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To begin, it is with deep regret that I must inform you all that I am not going to be able to attend this year’s national convention in St. Louis because of unforeseen circumstances connected to my civic duties here in my community. I always look forward to national conventions and truly am disappointed that I cannot attend. However, the board of directors designated our second vice president, Art Stevenson to serve as our delegate in my absence.
Darian Slayton Fleming will be attending this year due to being selected as a DKM Leader scholarship recipient. Darian submitted such an impressive resume to the committee, I’m sure she stood out above the other applicants. Oregon is being recognized on the national level in a way that can make us all proud. Marja Byers won a first timer’s scholarship to attend national, Randy Hauth is a member of the RSVA board of directors, Kim Charlson recognized Oregon for the growth of attendance at the mid year meeting in Washington, D.C., and now we have another scholarship winner with Darian.
Sue Schwab will also be at national convention this year to honor her father, and our long time friend, Bob Rushing, by presenting his plaque for the ACB Memorial Angel Wall.
CONVENTION; Our state convention is still in the planning stage at this time. We are discussing workshops, speakers, and activities in an effort to make this a great convention for all. This year the convention will be held in downtown Portland at the University Place Hotel and Convention Center. In due time we will be sending out the registration packets, and we want to remind you all to register as soon as possible so we can finalize the meal and room counts.
In this article, I want to recognize the most successful program for employing blind people in our modern age, the Randolph Shephard program. This program has provided an opportunity for blind and vision impaired people all over the nation to be trained and licensed by a state licensing agency, such as the Oregon Commission for the Blind, to successfully operate their own business, providing an opportunity for them to be gainfully employed. Nationally, at the peak of the program, in the 90s, there were around five thousand licensed vendors. They were then as now, managing businesses that provide food services and vending, including cafeterias, snack bars, highway rest stops, and providing food services through military dining contracts to military bases in different parts of the country. There are currently about 1700 venders nationally and they are looking to grow the program.
Here in Oregon the program has 15 active vendors, with a newly licensed individual waiting for a facility. In addition to providing employment for blind and vision impaired, the program also provides employment to a wide range of peripheral support people, such as agency staff to direct and support the program, suppliers, equipment repair technicians, restaurant staff workers, and third party vendors, to name a few.
It is definitely exciting that we, the blind community, now have a blind licensed vendor operating the cafeteria in the basement of the Oregon state capitol building. Charlotta Hawkins, who has been in the program for many years took over the operation of the cafeteria this year. Char is a fine example of a blind individual operating her own business, and in her location, she has the opportunity to interact with not only the general public, but also our state legislators and representatives who do their work at the capitol.
I spoke with six of the 15 licensed vendors and asked each one the same questions; After being involved in the Business Enterprise Program for the time you have, was it the right choice as a career for you? Given the choice, would you make the same decision? Would you recommend this choice of career to another person? Each of the people I spoke to gave a resounding yes as the answer to these questions. Words I heard to describe their careers were, life changing, rewarding, hard work but financially rewarding, and satisfying. Eric Morris, Program Director for the Commission for the Blind, said he expects this program to be around for a very long time, and, each person who enters the program will get out of it what they put into it, which all of the vendors I spoke with agree. The opportunity to grow your business is there for everyone, but like all good things, it takes work on your part. Nothing is handed to you in this program.
The Business Enterprise Program is definitely a viable option as a career choice for any person who is willing to put in the time and effort it takes to build your own business and become a successful, independent business person.
This past month, we lost two long time members of ACBO. Mike Amos, was a member of my local chapter, Dunes Park, serving as treasurer and other positions in the chapter. Mike was always willing to volunteer, and his wonderful sense of humor and outgoing personality will be missed.
Ted Noddin, a long time member of the Southwestern chapter, passed away this last month. Ted and his wife Charlotte committed many years of their lives to the welfare of our organization. In my early years of getting involved in ACBO leadership, Ted, and Charlotte, were always there to give me advice and guidance. Ted will be missed by us all, and our condolences go out to his wife Charlotte.
This is the beginning of our summer recess for most chapters, so I’m wishing you all a great summer! Enjoy your summer activities, camping, picnicking, vacations, and relaxing!
James Edwards, President, ACBO
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Hull Park is already busy with their summer retreats; they offer a wide variety of activities. These are great fun & a wonderful way to meet new friends. There is financial assistance available.
