A monthly newsletter of the South Central Association of the Visually Impaired

SCAVI, P.O. Box 2216, Bedford, IN 47421

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Newsletter written and produced by President Rita Kersh.

Rita can be reached at 812-278-3038 or e-mail at hoosierrita60\

January 2023



Our next meeting will be on Monday, January 2 at 9:30 a.m. at the Bedford Free Methodist Church, 630 R Street, in the basement Fellowship Hall.


Doug Eads Jan. 1


Big Mac Salad

-3oz cooked 95% lean ground beef, Crumbled

-2 cups lettuce, Diced

-1⁄4 cup dill pickle, Diced

-1⁄4 cup uncooked onion, Diced

-1 oz Light cheddar cheese, Shredded

-2 Tbsp light Thousand Island salad dressing

Cook & drain ground beef. Mix lettuce, dill pickles, & onions. Combine ground beef (ground turkey or chicken if you prefer), cheese, & dressing. Enjoy.…


If you haven't already done so, please pay your dues of $9 to our treasurer, Cindy Brooking. You can mail your dues to:

SCAVI, PO Box 2216, Bedford, IN 47421


ACB 2023 Leadership Conference

ACB's 2023 Leadership Conference will have both a virtual and an in-person component. Registration for the conference opens on Tuesday, January 31st and will cost $25. ACB's Presidents' Meeting and Legislative Seminar will take place virtually from March 4-7, and will include a Fireside Chat on Sunday, March 5.

The in-person portion of the Leadership Conference will take place at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town from March 9-12 in Alexandria, Va.

For more details, visit

Report Finds Blind and Disabled Veterans Can't Access VA Websites

A new report from the U.S. Senate Aging Committee is taking U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to task for neglecting accessibility issues on its websites. Despite the fact that 27 percent of all veterans have a service-connected disability — and more than 1 million veterans are blind or have low vision — only 8 percent of VA's public-facing websites and 6 percent of its internal sites are fully compliant with federal accessibility law, according to the report released Wednesday. The issue with VA websites is a sign of a larger problem with accessibility at the federal level that has persisted for years. Read the full Washington Post article at:


The SCAVI meeting was held on November 7 at 9:30 AM. The meeting was called to order by Cindy Brooking. Our president, Regina Vonderhaar and our secretary, Rich Vonderhaar have relocated to Indianapolis. Those present for this meeting included Cindy Brooking, Doug and Brenda Eads, Ida Galey, Rita Kersh, Mike and Dolly Sowder, James and Karen Veen and Denise Mullis.

Dolly Sowder moved that we accept the October minutes. Brenda Eads seconded it. The minutes were approved.

The balance for SCAVI is currently $4581.38. Recent expenditures include convention fees.

The fee for our Post Office Box will increase to $166 in 2023. It has been paid with the help of American Council of the Blind of Indiana (ACBI). The cost is covered by 50% ACBI and 50% SCAVI. The council does not want to mail any items to homes.

Rita Kersh moved that we accept the treasurer's report. It was seconded by Brenda Eads. It was approved.

For the auction, we are submitting two items that the convention will benefit from and four items that will benefit SCAVI.

We discussed our Christmas Party. It will be December 10 at noon at our usual meeting place. It was suggested that we invite the minister and his wife. Cindy will be bringing drinks and pulled pork. Mike and Dolly will bring paper products and those attending will pitch in additional food.

The annual convention will begin on Friday, November 11 at noon. Cindy reviewed the schedule of events.

Our annual dues are $9. Some members paid at the meeting. Those who haven't paid yet, can bring their dues to the Christmas party.

An election of officers was held. Rita Kersh was elected president. Vice President is Brenda Eads. Denise Mullis is the new secretary. Cindy Brooking retains her position of treasurer. Board members will include Ida Galey for a one year term, Jim Veen for a two year term, and Loney Galey for a 3 year term.

A motion was made to adjourn and seconded. All agreed.

Minutes were submitted by Denise Mullis