WINTER Issue

DECEMber 2014

 

The official quarterly publication of the

American Council of the Blind of Oregon.

 

James Edwards, President, ACB of O

Phone: (541) 404-8214

Email: jamese.acbo@gmail.com

 

Learn more about us by visiting http://www.acboforegon.org

 

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Items in this issue:

 

Is the symbol to look for the Wal-Mart gift card.

 

***A Message from our President

***Still have some shopping left to do? Here are some web sites *** Five pound fudge recipe

***Twas the Night Before Xmas, a Version for Moms

***Dutch Apple Baby, Gluten-Free Version, Great for Xmas Morning Breakfast

***Comcast Talking TV guide

***EASY BREAKFAST PIE, This is another great Xmas morning breakfast

***high-tech harness for dogs

***Unbelievable Chocolate Moose, Super Easy!

***Metro PDX Chapter News

***CHERRY XMAS SLICES, awesome for a pot luck or to give as holiday gifts.

***Announcing the ACBO Advocacy & Liaison Committee

***Xmas Morning Strata

***October 17, 2014 ACB of Oregon Board Meeting Minutes

 

***A Message from our President

Submitted by President James Edwards

 

Happy Holidays to all! I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving, and I hope you all have a great Xmas.

 

Our October convention went well; I hope everyone agrees. We all had a good time socializing, and had some excellent speakers imparting good information.

 

The Red Lion hotel was very impressed with our group and invited us back anytime we want to come. For those of you who weren't in attendance in Salem, we voted to hold our next convention in the Eugene-Springfield area. At this time, I am communicating with the Eugene Hilton, to see if we can agree on the terms we need for our organization. We'll keep you informed as details are confirmed.

 

I have appointed a special committee of four ACBO members, and myself, to serve as a liaison, advocacy, or advisory body for the purpose of providing a "sounding board" for those who need to talk about issues concerning the blind community. It is my hope that people will take advantage of this committee and use it as an avenue of communication. Whether your issue is with the Commission for the Blind, with your chapter, or a personal issue within the parameters of blindness, we will try to help resolve them. Of course, the committee will make reports on our activities to the ACBO board, but if requested, we can keep personal information confidential.

 

I'm looking forward to 2015 being a good year for ACB of Oregon and some positive things happening!

On a personal note, after serving as the chairman of the Lakeside Planning commission for the past four years, I was elected to serve on the Lakeside city council for a four year term, with the highest percentage of votes among the seven candidates running. It will be an interesting challenge because of the nature of small town politics, but we're moving forward with our community. It's rewarding to be a part of it.

 

Again, Happy Holidays to ACBO!!

James Edwards, ACBO State President

 

 

***Still have some shopping left to do? Here are some web sites that might help.

 

Online Gift Store Complete with Personal Gift Consultant

Would a box of assorted snacks be perfect for someone on your Xmas list? How about a wine basket or a cookie bouquet? And if you could find an online store where you could buy an item you wanted personalized, and they’d do it at no extra charge, wouldn’t you shop there? This link takes you there!

www.Verduin.labellabaskets.com

There are two links on this page. One says “gift baskets and flowers,” and takes you to the snack baskets, wine baskets, cookie bouquets and more. The other says “personalized gifts,” and takes you to the hundreds of water bottles, pillow cases, business card holders, and so much more that you can have embroidered or engraved without paying extra for it.

This site has its quarks, but it’s relatively accessible. Actually, how accessible it is sometimes depends on what kind of computer or device you’re trying to use. I’ve seen it work great with some machines, and not so well with others. The good news is, if you run into a problem, there’s a living, breathing

person attached to this store, yours truly, Cherranne Verduin, whom you can ask for help. Even if you have to leave a voice mail, I will call you back as soon as possible and help you in one way or the other. Depending on the situation, I’ll either talk you through placing your order or take all the information and place it myself.

 

If you have any questions about my store, or you need any help placing an order, feel free to contact me. Happy Holidays, and happy shopping!

 

Cherranne Verduin

Senior Gift Director

La Bella Baskets

503-358-0951

cmverduin@gmail.com

www.Verduin.labellabaskets.com

 

Here is what the Harbolt Company has to say for themselves.

