THE MISSOURI CHRONICLE
December, 2001

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Editor's Line

President's Message

From The Executive Director's Desk

From Our New Treasurer

Education and Welfare Report

Public Relations Report

Membership Report

ACB Board Report

We Have Bylaws!

2001 Convention Highlights

Remembering Assunta Lilley by Zada Albee

Thanks for the Memories by Bill Benson

Summer Camp Reflections by Beverly Shockley

Bright Outlook Lets Man Walk On Sunny Side Even in Darkroom

Disabled Voters Sample Some High-tech Help

State Auditor Says School for Blind Sent $1.7 Million to Wrong Fund

Meet MSB'S New Superintendent

Dog Guides Blind Owner Down From 78th Floor

Affiliate Affairs

From The Lower Left-Hand Drawer

Eight Gifts That Do Not Cost a Cent

MISSOURI COUNCIL OF the BLIND

OFFICERS, DIRECTORS AND COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS

CHAIRPERSONS

AFFILIATE PRESIDENTS

SPECIAL INTEREST AFFILIATES

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Editor's Line

   

   Perhaps the most challenging part of doing this job is deciding how many of the articles I want to put in the Chronicle will be able to fit into the space that I have. That was never more true than with this issue. There were so many good newspaper articles, articles from members and articles I wanted to write that it was hard to fit it all in. That's why the Lower Left-hand Drawer column is so short this time. And even after cramming all this material in, there's still stuff left over for next time. This is largely due to all of the interesting material sent to me by Chip and others over the Internet. There's a wealth of information out there that I'm only just barely beginning to tap. Anyway, I hope you like this month's selections.

 

   Remember, there is now another way to get the Chronicle. Those of you with computers can receive the Chronicle by every-mail. I do not send it as an attachment, since I know some of you are reluctant to open attachments even from people you know. I put it into the clipboard and paste it to an every-mail message as a text file. Several of you are now getting the Chronicle that way; just let me know if you want to be included. One of these days, I'll have to learn how to send the same message to several addresses at once. If you know how to do that with Outlook Express, let me know.

 

 

 

   In this issue: highlights of the MCB convention, reflections on summer camp, tributes to Assunta Lilley, and ways to make voting more accessible to blind people. Also meet the new Superintendent of MSB and learn all about Carl Mack. Enjoy and keep in touch.


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     President's Report

 

Dear MCB members and friends,

  Blessed is he who has learned To admire but not envy, To follow but not imitate, To praise but not flatter, And to lead but not manipulate.

  W.A.Ward

  Have you ever stopped to think about what it is that makes up the Missouri Council of the Blind? I mean have you ever truly stopped to think about what it is that makes the Missouri Council of the Blind one of the finest blind consumer organizations in the country? Is it our mission and purpose? Is it our services and programs? Is it the fact that we are the largest blind consumer organization in the state? As important as these things may be, I do not think that they are really what constitutes the Missouri Council of the Blind. So then what is it that makes us the Missouri Council of the Blind? I think that it is the fact that we are a community of people who care deeply for one another. I think that it is the fact that we are a community of people who do not just look after our own individual interests but rather we look after the interests of our blind brothers and sisters as well.

 

   For example, when I think about our summer camp program, I do not think of it just in terms of a super program that we offer to all of our MCB members and friends. But rather I think of it as a special time and place where people can bind themselves together with cords of everlasting friendship that can never be broken. I can not tell you the many friendships that I have made in just the few years that I have attended summer camp. They are all so very special to me.

 

   Another example would be our special services program. Again, I do not think of this special program in terms of just another program that we can offer. But rather I think of it more in terms of us reaching out to assist someone with a special need. I think of it more in terms of assisting individuals whom we have come to know and love.

 

   The same would go for our Adaptive Technology Matching Grants program, our Health Benefits program, our Scholarship program, and our Youth Services program. In other words, ladies and gentlemen, I think that all of our services and programs have been specially designed to reach out with a caring hand to all of our MCB family and friends and let them know that when they apply for any of our services and programs we will actually recognize them as individuals and not just as numbers on a page. Moreover, I would like to think that the reason why we even have such programs in the first place is because it is a more physical way in which we can say that we love and care about our brothers and sisters in the organization. I do not imagine that any of us would want a particular service or program just for the sake of being able to say that we have such a service or program. If we only think in terms of seeing the forest we will definitely lose sight of seeing the trees.

  Furthermore, I think what makes up the Missouri Council of the Blind is the fact that we believe very strongly in one another. I think that we are a community of people who believe that together, along with the guiding hand of God, we can overcome any obstacle. When I think about all of the individuals who we currently have as officers, directors, and committee chairpersons, I think about the awesome strength that they bring to the organization.

 

   For example, I do not think just in terms of the fact that we have a Chronicle editor. But more importantly I think more in terms of who John Weidlich is as our Chronicle editor and what an outstanding job that he has done as our editor. I think of the tremendous strength that he adds to our organization. You can certainly tell that he cares a great deal for the organization by the time and effort that he puts into the Chronicle. I also think that his strength and character were equally demonstrated in chairing the constitution committee. He did such an admirable job. I must commend him and our Resolutions chairman, Bill Benson, for having worked so diligently together in getting our MCB Bylaws adopted.

 

   I also think the same way about our madam secretary, Marti Watson. Again, not just because we have a lovely secretary, but one who cares so much for the organization, and one who bears an awesome amount of responsibility. I thought she did an outstanding job in putting together our Thursday October Board meeting minutes and then having them ready at our Saturday morning convention. O and by-the-way, do you realize that she is the only female officer that we now have on our board, and please believe me when I say that was certainly never done by design.

 

   As I have stated about our Chronicle editor and madam secretary, I could just as well say the same thing for our MCB treasurer, as well as for our first and second vice presidents, directors, and committee chairpersons. I often wonder whether we show enough appreciation to all of these fine folks for freely giving up so much of their time. I wish I could give each and every one of them a special award for their dedication and service to this organization. But all I can do instead is to give them a big heartfelt thanks, and hope that someday they will be greatly rewarded.

 

   I also think what makes up the Missouri Council of the Blind is individuals like Leroy Welch, who was the recipient of this year's Nathaniel Johnson award. Individuals like Leroy add a distinctive quality to the organization. They have such a deep passion for the organization that you can always count on them for added strength and support.

 

   Then there are individuals like Beverly Armstrong, Alice Gipson, Lynda Purdy, Melvin Smith, and Marie Thompson, that you know will always be there for you when the way gets rough. You can also always turn to them for their strong leadership abilities. Time and space will not permit me to name all of the other countless individuals who we have in the organization who have given so much to make up what we now have as the Missouri Council of the Blind. My dear friends and neighbors, perhaps not every one in the organization may be a leader but that does not mean that they are any less important. We need every one of you to continue to do your own special unique part, and together, as Jerry Annunzio would say, we will win.

 

   Now ladies and gentlemen, after you have carefully thought over my message, I hope you will no longer think of the Missouri Council of the Blind as a frictionless machine but rather as a community of people working collectively together in mind, body, and spirit towards a common goal, and that is always treating one another with the utmost dignity and respect, and doing so with a very caring attitude. I would now like to close by saying that I sincerely hope that each and every one of you will experience a very joyous holiday season. May this year's holiday season find you filled with happiness and good cheer. Also, may God's spirit be with you all throughout this holiday season.

  Warmest regards, Chip Hailey, MCB president


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     From The Executive Director's Desk

by Sheri Keller

 

Since I gave my annual report at the Missouri Council of the

Blind convention, which was not very long ago, I would like

to take a small amount of space this time to give you a short report on my activities since the convention. On October 23, I was interviewed for a newspaper article along with many others which ran in our Post Dispatch newspaper on

October 26th 2001. The article addressed voting access issues for persons with disabilities.

 

On October 25, I attended the Voting Access Technology Exposition and Reception.

 

   With Chip's approval on October

26th, I substituted for Darrell Lauer at a workshop hosted by

the St. Louis Science Center. The workshop was sponsored through a grant from the National Science Foundation. Those

participating in this workshop were from museums, ADA

experts, and consumers. We were first divided up into small

groups. After some historical information regarding the ADA

and the independent living movement was given, we were then assigned certain parts of the Science Center to conduct an

ADA survey. We then spent some time within the large group discussing our findings. We then went back into our small groups to draft an accessibility plan. All of the museum

participants are to go back to their respective employment sites and go through the same process. I believe that it was a very profitable experience for all of those who participated. I would like to publicly thank the St. Louis

Center for their willingness to be evaluated and for hosting

such an event. They did a wonderful job. In closing my

report, I would like to say to each one of you have a happy

and safe Holiday season!


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     A Letter from Our New Treasurer

Dear MCB Friends:

 

I want to take this time to thank all of you for electing me Treasurer for MCB. I will have a lot to learn serving in this office, so I hope you will bear with me for the next few months.

 

I enjoyed very much the Public Relations work I had done over the past two years and thought long and hard about leaving that position. I hope you will give Leroy Welch the same consideration you gave me over the past two years.

 

Linda and I hope to see some of you during the Holiday Season. Our best wishes go out to all of you during the Holidays. Please PRAY for PEACE throughout the land as we are about to enter into a new year.

 

Sincerely,

 

Bill Burris


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     Education and Welfare Committee Report

 

 

     by Dennis Miller

   I want to begin by saying what an honor it is for me to be the chairman of MCB'S Education and Welfare Committee. I have some pretty big shoes to fill and I will do my best to try to fill them.

 Beverly Armstrong has graciously agreed to assist me this year and I look forward to utilizing her many talents. Beverly is extremely knowledgeable in a number of legislative and advocacy areas and I think she will be a vital asset to this committee.

If your affiliate hasn't sent in the name of your committee representative to the office yet, please do so as soon as possible. It is very important that each affiliate have a representative on the Education and Welfare Committee. As we seem to be in an economic slowdown, we are going to have to be very diligent in seeing that funding to services which are vital to us is not reduced. As I'm sure most of you know, Missouri is operating under a very tight budget right now.

 

   Legislative Days are scheduled for February 18 and 19 at the Monroe Plaza in Jefferson City. This is the hotel we have used in past years. We will have the same schedule as we have had in the past. We will meet on the afternoon of February 18 and go over legislation we will be supporting as well as making sure everyone has all the information they need to go visit their legislators the following day. Then on February 19, we will meet in the Capitol for breakfast and then visit our legislators. Each affiliate will be receiving more information on this as we get closer to the time.

At this point, it is difficult for me to say what will happen during the 2002 legislative year both on a state and national level. The tragic events of September 11 could have a profound effect on legislation and what types of bills are introduced. I will do my best to keep everyone informed on pending legislation through the listserv and other means.


