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THE STYLUS

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Winter Issue December 2012 Vol. 1

The official publication of the American Council of the Blind of Oregon

Published Quarterly

Edited by Mary L. Reid

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James Edwards, President, ACB of O
Phone: (541) 404-8214
Email: jamese.acbo@gmail.com

For more information about the American Council of the Blind of Oregon, you can go to our web page at: www.acboforegon.org

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Our convention in October was quite successful in my opinion. The three key elements of a convention, which are, business, informative/educational topics and entertainment were met. The hotel staff were very accommodating. The food was excellent. And, attendance was good considering the location. Soon we'll begin working on next year's convention, with the full intention of making it bigger and better.

I was very pleased to see several new faces at this convention and also very pleased with the ideas that presented this year, along with the the willingness of people stepping up to take positions of responsibility. I believe we really will "move boldly forward" in the future.

It was very difficult to accept Kae Seth's resignation from our organization. She has done so much for ACBO in her life, including serving as state President for three terms. She will be missed by all of us, and mostly by those of us who have had the privilege of serving on the board of directors with her for the last several years. Good Luck to you, Kae.

I hope you all enjoyed visiting with Marlaina Lieberg, our national representative. The advantages of inviting a representative from the board of directors of ACB are threefold: we get to meet national board members on a personal basis, we are inspired by their information and speeches and we are reminded that other members of ACB are working tirelessly on our behalf all across the nation.

Congratulations to the new board members who were elected at our convention--Sue Staley, Susan Hull and Jeanne-Marie Moore. We have a lot of work to do this year, and I'm looking forward to working with you. And thank you Carrie Kokel, John Dashney and Michael Alvarez for the time you served this organization.

I am certainly hoping the Vehicle Donation Program income improves for this next year. It saddens me that our grant and scholarship programs are suffering. These programs have helped many people over the years and are a very important aspect of our organization.

The history of the American Council of the Blind of Oregon is fun to read, what there is of it in print. I have a copy of the first twenty-one years of the Oregon Council of the Blind, and if any of you are interested in having your own copy, contact me and I'll send you one. I am going to try and find someone to record the document on disc so it will be available to people who can't read print. Our entire history should be preserved both in writing and on computer so it will be accessible for all to read. However, there are few who know our history from years ago, so if those of you who do have memories that need to be preserved, please, take some time to record by pen/paper or voice recording your memories so future generations will have access to the history of the organization to which they belong.

The Oregon State Library is seeking a member of ACBO to serve on their talking books and Braille advisory board. Anyone interested, please contact me, or Susan Weston, State Librarian, at 503-378-4243.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Respectfully Submitted
James Edwards, President

ACB of Oregon Preconvention Board Meeting Summary
By Darian Slayton Fleming, Secretary

President James Edwards called the meeting to order. All board members were present as well as were a number of guests.

The board members approved the minutes from July 2012 and the treasurer's report as distributed.

The board has been working on advertizing with Speeds Towing to generate more vehicle donation income.

Loretta reported on income from the Vehicle Donation Program, totaling near $900 since resolving some advertizing issues.

Loretta reported on her attendance at a leadership conference. She attended sessions on IRS, vehicle donations, Conflict resolution and Board responsibilities. She has a pamphlet about rules and regulations of boards and nonprofits. Correspondence:

A letter was read from Jeanne Daggett thanking ACB of Oregon for the grant that enabled her to attend the Blind Bowlers League Tournament in Reno.

Kae Seth submitted a resignation letter. The body of it is below:

October 18, 2012 To: James Edwards, President, American Council of the Blind of Oregon

Dear James and Members of the Board:
After much thought and prayer, I am writing to tender my resignation from the Board as Immediate Past President. This will be effective at the end of the convention on October 21.

I am attending graduate school to become a chaplain which requires all of my time. I also am experiencing some physical health issues which require possible surgery.