Friends & Alumni – This is a relaxing and social summer retreat. Activities may include archery, fishing in our trout pond, walking our park trails, tandem bike riding, and other fun activities.
Adult Moderate Adventure Retreat – This is a moderately physical retreat. Activities include white water rafting, horseback riding, kayaking, and other fun social interaction at the park. If you choose not to participate in an activity, you may stay back and enjoy the quiet relaxation of our facility. There may be a Skydiving option available for an additional fee. This option may occur only if a minimum number of participants is met for the activity.
Adult High Adventure Retreat – This is a more physically demanding retreat than our Moderate Adventure. It includes white water rafting and many of the same activities as Moderate Adventure but adds a challenge course and outdoor rock climbing. If you choose not to participate in an activity, you may stay back and enjoy the quiet relaxation of our park. There may be a Skydiving option available for an additional fee. This option may occur only if a minimum number of participants is met for each activity.
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I hope you all have a wonderful, exciting summer.
Carrie Muth, ACBO Hull Park Representative
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If you're not best friends with your toaster (yes, your toaster), then it's time to reconsider your squad goals. Believe it or not, there are tons of things you can make in a toaster that you never would have guessed, and it's just about as easy as it gets.
This is what cooking should be about. Kitchen appliances can either be a lazy chef's best friend (hello, microwave), or their worst enemy (I'm looking at you, hot dog toaster). They can either simplify your life by helping you cook your meals faster and easier, or they can make things more complicated than they have to be. On top of that, there are plenty of appliances that serve a single purpose - ice cream makers, rice cookers, margarita machines - that take up space in your already crammed kitchen without contributing a whole lot to your culinary arsenal. But your toaster? Your toaster is here to make meal prep a breeze.
While you might think of your toaster as one of those appliances that doesn't do more than one thing, think again. Toasters, though not as versatile as their cooler older brother, the toaster oven, can do more than just brown your bread and burn your bagel. With the help of toaster bags, which are exactly what they sound like - bags you can use safely in the toaster - you can conquer much more than just Pop-Tarts (which are delicious, by the way). Toaster bags are a no-mess way of cooking things with cheese, vegetables, and even meats in your toaster without dripping food everywhere, and, maybe more importantly, without catching your kitchen on fire. If you're not one to buy into those "as-seen-on-TV" gimmicks, you can try and make your own with a bit of parchment paper and some help from this tutorial by The Kitchen. to find out what can be prepared in your toaster. Who needs an oven anyway, right?
With or without toaster bags, it's time you start putting your appliance to good use.
Here are seven things you probably didn't know you could make in a toaster:
1. Grilled Cheese Sandwich
American, cheddar, mozzarella - pick your favorite cheese, and grab your toaster, because your choices are seriously endless. If you're feeling fancy, you can even add a slice of tomato or some deli meat. Just assemble your preferred grilled cheese, slide it in a toaster bag, pop it in the toaster, and a few minutes later, you've got a gooey, hot sandwich, no clean up required.
If your office has a toaster, work lunches just got a whole lot better.
2. Veggie Burgers
For a crispy veggie burger, forget the microwave, because the toaster is the way to go. Unlike beef or other meat patties, veggie burgers don't run the risk of dripping fat into your toaster and setting your whole place on fire.
They cook quickly and evenly, and leave little mess behind. Just make sure to clean out your toaster's tray after cooking, as you should with anything you make in the toaster.
3. Garlic Bread
OK, so this is a kind of toast, but did you know you can make crispy, crunchy garlic bread in the toaster? Take a slice of Italian bread, smother it with olive oil or butter, sprinkle it with garlic powder or spread it with minced garlic, and add a little cheese on top for a single serving of hot, fresh garlic bread. Just don't try this without parchment paper or a toaster bag to help keep it from dripping into your toaster.
You say panini, I say fancy grilled cheese, and since we have already conquered the toaster grilled cheese, why stop there? With your bread of choice, vegetables, meats, sauces, and cheeses, you can have a full blown artisan sandwich even if you don't have a panini press. Just throw it all together, pop it in the toaster bag, push the toaster down, and try not to drool over the smell of your lunch cooking.
