Summer, 2000




Affiliated with the American Council of the Blind

Available in large print and cassette

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 apeople in

the United States.


We have grown from a small organization with a meager budget in 1954 to a

greatly enlarged membership which enables us to sponsor programs such as the





Scholarships and grants-in-aid programs have enabled scores of blind

students and children of the blind to go onto higher education.


Loan Fund makes it 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



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.


We welcome new members.  Those wishing further information may contact Mary Chambers

(503) 284-1590.



President’s Message

By John Fleming


We held our first quarter board meeting in beautiful Grants Pass.  We met in the Hawthorne motel on Saturday April 15, 2000.  The Rogue Valley Chapter hosted this meeting. Thank you to all the Rogue Valley Chapter members that worked so hard to make this meeting very nice.


Bob Rushing reported that we are doing very well financially.  The car donation program is going strong, and we have gotten a few bequests that we will hear about at the convention in October.


As of the end of March, 2000, we have 247 members. Membership lists  will soon be available in print and a limited number in Braille upon request.


Robert Clark,  from Portland, has agreed to help with a Web Page for OCB.  It is only in the



planning stages right now but we hope to have it up and running soon.


The board has approved several grants.  Oregon Guide Dog Users  was granted $1,000 for their Spring Romp to help those people who can not afford the cost of attending this years event.  We agreed to grant “Program Advantage” $1,000.  Program Advantage is a camp for handicapped children that is run by Oregon firefighters.  We will donate $3,000 to ACB at this years national convention in Louisville, Kentucky.  One of the most exciting grants was for the Oregon School For The Blind.  The school wants to establish a AM and FM low power radio broadcasting station with Web radio capabilities. We hope to be partners with the American Council Of The Blind, The Oregon Commission for the Blind, The Oregon department of Education, The Lions and Elks clubs and Golden Hours Radio to name a few. This will be a great program for the school and any visually impaired or blind student that wants to pursue a career in the radio field.  We will provide them with $8,000 as soon as they get this program put together.   



Welcome To Our Newest Chapter!


By Darian Hartman,  Brady Rensen and Dan Sullivan



The name of our chapter is Spilyey Chapter. What follows is our creed which explains our chapter name and our reasons for choosing it.




The coyote's spirit is one of overcoming adversity and adapting to

Whatever challenges it faces.  He is not limited by what he sees, yet

relies as well on the sounds, scents, and feel of all that is around

him.  The coyote is able to do this because his spirit is also one of

great courage and wisdom.


The Native American word "Spilyay" means coyote.  Our ACB chapter is



honored to have adopted this special name which in many ways symbolizes

the challenges and adversity we often face.  In the spirit of "Spilyay",

we work together as a chapter to form the same courage and wisdom as

this name portrays.


Our officers are:

Brady Remsen, president; vice president, Helen Duhn; secretary, Dan Sullivan and treasurer, Sue Browning.


We are working on our bylaws and constitution and look forward to receiving our chapter charter in October, at the state convention.



Multnomah Chapter News


By Patty Bessant


Recently, our chapter held a very successful no-bake sale.  This was a fund-raiser.


In March, Jerry and Holly DeLaunay gave a wonderful presentation about Golden Hours Radio.  They graciously arranged to transport our receivers back to OPB.  We are all looking forward to enjoying second audio programming and narrated television.  On behalf of all of OCB, we would like to thank Golden Hours Radio for their gracious help in producing the taped version of “The Stylus”. 


We would also like to thank the Portland Department of Transportation, numerous blind citizens and mobility instructors for their energetic cooperation in placing audible signals at major intersections in our city.  We are approaching the end of this funding cycle; however, stay tuned to future issues of this newsletter for updates on this subject.


Rogue Valley Chapter News

By Bob Matti



We have had some interesting, well attended meetings.  In February, Mr. Sam Kurz entertained us.  He is a local artist who creates his own original melodies and plays them on special flutes that he creates or makes.  In March, Vickie Jack, Graduate Agency Representative of Guide Dogs for the Blind, gave a very interesting presentation covering many aspects of obtaining, training and using a Guide Dog.