At The Harbolt Company, we Never pay retail for anything, and you shouldn't either! Our company sells cool and unusual electronics, gadgets, and gizmos. This is fun for us and you might say it is our hobby. We are visually impaired and so our web site is fully accessible for those who are visually impaired. You will find audio descriptions for every item that is sold on our site. There will be special web site sales so keep checking in and you might get yourself a great deal on something you can't live without! Please feel free to contact us with any questions or special requests. If you don't see what you are looking for, email us and chances are, our company can find it for you! We accept all major credit cards including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and Amex. We also accept pay Pal, checks, money orders, and cashier's checks. Please note that quantities are limited of the items we sell so if you see something you like, we would suggest you snatch it up before someone else does! You might come back later to find it has already been sold. Please look around and stay as long as you like. While you are here, be sure to sign up for our newsletter for some great early bird announcements, member only discounts, coupons, sales, and to keep up-to-date on what is going on with our company. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook by clicking on the buttons at the bottom of any of our web site pages. Have a blessed day!

 

http://www.harboltcompany.com

 or you can email us at: sales@harboltcompany.com

 or call us at: 405-633-2572.

 

The Blind Mice Mega Mall has some good sales and always interesting products

www.blindmicemart.com

 

Blind Bargains- is a Monday through Friday email list of the best bargains the AT Guys can find online, plus articles related to technology and other things of interest to blind folks. Sometimes you can find some amazing deals. Here is the link for more info and to sign up for the list.

http://www.blindbargains.com/emaillist.php

 

Here is a great website for buying food for our guides or our pets. Costs less than Petco and has next day delivery. This web site was submitted by Sherrie Woods.

www.wag.com

 

 

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle bells, Walmart on its way.

Oh what fun it is to shop with a gift card, oh yes you may, Hey!

Keep reading

 

 

***This fudge makes a great gift for someone or just to pig out on, all by yourself.

Your happy editor wouldn’t know about doing such a thing, would she?

Fudge, Five Pound Recipe,

Submitted by Bobi Earp

 

Ingredients:

4.5 cup white sugar

1 stick butter

1 12 oz. can evaporated milk

1 bag chocolate chips

8 oz. bakers chocolate

13 oz. marshmallow cream

2 tsp vanilla

2 cups chopped nuts

 

Directions:

1.   Melt chocolate in microwave safe bowl.

2.   Add marshmallow to mix and set aside.

3.   Combine sugar, butter and evaporated milk in large pan.

4.   Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly, boil for 8 minutes (increase this time and will make firmer)

5.   Heat chocolate in microwave again till melted.

6.   Add to boiling sugar till blended.

7.   Blend in vanilla and nuts.

8.   Pour fudge into greased or parchment lined 9X13 pan.

9.   Place in fridge for an hour to set up.

10.                Enjoy!

 

 

 

***Twas the Night Before Xmas, a Version for Moms

 

Twas the night before Xmas, when all thru the abode
only one creature was stirring, and she was cleaning the commode.
The children were finally sleeping, all snug in their beds, while visions of Nintendo 64 and Barbie, flipped through their heads.
The dad was snoring in front of the TV, with a half-constructed bicycle on his knee.
So only the mom heard the reindeer hooves clatter, which made her sigh, "Now what's the matter?"
With toilet bowl brush still clutched in her hand, she descended the stairs, and saw the old man.
He was covered with ashes and soot, which fell with a shrug.
"Oh great," muttered the mom, "Now I have to clean the rug."
"Ho-ho-ho!" cried Santa, "I'm glad you're awake."
"Your gift was especially difficult to make."
"Thanks, Santa, but all I want is some time alone."
"Exactly!" he chuckled, "I've made you a clone."
"Exactly!" he chuckled, "I've made you a clone."
"A clone?" she asked, "What good is that?
Run along, Santa, I've no time for chit-chat."
The mother's twin. Same hair, same eyes,
same double chin. "She'll cook, she'll dust,"
she'll mop every mess. You'll relax, take it easy, watch The Young & the Restless." " Fantastic!" the mom cheered.
"My dream come true! "I'll shop. I'll read., I'll sleep a whole night through! "
From the room above, the youngest began to fret.
"Mommy?! I scared... and I 'm wet."
The clone replied, "I'm coming, sweetheart."
"Hey," the mom smiled, "She knows her part."
The clone changed the small one, and hummed a tune, as she bundled the child, in a blanket cocoon.
"You the best mommy ever. " I really love you."
The clone smiled and sighed, "I love you, too."
The mom frowned and said, "Sorry, Santa, no deal. "
That's my child's love, she's trying to steal."
Smiling wisely Santa said, "To me it is clear, "
Only one loving mother, is needed here."
The mom kissed her child, and tucked her into bed.
"Thank you, Santa," for clearing my head.
I sometimes forget, it won't be very long, when they'll be too old, for my cradle-song."
The clock on the mantle began to chime.
Santa whispered to the clone, "It works every time."
With the clone by his side Santa said, "Goodnight.
Merry Xmas, Mom, You'll be all right."

