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The Palmetto Blind
The Voice of the NFB of SC

 

The Palmetto Blind

 

The voice of the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina

 

 

Living the Life You Want!

 

Picture Caption:

NFB of SC Board Member Ed Bible (left) Proudly Displays Presidential Citation Awarded by President Frank Coppel at Greenville State Convention for both voluntary and career service in giving blind South Carolinians the life they want.

 

 

FALL/WINTER 2017

 

The PALMETTO BLIND, published twice a year in large print, in digital format, email and Braille by the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina. David Houck, Editor. The National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina is chartered under the laws of the state of South Carolina to promote the spiritual, social and economic well-being of all blind South Carolinians. The state organization is an affiliate of the nation’s oldest and largest organization of the blind–the National Federation of the Blind.

The PALMETTO BLIND is the voice of the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina and is available free of charge to any blind individual or member in large print, Braille online or in a digital format from the SC Talking Book Services. Other subscribers are encouraged. If readers desire to do so, donations to cover the annual subscription cost of $10.00 per year may be made payable to the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina and sent to: Valerie Warrington, Treasurer, National Federation of the Blind of SC, 119 S. Kilbourne Rd., Columbia, SC 29205

Braille or large print copies may be retained for personal libraries.

Giving A Dream

One of the great satisfactions in life is having the opportunity to assist others. Consider making a gift to the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina to continue turning our dreams into reality. A gift to the NFB of SC is not merely a donation to an organization; it provides resources that will directly ensure a brighter future for all blind people.

Seize the Future

The National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina has special giving opportunities that will benefit the giver as well as the NFB of SC. Of course the largest benefit to the donor is the satisfaction of knowing that your gift is leaving a legacy of opportunity. However, gifts may be structured to provide more.

  • Helping the NFB of SC fulfill its mission
  • Realizing income tax savings through a charitable donation
  • Making capital gain tax savings on contributions of appreciated assets
  • Providing retained payments for the life of a donor or beneficiary
  • Eliminating or lowering federal estate tax in certain situations
  • Reducing estate settlement costs

NFB of SC programs are dynamic:

  • Making the study of literacy and technology a real possibility for blind children and adults • Providing hope and training for seniors losing vision
  • Promoting state and local programs to help blind people become first class citizens
  • Educating the public about blind people’s true potential
  • Advancing technology helpful to the blind
  • Creating a state and national library on the progress of blindness
  • Training and inspiring professionals working with the blind
  • Providing critical information to parents of blind children
  • Mentoring blind job seekers. Your gift makes you a partner in the NFB of SC dream. For further information or assistance, contact the NFB of SC, 119 S. Kilbourne Rd., Columbia, SC 29205. 803-254-3777 nfbsc@sc.rr.com or nfbofsc.org.

 

Honors and Remembrances

 

Support the blind of South Carolina by Honoring or Memorializing a Loved One

Please apply my gift to:

_____National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina

_____Rocky Bottom Retreat & Conference Center of the Blind

_____Federation Center of the Blind

Send check payable to the one you chose, address and mail to:

____________________________ (organization name)

119 S. Kilbourne Rd., Columbia, SC 29205

 

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  6. OR To Memorialize Someone Special:who resides at _________________________________________________________Please acknowledge me with a copy of this memorial letter:Address ______________________________________________________________  www.nfbofsc.org or email nfbsc@sc.rr.com or call 803-254-3777 for brochures.
  7. For more information regarding these organizations of the blind contact:
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Table of Contents

 

Table of Contents

Page

 

6       2017 NFB Orlando Convention By Frank Coppel

 

6       Letter from A Grateful Former NFB National Scholarship Winner

 

8       Marshall and Lois Tucker Celebrate 45th Anniversary

 

8       2017 NFB of SC Convention Enjoyable, Informative and Successful

By Frank Coppel & David Houck

 

13     Event to Raise Money for Camp at Rocky Bottom By Jason Evans, Staff Reporter, Pickens County Courier

 

14     Labor Day Fun Day Festival Raises Much Needed Funding for Rocky Bottom

By Frank Coppel

 

15     Meet our Rocky Bottom Resident Manager, Linda Bible By Etrulia Byrd

 

16     Second Fishing Trip to Outer Banks NC By Carey Burriss

 

16     From the President’s Desk By Frank Coppel

 

17     Successful Transitions Brochure

 

19     Our Alaskan Adventure By David Houck

 

22     From the Editor’s Desk By David Houck

 

23     2018 Calendar of Events: MFB of SC & RBRCCB by Frank Coppel

 

25     Final Thought

 

One MINUTE MESSAGE:

 

“The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day, we raise the expectations of blind people because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want: blindness is not what holds you back.”

 

2017 NFB Orlando Convention

By Frank Coppel

 

(Editor’s Note: Reprinted from the July 19, 2017 Positive Note)

 

Shelley and I had a wonderful time attending the 2017 NFB national convention. This was my thirty-fifth convention and this year’s convention ranked high on my list as one of the best conventions I have had the pleasure of attending. We had 2,485 federationists attend this year’s convention. South Carolina was proud to have sixty-two delegates which I feel was a pretty good turnout considering the fact we did not charter a bus. The convention had many outstanding presentations which dealt primarily with the need to have accessible technology as well as presentations from the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor, two members of Congress, and inspiring stories of blind individuals who succeeded in transforming their dreams into reality. During the general sessions there was a great deal of enthusiasm and energy which was felt throughout the ballroom. Of course, President Riccobono’s Presidential Report and Banquet address were outstanding.

The highlight of the convention as always is the Banquet. The NFB handed out thirty scholarships and these young men and women were extremely impressive.   The NFB national convention at times reminds me of a large family reunion and for Shelley and I, it was wonderful to reconnect and visit with friends we have not seen for a long period of time. Although I was proud of the approximately sixty plus South Carolinians who registered for this year’s convention, it was very disappointing to me to see the extremely poor attendance from our delegation at most of the general sessions. One of the primary purposes of the national convention is to become more familiar with issues facing the blind on a national level and this is very difficult to do if you are not present at the general sessions.

 

Letter from A Grateful Former NFB National Scholarship Winner

 

(Editor’s Note: The letter below was received on June 20, 2017 which expresses appreciation from the Donald C. and Betty R. Capps Scholarship recipient at the 2014 NFB Convention. The letter is self-explanatory.)