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Public Relations Report

 

   To all Affiliate Presidents,

 

   Please send me the number of calendars your affiliate will need for the next year. I need to know the number by the 15th of January so I can get them ordered. If you need any items for promotional use, please contact me. My phone number is (660) 679-5429. My address is Leroy Welch, Route 2, Box 284, Butler, Mo 64730. We have some letter openers, ink pens, lots of note pads, a few signature guides, and some measuring spoons. We also have some combs, a dozen MCB cups, and a few pill organizers. If anyone is interested in tote bags, let me know. Thank you for your support.

 

   I want to thank you for giving me the Nathaniel Johnson Award. I am still overwhelmed by this. Thank you very much.

Leroy Welch, Public Relations Chairman


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Membership Report

     by Leroy Welch

 

   Please continue to work on your referrals. There are three or four areas in which we really need to get affiliates started. They are Jefferson City, Rolla, and Branson. With your help, we will try to get the ball rolling..


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     ACB BOARD REPORT

by Jerry Annunzio

    Much has happened in ACB since the last quarterly edition of the Chronicle. The September ACB Board meeting was held in the state of our newest affiliate, New Mexico. Albuquerque is a very unique place with its moderate climate and extraordinary valley deserts surrounded by its high mountains. Our office staff from Washington DC were not in attendance because of the terrorist attacks on their city and New York. They were connected by phone during the entire meeting. All the board members were in attendance and continue to work well together. It is impressive to see them work through their differences for the good of all our people.

 

   I will highlight one of the important issues which the board considered. That issue was fund raising, also known as "development." As defined by President Gray, Development is the implementation of a far sighted plan to identify prospective donors, build relationships from the day they become prospective donors and then cultivate these new and existing relationships so that when asked these donors give as generously as possible. Those relationships are then nurtured to build a growing commitment. The above concepts are ones that could serve MCB well as we attempt to establish a donor base. Several other projects are also being considered such as talking ATM,'s, an on-line store, a Gifts for Change web site, working more closely with the Lions International and a huge fund raising gala in Washington DC in conjunction with the release of the ACB history. All of the above as well as much more are also good Public relations venues.

 

   The ACB office staff reported that as a result of the Braille Monitor's attack on Charlie Crawford and his and other's more logical explanation and the high quality of our Braille Forum, the office has received over 400 requests for applications for new memberships. The Braille Forum now goes out to over twenty-three thousand subscribers each month.

 

   One interesting aside, we learned that Nolan Crabb, our former Braille Forum Editor and former RSB computer specialist is now living in Salem Oregon and working for Blindskills. We were sorry to lose Nolan and his family as Missouri residents.

 

   The ACB Membership committee reported on current membership and proposals to increase the number of new members. Three recommendations were made by the committee. They were to develop a radio spot announcement for ACB Radio, develop ACB information in Spanish and that the profits of the ACB logo sales be dedicated to membership activities. The first two recommendations were accepted by the board and the third was withdrawn.

As these projects develop and new information comes in we will share more with you next time.


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     We Have Bylaws!!!

 

   On Saturday, October 13, at approximately 4:45 P.M., a year of work and worry came to a satisfying conclusion when President Chip Hailey declared that the Proposed MCB Bylaws, as amended, had been adopted. What relief and joy came over me as I heard those words, heard the applause of the members in Convention assembled and rose to thank all those who had made it happen. It was one year ago, at the previous MCB Convention that I made a motion that a committee be appointed to draft Revised Bylaws for MCB and that next year's convention be devoted mainly to consideration of the new document. Shortly after the Convention, Chip asked me to chair that committee, a fate which often befalls the maker of such a motion. The rest of the committee consisted of the President, Bill Burris, Marti Watson and Dennis Miller. Thus began a series of meetings, phone calls, and every-mails, followed by still more meetings, phone calls and every-mails once a preliminary draft had been written and circulated among the committee members. We also enlisted the help of our Parliamentarian Virginia Berberick, who met with us and gave us her expert advice on many points. Around the middle of July, we felt the document was ready. Here the office stepped in and went to work, first mailing the document to Resolutions Chairman Bill Benson, then sending copies to every member either in braille, large print or tape. Then came the time for it to be discussed by the Resolutions Committee, prior to the convention. The committee discussed some issues of concern and recommended amendments. Now it went before the convention. Bill Benson read every article, I explained what changes the committee had made from our previous Constitution, and Chip called for amendments. And amendments there were. But when the reading, the discussing, the debating and the voting were over, the Bylaws were adopted.

 

   I want to say how impressed I was with all of you who took part in the consideration of the bylaws. You were attentive, you were courteous and you were involved. As Jerry Annunzio put it: "We discussed, debated, argued, even got a bit frustrated, but in the end we were together. A people united with one goal in mind." There were very lively discussions on a number of issues. For example, many of you felt strongly that affiliates should be allowed to elect sighted members as their Board representatives, but in the end, the requirement that Representatives must be legally blind remained. There was also debate over the provision prohibiting members of MCB from belonging to NFB, but it, too stayed in the Bylaws. But changes were made. The Article establishing an Executive Committee to conduct business between meetings of the Board was eliminated. The proposed Bylaws called for the President to appoint the Education and Welfare Committee Chairman, but the convention voted to continue to have the committee elect its own Chairman. And a sentence was added to the Section on the duties of the Board stating that the Board "shall attempt to seek out and consider the wishes of the membership before reaching decisions."

 

   So we now have a new set of Bylaws. Are they perfect? Of course not. There will always be provisions that some members will disagree with. But we have a document that we can work with and that can be amended at any convention. Also, since everything is contained in a single document, consisting of 16 articles, I think it will be easier to find what you are looking for. The first two articles set forth the name and purpose of the organization. Everything pertaining to membership is contained in Article III, while Article Iv describes Regular and Special Interest Affiliates. Articles Very and Vi deal with dues and finances, Articles VII and VIII deal with officers and how they are elected. Meetings and conventions are covered in Article IX. Anything you need to know about the Board of Directors can be found in Article X. ARTICLE XI covers committees, listing the committees that MCB has and explaining what they do. The remaining articles deal with such topics as employees, Parliamentary authority and the procedures for amending the Bylaws at conventions. I will now send the final copy to the office for distribution to Board members, affiliate presidents and members who would like to have copies for themselves.

 

   As Chairman of the Bylaws committee I want to thank everyone who contributed to getting this task done--the committee members and drivers, Virginia, Sheri and Patti, Bill Benson and, most of all, you.


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     2001 Convention Highlights

   by John Weidlich

 

   We will all have special memories of this year's MCB convention in Springfield, but many individuals will have their own favorite moments to look back upon. Our President will, no doubt, look back at the special presentation he received on Saturday from Donna Weidlich--a t-shirt with a photo on it taken at camp of our President competing in the camp beauty contest, that was eventually won by Bob Jaco. Good sport that he is, Chip wore that t-shirt to the Sunday morning session. Leroy and Celita will remember the awards they received at the banquet. The Guide Dog Users will probably always wonder what happened to their jar of dog bones, which disappeared before it could be awarded to the winner in their contest. Marti Watson will remember scrambling to get the Board minutes done so that they could be read on Saturday morning. My favorite memory of the Convention will be getting the Bylaws adopted. And we will all remember the auction, waiting to get into the banquet and the name game.

 

   The highlight of any banquet is the presentation of awards and the entertainment. First, let's look at the awards. The Ellis M. Forshee Award was presented by Dennis Miller and here is what he had to say:

 

   This award is being presented to someone who probably a lot of you don't know but someone who has made a big difference in my life and a lot of people's lives who do advocacy work. I started in the Missouri Council of the Blind in 1991 and when I did, I kinda thought that I was the only blind person out there. Then I met Bill Burris and realized there was at least one other one. When I finally realized that I wasn't the only game in town, I started to get involved in advocacy areas and when I did that I had the pleasure of meeting this gentleman and learning a lot from him on how to advocate. I can't imagine going to the state Capitol in Jefferson City and this gentleman not being there. When I worked at the Independent Living Center we used to have a running joke that he lived there and I've never been fully convinced that he didn't. This gentleman is on top of every disability issue there is. He is one of the founding members of Paraquad, which is an independent living center in St. Louis that was one of the originals in the nation. He has worked tirelessly on behalf of people with disabilities. Those of you who were at Legislative day had the opportunity to meet him and if you've ever been to the Capitol i'm sure you've run into him at some time. He is also the Chair of the Governor's Council on Disability and has done a lot to ensure that that organization has a much broader base and scope than it did before and that it can serve all people with disabilities. He has worked very hard for universal access. There is a belief among some of us who do advocacy that people in wheelchairs don't care much about our needs and are only concerned about themselves but this gentleman certainly disproves that theory because he doesn't put his disability in front of others. He treats everyone as equal. He has been a friend to the blind in ways that a lot of you probably don't even know. He doesn't do a lot of the in front of the camera stuff. Most of his stuff is done quietly, it's done with a passion and with a vigor and a knowledge that few people can claim to have. So it is indeed an honor and a privilege for me to present this year's Ellis M. Forshee Award to Jim Tusher of Paraquad. Receiving the award in Mr Tusher's behalf will be Edna Freeman.

the Ellis M. Forshee Distinguished Service Award presented to Jim Tusher. The Missouri Council of the Blind acknowledges with appreciation your positive effort on the lives of the blind community in Missouri. We thank you for your many years of leadership in organized effort for the social, economic and educational benefits of persons with disability. October 13, 2001.

Edna: It is indeed a pleasure to accept this award for Jim. Jim is recuperating from a serious illness. He wasn't sure about accepting this award because he said you made him sound like he's always been successful and that he had some colossal failures. I said Yeah, Jim maybe you have, but for every colossal failure that you've had, it's opened up doors for you to go in different directions for brilliant successes. Jim has always been in the forefront of doing good and doing good legislation for people with disabilities. He said the Missouri Council of the Blind has always been a model for him to follow because of our advocacy at such an early time in our organized history and the way we got things done for us. He appreciates all the cooperation we have in Missouri between Paraquad and the Missouri Council of the Blind to form coalitions to do better and bigger things. Jim thanks you very much for this prestigious award.