In closing, I want to thank those whom I've served with as fellow Board members, for your kindness patience and friendship. I will always be available for advice and will always be interested in the future of the American Council of the Blind of Oregon. It has been a joy to serve this organization, and I look forward to the continual progress of ACBO.

I wish you all the best and continue my friendship with you all.

Sincerely:

Kae L. Seth

District Rep Reports followed.

Michael Alvarez reported the death of Gregg Welch from the Multnomah Chapter in District 1.
Carrie Kokel reported about the Southwestern Chapter's growing membership. They have also had success utilizing Wal-Mart's volunteer program which funds organizations who utilize employees as volunteers.
Ron Whelchel reported on District 3 stating that Rogue Valley has a new president, Jan Perkins, who attended state convention for the first time. The chapter was successful in getting an article published in "Sneak Preview". There has been some response, and hopefully, new members.

Committee reports were next.

The Finance Committee met over the summer. Loretta Spahn and Joan Hill met with Greg Jacobson from Wedbush and clarified certain issues.

Kae Seth read the nominating slate for the first time. Michael Alvarez and Sue Staley had been nominated for District 1. District 2 nominees were Jeanne-Marie Moore from Emerald Valley and Susin Hull from the Southwestern Chapter.

President James Edwards mentioned his desire to get ACB of Oregon involved in social media.

Please keep John Fleming, ACBO Webmaster, informed about updates.

Mary reported that "The Stylus" is all being produced from her home. There should be no additional expenses into 2013. Current readership is comprised of 52 large print, 33 CD's and 30 by E-mail. The next deadline is November 25.

Membership: The Database is always being updated. ACBO currently has 188 members, 66 of who are new members; 106 members receive email correspondence.

Continuation of bookkeeping services: Ron Whelchel made a motion to continue paying the bookkeeper by the hour. Kae Seth seconded the motion and it passed.

Loretta submitted a proposed budget to the board. Kae Seth made a motion seconded by Leonard Kokel, to approve the budget and present it to the membership at the business meeting.

James stated his interest in purchasing a document scanner to scan and store old ACB of Oregon documents to save them as a record of the organization. Much discussion followed about scanning programs. The discussion was tabled until the January board meeting.

There were no further comments from the board.

Brief guest comments ensued.

President Edwards adjourned the preconvention Board Meeting at 5:00 P.M.

American Council of the Blind of Oregon 58th Annual Convention Sponsors and Contributors Thank you to the following sponsors and contributors for their generous support of the American Council of the Blind of Oregon (ACBO), and the 58th state convention, October 19-21, 2012, in Cottage Grove, Oregon:

$500:

Starfire Lumber
Rob Thomas
2795 Mosby Creek Road
Cottage Grove, Oregon
(541) 942-0168
acct@starfirelumber.com
www.starfirelumber.com

In Kind Donations:

Central Blueprint
Don and Rhonda Smith
47 W. 5th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 342-3624
dons@central-print.com
www.central-print.com
Donation: Program in print format

Donna Penny
(541) 266-4004
donnap@scesd.k12.or.us
Donation: Program in Braille format

ACB of Oregon Membership Business Meeting Highlights
By Darian Slayton Fleming, Secretary

The membership recognized those members who passed away during the year.

The membership approved the budget that had been approved by the board, as presented by treasurer, Loretta Spahn.

The board members held a brief discussion and voted to rezone the ACB of Oregon Districts as follows.
District 1: Columbia and the three Portland Chapters; District 2 to be comprised of Willamette, Emerald Valley and Klamath Falls Chapters; Rogue Valley, Dunes Park and Southwestern Chapters to be District 3.

Elections for District Representatives followed.
Sue Staley will represent District 1. Jeanne-Marie Moore will represent District 2. Susin Hull will represent District 3.

James Edwards asked for discussion from the membership about a bylaw on the use of social media. It was decided to appoint a committee to investigate and report back. So far, Darian Slayton Fleming, from the board, and Megan Smith, from Emerald Valley, have volunteered to serve on the committee.

