MCBVI NEWS June 2013

MCBVI NEWS June 2013

Official Newsletter of the
Michigan Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired

Affiliate of the American Council of the Blind

Joe Sibley, President

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Highlights of This Issue

From the President

By Joe Sibley

You know you've got to love Michigan in the summer. I hope you are having a chance to enjoy it. As we get closer to another wonderful MCBVI convention in September, I am also almost ready to begin my final year as your president. At our convention in 2014 we will all elect a new president as I will have ended my third term and cannot run again. It's OK! This has been an amazing journey for the past five years. I hope I did some good for the organization, and the experience has helped me grow personally. Thank you for the opportunity.

If I have one philosophy that I hope to share with everyone it is to live life and serve with an attitude of gratitude. We all face mighty challenges as we pass through this mortal life, but we all have reason to be grateful every day. I love this quote that Sara Conrad posted on Facebook recently:

You don't have the power to make life "fair," but you do have the power to make life joyful. -Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I love that. If we all take a moment every day to count our blessings, it makes facing the challenges much easier to overcome. Like the old commercial said, try it you'll like it!

Being positive is what MCBVI is about. I'm not saying there is never a time to raise a protest, but by my experience we have accomplished more with a positive productive attitude when challenges have come before us. Hence, the theme of our convention this year "Changing Times, Changing Lives, A Positive Attitude Makes A Difference". In addition to the usual education, fellowship, and business, we have added some elements of fun this year. Later in this issue you will see the convention information, and you will also find it on the website. I really hope to see you in Lansing this year.

We have many wonderful people in MCBVI. I recently had a chance to visit the Blue Water League of the Blind, our chapter in Port Huron, along with my wife Mary and John Jarzyna, our first vice president. That chapter has an amazing history that dates back even before ACB was formed. We had a wonderful time, and I hope to get back to visit the other chapters this year as well.

Remember, MCBVI is your organization. If you feel we need to do more in one area or another, you can step up and be a part of the team that makes it happen. We are also always open to seeding a new chapter if there is not one in your area. All you need is five members to organize a new chapter.

Want to know more about what is going on at the state level? Everyone is welcome to join us at our board meetings; the next one is in Lansing at the Best Western Plus on Saturday July 20. We hold two phone conference board meetings in January and April, and a face to face meeting in July. Although only officers, and one delegate from each chapter are able to vote, everyone is welcome to participate and share your opinions. We also have the business meeting at convention where everyone gets to vote.

Finally, the time has come to consider what MCBVI needs to speak out on in our resolutions this year. See malaina's article later in this issue and let the committee know what you think we should present to the membership in the form of a resolution. We speak with a loud voice when we all speak together.

Anyway, Donna is waiting for this so she can finish the newsletter. Have a wonderful Michigan summer and we'll see you in Lansing in September!

Joe

40th Annual Convention of Michigan Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired

"Changing Lives, Changing Times!

A Positive Attitude Makes A Difference!"

Date and Location

September 12-15, 2013

Best Western Plus Hotel

6820 S. Cedar Street

Lansing, Michigan

517-694-8123

800-333-8123

Casey Dutmer, Convention Chairperson

616-534-0581 Casey354@comcast.net

You are cordially invited to join us for the 40th annual convention of the Michigan Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired (MCBVI), the Michigan affiliate of the American Council of the Blind. This year, the convention returns to the Best Western Plus in Lansing! This hotel proved to be a wonderful and welcoming facility for our convention for the last two years, and we are happy to return!

With our theme we are injecting some extra elements of fun this year, in addition to the education and fellowship that we always enjoy. Thursday we will have a fundraising event at the Comedy Connection in Lansing, which is offering us Comedy With A Cause! MCBVI will receive a portion of each ticket sold In advance! Your $30 ticket purchased with your convention registration will include the comedy show, a pizza buffet with assistance, and bus transportation from the hotel to the Comedy Connection!

Friday after a presentation on Apple products and a visit to our exhibit hall, come in the meeting room for some special recreational activities planned by our program committee. Friday night after business it's the annual auction which is always a lot of fun. Kyle Austin returns as our stellar auctioneer giving you a chance to bid on a variety of great items including fresh baked goods, yumm! We are seeking donations of auction items, items must be new.

