Summer, 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

As President of the ACB of Oregon/Oregon Council Of The Blind, let me be the first to welcome the Klamath Chapter to our family. They are the third chapter in two years to join with us. Their president and Vice President , Joan Hill and Jan Chance, received their charter at our April Board meeting in Bend.

Thanks to the Spilyay Chapter for hosting our board meeting. Our board meeting was the beginning of their chapter meeting for April. This years legislative seminar in Washington DC was a big success. After two days of speakers, panels and workshops, I talked with staff people for the entire Oregon delegation. I was talking to them about four issues that are of primary importance to our legislative agenda this year: ensuring blind voters access to an independent, secret and verifiable ballot; increased funding for rehabilitation programs to benefit the older blind; expanding Medicare coverage to include rehabilitation services, and durable medical equipment for blind beneficiaries; and insuring an appropriate definition of "legal blindness" in the statute for evaluating claims for Social Security Disability benefits based on vision loss. ACB had a position paper on each issue and I talked briefly on each subject. My main focus was on voting, as it is on everyone's mind in Washington these days.

I feel like I might have left them with some insight into some of our concerns. With the help of the National office and all the rest of us working together we can make a difference.

Plans for our October state convention in Salem are coming along on time. We will have a full and exciting program with something for everyone. I look forward to seeing all of you there.

Willamette Chapter News
By John Dashney

Lock the doors, bolt the shutters and evacuate the women and children! The Legislature is back in town! Okay, maybe it's not that bad, but Willamette Chapter is keeping watch on our lawmakers as they deliberate in Salem. Bob Johnson, OCB Second Vice President, chairs our chapter legislative committee, ably assisted by Deb Marinos and Dr. Matt Gruber. The rest of the committee consists of any members willing to put in some time in the halls and hearing rooms of the capitol.

We have also welcomed a total of twelve new members so far this year. That's right, a dozen! In addition to keeping an eye on the Legislature, we are looking forward to two major projects this year. We will, of course, host the State Convention in October. Art Stevenson and John Dashney flew down to Sacramento to attend the California Council of the Blind Convention to pick up ideas and buttonhole their exhibitors and try to lure them up to Oregon. (CCB has two state conventions each year, one in the spring for the north and one in the fall for the south. They are a 

very large organization.) John also served as their banquet speaker.

We will also hold our famous chapter picnic and penny auction July 28 at 12 noon at Salem Green Mobile Home Park. All other chapters are invited and--get this--we will provide the food. We ask that anyone coming please bring a "white elephant" for the auction and plenty of pennies and other small change for bidding. The action gets pretty fast and furious.

John Dashney has recorded his book, Summer of the Hunters: The last Great Manhunt of the Old West, for the Talking Book & Braille Services. If you like historical fiction, Western Americana or true crime, you might want to give it a listen.

Multnomah Chapter News
By Patty Bessant

March found us joining with the Pioneer Chapter at a local restaurant. Timing was perfect as the Portland Department of Transportation asked for a statement reinforcing the value of audible pedestrian signals to be included in a grant proposal.

On April 18, Elaine Ryan, Mary Chambers and Patty Bessant attended a meeting of the Committee for Accessible Transportation and testified in support of continuation of funding. Greg Welch visited us at our April meeting and decided to join our organization. Welcome, Greg!

In May, members of the Pioneer and Multnomah chapters chartered a van headed for Salem. We visited the remodeled portion of the state library. We received a warm welcome and were treated to an informative tour and question and answer session. Talking Books and Braille Services is important and invaluable to us. All of us returned feeling the day was a great success.

Have a super summer filled with your favorite activities.


Nestled in a lovely valley near the banks of the Sandy River in Sand, Oregon lies Oral Hull Park. This summer as always, the valley will ring with the voices of happy campers. They are happy because they are enjoying sports, games, swimming, fishing, crafts, outings, and great fellowship at the Oral Hull Foundation for the Blind Summer Camps for adults and youth who are visually impaired.

The adults will gather July 21 to July 28. The youth (ages 1 to 20) will enjoy our own gourmet cooks three meals a day from August 18 to AUGUST 25.

For further information call the Oral Hull Foundation for the Blind (503) 668-6195.

Robert R. "Bob" Matti
Chairman First Timers Committee

If you have always dreamed of attending a National ACB Convention but always felt you could not afford it, here is a chance to win a trip to the 2002 ACB Convention in Houston, Texas.