The next convention will be held in Portland. Details will be discussed beginning in January at the ACB of Oregon Board Meeting.

COMMISSIONER'S REPORT
By Patricia Kepler

In October The Business Enterprise workgroup met and reviewed public testimony and fiscal impact information regarding the proposed changes to the Business Enterprise program's rules and regulations. Commissioner Carla McQuillan and myself met with Linda Mock and Art Marshall. After reviewing written and oral testimony we proposed three modifications to the rules and regulations. These proposed changes were presented to the board of commissioners at our October 5th meeting, voted on and approved.

Commissioner McQuillan and Linda Mock met with the legislative audit committee. The committee was satisfied with the work we have done to correct the concerns addressed in previous audits.

BEP Update
By Randy Hauth

They say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, and to that I must admit the Licensed Blind Vendors in Oregon must be Herculean in strength. As we receive word that Mrs. Linda Mock, administrator of the OCB, is soon to retire, and as well efforts to hire a new Business Enterprise Director are underway we can only wonder about our future leadership. While it is true we believe we need constructive change within the OCB, it is also concerning that those changes may be some of the same old same old. However, we remain optimistic and will do what we can to let our voice be heard.

Little has changed within the BEP over the past few months. Mr. Marshall was removed from the position of BEP Director and hired to the BEP Rep position. It appears that his duties are primarily the same duties.

A Federal arbitration panel is being convened to hear and deliberate concerning the rights of the blind here in Oregon to operate vending machines on Public Property.

Editor's note: due to the delay in getting this issue out to the readership, it is likely this has already happened.

The Licensed Blind Vendors in conjunction with BEP staff held our fall In-Service training. Elections were held for the Chairperson's position and several other board positions. I was reelected as Chairperson. Steve Gordon and Ken Gerlitz are new to the BECC.

The BEP rules and regulations continue to be a hot topic. They have been submitted to RSA and submitted to the State through the process here in Oregon. With that being said what I can tell you is this. The Licensed Blind Vendors in Oregon are not accepting of the unilateral changes OCB and its Board have adopted.

We did not want to make a fuss during Linda Mock's presentation at the ACBO State Convention; however, she was inaccurate in her describing of the situation. As the Licensed Blind Vendors were left out of the process, for the most part, have filed an official complaint that contends OCB did not act in good faith when constructing the Advisory Board that crafted the rules and regulations, which did not incorporate significant changes or integrate the Licensed Blind Vendors into the process as defined within title II of the ADA.

Additionally, OCB violated Public meeting laws and was forced to conduct a fiscal impact study. Of course, OCB contends we were given the proper active participation considering the environment.

In closing, as to of the BECC's efforts to find common ground with OCB to work together to get long (outstanding) issues resolved nothing has changed. The Licensed Blind Vendors are still receiving less than appropriate support from our agency, and some are going downhill fast. You see, by law the OCB is suppose to provide for the continued operation of the vending program. This means making sure equipment is replaced and/or repaired and that the resources are there to help the Licensed Blind Vendor be successful.

This is not happening and it does not appear it is of concern that it does occur. So like I said in the beginning, if it does not seem like much has changed it is because it has not. I and other Licensed Blind Vendors believe we have no other choice than to seek legal remedies and to encourage OCB to do right by the Business Enterprise Program of Oregon.

I will be making plans along with several other Licensed Blind Vendors here in Oregon to attend the RSVA Sagebrush in February.

Thank you,
Randy Hauth - Licensed Blind Vendor
Oregon BECC Chairperson

Flying Blind in the Blue Skies
By John and Darian Fleming

"Blue skies" is the motto of seasoned skydivers like John Fleming.

Most of us know John as full of laughter, outgoing and one hell of a risk taker. If it's fun, John wants to do it.

