Michigan Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired

                           MCBVI NEWS
Summer 2007

     The Michigan Council of the blind and Visually Impaired unites people: to promote cultural, social, and personal growth, as well as understanding toward progress, dignity, equality in issues regarding blindness and visual impairment

                     President: Michael Geno
Editor: Donna Rose

     The MCBVI News is published quarterly in Braille, large print, on audio cassette and sent via email to its membership.

Contact the editor via Email at:
wild-rose@sbcglobal.net
or by phone at (517) 333-9117

     General Inquiries regarding the activities of MCBVI may be made by calling toll-free 1-888 956-2284, or we can be contacted by email at: mcbvi1@verizon.net

     Editor's Note:  Due to illness and a death in my family the newsletter was postponed a bit.  I am sorry if you submitted dated items that have since lapsed.  Thank you for your understanding.

                    From The President's Desk
By Michael Geno

     It is up to You! Yes, you reading this article right now.  As a current member of MCBVI, subscribed to receive this newsletter quarterly, now is the best time to take a few minutes to think after reading this.  Especially those of you who regularly enjoy just reading the contents of each issue. What I have to say here also applies to you who may be reading this at a much later time.      You may be a person who passively takes note of what is going on in your local chapter or MCBVI.  Do you after reading each publication, just go on with your own personal concerns with out any further involvement?  If so ask yourself some important questions.
Do you believe much that is reported in the Braille Forum, or in each article of this MCBVI News, really does not involve you locally or your immediate quality of life?  Perhaps you find it difficult to see how our struggle for independently distinguishable denominations of U.S. paper currency impacts your own daily concerns.  After reading about these issues, do you continue to file or throw away each newsletter?  Have you never considered passing it along to another, or calling to see how you can help?  If so, than my message here is especially for you.
Think for a while about the possibilities.  What if the MCBVI, or the ACB were to disband?  What would life be like if our organization had not existed or remained active for the past several decades?  Would there even be thoughts of protecting our dignity or rights let alone passage of a disability equal rights bill such as the American's With Disabilities Act?  Would government lawmakers even be concerned with adaptations or procedures that enable the visually impaired to vote independently, gain access to rehabilitation, health, and other necessary government services?  Would schools, training programs, or colleges ever be concerned about fair and equal access to education programs, information access, or testing accommodations?  Ask yourself if  employers would give much care to equal hiring, promotion, or evaluation practices regarding the visually impaired?  Would you as a blind pedestrian even have the consideration of drivers on the streets, or lawyers and judges in the courts regarding your need to safely travel with a White Cane or Dog Guide?
There are many more questions  that you could speculate over involving thousands of issues that touch each of our daily lives in some way.  The point is, life for each of us would be much worse if only a few of these questions did not have as part of their history, the influence of informed, involved, organized, and active members of our organization contributing their part.
So you may be asking, what does all this mean for me at this time?  Simply this.  There are far too many of you who make a choice by not making any choice at all.  Just reading, or complaining about what is going on does not represent real involvement.  Will you always remain comfortable with being a spectator?  It is easy to  convince ourselves that there will always be others who will step up, get involved, and represent the concerns of those with vision loss.  Is this you?
Yes you hearing or reading my message right now. Ask yourself, is it right or fair to just go on from this newsletter, doing nothing more than I have in the past?  Will there always be others to go to meetings, take on leadership responsibilities, or risk trying something new like running for office?  I must tell you that unless more of you think about this seriously, the future may not look good for MCBVI, or the next generation of visually impaired citizens.
Our local chapters need more involved members.  Increasing numbers of our members are having to join as "Members At Large" because there is no chapter in their local area.  Right now, some of our most important legislative issues and state committee agendas are not being addressed.  This is because there is not enough involved members on a state level to assume these duties.  We need you now!  Not someone else.  Not next month, or next year.  Your brothers and sisters in our minority need You today.  You who have also personally experienced, or care about some one  who has faced the challenges involving visual impairment and blindness.  You who still may be unfairly excluded by social myths, assumptions, and discrimination regarding blindness.  Not only does MCBVI need you: You need your involvement.  Unless you get more involved soon, your great idea, personal experiences, and God given gifts and skills may never blossom for the good of all.
What will you say when you reach the end of your days, or perhaps in an afterlife, when you are challenged with measuring the value of your life decisions and actions linked to helping others?  Even the smallest selfless gift can make such a brighter world.  each hour of your time or effort can lighten the load for so many.  your decision to become more involved might not be easy, or with out risk or fear.  But please consider taking the first step today, and call a friend, fellow member, or one of our leadership team, and talk to us about what you would like to know more about, or try.  Don't let another day pass you by just being a spectator.  Now is the time to begin your new adventure, and all of us being blessed because of it.

