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 Rich Vonderhaar and Edited by Rita Kersh.
Rich may be reached at 812-675-0065. Cell 317-709-8159. Email rich vonderhaar
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN SCAVI
Our next meeting will be Monday, September 10 (due to the Labor Day holiday), at the Bedford Free Methodist Church, 630 R Street in the Fellowship Hall in the basement at 9:30 A.M. We will be discussing plans for our chapter for the rest of 2018.
- Sally Ridge Sept. 2
- Brenda Eads Sept. 15
- Regina Vonderhaar Sept. 24
MAKE PLANS FOR THE STATE CONVENTION By Rita Kersh, Chair, Convention planning committee
Coming soon in your “Focus on ACBI” newsletter will be everything you need to know about the convention coming up the weekend of November 2-4 in Indianapolis. There will be something for just about everyone. Our big attraction is the tour of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We’ll have over 20 vendors and exhibitors to visit. Our auction is always a big hit and there are super nice items to bid on. Several of our SCAVI members are planning on attending so we’re working on transportation for those who need it. For participants with hearing problems there will be Assistive Listening Devices that will allow the individual using it to hear the people using the microphones. If you have question, please let me know. I hope to see most of our chapter members in Indianapolis!
Denise Mullis was kind enough to read the following poem at our last meeting. We thought we would share it in this newsletter for those who were
not in attendance.
If nobody smiled and nobody helped us along,
If everybody looked after himself and good things all went to the strong;
if nobody cared just a little for you and nobody thought of me,
and we all stood alone in the battle of life what a dreary old world this would be
Life is sweet just because of the friends we have made and the things which in common we share,
we want to live on not because of our selfishness but because of the people who care;
it’s giving and doing for somebody else on that all life’s splendor depends,
and the joy of this world when it’s all added up is found in the making of friends.
TRANSPORTATION UPDATE BY RICH VONDERHAAR
At our July meeting, we were fortunate to have Lisa Salyers from Rural Transit tell us about their service. Earlier this month Regina and I used the service to go from Bedford to Olive Garden in Bloomington and found their service both helpful and easy to use. At first I was a bit hesitant to put my personal experience in this newsletter, but after some thought the idea struck me that finding reliable transportation is an ongoing problem of the visually impaired. That isn’t a complaint, but it is a fact. SCAVI is all about sharing things to help one another. That is what we do, that is what we are about, that is why we are strong. Perhaps this little bit of positive news will help someone sometime.
The meeting of the South Central Association of the Visually Impaired was held on Monday, August 6, 2018 at 9:30 am in the basement of the Free Methodist Church fellowship hall. Present at the meeting were Rich and Regina Vonderhaar, Rita Kersh, Denise Mullis, Don and Betty Shackmann, Mike and Dolly Sowder. Rich and Denise informed the group about members who were sick. We conducted a support session for new members in which Brenda, Dolly and Rita told their stories about sight loss. Regina made a motion to approve July minutes, Brenda seconded and the motion passed. We began planning for our October chili supper. We adjourned the meeting at 10:45 am. Respectfully Submitted by President Rich Vonderhaar