelaunay@opb.org

2nd DISTRICT REP.:
Leonard Kokel
P.O. Box 336
Coos Bay, OR 97420
Phone: 541-297-1787
e-mail: leonardkokel.starlight@verizon.net

3rd DISTRICT REP.: Ron Whelchel
914 S.E, Mystic Dr.
Grants Pass, OR 97527
Phone: 541-955-7337
e-mail: r.whelchel@att.net

The best time to reach me is between 6 and 8 pm

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL MEMBERS
From Bob Johnson

Something in the legislative agenda closer to home is the committee thinking of joining the Blind and Deaf Schools into one.

I think it was ’98 when a quit claim deed was filed, giving the OSB property to the state, and they now can do anything they want with that property. There have been two meetings so far, one at each school, and there will be another next week. We will, at some point, all have a time to voice our opinions, and I hope everyone will, loudly and clearly.

The last time this was tried, the Willamette Chapter took on the challenge, and by sheer perseverance, we won.

This time the entire state organization will have to get involved to again save our school. Don Ouimet, School Director, has promised to keep me informed through the site committee and AVI, boards on which I sit, and I will post anything coming across my desk concerning the possible school closure. This legislative committee is supposed to have a plan in place to present to the next sitting legislative session.

MEDICARE CONSUMER ALERT

If you missed this in the newspaper, READ IT NOW!!!!

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) warns seniors and people with disabilities to be aware of a scheme that asks Medicare beneficiaries for money and checking account information to help them enroll in a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan.

This scheme is called the “$299 Ring” for the typical amount of money Medicare beneficiaries are talked into withdrawing from their checking accounts to pay for a non-existent prescription drug plan. Consumers can report these cases to their local law enforcement agencies or 1-877-7SAFERX (1-877-772-3379).

Medicare has received complaints from Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Georgia. Complaints have been made against a number of different companies, but authorities believe that the companies are the same and are typically based outside the U.S. As soon as CMS receives these complaints, they are investigated and referred to federal law enforcement authorities.

No Medicare drug plan can ask a person with Medicare for bank account or other personal information over the telephone. No beneficiary should ever provide that kind of information to a caller. They should contact their local police department if they believe someone is trying to take money or information from them illegally.

People with Medicare should also remember that they should be on the lookout for anyone trying to take advantage of them and take steps to protect themselves by remembering: No one can come into your home uninvited.

No one can ask you for personal information during their marketing activities.

Always keep all personal information, such as your Medicare number, safe, just as you would a credit card or a bank account number.

Whenever you have a question or concern about any activity regarding Medicare, call 1-800-MEDICARE.

In addition, legitimate Medicare drug plans will not ask for payment over the telephone or the Internet. They must bill the beneficiary for the monthly premium. Typically, that amount is set up as an automatic withdrawal from the beneficiary’s monthly Social Security check. Beneficiaries may also opt to pay the monthly premiums in other ways such as writing a check or setting up automatic payments from their checking accounts.

For more info regarding Medicare issues go to: http://www.aapd.com/News/medicare/indexmedicare.php and click on ‘Medicare’s New Prescription Drug Coverage.’

OREGON COMMISSION for the BLIND

The Commission consists of seven members who are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. Four members of the board must be legally blind. The other three members are appointed from the areas of business, labor, optometry, ophthalmology, and education of the blind. Commissioners serve two-year terms for a maximum of three consecutive terms. The current Commissioners are: Don Dartt – chair Deb Marinos – representing the ACB Joyce Green – representing the NFB Charlene Cook – business representative Irvin Handleman – ophthalmology Frank Armstrong – representing the older blind Neil Kliewer – representing education

If you would like more information on the commissioners, we have brief bios on them on our website: www.cfb.state.or.us They can be contacted through our address: 535 S.E. 12th Ave. Portland, OR 97214 Messages can be left on our 800 number as well: 1-800-452-0292

We typically meet the first Friday on the even numbered months, with an occasional change to that for specific reasons. Foe example, our next meeting has been moved to March 31. So, for 2006 the meetings will be: March 31
June 2
August 4
October 6
December 2
They are usually at 4:00 in the conference room of the Portland Office, although we try to move around the state occasionally.

Submitted by: Linda Mock
Administrator
Oregon Commission for the Blind

THE COMMISSIONERS
Frank Armstrong, Representative of Blind Oregonians
Mr. Armstrong retired from state service in 1983 as Manager of the Newport office of the Oregon Employment Department where he worked for 16 tears. He is the President of the Oregon state group of Blind Veterans Association, and a group leader for Vision Northwest. Mr. Armstrong volunteers at the VA Hospital and edits and reports for their Eye Center Newsletter. He is active with the Senior Companion and Retired and Senior Volunteer Organizations.

Charlene Cook, Representative of Business, Portland
Mrs. Cook is the owner of Crantford’s Flowers, a successful florist shop in Portland. Mrs. Cook was the omission for the Blind 1989 Blind Worker of the Year. She is very involved in the agency Living with Blindness Seminars and the Summer Work Experience Program, and has appeared in both publications and videos featuring successful blind people around the nation. Mrs. Cook is often invited to speak to school-aged children about blindness.