June 16, 2017

Katlyn MacIntyre

Scottsdale, AZ

Dear Mr. & Mrs. Capps:

My name is Katlyn MacIntyre and I received your very generous Donald C. and Betty R. Capps Scholarship at the National Federation of the Blind National Convention in 2014. Please forgive me for the delay in my response to your letter from that summer – I lost it in the bustle of moving to Pennsylvania for my graduate studies and I just found it again today as I’m getting ready to move to Wisconsin.

I cannot thank you enough for the incredible impact your scholarship had on my life. Firstly, the money greatly helped me fund my graduate education at Carnegie Mellon University. I recently graduated with my Master of Music in Vocal Performance with honors and debt free, and that would not have been possible without your generous contribution. Throughout my time at CMU, I gave many performances of classical and jazz music in a multitude of languages; premiered a contemporary opera with CMU and the Pittsburgh Opera, sang the role of The Countess in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and took numerous language courses, advanced music theory and history, and lessons with world renowned teachers and clinicians. The experiences during my master’s program have shaped me to be the singer, performer and person I am today. I continue to pursue music from opera to jazz and also enjoy sharing my story through motivational speaking for all audiences. If you’d like to hear some of my music, please visit my website: www. Katelynmac.com.   Additionally, the NFB convention in 2014 was my first full exposure to this marvelous organization. My parents raised me with wonderful blindness philosophy for all my life, but nothing compared to my first exposure to such a dynamic, encouraging and challenging convention of 2,500 fellow blind people living the lives they want. Because of receiving the scholarship, I was blessed to attend my first NFB convention and have since become deeply involved. I am currently serving as Vice President of the NFB Performing Arts Division, have attended several years advocating for rights at Washington Seminars in DC, and have learned and shared much with my fellow federationists. The NFB has been such a blessing and encouragement to me, and I would not have been given that experience had it not been for receiving your scholarship which brought me to the convention in the first place. Thus, again, thank you for investing in students who are pursuing our goals and dreams. You are making a difference.

Lastly, I recently became engaged and will be marrying my fiancé Luke in just two weeks, hence my relocation from Arizona to Wisconsin. I am so thankful for all of the joys and exciting happenings in my life.

I hope to connect with you in the future, and again, thank you for your support!

Warmest regards,

Katlyn MacIntyre

Dr. Capps made the following response:

June 21, 2017

Katlyn MacIntyre

33838 N. 83rd St.

Scottsdale, AZ 85266

Dear Katlyn:

Thank you for your nice letter.

We’re happy to see the great progress in your career. Congratulations on your upcoming marriage. If I may help you in the future, please feel free to call on me.

Kind regards, Donald C. Capps, President Emeritus, NFB of SC

 

Marshall and Lois Tucker Celebrate 45th Anniversary

 

Published July 23, 2017

Marshall and Lois Bolton Tucker of Columbia will soon celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary. They were married July 29, 1972, at the National Federation Center of the Blind of South Carolina.

Both are graduates of the Cedar Springs School for the Deaf and Blind in Spartanburg.

Mrs. Tucker was first employed with Kohn’s Department Store for five years. She then joined Seibels Bruce as a switchboard operator; she retired as supervisor after 25 years.

Mr. Tucker is retired from his career as a successful piano tuner. He spent 21 years with Rice Music Company and five years with Haven’s Music Company before opening his own business, finally retiring in 1991.

Mrs. Tucker now enjoys being a homemaker, while Mr. Tucker finds pleasure in playing the piano and organ, as well as listening to music.

Both are avid readers and dedicated Sunday School teachers at Calvary Baptist Church on South Kilbourne Road. They both use their computer to research their Sunday School lessons and find new music to use at church.

They will spend their anniversary visiting friends and family and would welcome phone calls with congratulations.

 

2017 NFB of SC Convention Enjoyable, Informative and Successful

By Frank Coppel & David Houck

 

(Editor’s Note: President Coppel reported in the Positive Note on Wednesday following the state convention)

 

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Friday evening Reception

Dorothy Barksdale invocation

 

“The sixty-first annual State Convention of the NFB of SC was held in Greenville on August 18 to 20 and from all indications it was very successful. 134 individuals attended this year’s convention which began Friday afternoon with the RBRCCB Board of Directors meeting followed by the meeting of the NFB of SC Board of Directors and other division and committee meetings. Many thanks go to Jamie Allison, President of the Cherokee County Chapter, and her team as well as Ernest Gallman, our DJ for the reception Friday evening, who got the convention festivities off to a resounding start. Hats off to J.W. Smith and the Greenville Chapter for doing a great job as the host chapter of this year’s convention. Lenora Robertson, Door prize Chairperson, as always did a great job dispersing door prizes throughout the weekend. This year we were honored to have Ever Lee Hairston, member of the Board of Directors of the National Federation of the Blind and state president of the NFB of California, as our National Representative for the convention. Mrs. Hairston gave a thorough National Report and she did an excellent job participating on the “Why am I a Federationist” panel Saturday afternoon. Ever Lee’s banquet Speech Saturday evening was outstanding as was noted by the audience who gave her a resounding standing ovation. The NFB of SC recognized Tiffiny Mitchell of the Columbia Chapter, as the recipient of the Donald C. Capps Award and Juanita Frink of the Conway Chapter as the recipient of the Associate Member of the Year Award. The Morley Company, a subsidiary of BMW was the recipient of the Employer of the Year Award. The NFB of SC recognized Rhonda Thompson of the South Carolina Commission for the Blind for her commitment to provide quality services to the senior blind of the state as she was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. Ed Bible was recognized for his outstanding work with the blind during the past thirty-two years in the areas of training and employment as he was the recipient of the NFB of SC’s Presidential Citation. Another highlight of the banquet was the awarding of scholarships totaling $4,650 to three outstanding college students. I also like to thank the membership of the NFB of SC for their awesome generosity which was demonstrated during the Banquet fundraiser. We were able to quickly raise $8,121 which will be used to promote the programs of the NFB of SC. Elections were held Sunday morning and the following individuals were unanimously elected to the following board positions; District one, Loretta Green of Upper Dorchester, District three, Keith Redding, of Laurens, District Five, Linda Dizzley, Lee County, and the two members-at-large Isaiah Nelson and Ed Bible, of Columbia. Tiffiny Mitchell was unanimously elected by the convention to fill the one year remaining on the member-at-large position previously held by Loretta Green. As all of you know, many details need to be considered when planning and presiding over a state convention. I would like to thank David Houck who did a great job coordinating registration, the exhibit hall, and taking care of many other details of the convention prior to his leaving for vacation. I especially would like to thank Catherine Williams who did a great job as Registration Chairperson during the weekend of the convention. Finally, I would like to thank the staff of “Successful Transitions” who assisted me with taking pictures during the convention and overseeing the exhibit area.”

