New Chapter in Spartanburg

A chapter of the American Council of the Blind is forming in Spartanburg, S.C. Meetings are being held monthly. Please contact Barb Mattson, 519 E. Main St. #8, Spartanburg, SC 29302; (864) 285-2921 between 9 and 10 p.m. Eastern on weeknights, or e-mail [email protected] for more information.

VAB Office Moves, Gains New Executive Director

The Virginia Association of the Blind has moved! Its new office address is 4209 George Washington Hwy., Portsmouth, VA 23702; the phone numbers are (757) 465-7230 or 1-800-426-2144. Office hours are on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

VAB held its annual meeting in August 2008. Melanie Brunson, ACBís executive director, was the keynote speaker. At this meeting, Alice Malbone Lovern retired as VABís executive director. The new executive director is Ron Hepler.

VABís project of the year was to obtain a van with a lift for wheelchair users. Judith Edmunds stepped up to the plate and chaired the project committee. And with all that hard work, the dream became a reality: VAB has a van with a lift. The Hampton Roads chapter donated it.

Another project involved awarding a scholarship to a young lady to enable her to go with her class to South Africa to work on a charitable cause.

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