After all of the sessions Saturday please join us for the banquet which will feature fun and inspiration from Gerry Grossman, the Human Jukebox! This nationally known comedian from Chicago will have you rolling in the aisles! Learn more about Gerry at:

www.humanjukeboxx.com (note two x's at the end).

Don't worry; there is plenty of great information to be shared over the weekend as well, but count on a lot of smiles and fun at this year's convention!

Friday morning and afternoon exhibits and programs are open to all without convention registration. Friday evening through Sunday activities do require registration, but all are welcome!

Hotel Rooms

Hotel rooms at the Best Western Plus are only $79.99 per night plus 13 percent tax for up to four people per room. You must reserve your room directly with the hotel by calling 517-694-8123 or 800-333-8123. Be sure to specify that you are attending the Michigan Council of the Blind convention to get the discounted room rate. Rooms must be reserved by August 30to insure that you get the convention rate. MCBVI is not responsible for hotel room reservations.

The Best Western Plus offers recently renovated guest rooms, all include a refrigerator and microwave. Hummingbird's Restaurant offers a variety of medium priced choices for breakfast lunch and dinner. Other amenities include an indoor pool, sauna, health club, sports lounge, and more. There are a variety of other restaurants and stores near the hotel, not walkable. Also nearby Celebration Cinema offers movies with MoPix which includes audio description for the visually impaired, and closed captions for the hard of hearing. Call 517-393-7469 to find out what is playing in the MoPix equipped auditorium.

Registration

Registration will open on Monday July 15th. Registration for the convention is $15 before September 3, and $25 on or after September 3. All are welcome. To register by phone, call toll free 877-254-6393. This rings into a private residence so no calls after 9pm please. You may also complete the registration form and mail it to Sharon Dutmer, 5940 Bayberry Farms Dr. SW APT 6, Wyoming, MI 49418. Make all checks payable to MCBVI Convention. Registration is not final until all fees are paid. Please please register early!

Meals and Banquet

We are again offering an option for breakfast and lunch on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday. If you prefer you may skip the restaurant and have breakfast or lunch right in our main meeting room. You may choose breakfast Saturday, lunch Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday. Cost for each meal is $15 and must be pre ordered when you register. You must come in during the hours listed to be served, no refunds if you miss it. A vegetarian option will be available for all meals. If you have special dietary concerns, please indicate that when you register.

All breakfasts come with chilled fruit juice, basket of breakfast breads, cinnamon rolls & coffee service.

Saturday between 7:00 and 8:00, it's The Heartland: Fluffy scrambled eggs, sausage and country potatoes.

Saturday at noon, the optional box lunch which will include a Turkey sandwich with Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato & pickle, a piece of whole fruit, cookies, pasta salad, and chips. Soda will be separate @$2.25 each on site.

Sunday between 7:00-8:00 you can come in for The English Scramble: A split toasted English Muffin topped with bacon strips, fresh scrambled eggs with American cheese served with country potatoes.

Our banquet Saturday evening September 14 will feature a social hour at 6:00 with entertainment. A cash bar will be available. The banquet begins at 7:00 with a fun keynote performance by Gerry Grossman, the Human Jukebox! Dinner begins with a garden salad with assorted dressings. The entree options are:

Chicken Saltimbocca with garlic mashed potatoes and green beans almandine, or whitefish stuffed with crab meat, with parmesan redskin potatoes and a vegetable medley.

There is also a vegetarian stir fry. All dinners include carrot cake for dessert, and coffee or tea. Tickets for the banquet this year are still only $32.00.

Exhibits

The exhibit hall will be open to the public on Friday September 14 from 12:30pm to 5:00pm. The exhibits will be open to those registered on Saturday from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Come and enjoy technology, a variety of products and services, and much more. If you or your chapter is interested in exhibiting your products or services, call Charis Austin at 616-532-4737 or email charis533@gmail.com.

Programs

Come and enjoy a variety of presentations and activities during the 2013 convention. Presentations Friday are open to the public. Saturday sessions do require convention registration, but all are welcome. Programs planned this year include:

Friday morning 9:30 Apple products Seminar presented by the Michigan Department of Education Low Incidence Outreach! Exhibits open at 12:30! VI teachers are specially invited to attend this program.

Friday afternoon recreational activities in the meeting room possibly including line dancing, bingo, and karaoke! Come and have fun with your friends!

