By Liz Oleksa, LVCB President
The Lehigh Valley Council of the Blind (LVCB) is drifting towards a new year, but not before wrapping up a great 2018. LVCB continues to strive to be the leading advocacy and peer support network in the Lehigh Valley for those living with blindness and visual impairments. We work together as a team to support one another through our challenges and accomplishments. It takes each member to help LVCB be the incredible organization that it is today. So, a huge THANK YOU to all of our members, near and far!!!
Our fundraising efforts continued as we held our annual hot dog sale September 22 and 23, 2018. Our thoughts were to try a hot dog sale in the fall instead of the early summer months, as schedules lighten and the weather begins to cool down. We also shortened our sale from three days, down to two days, and had great success. Our Gertrude Hawke chocolate candy bar sales also were another hit this year. Flavors ranging from milk chocolate, to mint chocolate, to dark chocolate raspberry and so many more sold like…well…like chocolate bars. At only $1 per bar, they made a great snack and pick-me-up, but an even better fundraiser. We look forward to doing this fundraiser again next year.
As the 2018 year wraps up, LVCB reveals our new 2019 officers as well as updated committees. We look forward to seeing what this new combination of member committees will bring for not only our chapter, but our community. Our 2019 officers were selected at our November 17th meeting. The officers are as follows: President, Liz Oleksa; Vice President, Gary Dvorshak; Treasurer, Jameel Memon; Recording Secretary, Debbie Rozear; Corresponding Secretary, Dianne Michels. We welcome all members into their new positions and look forward to working together to make an even stronger LVCB in 2019.
LVCB recognizes a member each month as the LVCB Member of the Month. September was Rita Lang, October was Jim Hauser, November was Elaine Young and December is Trudy Fatzinger. Congratulations to all our Members of the Month for standing out and being a special part of our chapter!
LVCB plans on holding our Winter Luncheon on Saturday, December 8th, 2018 at Superior Restaurant in Emmaus, PA from 11am until 2Pm. We are looking forward to sharing in friendship, good food and celebration as we close 2018 and welcome in a sparkling 2019.