                   Kalamazoo Chapter Puts Out
The Welcome Mat For
MCBVI 2007 Convention
By Sherry Gordon

     This year's MCBVI fall convention will be held Friday through Sunday, November 2-4 in Kalamazoo.  We believe it has been 14 years since the last MCBVI convention was held in Kalamazoo-so welcome back!!  The convention will be held at the Holiday Inn West, just off U.S. 131 at Stadium Drive.  The special room rate will begin on the evening of November 1st.  This year's convention will highlight services in Michigan for persons who are blind or visually impaired, specifically work that Dr. Paul Ponchillia has done.  Activities will begin at noon, on Friday, November 2, at Western Michigan University's College of Health and Human Services Building-this is where the Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies is housed.  Lunch will be available, followed by demonstrations of adaptive technology and goalball.  Friday evening's opening ceremonies will begin at 7:00 pm, followed by our infamous auction.  The auction always proves to be fun!!
On Saturday, November 3, activities begin at 9:00 AM with Dr. Robert Unser, Low Vision Specialist, discussing different vision conditions.  We will have representatives from the Michigan Commission for the Blind who will give an "MCB Update".  Lunch will be available.  Saturday afternoon, Ron Lam will speak to us about starting and maintaining a support group, which Ron has done in Portage.  There will also be a presentation by the MCBVI Executive Committee.  We will have a vendor room which will feature vendors who are blind or visually impaired.  The vendor room will be open from noon until 5:00 pm.  The banquet Saturday evening will feature Dr. Paul Ponchillia as our keynote speaker.  Sunday morning, November 4, will be our business meeting.
We plan to distribute registration materials in August. If you have questions in the meantime, contact either Lisa Kisiel or Sherry Gordon, convention co-chairs:
Lisa:  E-mail:
lisakisiel@sbcglobal.net
Phone:  (269) 217-4020.
Sherry:  E-mail:
sdgordon78@sbcglobal.net
Phone: (269) 383-4144
Hope to see everyone in Kalamazoo in November!!

                 Facial Vision Opens In Detroit:
An Art Show for the Blind and Sighted
by Suellen Hozman

Wayne County Community College
The Brown and Juanita Ford Art Gallery
1001 West Fort Street,
Detroit, MI 48226

     September 13 - October 11, 2007
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 13 5:30 to 7:30 PM. 1001 West Fort Street ~ Detroit, MI 48226.  RSVP:  313-496-2570, or 313-496-2521.

     Imagine being invited to view a photography exhibit and asked to close your eyes and view the art by touching it. A collection of three-dimensional portraits line the gallery walls as patrons pass their fingertips over the faces and feel changes in texture, identifying smiling mouths, curled hair and thoughtful eyes.      Facial Vision is a collection of 30 plus two- and three-dimensional black-and-white photographic portraits of people who are visually impaired created by Suellen Hozman. The show is designed to be enjoyed by both the sighted and blind and visually impaired. It is the only known show of its kind.
Suellen reproduced the photos using adaptive techniques so they can be seen with the hands of people who are visually impaired. These tactile graphic techniques include different papers, plaster and glass. Educational materials about the reproductive techniques are available for patrons at the show.      The show opened at Creole Gallery in Lansing's Old Town in July, 2006 and it has had people talking ever since.  It is currently on tour in Michigan.  Civil rights are all about equitable opportunity for people who historically are denied access, Suellen says. I want to change that for people who are blind and visually impaired.
The show has three goals:
First, to welcome people who are visually impaired to an art show.
Second, to educate people that creative talent and technologies are available to both the able and disabled.
Third, to stimulate conversation and encourage people who work with two- and three-dimensional media in engineering, graphic arts and forensics to offer their talents and expertise to people who are blind.