 

 

 

 

   Next came the Nathaniel Johnson Award presented by Bill Burris:

 

The Nathaniel Johnson award is one that has been presented every year we have been a member of this organization. I did not get to know this gentleman and from the people that I have talked with I wish I had known him. He sounds like a fantastic man. He had the blind at heart. All of his days he worked hard for them. He helped organize several different affiliates in the southeastern part of the state and I'm sure that he's my type of man, a man that I would have loved to have known and spent some time with. It's too bad that we have to lose people like this that give so much to others. Tonight the award is being given to an individual that I think has some of the same traits, because this person enjoys working with 'mcb. He loves this movement that we have here of trying to do the best to make this a better organization. I know he has served in many capacities in this group, on the Board, in membership, PR and in several other areas. He helped to form a group or two in the western part of the state. And I'm real happy to know that he's a good family man and a Christian that really loves what he does when he works for MCB. Tonight I'm happy to say that Leroy Welch is the recipient of this award.

THE Missouri Council of the Blind Nathaniel Johnson Award presented to Leroy Welch October 13, 2001 in appreciation of the many years of dedicated service in the Missouri Council of the Blind. For your kindness and your willingness to reach out to others on behalf of our organization. We thank you.

Leroy responded: I want to thank you very much. I do not deserve this. There's others who are more qualified than I. But whoever submitted my name, thanks, ladies and gentlemen. I have tried to help the best I can anybody that needs help and I'll continue in doing that. Whatever is needed, I'll do my best to strengthen the Missouri Council of the Blind.

 

 

   Then Chip Hailey presented the President's Special Service Award, given each year to a sighted member of MCB.

 

   the President's Distinguished Service Award presented by Chip Hailey: Ladies and gentlemen, The President's Award is an award that I wish each and every one of you could receive. This year's recipient is an individual that I have a lot of respect for. The recipient will be receiving this award not just based on what she is probably best known for but when I begin to really think about the kind of things that this particular individual has brought to this organization, one of the things that has always impressed me about this particular person is her demeanor--the way that she carries herself and the way that she's always so willing to help. But in doing that it's the manner, the quiet manner that she goes about doing it. The way that she's been able to assist those of us with visual impairments at summer camp, the way that she conducts herself and handles herself and always has a helping hand stretched out, wanting to assist those of us with visual impairments around the state conventions, her caring heart and attitude, as I mentioned, her quiet demeanor. This particular individual I have admired since I really got to know her over the past several years. I have a great deal of respect for her and I know you do as well. Ladies and gentlemen, it is my distinct pleasure and honor to present the President's award to Mrs. Celita White.

The Missouri Council of the Blind President's Award presented to Celita White, October 13, 2001, for your many hours of dedicated service to our members and your willingness to go the extra mile, we gratefully thank you.

Celita: I should let Bill make my speech for me cause I'm speechless. I just want to thank you all and I guess I just do what I do because it's natural to me and you're all just wonderful. Thank you.

 

 

   Following these awards, Phyllis Lovett gave a special plaque from the Library Users to Dr. Richard Smith, the Director of Wolfner Library.

 

   Instead of having a banquet speaker this year, Martha Gebhardt put together a show consisting of music and comedy skits provided by MCB members. Performers included Jack and June Lenk, Bob and Jeanie Jaco, John Weidlich, Marti Watson, Bill Benson, Phyllis Lovett and a group of singers who perhaps wisely chose to remain anonymous. (Just kidding, ladies, you were great.) Bill Benson also performed a musical tribute to Assunta Lilley, which you can find in a separate article.

 

   Just as every convention has a banquet, so every convention has an election. This year, Dennis Miller, Don Shockley and John Weidlich were re-elected as Directors on the Board. Bill Burris was elected as our new Treasurer. Leroy Welch was elected as Public Relations Chairman, winning a run-off against Marie Thompson.

 

   There was one strange phenomenon going on at this year's convention. All through the convention, you would run across clusters of people saying things like "I've got number 37, do you have 25" or "The two saints, that's Paul Mathews. Who's the man named Brown and grape jelly?" Was it some kind of secret code? No, it was Phyllis Lovett's name game. Phyllis very cleverly put together a set of fifty clues that could be used to identify fifty MCB members. For some of them, you really had to stretch your imagination, but that's what made it fun. And there were cash prizes for the members who got the most right. So, let's close this article with a recap of the name game. Here are the clues followed by the correct answers.

 

1. A parent, and my --- lies over the ocean.

2. Peril in a pasture.

3. A large truck.

4. A southern state and to insert an object

5. A lion that rhymes with a tiger

6. Man named Brown and grape jelly

7. a heavenly body and a flower

8. a song about a fuzzy toy

9. a liqueur and a person who commits manslaughter.

10. spanish for pretty and a pickle.

11. --- Diller and if you like it you've go to ---.

12: pirate's rum drink and a European country.

13. two saints.

14. the last letter of the greek alphabet and one half of a sea bird.

15. legal tender, -- and hedges tobacco company.

16. a hot dog and a door rug plus a paper form of money

17: an automatic gun and a peanut butter candy

18. a famous girl detective and a male child of a bricklayer.

19. name of a pope, dandelions plus a way to eat ice cream.

20. author of Moby Dick and a cough drop

21. Napoleon's wife and the male child of Tom. (there's a mistake in this clue, so we're sending Phyllis back to school to study history.)

22. a cup of -- and a well-known general

23. a dollar --- and what a mole does best.

24. Sonny and --- and Cleopatra's boy friend.

25. First name of Mrs. Lee and the back pair of horses in a four-team hitch.

26. the aunt of Dorothy of Oz and to fly down fast.

27. a measurement of yarn and what people do to their ears

28. --- the Menace and a person who grinds flour

29. You picked a fine time to leave me, and warlike.

30. Slanted edge of a mirror and a waterfall.

31. feminine German title and prize fighter.

32. spanish lady and a counter.

33. Rhymes with an oak casket and threatening sky

34. frozen rain and a pure color

35. strong liquor

36. First name of cowboy star and atmospheric condition.

37. A small feline and an old-time prize fighter.

38. Nickname for John and part of a chain.

39. The name of a queen and when less is ---.

40. Sesame Street character and a Hawaiian island.

41. A thought and a small dog.

42. One of two in MCB and a shape spoken with a lisp.

43. Star of Gone with the Wind and Matt Dillon.

44. Star of Chuck Berry's Memphis and a good Irish name.

45. My other brother and where you put your money.

46. A child movie star who used to be an S and is now an M.

47. Fem*e form of Gosden and Costello's partner.

48. One half of Tom and a religious woman.

49. A temple and a Tv news commentator.

50. Neither borrow nor ---, the 13th letter and a common name.

 

Answers:

1. Father Boni.

2: Letha Dangerfield

3. Carl Mack

4. Virginia Pierce.

5: Leo Giger

6. Leroy Welch.

7. Assunta Lilley

8. Teddi Emmons

9. Sheri Keller.

10. Linda Gerken.

11: Phyllis Lovett.

12. Greg Hollins.

13. Paul Mathews.

14. Zada Albee.

15. Bill Benson.

16. Frank Matoushek.

17. Tommy Reece.

18. Nancy Hodson.

19. John Weidlich.

20. Melvin Smith.

21. Marie Thompson.

22. Joe Powell.

23. Bill Burris.

24. Sherrill Anthony.

25. Kathey Wheeler.

26. Emma Lou Swopes.

27. Hank Pearce.

28. Dennis Miller.

29. Lucille Fierce.

30. Beverley Kaskadden.

31. Vonetta Frazier.

32. Donna Giger.

33. Darrell Lauer.

34. Celita White.

35. Brandi Emmons.

36. Gene Weathers.

37. Kitty Demsky.

38. Jack Lenk.

39. Elizabeth Moore.

40. Burt Maurer.

41. Ida Scotti

42. Phyllis Zirkle.

43. Vivian Marshall.

44. Marie Kelley.

45. Daryel Banks.

46. Shirley Specht Matoushek.

47. Verneiah Abbott.

48. Jerry Annunzio.

49. Shirley Brokaw.

50. Lynn M. Smith.

 

   Don and Bev Shockley, John and Donna Weidlich and Virginia Pearce got all 50 answers. Leroy Welch, Carol Moody and Lee Manske had 48 right answers and Bill and Jo-an Benson came in third with 45 correct answers. Phyllis, your game was a real hit and added greatly to the convention fun.

 

   And so, despite some problems with the hotel, it was another great MCB convention. Chip presided over his first convention with humor, fairness and professionalism and the convention committee and the Springfield Service Club were fantastic hosts. Next year's convention will be in Sikeston and will be hosted by the Delta Area Blind. See you there.


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   Remembering Assunta Lilley

  by Zada Albee

 

This article appeared in the October, 2001 issue of the Braille Forum, the publication of the American Council of the Blind. It was written by Zada Albee in memory of her friend Assunta Lilley who died on August 27. Although most of you probably read the forum, I thought it belonged in the chronicle as well.

 

   Assunta Zoia was a friend in grade school and high school, during the Depression era job search and other youthful adventures. Assunta Lilley continued to be a loyal friend and co-worker throughout her life which ended on August 27, 2001.

 

   Assunta will be remembered as one of the pioneers. She was among the first to serve in what are now many of the well-established organizations concerned with the welfare and independence of people who are blind. She was active for many years in ACB, was a charter member of the Missouri Federation of the Blind (now the Missouri Council of the Blind), a charter member of RITE (Real Independence Through Employment), a Missouri Council Affiliate and of the MCB Credit Union. She was a member of the Alumni Association of the Missouri School for the Blind and served for some time on the Advisory Council of MSB. She was a member and Past President of the Mid-Town Lions Club, who presented her with the Melvin Jones Award. A devout believer in her religion, she never failed to make time for service in her church, where she took her turn as reader at Sunday Mass. This may have been the first time her fellow parishioners had ever seen braille in use.

 

   Assunta was not just a joiner, she was a worker. Whenever a project was afoot, she was there with slate and stylus, typewriter, tape recorder, telephone or whatever it took to get the job done.

 

   Her personal work history is one of a life-long determination to earn her way as independently as it is possible for a blind person to do. After high school she attended the Mound City Business School in St. Louis. But in the late thirties and early forties jobs for blind young women in the world of business were not merely unavailable; they were unheard of. So her job was that of proofreader for braille books on a WPA project. (For further information about WPA you may consult a very elderly relative.) During World War II she was among those of us who found employment in the factories that were doing war work. After the war other doors began to open, and Assunta found a position as typist in a state welfare office. This was followed by 30 years of employment as transcriber of records for the Federal Civil Service Commission.

 

   Assunta was never too busy to enjoy life. When in school she sang in chorus and glee club and played piano and organ. She loved parties as guest or host.

 

   Assunta was loyal and generous with time and talent. She made friends wherever she went, as readers of the Braille Forum may remember, especially those of you who were fortunate to enjoy her company at ACB conventions in cities all the way from Boston to San Francisco. She knew how to work and how to play, how to serve in any cause she believed in and how to celebrate the companionship of friends. I am sorry to have lost her and truly grateful to have known her.