 

Picture Captions:

Ever Lee Hairston

Ed Bible, Frank & Shelley Coppel

Loretta & Henry Green

 

I would like to thank Larry Warrington for live streaming the convention and placing access to it via our nfbofsc.org web site. This is a real blessing for those who for whatever reason cannot attend but can listen in and follow the proceedings. Prior to the convention, the agenda was posted on the web page and in other formats. However, nothing takes the place of actually being present at the convention. President Frank Coppel did an outstanding job putting the convention together. I know that former state Presidents Dr. Donald C. Capps, Parnell Diggs and Mark Riccobono, our current national President can tell you there are many details involved in planning and implementing such conventions. Hats off to President Coppel for all his hard work!

A few other highlights from the convention include our exhibitors. Our Gold Level Sponsor, 3D Photo Works specializes in three dimensional representations of pictures and designs like the 3D map of South Carolina which hangs in the meeting hall of the Federation Center in Columbia. Their contact information is John Olsen, 3D Photo Works, 124 Hudson Avenue, Chatham, NY 12037, Tel: 518-392-8161, Email: info@3dphotoworks.com, Web: www.3dphotoworks.com.

The AIRA Tech Corporation was of special interest. Wesley Friersen (4250 Executive Square Drive #200 La Jolla CA 92037, 408-931-4416) was their representative. Their specialty lies in access technology which gives the blind personal and wearable information like “On Star” for the blind. To contact them for further information, call 858-876-2472 or visit their web site at https://aira.io/#service.

VFO is a conglomeration of several brand names of products dealing with adaptive blindness technology such as Freedom Scientific, Ai Squared, Optelec and The Paciello Group. This combination of services gives the blind access to many different technologies. Their representative was Jerry Marindion, address 11800 31st. Ct. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33716, and phone 301-233-3669. Web page http://www.vfogroup.com/.

Sprint Vision Accessibility, represented by Diane Ducharme, 310 W. Joppa Rd., Towson, MD 21204, 410-458-9649. Their specialty is in accessible billing and reaches out for accessibility in their technological services.

Talking Book Services supplies digital reading machines and books along with other such services to the blind and others with reading disabilities free of charge. To contact Sandy Knowles, Director, 1500 Senate St., Columbia, SC 29201, phone 803-734-8650 or toll free at 800-922-7818 or (800)-922-7818 toll free, tbsbooks@statelibrary.sc.gov email, http://sctalkingbook.org/ web page.

Other exhibitors consisted of NFB of SC chapters and divisions.

The Commission for the Blind was well represented by Kyle Walker, Director of Consumer Services. He thanked Ed Bible for mentoring him with his longtime service at the Commission before he recently retired. He also thanked Jennifer Bazer and her Successful Transitions team for placing this new mentoring program by the NFB of SC on a solid platform in its first year of service to blind high school students. A new project, the Career Exploration Lab seeks to inspire blind students to explore careers in science, engineering, technology and math (STEM) by bringing in science and engineering professionals to talk about their career experiences. In fact, the initial nine students in the program were offered an internship at NASA because of the knowledge and interest they already possess.

Paige McCraw, President of the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind spoke concerning the ever increasing scope of services the School for the Blind provides. For instance, last year the School served 55 school districts, 320 children, 79 received orientation and mobility training services, 19 received adaptive technology access training, and made 130 contracts across the state to provide services. The Lee County Correctional Center now has 20 inmates producing 1,300 braille materials or about 179781 braille pages and 29,160 tactile graphics. Aside from serving textbooks in braille to blind children, the braille production center is also serving students in colleges like Clemson. Dr. McCraw stated she would also like to get a 3D printer as well. Both the North Carolina and Georgia Schools for the Blind sent staff to receive training at SCSDB and they were impressed with SCSDB’s level of technology access for their students such as the training and use of i-pads, etc.

Administrative Law Judge Parnell Diggs attended the convention and addressed the audience concerning living the life you want. Since the 1980’s Parnell grew up in the federation, became active in many aspects of leadership including state President of the NFB of SC for 15 years, worked as an attorney in Myrtle Beach, became Director of Governmental Affairs of the NFB and is now a Social Security Administrative Law Judge in Cincinnati, Ohio. We still have a lot to accomplish concerning being perceived and treated equally as are sighted individuals. This is one area that hinders our living the life we want.

NFB of SC President Frank Coppel gave the Presidential Report. We need to own up to our blindness, accept it and go on. You are a member of the NFB of SC, participate! Embrace the one minute message and live it. Be a mentor for other blind people. Spread the word about the NFB, its purpose and philosophy. We have had success in the fourth annual NFB BELL Academy, the new Successful Transitions mentoring program, and the Adaptive Computer Training program at the Federation Center has grown and turned the Center’s operations around. Our upcoming goals include an outstanding Leadership Seminar, work on membership growth, I want to travel to every chapter and get our social media up and running smoothly. We also need to look toward the future leadership of the NFB of SC. We must truly believe that we can live the life we want.

Our distinguished Luncheon keynote speaker was Federation Center Advisory Board member, Greenville attorney and former member of the General Assembly of South Carolina, the Honorable Theo Mitchell. His assistance concerning civil rights for the blind and other minorities is well known.

Sandy Knowles with SC Talking Book Services reported about the eclipse. Tactile eclipse booklets were available for the delegates. Refreshable braille displays and a new talking book machine with wireless capacity is in the works. Braille reading contests have been expanded to the adults, not just for the kids. Establishing book discussion clubs are also being discussed. Looking into downloading patron centered requested books onto cartridges.

The Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center of the Blind Report revealed the importance of Frank Coppel as Chairman and Ed Bible as Vice Chairman working together. Much work is being done to improve the facilities and the hiring of Linda Bible as Resident Manager has improved the facilities, grounds and service to our guests both blind and sighted. Outside volunteer assistance also began to grow quickly. Ed Bible stated that we need to look into greater participation in the camp, especially in the off season. Jennifer Bazer spoke on the successful Children’s Camp this summer. Chairman Frank Coppel addressed both the fall Senior Camp and the Labor Day Fun Day Festival with all its attractions.

Debra Canty and Ed Bible gave the Federation Center report. Trustee Board Chair Debra Canty emphasized proper funding for the Center over the past two years and this has taken place. Vice Chairman Ed Bible reported on the improvements in our adaptive computer training program to include statewide virtual training. We are looking into even going outside the Commission’s scope of services in training into the public sector. The training is serving 12 blind students currently with three blind instructors. Over 1,000 hours of training has been made so far in 2017.

Jennifer Bazer, Director of the Successful Transitions mentoring program gave an overview of the program as South Carolina is the only state accomplishing this service for blind high school students. Lessons Involving Future Exploration “LIFE” includes Advocacy, career readiness, work based learning and college tours. These are the tools for employment. She then introduced her hard working team members. Approximately 200 students have been served in our first year.

Those speaking on the panel “Why I am a Federationist” included Cherokee Chapter President Jamie Allison, Columbia Chapter President Tiffiny Mitchell, Lee County Chapter President Linda Dizzley and Sarah Massengale, a member of the Clarendon County Chapter and a college student with a talented singing voice. Each gave inspiring stories about overcoming blindness, becoming federationists, with most rising to leadership of their chapter and most now serving on the Board of Directors of the NFB of SC.

The chapter and division reports offer the opportunity for chapter presidents to share their experiences and accomplishments with the convention delegates. Ever Lee Hairston, our NFB National Representative from the NFB of California delivered the keynote Banquet address. Mrs. Hairston emphasized the purpose of having goals in order to make change happen in your life. The ingredients for change include courage, commitment, competence and confidence.

Following the presentation of several leadership service awards during the banquet was the awarding of scholarships by Chairperson Shannon Cook to Michael Duffell-Hoffman who will be attending the Rochester School of Technology and received $900, Jay Thompkins of Greenville who received $1,500 and Sarah Massengale who is a Public Relations major who received $2,000. The Banquet fundraiser was also spectacular as usual. The Sunday morning session as reported by Frank Coppel above was inspiring especially Dorothy Barksdale’s Devotional and Memorial Service.

These are just the convention highlights but you can listen to the NFB of SC convention sessions by visiting the nfbofsc.org web page and accessing the 2017 convention web link.

 

 

Event to raise money for camp at Rocky Bottom

By Jason Evans, Staff Reporter, Pickens County Courier

 

Picture Caption: Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center of the Blind will have a Fun Day event on Saturday to raise money for the camp. Photo is of Lawton Hall.

 

COUNTY — Take a trip up to Rocky Bottom on Saturday for a good time that supports a great cause. The Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center of the Blind will host its annual Fun Day this Saturday, Sept. 2, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The camp is located at 123 Hancock Road in Sunset. “All of the money that’s raised goes back to the camp,” said Jennifer Bazer, fundraiser chair and director of the center’s children’s camp. Fun Day will feature a live auction that includes, Clemson, University of South Carolina and Carolina Panthers items, a country store with homemade candles, cakes, jewelry and more. Visitors will be able to shop for bargains at the yard sale. There will be an inflatable obstacle course, a bounce house and a slide for the kids, as well as cotton candy and snow cones. A barbecue lunch will be available.

The Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center of the Blind is the only camp in the country owned and operated by the blind, Bazer said. The camp was originally a 4-H camp, said Frank Coppel, Chairman of the Center’s Board of Directors and President of the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina, Rocky Bottom’s parent organization. The camp was started in the 1920’s. In 1958 Donald Capps and his wife visited the Rocky Bottom area and fell in love with the area, Coppel said.   After the 4H camp closed in the 1960’s, Capps went before Pickens County Council to ask to lease the land. The council gave a 100 year lease.

The blind of South Carolina can use Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference center at no cost. “They don’t have to be a member of the federation to use the camp,” Coppel said. “They just have to pay a reservation fee to hold the spot.”

Each year Rocky Bottom holds a camp for seniors in the spring and in the fall, Bazer said. “It’s for seniors to come and learn different things such as independence and home management,” she said. “How to cook something, how do you identify your money. A lot of people who are coming may have just lost their sight.” In addition to being a time of learning, Senior Camp is also a time for fun. Campers play BINGO and go on excursions to places like the farmer’s market and Brevard, NC.

“It’s not only a social thing but also a time for them to be around people who are similar to them as well,” Bazer said.

Children’s Camp is held for a week each summer and is open to children ages 6 to 16. The camp is also a chance for campers to have fun and learn things. “It’s an opportunity for them to learn things like orientation and mobility,” Bazer said. “Cane travel – How you travel with a white cane? Braille – We incorporate Braille skills as well. Home Management – Cooking: How do you find something when you drop it on the floor?” Campers take part in music and art activities as well. This year they made wind chimes, and bird houses for the camp’s garden. “Each year the children’s camp donates back to the camp”, Bazer said. Campers go swimming and on field trips. ”We do indoor climbing. We went horse-back riding at Eden Farms,” Bazer said. “It was a phenomenal experience to see them be able to touch a horse, to see them groom a horse.” Even the young campers climbed Sassafras Mountain. “From our campsite it is over four miles,” Bazer said. They’re traveling together; they’re walking on the side of the road. This is such a confidence booster for them. That’s something they want to do every single year.”

The camp itself is available for rentals. It features a Conference Center, a dining hall that feeds 300, a lodge and plenty of rooms for overnight and longer stays, including a family unit with chalet style rooms. “We rent that out throughout the year to the public,” Bazer said. Rental fees keep the non-profit organization going, Coppel said. “We make our money from churches, civic groups and other organizations that use the facilities throughout the year,” he said. The camp has a pool and a putt-putt course among its amenities. “There are all kinds of things they can enjoy,” Bazer said. She encourages the public to discover Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center of the Blind. “If you’ve never been, it’s a fantastic place to visit,” she said. You’re out there in nature. It’s beautiful.”

