Hello to all.
One of the highlights of ACB Maine is our annual fall Convention , which this year was held in Bangor. Our convention this year was delightfully graced when Sue and Jim Martin agreed to come to Maine from Alabama and join the festivities. A few of us heard Sue talk last year about completing her new book, “Out of the Whirlpool”. This year Sue was the keynote speaker at the National Guide Dog Luncheon in Columbus Ohio. she shared her story once again and brought along one hundred special addition copies in print and another hundred thumb drives with the book on audio. When Sue agreed to be the after dinner speaker here in Maine, telling her polished life story of depression, attempted suicide, recovery, her blind rehabilitation and the miraculous, grateful life she lives now, everyone wanted to be where it was happening!
The ACB convention took on a new spark and energy this year. People were wanting to know what ACB Maine had been up to, and what our plan for the future holds. Attendees wanted to be a part of the positive energy that is pushing us forward. Now, one hundred ten years of advocacy will lead ACB Maine into 2014. Conversations and ideas from new and reelected board members will bring fourth events to advocate, educate and lend support to the blind community of Maine. We also plan to join again this year with Maine Adaptive Sports, enjoying and promoting their full range of activities. We hope to sponsor day events , inviting families with young and transition students to become involved with the benefits offered and achieved by the American Council of the Blind.
It is my honor to be associated with the American Council of the Blind of Maine, and as your president, I am excited at the possibilities that 2014 holds for the members of ACB Maine, and the blind community as a whole.
Thank you one and all for your continued efforts and support, and here’s hoping you all have a happy and healthy holiday season.
Mary Ellen Frost