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   Thanks for the memories

   by Bill Benson

 

   One of the highlights of this year's Convention banquet was a musical tribute to Assunta Lilley written and performed by Bill Benson to the tune of the song Thanks for the Memories. Those of you who receive the Chronicle on tape are about to get the pleasure of hearing this wonderful tribute as it was performed. For the rest of you, here are the words of Bill's song.

Thanks for the memories,

for evenings in the Lilley pad, forging friendships there,

There never was a better bartender anywhere,

Assunta, than you,

Thanks for the memories, for scrabble games by phone, you were tough to beat, You sometimes let us win but you never let us cheat, thank you so much.

Thanks for the memories,

right from the very start, you were always there,

You took on any job and you did more than your share,

Assunta, thank you.

Thanks for the memories,

The recipes, the hints, that couldn't hardly fail,

and thank you for believing everything should be in Braille,

Assunta thank you.

Thanks for the memories,

For being there to teach us, to watch and help us grow,

Through forty-odd conventions from Sikeston to St. Jo,

Assunta, thank you.

Thanks for the memories,

For saying what you thought, both on and off the floor,

Some thought you were a headache, but you never were a bore,

From all the MCB, Assunta, thank you so much.


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     Summer Camp Reflections

by Beverly Shockley

   We thought some of you might enjoy reading about our Summer Camp experiences to brighten up those cold, dreary December days. Daryel Banks, Shanta Peebles and Bill and Joyce Lehman came to camp for the first time in June. Daryel and Shanta participated in all the games and seemed to be having a great time. We hope to see them back again next year along with some more of their friends. Bill and Joyce are from Warrensburg and are new to MCB. We know they made many friends in June and were glad to see them back for our September weekend. Ned Cox was the life of the party with his table bowling game and late-night card games. He also brought his guitar and entertained us at the talent show. Harry Hickman was our trivia expert and came with a new supply of jokes. We always enjoy music by Leroy and Loretta Welch and Delavina Ferren who brought her daughter, Doris. Ted Jeffers and Helen Highley surprised all of us with their dancing at the talent show.

   One of the highlights of our July week was another Cobblestone queen contest which was won by Bob Jaco being crowned Queen Roberta. Your president, Chip Hailey was a close second, and we understand he now owns a shirt with his picture taken on that occasion. Our wiener roast at the river saw your Chronicle editor, John Weidlich, doing his disappearing act in the river when he turned his chair over backward. Donna, who usually has a camera in hand, missed the whole thing as she was further down river getting her first fishing lesson. Our millionaire game winner was Phyllis Lovett who was there for the first time in many years. Our talent show was great with Ken and Reba Carter, Martha Gebhardt, Linda Lenk, John Weidlich at the piano, Betty Augustyniak doing her patriotic songs and Bob Jaco with his usual fun favorites. We had some wonderful teen talent with Lacey Mitchell singing and Justin Wallen playing his trumpet. There were a couple of comedy routines, one with Tony Deutch and Jeanie Jaco and another with Patrick Mitchell and his mom.

   Our September weekend began two days after the tragedy in New York. We held an informal memorial service on Friday evening which was unforgettable for all who were there. Jack and June Lenk and Marilyn Tuso led us in their musical tributes to our country and we certainly appreciated words of comfort and a prayer by Chip Hailey along with thoughtful expressions from others who were present. Some of the new people who came in September were the Demskys and Joann Hall from St. Louis and the Boens from Springfield. The talent included old favorites John Weidlich, Bob and Jeanie Jaco, Jack and June Lenk and Gerry Smith. Sam and Celita White were surprise additions to the talent show and were big favorites with their folk songs.

   If you have never been to Cobblestone we hope you will consider joining us next year. There are so many things to participate in such as the bingo and pass the trash games, the outdoor games, swimming and river raft and canoe trips, and just visiting on the porch with old friends and new ones. Summer Camp is where you really get to know the other MCB members and make lasting friendships. Our first week is June 2-9, our next is July 21-28 and our weekend is September 12-15. The applications will be mailed to your affiliate presidents in time for your March meeting, and you may also obtain one from the MCB office after March 1. We always enjoy working with the owners of Cobblestone, Lee and Nancy Layton, and their Manager, Christina Sherman. I really would like to express the appreciation of the committee to all those who help so much with the little extra things that make our time at camp so much fun. Those like Cheryl Anthony, Nancy Hodson, Donna Giger, Celita White, Emma Lou and so many others who help whenever needed. Don and I wish to thank Roy Freeman and Donna Weidlich for all their help on our committee, and look forward to next year. We wish everyone a happy holiday season and hope to hear from you in the spring.


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   Bright outlook lets man walk on sunny side even in darkroom

  BY THERESA TIGHE Of the I. Louis Post-Dispatch

  Five days a week, Carl Mack processes, copies and develops It-rays in a small, dark room. With a big smile, Mack often tells people, "A blind man doesn't mind the dark."

  Mack, 75, has been blind since childhood. He works at St. Anthony's Medical Center in south St. Louis County. Humor and intelligence are the tools that have won him a full, self-sufficient life.

  He dances, roller-skates backward as well as forward and cleans the gutters of his house on Palm Street in St. Louis. His only concession to age has been hiring a young man to cut his grass. The young man, however, doesn't always cut the grass to Mack's satisfaction, so Mack follows along with trimmers.

  A friend, Levi Johnson, brings him to work every day. For years, Mack took two buses. Johnson said of Mack, "He gets around fine. He doesn't need help. Going to a new place, he counts his steps. He enjoys his life. He tries to make other people not think of him as blind. He never acts handicapped."

  On a recent day, Mack sat on a swivel chair in the hospital's radiology department and reminisced. A slight man, he was neatly dressed in khaki-colored jeans, a blue shirt and a brown sweater.

  His parents and teachers realized he had a problem seeing when he was about 6.

  "I couldn't read the printed line on a white sheet of paper," he said. "I could see the light but not the letters."

  He was sent to the Missouri School for the Blind on Magnolia Avenue in St. Louis, which he liked. There was a gymnasium where he could play basketball with the other youngsters. He was learning Braille and typing. He particularly liked typing, and he could help the other youngsters who couldn't see as well as he did.

  Mack is active in the fight for rights for the blind. He is a member of the American Council of the Blind and the Missouri Council of the Blind. He was president of the statewide organization for six years and served on the national board for two.

  At first doctors said Mack had glaucoma. Later they would say that he had cataracts but that it was too late to operate.

  Until he was in his late 20s, he had some sight. He says he could see a person's figure down the road but couldn't tell who it was unless the person spoke. Eventually, nearly total darkness descended, but he was prepared.

  "I had adjusted to it," he said.

  At first, finding work was difficult. He set pins in a bowling alley, drove railroad spikes and served as a station captain in the dining room of the S.S. Admiral.

  He didn't tell employers he couldn't see.

  He remembers one job as a freight-elevator operator on an elevator that had no safety catch. He says the sighted man who worked with him hit the roof more often than he did.

  Then he heard that hospitals hired the visually handicapped to process X-rays. He went through a state-sponsored training program. He learned about the chemicals and how to develop film by hand. Today, much of the work is done by machines, which he has learned to operate.

  "Things worked out for me," he said. He has been with the hospital for nearly 40 years.

  Mack was married once, for 15 years and 11 days, about three decades ago; the marriage ended in divorce. He grows pensive at the thought.

  Then his mood shifts to his more typical good cheer. Mack loves to tell the story of his walk in the 1970 St. Patrick's Day Parade in St. Louis.

  "I decided I'd be the only blind, black Irishman in the parade," he said. "I bought me an Irish wolfhound, took a cab to 13th and Washington and told the parade director, `I'm going to participate in this parade. I forgot to tell you on my application that I was blind."'"

  He said he figured that he would be turned down on paper but that they would have to let him march on the spot. Mack marched.


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   Disabled voters sample some high-tech help

By

Jennifer LaFleur

And

Lorraine Kee

 

Of the Post-Dispatch

10-26-2001

 

On election day, while other people at her polling place cast their ballots

in privacy, Sheri Keller votes out loud and someone else marks her ballot.

 

   "I've never had a secret ballot in my lifetime," said Keller, executive director of the Missouri Council of the Blind. "Having a secret ballot would give me greater independence."

 

But at least Keller does vote, unlike many disabled voters. Disability rights advocates say inaccessible polling places, such as unreachable voting booths and the lack of secret ballots for blind people keep many eligible voters away from the polls.

 

If disabled residents of Missouri had voted at the same rates as the general population last November, at least 120,000 more votes would have been cast, according to figures from a Harris poll and other research conducted for the National Organization on Disability.

 

   Election officials and others from across the state Thursday examined new technology at the Accessible Voting Technology Exposition in Brentwood that advocates for the disabled say could change those numbers.

 Officials and disability advocates also kicked off a statewide initiative to make voting more accessible to people with disabilities and to increase voter registration and election participation by disabled Missourians. More than 200 people, including election officials, civil rights advocates, occupational therapy students and disabled voters, attended the event.

 

   Among the items displayed at the expo were voice-activated voting systems for voters and portable voting equipment that could be placed on a lap or a low surface for people who use wheelchairs.

Many of these systems read or display the ballot for voters--a feature that would help many voters, not just those with disabilities, advocates say.

People with disabilities are one-quarter to one-third of all voters, said Jim Dixon, vice president for governmental affairs at the American Association of People with Disabilities and an expo attendee. In Missouri, there are more than 540,000 disabled voters, according to a Harris poll. Those voters are defined as people with mobility, sensory, developmental or mental

disabilities. Many of them don't need special equipment to cast their ballots.

 

Still, Dixon said, changes should be made to increase voter participation by disabled voters.

   "We are the last great group of folks who don't vote," he said. "A large part of it is over access issues."

 

A U.S. General Accounting Office report released this month found that 72

percent of polling places in last November's elections had one or more potential impediments for voters with disabilities. Although most of those offered alternatives such as curbside voting, one out of four offered no other option for voters.

   Last year, a Post-Dispatch survey of area polling places flagged as accessible by local elections officials in St. Louis and St. Louis, St. Clair and Madison

counties found that at least one in four of them still had accessibility

problems.

Since last November's presidential election controversy, officials nationwide have been looking at updating their voting systems. Dixon sees this as an opportunity for them to make the systems accessible to all voters.

 

He says that while the Americans with Disabilities Act cannot force election

officials to buy new equipment, any new equipment that is purchased should be accessible to all voters.

   State and county election officials at Thursday's event said they too want more accessible polling places, not only for those with physical disabilities, but also for older people, the illiterate and those with learning disabilities.