5. Reheated Pizza
Cold pizza is amazing - no argument there. But, when you want your leftovers to be as gooey and cheesy as they were when you first ordered them, avoid the microwave at all costs. Instead, turn your toaster (and a toaster bag) into a brick oven. I promise it's better than the soggy, chewy slice you'll get from the microwave.
6. Leftover French Fries & Onion Rings
On the off chance you have leftover fries or onion rings - and on what planet would that ever happen? - you can bring them back to their original glory by reheating them in the toaster. They won't be the mushy mess you're used to, and they'll reclaim their crispness and make your tastebuds just as happy as they did the first time around.
7. DIY Tortilla Chips
No tortilla chips, but plenty of corn or flour tortillas? Toast up a few pieces on high, and voila! Your soft shells have become crisp chips, and you never had to go to the store. Now you can stop eating your guacamole with a spoon.
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We had a meeting in May. I have one thing to report and two resources for you.
Four people in Oregon are testing the new "download to your player through cell phone network" machines. This will probably not be instituted for at least seven years. It sounds very interesting to me though.
The first resource is a BARBTALK page. It is not a PART of BARD, you know, it's kind of a chat list but it's a way to find out what's going on.
Here's the rest of the info.
To join this list, send a blank email to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You'll receive a confirmation message, and you simply need to reply without entering any comments.
You can also visit their website http://www.bardtalk.com for more information.
The other resource is the long awaited fast access to the Described Movies page which is updated maybe twice a year. You can bookmark the link, I bet, and check out the listings.
Movies can be kept for three weeks, books for six.
Okay here's that link:
I love this job and I know this will be my term out. darn it! But I do it again later.
Submitted by Teresa Christian
Twenty years ago, I accidentally over dosed on a antidepressent sleeping medication. My ex-husband was also visually impaired and took a tremendus amount of medications himself. He inadvertently rearranged my med bottles. For three days, I was taking too much sleep medication. I thought I had a severe case of the flu. We were having a casual conversation and discovered what happened. I was very blessed it wasn't something that would kill me. Immediately I changed how I kept track of my medications. I was very glad when accessible medication methods came out. Fortunately my HMO will provide these, but sadly they were not the ones who told me, I had to go seek the info out for myself by calling InVision America who provide the equipment. In many cases the pharmacists themselves do not know about this program even if their company has it. You have to be proactive and seek it out yourself.
Here is how it works.
Accessible Prescription Labels: Talking, Large Print and Braille Labels and Prescription Readers are now available.
If you’re having trouble reading your medication labels, ask your pharmacist for accessible prescription labels!
Many pharmacies across the US and Canada now offer accessible prescription labels to meet the needs of patients who are blind, visually impaired, or print impaired. Accessible labels include talking labels such as ScripTalk, large print labels, and Braille labels. These labels give you access to all of the printed label information, including patient name, drug name, dosage, instructions, prescription number, date, pharmacy information, warnings, and patient education leaflets. ScripTalk talking labels, created by En-Vision America, work with a ScripTalk prescription reader device, and also work with a ScripTalk app, so that you can use your phone as a talking prescription reader. A ScripTalk android app is available now; a new ScripTalk iOS app (a version for iPhone) is going to be released later this year.
Accessible prescription labels are FREE. If you or a loved one need accessible labels, request them from your pharmacist. If your pharmacist does not offer these labels, call En-Vision America for free assistance: 1-800-890-1180. We can work with your pharmacist, or we can help you find a participating pharmacy in your area.
You can also find a participating pharmacy in your area by zip code at this link http://envisionamerica.com/ourpharmacies.
If you’re already using accessible prescription labels, be sure to tell your circle of family, friends and community about these labels. By spreading the word, or advocating for accessible prescription labels, you’ll be helping others to live safely and independently! Be sure to sign up for Medication Safety Awareness for the Blind Month (MSAB), every October! Check out envisonamerica.com/msab for more info.
Luther and I elected to have our eclipse experience at Oregon State University in Corvallis, and this included pre-eclipse activities and staying in the dorms from Friday till Monday. The checkin time at the dorm took about two hours, ug. There was an app, OSU150, that could be downloaded; apparently the app provided all kinds of great information, but it didn’t seem accessible so I wasn’t able to enjoy it.
A few people asked me what a blind person would get out of viewing the eclipse. In the beginning, I thought not much and I mostly was doing this because it was important to Luther, but as things evolved, I started having some really interesting experiences and wanted to share them with you.