At our April meeting , We were entertained and enlightened by husband and wife, Michael and Sonny Valle.  Michael is a song writer singer/entertainer while Sonny is a sculptor/artist.  Michael played the guitar and sang a wide variety of well-known songs.  Sonny gave a presentation on sculpturing and brought a selection of her creations for members to observe with hands on examination.


Our Chapter hosted the OCB State Board meeting in April.  Then, on April 16th  About thirty-five members and guests attended a contemporary play "The Man Who Came To Dinner" at the Ashland


Shakespeare Festival.  Descriptive video was

available for the blind/vision impaired.

This was a very well attended enjoyable outing  so more are tentatively planned for later in the year.


We have an Ophthalmologist and an Optometrist scheduled to speak to us in May.  These Doctors spent the last half of February in El Salvador doing volunteer eye care in conjunction with the Mercy ship program

Their presentation relating to their eye care experiences in El Salvador should be extremely interesting.


We will hold our annual picnic at Riverside Park on June 10th beginning at 11:00 A.M. Some local musicians group will entertain us, probably the "Friends of the Old Time Fiddlers".  We are also planning a yard sale in June.


We hold a workshop the third Tuesday of every other month.  Workshops are generally used to sand and assemble wood toys for the Christmas Basket Program.  Mr. Ed Bergerson and the local Wood Carvers Association generously supply the parts for these wood toys.




Bowling continues to be a popular activity for some of our members.  We bowl at least once a month in the Caveman bowling alley in Grants Pass.

Our meetings are held the first Saturday of the month, excluding June; July and August.  Any OCB members or potential members are invited to attend our meetings and our annual picnic.


As Chairman of this years First Timers Award Committee I want to remind all participants that entry letters are due no later than July first so if you intend to enter and haven't yet sent your letter, you better get on the ball because by the time you read this the deadline for entries will be rapidly approaching.





Southwestern Chapter News


By Helen Serfass and Peggy Fry



The results of our election of new officers in January 2000 follow: Jan Clauson, President; Audrey





Schulze, Vice President; Joan Shockley, Treasurer and Peggy Fry, Secretary.


Regretfully we report the loss of member, John Collins.

 Charlotte Noddin and Peggy Fry had surgeries and Marianne Burns spent time in

the hospital.

 Charlotte Noddin will be housebound for most of the summer from her surgery

with hip replacement, but she continues to work very hard on plans for the

state convention, Charlotte would be pleased to hear from members during her



New regular members are:  Genevive Ledoux and Wilene Roth.  New associate

members are Linda Hicks, Evelyn Osep, Lee Osep, Anna Price and Ed Roth.


The Oregon Old Time Fiddlers played for the entertainment at the March

meeting with our own Helen Serfass and Marianne Burns playing along with




them.  Each month we hold a fundraiser, a raffle which includes meals for two at a local



The state convention is to be held in Coos

Bay in October.  The theme will be "Sail Away to Coos Bay in 2000".

There will be two raffles, one for seafood and one for

an afghan made and donated by Helen Serfass. Money made is for expense of the

state convention.







Willamette Chapter News


by Carol M. McCarl



The members of the Willamette Chapter of the Oregon Council of the Blind are always involved citizens in the community and the activities in April are an



Many members of the Willamette Chapter attended the regular April meeting that was held at a special location.  The attendees enjoyed touring the exhibits

of the annual Low Vision Awareness Day, sponsored by Blindskills, Inc., and held on the campus of the Oregon School for the Blind this year.


Besides hearing presentations by exhibitors and other speakers, the members were treated to a sandwich bar lunch, followed by their business meeting in

the auditorium.


