Letter from the President
Fall is here again, in its entire splendor; the cooler brisk days we have been looking forward to and longing to hold on to them for as long as Mother Nature will allow. We are returning to the busyness of bringing our lives back from our summer adventures and relaxation. It also means it is time to convene for the Annual Conference of the American Council of the Blind of Maine.
We will gather this year at the Senator Inn in Augusta on Saturday October 24th. It is better to pre-register as soon as possible; which may be arranged by contacting Cheryl Peabody at 872-7594. The Senator asks for our numbers by Monday the 19th in order to complete our menu. Registration at the door will begin at 8:30am and we will call the meeting to order by 9:15.
ONE HUNDRED TWELVE YEARS
AND MOVING FORWARD
We will be introducing interesting speakers and presentations that we may not have heard at previous meetings.
For the past eight years Vanda Pharmaceuticals has been working with the National ACB and many affiliates concerning the “NON 24” sleep disorder effecting blind people. You may have seen the commercials about this topic on television. Dr. Ahmad Ali neurologist and Mr. Ed Garland will be joining us representing Vanda and opening up a new conversation. We are very excited to be hearing from Maine’s own Lindsay Ball, and her recent skiing experiences with the Paralympics. Whitney Mooney from the National Braille Press will be sharing the services that are available to enhance the lives of blind and visually impaired persons of all generations.
Karen Cote and Jim Phipps have also been invited to share thoughts in our afternoon session.
As I was listening to the news this week, something that Viola Davis said resonated with me. Viola is the first woman of color to receive an Emmy Award. In her statement which said that the plight of race discrimination has been fought for over 637 years, and it still continues, but it was the rest of her statement that caught my attention, and may be applied to A C B as well. She said: “it is not the end of the race when you make an accomplishment, it is only your turn to carry the baton”. I feel this may be in part true for the American Council of the Blind of Maine. Our organization, although it has changed names many times, has made successful strides in the lives of the blind community of Maine. As we look back over the past 112 years and strive towards the future, we must always be aware that Our race is not over or finished. When members take on a role of leadership, the baton will once again be handed off to assist, from the youngest to the oldest, and to also promote the independence, equality of opportunity and quality of life for all people in Maine who are blind and visually impaired.
We look forward to seeing you, and please bring along a guest to hear what is happening in Maine and around the country to improve our lives.
*** PLEASE REMEMBER ***
Out of respect for those who have allergies, we will continue to be a fragrance free convention.
Thank you all, and we hope to see you in October!
Mary Ellen Frost