The sun was STRONG! I felt like I was in Hawaii in March. I could barely stand being in it. If I didn’t wear sunglasses, I swore my BRAIN hurt. I tried to focus my head in a way that worked and I couldn't, so, I just gave up and wore sunglasses.
The first lecture we went to was great! I sat absolutely amazed listening to an instructor who teaches Ethnic Studies there at Oregon State. I was so blown away. He played by far the worst, and the most white version of Swing Low Sweet Charriot I've ever heard. He decoded it for us and told how it was used for the underground railroad. I already knew about that, but did not know that some Native people owned slaves. I learned a LOT about the history of the song; a Choctaw, Brett Willis, OWNED his own slave, Wallace Willis and Wallace is who wrote the song in 1830. When the Choctaw, Chikasaw and Cherokee tribes were "resettled" they took their slaves with them, so one oppressed people took an already oppressed group with them. It blew my mind, but I never paid attention in history class.
We also went to a lecture by an Italian professor who is an astrophysicist and researches gamma rays. I wish I'd been taking notes. I've read some of this guy's stuf but don't remember his name. He said that gamma bursts, happen on average, three times everyday in the Universe. He explained how big the universe is and I think he said the sun is 200K times bigger than the Earth. The numbers got much bigger from there and lightyears, those are beyond me. They're studying stuff that happened in 1998 because the information has only just arrived here on earth.
Next we went to "Fun with Physics" where we got to experience "the angle of momentum." There was a LINE for this, but that didn't stop me. Luther went first and he asked the guy who was running it, "Please do this more slowly for her." I sat on a stool and he started to spin me. The instructions were to have my arms and legs spread wide. That was weird, but when it got REAL weird was when he told me to pull my arms and legs in tight toward my body, Then I sped up! And when I spread them out again, I slowed down. I did this a couple times and realized I should stop. He offered to spin me faster and I said no thanks! I was quite dizzy and had to have Luthor’s help to stand.
That night there was a big concert and the night before they showed Apollo 13. It was outside seating and neither one of us wanted to sit on the ground as things cooled down.
Sleeping in a dorm is, shall we say, different. The door banging was louder than in a hotel. The old fashioned, audible light signal, at 15th and Jefferson was a block and a half from our dorm window and quite annoying. Fortunately I had ear plugs so it didn’t keep me up all night. I'm glad they told us to bring a fan; that helped circulate the air and also provided more background noise. We got breakfast and dinner as part of the dorm experience.
On Sunday morning, about 10 a.m. there were the most wonderful church bells I've ever heard. I wanted to learn what the melody was; it was amazing, really filled me with wonder!
There were people from many different places; Texas and British Columbia are the two furthest places we discovered. Everyone was very friendly and we made friends who live in San Jose, that was neat!
In the short time I listened to the news that night, I learned: Corvallis was not covered and McMinville took the spotlight. My friend Teresa was interviewed on All Things Considered because having the eclipse described made her an inspiration to "make lemonade out of lemons." She was having a hard time working with the Sound Scapes App, but having a better time with the ACB Link App which had a professional audio describer explaining the eclipse at the School for the Blind in Nashville. It was so funny to hear on All Things Considered, how the audio describer in the ACB Link App said, "150 people are desperately looking up at the sky" and wondering what on earth was happening then.
Well, we had a most interesting day! We were there for almost the whole thing. In contrast to Teresa, I could not get the ACB Link app to work because of the weak wifi. I COULD, however, get the Eclipse Soundscapes app descriptions to play in real time with the experience as it was happening. I learned about the planets people saw, the corona, the Prominence, the Diamond Ring, even a bit about the Helmet Streamers. The Nassau thing was the greatest.
This was my experience of the eclipse itself. We all were pretty impressed, almost immediately after 9 a.m. the sun began to be blocked. I could feel it like the beginnings of an overcast day. But when the breeze came up it was quite a bit cooler and this continued through the whole sun blocking experience.
With Totality, apparently the streetlights turned on and so did the dorm lights. People cheered and there were firecrackers in the distance. (not impressive, silence would have been my choice.) The coolness increased so fast, I commented to the folks around me that the intensity of the heat was very noticeable. Then someone said that the sun was 25% back at that point. It helped me understand a little bit more about the power of the sun, though I don't really comprehend it. It's like trying to comprehend an ocean's distance; I really don't comprehend the ocean, like I said yesterday, the astronomical part really doesn't make actual sense to me: I can't grock it. Because of the anticipated drop in tempature, I wore my black, longsleeved eclipse shirt. It was a little large so I hoped it would shrink in the wash later.