   "It's important that we do everything we can to make voting accessible to everyone," said Dave Welch, the Republican co-director of elections for St. Louis County.

   The Missouri secretary of state's office also supports using new technology, said spokesman Spence Jackson, but he says it's up to the Legislature to change the law so that local jurisdictions can purchase the equipment.

   Currently, state and county election officials can't purchase the equipment because Missouri law does not authorize the use of electronic devices in elections, said Betsy Byers, co-director of state elections. Paper ballots are required.

 

   In the past, legislative efforts to allow the use of electronic voting have come close to passing, but failed, state and county election officials said.

    Additionally, many of Missouri's counties are cash-strapped and say initial outlays for making polls accessible would be considerable.

   Dixon was hardly sympathetic to the counties' pleas of poverty.

 

   "What price is democracy?" he said. "I think there can only be one answer. Democracy is priceless."

   While updating voting equipment has significant initial costs, it could save communities money in the long run, disability rights advocates say.

   Voting officials in Riverside County, California., estimate that their new electronic voting system will save about $600,000 a year by eliminating ballot printing costs.

   "We estimate the equipment will pay for itself in nine years," said Mischelle Townsend, Riverside County's registrar of voters.

   Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren is one who would like to reform her election apparatus to make it more accessible, but she knows right now that the money isn't there. "I anticipate for me to do a full conversion to electronic equipment would cost somewhere around $4 to $5 million," she said. The annual budget for all of Boone County's departments is $12 million. Still, she wants to put an electronic voting machine in each of the county's 70 polling places.

   "It's in my interest," Noren said. "By the time I'm 80, I'll need this

equipment." (For more about electronic voting machines, see the Lower Left-Hand Drawer column in this issue.)


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     School for blind sent $1.7 million to wrong fund, state auditor says By Matthew Franck

  Of the Post-Dispatch 08-16-2001

  From The Editor: I decided to include this article from the Post-Dispatch regarding a recent audit of the Missouri School for the Blind because it has been widely discussed by MCB members who attended the school. I also thought that some of you outside the St. Louis area who may have heard about the aueit findings may want the chance to read the article for yourselves. It is not my intention to point accusing fingers at anyone, but the allegations printed here are a matter of public record and, I think, people who want to read them should be able to do so. The full audit report or a summary of the findings are available from the State Auditor's office for anyone who wants to read them in full. I know that several of you have downloaded the audit from the State Auditor's web site. The audit also contains a letter from the attorney for the Soul that Sees Foundation, responding to each of the audit's findings. Unfortunately, that letter is much too long to include here, but it is available for readers who want to read more about this matter than is contained in this Post-Dispatch Article.

 

   At least $1.7 million that should have gone to a trust fund for the Missouri School for the Blind was instead directed to a nonprofit foundation, according to a state audit released Wednesday.

  The report by State Auditor Claire McCaskill also points to a wide range of improper financial dealings at the state-run school, including unauthorized spending on faculty celebrations, employee loans and renovations on the superintendent's residence.

  "There are a number of findings that indicate a systematic problem at the school in terms of how they handle public money," McCaskill said.

  The audit blames both school officials and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for failing to provide proper oversight.

  State Superintendent D. Kent King issued a statement Wednesday stating that the department agrees with most of the audit's findings and has already worked to address problems.

  But the issue of the private foundation and $1.7 million is unresolved.

  Since 1993, the "It is the Soul that Sees Foundation" has collected money to supplement the school's state-funded programs.

  McCaskill said such a move allowed donations to be spent without being subject to state scrutiny. She said many private donations should have instead been directed to a trust fund set up for the school by the Missouri Legislature.

  McCaskill said she has been unable to obtain documents from the foundation showing how the money was spent. Private foundations are not subject to such review.

  Such foundations are not unusual. Many government institutions rely on them to supplement programs.

  Ron O'Connor, a spokesman for the private foundation, said the audit is misguided. He said the foundation was formed at the request of the state department of education because the school's trust fund did not allow enough flexibility to spend money on extra student programs.

  O'Connor said that donations to the foundation "have been committed without exception to the support" of the school's mission.

  The audit suggests that at least one check written to the school was altered so it could be deposited to the foundation. Meanwhile, some donors were advised to contribute to the foundation, not the school's trust.

  But in a written response, foundation lawyer Leo Garvin states that no donors were misled about where their money was going. He agrees a $100,000 check was altered, but only with the permission of the donor.

  The matter of the private foundation has been referred to the state attorney general's office. State education officials say they are working to recover any money improperly sent to the foundation.

  But the bulk of the audit deals with improper spending from the school's general budget. Questionable expenditures include:

   $60,000 in renovations on the superintendent's state-owned residence. While the repairs were needed, the list of projects was not approved by the state.

 $4,258 for the purchase of three washer and dryer sets for the former superintendent, who apparently did not like the first two sets.

  Roughly $20,000 over two years for food at employee meetings. Another $11,500 was spent on food for employee recognition events.

   $1,300 to a jazz band that performed at a staff function.

  child About $6,900 in loans to eight employees for advances for travel expenses or salaries.

  Much of the spending improperly came from the school's student activity fund, the audit states. The audit also points to sloppy bookkeeping and said the school does not keep close enough tabs on cash spending. The audit mostly covers financial transactions from January 1998 to February 2001. In March, the state dismissed former school Superintendent Yvonne Howze, who had headed the school since 1990.

  Jim Morris, a spokesman for the state department of education, said he could not comment on why Howze was dismissed because it is a confidential personnel matter.


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     Meet MSB'S New Superintendent

     by John Weidlich

   Most of you probably know by now that Dr. Corinne Harmon has been hired as the new Superintendent of the Missouri School for the Blind, after serving as Acting Superintendent for the last few months of the previous school year, following the departure of Dr Yvonne Howze. A native of Rochester, New York who came to St. Louis around 1974, Dr Harmon has spent more than 25 years of work in the field of special education as both a teacher and an administrator. The information for this article was taken from an interview that I had with Dr. Harmon for Radio Information Service.

 

   Dr. Harmon said she was drawn to the field of special education because her brother has some developmental disabilities and her sister has epilepsy. Growing up with her brother and sister, she always felt a need to teach and advocate for children with special needs. She has taught children with just about every disability during her career. Before coming to MSB, she worked for fifteen years for the Special School District of St. Louis County, spending the past two years as Superintendent of the District. She had left the Special District and was teaching graduate students at the University of Missouri in St. Louis when she got a call asking if she would come to MSB as interim Superintendent until a permanent replacement for Dr. Howze could be hired. Coming to MSB was a learning experience for her, as she had much to learn about the particular procedures characteristic of a state-operated residential school.

 

   Now that she has the job of Superintendent, she has been doing a lot of reorganizing of staff positions to make procedures and policies run more smoothly. This involves analyzing each department to determine what is working and what isn't. She is also doing outreach into the community to build relationships with other agencies. She wants MSB to be well known across the state as a resource for blind and visually impaired children and their families. She is trying to communicate with the students and the staff and involve them as much as possible in decisions affecting the school. In describing her leadership style she says you have to do more than just talk about what you are going to do; you have to actually do it. She believes that trust and honesty are important leadership principles and that issues involving employees should be addressed directly. She says everyone at the school is there for the same reason and that the school should continue to move forward despite past mistakes.

 

   She admitted that the state budget for the school and all state programs is tight and will probably continue that way for the next couple of years. She is analyzing carefully how money is spent. She wants to make sure that students still have a wide variety of activities and opportunities even though some things may have to be scaled back. For example, instead of taking students to Washington to learn how our government functions, they may go to Jefferson City instead. All activities will be looked at to be sure that the available funds are being spent wisely. She could not comment on allegations concerning the possible misuse of funds contained in a recent state audit of the school. However, she did tell me that there is currently no connection between the school and the Soul That Sees Foundation and no funding coming to the school from the Foundation.

 

   She encourages former graduates to come back and serve as mentors for the students. She would like this to happen on a regular basis but she said that alumni who want to volunteer at the school would have to go through a screening process, similar to that undergone by employees, perhaps even involving criminal checks. This has to be done to protect the safety of the students.

 

   

 

   Dr Harmon said she has heard the rumors about the school being closed; she's even heard claims that she was brought there to close the school. But, she said emphatically, those rumors are false. She said there should be what she calls a continuum of services available for blind children, ranging all the way from residential settings to full inclusion. She stated that "MSB is part of that continuum and it's never going to not be there." The school may, however, change its role in some ways. She would like to see more collaboration between MSB and the public schools, with MSB students taking courses in the public schools and public school students perhaps using our school's facilities and taking classes with blind students at MSB.

 

   Dr. Harmon said that when you look at school districts across Missouri, there are not enough people certified to teach things like Braille and mobility skills to the degree that it needs to be done. MSB can offer those services to blind students who are now being mainstreamed. Those students could be referred to MSB for intensive training in areas such as Braille, mobility, and computer training and then returned to their local school districts after receiving special training in the skills needed by blind adults. This could also be offered to them after graduation from high school before they go on to college or employment. She believes MSB should be a leader in this area. She also says she is a firm supporter of braille. She will soon be attending a national conference on braille literacy.

 

   Finally, we talked about the shift away from dorm house parents in favor of residential employes working eight-hour shifts and being assigned to different dorms. Dr. Harmon said this is a nationwide trend perhaps brought about by the difficulty in finding suitable house parents. She said efforts are being made to give the dorms a more home-like atmosphere. She is considering having the residential supervisor live on campus. She would also like to establish a proctor's hall, where college students could serve as tutors and mentors for the students in exchange for free room and board at the school.

 

   She also seemed excited about the idea of offering adult education courses at the school for blind adults, something which has often been talked about in the past but never done on a full scale.

 

   I would like to say that I found Dr. Harmon to be very friendly and easy to talk to. I was impressed with her sincerity. She seems serious about what she hopes to accomplish at the school and eager to have former students interact with the students at the school. I especially liked her statement that she believes you don't just talk about doing things, you do them. I hope we will all give Dr. Harmon our full support and encouragement in her plans for MSB.


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     Dog Guides Blind Owner Down From 78th Floor

  By David Montero

 

   Editor's note: There were several blind people, including at least three blind vendors in the World Trade Center on September 11. All apparently made it out safely, although the vendors' businesses were destroyed. Michael Hingson, an employee of the Quantum ATL company, managed to get out of the World Trade Center with another employee and his guide dog, Roselle. Here is a newspaper account of his escape from the burning tower.

