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I regret to write that we recently lost a beloved member of our ACB of O family. We extend our deepest sympathy to Helen Surfass and the family on the passing of Elwood. Both Helen and Elwood have been very active in the Southwestern Chapter, as well as the State. Elwood was always ready to help when needed. He ran the Bingo game that Southwestern had as a fund-raiser for many years, as well as being on the committee of the Bingo Center in Portland until it closed. Helen has been an officer on our State board for a number of years, until health problems caused her to have to step down.
Our next Board of Director’s Meeting will be held the last Saturday in July, July 26th, at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Salem. Except for executive session, these are open meetings, so everyone is welcome to attend. At this meeting we may have to visit or revisit some to the issues we discussed or passed. After returning home and discussing our financial situation, Bob and I are a little worried as the extra funds being available for our upcoming convention. Each time we discuss the convention at the board meetings, someone has the idea of giving the membership a little more on the freebie side. I am well aware that a longer convention is a little more expensive for the membership, however we are not able to make it easier for everyone, financially. We do think the longer convention will have more useful information for everyone. Some of the issues, people consider the responsibility of the State, could be handled by the individual chapters. As you may well remember during our lean years, individual members gave money to the council and also paid their own meal, lodging and travel to the board meetings. Discuss this at your chapter meetings. I think some will begin to realize our problem, and start helping their members, to attend the convention, on the local level.
We had the good fortune to have two informative speakers at our March meeting. Tami Martin, the new director for our local office of Spokes Unlimited, informed the group of changes in their organization and how they have been affected by state budget cuts.
Our second speaker was Klamath Chapter member John Boyce, who is a commissioner for the Oregon Commission for the Blind. His report brought the group up to speed on changes at the Commission as well as problems associated with reduced state funding.
Karl Baker, OCB Rehabilitation Counselor, was the speaker at our April meeting. Karl is responsible for skills assessment, mobility training and general skills training for the visually impaired in our area. He also spoke of changes and how they affect us. Karl has a great sense of humor and everyone enjoyed his presentation.
Our political agenda, with a focus on pedestrian safety and public education remains the same. Change, however, as we continue to learn, does not always happen quickly. Nevertheless, it does not occur at all if people are not aware that problems exist. We are still committed to making our local transit system safer and more accessible for disabled passengers. Several of our members have been regular guests at the transit board meetings. One of our members, Glenn Keep, is running in the May elections for an open position on the board.
The installation of Klamath’s first audible crosswalks moving ahead slowly and the first pole of the intersection is in place and we are looking forward to completion of the project. We are closely monitoring planned roadwork for the summer in order to continue our lobbying efforts for the addition of other audible crossings.
Plans for the future include attending an Ashland Shakespearean play with members from the Rogue River Chapter in June. We would also like to take this opportunity to invite ACBO members throughout the state to attend our Penney Auction and Picnic in June. The event will be held June 21 and promises to be fun for all.
Jerry DeLaunay visited our meeting updating information about board activities. Jerry speaks so well and has good information at hand.
Donna Green from Portland Traffic Signal Department spoke to us in February. Funding for audible signals in our city has dried up, but this is not forever. We are encouraged to call Donna to give suggestions about needed audible pedestrian signals. We have gained much and know when moneys are once more available there will be support from the city.
We voted to send a check to Talking Book and Braille Service; the library is very important to all of us.
We are thankful that David Becker is doing so much better. He and his wife, Glenys, came to our April meeting; his cheerful attitude and strong faith are ever present. His grandson is back at home, in Idaho; we wish him well in his recovery.
We were saddened to hear of Jean McLaren’s passing due to congestive heart failure on April 6, 2003. She lived, for the past several years, in a foster home and will be missed by chapter members and friends alike.
The passing of long time member Clarence “Hank” Henry in February saddened us all. Our condolences go out to Evelyn and the rest of the family.
We will hold our annual picnic on June 21 at Riverside Park and hereby extend an invitation to members of other ACBO Chapters.
We have reservations made for three plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. They will all be with descriptive video.
In February member Irvin McGregor passed away. In April Elwood Serfass succumbed to cancer. He was a member for twenty years and wore many chairman hats. Elwood will be greatly missed by every one.
Enough (proper spelling?)-See’s candy bars have been sold to sponsor Tommy Puckett, 11 years old, to Oral Hull’s summer camp for children in August. Tommy is very excited, as he has never attended a camp or been around other visually impaired children.
Our last chapter meeting will be in May. We will resume our meetings in September. We pray that every one will have a pleasant and safe summer.
We want to send our deepest sympathy to the families and friends of loved ones who have died.
Deceased members: Mildred Gibbens, Willamette chapter; Clarence Henry, Rogue Valley chapter; Lois Luscomb, Emerald Chapter; Irven McGregor Southwestern Chapter; Jean McLaren, Multnomah Chapter; Florence Oppelt, South Coast Chapter; David Sandstrom, Willamette Chapter; Elwood Serfass, Southwestern Chapter;
Just a reminder to those of you who requested the national Braille Forum by e-mail, you will have to go to the National web site to get that format set up. It must come from your own email address. Subscribe or unsubscribe to the Braille Forum: http://www.acb.org/brailleforum-l-signup.html Read the Braille Forum on-line: http://www.acb.org/magazine/index.html
ACB of Oregon provides funding for a first-time attendee of the ACB National convention which includes travel, lodging and $300 for expenses. The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage attendance at the national convention and to encourage members to take on leadership roles in our state.