     Facial Vision is a collaborative effort with many people and companies including Craig Mitchell Smith, a glass artist, ViewPlus Technologies Inc. and 3darttopart.com.
Suellen is committed to traveling with the show in the hopes of promoting the conversation that will enhance technology choices for the blind and visually impaired.  Additional photos are added of people from each new location.
Please come to see the exhibit at Wayne County Community College.  Visit my web site for more information: www.facialvision.com.

                        Elizabeth Lennon
Farewell to a good friend
By Susan Ponchillia and
Sherry Gordon

     Elizabeth "Libby" Lennon, long time resident of Kalamazoo, Michigan and a member of the Kalamazoo Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired, passed away at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo on May 11, 2007.  Libby was 97 years young!
Born in Chicago on April 29, 1910, Libby lost sight in one eye at about the age of eight due to an accident. Her determination to become an educator for persons who are blind eventually led her to Western Michigan University in 1967, after previously having an impressive teaching and administrative career in programs for blind persons in Indiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Montana. She also reached beyond U.S. borders and traveled and taught in England and Australia.  Libby retired from WMU in 1978 as an assistant professor in the blind rehabilitation program.
Aside from her teaching and being a life-long learner, Libby was an active member of the American Council of the Blind for many years, being a contributing editor to the Braille Forum, as well as the writer for the column "Here and There".  Libby enjoyed attending many national ACB conventions and in traveling around the world.  Libby was also an active member of the Michigan Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Kalamazoo council of the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Libby was active in many organizations, boards and committees including being a founding member of the Kalamazoo Disability Resource Center and co-founder of the Shepard's Center of Greater Kalamazoo, which offered ecumenical programs for homebound seniors.  Libby served on the Board of the Voluntary Action Center of Greater Kalamazoo, was an advisory member of the City of Kalamazoo's Advisory Committee for the Coover Recreational Center and had a longtime involvement with the Michigan Commission for the Blind.  Libby was a member and former secretary for the Michigan Blind Athletic Association, always advocating that persons who are blind or visually impaired be involved in sports and recreational activities.
In recognition of her work in her community, Libby was named the Handicapped Professional Woman of the Year in 1971, and in 2002 she received the prestigious Irving S. Gilmore Lifetime Achievement Award.
We dearly miss our friend, Libby.  She was a very intelligent lady who had boundless energy and great ideas for making things happen.  Libby's inspiration has influenced so many, many persons who are blind or visually impaired over the years that we are not able to name every achievement Libby accomplished-only to say her thoughts and dreams will live with us for a very long time!

            Food For Thought - Angel Food Ministries
By Donna Rose

     In my travels as a social worker I am always learning of new resources to share with others.  This summer I learned about Angel Food Ministries, a national non profit non denominational organization which offers low cost food to anyone who needs it.  This program is financially sponsored by the USDA. There are no papers to fill out or questions about eligibility to answer.  Anyone is welcome to buy food from this discount program.  The food is not surplus or second hand, but fresh, restaurant quality meats, dairy, frozen vegetables fruits and desserts. For $25 for a medium size box you receive $50 worth of food that can feed one person for approximately one month.  And there are also  special bonus steak and pork boxes you can buy after purchasing a regular unit for an additional $18. 
I checked their web site and there is at least one Angel Food site in each of our lower peninsula chapter cities, more in Detroit and Lansing.  The menu for September is: (1) 4 lb. IQF (quick frozen) Leg Quarters, (1) 24 oz. Beef Back Ribs, (1) 1 lb. 80/20 Lean Ground Beef, (1) 2 lb. Breaded Chicken Tenders, (4) 6 oz. Bone in Pork Chops, (1) 1 lb. Ground Turkey, (1) 18 oz. Stuffed Manicotti (Cheese), (1) 12 oz. Smoked Sausage, (1) Betty Crocker Seasoned Potatoes, (1) 7 oz. Cheeseburger Dinner, (1) 16 oz. Green Beans, (1) 16 oz. Baby Carrots, (1) 2 lb. Onions, (1) 1 lb. Pinto Beans, (1) 1 lb. Rice, (1) 7 oz. Blueberry Muffin Mix, (1) 10 ct. Home-style Waffles, (1) Dessert Item.