Friday night the convention opens with business after which we will enjoy Our annual auction! Come visit our large hospitality room Friday and Saturday night after convention activities. Relax with your friends and enjoy snacks and beverages plus games if desired! Note that we will not be serving a meal in the hospitality room but will have plenty of food and drinks to enjoy.

Saturday morning presentations include Ed Rodgers, the director of the new Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP)! This is your chance to meet Ed and learn about developments in the Bureau in his first year! Also, we will hear from our own Sara Conrad, president of ACB Students, to talk about the world of being a visually impaired student today! Scott Norris will talk about developments and offerings of the Michigan Library for the Blind, and Ron Anderegg will talk about a growing home delivery service for groceries. Elections will be held in the hospitality room from 12:30 - 2:00.

Saturday afternoon from 2:00 to 4:00, something new for 2013! We are offering a variety of breakout sessions, and you can select any four that you wish to attend, including:

More details on each breakout will be in your convention program, and more choices might be added!

Sunday Memorial Service and Business Meeting

Sunday morning at 8:30 we will have our annual memorial service, remembering members we have lost during the year. Please submit names of members who have passed, or that are having serious health issues to Faith Meadows. At 9:00 Sunday it is our annual business meeting. Stay and participate with opportunities to express your opinions and vote on critical matters including resolutions. Convention adjourns at noon on Sunday.

Sponsorships, Auction Items and Door Prizes Needed

You too can participate in the 2013 convention. If you, your organization, or your business would like to be a convention sponsor we have opportunities available! Contact Charis Austin at 616-532-4737 or email charis533@gmail.com.

We are also seeking donations of auction items and door prizes. To learn more contact Sharmese Anderson at 269-873-3953 or email sharmese269@yahoo.com.

Other Information

To keep up with the latest convention information check the convention page on the MCBVI website at

www.blindmi.org, or follow MCBVI on Facebook. Search for Michigan Council of the Blind to find our Facebook page.

This year we are pleased to announce that much of our convention will again be streamed live on ACB Radio on the Live Events Channel! Visit www.acbradio.org and select ACB Radio Live Events to listen at home or in your hotel room.

Notes: MCBVI is not required under the ADA to provide personal care assistants or round-the-clock services of any kind. MCBVI, hotel staff and volunteers cannot administer medications or provide transportation, other than what is listed. We will attempt to provide transportation from and to the bus, train, or airport if arrangements are made when you register. A limited number of volunteers will be available to assist at the convention but will not be able to provide extensive guide service or personal care assistance.

Your convention committee and your board of directors look forward to welcoming you in September!

What a Good Night's Sleep Can Achieve

By Malaina VanderWal

Last April I began a journey to learn if I may be possibly afflicted with Non-24 Hour Sleep Wake disorder. This condition impacts individuals with no light perception. For years I wondered if my blindness might be why getting a decent night sleep was such a challenge. Why did it seem easier to sleep during the day than at night? I decided to find out if the study in Ann Arbor was still looking for participants. At this point in my life nothing would be lost and something wonderful could be gained.

I went to Ann Arbor in April 2012. After finishing the interview process and paperwork, routine tests were completed. I went home that day with hope I would have this condition. At least then there would be a medical reason for my sleeping issues.

After the month of tests was completed the results came back. My results were just close enough to receive the Non-24 Hour diagnoses. If I wanted I would be able to take the medication since I did not qualify for the double blind portion of the study. The next time I went to Ann Arbor at the end of May last year I began taking Tasimelteon.

It took a while to notice any real changes in my sleep quality. Some nights I did respond more than others. Some days I still would take naps and slept during the day. Slowly over time I found myself taking less naps during the day. Still other nights it seemed I fell back into my pattern of sleeping during the day and a little at night. Of course I believe some of this just might be life as well.

I have not experienced many side effects with Tasimelteon. The most common when it occurs is possibly a crazy dream or borderline nightmare. It is infrequent enough though I am able to handle it. I experienced much worse on other sleeping aids than with Tasimelteon.

When I wake-up during the night falling back to sleep is now possible! Do I feel tired during the day? Yes, but it is a natural progression of feeling tired as night time approaches. I am able to go through several days in succession without the desire to nap. My life has changed dramatically thanks to this experimental medication! Vanda Pharmaceuticals is the drug company responsible for this medication and drug trial.

One year has gone by and my energy level has changed, I feel more rested throughout the day and I sleep now at night! I could not ask for a greater outcome if I tried! I had nothing to lose and a well-rested night sleep to gain from the experience!

