Long Range Update
By Joseph Wassermann, Chair
Members of the Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) were saddened to hear of the passing of Ray Bogardus. He was a long-time member of this committee. The loss of his contributions to PCB and the Capital City chapter will be significant.
With the serious loss of membership, much thought and discussion continues to be given to some of our smaller, rural chapters. A few of us will be calling strategic members of these chapters to see if we can assist in any way. A helping hand needs to be extended so that we might retain these members in as active a role as possible.
The LRPC has been discussing building collaborative relationships with the various branches of the PA Association for the Blind (PAB) as well as with Lions Clubs. Tony Swartz and Sue Lichtenfels worked together on an article for “The Pride,” the statewide publication of the Lions. The article was published in its summer issue and explains PCB’s work. As part of next year’s PA Lions State Convention in Lancaster, we hope PCB can conduct a workshop to make Lions members more aware of vision-loss issues. This world-known organization could be very useful in helping us carry out various aspects of our mission. At the same time, PCB could be very supportive of many of their works.
The last leadership call with chapter presidents sparked some discussion and interest in some type of leadership training. The LRPC will be developing such training in the upcoming months. Our goal is to offer telephone-based sessions in the early spring. Notice of these opportunities will be published in the next issue of “The PCB Advocate.”
When we meet in October 2015, it will be a rather significant time. Not only is October “Disability Awareness Month,” but 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. To commemorate both, our committee is considering what type of outreach event we might offer at the convention, perhaps in conjunction with the Lions or the PAB. We should then do everything in our power to attract legislative people as well as members of the public to the event. It’s time that these three letters of the alphabet (PCB) become known as the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind, and time that Pennsylvanians know who we are and what we do.