     The sites are in churches in 32 states and pickup is once a month.  You must order the number of units and bonus boxes you would like by the deadline at your site at the beginning of each month.  The web site is, www.angelfoodministries.com, and they have a hotline at 877-foodministry where you can learn more if you don't have web access.  Angel Food sites and menus are listed on their web site, or can be obtained by calling the hotline.

                    Classifieds for the Blind
Submitted by Sherry Gordon

     Do you have a product to sell or a service to offer?  Do you have something you would like to buy, sell or trade?  Connections Worldwide  Classifieds for the Blind may be for you.   Place your first ad, of up to 50 words, at no charge.  If you decide to place an ad in the future, pay just $5 for an ad of this size.  Connections has 660 subscribers and has been serving the blind community since January 2005.  You may subscribe to Connections by sending a blank e-mail with "subscribe" in the subject line to: subscribe@connectionsfortheblind.com
For more information, contact:
Connections Magazine for the Blind
Meagan Green
1410 Westfall Place
Stayton, Oregon  97383
or Call 8 AM to 6 PM Pacific time,
(503) 767-3786

               Computer Conference Call and Learn
By Donna Rose

     Several people have asked me about ways to do some time saving items on the computer and now here is your chance to learn.  In September we will hold our first conference call to teach members how to make and print out address labels.   Labels are a great way to address those Christmas cards or for party invitations because you can set up as many as you want to use for quicker mailings. And the best part is you can save your label file to use next year and even add to it.  You can also print a whole page of the same labels to make your own return address labels. It is even possible to just print out a single label to send a card to a friend.  Once you learn this simple method you will wonder why you didn't do it sooner.
You will sit at your computer in your own comfy environment while connected to your telephone with others on one of our conference lines.  I will be able to enroll four people for this first session.  Participants will need to have MS Word installed on their computer and be able to create and save a document.  We will be using Avery number 8160 address labels, but you won't need to purchase these for training purposes.  Once you learn how to set up labels you will know how to print out business and post cards as well.  Anyone who is interested should contact me as I will need to do some screening to make sure that the first four people that attend this computer training have similar skill levels.  I will also need to give out our conference phone number and code that will be set up specifically for this purpose. 
The first class will take place on Saturday October 6th from 11 AM until 1 PM, or until we are finished.  Call me to register at 517-333-9117 or via my email address.  If I get enough response we will hold a second session for four more participants.

            Camp Tuhsmeheta Is Having An Awesome Year
By George Wurtzel, Lansing Chapter

     This year's elementary program was phenomenally successful. The 2006 elementary program had 4 campers, this year we had 20! The rest of our summer programs have either reached capacity or almost. Now with the total elimination of the Michigan School for the Blind, promoting enrichment programs such as ours that teach skills of blindness are more important than ever. OUB will continue to pursue our goal that no blind child is left behind. Thank you to all who support Camp T and it's programming!
The grand finale of our summer programs is our 3rd Annual GPS event. "World at Your Feet" GPS event will be held Aug. 15-19, 2007. Wednesday, Aug. 15th is expressly for O&M Teachers, TCBVI, RT's and other professionals in the field of blindness education. Please go to www.campt.org for more information. This event is open to all ages!
Please check our website often for updates and view our Camp T video blogs! These video blogs are very popular with the parents and teachers of our campers. We are already thinking of programs for next year and looking for future campers and staff.