We sat there until about 10:50 when the sun was almost completely back. I'd experienced Totality in the past and the return of the sun. From what folks were saying I knew the lights had gone back off. There were balloons sent up and there was also a plane. It was amazing: by 11:15, there were all of a sudden, more planes. I found this surprising, where were they all before?
I was glad to have experienced the eclipse, but there were some parts of it I was just as glad to have behind me. I took my last well earned shower in the dorm. Done with the uncomfortable plastic covered matresses. I guess it is necessary to prevent various kinds of bugs and germs, but very uncomfortable because of tempature regulation. Done with the loud audible light signal down the street and best of all, done with sleeping single. It was definitely an experience, some not so fun, but mostly very well worth it.
Multnomah County, and City of Portland
REVISED • MAY.2016
Submitted by Dan Ezell
Note from the editor.
98% of the information in this article applies universally across the board. There are a few small references to Portland that would apply to any similar city.
Earth Quake Facts
What is an earthquake?
The Earth is made up of massive blocks called tectonic plates. These plates are always shifting
on the earth’s surface at a very slow pace. They can pull apart, slide past each other, or push
into each other.
When they push into each other, pressure builds.
Sometimes, the edge of one plate slips under the other plate. This slip releases pressure and
causes the ground to shake and sway.
Oregon has small earthquakes all the time as many as 300 a year. This is a good thing because
a lot of little earthquakes release pressure that builds where tectonic plates come together.
We usually can’t feel these small quakes. However, Oregon does have about 15 quakes a year strong enough for people to notice. These do not cause much damage. When there is a big slip, the earthquake can cause a lot of movement. In the Northwest, this is called a Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake. The last big earthquake was in 1700. Big earthquakes happen on average every 240 years. No one knows for sure when another Cascadia Earthquake may happen, but scientists believe it could happen in our lifetime. These earthquakes can happen without warning. So it is important to be prepared.
Plates that effect us: Cascadia Subduction Zone, Juan De Fuca Plate, Coast Range, North American Plate
SOURCE: NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
What is a Tsunami?
Sometimes when a big earthquake happens near the coast, huge waves of water can be pushed high up on the land. The waves can be up to 40 feet (12 meters) high; that’s about the same as a three- story building.
If we have a Cascadia earthquake, towns on the coast are at risk of a tsunami.
If this happens, people may have only 15 minutes after shaking stops to get up a hill or to the top level of a tall building before the waves reach the land. Most scientists say that getting at least 100 feet or 30 meters high is enough to be safe. A tsunami may flow onto land up to 1.5 miles
Will a Tsunami hit Portland? No!
Portland is too far from the Ocean to be in danger of a tsunami. Portland, like Salem and Eugene,
is in the Willamette Valley, about 60 miles from the ocean. There is a range of mountains between the valley and the ocean. It is far from the ocean and much higher than any waves could reach.
Will I be safe in a big quake?
Some places, such as downtown Portland and along rivers, are built on softer ground and may shake a lot. Some neighborhoods are built on steep slopes where shaking could cause landslides.
Areas east of downtown Portland are built on firmer, flatter ground. Those may shake less, and there may be less risk of injury.
What could happen to our city?
in a “Cascadia” earthquake? Communication: Cell phone towers and phone lines may be damaged. It may be difficult to make calls, but it may be possible to send short text messages.
Bridges and overpasses may collapse or be damaged. Roads may be broken or covered with bricks and other material. The airports may be damaged.Gasoline may be limited. Utilities: Sewer, water and natural gas pipes may break, and electric power lines may fall.
Government Buildings: Many schools and other government buildings are old. Some may withstand the shaking, but may be unusable after a big earthquake.
Hospitals may be damaged and too busy to help everyone. Fire fighters, paramedics and police won’t be able to help everyone or reach every neighborhood.
It could take many days for help to reach people in need, leaving families to rely on any food, water and first-aid skills they have. But when help arrives, everyone (regardless of immigration status) will be eligible for emergency food, water and shelter.
