Diabetics in Action on the Move and Growing

The Diabetics in Action affiliate is still on the move and growing! This is a reminder that dues for 2007 are due and we would love to have you rejoin or to become a new member. Dues, which are $10 a year, can be mailed to Jeff Bishop, 1631 W. Maplewood, Tucson, AZ 85746.

We have a monthly conference call -- all are invited to participate -- and we will be having a great workshop at the ACB convention this July. We have an ACB list on e-mail ([email protected]), which all are welcome to join. If you have any questions, please contact Pat Wolf at [email protected] or at (626) 279-2954.

Can You Spell Hors D'Oeuvres?

Well, we don't care if you can spell them. Can you TELL them? Have you ever been surprised by the very spicy taste of whatever entered your mouth on the other end of that toothpick? Or reached for a tempting cold cut only to find your fingers plunged into a creamy dip?

CCLVI is planning a very unusual buffet spread at its Sunday afternoon mixer at the Minneapolis convention. We want to offer the most accessible array of snacks, morsels and munchies ever! And you are invited to help us achieve that lofty goal.

We are holding a contest to find the best ways to present a most delightful and delectable variety of offerings, presented so that all of our guests who are blind and visually impaired can make their own selections as independently as hungrily possible! A distinguished panel of chow-hound judges will rank the most useful ideas submitted, and the most creative, and the funniest ones too. Winners will be awarded free admissions to the mixer.

Get your most imaginative ideas to us in any form -- fried, marinated, sauteed ... uh, that is, electronic ([email protected]), hard copy to Attn: CCLVI Contest Entries, American Council of the Blind, 1155 15th Street NW, Suite 1004, Washington, D.C. 20005, or via telephone, (845) 986-2955.

BFLAG Talks with Daytona Beach NFB Chapter
by Butch Arnold

As BFLAG president, I never know what is going to appear in my e-mail or who is on the phone when I answer it. After BFLAG's very successful convention in Jacksonville where we had many Floridians join, I didn't think I would have the opportunity to go back to Florida for quite a while. Upon returning home I received an invitation to speak to the Greater Daytona Beach Area NFB and, quite frankly, I couldn't say no. In October, I had the pleasure of getting to know some of the other nice Floridians. Naturally, there was one gentleman who didn't want me there, but he was by far the exception in the group of 50-60 card-holding NFB members.

I was asked to come and talk about BFLAG, so I did. I also took the opportunity to discuss such issues as pedestrian safety, accessible voting and emergency preparedness. I was pleased to find out that in the Daytona Beach area, the NFB and the local ACB work together on many common problems and even support each other. I wish all members of both of our organizations could have an opportunity like I did. I only wish it hadn't been "Biketober Week" in Daytona Beach.

BFLAG always maintains an open mind toward such opportunities. Whenever a chance to educate ourselves and others occurs, we must and will strive to make the best out of it. I only hope others will do the same.

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