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December 1, 2015 - Giving Tuesday Edition!
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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
- Bottled water
- White canes
- Executive office chairs
- DVD Player
Show Us Some Love, Donate Today! 
 
Today, December 1st, is your opportunity to make a difference in your community and support people who are blind or visually impaired in the Bluegrass area. Today is KY Gives Day, a 24-hour online fundraising event bringing nonprofits and Kentuckians together for a powerful day of action. Click here to view our video and learn more.
 
This is the perfect time to join BCB as a member, renew a membership, or just support the programs we offer. Our topic of the month for December is Community and Giving and we encourage you to take this opportunity to make a holiday donation in addition to paying your annual dues.
 
Membership is set at a minimum of $10 per person to make it affordable to all who wish to participate. We ask that members consider making a membership gift at a level that is significant and meaningful to them.
 
Membership is a way for our community to show support and appreciation for the work we do and to ensure we are able to continue empowering people with vision loss. General donations or membership dues of any amount are sincerely appreciated and are directly applied to providing services to people affected by vision loss in our community.
 
 
Help us spread the word by sharing our Facebook and Twitter posts!
Use the hashtags #kygives15 and #GivingTuesday
Annual Holiday Party & Quarterly Membership Meeting 
 
Our Quarterly Membership Meeting and Annual Holiday Party will be from 4pm to 7pm at the BCB office on Thursday, December 3rd. If you are interested in participating in our Dirty Santa gift exchange, bring a wrapped gift with an approximate value of $10. BCB will provide the main food course, BCB Board Members will bring a dish, and anyone else is welcome to bring food, too. This is a great time to bring your 2016 membership dues. 
Holly Day Market with the Junior League of Lexington 
 
On November 14th, the Junior League of Lexington presented more than $30,000 to worthy applicants at their traditional Holly Day Market. BCB is honored to have been selected from more than 60 worthy applicants for funding and volunteer hours provided by the Junior League. Funds and volunteers will assist BCB with our Health Initiative which will provide education, information, and health-related adapted equipment to persons with low to no vision, increasing safety, health, and independence for persons with vision loss.
 
It is through community and individual support that BCB is able to continue providing resources and services to persons with low to no vision, and to promote inclusion and independence for those we serve. BCB is proud and grateful for the support from the Junior League of Lexington. We appreciate their commitment to better our community through volunteerism and financial support for agencies such as ours.  
 
The Junior League of Lexington is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Their purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The Junior League of Lexington, Kentucky, Inc. reaches out to women of all races, religions, and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and a commitment to voluntarism.
 
Thank you, Junior League of Lexington, for all you do to increase the quality of life for persons of the Bluegrass!image of bcb staff receiving check
From left to right: Chelsey Keesy, BCB; Colene Elridge, Junior League of Lexington Committee Chair; Theresa Thomas, BCB
Gifting Night with the Lexington Lions Club 
 
BCB would like to extend a sincere and heart-felt thank you to the members of the Lexington Lions Club for their generosity and continued support. On Tuesday, November 24th, representatives from BCB joined other charities being recognized by the Lexington Lions Club on their annual Gifting Night. The Lions Club works diligently throughout the year doing volunteer work and fundraising for numerous nonprofit organizations, but is best known for their tireless efforts of planning, organizing, and running the Bluegrass Fair. The Lions Club chooses to invest these funds into the services of local nonprofit agencies working hard to better our community. BCB is grateful for the generosity of the Lexington Lions Club and values their partnership.
Susan and Theresa accepting Lions Club grant check
From left to right: Susan Ament, BCB; Theresa Thomas, BCB; Mac Ferguson, President of the Lexington Lions Club; Walt Coleman, Treasurer of the Lexington Lions Club
The Kentucky Council of the Blind State Convention was held at the Ramada North in Louisville on November 13th and 14th. BCB member and past Executive Director, Paula Wiese, was presented the William A. Routh award by Deanna Scoggins during the banquet proceedings Saturday evening for her outstanding volunteer service at the national and state level on behalf of blind and vision impaired people. A well-deserved award for a truly dedicated individual. Congratulations, Paula!
 
Paula's award
 
Calling All BCB Mentors and Potential Mentors!
  
The next training session for BCB Mentors is on December 10, 2015 from 9:30am until noon and will be held at the BCB office. This is an exciting opportunity to give back and pass on to others new to sight loss some of the skills you have learned dealing with your own visual impairment.
 
Those new to the BCB Mentor Program and wishing to become Mentors will need to come for the entire training starting at 9:30am. Current BCB Mentors will need to be there only from 10:30 to noon. The second half of the training will focus on relationship skills training and discussion. This will provide a basic overview for the new mentors and also serve as a refresher for the current mentors.
 
The training is open to anyone wanting to learn more about mentoring and does not commit one to becoming a BCB Mentor. You will receive an overview of the BCB Mentoring Program, requirements, and expectations of becoming a BCB Mentor, and learn skills that will facilitate your mentoring relationships. Contact Dr. Susan Ament (susana@bcbky.org, 859-259-1834) for more information and to sign up.
Click below to subscribe to our shared calendar and view all BCB events on your iPhone or Outlook calendar!
 
 
December Calendar
Topic of the Month: Community & Giving
 
Tuesday, December 1st - Giving Tuesday/KY Gives Day! KY Gives Day is an online 24-hour annual fundraising event bringing charities and Kentuckians - near and far - together for a powerful day of action! Contribute your annual donation to BCB right now by clicking here!
 
Thursday, December 3rd - Quarterly Membership Meeting and Annual Holiday Party from 4pm to 7pm at the BCB office. If you are interested in participating in our usual Dirty Santa gift exchange, bring a wrapped gift with an approximate value of $10. BCB will provide the main food course, BCB Board Members will bring a dish, and anyone else is welcome to bring food, too!
 
Thursday, December 10th - Mentor Training Session 9am to noon at the BCB office. See above article for more details and contact Dr. Susan Ament at the office for more information or to sign up - 859-259-1834 or email susana@bcbky.org
 
Thursday, December 24th and Friday, December 25th - BCB will be closed in observance of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
 
Friday, January 1st - BCB will be closed in observance of New Year's Day.
 
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 
 
Tess Flynn - December 5th
Paula Wiese - December 8th
Paul Scott - December 9th
Susan Ament - December 11th
Sara Faulkner - December 16th
Linda Owens - December 19th
Angela Rae - December 28th
Judy Potter - December 30th
 
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