                   ACB Offers "Announce" List

     Earlene Hughes, the ACB webmaster, wants members to know if you are interested in receiving announcements from ACB, you are welcome to subscribe to the announce list.  If you have previously been a subscriber to this list, please  submit a subscription request again.  Remember, the announce list is a one way list.      You can subscribe to the announce list from the email list page on:
www.acb.org
Or you can send a message to,
announce-subscribe@acb.org
Visions 2008
May 14, 2008

     The next Visions 2008 vendor show for the blind and visually impaired will take place on Wednesday May 14, 2008 from 10am - 4pm at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, MI.
Before January 18, 2008 booths will cost $175 and after that date $200.  For more information contact Zoe Brown:  brownz@ewashtenaw.org.

                      Online Opportunity to
Vote for Director of Seedlings Braille Books

     Contact Julie Connoyer, Community Outreach, Seedlings Braille
Books for Children
800 777-8552
www.seedlings.org

     Debra Bonde, Founder and Executive Director of Seedlings Braille Books for Children, is a finalist for the "Stand On A Better World" award from Mannington Mills, a leading manufacturer of fine flooring.  Mannington Mills has recognized Ms. Bonde for her work in furthering the non-profit mission of increasing Braille literacy by making affordable braille books available for blind children.
Mannington, celebrates women across the U.S. who are making a positive impact in their communities or the world at large by offering a chance to win a Stand On A Better World Award in one of three categories: local, national, and global.  One winner will be chosen in each award category, and one of those three will be the grand-prize recipient, receiving $25,000 for the charity of her choice.  The other two will receive $10,000 for their chosen charities.  
For the first time, Mannington Mills has added an additional award category, Better Your World, which allows an opportunity for the public to cast a vote online for one of the finalists from August 15 through September 7.  The winner of the Better Your World Award will receive $10,000 for her charity.
Please go to:
http://www.standonabetterworld.com/vote/ to cast your vote for Debra Bonde (in the National Section.) Only one vote is allowed per person.
The positive publicity from this award can only help the cause of braille literacy! Seedlings' goal is to help raise the literacy rate among children who are blind by providing access to the wonderful literature that is readily available to sighted children. Through Seedlings, Debra has been bringing the joy of reading to countless children worldwide for 23 years, helping them to read and succeed. We applaud her for bringing the written word to blind children locally and worldwide.
If you would be so kind as to forward this to others who might be willing to take a few seconds to cast a vote in favor of Debra Bonde and braille literacy, we would be most grateful!

                        Flying Blind Tech

     There is a new web site for all of you techies out there, or those of you who would like to be.  It is called Flying Blind LLC.  It is loaded with adaptive technology news and a newsletter.  Visit www.flying-blind.com (Note that there is a dash between flying and the word blind)

                   (ICE) In Case of Emergency

     If you are carrying a cell phone and were ever in an accident the paramedics would have access to all your friends and family via the phone book in your cell phone.  That is, if you have a phone that is adapted so you can use the phone book, as many are today.  Unfortunately they wouldn't know which of these entries to call.  There is a new trend to enter your emergency contact person in your cell phone under the name of ICE, which stands for "In Case of Emergency".
The idea was thought up by a paramedic who found that when he went to the scenes of accidents, there were always mobile phones belonging to the sick or injured person, but they didn't know which number to call. He therefore thought it would be a good idea to have a nationally recognized name for this purpose. In an emergency situation, Emergency Service personnel and hospital Staff would be able to quickly contact the right person by simply dialing the number you have stored as "ICE".

                        Committee Reports

                           Membership
Donna Rose, Co-Chair

     Membership is always busy and in transition as names are added and addresses are changed.  I need to remind chapters we will stop accepting new memberships on September 15, 2007 so that we can work on the verification list for our upcoming elections.  Those who have not paid their dues by this date will not be permitted to vote at our state convention in November.  As I said in our last issue, I will no longer be working on the membership committee with John McMahon.  It is vital that we find someone who is willing to perform in this capacity.  It would be helpful if this individual has computer skills and is available for the training on creating mailing labels.

