The Stylus

Fall Issue

September 2018


The official quarterly publication of the

American Council of the Blind of Oregon.


James Edwards, President, ACB of O

Phone: (541) 404-8214



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*A Word from our President


It’s that time of year again, time for the annual convention of The American Council of the Blind of Oregon!

The convention committee, under the direction of our committee chair, Teresa Christian, has been working hard to make this convention a convention with something for everyone. We have several breakout sessions on different topics, so we’re sure you can find one or two that will pique your interest.

Although we usually invite an individual from our national organization to attend as our guest keynote speaker, this year we have deviated from that tradition and invited a speaker who, with his life experience will be promoting the theme of our convention this year,

Creating the Vision: Overcoming Barriers Through Technology, Advocacy, Education and Employment

Dr. Carey Supalo earned his degree, masters and phd, from noted universities, and went on to found a company called Independents Science, developing and field-testing devices and methods for making science accessible to students who are blind or print impaired. He is a dynamic speaker that I’m sure you will enjoy.

This year, I am proposing a change in our district boundaries for consideration by the board. The reason I am, is to provide inclusion for the southern part of the state, Grants Pass and Klamath Falls, and any future chapters that may develop from Roseburg south. In addition, my reasoning is that Grants Pass and Klamath Falls require a very lengthy trip for a district representative from Eugene or Coos Bay. My proposal is to change district one to include Salem and all chapters north of Salem, district two as Eugene, Reedsport, and Coos Bay, and district three will be Klamath Falls and Grants Pass, and chapters that may develop in Roseburg, Medford, or Ashland.

The bylaw committee is proposing a change, which is a constitutional change, to give us a little flexibility in our annual meeting date. You will see this proposal in this issue, and we’ll have our discussion at Sunday’s business meeting.

We have invited Mr. Gregory Jacobs, our fund manager from Wedbush Securities to attend our board meeting. Mr. Jacobs has been managing our fund for many years, and it has been several years since we have invited him to speak, so if you can possibly make time to attend the board meeting at 3:30 on Friday afternoon, you will be informed on how our organization remains solvent and where our annual operating funds come from.

As I said, the convention committee has worked very hard to create a great convention this year, and we have reserved a block of seventy-five rooms at the hotel, so please do your best to attend, and encourage your chapter members to join us.

See you soon in Portland, safe travels!

James Edwards, ACBO President




*Some Cool Things at Convention This Year!

Submitted by Teresa Christian


If you get the Stylus, then by now, you should have received convention registration forms, but just in case you didn’t, or you know someone else who wants to come, you’d better hurry.

To get convention rates at the hotel you need to call by Sep. 25th and to get convention preregistration price of $50, register by Sep. 28th.

If interested contact Sue Schwab, ACBO treasurer to get a registration form.

Sue Schwab
Phone: 503-871-6175

The convention this year is taking place at the University Place Hotel. It is conveniently located in the south end of downtown Portland.

It is on SW Lincoln Ave. Portland, between 3rd and 4th streets. There is a MAX station, the Orange line, that stops directly in front of the hotel.

If you are slightly adventurous, you can easily get a MAX train from the airport, Amtrak and Gray Hound stations to the hotel.

The Amtrak train and Gray Hound stations are about $8 or $10 Uber or cab ride away.

University Place Hotel & Conference Center
310 SW Lincoln St.
Portland, OR 97201
Phone: (503) 221-0140

First, some cool features some of you might find interesting is we are having in door GPS during the convention. There will be a tech on hand to assist with any issues that may come up over the weekend. He can help with downloading the app for your phone when you arrive. His table will be next to the registration table all weekend for any questions.

Both Friday and Saturday afternoon there will be someone from the Historic Society to take oral histories from long-time members. See next article to get more details.

Friday night there will be both karaoke and a hospitality room from 7-10.

Just to make it a little more exciting, Art Stevenson has generously donated prize money for the karaoke: 1st place $100, 2nd place $50 and 3rd place $25. There will be snacks and drinks available from the hotel bar.

In the hospitality room upstairs, there will be drinks, snacks and a lot of great conversation. So, whether you sing your heart out or go hang out upstairs,

You can have fun, meet up with old friends and make new ones.