The recipient is responsible for giving a report to his/her chapter and to the membership at the state convention.
To qualify, you must be an active ACB of O. member for at least one year and never been to an ACB National Convention.
Please direct letters to Patty Bessant, 2834 NE 52nd Ave., Portland, OR 97213. Please describe why you wish to attend the convention. The winner will be announced at the state convention in October, 2003. Start thinking now. It could be you.
As this will be a two & a half day convention, the committee hopes to have more exhibitors, a tour, Bop-it tournament, etc. There will be more information about these ideas in the fall newsletter.
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KPDQ 800 AM and 93.7 FM offers Christian Radio. Monday through Friday at 6:58 am, 11:02 am, 8 pm Focus on the Family, 6:18 pm is 12-Step Recovery, 6:29 am the Wonderful World of Radio with Dr. Charles Stanley daily, 2:30 am and 8 am, 9 pm Chuck Swindol, 4 am, 11:33 am, James Kennedy, 7:30 pm Odyssey. Saturday 5 am Focus on the Family, 10 am to 4:30 pm Alternative Medicine, 5 to 6 pm Charles Swindol, 6 to 6:30 pm Dr. Charles Stanley. Sunday 4pm Trinity Bible Hour.
KPAM 860 AM offers Monday through Friday: 9 to Noon Clark Howard, advocate and financial superstar; Noon to 3 pm Sean Hannity, 10 to 1 am Dr. Joy Browne, Personal Advice; 1 to 4 am Victoria Taft. Saturday from 5 to 6 am Sean Hannity, 8 to 9 am Real Estate Radio Hour, 9 to 11 am Gardening with Jolly Butler, 11 to 1 pm Handy Randy Home Improvement, 4 to 7 pm Neil Bootz, 7 to 9 pm Gardening, 9 to 10 Imagination Theatre, Sunday from 9 to 10 am Animal Planet, 10 to 11 am Family Survival, 1 to 5 pm The Dolans with financial information
KTOK 1089 AM offers Monday through Friday: Most programming is a bit off color and can be offensive. Weekend programming is a bit more palatable. 5 to 10 am Imus in the Morning, 10 to Noon Phil Hendrie (R Rated Humor), 3 to 7 pm Tom Leykis, 7 to 10 Phil Hendrie. Saturday 6 to 7 am Outback Angler, 7 to 8 Handyman, 8 to 10 am Computer Time, 10 to 11 am Neighborhoods on Trail, 11 to Noon In the Drivers Seat, Noon to 1 pm Dining, 1 to 3 pm The Movie Show. Sunday 6:30 to 7 am Voice of Prophecy, 4 to 5 pm Smart Fitness, 8 to 11 pm Ground Zero.
KEX 1190 AM Monday through Friday: Paul Harvey at 5:40 am, 7:40 am, 12:12 pm, and 4:40 pm. 9 to Noon Rush Limbaugh, 1 to 4 pm Dr. Laura, 7 to 10 pm Trouble Shooter Tom Martino (consumer advocate, 10 to 5 am Coast To Coast (formerly Art Bell). Saturday 5 to 6 am ABC Perspective, 8 to 10 am Garden Doctor, 10 to Noon Mr. Fixit, 12:30 Car Clinic, 6 to 5 am Coast to Coast. Sunday 5 to 6 am Focus on the Family, 3 to 8 pm Dr. Dean Edel, 8 to 5 am Coast to Coast.
KBNP 1410 AM offers Monday through Friday: 5 to 6 am Money’s Edge, 6 to 7 am Money Matters, 3 to 4 pm Investors Edge, 7 to 10 pm On-Line Tonight. Saturday from 10 to 11 am is Oregon Technology Radio, 11 to 1 pm Bullet Proof Future, 1 to 3 Money pit, 6 to 7 pm Republican Radio. Sunday from 2 to 3 pm Entrepreneurs, 3 to 5 On A Roll (Program for the Disabled), 5 to 7 is Dining, 11 to 1 am Sci-Fi.
KKAD 1550 AM offers daily: 6 to 10 am Dr. Joy Browne, 10 to Noon the Dolans, Noon to 3 pm Clark Howard, 3 to 6 pm Dave Ramsey, 6 to 9 Bruce Williams, 9 to Midnight Jeff Rense “Sightings”, Midnight to 5 Joey Reynolds, 5 to 6 am The Wall Street Journal.
I might as well lay it on the line. Chapter officers were elected to do a job for the chapters. The responsibility of officers to the organization is to keep their Chapter members informed on all issues that confront the State as a whole. The State Officers are responsible to the Chapters, and the Chapter Presidents are responsible to pass information onto their members and take surveys, such as how many members will be taking a bus to the convention. This is the only organization that expects the state officers to do the jobs of the chapter officers. Committee chairs do a wonderful job and are responsible to report to the board and on some occasions send information to the membership, such as convention registration form etc. Committee chairs should not be doing the job of the chapter officers.
I have watched this operation, since 1994, the easy out appears to be, to let the state officers do all of the worrying and work for the organization. Chapter presidents should be making contact with their members. I believe it is time for all of us to grow up and work together for the good of the organization.
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Secretary: Gery Hallisy
Treasurer: Bob Rushing
District Rep. #1: Jerry DeLaunay
District Rep. #2: James Edwards
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Secretary: Gery Hallisy
Treasurer: Bob Rushing
District Rep. #1: Jerry DeLaunay
District Rep. #2: James Edwards
District Rep. #3: Jan Chance
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