                           Nominations

     Thus far the executive committee has learned that Rosemarie Facilla will be running for the vacated first vice president position, and incumbent Jim Moore will be running against Jennie Baly for second vice president.  we currently do not know of a candidate for assistant treasurer.  We need some new blood on our executive board.  If you care about the causes of those who are blind or visually impaired please step forward and become a candidate.  Let's make this election interesting and fun.  One person can make a difference!!

                          Publications
Donna Rose, Chairperson and Editor

     I love putting together this newsletter and I hope to continue doing it after the elections.  We are going to be working harder to get some formats to you more timely.  If you hear about scholarship opportunities, please let me know as soon as possible.  I would like to get some in the November newsletter.  Our deadline for that issue will have to be just before the convention, October 29th, to avoid working through the Thanksgiving holiday.  Convention reports and minutes can be submitted just after the convention if they are to be included in that issue.  We may not publish our resolutions until the winter issue and they may be printed in an abridged format, with complete copies available to anyone who request them.
You may notice that there are some committee reports and chapter updates missing from this issue.  If you are a committee chairperson or want to submit a chapter update, it is primarily up to you to contact me with the report for our newsletter.  I do send out an email reminder, but I don't have time to contact individuals to track down their submissions.  Please be diligent about getting things to me by the due date so that our newsletter will be interesting.  Thank you.

                        Public Relations
Donna Rose, Chairperson

     In late August or early September I will be contacting newspapers throughout Michigan with a press release describing our 2007 state convention.  I will be listing our convention toll free number as well as our toll free information line.  If you want me to list a contact number for someone in your chapter when I contact your local papers, please let me know and I will include it in this publicity. 

                          Resolutions
By Chris Schumacher, Chairperson

     Little did we know that our conference call on April 24th would be the last time we would be working with Sue Illingworth.  We will truly miss her way with words and her wealth of knowledge about the history of MCBVI and ACB.  In that hour-and-a-half meeting she spoke of how she was looking forward to going to the ACB convention, answered some of our questions about what that convention is like and encouraged us enthusiastically to attend one.  At our June meeting we discussed whether we would replace her on our committee and decided not to consider that until after the MCBVI convention.  No ideas or drafts of any resolutions have been submitted to us, so we need to hear from you.  Since we now know that the dates for the convention have been moved up, we will also move the deadline for submissions up to September 15th.  Please also note that since our last newsletter, I have a new E-mail address which is chrisanne7452@sbcglobal.net.  Feel free to contact me or any member of the committee-Neal Freeling, Deb Wild, or Casey Dutmer-with any drafts of or ideas for resolutions in Braille, on cassette or computer disk, or by E-mail.  MCBVI is your organization, and these resolutions guide its activities for the coming year.  So let us hear your concerns and thoughts about the issues we should consider.

                         Chapter Updates
Blue Water League of the Blind
By Jeanette Geno

     The Blue Water League of the Blind has been busy this summer.  In July we attended a picnic visit with our Sarnia White Cane Club friends in Canada. In August we plan to host an Ice Cream Social after enjoying the activity centers of our local Peace Mobile.  The Peace Mobile is a very creative fun way to learn and experience concepts of conflict resolution and world peace in different activities.  The BWL has been working with this program to make many of their activity centers accessible to the visually impaired. The event is free, and open to both sighted as well as visually impaired visitors.  In September, we will be co-sponsoring a picnic for the blind with the Port Huron Host Lions Club.  We hope to see all our friends and some new visitors enjoying good food and fun Thursday September 20.  Please call us for more details at (810) 982-0717.

