[Nfbc-info] August Bulletin

Mary Willows mwillows at sbcglobal.net
Fri Aug 1 00:33:10 UTC 2014

whosit_small1Mary Willows, President

3934 Kern Court

Pleasanton, CA 94588

(925) 895-2778

mwillows at sbcglobal.net 




August 1, 2014


Dear Fellow Federationists,


"The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the
characteristic that defines you or your future.  Every day we raise the
expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles
between blind people and our dreams.  You can live the life you want;
blindness is not what holds you back."



2014 is The Year of Change

The National Federation of the Blind has passed a new milestone.  On July 6
at the close of the banquet, Mark Riccobono became president of the nation's
largest organization of blind people.  We are sorry to see Marc Maurer pass
the torch but excited to see what Mark Riccobono does with it.  Listen to
the highlights of the national convention on the August - September Braille


Celebration of the life of Jim Willows

I want to thank all those who sent condolences and flowers to the memorial
service held on June 28, 2014 to honor Jim Willows.  After a long struggle
with lung cancer, Jim succumbed to the disease on June 22 with family,
friends, and the dog at his side at home in Pleasanton, California.  The
memorial service embodied the life of a man who was committed to public
service.  Friends from Jim's childhood flew out to share memories of their
friend.  Representatives from the lab, education, rehabilitation, and
community service at church all took turns celebrating the life of a man who
made a difference.  Federationists travelled from all over the state to
honor his memory with a message of unity.  The message was repeated over and
over that Jim was a person who could cross the aisle and bring unity to
whatever cause he led.


2014 State Convention

The 2014 Convention of the National Federation of the Blind of California
will be held on October 9 through 12 at the Embassy Suites South located at
1440 East Imperial Avenue, El Segundo, CA 90245.  Call 310) 640-3600 to make
your reservations.  Convention registration, banquet and a luncheon will
cost $75.  Please watch for announcements on the NFBC-Info List.


CABS Got Talent

Do you have an amazing talent that you are just itching to show off? Then
enter the California Association of Blind Students first annual talent show.
All musicians, poets, singers, and actors are welcome.  Upload a 1-3 minute
clip of yourself showing off your talent to sendspace or youtube, then send
the link via email to Roselyn Perez at rp1rules at gmail.com



The Orange County Chapter will Meet

Rob Kaiser has secured a new location for the Orange County Chapter.  All
are invited to attend on August 9, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.  The location is
Emerald Court 1731 W.W. Medical Center Drive, Anaheim, CA 92801.  Call or
email Rob ASAP.  His phone number is 847) 989-0768 and his email is
rcubfank at sbcglobal.net



River City Chapter Baseball Fundraiser

The River City chapter is teaming up with the Sacramento River Cats for two
great games of Baseball!  For every ticket sold the chapter will receive a
portion of the sales.  This is a great fundraiser for the chapter.  Please
distribute to all your friends, family and anyone who might be interested.


Saturday August 16th

Game Starts @ 7:05

Sacramento River Cats vs Oklahoma City Redhawks Post Game Fireworks


To purchase Tickets:

Go to www.rivercats.com/gamelink

Select River City Chapter of NFBC

Promo Code RCCNFBC

If you have any question please contact Tiffany Manosh, President of the
River City Chapter.  We look forward to seeing you all at the ball park for
two great games of baseball.


Discover You in San Francisco

Join the National Federation of the Blind of California San Francisco
Chapter and the San Francisco Lighthouse for the Blind on August 23, 2014
for an action-packed day.  Become empowered, define your future, discover
you!  Speakers will address topics such as: recreational opportunities for
blind people in the San Francisco Bay Area; employment and technology.  RSVP
now to Lisamaria Martinez at lmartinez217 at gmail.com or 510) 289-2577.


Currency Reader Program

Starting September 2, 2014, NLS patrons or folks who want to become an NLS
patron can call 1-888-657-7323 to pre-register to get a currency reader when
the National program rolls out in January 2015.  For more information before
September 2, 2014 call The Bureau of Engraving and Printing at 844-815-9388.
The currency reader is a small pocket-size device which announces the
denomination of paper money.  The device is free to the blind. It is well
worth taking the time to pre-register to participate in the program.



Please donate to Braille Enrichment for Learning & Literacy (BELL) by
sending your tax deductible donation to:


National Federation of the Blind of California (NFBC)

3934 Kern Court

Pleasanton, CA 94588


Thank you,

Mary Willows, President NFBC

 <mailto:mwillows at sbcglobal.net> mwillows at sbcglobal.net 




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