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San Mateo County Council of the Blind


Sept. —Oct. 2000 Vol. I No. 5


President's Message

by Frank Welte

Our next meeting of the San Mateo County Council of the Blind will be

delayed by a week, so we won't conflict with your Labor Day week-end plans, but you'll find it worth the wait. We will have a non-partisan discussion of the propositions that will appear on the November election ballot. We have asked the League of Women Voters to send a representative to share information about the propositions. Those of you who attended our March meeting will recall how helpful it was to hear this kind of information. It's a lot easier than trying to get somebody to read the ballot pamphlet to you.

I believe that tape recordings of summaries of the ballot propositions are available from the office of the Secretary of State in Sacramento. You might also be able to borrow them from your public library.

Also, make sure you bring your ATM card with you to the meeting. There is now a talking ATM at the Bank of America branch where we meet each month. I've tried the machine, and it's great! Hmmm, is there a connection between the fact that the first Bank of America branch in San Mateo County with a talking ATM also happens to be the place where SMCCB meets? I think so.

Don't forget that we will meet on Saturday, September 9, at 10:30 AM. at the Bank of America at El Camino Real and 3rd Avenue in San Mateo. Feel free to call me for further information.

Frank Welte, SMCB President


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New Members

Our phone calls and listing in the Independent has been successful in getting new members. At last month’s meeting we introduced two exciting new members.

Carroll Ault of San Carlos

Gerda Cohen of Millbrae

Applications have been sent to the following and we hope they will join and attend the upcoming meeting.

Joanna Wallace

Jeff Taylor

David Hunter

Roy Jaeger

Jack Donnellan

Margie Donovan

We hope to see most of you at the upcoming meeting and announce that you have joined us.


MARCH 10- 12, 2001, TRUCKEE, CA

The 9th annual SRSFL 3-day cross country ski event will be held in Truckee, CA Sat., March 10 through Mon. March 12, 2001. Lodging will be at the Best Western Truckee Tahoe Inn, in Truckee, CA. Skiing will be at Tahoe Donner Cross Country, Truckee, CA. Cost: $135 if you bring your own skis, $160 if you need skis. Add $100 if you wish a private room.

Costs include 2 nights lodging (double occupancy) in Truckee, 2 breakfasts (Sun. & Mon.), 2 dinners (Sat. & Sun.), and trail passes for all 3 days. For those needing lodging at the La Quinta Inn in Sacramento Fri. night March 9, the cost is an additional $35 double, $70 single.

Transportation will be provided from the train station, airport, and bus station to the La Quinta Inn upon arrival in Sacramento Friday March 9. Cars will leave Sacramento at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, March 10 to Truckee, and from Truckee at 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 12 to Sacramento.

Submit your application with a $40 deposit before the deadline, January 15, 2001. Applications will be accepted on a first come first served basis. Applications received after the deadline will be considered as space permits. Final payment is due by February 15, 2001. Scholarships are available. For an application and more information (specify Braille or print) contact:

Betsy Rowell

9608 Mira Del Rio Dr.

Sacramento, CA 95827

(916) 362-5557

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