If you were a regular member of OCB, (now ACB of Oregon) during or before year 2000 and have never attended an ACB National Convention you are eligible to enter this years' First Timers Contest. Just write an essay/letter telling why you would like to attend an ACB National Convention. Letters must be in my possesion by August 1, 2001. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Good luck! My contact information follows: 2604 Cedar Flat Road, Williams, OR 97544; Phone 541-846-6385; E-mail:

**Rules/Criteria for First Timers Contest**
The council will provide a round trip airline ticket, eight nights in the hotel and $300 spending money. This would help buy their meals & go on a tour. The applicant must do the following:
1. Be visually impaired (legally blind)
2. Be a member of ACB of Oregon for two years or longer.
3. Eighteen years or older,
4. Active in their local chapter activities.
5. Give a report at the ACB of Oregon state convention in October.
6. Write a short essay on why they would like to attend the national convention and what they hope to learn from it.

A member from each chapter will be put on a committee to read the essays & vote for their number one choice. The winner would be announced at each year's state convention. If for some reason the winner could not attend in July a runner up would go in their place.

This is the year that new officers will be elected at the state convention. The convention will be held on the third weekend of October in Salem.

Offices to be filled are as follows: President, Vice President, Second Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. We are asking that each chapter or individual member send in the names of persons that they would like to see hold these positions. The names must be submitted no later then the first of October to Charlotte Noddin, Nominating Chairman, 63204 Crown Point Road, Coos Bay, Oregon 97240; telephone: (541) 888-9651;

ACB of Oregon List serve
Do you want to find out more about ACB of Oregon/Oregon Council Of The Blind and what we are doing? Would you like to be able to let others know when your next chapter meeting is going to be or where your picnic will be held? Would you like to be able to ask when another chapter's meeting or picnic will be held and where? Do you want to know what the national office of ACB is up to? Would you like to be able to ask members of other chapters in our council what they think about a blindness issue or topic? Do you have a computer question? Do you need an address or phone number for a service or agency? Try asking the list.

The official list serve for ACB of Oregon/Oregon Council Of The Blind is up and running. It is acboforegon-l and is hosted by Topica. If you have the ability to receive E-mail then maybe the acboforegon-l list serve is for you. Learn more about local, state and national issues, events and meetings. Our newsletter, "The Stylus", will be posted each quarter. To learn more about the ACBOFOREGON-L list and subscribe to it on the web go to this URL:

You can also join the acboforegon-l list via email simply by sending a blank E-mail to: Topica will automatically send you a confirmation message. Once you reply, you'll be added to the list. This is another way we can grow and be a stronger voice in our community. Join us today!

John A. Fleming, acboforegon-l list moderator

Job layoffs in the U.S

Joe Smith started the day early having set his alarm clock (MADE IN JAPAN) for 6 a.m. While his coffeepot (MADE IN CHINA) was perking, he shaved with his electric razor (MADE IN HONG KONG). He put on a dress shirt (MADE IN SRI LANKA), designer jeans (MADE IN SINGAPORE) and tennis shoes (MADE IN KOREA). After cooking his breakfast in his new electric skillet (MADE IN INDIA), he sat down with his calculator (MADE IN MEXICO) to see how much he could spend today. After setting his watch (MADE IN TAIWAN) to the radio (MADE IN INDIA) he got in his car (MADE IN GERMANY) and continued his search for a good paying AMERICAN JOB. At the end of yet another discouraging and fruitless day, Joe decided to
relax for a while. He put on his sandals (MADE IN BRAZIL) poured himself a glass of wine (MADE IN FRANCE) and turned on his TV (MADE IN INDONESIA), and then wondered why he can't find a good paying job in AMERICA.
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Returning home from work, a blonde was shocked to find her house ransacked and burglarized. She telephoned the police at once and reported the crime. The police dispatcher broadcast the call on the channels, and a K-9 unit patrolling nearby was the first to respond. As the K-9 officer approached the house with his dog on a leash, the blonde ran out on the porch, shuddered at the sight of the cop and dog, and then sat down on the steps. Putting her face in her hands, she moaned, "I come home to find all my possessions stolen. I call the police for help, and what do they do? They send me a BLIND policeman!" (

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Seems an elderly gentleman had serious hearing problems for a number of years. He went to the doctor and the doctor was able to have him fitted for a set of hearing aids that allowed the gentleman to hear 100%. The elderly gentleman went back in a month to the doctor and the doctor said, "Your hearing is perfect. Your family must be really pleased that you can hear again." To which the gentleman said, "Oh, I haven't told my family yet. I just sit around and listen to the conversations. I've changed my will three times!"

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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. NE, #11
Salem, OR 97301
(503) 361-8693

State Officers - continued

Secretary: Gery Hallisy
746 Browning Ave., SE
Salem, Oregon 97302
(503) 364-5561

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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