Saturday Highlights

We have a truly stellar keynote speaker this year. He is not only successful in the academic arena, but as an entrepreneur as well. If you get a chance to hang out with him, go for it. He is a good conversationalist, unassuming, interested in what you have to say and is willing to share his experiences too. Check him out in his bio below and the two breakout sessions he is doing.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Cary Supalo currently serves as a Research Developer at ETSs. His primary responsibilities are assisting with conducting usability studies on current and new innovative products. Additionally, he works with key stakeholders both internally and externally to promote inclusion and equity for all test takers.

Dr. Cary Supalo earned his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in 2010 in the field of chemistry education. Prior to that he completed his Master of Science degree in inorganic chemistry from Penn State in 2005. Before that he completed his undergraduate studies at Purdue University with a duel degree major in chemistry and communications.

His research interest is in accessibility making science learning experiences more accessible in a hands-on way for students who are blind or otherwise print disabled. He successfully served as principal investigator on a National Science Foundation grant to develop the first text-to-speech enabled scientific data logger which he commercialized through his small business called Independence Science. He has also served as a grant reviewer for NSF and the U.S. Department of Education. Additionally, he currently chairs the Ad hoc committee for chemistry for the Braille Authority of North America. He leads a group of blind chemists and Braille transcribers who are working to revise the Chemistry Braille code 1997 revision. Dr. Supalo, currently is a member of the American Chemical Society’s Committee on Community Activities (CCA). This committee plans for both Chemists Celebrate Earth Week and National Chemistry Week. Dr. Supalo has been appointed to chair National Chemistry Week 2021. He also serves as an active member of the National Federation of the Blind and serves as a mentor for students who are blind seeking careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.


Check out the six breakout Sessions we have this year


Speak Up for Yourself and Feel Good About It

Darian Slayton Fleming

Self-advocacy is the term used in the independent living arena to describe the need to speak up for yourself. Another term is self-determination. This means figuring out what you need and acting to get what you need. This information applies whether you are trying to get a doctor to listen to you, a teacher, a government official or a family member etc. Come to this workshop and learn about the three most important elements of speaking up for yourself and how to use them to achieve your goals and feel good about it.


Employment panel moderated by Carrie Muth

Stepping Stones to Successful Employment – Come join a panel of people who can provide information on options available to help in your job search. Are you trying to decide what to do when you grow up? Do you need help building a resume? Once you have that interview, how are you going to sell yourself to the company? How are you planning to compete with other applicants? Come learn the “Stepping Stones to Successful Employment”.


Sellf-Employment moderated by Dr. Cary Supalo

Dr. Supalo will moderate a panel of three successful blind entrepreneurs. They will discuss why self-employment was the best option for them and what it takes to be a business owner as a blind person.

Dr. Supalo’s research is in accessibility, making science learning experiences more accessible in a hands-on way for students who are blind or otherwise print disabled. He received a grant from the National Science Foundation to develop the first text-to-speech enabled scientific data logger which he made available through his small business called Independence Science. See full bio for more info.

Panel members:

Nik Petersson, Miles Access Skills Training and TAP

Art Stevenson, A & N Vending

Darian Slayton Fleming has a private practice providing vocational and mental health counselling


How to Be an Education Ninja with Dr. Cary Supalo

Dr. Supalo earned his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in 2010 in the field of chemistry education. See full bio for complete info.

Learn the unconventional and little-known skills needed to successfully navigate the education system as a visually impaired student.


As of this writing, I don’t have a detailed description of the next two breakout sessions, but I have heard they will be quite good.

Amy Parker, PSU Department of O&M

Relevant O&M Topics


Pat Schwab and Marty Sobo

Cool GPS and other Apps for iDevices


If you were thinking about not attending this year, you might want to reconsider and come have a blast with us in Portland.

*Seeking Seniors for ORAL HISTORIES at October Convention

By Bobi Earp

The 2018 State Convention of ACBO will have a new activity for the participants!  We will be collecting the Oral Histories of anyone that wishes to participate!  We will have an interviewer from the Oregon Historic Society from their Oral History department. 

 Our interviewer will be Deb Fisher, who is excited about our group and this project.  We will schedule interviews in one half hour increments, with priority given to those over 50 years of age.  Yes, you can sign up for a 2nd round if you have much to share!

 There will be a legal release form she will help you fill out, so that permission to record has been documented!

 We currently have only The Stylus that provides glimpses of what our Chapters were doing but only after the year 2000! 