John is the oldest of four siblings. He experiences Retinitis Pigmentosa and has been virtually totally blind for the past ten years. John has two brothers. One brother, the second born, Eugene Fleming also experienced Retinitis Pigmentosa. Eugene died of cancer in 1992.

John's parents are deceased. He has a brother, Matthew Fleming, in Southern California. His Native American adopted sister, Patricia, lives on Maui, Hawaii.

Several of John's relatives were pilots. John had a dream of flying which was nurtured by his parents. His father and other relatives took him flying. His mother spent countless hours with him in the Ground Observer Core, tracking airplanes before the advent of the Worldwide Radar System. John grew up to be a pilot which he enjoyed until 1968 when he gave up his pilot license because of diminishing vision.

When we met in the 1990's John was living in Williams, Oregon on 6 acres of wooded land he owned, in a log house that he built himself with a little help from his friends. He was daring to do the unthinkable, jumping out of perfectly good airplanes. He learned to skydive on a dare while in the Air Force. As soon as his feet hit the ground, John was hooked on skydiving. After losing his sight John and his buddies devised a system of audible altimeters and two-way radios that enabled John to continue skydiving. He has 1,938 skydives under his belt--over 1,200 of these jumps have occurred since his vision loss. John gave up skydiving in 2008 after surviving lung cancer and developing other health issues.

John's sense of humor and sense of adventure have inspired others to dare to do.

In 1995, John met Deanna Noriega, former member of the ACB of Oregon, when he was paying her for a pizza at her Papa Murphy's business. Deanna was attempting to give John change, and neither one of them could find the other's hand. John's buddy, who was with him at the time, got a good laugh out of that one.

Deanna invited John to a Rogue Valley Chapter Meeting. John went to that meeting a nonmember and left as its president.

Not long after that he became president of ACB of Oregon for one term. He edited and co-edited "The Stylus" for a time. He began the ACB of Oregon Website in 2000, www.acboforegon.org, which he still maintains today.

John has a passion for advocacy for blindness-related causes. He has attended several ACB legislative seminars and has served on ACB's Constitution and Bylaws and Credentials Committees respectively. He has also held various offices in ACB's Visually Impaired Veterans of America (VIVA). John was instrumental in the formation of ACB of Oregon's Metro PDX Chapter and has served as its president for the last two years.

John's advocacy activities also extend to his work with the Blinded Veterans Association Oregon Columbia Regional Group where he currently serves as vice-president.

John played football in high school and has always been athletic. John was active on the Blind Ambition Dragon Boat Team for five years. After surviving lung cancer and developing a serious case of Rheumatoid Arthritis, he was compelled to cut back on sports activities.

Nothing keeps John down for long, though. He volunteers for Golden Hours Radio, a radio reading service for the blind, running the sound board. The program is based in Portland at the Oregon Commission for the Blind. Also, he serves on the OMNI Board. OMNI (Oregon Media Networks, INC) provides streaming of radio programming for the blind. With John's love of music and computers, this is a great fit for him.

At the age of 63 John gave up bachelorhood and married Darian Hartman who changed her name to Darian Slayton Fleming. John and Darian are busy with advocacy activities. We dearly enjoy spending time with our grandchildren, Sophia who is approaching age 2 on February 1, and Cameron, age 5. If getting older means being grandparents, John says "This is fun too!".

And so, to quote John's advice, "If it's fun, do it. Blue skies."

First-timer Attendee
By Linda Diaz

I attended the ACB of Oregon Convention for the first time in my hometown of Cottage Grove. I was excited that ACBO had chosen Cottage Grove and was looking forward to showing my friends around the little town that I have grown to love so much.

I met a group of 3 people and a guide dog at the bus stop on Friday, the first day of the convention. They had come early so that they would be able to walk the Row River trail, unfortunately it was pouring down rain.

I drove us to the Village Green Inn where where the convention being held. We were several hours early for check-in, but Melinda (the manager) accommodated our early arrival. I learned how persons who are blind can use a keycard to open their rooms independently by simply placing a piece of tape on it help oriented the user. I was constantly learning throughout the weekend.