When we have an earthquake, what should I do?
People may feel a sudden jolt, then strong shaking that could last 3 to 6 minutes.
Hide under a desk or table, hold on to the leg, and wait until the shaking stops.
Stay there and cover your head with a pillow.
In the Street:
Move away from trees and buildings, or crouch between cars to protect yourself from shattering glass and other things that might fall.
In your Car:
Stay in your car.
For more: Visit earthquakecountry.org
Family, friends, neighbors or a faith community can make a plan to help each other if an earthquake happens. No plan looks the same.
Here are some questions to help you get started.
( Make a copy of this plan for each person on your contact list.
Leave one copy in a home emergency kit, one copy at work and save one electronic copy. )
• • •
Members of Your Plan Team
WHO WOULD YOU WANT TO CONTACT?
Include Name and Phone for each person.
IF MEMBERS CAN'T REACH ONE ANOTHER,
WHO CAN EVERYONE CALL WHO LIVES FAR AWAY?
( Sometimes, it's possible to call long distance when local calls don't work. )
Name and Phone for each person.
WHERE WILL YOU MEET
WHEN AN EARTHQUAKE HAPPENS?
( Ideas: a park, church or school parking lot, or other open space in your neighborhood )
WHAT MIGHT KEEP MEMBERS
OF YOUR EMERGENCY PLAN FROM MEETING AT THIS LOCATION?
( Ideas: a child at daycare, a parent who works on the other side of the river )
WHAT SHOULD PEOPLE DO IF THEY CANNOT MEET AT THIS LOCATION?
( Ideas: text your out-of-area contact, identify an alternative meeting location )
Does anyone in your plan have special physical or mental needs?
What assistance might this person need when an earthquake happens?
How might you need them? How might they need you?
Is everyone with a cellphone registered to receive emergency phone alerts? Visit publicalerts.org
Who in your plan can communicate in English? ( It will take time for government to assist in other languages. )
Who will make sure this plan stays up to date?
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President James Edwards called the meeting to order.
The February 2018 board meeting minutes were approved as corrected and distributed.
Treasurers Report was read and approved.
Sue Schwab presented the treasurer’s report as of March 31st, 2018.
Total Funds including Checking Acct, Money Market and Investments = $505,320.69
Total Income Received as of March 31, 2018 = $9,875.10
Total Expenses paid as of March 31, 2018 = $ 9,287.52
Net Income to date $ 587.58
District 1 Report
Teresa reported that the Multnomah and Metro PDX have merged and things are going fine. There are a couple little growing pains, but that is to be expected. There is a guest speaker every month. We are doing the calendar again and should have them by the time national happens this summer. In June we’ll have the annual pick nick at the home of the Staley’s. We are continuing to do app swop nights and frequently do karaoke.
District 2 Report
Willamette Chapter Report from Marja: Willamette Chapter garage sale, held in conjunction with The Salem Green Estates annual park garage sale will be July 20 and 21. The chapter will provide lunch this year for those volunteering to help. This has been a fun event to help support our group. The chapter summer picnic is happening, the date TBA.
We had guest speakers at our March meeting, an O&M/tech teacher and Ruben, the high school senior, who attended the fall state convention. There was discussion about AVI funds and how they can be used. Some of these funds were used last summer to get Wi-Fi into Ruben’s family home to aide in his school work. Ruben reported a dramatic difference in no longer having to go to the library or McDonald’s to do his homework.
In January, Salem will begin having bus service on Saturdays. We are considering changing the meeting to Saturdays so students and people who work will be able to attend.
Many chapter members participated in BlindSkills spring fundraiser, the Eyebowl on April 14th and had a good time.
Eugene: Eugene has two blind people co-facilitating a support group for people with sight issues, impairments or disabilities. Joe McInnis and Jeanne-Marie Moore agreed to do this at the request of the previous O&M person in Eugene.
Joan Hill is doing her usual spectacular job of keeping all the data current for our State organization.
Don Poulter not only broke his ankle and is still in a skilled nursing facility, he lost his brother in law, Bob Jinkins, almost exactly a year after losing his sister. We all extend our condolences to Don and the chapter. Bob used to drive five people to the chapter meeting every month. We are working on ideas for transportation to meetings.
District 3 Report
Carrie reported that Dunes Park is not meeting much due to illness.
