An Explosion of News

By Mary Ann Grignon, Membership Coordinator

With spring on its way, the Membership Development Team seems to have renewed energy and vigor resulting in great new ideas for engaging our members.

First, let me thank all those who completed the “Getting to Know You Survey” and were entered to win a $50 visa gift card. Our lucky winners of that contest were Joanne Hollinger, Rodger Simmons and William Grigsby. Congratulations!

As always, we are hosting fun and informative discussion calls. What makes them so much fun you ask? You’ll have to join us to find out. We collect ideas from you, our members, to touch upon those subjects you want to talk about.

Also, did you know that PCB has formed a new chapter? That’s right, we now have PA Guide Dog Users and Supporters (PAGDUS). If you would like to join the group, either because you are a guide dog user or you support them in some way, simply contact the PCB office to request an invitation to be added to the PAGDUS listserv or to learn about meetings and discussion topics. If you are looking for a primary chapter, dues are just $12. If you already belong to another chapter but want to join PAGDUS as well, then just pay $2 to the PCB office and you’re in.

Don’t stop reading yet, if you do, you’ll miss out on some new opportunities!

Let’s talk about first-timer scholarships for attending our PCB Conference and Convention. We will once again give away a scholarship to a PCB member who has never been to a conference, an adjustment to blindness scholarship to anyone who both has never been to a conference and who is adjusting to new vision loss and 3 student scholarships as well. As in years past, all applications for these opportunities need to be completed by September 15. You need only write to me at with a brief bio telling me who you are and how you would benefit from attendance at our state conference and convention.

Now that’s all familiar to you but there is a new twist for this year’s conference. So, if you are a student, plan on being a student by the fall or know someone who is or will be a student, then keep reading!

This year, PCB’s board of directors has established a $500 Student Merit Award to be presented at our annual conference. So, in addition to receiving a conference scholarship, one lucky student will also win the $500 prize. Stay tuned for further details on how to enter as a contender for this opportunity.

Now, for something else brand new! The membership team would like to hear from members who are entrepreneurs. Whether you have a home-based business, teach tech stuff, are a vendor, or anything at all, we would like to know more about you and your business. We have a plethora of ideas for networking and maybe even promoting your business among our members and beyond. For one thing, we are interested in creating a directory of businesses run by our members. Would you be willing to share your knowledge about creating an entrepreneurial opportunity, then maybe you would consider hosting a discussion call? If you would like to share your story or your business information, please contact me at

Finally, I want to remind everyone that your participation in completing the “Getting to Know you Survey” helps us to offer opportunities that meet your needs and serve your interests. If you haven’t completed yours yet, it’s not too late to do so.

Thanks to my team for their hard work: Nan Scott; Rosemary Martin; George Holliday; Cathy Long; Mike Gravitt, our secretary; William Grignon and of course our president, Sue Lichtenfels.

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