For more information on Fun Day or to donate items for the live auction and country store contact Bazer at 803-960-9977 or at jhipp@sc.rr.com.

 

Labor Day Fun Day Festival Raises Much Needed Funding for Rocky Bottom

By Frank Coppel

 

(Editor’s Note: Reprinted from September 2017 Positive Notes)

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended and volunteered their services at the Fun Day Festival held at Rocky Bottom this past Labor Day weekend. Although the turnout was good, we need to work harder to attract more of the public to attend as well as encourage more of our members to sell their Fun Day tickets and to attend the Fun Day festivities. The weather this weekend was spectacular and everyone appeared to have a great time enjoying each other’s company and raising money for Rocky Bottom. Although there are some issues we need to definitely address for next year, I truly believe the 36th annual Fun Day Festival was very successful. Many thanks go to Lenora Robertson, Ellen Taylor, Glenda Culick and the rest of the “Food Crew” for preparing outstanding meals throughout the weekend. I would like to especially thank Valerie and Larry Warrington, and Libby Farr for their willingness to help where ever needed. I would also like to recognize Alma Lee Doyle, Elouise Hunt, David and Darlene Houck, Linda Bible, Jennifer Bazer and her staff for their assistance on Saturday as well as Jeff Baser who did a great job handling the duties of auctioneer. RBRCCB is an extremely important and vital program of the NFB of SC and all of us as members need to work diligently and creatively in the years to come to increase the amount of monies raised during the Fun Day Festival. As I have stated many times, Rocky Bottom belongs to all of us. We need to take ownership and be proud we have such a unique facility in South Carolina. .

 

Picture Captions:

Yard Sale & Old Country Store

T-shirt Sales

Auction Participants

Bouncy Slide

 

I would like to share with you the breakdown of the total revenues and net proceeds for the Fun Day Festival which was held at Rocky Bottom Labor Day weekend. We will list the activity, the Fun Day 2017 amount and the Fun Day 2016 amount with the amount of change: Bingo 68.00, 93.00, +25.00; UNO Tournament 50.00, 50.00, 0; RB Hat & T-shirts 128.00, 188.00, -60.00; Country Store 111.00, 37.00, +74.00; Yard Sale 176.25, 159.00, +17.25; Cotton Candy/Snow Cones/Popcorn 66.00, 0, +66.00. Week-end Food Sales 1,210.00, 1,120.00, +90.00; Saturday Lunch Only 195.00, 390.00, -195.00; Bounce Houses 130.00, 0, +130.00; Fun Day Tickets 2,885.00, 3,560.00, -675.00; Auction 2,141.00, 1,188.00, +953.00; Fun Day Donations 50.00, 225.00, -175.00; Total Revenue 7,210.25, 7,090.00, +120.25. Fun Day ticket sales by chapters, the $300 went to the Columbia Chapter with 131 tickets sold, Loris Chapter sold 65 tickets and Rock Hill sold 61 tickets. A total of 562 tickets were sold with 16 chapters participating. The winning ticket was sold by Jim Carter, a friend of the Rock Hill Chapter who received $50; the winning ticket buyer, being his granddaughter who received $500.   The Rock Hill Chapter received the winnings from Mr. Carter for the chapter’s van fund!

 

Meet our Rocky Bottom Resident Manager, Linda Bible

By Etrulia Byrd

 

Picture Caption: Resident Manager Linda Bible holding her dog, Angel

 

Meet Linda Bible. Linda was born with albinism nystagmus, a genetic condition of reduced pigmentation of the iris and retina resulting in light and sun sensitivity, rapid eye movement and reduced visual acuity. She is a mother of two and a grandmother of two. She is also the new Caretaker at The Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center of The Blind and she couldn’t be happier.

Linda arrived at camp in February of 2017 as a volunteer and accepted the position of Caretaker in April. The camp has kept her very busy since day one. Linda has been making connections; reaching out to neighbors and local churches who have volunteered, attended events and enjoyed the grounds with their families. She has been hands on with cleaning, painting and landscaping and has been actively overseeing building and bridge repairs, tree removals and clearing out the trails and picnic areas. Under her watch the facility has also hosted many events including Fun Day, the children’s and senior camps for the blind, two weddings, several churches and clubs, some athletic teams and even a few hurricane Harvey refugees.

Linda is a life-long lover of animals and moved to the camp with her companion dog Angel; a half Yorkie, half Shih Tzu who has also been very busy keeping a close eye on the grounds, alerting Linda to incoming traffic, watching out for snakes and bears and wild boar, greeting the visitors at the gate, making friends with the resident duck, JJ who frequents the camp pond and even found a litter of abandoned puppies under the church, all of which Linda and Angel have placed in loving homes around town. (One may have stayed…his name is Rocky Bear!) Angel passed away recently and while her stay at Rocky Bottom was short, she is greatly missed by all the campers, neighbors and volunteers who were able to spend time with her as she patrolled the grounds and stole the hearts of Rocky Bottom.

So if it’s been awhile, come on up to The Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center of The Blind and see what your new caretaker has been up to. She loves the company! And she’s always looking for volunteers…

 

Second Fishing Trip to Outer Banks NC

By Carey Burriss

 

Picture Caption: Carey Burriss holding his fishing award plaque.

 

(Editor’s Note: Carey Burriss is a longtime Anderson Chapter member of the NFB of SC. He won this Outer Banks, NC trip at the Rocky Bottom –Lions Fishing Tournament held earlier this Spring. He is a retired horticulturalist, but also has proven to be a marine biologist by his fishing abilities!)

 

The fishing trip took place October 15th -October19. I traveled with Lion’s Club members and their wives. Phil and Christine Marett (Phil is a distinguished RBRCCB Advisory Board member), Jeff and Pat, David and Gail. We also picked up another member (Joe) in Columbia.   While there we visited the Wright Brothers’ Museum. The weather was cold and windy.   HOWEVER!! We placed second.   I received a plaque that reads: “2017 NC LIONS VIP NATIONAL FISHING TOURNAMENT, 2ND PLACE , LARGEST FISH -11 INCHES.” I had a great time and it was a lot of fun. Carey is truly living the life he wants.