 

 

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***Dutch Apple Baby, Gluten-Free (GF) Version

Great for Xmas morning breakfast

Submitted by Desiree Christian

 

Ingredients:

4 eggs (whisked)

1/2 tbsp sugar

1/4 tsp vanilla

1 cup of milk (can be Almond, soy, dairy, etc)

1 cup of Gluten-Free Flour (I use Better Batter which has Xanthium Gum in it – make sure the GF flour you have contains xanthium gum or this recipe won’t

work)

You can use regular flour instead of gluten-free flour to make this the normal version

 

2 Tbsp butter (to melt in pie dish)

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees

2. Put 2 tbsp of butter into an oven safe pie dish and place in oven while it is warming up. This will melt the butter on the bottom of the pan.

3. While oven is preheating, mix together all ingredients.

4. Take out warm buttered pie dish from oven and pour all ingredients inside.

5. Place back in oven and baked for 25 minutes or until golden brown and set. Put a knife in the center and make sure it comes out clean, then you know

it is done.

6. It will appear puffy when you first take it out of the oven, once out of the oven for a couple of minutes it will set and appear flat – this is normal

Serve and enjoy.

 

 

 

***Comcast Talking TV guide

From the American Foundation for the Blind

Submitted by Joan Hill

 

What is the problem?

Imagine if there were a way to turn on the description (the special feature to narrate the visual elements of a show for people who are blind or visually

impaired) on your favorite shows! Imagine being able to check your television to find out what is on right now, or up next, the name of the show, the channel

the show is on, or the channel the TV is tuned to. (If you are wondering what "description" could be, check out this overview of audio description.)

 

Back in the olden days, I bought a device at Radio Shack that had, among other features, a button that would let me switch to SAP audio (the special "channel"

that contains description or alternate language audio). So, I would change TV channels on my remote like anybody else, but the audio of the TV would go

through this device and, if there was description, or Spanish (or Chinese or Russian...) on that channel, that would be the audio I would hear. Life was

perfect.

 

Well, everybody didn't have that option even then, and now, most of us have to use the onscreen menus on our television, via the cable system, to turn on description. We could also use those menus to select a show, find out what is on, record a show for later, but we can't see those pesky menus. Solution?

(Take the television to the recycling center?)

 

Now, if you are a Comcast customer, or could become one, this is changing.

 

The Solution

 

The modern set-top box for Comcast is called X1, and it is in millions of homes and moving into more. Those customers will be receiving an upgrade, which will happen automatically, and will get talking menus they can turn on any time they wish to have accessibility, or just like to have things talk to them.

 

I've gotten a chance to try this technology out twice. Basically, you press the "A" button on your remote twice (the remote, shown here, has a series of distinctly shaped buttons which are called "B," "B," "C," and "D"), and then activate the talking menus. Once you've done that, you are home free. You can do the obvious—turn on the description for shows that have it—and, you can do most of the other things Comcast customers would reasonably want to do with these menus (if you've never had access to those menus, you might not be aware that you can read short summaries of upcoming episodes, record a show, play one back, select on-demand movies, and many other exciting things).

 

Comcast is responding to requirements set forth in a law known as the Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) and the company is far ahead of the competition since the requirements for accessible set-top boxes don't start until December 2016. And, the new feature gives us access to more than will be required at that time. In other words, Comcast is setting a high bar for the rest of the television field to follow.

 

Is the new feature perfect? No, and Tom Wlodkowski from Comcast was quick to point out things that Comcast already agrees need to be improved. But, he felt, and I agree, that moving forward with something people can really use and then improving it later is the way to go.

 

So, when you get this feature in your home, you'll notice right away that there is a delay between the time you press an arrow key and the time you hear the menu item you've landed on. Comcast has plans to speed this up, but for now we'll have to be patient. Also, this new feature doesn't do anything to change the contrast on the visual menu display, or let users with low vision switch the contrast (black on white, white on black) but this is also something Comcast knows people need to be able to do.

