San Mateo County Council of the Blind
Mar. 2001 Vol. 2 No. 2
by Frank Welte
March will be a busy month for SMCCB members. March 3 during our monthly meeting we shall hear a presentation by Dr. Leslie Weill, a local ophthalmologist,
who will explain the effects of aging on our eyes. If you have begun experiencing vision loss or you've been blind for many years your eyes still experience the
effects of aging. Having one eye disease doesn't prevent you from other eye
disorders. Don't miss this chance to speak with an eye doctor free of charge without sitting around in some boring waiting room or dealing with those nasty eye drops.
At our last meeting I shared information on Senate Bill 105, a proposed state law
that would create a separate commission to serve the California blind community. There wasn't enough time to fully discuss this matter. I'm pleased to report that
there will be a town hall meeting about the commission Saturday, March 24, 10am
to 3pm at the Lions Silicon Valley Center for the Blind and Sight Impaired, 101
North Bascam Avenue in San Jose. During this meeting members of the Blind Alliance for Rehabilitation Change, BARC, the state-wide coalition of blindness agencies and organizations backing SB105, will give more detailed information
about the commission. Time will be provided for participants to ask questions
and raise concerns. The seminar is free, and lunch will be provided. Please
RSVP by contacting Donna Sanchez at 408-377-8311 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
While I haven't confirmed it as yet it is likely that there will be a van to shuttle
us between the San Jose Caltrain station and the blind center.
Thanks to all of you who attended our February meeting. During the meeting
the following chapter officers were elected; President, Frank Welte, First Vice President, Judy Hemmer, Second Vice President, Bill Hobson, Secretary, Jean Ackerman, and Treasurer, Terry Stoker. I am delighted to serve with such a group
of talented people. Also, let me take this opportunity to thank Terry Coney and
Bill Hobson for their many years of service as Secretary and Treasurer respectively.
The ski bug is spreading. I'm not certain about this yet, but there may be as many
as four SMCCB members attending the Sierra Regional Ski For Light ski event in
a couple weeks at the Tahoe Donner Cross-country Ski Center near Truckee.
Be sure not to forget that we meet on the first Saturday of each month at 10:30 AM.
at the Bank of America on El Camino Real and Third Avenue in San Mateo at
the beautiful Board Room.. Do feel free to call me for further information.
Frank Welte, SMCCB President
Your Chapter in Action
Our branch now has its own domain name we have our own website.
Under the leadership of Bill Hobson, we started a fundraiser. Worlds Finest Chocolate comes in four varieties, and we will be having them available at our meeting. Bill and his committee have made a substantial start by selling these chocolate bars outside the cafeteria at the San Mateo Community College.
The bars cost us fifty cents and they are sold for a dollar.
In April SMCCB will have its own booth at the San Mateo Community College Health Fair. We shall be demonstrating assistive technology equipment. There
will be a demonstration of Braille and one on guide dogs. This is the first of
several presentations and exhibits we hope to have this year.
Margie Donovan has undertaken a fundraising drive. Remember to bring in
the names and addresses of people to whom Margie can write and ask for contributions. Margie is undertaking the responsibility of making our SMCCB Bulletin available in cassette form. This bulletin is also available online. A dozen
of our members have requested that it be sent as e-mail. Be sure you get the
Bulletin in the form you desire.
Dues for 2001 is due now. It still is only ten dollars a year.
We shall be talking about having our picnic, and the possibility of having refreshments at our meetings or going out to a nearby restaurant.
What You Can Find on Our Website
The homepage has our mission statement and tells where and when
we meet. One can click on Bills e-mail address and contact our chapter.
We have created meta-tags in the hope that more search engines will pick
up our site. http://www.smccb.org
As you can see on the next page, as of this writing, it is divided into 8
sections. There is a list of San Mateo County Ophthalmologists divided
by cities and their phone numbers.
There is a list of our chapter resource people. Were available for consultation in many areascomputers, Braille, Guide Dogs, etc. You dont have to wait for a meeting to get your information.
Calendar of Events shows an exciting information-crammed schedule.
Our members are doing exciting things. See if you can guess who is doing what.
All of our SMCCB Bulletins are now online in their entirety. Last year we
published seven issues.
Vision links are an excellent source for up-to-date information. Frank Welte has compiled a vast listing and they will also be added.
A list of publications that our members receive shows the broad coverage and interest in vision that we have. If you receive a journal, newsletter, bulletin or magazine not listed, please let us know.
Finally, there is a cute article on how the blind perceive the sighted. You will
have a chuckle.
SMCCB Launches Website
We are the second chapter in California to have a site listed by the
California Council of the Blind. The other CCB chapter is Humboldt Co.
We now have our own domain name: click, and it will tale your there. http://www.smccb.org
The homepage is shown next.
San Mateo County Council of the Blind
The San Mateo County Council of the Blind was organized
September 1992 as a chapter of the national organization,
American Council of the Blind. We also are a member
chapter of the California Council of the Blind. The
council strives to promote employment, independence,
education, advocacy and resources for people who are
the blind and visually impaired. We have several members
who are especially computer literate and a great resource!
The monthly council meeting is on the:
First Saturday of the month
in the beautiful Board Room
10:30 A.M. - 12:OO P.M.
The Bank of America Building
300 El Camino Real San Mateo, CA
Membership is not limited to blind and visually impaired
individuals. All interested parties and volunteers are
welcome, and needed.
For details, contact Bill Hobson:
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SMCCB Calendar of Events 2001
January Cross-Country Skiing
Braille Literary Month
February Annual Meeting
March Dr. Weill--Ophthalmologist
Town Hall Meeting
April Vision Anew--CCTV
CCB State Convention
CSM Health Fair
May Access Technology
June Voting Machine Access
July ACB National Convention
August Annual Picnic in the Park
September Freedom Vision
October League of Women Voters
White Cane Day
November CCB State Convention
December Holiday Party
Organizational Publications Received
by SMCCB Members
ACBThe Braille Forum
BRL Inc.The WYFIWYG Newsletter
of adaptive technology and tutorials
California Council of the Blind
The Blind CalifornianPeriodical
Calif. Foundation for Independent
Living the Assistive Tech. Journal
Council of Citizens with Low Vision
Glaucoma Research Foundation
Library of CongressBibliography
Peninsula Center for the Blind
Prevent Blindness Northern California
Coping With Sight Loss in No. CA
Rose Resnick Lighthouse
SVCBThe SVCB Newsletter
Calif. Rehab. Dept.Client Info Booklet
Visually Impaired Data Processors Intl.
VIDPI ViewsQuarterly Magazine
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