We will be making high quality audio recordings that will be uploaded to the Oregon Historic Society, with links provided to Metro PDX website, and to the ACB of Oregon website.


Here are some sample questions!

Please do not feel limited by these questions, and if you have a great story, please feel free to share it!


What year did you become a member of ACB?  What Chapter?

What made you choose ACB?

What projects do you remember your Chapter doing that may have changed the world?  Advocating for audible signals at street corners?  Truncated domes at street curbs? 

Braille menus? 

You may have some great stories from before the ADA law was enacted!  We want to hear them!

ACB has been active in the political arena for a very long time, perhaps you can recall some of the things you tried to accomplish!

What were some of the social activities you arranged or participated in?

How did ACB affect your life? 


We will have recording sessions Friday afternoon and Saturday.

Sign up with Bobi Earp and reserve your time slot!

Provide your name, number and email so she can contact you to confirm!

503.248.6739, home

503.317.4529, cell for convention only


*Announcing InDoor GPS at

ACB Oregon 2018 October Convention, Portland


Let indoor wayfinding technology be your guide around our event this year.

MD Support is providing it’s LowViz Guide app no cost to you or us.

Just download it to your iPhone or iPad and let it describe all points of interest and routes throughout the hotel lobby and meeting areas.

For important information, see

Everything you need to know is there including:

• A direct download link to the AppStore

• Instructions for use

• Frequently asked questions

• An audio/visual demonstration of the app

• What you need to know ahead of time

• Articles and audio broadcasts about LowViz Guide

MD Support personnel will be on hand to provide technical assistance, but your advance preparation will make using the LowViz Guide application faster and easier.




*Notice of Bylaw Change

Submitted by Leonard Kokel


Article IV 4 Item 1

 Old Version

  "1.  ANNUAL MEETING: There shall be an annual meeting of the membership. The Membership may at an annual meeting set the date, time and place of its next annual meeting, unless otherwise determined. The annual meeting shall be held during the third weekend in October of each year. Should the Membership fail to establish a time and place, the Executive Board shall determine the time and place of the meeting."


 New Version

 "1. Annual Meeting:  There shall be an annual meeting of the membership held in October of each year.  The membership may at the annual meeting set the date, time, and place of its next annual meeting.    Should the membership fail to establish a date, time, and place the Executive Board shall determine the date, time, and place of the next annual meeting."




*Announcing BE My Eyes Microsoft Accessibility Help24X7

We hope you’ve had the opportunity to use our Specialized Help feature and call the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk. It is important to us at Be My Eyes that the feature continues to be a helpful and efficient solution to any technical issues.

Microsoft has been pleased to offer you this extended customer support - so much that they are now expanding their opening hours. You may now call the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk through Be My Eyes Specialized Help 24/7! This means whenever you need technical assistance with your Microsoft product or service, a Microsoft agent will be ready to help you out.

“We are honored to join the thousands of volunteers in Be My Eyes’ global community that help empower people who are blind or have low vision lead more independent lives. That is why we are thrilled to expand this support offering from Microsoft’s Disability Answer Desk to 24 hours, 7 days a week, for their users. Specialized Help is a great example of bringing new services to people that can make the world more accessible and inclusive.”

– Neil Barnett, Director of Inclusive Hiring and Accessibility, Microsoft

We are thrilled to team up with Microsoft to offer you the best possible customer support with increased reliability and receptivity. We sincerely hope that this expansion continues to serve you well.

Alexander Hauerslev Jensen,
Community Director at Be My Eyes
“Small acts of kindness with global impact.”
Be My Eyes


*ACB Families Peer Support Group

 Our monthly families peer support group is just a phone call away.

 Ask questions, raise concerns, tell your story to others. We discuss issues about being a blind, visually impaired or sighted parent, grandparent, spouse or other relative of a sighted or visually impaired family member. Our topic of the month is always timely.

 When: fourth Sunday of each month; 9 p4m. Eastern. Dial (712) 432-3900 and enter code 796096.


*50 Things You Can Do with Spaghetti Sauce, Part 5 of 5,

Submitted by Sue Staley and Recipes courtesy Food Network Magazine


41. Tomato Omelet

Whisk 3 eggs, salt and pepper; pour into a buttered skillet and top with grated fontina cheese and a few tablespoons pasta sauce. Cook until almost firm; fold in half and cook until desired doneness.

