By George S. Holliday, President
In December 2014, the members of the Philadelphia Metro Council of the Blind (PMCB) celebrated their first anniversary. The chapter officially received its chapter charter at the 2014 PCB Convention and Conference, held in Johnstown. Currently, the membership has increased to twenty-seven individuals. Our purpose is to promote the social and economic welfare of persons who are blind and those with low vision in the greater Philadelphia area.
Members and welcome guests of PMCB meet regularly on the second Thursday of the month at Wills Eye hospital, 840 Walnut Street, in the eighth floor classroom. Meetings run from 4:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. After the meeting, members and guests gather to dine and socialize at the Midtown Restaurant, 122 South Eleventh Street. This is on the southwest corner of Eleventh and Samson Streets. Visitors are welcome.
At this time, one of our goals is to keep the business portion of the meeting to approximately forty-five minutes. If additional time is needed, periodic conference calls are held to conduct business. The remainder of the meeting time is devoted to programming. Our program will be publicized and all are welcome to attend. Some future program topics will include PIAT services, estate planning, nutrition, and technology.
Looking ahead, the chapter will be holding a raffle which will be drawn at the 2015 PCB Convention and Conference in Harrisburg. You do not have to be present to win. Tickets are available for a donation of $10 and the prizes are as follows:
- First place: The cost of staying two nights at the 2015 PCB Convention and Conference or the equivalent.
- Second Place: $50.00 toward transportation.
- Third place: A banquet ticket or the equivalent.
Tickets are currently available by contacting a PMCB chapter member. Tickets will also be available at the convention.
The PMCB 2015 officers are as follows:
George Holliday, President
Jim O’Neil, Vice President
Brent Kessler, Treasurer
Stewart Hughes, Corresponding Secretary
Rose Martin, Recording Secretary
Pam Shaw, Director