Don Dartt, Representative of Blind Oregonians
Mr. Dartt is an attorney and has been practicing law for the past 14 years. Losing his sight seven years ago, Don received a variety of services from the agency, such as computer training and orientation and mobility instruction. These services have enabled him to continue his practice. Also, for the past seven years, Mr. Dartt has volunteered his time for many Commission activities. Mr. Dartt, who is legally blind, replaced Dr. John Boice on the board in July 2003.

Joyce Green, Representative of the National Federation of the Blind
Following my undergraduate education at S.E.Missouri State College, Cape Girardeau, MO, and a few years of employment as a correspondence secretary with a paper company, I came west to seek my fortune. After six years working at medical transcription, I launched a career in social work. From 1971 through 1990, I served in that capacity at Providence Medical Center, taking time out to earn my MSW at St. Louis University. During my years as a social worker, I became aware of the tremendous need among low income people for help in purchasing their medications, and established a medication assistance fund within the medical center foundation to alleviate this need. During my last seven years of fulltime employment I accepted an administrative post at the hospital to establish and administer a mission and values integration program. My last responsibility was to help regionalize the mission program to bring it in alignment with regionalization of Providence health entities into a single unified system. Upon completion of this task, and selection of a regional mission integration director, I retired from fulltime employment. Since retirement, I have volunteered my time to serve on boards of directors, namely, Outreach Ministries in Burnside and National Federation of the Blind of Oregon. My service as an OCB commissioner springs from my desire to help blind people become the best that they can be and live self fulfilling lives, serving their communities to the best of their abilities in successful careers of their own choosing.

Irvin Handleman, MD, Representative of Ophthalmology
Irvin Handelman is an ophthalmologist in private practice at the Retina Northwest Clinic. Dr. Handelman served as President of the Oregon Academy of Ophthalmology for two years, has been a member of the Executive Committee for eight years and co-chairs the Academy’s Education Committee. He also served on the Board of Directors of Vision Northwest for several years. He replaced Dr. Phil Stockstad on the board in June 2003.

Neil Kliewer, Representative of Special Education
Neil received his Masters Degree at Oregon State University, certificate to teach the visually impaired and an Administrator’s certificate from Portland State. He taught two years at Dallas Junior High School, and seven years for the Salem-Keizer School District. In 1966, his family moved to the School for the Blind campus, where he was Principal and then Director until retirement in 1995. After retirement Neil and his wife became full-time Rvers for seven years. Currently Neil is on the Board of Directors of Advocates of the Visually Impaired; President of The Alliance for Blind Children; on the Advisory Council for Blindskills, Inc.; member of the Salem Downtown Lions Club and the First Church of the Nazarene. Since his retirement Neil has continued to substitute some time each year as a teacher or as an administrator.

Deb Marinos, Representative of the American Council of the Blind
Mrs. Marinos is the owner of a thriving small business, Applied Electrical Training, providing training for licensed electricians to connect with code and theory using practical examples and stories. Mrs. Marinos was honored as an electrician with the Oregon Tradeswoman of the Year Award in 1999. She was also the recipient of the 2001 Silverton Business and Professional Women of the year Award. She is active in advocating for blind Oregonians, as legislative chair for ACB of Oregon, and member of a rural transportation committee. Mrs. Marinos believes that her long time experience with different volunteer groups, combined with her business knowledge will be of help with OCB work. She also credits the Commission for her success in business and life. She received training to continue her electrical contracting business in 1992, allowing her to continue successfully for nine more years and again recently to be able to transfer her electrical knowledge to her current business. Mrs. Marinos has RP, so retains some usable vision, yet has been legally blind for at least 12 years. She is passionate about using education as a tool for conquering life’s challenges.

ARE YOU REACHING YOUR FULL POTENTIAL?
Pat Macdonell,
OCCB Director
Oregon Commission for the Blind

A new year full of possibilities is starting.

Do you need to learn independent living skills? New adaptive technology? Want to work? The Oregon Commission for the Blind’s Orientation and Career Center for the Blind (OCCB) can not only help you succeed in your goals, but to excel to your full potential.

The focus of the OCCB is still as it has always been, to help blind individuals find gainful and rewarding employment and provide independent living skills training for self sufficiency. Training at the center consists of group classroom time, and one on one attention to build confidence and skills. OCCB provides classes in cane travel, Braille, techniques in daily living, woodshop, cooking, career exploration and adaptive technology. Also, classes in yoga, stamina training, self defense, life work planning, and support for living with blindness issues.

Our technology center is a state-of-the-art center. Learning to master the new and always changing technology is on going. Our classes are designed with the needs of each of the students in mind. With all the changes in the computer and electronic notetakers, learning the technology can truly be liberating.

The OCCB is located in Portland and is a residential program. Housing is provided for students who attend the center from other parts of the state. Local students commute from their homes to the center on a daily basis. Classes are scheduled on 12 week terms. If students need more than 12 weeks, classes are continued until students feel confident in their skills.