42. Bloody Marys

Mix 6 ounces vodka, 1 cup pasta sauce, ˝ cup water, 6 tablespoons lime juice and 1 tablespoon horseradish in a pitcher, season with celery salt, Worcestershire and hot sauce.

43. Spiced Okra

Simmer fresh or frozen okra and canned chickpeas in pasta sauce, season with cumin, mustard seeds and coriander.

44. Polenta Bites

Slice a tube of premade polenta into rounds. Broil until heated through, lightly top with pasta sauce and grated fontina, broil until cheese melts.

45. Tomato-Fennel Soup

Thin pasta sauce with water; add sliced fennel, vegetable juice and a splash of pernod and simmer.

46. Chickpea Pasta

 Simmer pasta sauce with chopped celery, anchovies and chickpeas, serve over penne.

47. Red Pepper Coulis

Puree jarred roasted red peppers until smooth; stir into pasta sauce and serve with steamed fish.

48. Sloppy Joes

Brown bulk Italian sausage, chopped onions and bell peppers, stir in pasta sauce and heat, spoon onto rolls.

49. Tomato Vinaigrette

Whisk 1/4 cup red wine vinegar with 1/2 cup olive oil, some shredded basil, salt and pepper. Whisk in a spoonful of pasta sauce; drizzle over arugula.

50. Eggplant Rolls

Grill or broil thinly sliced eggplant until tender. Spread with pasta sauce and ricotta cheese; roll up and secure with toothpicks.


*Earthquakes in Oregon, When the shaking starts

Part 2 of 2

Multnomah County, The City of Portland


Submitted by Dan Ezell



Build a kit

Every family’s kit looks different, but here are some questions to help you decide what to include in yours. Experts recommend storing enough supplies for 14 days.


WATER, (Tip: Experts recommend 14 gallons per person, a gallon per/person/per day)

How many people live in my home?

How much water should we store for 14 days?

(Tips: Wash used soda bottles with bleach water, then fill with tap water. Tap water is safe to drink! A hot-water heater usually holds at least 30 gallons of drinkable water.)



What foods do you eat that are high in protein and don’t have to be cooked?

( Ideas: condensed or powdered milk, canned beans, canned fish, canned meat, peanut butter )

(Tip: eat stored food before it expires, then restock your supply. )



Does anyone need a prescription medication to avoid serious harm?

What does your doctor say to do if you run low or out?

Does anyone in your family need glasses to see?



What do you want in a first aid kit?

(Ideas: roller bandage, aspirin, disposable gloves, antiseptic, gauze )



Do you have a baby?

What would the baby need? (Ideas: formula, diapers, wipes)



Do you have a pet?

What would your pet need? (Ideas: food, leash, hard crate, vaccination record & photo w/owner)



Here is a big list of supplies some people include. Check off things you want in your kit

Bleach: For cleaning ( 9 parts water/1 part bleach )

For drinking ( 1 gal. water/16 eyedrops bleach )

Can opener

Warm jackets, rain coats, socks and underwear

Sturdy shoes

Sturdy gloves

Tarp, plastic sheeting, tent, large garbage bags

Flashlight ( consider a hand crank flashlight or headlamp )

Radio ( consider a hand crank radio )


Tools ( wrench or pliers, crowbar, shovel, pocket knife )

Documents (copies of IDs, birth certificates or other important papers you don't want to lose.)

Toiletries/female hygiene

Entertainment ( books, puzzles, games or toys )

(Tip: Get together with neighbors, friends or faith community to pool money on expensive items.)


Talk to a neighbor, your place of worship or community center about creating a shared space to store supplies.


Multnomah County Office of Emergency Management



When the earthquake hits, where will you be?


Move away from buildings, falling bricks or glass and utility wires.

If you are downtown, within a few feet of a high-rise, duck inside.

Avoid bridges and overpasses.

Stop. Set your parking brake, and stay in the car.



Move to higher ground or the top of a building (at least 100 feet).

A tsunami wave could hit within minutes.

IN BED Stay still and Cover your head with a pillow, and wait for the shaking to stop.



Don't go outside or use stairs or elevators until the shaking stops.

Get under a table or desk and hold on.

No table? Crouch next to an inside wall, in the corner of a room or beside big furniture.


