Of the

San Mateo Council of the Blind


January 2003                                      Vol. 4 No. 1  


President's Message

By Frank Welte

This is the second of a series of messages in which I explain specific ways that SMCB’s committees will serve our community. 


Jeff Thom, the newly elected president of the California Council of the Blind, has issued a challenge to each member of CCB to bring one new person into the organization this year.  The San Mateo Council of the Blind has all ready been working hard to bring more members of our local blind community and other concerned people into our chapter.  I believe we have the ability to grow to at least 100 members during 2003.  While it is important for each of us to reach out to our friends and neighbors, the primary responsibility for finding and retaining members lies with our Membership and Phone Tree committees.


The membership committee plans and implements member recruitment and retention activities.  Such activities could include finding and contacting potential members, telling them about SMCB and encouraging them to join us, maintaining contact with all members, keeping our membership database current, and finding ways to keep all members involved in the chapter.  The Phone Tree committee contacts each member on a monthly basis, and reminds them about pending meetings and other chapter activities.


Do you like people?  Do you want to increase your circle of friends in the local blind community?  Join the Membership or Phone Tree Committees, and help build a stronger, more cohesive blind community in San Mateo County.


I hope all of you are starting this New Year on a positive note.  My year is starting off busy as usual.  Last week-end, SMCB member, Margie Donovan, and I helped train new ski guides for Sierra Regional Ski for Light.  During the next few months I will be participating in the ACB’s winter meetings in Pittsburgh, PA, attending the ACB Legislative Seminar in Washington, D.C., going to the CCB convention in Sacramento, and working on various committees and projects for SMCB, CCB, and ACB.  Oh yes, I’ll be doing some more skiing, too.


Speaking of being busy, do you struggle to keep track of all the appointments, phone numbers, and random ideas that clutter your mind, not to mention your desk?  Do you envy your sighted friends with their little, high tech electronic organizers?  During our February meeting our speaker, Dan Peterson, will demonstrate the Parrot Voicemate, a talking electronic organizer that will let you keep a calendar, phone directory, and more in a cute, little package that’ll fit in a shirt pocket.  Who knows, this thing just might give you the organizational edge you need to keep up with those many New Year’s goals we all have.


Our February meeting will also mark the kick-off of our annual candy sale fundraiser.  Your efforts made last year's sale a great success.  With your help on this project we will raise the funds that will allow us to extend our reach further

into our local communities.



Coming Events

Saturday, January 25, 2003, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, bowling outing, AMF Redwood Lanes, 2580 El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA.

Saturday, February 1, 2003, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM, SMCB meeting, A.P. Gianini Branch, Bank of America, El Camino Real & 3rd Ave., San Mateo, CA.

Speaker: Dan Peterson, will demonstrate the Parrot Voicemate talking electronic organizer.

Thursday, February 20, 2003, 10:30 Am to 12:00 PM, SMCB board meeting, Depot Café next to the San Carlos Caltrain station.

Saturday, February 22, 2003, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, bowling outing.


For more information about these events contact Frank Welte, (650) 508-8329, E-mail: fwelte @


To submit items for this newsletter, call Phil Kutner: Editor

at 650-349-6946 or send E-mail to [email protected]


Philip and Sally Kutner                                      Free Matter

1128 Tanglewood Way                                             for the Blind

San Mateo, CA 94403