The Commission for the Blind is proud of OCCB and hopes that all blind individuals who are eligible and have the desire to attend will follow up with a counselor in their area. For further information contact:
Pat Macdonell, OCCB Director
Oregon Commission for the Blind
535 S.E. 12th Ave.
Portland, OR 97214
Ph: 971-673-1588
e-mail: Patricia.Macdonell@state.or.us

DUNES PARK CHAPTER NEWS

Hi everyone, from the coast, Dunes Park Chapter. During our December meeting, we were discussing ways to gain public exposure for our group in the community. One of our members, Clay Roberts, who is also a member of the Lakeside Lions Club, suggested we approach the Lions Club with the proposal of sponsoring a dinner for our chapter. The Lions club enthusiastically embraced the idea since they are well known for their support of the deaf and blind community. The Lions Vice President, Madeline Gonsales, made the suggestion that the dinner be prepared in a Hawaiian luau theme, and she and her helpers from the club and from the community went all out to make it happen on February 14th! The Dunes Park Chapter invited the southwestern Chapter to share the dinner and we all had a great time enjoying the food and the live entertainment, Hawaiian style, including a real Hawaiian hula dancer. There were about 120 people present listening to talks about the ACB of O, who we are and what we stand for. We also had blind speakers talking about living with blindness, and Vernon Leach from Dunes Park talked about using his Guide Dog, Fetzer. The Lions Club sold tickets for the event at 10 dollars per person to the general public, and donated the proceeds, along with a matching amount from their bingo fund to our chapter and the Coos Bay Chapter. So each chapter went home with appetites satisfied and a check for $300. We also had a reporter from the local newspaper there to cover the event, so we certainly got the public exposure we were looking for. So we, the Dunes Park Chapter, say thanks to member Clay Roberts, and a special heartfelt thanks to the Lakeside Lions Club!

In other news we are actively involved in getting an audible signal installed in our little town. Due to the request of Vernon and Fetzer, the State says they are looking for funding to do the project, and as soon as they find it, they will buy the equipment and install it.

That’s all for now. More from the coast next time.

James Edwards

MULTNOMAH CHAPTER NEWS
Patty Bessant

Our election was held in November with the following results: President, Greg Welch; Vice President, Fred Kennedy; Treasurer, Dick Kohl; Secretary, Patty Bessant.

Our Christmas luncheon was at Steamers Restaurant and fellowship and food were enjoyed by all of us.

Our January meeting featured a speaker who was so knowledgeable on his subject, Medicare D. We came away with a better understanding of the program, but it is so complex that many who really need it must be facing a real dilemma. He answered our many questions, and surely must have studied the information diligently to be a volunteer.

The first meeting of the year went well, and it appears there is energy and enthusiasm to carry us along.

Darian Hartman has returned to her job at Independent Living Resources after several months recovering from her accident in August. Kay Scott has moved to Rockville, Maryland following major surgery last summer. Although the surgery was not related to eyes, she experienced considerable loss of sight and decided to move to be near her daughter. She seems to be adjusting well. Evelyn Mathewson is under the care of Hospice, and is expected to pass away soon. She has been a member of Multnomah Chapter for several decades and will be truly missed.

We have been experiencing glorious sunshine for a few days; this break has been a real mood booster.

THE GARDENS OF 55th AVE.
Sheri Dowley

I am trying to get the word out that Pups With Vision, a Multnomah County Guide Dogs for the Blind Puppy Raising Club, is putting on a Garden Tour to benefit Guide Dog Puppy Raising. The date has been set for May 20th and 21st, 2006, from 11am to 5pm. We would like to invite any service dogs and their partners to come (complimentary of course). Our goal is to raise money, but more importantly, we want to raise the level of awareness in our community about the valuable role service dogs perform. We are inviting service dog users to attend the tour and be a presence. I am trying to invite users of hearing dogs, seizure dogs, police dogs assistance dogs, etc. We are also asking puppy raisers to bring their pips for a great socialization excursion. There will be a guide dog puppy with their raiser to greet tour attendees at each garden.

The tour will consist of 5-8 gardens (I’m still getting some of my neighbors to commit!) all within a six block, level area. Many of the gardens are ˝ parcels with lovely views of downtown Portland.

Please call 503-806-6167, e-mail me at catalyst@provokingchange.com, or stop by 1465 S.E.Hawthorne St. for more information.

Thanks,
Sheri Dowley
(503) 806-6167

THE SIGHT EXCHANGE

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Winslow Parker
Adaptive Technology Specialist
Oregon Commission for the Blind
535 S.E. 12th Ave.
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 731-3221 ext. 245
winslow.parker@state.or.us

PARTING SHOTS
(that means I’ve had enough)

The national debt on February 22, 2006 was: $8,248,610,963,200.58
Your share of the national debt: $27,664.62
If you don’t want to count the numbers and commas I’ll spell it out: 8 trillion 248 billion 610 million 963 thousand 2 hundred Dollars & 58 cents
Pretty sad, huh?

LIVING WILL
A man and his wife were sitting in the living room and he said to her; “Just so you know, I never want to live in a vegetative state, dependent on some machine and fluids from a bottle. If that ever happens, just pull the plug”. His wife got up, unplugged the TV, and threw out all of his beer.






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