Bluegrass Council of the Blind, Inc.
December 2014
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In-Kind Needs 
  • Assistive technology for those with low vision
  • Water pitcher with filter
  • Envelopes (all sizes)
  • Printer paper
  • Cases of water
  • Coffee or K-Cups
  • Refrigerator
2014/2015 Holiday Hours 
BCB will be closed on the following days:
  • December 24th
  • December 25th
  • December 26th
  • January 1st
  • January 2nd
Thank You December Donors! 
Special thanks to the Bryan Station Kentucky Orthopedic Rehab Team and BCB volunteers who gift wrapped at Joseph-Beth for tips! 
-Kathryn Carpenter
-Laura Dake
-Philip & Glenna Fay
-Mac Ferguson
-Walter Graham
-Judy Potter
-Adam & Carla Ruschival
-Bridgette Schlausky
-Marlene Thompson
-Meg Doran 
-Marian Keesy
January Calendar
1/12 (Monday) Visually Impaired Peer Support Dine Out - Roosters 124 Marketplace Dr. Lexington  5pm - 6:30pm
1/28 (Wednesday) Visually Impaired Peer Support Group Meeting - Barbara Penegor from Kentucky Talking Book Library will be joining us! Lunch will be from noon - 1 and Barbara will speak from 1 - 2. 
Full calendar at
Please RSVP for any event you plan to attend.
Visually Impaired Peer Support Dine Out 
We're adding a new event for VIPS each month! Join BCB staff, members, and guests in dining out each month on the second Monday from 5pm - 6:30pm. We will plan these meetings at restaurants with private meeting rooms or sections we can gather and talk. Join us for dinner, some drinks, or just come to socialize!
Our first event will be on Monday, January 12th from 5pm - 6:30pm at Roosters - 124 Marketplace Dr. in Lexington. Please RSVP so we know how many seats to reserve! Call the office 859-259-1834 or email 
If you have any favorite restaurants, please share them with us! 
Membership Meeting and Holiday Party Wrap!  
We had a successful meeting and fun holiday party on December 7th, with 37 in attendance! BCB staff wants to thank board president, Ty Thompson, for leading the meeting and Dirty Santa game! 
During the membership meeting, new board members were voted in and some terms were renewed by our membership. We congratulate re-elected board members - Gary Knack and Charles Sidney - and we welcome new board members - Peggy Knack, Jenne Culbertson, Rick Sawyer, and Karen Cross! All proposed bylaw changes were passed, excluding Section 5, Article 2 (regarding the Nominating Committee) which will remain the same.
We're proud to report 70% of our board, 58% of our membership, and 66% of our staff are visually impaired or blind. We think this is crucial for the direction of our organization.  
After the meeting, food was served and Dirty Santa began. We would like to give a huge shout out to City Barbeque, who donated chicken and pork, which was delicious and more than enough to feed all our members! And a huge thank you to everyone who brought a side dish! 
Pictures are below - thanks to Marian Keesy for donating her time to take pictures for us! You can see all our pictures on our Facebook page!
members at buffet linegary and peggy knackdirty santa gifts
Members at the buffet line           Gary and Peggy Knack                Dirty Santa gifts
Reminder of Easy Ways to Donate!  
Amazon Smile
Give back to BCB by shopping online! Amazon Smile is an online giving program that donates to BCB when you make a purchase. The website layout is the same, you just start at and .5% of eligible purchases are donated to BCB! 
Kroger Community Rewards
Register your Kroger card at and enter BCB's NPO number - 29108. Each time you shop at Kroger and use your card, BCB receives a percentage of what you spend. Your receipt will let you know what items counted toward your donation. You still receive your same Kroger discounts and it doesn't cost you anything extra!
Change your search engine to GoodSearch! Go to and choose BCB as your nonprofit. Each time you search, we receive a penny! 
Questions about the programs or signing up? Call the BCB office at 859-259-1834 or email
Happy Holidays from the Staff and Volunteers at Bluegrass Council of the Blind! We wish you lots of happy times with your family and friends! 
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