*The contest winner this time is… drum roll please…

Duh duh duh duh duh duh duh duh duh duh duh

Mr. Dan Ezell of Beaverton OR

Dan, just as soon as you let me know you saw this, the treasurer can cut you a check for $25 and life will be good!


*Blindness Medication Awareness Month in October 2018

Submitted by Pat Wallace


October is Medication Safety Awareness for the Blind Month (MSAB) and it's a great time to advocate for accessible prescription labels.  Watch a short video about MSAB to learn more about how you can get involved: or visit En-Vision America’s webpage at:

where you can get more ideas, request brochures to hand out and much more.  You can also call Sharla Glass at 941-702-6602 with questions. Here are a few ways to get involved:

·      Discuss what accessible label options are available with your pharmacist.  Encourage them to look into ScripTalk and/or other options.

·      If your pharmacy is not participating, you can let En-Vision America know where you would like the service.  They keep track of which pharmacies are requested and use the information to explain to corporations how many people are asking for the service and where.  If your pharmacy begins to participate they will call you.

·      Tell your chapter, family, friends and healthcare providers about this technology and how it could help someone they love or care for.

·      Get involved in legislative efforts to require audible labels in Oregon.

·      Share information about accessible labels at health, senior, and low vision fairs.

·      Post information about accessible labels on social media



*Accessible Prescription Labeling Law in Oregon?

Darian Slayton Fleming

Have you had to be creative in coming up with systems that help you identify your medications so that you take the right ones at the right times? Has someone taken the rubber bands of your pill bottles or rearranged your set-up when cleaning? Do these little ways of being helpful create more angst for you? A few years ago the American Council of the Blind (ACB) succeeded in getting federal legislation passed requiring pharmacies to provide accessible prescription labeling. Although accessible prescription labeling is required federally, many pharmacies throughout the country have not jumped onboard. Nevada is the first state to succeed in local passage. Many chain pharmacies are on a list for strategic negotiation but have not yet become part of the solution. That is why local work is so important in advancing this initiative.

At the 2018 ACB national conference and convention, ACB of Nevada presented about their success getting a prescription labeling law passed in their state. the Nevada bill calls for pharmacies to provide the necessary equipment that would enable patients to read their medications in the formats of their choices. This means in large print, Braille or audibly through the Scrip Talk from En-Vision America or other available technology. The Nevada law further specifies that, if pharmacies elect not to provide accessible prescription labeling, they must refer customers to businesses that do offer it.

Now ACB of Oregon’s legislative committee has introduced the Nevada bill to the Health Committee of the legislature and hopes to follow in their footsteps. The ACB of Oregon Legislative Committee got immediate favorable responses from the Health Committee. They are extremely excited to work toward passage of this bill. However, in Nevada, mail-order and chain pharmacies are exempt from compliance with the law. Oregon members hope to take things further by including mail-order and chain pharmacies in the list of those required to honor the provisions of the law.

To date, our work on this bill has been accepted by the Oregon Senate. Now the legislative committee is working to get it accepted by the House of Representatives.

Next, it is necessary to get the bill pre-filed, which means getting it sent to Legislative Council, where it would get drafted. Then it will be introduced by a member of the House or Senate to a Committee.

Following that, hearings will be held. That is when we will be needed to testify about our experiences with lack of access to prescription labeling and/or how it has positively impacted our lives.

Stay tuned for further announcements about how you can help get an accessible prescription labeling law passed in Oregon


*11 Commandments of Crockpot Cooking

Submitted by Sue Staley


Crockpots are a safe and wonderful way to make a meal. In fact, they might be the only cooking appliance you can leave on while you're out of the house. Quite a testament to their safety. The key to creating a delicious slow-cooked meal? Knowing the rules. Follow these 11 principles, and you'll be creating warm, hearty recipes all year long:


1. Temperatures must reach at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit for safe slow cooking. (The low heat on most models is about 200 degrees F.)


2. To keep foods out of the food danger zone, always use fully thawed meats. Don't use whole chickens or roasts; cut the meat or poultry into chunks to ensure thorough cooking.


3. For best results, a crockpot should be between half and two thirds full.


4. Resist temptation to open the lid during the cooking process – each peek you take will add an additional 15 to 20 minutes of cooking time. Also curb your urge to stir; it's usually not necessary.


5. Cooking on low heat takes about twice as long as cooking on high heat. A general rule of thumb is that "low heat" means about 200 degrees and "high heat" is about 300 degrees.


