By Nancy Scott, At-large Discussion Coordinator
Last September, a new Pennsylvania Council of the Blind group held its first telephone meeting. It was the at-large informal chat group. That first meeting allowed people to introduce themselves- work experience, hobbies, cane or guide dog, braille or speech or large print. We would meet every other month at 11 a.m. on the first Saturday—alternating month’s with the more formal at-large phone conference. We wanted what chapter members would feel if they had coffee together.
We have continued our every other month dial-in get-togethers. We have grown some. We have found discussion topics and given suggestions to PCB leadership.
By the time you read this, we will be one year-old and counting. We’ve talked about low tech gadgets, personal goals, braille accessibility to state information, bill paying methods for blind people, an introduction to the Victor Stream, and the PCB Advocacy Challenge.
The informal chat group is always looking for more PCB at-large members to join and participate. We have fun. We teach and motivate each other. You can come in slippers and pajamas. You can call in when there is three feet of snow on the ground. All you need is a phone, a quiet place, and an hour or so every other month. It is preferable to have unlimited long distance, but we try to three-way people in who do not have it yet.
I’m proud of our little band of innovators. We are creating a model for what future advocacy meetings could look like. I know that year two will be even more interesting.
If you would like to learn more about the PCB at-large discussions and conference calls, contact Nancy Scott at 610-253-9073 or call the PCB office at 877-617-7407.