Did You Know?

Internet Radio

MCBVI member Mike Smith has an oldies internet radio show on Tuesdays from

5-7 PM. When you go to the web site

www.legend-oldies.com

Read the instructions carefully to see how to get to all the shows you want to listen to. Go to the "listen live" link and click on that link.

Look for the Tune in heading, Then underneath will be a choice of music players that you can click on to hear the station and after you link on to your player just wait for a few seconds and the station should start playing.

You will find a great assortment of information regarding the content of the station along with a listing of all the DJ's and there time slots and something about each show that will invite you in to listen.

Microsoft Accessibility Support

Microsoft offers the "Microsoft Accessibility" toll-free phone line for customers with disabilities looking for support with accessibility features. Agents can be reached by calling: 1-800-936-5900. Weekday hours of operation are: 5 A.M. - 9 P.M. (Pacific Time), and weekend hours of operations are:

6 A.M. - 3 P.M. (Pacific Time).

AFB Audio Described Programs List

AFB offers a list of audio described TV programs in your area. Just visit:

http://www.afb.org/tv to access this list.

Jaws Tip of the Day

By Donna Rose

Sometimes when you are writing something, like a letter, trying to put together a flye or other such publication you would like to know about indentations in your text so you can be sure things are where they are supposed to be. You can turn on a feature in JAWS which will give you these particulars as you scan through a document. It will tell you in inches where the text begins. So if you are making lists, table of contents, an outline, or whatever, you will be able to hear where the text starts on any line. Just press Insert plus the letter V to go to the Quick settings for MS Word and you can set and reset a lot of different settings. For this task you will use your arrow keys to go down to Editing settings on the page to indentations. You can set this item to "ignore" or to "indicate by using the" space bar to toggle back and forth from these choices. This is a great feature when you need to edit a document for margins, tab stops, centering and whether the text is left or right justified. Happy yapping with JAWS!

Committee Reports

Constitution and Bylaws

By Wayne Lepiors

At this time there is nothing to report. However, if anyone would like an amendment to either the constitution or bylaws let me know. Then it can be discussed. Contact me at the following email address:

waynesworld50@comcast.net.

Nominations Report

By Carla Fields

The positions that we will hold elections for are as follows: First Vice President currently held by John Jarzyna, Second Vice President Sharmese Anderson, Treasurer Charis Austin and Assistant Secretary Mary Sibley. At this point, John Jarzyna is running for first vice president, Charis Austin is running for Treasurer and Mary Sibley is running for assistant secretary.

Publications and Public Relations

Joe put together a quick brochure to share during our fundraising efforts for the upcoming State convention. Preparations are being made to notify newspapers about our upcoming convention via press releases and by adding the event in the calendars of the newspapers. I am hoping to visit a popular local morning radio programin August to remind folks about the dates and activities, and to put up flyers in prominent places around town too. Also I will be notifying the Bureau of Services for Persons who are Blind for distribution of the info as well. Have a happy summer. See you at the 40th annual convention.

Resolutions Report

By Malaina VanderWal

June 27th was Helen Keller's Birthday and on this day will be the national-call-in day for the Anne Sullivan Macy Act. This will insure that blind and visually impaired students receive a quality education and that education providers are held accountable. June 27th is the day we can call and encourage congress to support this Act. Information on the petition can be found at the following link.

www.AFB.org/MacyAct. The American Foundation for the Blind has provided toll-free numbers to make it easier for us to locate our legislators. Here are the call-in Numbers: U.S. House of Representatives: 1-855-882-MACY (6229) and U.S. Senate: 1-877-959-MACY (6229.) As this was one of the resolutions passed at last year's convention I hope everyone will call-in on the 27th and voice their support. If anyone has a suggestion for a resolution that you would want us to consider please contact me at the following info: Email: malaina@iserv.net or my cell-phone is 616-308-9644. Do not hesitate to contact me with any suggestions. The resolution Committee will have met by the time this letter is published. This is everyone's organization and it is up to everyone to express his or her voice. If there is a subject you believe MCBVI should work on then let me know. MCBVI needs everyone's participation not just a few individuals.