After we dropped off suitcases and gear our little group headed downtown for my improvised tour.

We visited the local radio station KNND. They were welcomed by Cameron Reiten, the primary radio announcer. Cameron is blind and he was going to speak at the convention about his experiences in obtaining his job.

We had a beautiful and healthy lunch at the Hungry Bunny. I introduced our group to several of the warm and welcoming citizens of Cottage Grove. I thoroughly enjoyed the wine and chocolate tasting Friday evening.

I accepted responsibility to be Mary Reid's (my good friend) who is deaf/blind companion. I was her personal assistant and charged with ensuring she got as much as possible out of the happenings. I have been hired by her OCB counselor to be a peer mentor and to help with accommodations in her everyday life and in her community.

Saturday was a full day of speakers and information sharing which was exciting and informative. The speakers spoke of the challenges and solutions that have happened in the world of the Blind.

Deb Marinos, the counselor in the Salem office, had a booth in the back of the room offering information on a national telecommunications program for the Deaf/Blind. I helped Mary complete the application, and she is still awaiting an assessment to determine what equipment would increase her personal and community interactions. The program is contracted through ATI in Salem. (I am hoping she will receive a cellphone for the deaf/blind, which will greatly enhance her communication with others.

In working with Mary, I am learning the unique challenges of the Deaf/Blind world. Mary is not totally deaf; she uses a aid in her left ear (total deafness in right) and with the use of a personal FM system and high-powered microphone give her greater communication ability in certain environments. As a hard-of-hearing person I promote aids with T-coils and encourage facilities to add conduction loop system in meeting rooms so that this populations can better participate in community functions and on-the-job.

Helen Keller wrote: "My hand is to me what your hearing and sight together are to you. All my comings and goings turn on the hand as a pivot. It is the hand that binds me to the world of men and women. The hand is my feeler with which I reach through isolation and darkness and seize every pleasure, every activity that my fingers encounter."