The Southwestern chapter is going through and updating their bylaws. They are also doing a mailing for donations. There is a summer picnic planned for August.
James went to the Rogue Valley meeting last month. There were 12 Members present. It was a good meeting with a meal, socialization and business. James spoke about ACB O and his activities. He encouraged them to get involved in their community. He suggested they investigate their area’s plans for disaster preparedness.
Art asked which district special interest chapters are assigned to, and hence, where RSVA Oregon is assigned. Discussion ensued. In the case of special interest affiliates, members come from all around the state. Teresa suggested that the special interest affiliate remain assigned to one district and not be moved around. Leonard asked what address the chapter is using. After considerable discussion, Art made a motion to assign RSVA Oregon to District 1; the motion was seconded by Leonard and the motion passed.
Jeanne-Marie submitted the following written report:
The Commission for the Blind held its two-year strategic review on Friday, April 20th. A woman from the Governor's office spoke and told us that the next four years will contain budget cuts.
I have already submitted to the Board all the documents related to this meeting and we agreed on the strategies presented. The BE Program's BECC presented five strategies which were incorporated into three of the overall strategies.
WIOIA is having a significant impact on the Commission because the rules and what is needed to comply with this law is very different and is quite a change from previous service delivery. Plus the WIOIA centers have previously not been accessible to people with sight related disabilities. The hope is that a person who is blind or otherwise sight disabled can go into a WIOIA Center and attend all of the workshops available there, including resume writing, cover letters, job searches, etc.
At our regular meeting, we passed the strategies, tabled the discussion of the bylaws until June 1, 2018, and held an executive session at the end of the meeting.
The SWEP (Student Work Experience Program) will be held in Portland at in Salem again this year.
The Dept. of Rehab is holding their own SWIFT program in Salem, though both programs will be there, they will not be combined this year.
The Delta Gamma chapter on the Willamette University Campus has dissolved so though the house is available, Angel Hale reported that she will really miss their presence during this summer.
It appears that between the February meeting and this last meeting that the braille writer repair issue for Leonard Kokel has been resolved
Art added to this record that the individual from the governor office, Alana Pearl Ginny, liaison to governor office. Art disagrees with point about potential budget cuts.
Encouraged ACBO to be fully engaged in the budget process as it goes through the governor’s office.
Most money is federal funds rather than state.
James said they had a strategic planning meeting and he attended along with Luther, Steve Jackson and randy.
How do we get more stake holders to attend the meeting?
Art added, he is a stakeholder, important aspect of having strategic priority to enhance services for older blind and address deaf-blind community. He was not sure that those strategic priorities were adopted at that meeting. These communities are not receiving appropriate services.
James hopes they will send out the adoptions.
Talking Book Library Report
Written report from JeanneMarie Moore
The director of the State Library was fired at the end of March. I asked, but got no answers, none of the State employees could talk about it. After this two year period is over, I will be "termed out" so, once again, someone will need to step up for that position. Art suggested we need to find someone to appoint to the committee when Jeanne-Marie’s term ends.
Legislative: Randy reported that February 1, 2019 will kick off 2019 full assembly. May, September and December will be months when legislative days are held. It has been forecast that little money will be forthcoming statewide; there are indications that there will be tightening of purse strings. The Commission started their budget kickoff putting forth what they want and then a current budget level for the office. The budget 2019-21 has been sent to the governor’s office in late summer with proposed budget; agencies then have a chance to respond.
Randy proposes that the legislative committee needs to start having monthly meetings to plan what initiatives we want to support or encourage. Raise point of including people with disabilities. Be a presence in front of legislators.
Teresa reported that total Members equal 159
Teresa reported that the committee has had two meetings. The convention theme will be: Creating the Vision: Overcoming Barriers Through Technology, Advocacy, Education and Employment. We are working on finding speakers that will reflect the theme. We want to focus on recruiting young people including reaching out to Colleges and ESD’s. Art Stevenson has created a $500 grant to pay annual dues for new members. We have asked for the grant form so we may share it.
Pat Schwab reported our site was hacked about a year ago. Pat has been paying for a security system called Site lock. Attempts to restore data seem nebulous as it has been Almost a year and his updates haven’t been showing up. Pat is working with Site Lock to resolve this situation and have updates show up. He says he will be updating the site.