Chapter Updates

Blue Water League - Port Huron Area

By Gerald Clay

Another month is upon us and the Blue Water League is gearing up for an active summer. We will be having a walk along the Avoca trail followed by a picnic lunch at one of the picnic tables along the way. With the month of June we will be attending the Library without walls in Lansing. This should be an active and fun filled day with our local library. All are welcome to attend one of our functions and activities. Come all and enjoy the fun with us! The members of the BWL are working hard to put together a pancake breakfast and a night out for a cruise along the St. Clair River on the Huron Lady, the month and day will be announced when all the plans are laid. Have a safe and fun filled summer from The Blue Water League.

Capital Area Council of the Blind - Lansing Area

By Donna Rose

Our member Arlene Moore is currently working on rehab after having a hip replacement. The chapter applied for an EIN from IRS, but on the certificate it says we are not a nonprofit and therefore cannot use it to accept tax deductible donations. We had a bylaws committee meet to write our bylaws which were lost long ago. The committee finished them. Our next chapter meeting will be in August.

KCBVI Report

By Sharmese Anderson

The Kalamazoo Council of the Blind Chapter is selling raffle tickets from our Fundraising Committee for ($2.00) each or three for ($5.00.) The winning ticket will receive a ($100.00) Meijer Gift Card. Every year we find community projects to get involved in and give back we donated money to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Walk that was held Downtown Kalamazoo on Sunday, May 19th. Our Annual Fun and Fellowship Picnic will be on Sunday, August 3rd, everyone is welcome to attend. A very hearty "Thank You" to our PR Committee for their submission of the Public Service Announcement (PSA) to our local radio stations.

VIPP Report

By Malaina VanderWal

On May22 Sharon put together a Fund-raiser held at Culver's. Many of us greeted customers as they entered the restaurant and gave them a VIPP brochure and a tootsie pop as they left. Not sure what the fund-raiser earned but it seemed to be steady all night. We will also be doing a Whitecaps fund-raiser at the end of June tickets are 15 dollars. The social committee planned an event to go to the Bolder Ridge Park Zoo on May 18th. The people who attended enjoyed themselves. They were able to touch the reptiles and the staff was very accommodating. Hopefully this can be another future activity for us! We will again be attending the 4th of July parade in Grandville which I believe will be audio described and our annual VIPP picnic will be on August 17th from 11:30-3:30 at Wedge Wood Park. Plans pertaining to national convention were discussed but nothing was confirmed as of the last May meeting. Dates attending were July 5-12. Trina will be updating our membership list for September. The May meeting was the last one until September. We hope everyone has a great summer!

Summary of the MCBVI Spring 2013 Board Meeting

Submitted by Secretary Deb Wild

The MCBVI spring board meeting conducted by teleconference took place on Saturday, 04/20/13. It began at 10:06 a.m. an ended at 12:23 p.m. Approximately 20 people participated. It was determined we had a quorum. The agenda and the summary of the MCBVI winter board meeting were approved as submitted. Due to a hard drive failure, this report, retrieved from the MCBVI newsletter, had to serve as the minutes. We need to explore ways to store/archive MCBVI's computer data. Long-time member Walt saumier passed away. A bunch of Walt's tapes from prior conventions will be sent to Joe.

The Michigan Commission for Blind Persons met in January and March. There are three subcommittees: One focusing on BEP issues; another focusing on the Training Center for the Blind; and the third focusing on consumer services. Director Ed Rodgers will be coming to our convention.

Regarding attending the ACB convention in Columbus, Ohio, where we again will charter a bus, the executive committee decided To travel on Friday, 07/05 and return Friday, 07/12/13. There already have been changes since this meeting. Our MCBVI convention dates are 09/12 to 09/15/13 in Lansing.

We have many members but relatively few doing the work. The video project we did with Ann Bratsburg is at a standstill. Forwarding our accessible prescriptions resolution to and working with the state pharmaceutical association needs to be done. Casey would like someone to work with him in the legislative arena. Researching resources in various parts of the state in response to phone calls is needed. We need a presidential candidate for 2014.

Charis gave the financial report prepared by Matt Livingston. All data was as of 03/31/13. Our reconciled checking account balance was $2,631.66

Total investment portfolio balance was $45,280.43

Total Income from 01/01 to 03/31/13 was $1,855.15

Total Expenses was$1,584.53

Resulting Ordinary Net Gain was $270.62

The financial report was approved as submitted.

