By Elizabeth A. Oleksa, President
With a new year come new and exciting changes. For LVCB, 2017 means the installation of some new officers, and some fresh new ideas!! Our membership had been fluctuating over the past several years, so we have been implementing some new contemporary technology and trendy monthly themes to help to increase our membership, always promoting our organization. Currently, LVCB has 39 members and is still growing!
For 2017, each month, we have had time set aside for getting to better know one another either through group discussion, or by having guest speakers come and join us. In January, we enjoyed an ice-breaker activity at the end of our meeting to introduce each of our members, learn a little about their sight loss or current vision, and how they got involved with our Lehigh Valley Council of the Blind group. This provided us all the opportunity to see how much or how little we all really have in common, and to be able to realize the variety of incredible individuals that truly make up our organization.
In February, we had a guest speaker, Rebecca, come in from a local agency to explain the Pennsylvania Assistive Technology foundation (PATF). She explained the program and offered to help members apply for a PATF loan if they are interested.
For our next meeting coming up in March, we are welcoming an inspirational humorist, Miss Mary Starshine, who will help us to reduce our stress levels by laughing a lot, lightening up and seeing the lighter brighter sides of life!
LVCB has been taking part in several community awareness efforts. We have partnered up with both the Lehigh and Northampton County Puppy Raiser Clubs for the Seeing-Eye. Together we have attended activities at local bowling alleys, Iron Pigs Baseball games, a field trip to Longwood Gardens in Philadelphia, and more. Several members of LVCB have also taken time to go out to Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops; schools; and local independent living facilities to talk about blindness, visual impairments, and guide dogs, all while promoting LVCB and PCB.
Would you be interested in knowing more about LVCB? Stay tuned for follow-up articles in The PCB Advocate. Maybe you would be interested in joining us for one of our monthly meetings to see what our group is like? Or if you have access to Facebook and you would like to check out and like our page. It can be found at: www.facebook.com/LehighValleyCouncilofTheBlind123/.
Wishing all our friends in PCB Happy advocating, and reminding us all that “new visions lie ahead with LVCB” so come and see what we are all about!