Pat is looking for another solution such as passing the website onto someone else without extensive fees for managing it. James acknowledged Pat for his volunteer work and time.
A committee to investigate potential webmasters was formed with Darian to chair and including James, Joan Hill, Teresa, and Pat Schwab.
Teresa reported that we have moved to providing “The Stylus” on cartridges. The initial set up took a lot of time; both print and Braille labels needed to be made for each cartridge. A who to and who from label and a label inside in case the mailing cards get lost needed to be created. However, loading the Stylus onto the cartridges was crazy easy. So, from now on it won’t be as much work as the first time.
Initially, 17 cartridges went out, 12 cartridges have been returned so far, and 1 additional person wants a cartridge. The next deadline for the Stylus is June 1st.
Advocacy Liaison Committee
James reported that the Advocacy Liaison Committee heard from a teacher in Portland who is experiencing vision loss and being fired. Susan Glass from ACB Teachers was invited to advise on the call. To complicate matters, Portland Public Schools is cutting jobs due to budget.
Jeanne-Marie successfully advocated for Leonard receiving braille writer repair jobs rather than the Commission sending them out of state.
We discussed the new ACB Logo. Pat Schwab is working on it to change the format to be able to resize it. He is making it into an editable graphic. The logo is now on our website and will appear on letterhead, application forms and other materials in the future.
Art reported that The RSVA Oregon Chapter had elections. Art is president, Randy vice-president, Lynne James is secretary and Pat Wallace will serve as treasurer. The chapter will actively work with the BECC elected committee on vending issues. Art plans to attend the ACB convention this year and to participate in RSVA affiliate activities.
James asked Pat Schwab to report on an Orientation and M Summit in Portland. This was Mobility Matters 2018 sponsored by Portland State University. The audience included visually impaired people. Portland State has started an O&M training program for instructors to work exclusively with K-12. Featured was Robert Emmerson, director of O&M in Kalamazoo, Michigan, one of the first programs in the nation. The Topic was research about the mechanics of doing O&M; cane travelers tend to Veer in intersections. Scientific explanations include losing the building line and hearing sounds from all over make it difficult to maintain direct path. Pat mentioned a book about this by Jason Roberts. They also discussed standardizing urban travel including where truncated domes are placed. There is a Website accessfortheblind.org.
Carrie reported they are gearing up for summer camps, and camperships are available. They are doing three-day Living With Vision Loss seminars at the park and two-hour workshops at assistive living centers. People from the community can also attend them. There were questions about transportation. It was mentioned that Lions could be approached for help with transportation or funding to attend
If you would like a full copy of the board minutes, contact Darian Fleming at email@example.com
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Part 4 of 5 Submitted by Sue Staley
Recipes courtesy Food Network Magazine
30. Country Captain
Brown chicken parts in olive oil with curry powder and chopped onions and
bell peppers; add pasta sauce and simmer until the chicken is cooked through
31. Taleggio Panini
Spread pasta sauce between 2 slices of crusty bread and top with taleggio
cheese; cook in a buttered skillet or panini press.
32. Poor Man's Parmigiana
Alternate slices of garlic bread and mozzarella in a baking dish; top with
pasta sauce and bake at 375 degrees until golden and bubbly, 20 minutes.
33. Tomato Polenta
Stir a dollop of sun-dried tomato tapenade into some pasta sauce; warm and
spoon over prepared soft polenta.
34. Italian Quesadilla
Spread some pasta sauce on a tortilla; top with grated mozzarella cheese,
sliced mushrooms and shredded chicken; fold in half and pan-fry until golden
Cook 4 cups tortilla chips in pasta sauce until slightly softened; stir in
chopped cilantro and top with grated cheddar cheese and sour cream.
36. Creole Stew
Sauté chopped onions, bell peppers and celery; add Creole seasoning, sliced
smoked turkey sausages, pasta sauce and a big splash of broth; serve over
37. Poached Cod
Simmer pasta sauce in a skillet; add cod fillets, cover and cook until just
firm; top with chopped herbs.
38. Enchilada Sauce
Toast some chili powder in a nonstick skillet; add pasta sauce and canned
green chiles and heat; drizzle over enchiladas or tacos.
39. Pizza Sticks
Brush refrigerated breadstick dough with pasta sauce; sprinkle with grated
parmesan cheese and bake. Serve with extra sauce.
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