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Our chapter has united with the school for the blind in an incentive program for the students, that is really working well. The student of the month receives a gift, and they are all working extra hard to achieve that honor.
We are also honoring small grant requests for items such as canes, calculators, watches and back-up beepers for wheelchairs. These requests are not covered by school funds or other grants.
We are gearing up for our Decembe r Christmas party and pirate gift exchange. This type of exchange is so popular that it has become a tradition in our chapter.
e passing of Ed. Ripplinger left many shoes to fill. Board member for A.V.I., commission for the blind, and at our local level, vice president. Luckily, Marie Anderson accepted the offer to fill that post for the coming year.
With so many deaths this year within our entire state community, we, locally, are asking each member to bring someone new into the chapter. Perhaps that could be a building block for every chapter in the state. I told you I was wearing two hats.
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Elections were held in November. Our new president is Sharon Lofting; Priscilla McCree, vice-president; Darian Hartman, secretary and Dick Kohl will serve as treasurer again.
We also had a guest speaker, a traffic engineer from the city’s Department of Transportation. There is a new crop of grant money, and by July 1, 2004, over 60 audible signals will be in place in the city of Portland. We are proud to have been a part of these efforts.
In December we will gather for our Christmas lunch at Steamers Restaurant; we have met there before and enjoy excellent service. We will be collecting funds for the organization we have chosen to receive our Christmas donation. This year our collection will go to the Oral; Hull Foundation. We know that the folks at Oral Hull Park will find a worthy way to dedicate our money; and, we will all enjoy its benefits.
May each one of you have the best ever December with all its accompanying festivities. May 2004 bring forth less violence and abundant peace worldwide.
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We recently held election and the following members were elected to serve as officers for the next biennium: President, Ron Whelchel; vice-president, Kevin Bird; secretary, Grace Handley and treasurer, Vi Moore. Bob Sells and Ken Handley will serve as board members.
(Editor’s Note: The rest of this issue seems to be about recreation.
Yes folks, we blind folks surely do know how to have fun.)
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The participants, John "BJ" Fleming of California/Oregon, and Dan Rossi of Pennsylvania stepped off the tailgate of a Casa at 14,000 feet and into the skydiving history books, becoming the first two blind skydivers to ever be in freefall together.
The jumpers exited in a side-by-side and were stable right off the tailgate of the Turbo prop aircraft. They closed for the two-way, screamed their congratulations to each other and then opened back to a side-by-side. At 6,500 feet Rossi gave Fleming the pull sign, a hard shake of his upper arm. Fleming deployed his parachute into position and then Rossi, assisted by a safety diver who was lurking nearby, tracked to 4,000 feet and deployed his parachute.
There was quite a bit of radio traffic as Larry Wereb ably talked down the two skydivers, bringing them both in for great landings.
"We really pulled it off. I can't believe it." Said Fleming after landing back on the drop zone. Page 7 of 13 "It was beautiful." Said Rossi. "I can't believe that BJ let another blind guy give him the pull sign. He's crazier than me." He added after making his way back to the packing area.
When asked about the complexities in a skydive such as this, Rossi responded: "Well, large freefall formations like this take months of planning and practice. A lot of people have to be in the right place at the right time. We think it might be theoretically possible to add another blind jumper, but we'd really have to investigate the aerodynamics of a formation that large."
When asked about the experience and talent of a jumper to be part of this momentous skydive, Fleming explained: "Well, for a jump of this magnitude we had to take the best, and only the best skydivers qualified to make this jump. We had to look for the best, most experienced, and most active blind skydivers in the country. Of the two possible candidates, I think we chose well."
To prove it was no fluke, Fleming and Rossi made a second jump together on Sunday. This time they invited their two safety divers to join them in a four-way. Rossi and Fleming repeated their flawless exit from the previous day and were joined in freefall by Don Schwab of Ohio and Howard Hutchetson of Oregon. The four-way built quickly and the divers got bored of “geeking” at each other while waiting for 6,500 feet. Rossi again gave the pull signal and then tracked with Schwab to a 4,000-foot deployment. Mary O'reilly of Ohio successfully talked down the two jumpers for great landings.
Page 8 of 13 The record attempt was nearly ended before it began when Rossi was "lost" on a jump Thursday evening. Due to a much greater than expected push from the uppers, and deteriorating lighting conditions, Rossi's radioman was unable to see him from the ground. Rossi landed uneventfully in a field more than a mile from the landing area.
In her latest book, “Sticks and Scones”, a caterer, Goldie Shultz is involved in a castle, delectable Old English fare, stolen stamps, and of course it is topped off with murder and mayhem.
Goldie is married to a police officer, and has a precocious, but sometimes exasperating teen aged son, and a more than exasperating, if not dangerous ex-husband. They are all mixed thoroughly with medieval history, and even some sword fighting.
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Past President: Bev Rushing
4730 Auburn Rd. N.E., Space #52
Salem, OR 97301
1st Vice Pres.: James Edwards
1075 Laurel Ave.
Reedsport, OR 97467
2nd Vice Pres.: Joan Hill: 4332 Meadows Drive
Klamath Falls, OR 97603
Secretary: Geri Hallisy
746 Browning Ave., SE
Salem, Oregon 97302
Treasurer: Bob Rushing
4730 Auburn Rd. NE, Space #52
Salem, OR 97301
District Rep. #1: Jerry Delaney
Golden Hours Radio
7140 SW Macadam Ave.
Portland, OR 97219
District Rep. #2: Charlotte Noddin
63204 Crown Point Road
Coos Bay, OR 97120
District Rep. #3: Jan Chance
1505 Madison, Space #67
Klamath Falls, OR 97603
Web Master: John Fleming
1075 N. Rancho Ave.
Colton, CA 92324
Last updated: November 6, 2006
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