 

From the President’s Desk

By Frank Coppel

 

The spirit of the holiday season is very apparent throughout the NFB of SC as many chapters will be holding their Christmas parties during the month of December. Chapter Christmas parties play an important role as it provides an excellent opportunity for chapter leaders to invite prospective members and visitors to their Christmas festivities and introduce them to the NFB of SC.

2017 has been a good year for Rocky Bottom and the NFB of SC. As for Rocky Bottom, the Spring and Fall editions of Senior Camp were very successful. The 2017 Children’s camp which was held the last week in June went extremely well as more than thirty campers enjoyed participating in such activities as rock climbing, horseback riding as well as other camp related activities. The summer months at Rocky Bottom were also very busy as we were able to rent our facilities to a variety of churches, youth groups and other organizations. During the past seven months, Rocky Bottom has been the recipient of much generosity and hard work from churches, civic groups, chapters and some of our members. We appreciate all of these acts of kindness and it is my sincere hope more individuals, chapters and organizations will “step up” and donate supplies or their time for the betterment of Rocky Bottom.

I was very proud of the sixty-two delegates from South Carolina who attended the 2017 NFB National Convention in Orlando. This was a good turnout since we did not charter a bus and our members were responsible for providing their own transportation to the convention. For the first time in thirteen years, the NFB of SC state convention was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Greenville the weekend of August 18-20. The convention was well attended and we were very honored to have Ever Lee Hairston, NFB national board member and the President of the NFB of California as our national representative. The Federation Center of the Blind continues to be financially sound, and the Federation Center is looking in to the possibility of expanding its assistive technology training programs.

2018 promises to be an extremely busy and exciting year in the NFB of SC and at Rocky Bottom. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I look forward to kicking off the new year with the state-wide Seminar, which will be held January 6, in Columbia and I hope we will have a large crowd of federationists in attendance.

 

Successful Transitions Brochure

Lessons Involving Future Explorations

 

“Helping students with disabilities prepare for their careers.”

 

An affiliate of Career BOOST – A South Carolina Commission for the Blind Program

 

Our Mission – To empower, educate and encourage students by giving them the proper knowledge and education needed to succeed in the workforce, in college and in everyday life.

 

About us – Successful Transitions, an affiliate of Career BOOST, a South Carolina Commission for the Blind Program, is setup to fulfill the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) while specifically providing funding and training for Pre-Employment Transition Services (PRE-ETS). We serve students with disabilities between the ages of 13 and 21 that have an IEP, 504 Plan or who are VR eligible to prepare them for successful employment.

 

Our Services – We offer a class to equip students to communicate their needs in an effective manner. Our course on career readiness empowers students with the tools to prepare them for their future careers. We setup partnerships with companies to allow a student to get real job exposure in the field they are interested in. These opportunities include job shadows, job tours and internships. The student is paid by us upon completion of their internship. We take students on tours to colleges and universities where they are interested in pursuing their education.

 

Our locations – We provide all four services in the following counties: Horry, Lancaster, Florence, Darlington, Marlboro, Georgetown. Marlboro, Chesterfield and Dillon. In the remainder of the state we provide work-based learning opportunities and college tours. Our partners Able SC and Walton Options provide education on self-advocacy and career readiness in their designated service areas.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How much does it cost? A. There is no charge for our services.
  2. What areas do you serve? A. We cover the whole state.
  3. Do you only work with blind students? A. No, we serve all students with disabilities.
  4. Do you go into schools? A. Yes, we work in/with your school.
  5. How do I apply? A. Email or call us and we will send you a one-page application. It is a simple process.
  6. Does my child have to complete one service before moving to another? A. No, we serve a student according to their needs.
  7. Will you assist my child/student after school or on weekends? A. Yes, we will find a time that works best for the student.
  8. How often do you meet with my child/student? A. Once a week during classes and as often as needed for other services.
  9. Does Successful Transitions provide transportation? A. We do transport your student on tours and interviews. The student is responsible for every day transportation.

 

Contact Information: Jennifer Bazer, Director, 803-960-9977,

jbazer@careerboost.com

 

A program of the National; Federation of the Blind

Live the life you want.

Created September 2017

 

 

 

Our Alaskan Adventure

By David Houck

 

Picture Captions:

David Houck posing before an 9 foot tall stuffed brown bear in Ketchikan, Alaska

Darlene Houck petting the head of a 5 foot tall stuffed black bear on all fours in Juneau, Alaska

Darlene Houck posing next to a 12 foot tall totem pole in Skagway, Alaska

 

Two years ago Darlene and I planned a trip to Alaska as a “bucket list” place to go where neither of us had ever been in our lives. Before we get to the age where we can no longer travel, this seemed like the right time to do it. Planning for August 2017 in early 2016, we believed the state convention would be in October as it was in 2016, but in 2017, wouldn’t you know, the NFB of SC Convention came about in the midst of our scheduled Alaska trip.

On Saturday, August 12 we flew from Columbia, SC to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to board the Star Princess cruise ship. Vancouver is a city of towering buildings along the coastline and well-manicured lawns about town. We had no problems with TSA, catching flights or Canadian customs or in getting to the ship. Our balcony stateroom was on the 11th floor of the 17 floor Star Princess. We set sail Saturday afternoon for Ketchikan, Alaska, arriving on Sunday morning. Mountains arise out of the sea, making up many islands and the mainland of Alaska. Cruise ships, logging barges, sea planes, etc. crowded the waterways.

 

Picture Caption: Downtown Ketchikan, Alaska

 

Ketchikan was our first port. The seaport city rises up about four blocks inland on the side of a mountain with many shops, stores and places to eat. It is a small city which caters to fishermen, tourists and those who live on local islands or on inside passages. Usual rainfall here is 120 inches annually with a record of 160 inches. In Alaska, snowfall is measured in feet, not inches. However, in August, temperatures ranged mostly from 40 to 60 degrees. Cloudiness is to be expected much of the time. We shopped in the stores and met bears and eagles (mostly stuffed) who wanted us to take our pictures with them. Bears, eagles, moose, etc. are in abundance in Alaska so it is important not to mistake the stuffed ones from the real thing! Each port offers tours which can be booked in advance on the cruise ship. Ketchikan is known for their Lumberjack Show which has been featured on TV. From our balcony I heard one eagle and saw one in the area. While paying for a few souvenirs in one store I asked the cashier if they accepted foreign currency. The cashier looked at me with bewilderment and I explained that all we had was currency from the lower 48. She replied, “Oh yes, we even take Alaskan currency.”