6. The ceramic insert in a crockpot can crack if exposed abrupt temperature shifts. Don't put a hot ceramic insert directly on a cold counter; always put a dish towel down first. Likewise, don't put a ceramic insert straight from the refrigerator into a preheated base.


7. You can certainly just pile food into the crockpot and turn it on, but some recipes come out a lot better with a little prep time. Browning meat especially ground meat -- and sautéing vegetables in a skillet before adding them to the crockpot will greatly improve the flavor of your meal. If you dredge your meat in a little flour before browning, you will get a thicker sauce.


8. For high altitude cooking, add an additional 30 minutes for each hour of time specified in the recipe. Legumes take about twice as long as they would at sea level.


9. Fat retains heat better than water, so fattier foods, like meat, will cook faster than less fatty foods, like vegetables. For more even cooking, trim excess fat off of meats. If you're cooking a dish with both meat and root vegetables, place the vegetables on the bottom and sides of the insert and put the meat on top.


10. Dairy products, like sour cream, milk, or yogurt, tend to break down in the crockpot. To prevent this, add them during the last 15 minutes of cooking.


11. If you're adapting a favorite recipe to the crockpot, there are a few things you should keep in mind:

- Liquid is not going to evaporate, so cut back on the liquids by about 20 percent.

- If you're using herbs, select whole leaves and spices, and use half the normal amount.

- If you're using ground herbs, add them in the last hour of cooking.

Source: The All-Around-Cooking list on



*Library Report

Submitted by JeanneMarie Moore


Hi folks! We are going to hear about lots of library developments at the Convention, like how commercially available audio books get added to the NLS collection, etc.

I learned there are a LOT of BardTalk related groups and I gave incorrect info in the last Stylus: sorry about that!

Send a blank email to: Hope to see you at the new location.


There are various lists in there: Techtalk, DB Review, (noticed be3low), Old Time Radio, Mystery groups, Game Night once a month, Book Groups, and all kinds of stuff. I'm on the main list, Techtalk, and this book review list. I've learned a lot about a lot of books from this place.

If you'd like to join the db-review list which is hosted at, send a blank email to:

And more info is on the way. Today, I simply want to correct my mistake from last time. A loan, the moderator, was very willing to hear me be very mad and has FINALLY discontinued the Yahoo group!!! He did give a suggestion: "don't post something in a newsletter unless you're already had success with it."

I gave him a suggestion backi: "don't say a list is available if it isn't" and I spurred him to action.

So happy BARD listing. Not RELATED to BARD/NLS, but I have learned a lot since June. I've also deleted TONS of messages until I learned you can mute this

There are now more options than ever before to connect to other readers and find good books. Take advantage of this wonderful free resource.



*Willamette Chapter Report

Submitted by Marja Byers, Executive Director, Blindskills


The Willamette Chapter takes the summer off and I missed our May meeting. I had a bad fall early in May and was in the hospital at meeting time.

We had our annual garage sale at Salem Green Estates in July and had the most successful sale to date! We caught a real break in the weather and had comfortable temperatures. Almost all of our chapter members came to volunteer at least part of the three-day event.

The next week was our summer picnic and Penny Auction. We had a nice turnout and even James Edwards came up from Lakeside to have lunch with us.

We just resumed our regular meeting schedule this last week and welcomed the Director of Transportation Development from the Salem-Keizer transit district to talk about changes in our bus system.

Willamette Chapter will be offering another raffle basket at this year's state convention. This year's basket offers a Hamilton Beach Smoothie Maker along with ingredients for making smoothies, shakes, home made blizzards and blended adult beverages (booze and candy, what could be better?). Tickets will again be $5 for a single entry, $20 for 5 chances to win.

I'm looking forward to seeing many of you in Portland for the convention!


*ACB of Oregon Board Meeting Notes

July 21, 2018

Submitted by Darian Slayton Fleming


Officers Present: James Edwards, Leonard, Art, Darian, Sue Schwab, Teresa and Jeanne-Marie.

Guests: Pat Wallace, Randy Hauth, Mickey Quenzer, Joan Hill, Pat Schwab and Judene Waymouth from Rogue Valley.

Approval of Reports

President Edwards called for approval of today’s agenda. Leonard Kokel made a motion to approve the agenda as amended. Art Stevenson seconded the motion and it passed.

