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In-Kind Needs
- Assistive technology items such as magnification devices (CCTVs, handheld magnifiers, digital magnifiers), Talking gadgets, iPhones, iPads, smartphones, tablets
- Postage stamps
- Empty printer cartridges (we can turn into Staples for credit)
- Bottled water
- Garbage bags (all sizes)
- Computer monitors (24 inch or larger)
- White canes
- Hand truck/rolling cart/dolly
- Executive office chairs
- Dark blue or red plastic table covers
BCB Updates! 
 
Bluegrass Council Expands
BCB has acquired the large meeting room in the suite next door to us, previously rented to Independence Place! All BCB meetings, including Quarterly Membership Meetings, monthly Peer Support Group Meetings, and committee meetings will be in this 800 square foot conference room, freeing up the middle suite to be our designated Assistive Technology Lab, office space, and break room. We’re so excited about this expansion! As you know, our last Peer Support Group meeting brought in 35 people, and with our meeting room being so small, we would have never fit everyone in there. Huge thanks to Independence Place for sharing their community room with us these past years! 
 
Farewell to Gail & Jooyoung
As many of you know, Gail was placed with us through the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). Gail has been reassigned to Community Action Council West and started there 2 weeks ago. Thanks to Gail for her 2 years of service to BCB! She has helped us in so many ways – special thanks for her help with the Eye Opening Symposium planning! Gail will remain an active BCB member and continue to volunteer when she has time.
 
Jooyoung has been volunteering with us since April and has recently gotten a job in her field of study! We appreciate all of Jooyoung’s help – taking care of all our assistive technology, organizing how we track our programs, getting our new brochures finished, and so much more!
 
BCB Officer Resignations and New Appointments
Ty Thompson, previous BCB president, has resigned from the board with Randall Deaton appointed as our new President to fill the remainder of the two year term. Judy Potter now serves as our new Vice President as Paul Wiese resigned from this position due to health reasons. BCB thanks Ty and Paul for their service and wishes them both well. Randall Deaton’s bio follows.
 
Randall Deaton began his own professional recording studio, Lonesome Day Records, in 1999 in his home area near Booneville, KY. For three years he operated the recording studio as a standalone business until he made it part of a recording label in 2002. He has had artists such as Dolly Parton, Ricky Skaggs, and Vince Gill appear on records he has produced. Randall’s business recently expanded and obtained national distribution with Sony Red, which is the leading distribution company for independent labels and artists. Randall has officially been a member of BCB since November 2014 and he and his family regularly attend BCB’s monthly Community Outings.
Board Members Needed - Quarterly Membership Meeting! 
 
Our Quarterly Membership Meeting will be on Monday, September 28th from 4pm to 7pm and will be our Annual Business Meeting where we will elect board members and officers! The business meeting will begin at 4pm and dinner and social time will follow. Open positions include President, Vice President, and 4 members-at-large. Remember, we need to keep our board members at a balance of 51% or more blind or visually impaired and the President and Vice President positions must be filled by someone who is visually impaired! 
 
If you are interested in running, please contact board member Karen Cross, our Nominating Chair, at (859) 684-5958. She will provide you with board member responsibilities, expectations, and answer any questions. 
Thursday Night Live a Success!
 
Thank you to all who came out to Central Bank Thursday Night Live to support BCB on August 20th! Thanks to Conch Republic for playing a great show and to Green Box for sponsoring the night. Thank you to our wonderful volunteers from Total Quality Logistics, Uber, Lexington Lions Club, Retina Associates of Kentucky, and BCB! We had such a fun time and we're so grateful to have so many supporters!
Judy Potter and Donna Henry in our information boothTheresa Thomas, Lead singer Mike Archer, and Beth Furr singer
Image: Judy Potter and Donna Henry in our information booth
Image: Conch Republic band members Theresa Thomas, Mike Archer, and Beth Furr
 
 
Huge Disability Employment Initiative 
 
Bluegrass Career Services has partnered with one of Lexington's largest employers on an exciting new employment initiative for veterans and people with disabilities.  If you or someone you know is looking for an employment opportunity with career potential, please contact us!
 
Call Center, Data Entry and Mail Room Positions Available!
 
-  Full-Time, permanent employment
-  Available between the hours of 8AM and 11PM 
-  Weekend hours possible
-  Some positions require a typing speed of 25 wpm or more
-  Basic computer navigation skills (most positions)
-  Able to pass a drug screen and background check
 
Contact Laura Schwarz at 859-272-4855 or email her at lschwarz@employmentsolutionsinc.org
Calendar
 
Thursday, September 3rd - Membership Committee Meeting - Members needed! 10am in the BCB Community Room - 1093 S. Broadway.
 
Monday, September 7th - BCB closed in observance of Labor Day.
 
Monday, September 14th - Community Outing to Salsarita's Fresh Cantina - 2380 Norman Ln. Lexington 40503. BCB will be meeting from 5pm to 6:30pm. We receive 15% of the meal cost if BCB is mentioned (this is from 5pm to 9pm)! 
 
Wednesday, September 23rd - Peer Support Group Meeting - Noon to 2pm in BCB's Community Room - 1093 S. Broadway. Marie Smart from the UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging will be joining us! 
 
Monday, September 28th - Quarterly Membership Meeting - 4pm to 7pm - BCB Community Room - 1093 S. Broadway. See above article for more details.
 
Please RSVP for any event you plan to attend at least two days in advance - 859-259-1834 : info@bcbky.org
 
Wheels passes will be provided as reimbursement for members who pay for Wheels transportation to and from BCB events.
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Member Birthdays 
 
Adam Ruschival - September 5th
Keisha Browning - September 8th
Randall Deaton - September 15th
Mac Ferguson - September 16th
Walter Graham - September 21st
Bridgette Schlausky - September 28th
Paul Knott - September 29th
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