 

Is there more?

 

Yes! Comcast is dedicated to accessibility. They have a lot more going on than set-top boxes. They've already released apps with accessibility features and have more features in the works. And, Comcast is involved in telephone, Internet, and home security areas, so we can hope for better accessibility in more than just entertainment. See the AccessWorld® article, Comcast Accessibility: More Than Talking TV from earlier this year.

 

If you have Comcast in your area, keep their website handy, so you don't miss the next big thing. Better yet, keep AccessWorld handy to get the news and the detailed reviews of these new features.

 

If you're not a Comcast customer, and especially if you don't live in a community served by Comcast, perhaps you should contact your cable or satellite provider and ask what they are doing to make sure that blind people can use and access their media.

 

 

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer,

Had a very shiny nose.

And if you ever saw it,

You would even say it glows...

Oh, you still want to know about the gift card?

 

 

***EASY BREAKFAST PIE

This is another great Xmas morning breakfast

Submitted by Sue Staley, ACBO State Vice President

 

INGREDIENTS:

2 Packages (12 ounces each) bulk pork sausage

1 Medium bell pepper, chopped

1 Medium onion, chopped

3 Cups frozen hash brown potatoes

2 Cups Cheddar cheese, shredded

1 Cup Original Bisquick

2 Cups milk

1/4 Teaspoon pepper

4 Eggs

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Heat oven to 400 degrees F.

Grease rectangular baking dish, 13 by 9 by 2 inches.

Sauté sausage, bell pepper and onion in 10 inch skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sausage is no longer pink; drain.

Stir together sausage mixture, potatoes and 1 1/2 cups of the cheese in baking dish.

Stir Bisquick, milk, pepper and eggs until blended.

Pour into baking dish.

Bake uncovered 40 to 45 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 1 to 2 minutes longer or just until cheese is melted.

Cool 5 minutes and serve.

 

 

 

***high-tech harness for dogs

Submitted by our fearless leader, President James Edwards

 

Researchers at the North Carolina State University are developing a high-tech harness for dogs to enable a handler to communicate with his/her dog. The harness works with sensors on the harness that transmits signals through the harness to the handler's hand indicating a change in the dog's body language, such as nervousness when approaching another dog. The harness is being developed for multiple applications, but one of the researchers on the team is a blind man. The project is a work in progress, but may ultimately benefit blind people who use guide dogs.

 

 

Was it you who won the Walmart gift card? Keep reading.

 

 

***Unbelievable Chocolate Moose

Super Easy!

Submitted by Zoe Parker

 

Honestly this is a great recipe and super simple. I am not a vegetarian and truly, truly guys, you would never believe this has tofu in it, if you didn’t see the recipe.

 

8 oz bitter sweet chocolate chips

1 tsp vanilla extract

8 oz silken tofu

 

Melt chocolate chips in microwave for 1 minute. Then stir in the vanilla extract.

Place tofu in mixing bowl and blend in the chocolate mixture. Blend well. Then place, covered in fridge for an hour.

Serve and add whipped cream on top, and Voila!

Yummy yummy!

 

 

***Metro PDX Chapter News

Submitted by Darian Fleming

 

Metro PDX has had a busy and productive Autumn.

In September, Tyanne Coverstone organized a fun and successful cooking class for youth. Assisted by Patricia Kepler and several blind and sighted volunteers,

they taught the kids to cook a full meal of chili, corn bread, salad, lemonade and cookies. Youth learned to chop vegetables with knives, work safely on

the stove top and serve their families. Everyone had a good time and the food was delicious.

 

Darian chaired a White Cane Safety Day Committee joined by member, Alexa Golden. Alexa was interviewed by K103 Reporter, John Ericson, about pedestrian safety issues and the meaning of White Cane Safety Day and the law. Panera Bread, in Portland, donated the space for the event. This was an excellent location as it is next-door to Trader Joe’s and on a busy street served by several bus lines. At the recommendation of chapter member, Pat Wallace, also president of the Centennial Lions Club, that group donated $50 toward the cost of coffee and pastries for event-goers. Several partnering groups joined us in making White Cane Safety Day a success including the Oregon Commission for the Blind, Independent Living Resources, Oregon Columbia Regional Group of the Blinded Veterans Association, the Oral Hull Foundation and Parkrose; Oaks Bottom and Centennial Lions Clubs. The Portland Bureau of Transportation participated greatly in the planning as well as providing give-aways to drivers such as tote bags, umbrellas and lighted wrist bands. We sincerely thank everyone who worked so hard to make this event a success.

