Affiliate News

** South Carolina Convention

The ACB of South Carolina convention will be held Nov. 4-6 at the American Best Value Inn, 1215 Hwy. 72 Bypass NE in Greenwood. To make reservations, call (864) 223-2838. For more information, call or e-mail Betty Jones, (864) 543-2993 or mrsbettyjno1@hotmail.com.

** Washington Council of the Blind Convention

The Washington Council of the Blind will hold its annual convention Nov. 3-5 at the Red Lion Inn, 2525 N. 20th Ave., Pasco, WA 99301. To make reservations, call (509) 547-0701. Room rates are $92 per night single/double; add $10 for each additional adult, plus taxes. To get this rate, register by Oct. 4 and mention the WCB convention.

This year WCB will be providing two convention buses, all departing Nov. 3 and returning Nov. 6. The first bus will leave at 9:30 a.m. from Crossroads Church, 7555 Old Military Road in Bremerton, making stops in Port Orchard, Tacoma and Federal Way. The second bus will leave at 11 a.m. from 7th and Stewart in Seattle, making a stop in Yakima. Sunday morning, the bus to Bremerton will leave at 9 a.m. and the Seattle bus at 10 a.m. To reserve a seat on either bus, contact Shirley Taylor at (206) 362-3118.

On Friday, exhibits will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and will feature more than 20 vendors. Friday morning, we'll tackle a little business, presentations from a local legislator, two rehabilitation teachers from the independent living program, vacationing as blind people and learning about WATAP. The afternoon features 6 break-out sessions; two tours, rock climbing and visiting a local winery; a talent show, and a luncheon.

On Saturday morning we will hear a report on the activities of ACB, host an employment panel, learn about starting your own personal garden, and hear from the directors of three agencies serving the blind in our state. And don't forget the business meeting! After the meeting's over, come and celebrate at the banquet.

To register, visit www.wcbinfo.org and look for the convention registration form, or e-mail wcbconvention@gmail.com or call (360) 689-0827. One person per form, please. Forms must be postmarked no later than Oct. 4. On-site registrations will be accepted beginning at 7 a.m. Nov. 4. For up-to-date information about the upcoming WCB convention, call the WCB Info-line at (206) 686-3048 or (800) 255-1147 and press 7.

** ACB Diabetics in Action Seeks New Members

If you are a diabetic, know a diabetic, are a family member of someone who is diabetic or just interested in diabetes, come and join ACB Diabetics in Action. When you pay your $10 dues, you will receive our quarterly newsletter. You can join our e-mail list by sending a blank e-mail to acb-diabetics-subscribe@acb.org. We also have conference calls which you can participate in.

I know there are a lot of people with diabetes and this is a great way to learn how to cope with any problems you may be having. If you are interested in joining, please call Carol Edwards at (936) 445-3241.

** Play Your Role in ACB's Future!

ACB Students is looking for interested affiliates to work with on a new project called Adopt a Student, which is aimed at bringing students to convention for the first time. The entire ACB Students board is involved because of scholarships both state and national, and we all recognize the conference and convention experience as one of the things that keeps many people coming back. We want to join other affiliates to make the 2012 ACB conference and convention a reality for students who otherwise would not be able to attend. Each participating affiliate will sponsor a student's attendance at convention with logistical and clerical assistance from ACB Students. The collaboration between our student affiliate and all other state and special-interest organizations is crucial to the recruitment and retention of younger members, ultimately paving the way for a brighter future. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to introduce students to ACB Students, your affiliate, and of course, ACB as a whole.