                Capital Area Council of the Blind
By Donna Rose

     The Capital Area Council of the Blind now has 25 members.  Earlier this year we asked Wal-Mart for a contribution to use toward a retro oldies dinner/dance cruise on the restored Michigan Princess Riverboat which goes up and down the Grand River.  We paid for 15 members and five volunteers.  The rib dinner was great and our members danced their feet off!  In July we had a dinner and adaptive game night at the Gone Wired Café in Lansing.  It was well attended.  We discovered that there were a lot of people who wanted to play scrabble, so next time we will bring more than one scrabble game.
We still continue to sell Rada knives and want to remind readers that they can order items, such as knives, quick mixes, soy candles, kitchen utensils and much more,  from Rada online and our chapter will receive a portion of every sale.  You can visit their web site at www.helpourfundraiser.com, enter internet order number 500706 and password 6411. 
On June 21st our member, JoAnn Sheehan, received the Melvin Jones Award for her volunteer efforts through the Lion's Club and throughout her community.  JoAnn is a member of the Bretton Woods Lion's Club.
As you read in the article above, our member Suellen Hozman is opening her tactile photography show, Facial Vision, at Wayne County Community College in Detroit in September.  Suellen has also been nominated for the Touch of Genius Award sponsored by the National Braille Press for this project.  If she wins this award she will receive $20,000 to use toward taking her exhibit to other communities.  We wish her all the best in this endeavor.  I attended her original show in Lansing and it was extremely enjoyable.

                         Detroit Chapter
By Rozella Campbell

     We are continually meeting monthly at "The Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 16625 Grand River (between Greenfield & Southfield) Detroit, MI 48227. We welcome new members to come and join us that together we can promote the cause of the blind and visually impaired, along with enjoying the fellowship, sharing ideas and fun activities and trips. On Saturday, August 19, 2007 at 5:30 a.m. we will be traveling by Bus to Sandusky OH, where we will meet Goodtime One Cruise Ship. We will cruise Lake Erie's American Island. We will have entertainment, refreshments and a 40 minute cruise.  Our cruise will feature, soaking up the sun on deck, relaxing inside a comfortable cabin, playing cards, and getting down on the dance floor. Sights include, Cedar Point, Catawba, Marblehead, Lakeside, and Middle Bass Islands, and then on to Kelley's Island where we will have a tour guide and our final destination, Put-In--Bay. If you would like to join the Detroit Council of the Blind, contact the following:

Tom Lester, President,
(313) 794-1040

Rozella Campbell, Secretary,
(248) 853-0209, or Jacquelyn Ingram, Treas, 313-659-2107.

                    Detroit Northwest Chapter
By Chris Schumacher, President

     Our June meeting was a difficult one as it was our first time coming together as a chapter after Sue Illingworth's death.  We conducted no business as our purpose was to lend our support to George and remember Sue.  In July we celebrated with Carlton George when he announced that he is cancer free, and we were very grateful and pleased to accept Tyrone Hamilton's donation of $200 to our chapter from the sale of his CD's.  I also told the group about the events and issues I heard discussed via ACB radio at the ACB convention.  Our meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month at Brownie's Diner in Wayne.  Contact George Illingworth for more information and directions.  George's new phone number is 734-326-4770.

                 Kalamazoo Council of the Blind
By Sherry Gordon

     We are sad to inform you that on May 11, we lost one of our most beloved members.  Elizabeth "Libby" Lennon, who had been a KCBVI member for many years, passed away.  Please refer to the tribute to Libby in this issue.
Members from the Kalamazoo Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired have been enjoying summer!  Our last monthly meeting was held in June; we decided on a couple of fund raising ideas for the fall of this year.
Our annual summer picnic will be held on Saturday, August 11 at 5:00 pm at the home of Lisa Kisiel.  Lisa will provide meat to grill; everyone else is asked to bring a dish to pass.  Everything is always wonderful!  If you need additional information or directions to Lisa's home, call her at (269) 217-4020.
We are gearing up for the MCBVI's 2007 fall convention.  Lisa Kisiel and Sherry Gordon are co-chairing this event.  Please refer to the full article in this issue for more information.