By Patricia A. Russell, Chapter President
Each year, the Philadelphia Regional Chapter presents two service awards, named for two of the most significant members in its history. Following a truncated business meeting on Saturday, June 11, PRC continued a new approach to this annual occasion, begun last year, by holding the 2016 Awards Ceremony as a brunch at Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ASB). The recipient of The 2016 Francis Williams Volunteer Service Award was Ms. Susan Horvath, a Librarian at the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Free Library of Philadelphia. The recipient of the 2016 Mae Davidow Community Service Award was the South Philadelphia Lions Club. Our special entertainment was provided by poet Anthony Bannister and singer Dimitrius Walker. There were refreshments and lots of fun!
PRC is hosting an Entrepreneur Day on Tuesday, October 18, from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at ASB, 919 Walnut Street, in rooms A, B, and C on the tenth floor. This event is designed to showcase businesses, products, services and ministries, particularly those owned or operated by, or for the benefit of, blind and visually impaired persons. The cost for vendors is $10 per table. There will be an opportunity during the day for brief presentations by vendors about their products and services. For more information, or to purchase a table, please phone me at 215-438-8250, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you happen to be visiting ASB prior to this event, you can also arrange for a table with Daisy Morgan at the front desk in the lobby. And if you’re in the neighborhood on October 18, stop by to check out the vendors and their products and services–no charge to browse and shop!
As part of our chapter’s continuing efforts to have stronger visibility in the community, PRC members will, again this year, help train sighted volunteers on how to interact with and assist visually impaired persons at the 2016 Recreation Fest, which is being held at the Carousel House, Belmont Avenue and Avenue of the Republic, on Saturday, September 24, 2016, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Rec Fest is sponsored by the Global Abilities Foundation, Bayada Home Health Care, and the Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission on People with Disabilities.