 

    The first thing greeting Michael Hingson and his guide dog, Roselle, was the choking stench of jet fuel wafting down the north tower of the World Trade Center. Hingson hadn't seen what happened--the 51-year-old has been blind since birth. But it wasn't hard to figure some sort of aircraft had struck the building with tremendous force at 8:45 addm. Tuesday. Quickly, he told the few people in his office to get out of there and suggested they take the stairs because he believed the elevators surely wouldn't be working. He had no idea what was happening. The Palmdale native, well-versed in earthquakes, said he only knew the rocking skyscraper was in terrible trouble and that he was pretty much alone. On the 78th floor. "The office was empty except for myself, David Frank and Roselle," he said. "I took a moment to call my wife and tell her there was an explosion at the World Trade Center and that I'd be home as soon as I could." With that, he hung up the phone, grabbed the harness for Roselle and began issuing the commands that told the yellow Labrador retriever it was time to go to work.

 

   But the dog, who had only been his guide for nine months, was already raring to go. She had been, in fact, since the initial impact that jarred her from an early morning slumber under Hingson's desk. "She had already jumped up from there," Hingson said. "Usually she doesn't even stir when the wind shakes the tower." While Frank described to Hingson how flaming chunks of debris were tumbling past their window, Roselle led him through the disheveled office and, eventually, to the stairwell. "The crowds weren't huge at first," Hingson said. "But as we started making our way down, they got bigger." It was getting hot, too, with temperatures in the stairwell climbing higher than 90 degrees. Hingson was sweating and Roselle was panting. By the time they got to about the 50th floor, United Airlines Flight 175 had slammed into the south tower of the World Trade Center--something he wouldn't know about until later. Instead, the smell of jet fuel was getting stronger and soon he felt people bumping into him as Roselle, Frank and he continued downstairs. The problem was, the people bumping into him were going the wrong way. "I heard applause and was told they were firefighters," he said. "I clapped a few on the back, but I was scared for where they were going."

 

   At that time, however, Hingson, wasn't even sure he would be all right. The stairs were thick with people clambering down--not stampeding, but moving quickly. And Hingson was worried about Roselle. The dog had begun panting heavily, her throat scratched by jet-fuel fumes. No air was circulating and Hingson knew she was thirsty. Frank stayed with both of them and they finally reached the lobby of the building. "A lot of pipes had broken and there were puddles on the floor," he said. "Roselle was stopping to drink some of the water, so I knew she was very thirsty."

 

   It had taken them 50 minutes to get down the stairs and it took them another 10 minutes to actually get out of the building and onto the street. The plan was to get to Frank's car and drive away, but at 9:50 addm., that plan was scrapped. "I heard the second tower collapsing," Hingson said. "It sounded like a metal and concrete waterfall. We started running for the subway." He heard the shrieks of terror and yet Roselle remained focused on her task. He kept the commands simple--left, right--and a police officer steered them into the subway. When they emerged, Hingson was told the north tower was gone and the south tower smoldering near the top. "It was unbelievable," he said. "I felt lucky to be out of there. But I wondered about the firefighters."

 

   About 20 minutes later, while they were making their way from the World Trade Center, the south tower caved in on itself, sending a rolling gray cloud of ash, glass and debris toward them. "The air was filled with crud," he said. "A woman nearby couldn't see because she had stuff in her eyes, so Roselle and I helped her." Everyone was coated with the soot of what had once been two 110-story buildings. If Hingson could have seen her, Roselle had become a gray Labrador. Because there were no trains operating that day, Hingson had to stay at a friend's house in Manhattan on Tuesday night before going home to his wife in Westfield, N.J., on Wednesday.


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Blind of Central Mo

I don't always think of a rhyme:

This one will be a little different this time.

However, I will do my best to give the readers of this magazine something that can keep them smiling.

 

As I go from day to day trying to give the people I know a smile,

I simply remember that as long as I can live, laugh, and have the friends I do, it makes the time worth while.

Even when I feel a little down,

Since I realize that I'm still alive: and, I can live and love, this keeps me from a frown.

 

Hello to everyone from BCM.

 

We have a new member in our group. His name is Darrell Shepherd and he is losing his sight. Welcome to our club, Darrell.

 

We had our election of officers. They are as follows: President Gerry Smith, Vice-President Terry Thompson, Recording Secretary Trudy Howard, Treasurer Susan Sanderson, and Public Relations Emma Lou Swopes. When our past president Emma Lou Swopes installed the new officers, she decided to really be creative. She gave the president and vice-president each a banana. She gave the recording secretary and treasurer each a delicious apple. The public relations person and the three directors each received a bunch of grapes. The rest of the people each received a spoonful of mixed nuts. All of this represented items that would go in a fruit salad. This means that the officers, directors and members of our club would work together as a fruit salad and would work together as a team.

 

   Some of our members will ring bells to help the Salvation Army again this year. It is a good way that we can help them to help other people.

 

   We will have our Christmas party in December. We will have it in the REA building which is outside of Sedalia. It will be a catered dinner and the plans are being worked out. People will bring their instruments and I'm sure we will have a lot of good music. I will let you know in the next Chronicle how it all went.

 

   We hope everyone has a good Holiday season. Until next time keep smiling and keep a song in your heart. If you can't be good, be good at it.

 

Trudy Howard

 

Blind of Central Mo

 

Recording Secretary

 

     Delta Area Association of the Blind

 

   Hello again from the Delta Area Blind, located in Sikeston, Mo. The 2001 convention is behind us and it is time to start planning for the 2002 convention which will be in Sikeston next year. The Delta Area and the Southeast United Blind Club would like to thank all of you who voted for us to have the 2002 convention in Sikeston. If any of you have have any ideas, please let us know because without you there would be no conventions.

 

   The dates for the 2002 convention are October 10-13. The main hotel is the Ramada Inn. The overflow hotels are the Peartree and the Drury Inn. Room rates for the Ramada and the Peartree are $47 per night, up to four in a room. The rate for the Drury Inn is $70 per night. The phone number for the Ramada Inn is (573) 471-4700. The number for the Paretree is (573) 471-8660, and the number for the Drury Inn is (573) 471-4100. You cannot make reservations until January, 2002. Here is my address and phone number: Marie Thompson, 932 Highway 162 East, Portageville, Missouri, 63873, (573) 379-5007. Thanks to all of you.

   Marie Thompson, Delta Area President

 

   Guide Dog Users Report

 

   There is not much to write about at this time. I would like to thank all of you who helped with the 50-50 raffle. We sold $40 worth of tickets. The winner was Brian Taylor. Also a big thanks to Maryan Harrison for her generous donation to the Guide Dog Users. Every dollar helps.

 

   I am proud that all my board members kept their offices. Thanks, gang. So long until next time.

    Marie Thompson, Guide Dog Users President

 

Joplin Service Club

 

During the months of September and October, we all met the first Thursday of the month for our support group. On September 17, a group of us went back to Dogwood Canyon which is located in Lampy Missouri. It started off to be a wet rainy morning but by the time our group arrived there the sunshine came out just in time to make it a wonderful day for us all. I won't go into detail about Dogwood Canyon this time because I told you all about it in the last issue of the Chronicle. But it is a wonderful place to go and visit, with wonderful tour guides who made the scenery so very descriptive for us all. I would like to thank Ginger and Carl Powers once again for inviting us.

 

  Our Thursday night dinner was hosted by the Still Paul's United Methodist Church, who prepared a wonderful meal for us. Thank you Still Paul's, and a special thank you to the group "HOME MADE JAM" who provided us with the most exhilarating entertainment that evening. Another Thursday night dinner was hosted by the Villa Heights Christian Church, who provided us with a wonderful lasagna dinner and wonderful entertainment as well. Thank you Villa Heights.

 

  We also have started a walking group, where a group of us get together and go walking once a week at the North Park Mall. I would like to thank Ted Jeffers as well, for without his driving us every week, this would not be possible. Thank you Ted!

 

   Special birthday wishes go out to Lena Hickman, Forest (Frosty) Purdy, Doris Bowman, Jim Kauffman, Helen Green, Lenora Paul, Tom Walkenshaw, Betty Stanley and Mildred Long.

  We have lost two members since our last report. They are Georgetta Patterson and Dorthy Schug. Bob and Frances Radtke's daughter Deanna Whitehead also passed away recently. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families and loved ones.

 

   We had an excellent turn out for the annual MCB convention in Springfield. I would also like to thank everyone for this wonderful opportunity of being the Public Relations Person for the Joplin Service Club. I am leaving and moving back to Canada. I am going to miss you all dearly, but I promise to keep in touch with you.

    Cynthia Rowen

Lake Stockton Area Council of the Blind

 

 

Greetings from Lake Stockton,

 

   President Eujean Dody had everyone busy as we got ready to celebrate our fifteenth birthday on August 7th. We had a barbecue and auction. Lunch was cooked by Polk County Cattlemen's Association and served by Polk County 4-Have members. MCB members from Joplin, Springfield, Webb City and Harrisonville celebrated with us. We had raffles, door prizes and games. An auction was held and enjoyed by all. We were honored to have Chip Hailey, our State President with us, along with Ted Jeffers, from the Joplin Service Club, Leroy Welch from County Line Council and Phyllis Lovett from Springfield Service Club. There were 96 in attendance. The birthday bash was a great success.

 

   Election of officers was held July 5th. Gene Fleeman was elected Vice President and Pauline Eggert is Secretary. Installation of officers was held August 2nd. We have taken in six new members. We want to thank Woods Grocery for donating a large cake to our organization. It was greatly appreciated and so delicious.

 

   We had twenty-five attend the convention in Springfield. Eujean Dody, our President, was noted as doing the most for the blind. In November, we will have a catered Thanksgiving meal. It will be served by Citizens Memorial Hospital. Our regular business meeting will follow. It doesn't seem possible that Christmas is almost here. We wish everyone happy holidays from Lake Stockton. submitted by Pauline Eggert, Secretary

 

 

    Northeast Missouri Council of the Blind

 

Hello from Kirksville:

 

The NEMCB has been relatively quiet as of late. We have two new members:

Bradley Head is our first junior member and his mom Marla also joined our chapter. Welcome Bradley and Marla!

 

Three of our members attended the MCB convention and all had a good time.

Congratulations to Alice Gipson on the excellent job with the exhibits.

 

We are all looking forward to the coming year when we hope to be able to devote a lot of our efforts to providing some financial assistance to a local family with a blind child.

 

I hope everyone has a glorious holiday season!

Dennis Miller

Progressive Council of the Blind

 

Hello from Progressive.

