Bluegrass Council of the Blind, Inc. 
March 1, 2015
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Quarterly Membership Meeting - Now on Thursdays!  
 
Join us at our Membership Meeting on Thursday, March 5th from 3pm to 5pm at the BCB office. We will have a business meeting from 3pm to 4pm and then dinner will be served at 4pm. The topic of the month is Household Maintenance and Organization. We encourage members and friends to come with ideas on the topic of the month to share during dinner. 
 
Please RSVP before March 3rd to guarantee your meal. Dinner will be from Lee's Famous Recipe. Thanks so much to board member Charles Sidney for his contact at Lee's! 
 
Have you renewed your BCB membership for 2015? If not, this is the perfect time! For BCB to receive the maximum representation with ACB at the National Conference in July, we must have all dues received by March 15th. We accept cash, check, and credit card.
 
News to Use 
 
American Council of the Blind has compiled a page on their website with tax information and resources for persons with disabilities. You can find it here: http://www.acb.org/IRS
 
Eyes on Success is an interesting podcast that airs weekly from a husband and wife duo -  Nancy and Pete. Some of their recent podcasts are about blind parenting of sighted children, research on eye surgery equipment, and the sociology of disability. You can find their website here: http://eyesonsuccess.net/
 
Topic of the Month & Group Meetings 
 
BCB's Peer Support Community Outing will be on Monday, March 9th from 5pm to 6:30pm at Chuys (Mexican food). Chuys is located at 3841 Nicholasville Centre Dr. in Lexington. 
 
Our Peer Support group meeting will be on Wednesday, March 25th from noon to 2pm. Lunch and share session will be from noon to 1pm with a presentation from 1pm to 2pm. We're excited to have Jenny Ward, an independent living specialist, from Kentucky Office for the Blind join us for a presentation to fit with our Topic of the Month - Household Maintenance and Organization. Please RSVP by March 23rd to reserve your lunch. 
 
Mentor/Mentee Spotlight 
By Chelsey Keesy
 
I had a great time sitting down with mentor/mentee duo Susan and Kate and they spoke animatedly to me about each other and BCB.  Susan and Kate were paired in October 2014 through the mentoring component of our Peer Support Program. Susan and Kate became fast friends, saying they feel like they’ve known each other all their lives and feel like sisters. Susan joined BCB about 10 years ago after she lost her vision suddenly. Susan says, “I knew from the beginning I couldn’t hide under the covers. I started searching for ways to make it better.” Kate is a newer member, joining us in August 2014 after moving to Lexington. 
 
Susan and Kate both enjoy the social aspect of BCB. They like that our meetings are informative and both believe socializing with other people who are blind and visually impaired is a really good thing. They both say they’ve met really nice people. Outside of BCB’s group meetings each month, Kate and Susan talk or get together almost every day. They share tips and tricks with each other about getting around with low vision and appreciate having each other to talk to. 
 
We’re proud to share Susan and Kate’s success story. The mentoring component was added in January 2014 after staff decided there was a need to have one-on-one peer support. Currently we have 5 pairs of active mentors and mentees and the relationships are beneficial to all people involved. The program was designed to help deal with the stressful and often overwhelming aspects associated with vision loss, to help ease anxiety, and facilitate a successful transition to living with vision loss and we’re happy to say we’re succeeding.
 
Thank You February Donors!  
 
*Claudette Powell
*Logan's Roadhouse Hamburg
*Susie Parsons
*Ty Thompson
*Ron Dukes
*Shammy's Auto Wash
*Joseph-Beth Booksellers
*Arthur Gundry
*John Kalk
*Gail Klement
*Keisha Browning
*Judy Potter
*Roosters
*Jeff's Car Wash
*Gary & Joyce Rogers - In Memory of Geneva VanDyke
 
March Calendar 
 
Topic of the Month: Household Maintenance and Organization
 
Thursday, March 5th - Membership Meeting - 3pm to 5pm at the BCB office
Monday, March 9th - Community Outing - Chuy's Restaurant - 3841 Nicholasville Centre Dr. Lexington - 5pm to 6:30pm
Wednesday, March 25th - Peer Support Group Meeting - noon - 2pm at the BCB office; Presenter is Jenny Ward from KY Office for the Blind
 
Please RSVP for any event you plan to attend at least two days in advance- 859-259-1834 : info@bcbky.org
 

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