On April 11, 2000, two members of the Willamette Chapter, Jack Braziel and Ed Riplinger,  performed



with Daryl Beers at the second annual concert sponsored

by Advocates of the Visually Impaired.  Many of the chapter members were in the audience to enjoy their soothing voices and guitar-picking skills.  Others

heard at the concert were students from the Oregon School for the Blind and some from the Willamette Regional Program.  Washington State was represented

by a trio, led by Don Mitchelll, a former student of OSB and is an instructor at the Emil Fries Piano Technology School in Vancouver, WA.


The talents of John Dashney, our resident author, were truly appreciated at the Chapter's March meeting.  We all enjoyed hearing how he researched the

facts he entwined in his recently published novel, "Summer Of The Hunters",  published by Storm Peak Press, Seattle, Washington.  It is also available,

in Braille, at Future Alternatives, 1639 Ashwood Lane, Birmingham, AL 35209.  For more information you might give John a call at (503) 364-5825.


Now we would like to invite each and every one of you to our annual picnic and penny auction at Noon



on July 29, 2000,  at Salem Green, 4730 Auburn Road

NE, Salem, OR 97301.  If you plan to attend, please contact Flo Dugan, President of the Willamette Chapter, by July 15, 2000, with your reservation.  Her

phone number is 503/585-4340.


We want to plan on having enough food for our members and guests, so let us know as soon as you can.  We hope to see you there.



For Your Information


At the April Board Meeting, OCB members voted to discontinue the position of "Sunshine Chairperson".  They agreed that each chapter has done a very good job of taking care of

its own members. However, in the event of members’ deaths, The

Membership Chairman and the Board should be notified in order to include them in a memorial service and to notify the American Council of the





OCB State Convention



This year’s state convention will be held October 20-23rd, at the Red Lion Inn,

1313 North Bay Shore Drive,

Coos Bay, Oregon 97420.

The telephone number is  (541) 267-4141.

 Room rates are $50 plus 7 percent bed tax per night.

 Be sure and mention that you are with the OCB convention.


Bob Johnson, Second Vice-President,  will be arranging for a bus that will be going from Portland to Salem then stopping in Eugene and then going on to Coos Bay.  If there is enough interest we will provide transportation for the Rogue Valley and Bend groups too.






Oregon Council Of The Blind, Convention 2000:


By John Fleming



CAROL STEWART , NLS narrator and American Printing House for the Blind Studio Director will be our guest speaker for this year’s state convention to be held in Coos Bay, Oregon.  The convention will be held over the weekend of October 20 through 22, 2000.


CAROL Jordon STEWART has been a NLS narrator for ten years. Currently she is the Studio Director at the American Printing House for the Blind in Louisville, Kentucky.


As Studio Director she works with all the narrators there.  They include Roy Avers, Mitzi Friedlander, Terry Sales, Ray Foushee, Jack Fox, Jan Gray, Lou Harpenau, Bruce Huntey, to name a few; and of course, she have plenty of fun stories about what that's like. 



Carol Stewart has narrated about three hundred

books for NLS. She usually records "unusual" fiction, new authors, short story collections and  books with odd stylistic or subject material.  She also does a lot of mainstream fiction which include Rose Madder for Stephen King fans, the Kat Colorado series for people who like mysteries, Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone for the

cooks, lots of romance novels by Amanda Quick, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Linda Howard  and science fiction  by Sherri Tepper, Poul Anderson and  Orsen Scott Card.  Then there's self-help  like Women Who Run with the Wolves  and the action/adventure/crime books by Robert Tannenbaum, Douglas Prescott, and Robin Cook.


If you have not heard her read a book maybe you can get one of these books before the convention.  I am sure we will enjoy her talk very much.





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,

phone (503) 253-9543



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State Officers


President   John Fleming

            106 NW "F", PMB #258

            Grants Pass, OR   97526

            (541) 846-6981



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

            3294 Randle Ct. NE

            Salem, OR     97302

            (503) 36108693


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     David Becker

            3812 SW Kelly

            Portland, OR   97201

            (503) 525-0437



Rep. #2     Charlotte Noddin

            63204 Crown Point Road

            Coos Bay, OR    97420

            (541) 888-9651

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