President Edwards called for approval of the April 2018 Board Meeting Minutes. Leonard made a motion to approve the April minutes as distributed. Art Stevenson seconded the motion, and it passed. You may receive a copy of the minutes once they are approved by the board in October 2018 by writing to Darian at:

President Edwards asked Sue Schwab to present the treasurer report. You may obtain a copy by contacting Sue Schwab at: A motion was made and seconded to accept the treasurer’s report as given. The motion passed.


District Reports

District 1 From Teresa Christian: The Columbia Chapter meets mostly for social purposes. They have 3 members. Currently they meet at the senior center for lunch. She asked how the fire is affecting them, and it is not affecting them so far.

The Pioneer chapter meets for social purposes only.

Metro PDX’s calendar sales are going well. Bobi Earp has taken the lead on updating the website. The June picnic was held at Staley’s home. Darian received an ACB/JP Morgan Chase leadership award to attend the ACB national convention. She is also being interviewed by mosen about the John Fleming documentary. Desiree Christian’s oldest daughter has been granted a wish from the Make a wish Foundation.


District 2 From Jeanne-Marie Moore: Eugene: Joe McInnis and I are co-facilitating the support group for visually impaired people on the third Monday of the month from 1-2 p.m. at 1133 Olive Street.

Klamath Falls has been meeting consistently since June. I'm going to aim to go in August and do my best to share available resources.

There are comparatively fewer services available in Klamath Falls.

If anyone from there comes to the convention, financial support would be needed.


District 3 from Carrie Muth:

Dunes Chapter: Sadly, Dunes Chapter lost a long-time member, Mike Amos, in early June. I recently attended a Dunes chapter meeting & he remembered meeting me a few years ago. His welcoming presence will be missed.

Dunes Chapter is planning a summer picnic in early August & will resume monthly meetings in September.

Rogue Chapter: Rogue Chapter had their summer picnic on July 7th. They had 26 attendees and all enjoyed a penny auction.

Chapter members are discussing attending the convention. They will resume their monthly meetings in September.

Southwestern Chapter: The summer picnic will be August 26th at Ferry Road Park in North Bend. We will have live music from “The Worn Out Frets”. The Southwestern Chapter invites other chapters to join in the fun. If you plan to attend, please let Leonard Kokel know.

Regular meetings will resume in September.


Committee Reports


Commission Report

Jeanne-Marie reported that they received June minutes. See them at the end of this document.

The Commission’s SWEP will conclude on Friday July 27th.

Mark Risemeir is no longer on the BEP staff. There continue to be ongoing struggles with the Commission BEP and BECC. Jeanne-Marie reported that she is being asked to evaluate Dacia Johnson’s performance and report to Scott McCallum. The next meeting is August 1st.

Art asked about changes to the Commission Board’s Bylaws. Jeanne-Marie agreed to get information about whether changes were made. Is her copy representative of the final changes? If so, would she send it to the board?


Talking Book and Braille Library: There was a meeting in May. Four people in Oregon are trying the proposed new BARD system that involves Downloading from cell towers. There have been several staff changes. One new person, Crystal, is handling book requests. The library has a wish list which includes reducing mailing of books and increasing downloading. Teresa asked about review groups. Jeanne-Marie is writing an article for “The Stylus”.

Jeanne-Marie thought her term would be ending soon and we would need to appoint a new representative. She stated that meetings are quarterly, typically on Thursday mornings on the phone, from 10 to noon. Meetings are open to the public.

Darian volunteered to serve on the library advisory board.


Hull Park Report:

Carrie Muth submitted the following written report: Oral Hull Park has been very busy with summer retreats & activities. They recently received a wonderful donation which provided the funds to purchase a 2016 van; a huge thanks to the donor.  There are still a couple of spots available in their high adventure retreat later in August, so if you want to have a great time & experience fun adventures, contact the Park.

The Park is also offering living with blindness seminars. Topics range from communication, to orientation & mobility, to low vision aids, to entertaining for the holidays.

Another great opportunity is their “Monster Madness” weekender. This will be the weekend following the ACBO convention. As the name indicates, it will be a spooky Halloween themed event.

The Park is beautiful & busy this time of year. If you want to get away, consider spending some time in Sandy with their wonderful staff; be sure to invite a friend or two.


