Affiliate and Committee News

Voting Task Force Seeks Your Input

The ACB Voting Task Force is continuing to study possible ways for members who are not able to be present at an annual convention to participate in voting for officers and directors and on constitutional amendments and resolutions (otherwise known as remote voting). It has been studying ways that such participation could be arranged without overburdening staff or generating unacceptably high costs, while protecting against multiple votes, and assuring well-informed voters.  It is exploring options for the holding of a mock telephonic vote in the fall of 2013 in which members would be allowed to participate. Any members with specific input on any of these aspects of any feasible remote voting procedure are welcome to submit their ideas or concerns to the task force. Contact task force chair Jeff Thom via e-mail at, by telephone at (916) 995-3967 or by mail at 7414 Mooncrest Way, Sacramento, CA 95831. You may also contact any of the other task force members, Becky Barnes, Brenda Dillon, Patrick Sheehan and Ken Stewart. Your input is greatly appreciated.

Illinois Has Scholarship Available

The Illinois Council of the Blind (ICB) is now accepting applications for the 2013 Floyd R. Cargill Scholarship.  This $750 scholarship is available to individuals who are blind or visually impaired, who are Illinois residents attending a post-secondary educational program.  The deadline to apply for this scholarship is July 31, 2013.
To request an application, contact the Illinois Council office at (217) 523-4967, or send e-mail to  This year, for the first time ever, you can submit your application on-line.  To complete an on-line application, go to and click on the 2013 ICB Scholarship Information and Application link.

New Affiliate for Those with Asperger's

Britt Lincoln of Cincinnati, Ohio, would like to start an affiliate for those who are blind and happen to have Asperger's.  Please call her at (513) 878-6064 or send braille or taped letters to 7100 Hamilton Ave. Apt. 9, Cincinnati, OH 45231 if interested.

DCCB to Celebrate 100 Years of Service!

Mark the date of Saturday, June 8, 2013, to attend the day-long celebration taking place at the Channel Inn Hotel in Washington, D.C.  The celebration will feature delicious meals, educational exhibits, presentations about the organization's history, services as performed then and now, accolades earned over the years, and warm hospitality.  To obtain the program schedule and registration form, send your name, e-mail address and home address to Marilyn Lutter,  Come and help us honor those blind advocates of 100 years ago!

Calling All Radio Amateurs!

The American Council of Blind Radio Amateurs will hold its annual meeting on Wednesday afternoon at the 2013 ACB Conference and Convention in Columbus.  Whether you're a long-time ham, or just getting interested in the hobby, here's your chance to get together with fellow radio enthusiasts, swap stories, and maybe even learn something new.
At the end of the meeting, we'll announce the winner of an exciting door prize.  Tickets will be on sale throughout the week, so don't miss your chance to get in on the fun.
In addition to our meeting, we will hold nightly nets at 9:00 on 147.48 MHz, and talk to each other on that same frequency throughout the week.  So bring your radio and join us at the 2013 conference and convention.
73, and see you in Columbus!