 

   I pray that everything is going well for all of you MCB members. We have been working very hard for the last couple of months with fund-raising. We currently have three projects going. One is our annual nut sale, which has been very successful for us. We are also selling electronic cookbooks, which are a selection of 260 recipes, gathered from our members. The recipes are on a computer disk in text format, and can be easily copied and translated into Brl. We want to thank those of you who purchased one from us at the convention. This will be an ongoing project, so if anyone wants to buy one for $5, you may contact Susan Pearce, at 816-231-4914. We also want to thank those of you who purchased one of our grab bags at the convention as well.

 

Progressive is also working hard to get new members, and we had three new members join in the last month. We had our second annual picnic on July 28th, at Loose Park. The weather was perfect, and we all had a great time.

 

Well, so long, until next time.

 

Barbara Dewberry

 

     Queen City Council of the Blind

   We have had a busy summer and fall. Several of our members attended camp in July and in September and everyone had a great time. In August, a back to school party was held for blind children and their families. Jo Bender came in his full clown costume and entertained the kids with balloon sculptures. Gerry Lord provided the table decorations and favors. Many of our other members baked cookies and provided needed help. Chip and Linda Hailey were our special guests along with our kids. A talent show featuring the kids was a highlight of the party. With the kids, their families, guests, and our members, seventy people enjoyed pizza, soda and cookies.

   In July, a trip was taken to the College of the Ozarks at Point Look-out. Twenty-five of our members toured the Ralph Foster Museum, Edward's Mill and had lunch at the Friendship House. College of the Ozarks is a self-help college near Branson, Missouri. We took a second trip there in October and this time we were treated to a very interesting explanation of the pipe organ and a beautiful concert by Dr. Bruce Gerlach. A special treat was when Dr. Gerlach asked if any of us would like to play the organ and Cena Mathis played for us.

 

   Several of our members attended the MCB convention and we had a good time. Thanks to the Springfield Service Club for all their work.

 

   We have had several interesting programs including Vicki Maples, a member who gave a talk about her trip to Cameroon, where her daughter is stationed with the State Department. Other programs were about Wilson's Creek Battlefield, the nature center, and the Air and Military Museum of the Ozarks.

 

   We are looking forward to our annual trip to Silver Dollar City for the Christmas Holidays. We are happy to welcome Joe Bender, Fran Buckingham and Mary Jane Koch as members.

 

   Wishing all a joyous holiday season.

    Jobelle Burk

 

    South Central Missouri Ozark Association

 

   This past year has been very good to our affiliate except for the loss of three of our members. They are Mr. Noel Sullian, Louise Whitsel, and Truman Easley, Jr. Truman passed away on Sunday, October 14, 2001, in a Springfield hospital. He was taken from us as we were conducting business on the last day of our convention.

   The good things we have enjoyed over the year included having the Springfield Service Club visit our Affiliate for a Valentine's Day meeting.

We also visited them and enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast with their Affiliate.

 

Several of us were fortunate to be able to participate in the White Cane Walk in May of this year in Springfield.

 

In June we elected new officers and they are: Joe Dee, President, Jean McLaughlin, Vice President and Linda Burris, Secretary-Treasurer.

 

Sorry we missed Summer Camp this year. Linda and I were sorry we missed the Fashion Show. Better luck next year, Chip.

 

Our Best Wishes for a safe new year and God Bless all of you.

 

Bill Burris, South Central Missouri Ozark Association Of the Blind

 

     Southwest Missouri Friendship Council

 

I just wanted to say how much I've enjoyed doing public relations for the Southwest Missouri Friendship Council of the Blind.

 

Doing Public Relations for this group has really been a wonderful thing to me. On October 2nd, we elected new officers. Our new President is Ed Forcum, Tom Duval is our First Vice President, Cindy Smart is Second Vice President, Margaret Forcum is our new Secretary. Jackie Kennedy, Cindy Smart's daughter, will handle Public Relations and write the articles for the Chronicle.

 

   One of our members, Lois Griffiths had eye surgery on October 3rd. Betty Haas had knee surgery.

 

   Our candy sale was a big success this year. Tom Duval got first prize for selling the most candy, but many others did their share. What we do with the money we raise from our fund raisers is to buy talking watches and other things for blind people who need them.

 

   We just got back from the convention and it was beautiful seeing Chip there behind that podium. It was a great convention and I'm sure glad I went.

 

   I would like to offer special congratulations to Leroy Welch and all the other winners of awards at the convention.

 

   Even though I am no longer the Public Relations officer, I will still be a member and will serve the blind in any way that I can.

 

   This is my last report to the Chronicle. I want you all to know how much I love you and how much my prayers are going out to everyone in the Missouri Council of the Blind.

 

     Helen Highley.

 

Springfield Service Club

 

Greetings to All,

   This is your new reporter for the Springfield Service Club. First of all, we want to say a huge and heartfelt "Thank you" to all of you who attended the convention here. Thanks for your support and kind words.

 

    Our President, Phyllis Lovett, and our convention committee, have asked that I present to you their deepest apologies for the inconvenience and discomfort you had to endure at the hands of that hotel. But thanks to all who were there and were so supportive and cooperative, we do feel it was a good convention in spite of the difficult situation we faced.

 

   We have been having a couple of small fundraisers, and hope to have another before Christmas. We are also continuing our project in which we are labeling the books that the public library provides in the Walking Books book mobile.

   We are making plans for our Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas party, although those may be over by the time you read this. I am going to a cowboy festival in Branson this weekend, so you will forgive me, I hope, if I say: Y'all ride easy now, and always drink upstream from the herd.

     Marti Watson

 

     St. Charles County Council of the Blind

 

   It has been a while since you have heard from us, so it is time to update. We are growing in new members, but unfortunately, also have lost dear friends. This past year we mourned the loss of Mary Friedrick, Pat LaBanca, and Linda Walsh. We are so glad to have Frank Goldberg, Sandy Baumgartner, Marion Snyder, and Ruth Humes join us in St. Charles.

 

   What's new in St. Charles? Friendship Circle. We found a need for socializing and fellowship, so the Friendship Circle was formed. We meet twice a month in a homey atmosphere and share our concerns and joys. This has added tremendously to our connection and I think the name truly fits. We decided to expand our outreach and start an evening out beginning in November. Please feel free to join us. Call me for information.

 

   Time is going by so fast. I hear the wind blowing outside and that means more leaves to rake. Soon we will be at the Thanksgiving table and then joining in on the hustle and bustle of the Christmas shoppers. I wish you all happiness and hope to see many of you at the Board meeting in January. Love to all, Beverley Kaskadden, 636 625-2644.

 

   United Workers for the Blind

 

Greetings and Happy Holidays from UWB,

 

   First we want to congratulate UWB member and outgoing MCB Treasurer Celita White, winner of the President's Special Service Award at this year's convention. Everything Chip said about Celita's kindness and willingness to help others is absolutely true. When you need something done, just ask Celita and you know it will be done, on time and with a smile. Congratulations, Celita for a well-deserved award.

 

   At our October meeting, UWB members made a little girl very happy and gave us all something we will remember for a long time. Bob and Peggy Smith are UWB members. Peggy teaches elementary students at MSB. We learned a few months ago that Bob and Peggy were attempting to adopt a ten-year-old totally blind MSB student named Skily. When Peggy told us in September that the adoption had been approved, we threw an adoption shower for Skily at our October meeting. We had a cake and members brought presents for Skily. She loved everything she opened and, when she was done she said, "This is better than any Christmas I ever had." Skily is a very special little girl who now has a home with loving parents where she can grow and become a very special adult.

 

   In September, we helped Ed the Betty Augustyniak celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

 

   Ina Taylor is doing a fantastic job as manager of our apartment Building and Chairman of the Building committee. She is really a hard worker and she is determined to make our building a good place to live.

 

   About 28 members attended the MCB convention in Springfield. That's pretty much the news from here. We wish you all a joyous holiday season and look forward to sharing more news with you in 2002.


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   From The Lower Left-Hand Drawer

 

   Our column is going to be shorter than usual this time around, not because the drawer isn't full, but because the Chronicle is. I had some much material that I wanted to include in this issue that I decided to offer you just a few items of information this time. But fear not, the Lower Left-Hand Drawer will still continue to be a regular part of this magazine. We'll try to have a longer column next time. Mention of a product or service in this column is not intended as an endorsement by me or MCB.

 

   All of us who attended the Accessible Voting Technology Expo in St. Louis on October 25 were particularly excited by the demonstration of the eSlate, an electronic voting system developed by two companies, Dell and Hart Intercivic. This is not a voting machine designed for the disabled; it is rather an electronic voting machine that can be used by all voters with features that make it accessible for blind voters. Names of candidates are displayed on a screen. Turning a rotary dial highlights each candidate's name. When you come to the name of the candidate you want to vote for, you just push a button to register your vote. No stylus punching, no chad, pregnant or otherwise. The audio ballot reader allows you to hear the names over a headphone as you turn the dial. When you have made your selections, you hear a summary of all of your choices so that you can make any changes before you press another button to cast your ballot. The eSlate is currently being used in Harris County, Texas. To learn more about accessible voting, read the article from the Post-Dispatch found in this issue of the Chronicle.

 

   You can get a free copy of the United States Constitution and the Declaration of Independence in Braille from the National Braille Press, 88 St. Stephen Street, Boston MA 02115. The phone number is (800) 548-7323. Also new from NBP is the Better Homes and Garden vegetarian dinners cookbook and a book called Windows 98 Explained.

 

   The 2002 Jett Enterprises catalog is now available on cassette or on disk. In addition to products especially for blind people, the catalog contains jewelry, pet supplies, kitchenware and gifts. To order, call (800) 275-5553. The braille catalog costs $10; other formats are free.

 

   Speak to Me now offers their catalog on CDS that can be played on any commercial CD player. For the latest catalog, contained on three CDS, call (800) 248-9965.

 

   Marjorie Arnott sells cookbooks, and knitting and crochet books in braille, tape or computer disk. Cookbooks include cookies galore, mexican dishes, crock pot and microwave recipes, diabetic recipes, and a George Foreman Grill manual. For a catalog write her at 1446 N. Coronado, Chandler AZ 85224 or call (480) 345-8773.

 

   The Word Proclaimed offers daily Catholic Mass Scripture readings on tape. There is a monthly fee, but I'm not sure about the correct figure. Contact The Word Proclaimed, 9042 Meade Street, Westminster CO 80031, Phone: (888) 203-0697.

 

   Freedom Scientific is now offering a new version of the JAWS Screen Reader, Version 4.0. To order or find out more about its new features, contact Freedom Scientific at (800) 444-4443.

 

   Knitting and crochet patterns are available on tape from Audio Patterns. For more information, call Janet Larson at (215) 368-9644 or send Email to arlene@concentric.net

 

   Fifty braille cookbooks, ranging in price from $25 to $30 are available from Helping Hands for the Blind, 20734C Devonshire, Street, Chattsworth CA 91311. Phone: (888) 386-3442.

