ACB Heroes

TERRY CAMARDELLE

Terry has been in the Randolph-Sheppard Program in Louisiana for 33 years and has served as the Elected Committee Chairman for the past 15 years. He is currently operating 5 locations as well as the Executive Director for Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of Louisiana (RSVL); he also manages the RSVL Azalea Bingo Hall for the past 10 years. He is the current Treasurer for Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America (RSVA) and a Past President of RSVA, RSVL and Louisiana Council of the Blind (LCB). Below in 2009 Terry in is breaking ground for the new Office and Warehouse in Louisiana that opened January 1, 2010, thanks to Terry for his great vision.

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Charles Edward (Ned) Cox

A picture might be worth a thousand words, but words can best tell the Ned Cox story.

A 1935 graduate of the Kentucky School for the Blind, Ned Cox was the first placement counselor in Kentucky to help significant numbers of blind people find work. In the 1940s and 1950s, Ned placed many people in manufacturing and office work, convincing skeptical employers that his clients could do the job by first performing the job himself.

In 1953, Ned became the director of the Kentucky Industries for the Blind. For over 25 years, he created above-minimum-wage full-time jobs for dozens of people and initiated seasonal jobs. Many a student and folks who could not find year-round work earned two to three times minimum wage in the summer and early fall.

Ned Cox was active in the Louisville Downtown Lions Club. He helped organize the Louisville East Lions Club in the late '70s, provided financial aid to countless blind people in Louisville through the Lions-managed Holloran Trust Fund, and played a vital role in support of adult education programs operated by the Kentucky Council of the Blind from 1976 until he moved to St. Louis in the late 1980s. At 93, he was serving as president of his local Lions Club when he died in July, 2010.

Ned was a musician, playing piano, sax and guitar professionally. He was a woodworker, building beautiful 12-foot made-to-scale bowling alleys in his Louisville home and later from a workshop in his St. Louis retirement community.

Ned attended the 1965 ACB convention in Louisville. He was a life member of the Kentucky Council of the Blind and a member of ACB Lions.

Ned Cox - our Kentucky hero.

The Bay State Council of the Blind Tribute Page
In honor of Vicki Vogt

The Bay State Council of the Blind was founded 35 years ago to provide a mechanism for advocacy and self-determination for people who are blind in Massachusetts. This tribute page recognizes the tireless and continuing efforts of volunteers in our work. Vicki Vogt, who has served as one of BSCB's most dedicated volunteers for over 25 years, exemplifies the volunteer spirit. From proofreading newsletters and driving members to audio described plays, to addressing and stuffing envelopes for membership drives and acting as sighted guide during legislative awareness days, Vicki continuously steps up to do the kind of behind the scenes tasks that help to ensure that BSCB operations run smoothly. Most recently, Vicki has been preparing a weekly email post on Audio Described Movies that provides movie-goers who are blind with up-to-date information on what films are playing in what theaters with audio description for the week. People rely on this valuable service to plan their movie viewing outings.

In 1998, Vicki received a volunteer recognition award at our annual convention. Vicki is a shining example of the spirit of volunteerism.

"Thank you, Vicki for the many tireless hours you have spent volunteering for BSCB. We love you." Bob Hachey - BSCB President