By the way, Princess cruiseships are similar to Carnival or other such ships. There are a few differences but only minor ones. We ate in the assigned seating dining room for supper and ate on the Lido Deck for breakfast and lunch. Being in Alaska, no one was swimming in the on board pools.

 

Picture Caption: The port area of Juneau, Alaska

 

We arrived in the state capital of Juneau on Monday. While it is a larger city and holds the state legislature, access to it is only by ship or sea plane. There are no connecting highways with these seacoast towns. In addition to the shops, restaurants and stores, there was a tram that took you up to the top of a mountain. However, as the clouds hug the mountainside, you would only see clouds at the top where they have a store and restaurant.

 

Picture Caption: Glacier from top of mountain to shoreline

 

The next two days we went up and down two separate inlets or fjords, viewing a variety of glaciers along the way. The ship parked by two glaciers for a while so that we could observe the loud snap, crackle and thundering of the glacier at the water’s edge falling to pieces into the water. This is called “calving” of the glacier. I estimate the thickness of the glacier to be 150 to 200 feet thick and as long as two or three cruise ships lined up end to end. We were told that from the time snow falls on the top of the mountain, slides along the glacier’s path until it breaks off into the emerald colored sea takes 200 years. I observed high waterfalls and I saw three sea lions together which passed right below our balcony window.

We were served king crab one evening for dinner and I told the server that this is what I came to Alaska for and he brought me seconds on crab legs. I even ate escargot which I had not eaten in 45 years (my first time I ate it without knowing what it was). Dessert included a Love Boat Dream Cake.

Skagway was a late 1800’s mining town which kept up its old town charm complete with wooden sidewalks. The Klondike Gold Rush drew many searching for gold in the Klondike Mountains but many died trying to reach the gold deposits. Skagway built a railroad which was completed in 1902, right at the end of the gold rush days. The Clingit Indians live in this area. You can ride the train today. We did see two blind persons on board, one with a cane and one with a guide dog. Of course, we know that blind South Carolinians take cruise ships all the time.

 

Picture Caption: Whittier 2.5 mile, one lane tunnel with railroad tracks

 

Our final destination by cruise ship was Whittier, a deep sea port developed by the Navy during World War II. However, Anchorage is about 50 miles away and Whittier has no cab service. You access the road to Anchorage by passing through a narrow, two and one-half mile, one lane tunnel with railroad tracks. It is automated so that for a half hour, one vehicle at a time goes through one way at quarter mile intervals. There are six jet engines which blow air through the tunnel and emergency stations are located every quarter mile. At the end of the half hour, traffic is reversed in a similar fashion. Trains go through at other times. Between the tunnel and Anchorage is a long bay area along the Seward Highway which drains completely at low tide and is 38 feet deep at high tide. Winds at certain times of the year reach up to 70 miles an hour. Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska and at one time the legislature thought to move the capital there but the cost to do so was too high. However, some liked the idea that the legislature was isolated in Juneau. Anchorage looks much like Columbia in size. As we traveled to Talketna, we ate lunch in Wasilla where Sarah Palin resides. Most who live in Wasilla commute to Anchorage for work. By the way, roads are paved only between May and September as it is too cold to pave roads in the fall, winter and early spring months. We arrived in Talketna at the Princess Mt. McKinley Wilderness Lodge where we had dinner. It is much like Rocky Bottom but much larger. It is noted that the former honorary Mayor of Talketna was Stubbs the cat. Stubbs is no longer with us but I am told he did as well or better than most politicians.

 

Picture Caption: Talketna to Denali Scenic Railroad

 

By this time it was Sunday, August 20 and while the NFB of SC convention was winding up, we were traveling to Denali by a double decker train which afforded a full view of the landscape. We sat on the top level and dining for lunch was on the bottom level. We had spectacular views of the mountains, river valley, and permafrost tundra where black spruce trees grow very little due to lack of root support. Many live “off the grid” and are called bush people. They may live from right off the tracks to as many as seven miles away. They can flag the train down and just pay for the mileage they ride to get supplies from Fairbanks or Anchorage, etc. After traversing a very high train trestle which was built in the 1800’s, we passed through a small location called Honolulu. A miner that had worked in the area came from Hawaii and the location was named in his honor. Aside from gold deposits, oil, coal and other minerals are mined in Alaska.

 

Picture Caption: Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge

 

Arriving at the Princess Denali Wilderness Lodge, we ate dinner which included an excellent salmon chowder. We had breakfast in a dinner theatre setting. There were many shops and stores to look into while we waited on Monday to travel to Fairbanks by motor coach. By the way, we saw the eclipse on TV but in Alaska the eclipse was only 25 percent. While traveling to Fairbanks we saw a beautiful landscape of mountains (including Denali which is 20,320 feet high), rivers full of salmon, moose (we saw three), and other wildlife.

Fairbanks has the northernmost of everything – McDonalds, Lowes, etc. as there are no places large enough farther north, and the Eskimo and Native American population choose to live with their native customs. In Fairbanks we noted we were less than 160 miles from the Artic Circle. We were not far from the ice roads the truckers use in the winter on the Dalton Highway. It was 50 degrees in the morning with a high of 62. Fairbanks summer highs can reach 90 degrees with a record high of 99. Winter lows reach minus 40 to minus 50 degrees with a record low of minus 66. Fairbanks had 186 inches of snow last winter. The Sun rose at 5:00 a.m. and set at 10 p.m. I got up at 3:00 a.m. to see the northern lights (Aurora Borealis) but it was cloudy outside. On Tuesday afternoon we traveled to the Fairbanks airport to return home. The driver of our motor coach once lived in Hawaii and graduated from the school I attended in seventh grade. It is a small world. We left Fairbanks by air at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, August 22 and arrived in Columbia the next morning at 9:30 a.m. after changing flights in Seattle, Washington and Atlanta, an approximate distance of 5,000 miles! We learned much, brought back a few souvenirs and about 118 photos. It was an enjoyable and informative once in a lifetime trip!