Mary and I sat with another deaf/blind participant during the banquet, and It appeared to me that the wait staff was somewhat nervous serving these two ladies, as they did not know how to communicate with them. I sensed they were looking to me for y help. I emphasized that they needed to speak to the person directly in a clear, slow tone not to me. Our final speaker spoke of the concerns the Blind community had for their children and the future generation of Blind people. She said that the Blind were leaders in the disability community in working within the system to make changes for the better for all disabilities. The Blind have been strong advocates for persons with disabilities since the beginning of our nation. She also spoke of the bravery of the Blind community. How many sighted people do you know that would have the courage to close their eyes and walk out the front door everyday? In a person that is Deaf/Blind the challenge is even greater. I had renewed respect for my friend Mary who faces these challenges everyday and manages to navigate through a world that isn't fully accommodated for her I left the conference with hope for the an improved future for all of us who face disability. I found the people of the ACB group to be kind and thoughtful towards each other. There was laughter, a general feeling of friendship and acceptance of all. I found myself wishing that all communities could share this feeling by being more accepting and understanding of people's differences. I hope that we become a society that includes everyone and leaves no one in isolation. I hope that the future generations will continue the hard work that has begun, as I am sure there is lots more to be done. Helen Keller said: "It is not possible for civilization to flow backward while there is youth in the world." CHAPTER REPORTS Metro PDX Chapter News: By Darian Slayton Fleming Greetings. The Metro PDX Chapter is almost two years old now. We're small, but we're growing. Seven members have joined us in the past year. We will hold elections in December and look forward to a new year. Our calendar fund-raiser has been very successful. We are earning profit now. Calendars are still available and sell for $15. The calendar is produced by the American Printing House for the Blind and is called "Insights". It features art work done by people who are blind who enter their pieces in an annual contest. Winners are featured on each month. Nonprofits may customize the cover page of the calendar and order them for fund-raisers. These are for 2013 and feature Metro PDX members skydiving and dragon boating. The slogan is "Dare to do!" Calendars are still available. Contact Darian Slayton Fleming at daarehart56@hotmail.com or (503) 522-3272 to purchase one or more. They would be excellent Christmas gifts. Three of our members received new guide dogs this year. John Fleming has Smokey, a rambunctious, male, black lab from Guide Dogs of the Desert. Tyanne Coverstone received a male, black lab called Adrian, also from Guide Dogs of the Desert. Coincidentally, Smokey and Adrian are brothers, from the same litter. Bill Mlynarski is the handler of a female, yellow lab, Brailley, from Guide Dogs of America. Is our chapter going to the dogs? Well, not really. We had a temporary setback with our website. We'll be working hard to update it and move boldly forward. Check out www.metropdx.org. In October, some of us spoke to elementary school students about the White Cane Law and blindness. We look forward to helping host the 2013 annual ACB of Oregon convention in Portland next October. From all of us to all of you, we wish you warm and safe holidays and a promising New Year. Rogue Valley Chapter: By Ron Whelchel First we want to welcome some new members. They are Richard and Rebecca Chilson, Claudette Roeder and Fred Weitlaufk. It's great to have them join us. In September we used the program time to share information and get to know each other a little better. In October we used some of John Dashney's CDs to listen to the stories he presented at the 2011 Convention. John is a very talented writer/story teller and the program was greatly enjoyed by all. In November Leola Goodrich reported on the various activities and information from the Annual Convention and Business Meeting and Eldon and Sandy Foster presented information regarding the various functions of the Apple I-Phone. It is quite a useful device. We are looking ahead to a great December Christmas Luncheon. A lady named Constance Bates did a program for us earlier this year and is going to do another one for Christmas. Also, we will collect money instead of a gift exchange to help a needy family with a blind child. That's all for now from the Valley of The Rogue Editorial: by Cindy Van Winkle, President Washington Council of the Blind This is an editorial written by Cindy Van Winkle, President of the Washington Council of the Blind, emphasizing the feeling and the importance of viewing her organization as a family. I know I can certainly relate to the experiences of this article, as I'm sure many of you ACBO members can. I have attended several of WCB's conventions, and they really are like one big family. We, the members of the ACB of Oregon, need to have that same bond. James Edwards. Most of us at one time or another have felt the discomfort of being the only blind person at a gathering, whether it is church, our living community, work, or even with our own extended family. Unfamiliar surroundings and loud crowds can disorient us; pot lucks and buffets can be challenging to navigate on our own. It's easy to find ourselves in the uncomfortable situation of being cared for by someone. They find us a place to sit, they wait on us, getting our food and cup of coffee. They make such a big deal when we get out of our seat that it feels as though the room goes silent and all eyes are upon us for that moment. Yet we want to show them all how truly independent we are and it's frustrating when all we can do is think about it. I don't know about you, but the moment I go to prove how independent I truly am is most likely the moment I'll tip over the punch or trip over someone's feet. Yet it is when I'm with my chapter or at a WCB board meeting or convention, I really feel free to be me. I know that it's okay to hit a chair with my cane to locate it and no one is going to yell, "Stop!" in fear I'm going to run into that chair. If I'm not sure where to sit and people hear me trying to find a seat, someone will pat a chair near them or give me verbal directions on where to go. No one thinks I'm amazing because I can carry a cup of hot coffee across the room. I get to just be me. Recently, I attended a retirement celebration for a coworker where the food was served buffet-style. During the program, pictures of the retirees were presented in a slide show during which everyone laughed, or awed, while I just sat and listened to the accompanying music. Those who know me know I'm not bashful and I usually don't have a problem dialoguing with those around me. But in this setting, I felt very left out of everything. I admit it; I was anxious for the time to pass so I could get out of there. The other thing that tends to happen in a public setting or at a gathering of our sighted peers, is the questions. How did you go blind? How do you do this or do that? It's as though we have to explain our blindness and convince them of our abilities. I know that education is important, however, sometimes I'm just not in the mood; or I just want to be accepted for who I am without having to explain myself. Sadly though, within our organization, we do the same thing at times to our blind peers in reference to another disability they may have that we don't understand. Are we being curious or critical? Are we being judgmental or accepting? Just something for us all to think about.