Legislative: Randy stated there is not a lot going on. He stated that the Commission passed their budget policy package. We need to support the budget. He suggested that the board send a support letter to the governor’s office.

Randy expressed frustration that RSA isn’t moving arbitrations; we need to discuss this with our legislators.

Art mentioned that while he was in Washington DC, he followed legislative efforts to commercialize rest areas. There are efforts being made to abolish the language about giving priority to workers who are blind. It looks as if that will not happen during this session.

Randy asked what we want to pursue. Darian mentioned Prescription labeling.

The Legislative Committee members are Randy, James, Pat Wallace and Marja Byers,



Teresa reported that we have 155 members including four at large. Three have passed away: Bob Jenkins, Ted Noddin and Mike Amos. Art asked if there are state membership meetings. Teresa indicated that meetings will be scheduled if necessary. Darian asked about Art’s membership dues grant. Art offered clarification. His grant involves paying dues for first-time members up to $500. Darian had asked for a copy of the dues grant request application at the April board meeting. She said she hasn’t received it yet and asked Sue Schwab to send it to the board. Sue agreed to do so.


Nominating: James reminded us that the board needs to appoint the committee. Elections this year will be for district representatives. Darian asked if Mickey Quenzer would chair the committee. He agreed to do so. He asked for information about district makeup. Darian pointed out that this is outlined in our Bylaws. Joan and Darian will send him information. James urged board members to speak to their chapter members to find committee members for Districts 1 and 2. Email your ideas to Mickey Quenzer.


Website: Pat Schwab reported that he has been working with the SWEP student on updating our website. She is doing an excellent job. He thanked Joan and others for providing the task lists of work that needs to be done. The site improvements will be better organized rather than long text strings. There will be pull-down menus. There are subdirectories for contacts. Pat will check out ACB’s color scheme. ACB has rolled out a new and improved website. We will be modeling our site closely to the national site.


Stylus: Teresa said the winner of the contribution contest still needs to get back to her. Now that “The Stylus” is going out on cartridges, they are being returned for the most part. When people don’t return their cartridges, they don’t get their next issue. Jeanne-Marie asked if we’re contacting people who didn’t return them. Teresa will think about doing this. We are experiencing some difficulties with our braille software resulting in braille issues not going out.

Teresa reported that 18cartridges went out in June and 10 were returned. “The Stylus” goes out via Email to 85 recipients; 5 Braille and 35 are provided in large print.


Old Business:

RSVA Chapter update: They participated in the national RSVA national program. They are advocating for acceptable rules and regulations for our BECC and for a member to be accepted as a trainee. They may need to work with the advocacy committee for that.


Darian and Art reported briefly about the national ACB Convention. AIRA has given college students nine months of free service during school months. Art and Darian went to the scholarship winner reception, but the Oregon scholarship winner went home that day. Ruben Flores and Leeahnn Victorio were Oregon’s scholarship winners. In fact, the scholarship committee was so impressed with Ruben that they awarded him one of the two Floyd Qualls scholarships.

Elections were held for board director positions and for the board of publications. Oregon members who attended the convention included Art Stevenson, Darian Slayton Fleming, Michael Alvarez, Sue Schwab and Pat Schwab. Sue gave a wonderful angel wall presentation about her father, Bob Rushing. A more comprehensive report will be given at the state convention in October.


Guest Comments

Judene said the meeting was very informative; she learned a lot. She has been involved in ACB for many years and plans to be more involved.

Mickey thanked James for attending the Rogue Valley picnic.


The meeting was adjourned before noon. What an accomplishment


*Submission Contest

As you all know by now, every Stylus issue has a contest for submitting items that will potentially go in the Stylus. Your name will be entered once for each item you submit to me for the upcoming issue. For example, if you submit 10 items, your name will be entered 10 times in the drawing. You can send as many items as you like and whether or not it makes it into the next issue, your name will go into the random drawing. One name will be selected and that lucky person will receive $25. The winner must call or email me to let me know they discovered their name as being the winner for this issue. Your $25 check will be released after you contact me. Keep those submissions coming and good luck!!


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Cell: 503-871-6175

4352 Trapper Drive NE

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*Stylus Editor, Teresa Christian

Phone: 971-322-8462


Thanks for reading this issue of the Stylus!

May you always have enough!

In love and light, your happy editor, Teresa Christian