 

From the Editor’s Desk

By David Houck

 

As the front cover demonstrates with Ed Bible receiving the Presidential Citation for his career of work with the blind, offering employment and training services right up to his retirement from the Commission for the Blind this past summer, his work did not stop there. It continues with his many years of volunteerism as a Federationist on a local, state and national level. Current expansion of programs like adaptive computer training for blind South Carolinians and the newly formed Successful Transitions program have and will continue to expand for years into the future because of Mr. Bible. He currently resides on the Commission for the Blind’s Foundation Board and the Board of Commissioners of the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind where his years of expertise will affect future generations of the blind.

I really have to give credit to NFB of SC President Frank Coppel for his ability to place the state organization on a sound footing. The Greenville Convention went very well and much needed funding was raised for the NFB of SC at our convention banquet. The exhibitors were excellent, displaying new technologies. Ever Lee Hairston, our NFB national representative was well received. It will be exciting to see what we will accomplish at the 2018 state convention. As Chairman of the Rocky Bottom Board of Directors Frank Coppel along with others like Ed Bible, Jennifer Bazer and our Resident Manager Linda Bible are placing our complex on the map and looking into greater ways to promote Rocky Bottom. Fun Day was successful in raising much needed funding. However we must find ways to increase our funds and increase the number of both federation members and the general public who will attend the Fun Day festivities and be guests at our complex throughout the year.

Center Board Chairman Debra Canty has performed well and with Ed Bible who increased Center computer training programs before his retirement from the Commission for the Blind and since as well as the number of blind persons being served, they both have been able to get the Federation Center on a stable financial foundation. Not just being satisfied with our progress thus far, Debra, Ed and the board are looking into ways to further expand our services as well as funding resources. Jennifer Bazer, Larry and Valerie Warrington and Pam Schexnider (who works in the Federation Center office) have combined their efforts in making Successful Transitions very beneficial for blind high school age students and the mentors they work with in this unique program.

With all of this enthusiasm and excitement we are looking forward to taking the next step in federation growth. Chapter and division growth and leadership will strengthen our organization in many ways. Revitalizing chapters will provide outreach to the blind in areas of the state in which local chapters are far between. The late Dr. Kenneth Jernigan, past NFB President once stated that, “The most important consideration in the federation is the succession to the presidency.” This applies to local chapters and divisions, state affiliates, national divisions as well as to the NFB nationally. We must generate new and younger members, local leaders, and stronger chapters in order to find the next generation of state and national leadership. Should you need a good example of this kind of growth, look no further to the legacy of Dr. Donald Capps who by the time he had retired from being NFB of SC state President in 2000, had grown the NFB of SC to 60 local chapters and five statewide divisions, not to mention establishing the Federation Center of the Blind in 1961 and Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center of the Blind in 1979. Help us to find the next generation of federation leaders by recruiting new members in your chapters and divisions, educating them concerning blindness, resources and skills development which in turn develops great leaders. This is a work in progress. Those who are our leaders today will be looking for those who demonstrate that they are prepared to lead the way into the future.

 

2018 Calendar of events for the NFB of SC and

Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center of the Blind

By Frank Coppel

 

January 6, 2018: State wide Seminar, Location: Federation Center of the blind

Time: 10:00a.m. To 4:00 p.m.)

Midyear conference for the NFB of SC. Lunch is provided.   All members of the NFB of SC are welcome

 

January 28-31 2018: Washington Seminar

Location, Washington D.C.

The time of the year when Federationists from across the country gather in Washington to discuss their legislative agenda with the U.S. congress

For further information contact Frank Coppel (803) 796-8662

 

February 17, 2018: Third annual Sweetheart Dance

Location: Federation Center of the Blind

Time (6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.), Cost: $25 per person, $45 per couple

Fund raiser for the NFB of SC. Join us for fun, food, fellowship, dancing, and door prizes!

 

March 17, 2018: State wide Leadership Seminar

Location: Federation Center of the Blind

Time. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Lunch provided

Learn about the history of the NFB and NFB of SC, your rights and responsibilities as a consumer of the South Carolina Commission of the Blind, Social Security benefits, and any general chapter issues you would like to discuss

Seminar is open to all members of the NFB of SC

 

April 6-8 2018: Charter bus trip to the Jernigan Institute (National Center) Baltimore Maryland

Cost $100 per person. For further information contact Loretta Green (843) 276-9649 or Isaiah Nelson (803) 413-2434

 

April 21, 2018: Third quarter meetings of the Rocky Bottom Board of Directors and the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina

Location: Federation Center of the Blind

Time: RBRCCB board of Directors meeting, (10:00 a.m. until noon) NFB of SC Board of Directors meeting (1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.) Open to all members

 

May 20-24, 2018: Spring Senior Camp

Location: Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center of the Blind

Requirements: must be legally blind and 55 years of age or older

Activities: walks, group discussions on topics regarding blindness issues, blindness skill training if requested, field trip, bingo, and fellowship with other blind seniors from across the state.

For further information contact Frank or Shelley Coppel at (803) 796-8662 or email frankandshelley51@gmail.com

 

June 2, 2018: NFB of SC state wide picnic

Location, Saluda Shoals park Columbia S.C.

Join us for a time of fellowship, food, and fun. For further information contact Tiffiny Mitchell (803) 603-2098

 

June 9-16 2018: Children’s Camp

Location, Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center of the Blind

Requirements, must be legally blind and 6 to 15 years of age,

For further information contact Jennifer Bazer (803) 960-9977

 

July 3-8 2018: National Federation of the Blind National Convention

Location: Orlando Florida

 

August 2018: National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina State convention

Date and location to be announced

 

August 31-September 3, 2018: Fun Day Festival

Location: Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center of the Blind

Fund raiser for rocky Bottom

Activities: selling of camp merchant dice, crafts and baked items, yard sale, auction, outdoor activities for children, delicious food, and a $500 drawing

 

September 16-20 2018: Fall Senior Camp

Location: Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center of the blind

 

November 30, to December 2, 2018: Christmas Board Retreat

Location: Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center of the blind

 

Final Thought:

 

SEASONS

By David Houck

 

Spring brings rain and rumbling thunderstorms,

Which awakens the Earth from its sleep.

Summer brings afternoon breezes and precipitation,

Interrupting the humidity and heat.

Fall ushers in leaf laden, rainy, slippery streets,

Catching the colors of nature.

But Winter’s snowfall is silent; it covers everything.

Shake it off before coming in; it leaves a peaceful, scenic picture.