Affiliate and Committee News

Golden State Guide Dogs Holding Silent Auction


Golden State Guide Dog Handlers, Inc. invites you to participate in our first annual Silent Auction, to be held at the CCB convention on June 8, 2019. Bidding begins on April 1, 2019 and will wrap up at 4 p.m. Pacific on Friday, June 7, 2019.

We are raising funds in order to support our advocacy efforts, provide honorariums for major program speakers at our convention and throughout the year, and to potentially provide funding for a GSGDHI member to attend a CCB convention in 2020.   

Under the coordination of Bob Acosta, and generous donations, there are five unbelievable prizes to bid upon. You will find the item descriptions below.


1. A VR TREK Stream

Valued at approximately $700. (Minimum bid is $200.)

Description: The VR TREK includes GPS and has a large internal memory holding over 30 BARD books. (Obtained from Sweetman Systems, California)


2. The Galaxy Bar Code Reader from En-Vision America

Valued at $1,200. (Minimum bid is $400.)

Description: Galaxy Barcode Reader includes a huge database of items on barcodes. You can record special instructions and it has a great help section within the unit.


3. The Orbit Braille 20 Reader from the American Printing House for the Blind

Valued at approximately $500. (Minimum bid is $200.)

Description: This unique notetaker allows you to read BARD and Bookshare books in braille. You can create your own files and it is a handy tool for taking notes at meetings.


4. Doggie Playtime Gift Basket

Valued at approximately $150. (Minimum bid is $50.)

Description: Surprise your canine friend with this wonderful Empire toy bin filled with fun. The light blue toy bin by Harry Barker has many different dogs printed on it. In the bin you will find a large red Outward Hound Triple Treater Totter dog toy; one Grip Soft slicker brush for sensitive skin by JW; a large bottle-shaped orange hard rubber Kong Genius toy - hide treats on the side or bottom of this toy; a blue and white Outback Jack Funzies Zebra toy with several squeakers inside; a Simply Fido pink squeaky dog toy; 1 medium 100% natural elk antler bone; and a 25-count package of Genie dog wipes. (Obtained from Guide Dog Users, Inc.)


5. Magic Chef Talking Microwave Oven

Valued at $373. (Minimum bid is $150.)

Description: Big 1 cubic foot 1,000-watt microwave is modified so functions speak. Clear male voice has 8 adjustable volume levels. Enhanced keypad; buttons speak their functions and are raised to make them easy to locate. High, medium and low power levels plus defrost. Attend food timer allows you to set the microwave to stop periodically for stirring or turning food. Removable glass turntable. Includes audio CD and written instructions on how to use the talking features.  Note: oven does not include a digital display. 15-3/8 by 20 by 12 inches. (Obtained from Blind Mice Mega Mall.)


Auction Rules:

  1. All prizes will be shipped to the winners free of charge. Please give us 30 days to ship the prizes to the winners, although we hope to get them out much sooner.
  2. All proceeds from this event will go to GSGDHI.
  3. Our prizes are new, but we present them “as is.” If you have a concern, please contact the merchants.
  4. For our winners, we will contact you to obtain your credit card information. When your card is approved, we will ship your prize.


To place a bid, contact Bob Acosta,, or call (818) 998-0044. In your email or phone message, please include your full name, the prize(s) you are bidding on, the amount of your bid, your telephone number and email address, and the date and time of your message. All bids need to be placed in person at the GSGDHI table or by phone to Bob Acosta no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, June 7, 2019.

MCAC Holds Book Discussion on ‘Hidden Figures’


Read a good book lately? Join the Multicultural Affairs Committee (MCAC) for a discussion of the book “Hidden Figures” by Margo Lee Shetterly, DB86234. The daughter of a NASA engineer profiles the black women who worked for NASA and its predecessor, NACA, as human computers. The book discusses their lives prior to joining NACA/NASA, the challenges they faced due to gender and racial discrimination, and their impact on the space program. The call is scheduled for Tuesday, May 28th at 7:30 p.m. Central time. The number to join the call is (712) 770-8012, and the passcode is 297164. We look forward to a lively discussion and sharing of ideas.