Casey reported our convention will again be at the Best Western Plus Lansing Hotel. The theme is: "Changing Lives, Changing times: A Positive Attitude Makes A Difference." There may be a Thursday evening fundraiser at the Comedy Connection. On Friday morning there will be an Apple presentation with LIO and different program events Friday afternoon. Ed Rodgers will speak to us on Saturday. There may be several break-out sessions that afternoon. There will be the usual Friday night auction, Saturday evening banquet and Sunday morning business meeting. We may have the meal options of eating breakfast/lunch in the meeting room like last year. At our banquet we will be entertained by Jerry Grossman, The Human Jukebox, from Chicago, who has worked with some of the biggest names in entertainment for many years.

We need a chair for Grants. There was one grant inquiry. There was no activity for scholarships.

Casey reported for legislation that on the state level there is a lot of discussion about repealing several laws. There is nothing pertaining to the blind and visually impaired except HB4549 which protects businesses and industries from government interference. However, it does not protect the BEP. The bill's purpose and background need further study. On the federal level Social Security issues are being discussed: How they might change the cost of living calculations and if Social Security should be a part of budget cut discussions. Concerning ACB, there is the Anne Sullivan-Macy Act ensuring that blind and visually impaired students get their needs met in school/college. Concerning accessible prescription labels, about 33 Wal-Mart stores are doing trial runs with ScripTalk. Some CVS pharmacies are also participating. If you do mail orders through Wal-Mart, you can request ScripTalk with your prescriptions.

Each of the stores set up a toll-free number where people requesting this can leave a message. Envision America, who helps set up these toll-free numbers, is hoping more pharmacies come onboard.

Our membership count for ACB is 152. Charis for the first time was able to submit membership information to ACB online. We lost quite a few members at large who did not get their memberships renewed in time.

Regarding public relations and publications, Donna continues to work on the new MCBVI brochure. A temporary flier was created with updated contact information and our new logo. The March newsletter was sent out late. We hoped to produce four newsletters this year, with the next deadline being May one. After discussion it was decided to do three newsletters instead, with the deadline being moved to early June. Our Facebook page is more up to date, so folks can check for news there.

Wayne reported there was no activity for constitution and bylaws. Malaina reported there was no activity for resolutions. There may be a break-out session at convention and an article in the next newsletter discussing resolution writing. Karla reported the offices up for election are first vice president, 2nd vice president, treasurer and assistant secretary. There are no candidates running at this time.

Regarding technology, Marcia Moses and Joe Sibley reported for chair Jackie Boomstra. They would like to get radio streaming programming going on the blindmi.org web site. We are approved to stream the convention on ACB radio/world again this year. The Sunday morning business meeting will not be streamed on the ACB web site but may be on the blindmi.org web site. Establishing a network of people who are proficient in various software and iPhone and other technology issues and creating a resource list was mentioned.

Regarding fund development, Charis has sent out sponsorship letters for our convention which hopefully will bring in some money. We are chartering a bus to Columbus. Charis is the point person. However, since this meeting there have been changes. We do not know the cost yet. The hotel is $89.00 plus tax per night. The opening session is Saturday night this year, with a Sunday morning general session.

Regarding MCBVI's donation to OUB, last year we donated $500.00. In March the executive committee decided to donate $100.00 for expenses for a birding by ear event in Dearborn, with MCBVI being listed as a sponsor. About 60 people attended. CBS did a segment. This $100.00 has yet to be paid. There are a number of camps, including several camp in the box programs. It costs about $1,000.00 to sponsor and run each camp. VIPP has donated $500. If MCBVI donated $500, they both would be cosponsors of a camp. After much discussion, it was decided we would support OUB by donating $500.00 to cosponsor the music camp, in partnership with VIPP, with both MCBVI and VIPP listed as sponsors. There was discussion about the $100.00 donation mentioned above. Jim and Arlene Moore offered to donate the $100.00 to MCBVI to pay our part as one of the birding by ear sponsors. Charis will write two separate checks: One for $500.00 and the other for $100.00.

Joe has been contacted by the ACB auction committee. They are encouraging affiliates to donate to the ACB auction. A door prize donation was also discussed. It was decided we would spend up to $100.00, with this amount covering both auction items and the MCBVI door prize, and defer the actual selection of items and amounts to be spent to the executive committee.

To Contact the Editors

Donna Rose, Editor

Wild-rose@sbcglobal.net

517-489-2233

Malaina VanderWal, Asst. Editor

malaina@iserv.net

616-308-9644

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