 

We held elections in November. Darian will serve another term as president. She will be joined by vice-president, Bill Mylnarski; secretary, Cheree Heppe

and Tyanne Coverstone Wilmath returns for another term as treasurer.

 

December 13, we hosted our second-annual Winter Independent Shopping Experience (WISE). This year, chapter member, Desiree Christian, coordinated the event. Desiree worked hard recruiting shopping mentees. Desiree was an absolute Godsend in helping complete the materials needed to apply for

a mini grant to help fund the project. We were excited to host the children again and spread holiday cheer.

 

Thanks to Allan Wilmath, our fearless webmaster, we now have an announcements list to which anyone may subscribe. To do so, go to www.meropdx.org/lists.

Choose Announcements list. Follow the prompts to enter your E-mail address twice and click on subscribe. You will then receive our compilations of news about our chapter doings, announcements about events and other useful information. If you experience difficulty with the subscription process, please contact Allan at allanwilmath@icloud.com; please type the word subscribe in the subject line. If you have an announcement you want posted, send it by noon on Fridays to Darian with Announcements in the subject line. We will help you spread your news as well. These E-mails will come out on Mondays.

 

To all of you and yours, we send wishes for blessed holidays.

 

Deck the halls with boughs of holly,

Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la

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***CHERRY XMAS SLICES

Submitted by State Vice President, Sue Staley

 

These are awesome to bring to a pot luck or excellent to give as holiday gifts.

 

INGREDIENTS:

2 Cups butter

2 Cups powdered sugar

1 Egg

1 Teaspoon vanilla

4 1/2 Cups flour

4 Cups candied cherries

2 Cups chopped nuts

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Cream butter and powdered sugar.

Add egg and vanilla.

Add flour.

Stir in cherries and nuts.

Divide dough into fourths. Form into logs.

Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Slice into 1/4-inch slices.

Spray large cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray.

Place slices onto cookie sheet.

Bake at 325 degrees F for 10 to 12 minutes.

Makes 6 to 8 dozen.

 

 

 

***Announcing the ACBO Advocacy & Liaison Committee

At the ACBO State Convention held in October 2014, the President of ACBO, James Edwards, announced to the membership that he was recommending the formation of a committee to review several issues that had been brought to his attention from ACBO members related to services and/or programs through the Oregon Commission for the Blind. Based on support by the membership, President Edwards has formed the ACBO Advocacy & Liaison committee.

 

Committee members are:

James Edwards, Chair, Email: jamese.acbo@gmail.com

Marja Byers, Email: marja.byers@gmail.com

Linda Haseman, Email: lhaseman@comcast.net

Bob Johnson, Email: bobj711@comcast.net

Darian Slayton Fleming, Email: dlsfleming@gmail.com

The committee meets every Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Should you or someone you know desire to speak to the committee regarding a matter related to blind issues requiring advocacy and liaison assistance, please do not hesitate to email one of the members at their email address listed above to request a meeting with the committee.

 

Individuals requesting a meeting should notify a committee member by any given Tuesday, and they will work to schedule a time for the following week's Wednesday meeting. This will allow the committee members time to research the individual's issue and be fully prepared to discuss the matter.

 

The members of this committee are strongly dedicated to the advocacy and liaison mission of this assignment from President Edwards. They look forward to proactively and positively offered solutions and suggestions that may assist in remedying issues.

 

The committee welcomes the opportunity to be of service to individuals who contact them.

 

 

Maybe the gift card is under the tree already?

Not! Who the winner is, just a little more now.

Just keep reading.

 

 

 

***Xmas Morning Strata
Serves 6-8
Submitted by yours truly


1 loaf French bread -- cubed (either by hand or with a knife)
2 packages frozen chopped spinach -- thawed and squeezed dry
3/4 pound Provolone, chopped
14 large eggs
2 1/2 cups milk
Salt and pepper -- to taste
2 teaspoons dry mustard (optional, but adds a nice little bite)
3/4 pound Cheddar, shredded

Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.
Make a single layer of bread cubes in the bottom of the baking dish. Cover the bread evenly with the spinach. Then add the chopped Provolone cheese. Top with another layer of bread cubes.
In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and seasonings. Pour over the layers evenly making sure that all of the top layer of bread is moistened. At this point, you have two options: refrigerate it overnight or bake for 1 hour (350 degree preheated oven)
When you bake it, watch it starting at about 50 minutes It shouldn't be ready to pull until its puffed up a bit and just starting to get golden brown (you don't want it too brown).