 

   A company called Bugz-eye sells hand-held magnifiers in various styles and sizes with magnification ranges from 3X to 10X. Prices range from $6.95 to $32.95. For information, contact Bugz-Eye International Corporation, 150 Tejon Street, Denver CO 80223. Phone: (888) 284-7393.

 

   Product-talk is an Email list on which blind people can talk about or advertise talking products. To subscribe send a blank message to talking-products-subscribe@topica.com

 

   Blind-family is a new Email list where blind and sighted family members can discuss family issues dealing with blindness or vision loss. To subscribe send a blank message to blind-family-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

 

   Here's a new Email list for those of you who like to cook and exchange recipes. It's called kitchen-chat. Send a blank message to kitchen-chat-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

 

   To learn about other new blindness-related every-mail lists, send a blank message to blind-list-announce-subscribe@topica.com

 

   Zada Albee wanted me to let you know that Katheryn Hames passed away on October 26. She was a 1934 graduate of the Missouri School for the Blind.

 

   The Mini Viewer portable video magnifier is now available from Telesensory. It is the latest in their Aladdin series of magnifiers. It enlarges text or images up to 15 times on a full color high-resolution screen. For more information on this new magnifier, call (800) 804-8004 or visit the Web site www.telesensory.com

 

   Horizons for the Blind is selling a seven volume braille cookbook called Recipes from boxes, bottles, cans and jars. For a free catalog in braille print or tape, listing this and other items, call (815) 444-8800.

 

   Spoken Word Ministries is offering a free monthly magazine on tape that features articles from various Christian publications, along with music, testimonies and interviews. The address is 205 West John Street, Mount Olive NC 28365 and the phone number is (800) 668-8070.

 

   Here are the dates and locations for the meetings of the RSB Advisory Council for next year: February 8-9, Kansas City, May 3-4 in Joplin; August 9-10 in Rolla and November 1-2 in Sedalia.

 

   Finally, I have heard that singer Ray Charles is working with some friends to develop something we've desperately needed for some time--accessible slot machines. Yes, slot machines with speech and braille displays. So you can withdraw money from a talking automatic teller machine and pour it into a talking slot machine. Now that's what I call progress.!

 

   Final thought: Some doctors now claim that grumpy people are more likely to get sick than cheerful people. Does that mean that the surly bird catches the germs? See you in March.


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     Eight Gifts That Do Not Cost A Cent

  I do not know who wrote this or who sent it to me, but it seems appropriate for the December issue. As you wrap up your holiday shopping, think about putting these items on your gift list for family and friends.

 

   1. The Gift Of Listening: But you must really listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response. Just listening.

 

   2. The Gift Of Affection: Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and handholding. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.

 

   3. The Gift Of Laughter: Clip cartoons. Share articles and funny stories. Your gift will say, "I love to laugh with you."

 

   4. The Gift of a Written Note: It can be a simple "Thanks for the help" note or a full sonnet. A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life.

 

   5. The Gift of a Compliment: A simple and sincere, "You look great in red," "You did a super job" or "That was a wonderful meal" can make someone's day.

 

   6. The Gift of a Favor: Every day, go out of your way to do something kind.

 

   7. The Gift Of Solitude: There are times when we want nothing better than to be left alone. Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.

 

   8. The Gift of a Cheerful Disposition: The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone. Really it's not that hard to say Hello or Thank Y. Friends are a very rare jewel, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share a word of praise, and they always want to open their hearts to us. Show your friends how much you care.


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MISSOURI COUNCIL OF the BLIND 8206-A Gravois St. Louis, MO 63123 After January first: 5453 Chippewa, St. Louis MO 63109, Phone: (314) 832-7172 Toll-free (800) 342-5632, Fax: (314) 832-7796 Email: moblind@mindspring.com Executive Director: Sheri Keller Secretary: Patti Ashby


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  OFFICERS, DIRECTORS AND COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS

  President: Chip Hailey: 2940 West 17th Street; Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 781-6728 toll-free (800) 644-9667 Email: chailey4@ipa.net

  First Vice President: Bill Benson: 612 Francis Place, St. Louis, MO 63105 (314) 863-6353

  Second Vice President: Jack Lenk: 6347 Mardel, St. Louis, MO 63109 (314) 351-2814

  Secretary: Marti Watson, 822 West Scott, Springfield, MO 65802 (417) 865-0410

  Treasurer: Bill Burris: 1202 Chateau Drive, West Plains, MO 65775 (417) 256-3954 Email: burris@wpcs.net

  Director: Don Shockley: 3337 Macklind, St. Louis, MO 63139 (314) 352-4233 Email: dshockley1@mindspring.com

  Director: John Weidlich, 5736 Bancroft, St. Louis, MO 63109 (314) 752-3031 Email: weidlich@swbell.net

  Director: Dennis Miller, 1103 N. Luther, Kirksville MO 63501 (660) 627-4857 Email: dennisemiller@sbcglobal.net


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CHAIRPERSONS

  Adaptive Technology Grants: Gregg Hollins, 7512 East 52nd Street, Kansas City, MO 64129 (816) 333-1474

  Budget And Finance: Bill Burris: 1202 Chateau Drive, West Plains, MO 65775 (417) 256-3954 Email: burris@wpcs.net

  Chronicle Editor: John Weidlich, 5736 Bancroft, St. Louis, MO 63109 (314) 752-3031 Email: weidlich@swbell.net

  Education And Welfare: Dennis Miller, 1103 N. Luther, Kirksville MO 63501 (660) 627-4857 Email: dennisemiller@sbcglobal.net

  Health Benefits: Rosario Mazzella, 3234 S. Dayton, Springfield, MO 65807 (417) 883-3484

  Membership: Melvin Smith, 9918 Holly, Kaosas City, Mo 64114. (816) 942-0489.

    Public Relations: Leroy Welch, RR 2, Box 284, Butler, MO 64730 (660) 679-5429

  Resolutions: Bill Benson, 612 Francis Place, St. Louis, MO 63105 (314) 863-6353

  Scholarship: Phyllis Lovett: 3925 south Jefferson, Number 45, Springfield, MO 65807 (417) 883-7408

  Special Services: Phyllis Zirkle: 11695 SW Rogers Road, Stewartsville, MO 64490 (816) 667-5884

  Summer Camp: Beverly Shockley, 3337 Macklind, St. Louis MO 63139 (314) 352-4233 Email: dshockleyblea@mindspring.com

  Youth Services: Linda Gerken, PO Box 95, Hughesville, MO 65334 (660) 826-1690


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  AFFILIATE PRESIDENTS

  Action Council of the Blind: Russell Ewell, 7110 Oreon, St. Louis, MO, 63121 (314) 261-3629

  Agape Council of the Blind: Elizabeth Moore, 310 South Grand, Apartment 209, St. Louis, MO 63109 Phone: (314) 533-3740.

  Allied Workers for the Blind: Gregg Hollins, 7512 East 52nd Street, Kansas City, MO 64129 (816) 333-1474

  Blind of Central Missouri: Geraldine (Gerry) Smith, 1007 S. Vermont Sedalia, MO 65301, (660) 826-5483. County Line Council of the Blind: Allan Anthony, 801 ation Lyne, Raymore, MO 64083 (816) 331-7929

  Delta Area Blind: Marie Thompson, 932 Highway 162, Portageville, MO 63873 Phone: 573 379-5007

  Innervision, Inc.: Daryel Banks, 9532 Weyburn Drive, St. Louis MO 63136 (314) 869-7091

  Joplin Service Club of the Blind: Lyman "Jim" Kauffman, 1410 Ryan Road, Joplin MO 64801. (417) 782-9890.

  Lake Stockton Area Council of the Blind: Eujean Dody, 2251 West College, Bolivar, MO 65613 (417) 777-7225

  Northeast Missouri Council of the Blind: Dennis Miller, 1103 N. Luther, Kirksville, MO 63501 (660) 627-4857 Email: dennisemiller@sbcglobal.net4

  Ozark Association of the Blind: Melvin Brown, 1707 Old St. Mary's Road, Perryville, MO 63775 (573) 547-2729

  Pony Express Association of the Blind: Phyllis Zirkle, 11695 SW Rogers Road, Stewartsville, MO 64490 (816) 667-5884

  Progressive Council of the Blind: Clint Campbell, 408 East 64th Terrace, Kansas City MO 64131 (816) 363-5773 Email: clintecunicem.net

  Queen City Council of the Blind: Rosario Mazzella, 3234 S. Dayton, Springfield, MO 65807 (417) 883-3484

  RITE for the Blind: Verneiah Abbott: 3628 South Spring, St. Louis MO 63116, (314) 771-9219.

  River City Workers of the Blind: Charles (Don) Werner, 802 Penny, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 (573) 334-7422

  St. Charles Council of the Blind: Lynne Smith, 388 Staghorn, Wright City, MO 63390 (636) 745-8253

  St. Louis Council of the Blind, Tommy Reece, 607 North Grand, Number 204 St. Louis MO 63103. (314) 531-3393.

  South Central Missouri Ozark Association of the Blind: Joe Dee: Route 1210, Box 1502, Willow Springs MO 65793. Phone 417 469-3120.

  Southeast Missouri United Blind Club, Delavina Ferren, 1400 S. 14th Street, Poplar Bluff, MO 63901 (573) 785-9046

  Southwest Missouri Friendship Council of the Blind: Edward Forcum, 2907 South Park Street, Joplin MO 64804. (417) 623-1292.

  Springfield Service Club of the Blind: Phyllis Lovett, 3925 South Jefferson, Number 45, Springfield MO 65807 (417) 883-7408

  Tower Club of the Blind: Marie Kelley, 2628 Hope, Maplewood, MO 63143 (314) 646-8272

  United Workers for the Blind: John Weidlich, 5736 Bancroft, St. Louis, MO 63109 (314) 752-3031


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  SPECIAL INTEREST AFFILIATES

  Adaptive Technology (AT): Hank Pearce, 4914 Smart Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64124 (816) 231-4914 Email: peertech@mciworld.com

  Braille Revival League of Missouri: Marti Watson: 822 West Scott, Springfield, MO 65802 (417) 865-0410

  Library Users of Missouri: Leo Giger, 827 North Nettleton Avenue, Springfield, MO 65802 (417) 866-5778

  Missouri Guide Dog Users: Marie Thompson, 932 Highway 162 East, Portageville, MO 63873 (573) 379-5007

  Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of Missouri: Jack Lenk, 6347 Mardel, St. Louis, MO 63109 (314) 351-2814


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