Now, I'm not saying that we should avoid at all costs attending activities with our sighted peers; it's important that we integrate into society and lead by example. Rather, I'm emphasizing the importance of maintaining our sense of community in our local chapters and with our state affiliate giving our members a safe place to come to socialize, to share with others in conversation and friendship, to be accepted for who they are. Together we learn; we share a bond with one another of living with limited or no vision. We are a community, a family. We are the Washington Council.

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NATIONAL CONVENTION 2013
By Janet Dickelman, ACB Conference and Convention Coordinator

The 52nd Annual ACB Conference and Convention will be held in Columbus Ohio July 4th through July 12th. The Hyatt Regency Hotel, 350 North High Street will be our location.

Start planning now to explore Columbus with ACB in 2013. The conference and convention will be packed with workshops, seminars, programs, technology, tours and fun; be there.

The first tour will be on Thursday, July 4; general sessions will begin on July 6. The banquet will be on Thursday, July 11, with the last tour on Friday, July 12.

Room rates are $89 plus tax per night (single, double, triple, quad). Make reservations by phone by calling 888-421-1442; or make reservations on-line:
https://resweb.passkey.com/go/acb2013.

For additional information visit our website: www.acb.org .

The 2013 conference and convention link will be updated as information becomes available. Contact the author at: janet.dickelman@gmail.com; telephone (651) 428-5059

In Memoriam
By Jeanne-Marie Moore

Rob Cook, previous president of the ACBO Eugene/Springfield chapter, died a couple of weeks ago in his sleep. I don't have all the formal dates: I do have a thing or two to suggest about Rob that we all can remember. Rob was a passionate individual. He had unstoppable energy which worked both for and against him. Rarely did he start a project that he did not work hard to entice others to join him in getting something done. During his presidency, that chapter had "junior members" participate in the affairs of ACBO and I'm sure this provided some education to everyone concerned.

In 2010 he organized the White Cane Day Celebration with the City of Eugene which was successful, and talked to traffic engineers in the city of Springfield about accessibility for people with blindness and visual impairments for round-abouts. His passion will be difficult to replicate.

MY FAREWELL

Dear Readers, It has been a pleasure serving as editor of our state newsletter, and I hope you have enjoyed reading it. Due to health and personal situation, the time has come for me to step aside as editor.

I do hope and pray some brave soul(s) will accept the challenge to continue producing this much needed newsletter so members and others will be informed of what is happening in our affiliate, stay current on important concerns/issues to the blind and reading for fun.

I wish the best for the next editor. Keep the love and faith for a better future for all humankind.

Sincerely, Mary Reid, Editor

THANK YOU, MARY

Mary Reid stepped up to be the editor of the Stylus magazine and has done an outstanding job. The obstacles she's faced and continues to face make her perseverance worth noting. Thank you, Mary, for the service you've provided the ACB of Oregon.

Though I'm not in a position to step up and take your place, I'm hoping the person who does will demonstrate the dedication you have for this worthwhile job.

In order to produce an interesting, informative and creative newsletter; it is essential that chapter and other reports, dates/locations of meetings, articles on legislative matters and any other blindness-related information be submitted in a timely manner.

The Stylus will come to you quarterly in March, June, September and December. Please submit materials by the last day of February, May, August and November.

Materials may be submitted in Braille, on cassette, in print, on computer disk or by e-mail (please submit future articles to the new editor, to be announced).

End of the Winter, 2012 Issue of the Stylus
Edited by Mary Reid
Audio Production Steve Armbrust



Last updated: January 30, 2013



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