If you want to test it, a knife inserted in the center should come out clean. While it is cooling, top with the cheddar cheese and allow it to melt by itself. You might need to return it for just a minute to the oven to finish melting.
Makes 6 to 8 servings depending on how hungry you are!

 

Drum roll please. Oh shoot, the little drummer boy dropped the drum stick. Hang on.

 

 

***October 17, 2014 ACB of Oregon Board Meeting Minutes

 

President Edwards called the meeting to order at 4:05 P.M. All officers were present. Guests included: John Fleming, Pat Wallace, Carmen Walker, Ron Staley, Joanne Ferber, Sharon Orchard, Deb Nichols, Allen Morfield Karen Pells, Sunni Heddon, Ted Noddin, Charlotte Noddin, Bev Rushing, Bob Rushing, Randy Haut, Linda Haseman, Tammy Winn, Carol Cooper, Bonnie Malone, Bruce Heth, Dick Kohl, Jerry Pryne, Bob Jenkins and Don Poulter.

 

The agenda was approved as distributed. A motion was made by Jeanne-Marie Moore to approve the July Board Meeting Minutes as distributed. Loretta Miller seconded the motion. The motion carried.

 

Loretta gave the Treasurer Report. As of September 1, the beginning balance was $16,335.89. The ending balance was $15,469.99. Sam Orchard moved that the treasurer report be approved; Leonard Kokel seconded it. The motion passed.

 

Correspondence: Secretary Darian shared that Jan Hatcher sent a thank you mote for her grant.

 

District Reports:

District 1.: Teresa Christian reported that Metro PDX held a successful cooking class for youth in September. Children were recruited through the regional educational service districts in the Portland area. Members of the chapter participated in White Cane Day in October. Despite the weather, the event was successful.
Several partners worked together including the Commission for the Blind, Oregon Columbia Regional Blinded Veterans Association, Parkrose; Centennial and Oaks Bottom Lions Clubs, Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland and Beaverton Police Departments. Metro PDX will hold its second-annual WISE Project again at the Pioneer Place Mall. The group continues to hold socials such as game nights and eating out. Metro PDX is bringing in younger families.

 

The Multnomah Chapter continues to hold successful Burgerville fund-raisers at two locations. The chapter sponsored members to attend the convention and one student to come as well. The chapter sent flowers to Commissioner Amanda Fritz upon the death of her husband.

 

The Pioneer Chapter continues to meet socially. They have a very low treasury.

 

The Columbia Chapter meets at the VA facility where John Olmstead lives.

 

District 2: Jeanne-Marie reported that the Willamette Chapter held a successful fund-raiser in September and contributed part of their earnings to the state. The Willamette Chapter hosted this convention.

 

The Emerald Valley Chapter held a successful White Cane Safety Day celebration in which four members participated. They will hold elections in November. Some members intend to attend the Willamette Xmas party in December.

 

The Klamath chapter has good attendance at this convention; Jeanne-Marie met with them and shared resources and lunch. Jeanne-Marie recognized the hard work of Joan Hill.

 

District 3: Samantha Orchard reported that Dunes Park continues to hold regular meetings. Rogue Valley held a picnic in June and will a sale in January.

 

The Southwestern Chapter continues to sell candy. Elections are coming up. The Knitwits are donating hats to care centers in the county. They have a new meeting place, the Lucky Star.

 

Committee Reports:

President Edwards read a written report by Patricia Kepler, our representative on the Oregon Commission for the Blind Board. The new Board Chair is Pratique Du Jari. A petition, started by NFB, has been signed to encourage the Legislature to continue Commission funding. This could mean the hiring of three new positions in the Older Blind Program.

 

Legislative: Randy Haut reported that the 2015 legislative Session begins in January. BEST, Randy’s nonprofit organization, will host a mini legislative day in December. There was an audit of Commissions finding that that boards are not working efficiently. He stated that the Oregon Commission Board is a leader in this inefficiency. The Commission Board will have three positions up for appointment-the ACB of Oregon Rep, the NFB rep and a student position. ACB of Oregon may want to be thinking about who they might recommend. The Committee for Consumer Protection is proposing legislative action to bring them into compliance. Randy Hauth has been appointed to ACB’s Randolph Shepherd Vendors of America; RSVA is introducing legislation that may improve vending programs in Oregon.

 

Talking Book and Braille Services: Jeanne-Marie reported that someone WROTE asking about whether the library has described movies on DVD'S. The library has 13 AT present. These do not fall into the same category as books. Donations pay staff salaries. The library sends out 4,000 books per week. They hope for more downloading through BARD, as mailing books is the largest expense. Patrons may call or E-mail to get catalogs or to receive help retrieving user names and passwords. Passwords are the last four numbers of your phone number or by name if there are multiple people with the same name. The library has 5,265 patrons; with an estimated 62,000 not enrolled. however, they feel many more people could be served if they were reached. They are doing outreach through letters to churches, community centers and schools. Wheeler County makes up 70% of users. Washington and Clackamas Counties are among the lowest percentage. The library sent out a Fall newsletter with large print calendars.

 

Membership: John encourages chapters to get their information and dues into Joan and Loretta by February 15, 2015. information He commended Joan and Loretta on their excellent work.

 

Bylaws: Leonard Kokel reported. Changes will be made to Article 5, regarding officers. Changes will be made regarding District Representatives and to charge the board with defining geographic districts. These changes are needed, as sometimes there may not be three chapters in each district. Recommended changes to the constitution or bylaws must be received by the secretary at least 30 days before the October annual meeting. The board members must receive these recommended changes at least 14 days prior to the October annual meeting. Darian made a motion to recommend these changes to the membership at the Sunday business meeting. Sue seconded the motion. The motion passed. Recommended changes will be read in more accurate wording at the Sunday business meeting. The motion passed.

 

Convention Committee:

Some planning did not go smoothly. Restaurant menus were not provided in Braille. There are 70 members registered. Central BluePrint in Eugene provided the print programs as an in kind donation again this year. The Willamette Chapter provided a color cover featuring a photo of Howard Hall. Loretta thanked the Willamette Chapter for getting the assistive listening devices from cascade sound in Salem.

 

Website: Pat Schwab has plans for remaking the website.

 

Stylus: Teresa Christian has been editing “The Stylus since the September issue. She hoped to encourage increased submissions by offering prizes to those who submitted articles. Seven people submitted material. Deb Nichols was the winner of the prize. There were 25 CD’s, 40 large print and 80 email versions sent out. November 25th is the submission deadline for the December issue. You will be entered into the prize drawing even if your submission is not published. The prize will be a $20 Wal-Mart gift card.

 

There was no old business.

 

New Business:

Loretta Miller, treasurer, presented the proposed 2015 budget. The projected income is $20,700.There are no major changes to categories. The major category is Program expenses. There were no questions. Jeanne-Marie made a motion to accept the proposed budget; Darian seconded the motion. The motion carried, and the proposed budget will be presented to the membership at Sunday’s business meeting.

 

Guest Comments:

Randy Hauth encouraged people to speak their minds and speak up for change and make things better in Oregon for people who are blind. Our agencies need to hear from all of us. Attend Commission Board Meetings. Don’t be afraid to speak to legislators about concerns.

 

Linda Haseman stated that she does not understand why our commissioner on the Commission Board does not make it a priority to attend ACB of Oregon Board meetings. We need to hear from her in person and have opportunities to share our concerns with her. Linda stated she has a background in human resources and has been following Commission activities for the past three years. We need a voice that will speak for us. The Commission is facing legal issues. This means undue costs that the agency should not have to incur if it follows better procedures and provides better service to clients.

 

Ken Riverneider: Riverneider expressed concerns about issues facing seniors. James reported that we will hear from Commission Executive Director tomorrow. We can ask her our questions. He also informed the body that on Sunday he plans to propose that a committee be appointed to investigate Commission issues.

The meeting was adjourned.

 

 

 

He is blind so it took him a minute to find it, but he has it now.

Cough, cough, drum roll again please.

The winner of the Walmart $20 gift card is

 

Cherranne Verduin

 

Congratulations Cherranne! Call me and let me know where you want me to send it.

 

 

Remember the drawing for the Spring issue is for a $20 prepaid VISA card so be sure to get your submissions to me by March 25th. Watch for reminders in the Oregon-l list.

 

 

 

 

Thanks for reading this very long issue of the Stylus!

 

May you always have enough!

 

In love and light, your happy editor, Teresa Christian