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The New Jersey Council of the Blind
January, 2019

The New Jersey Council of the Blind’s mission is to strive for the betterment of the blind and visually impaired community. The purpose of this publication is to provide a forum for the free exchange of ideas, opinions and information that concern blind and visually impaired people.

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The New Jersey Council of the Blind (NJCB) is a 501 (c) 3 corporation. Much appreciated tax-deductible donations may be sent to the Treasurer of NJCB.

The NJCB officers are: President, Frank Schack (973) 595-0116; Vice President, Joyce Sowa (732) 596-9675; Secretary Joyce Schack (973) 595-0116; Treasurer, Bernie Zuckerman of 32 Judson Street, Unit 7B, Edison, NJ 08837, and (732) 221-5362

President’s Message by Frank Schack

By the time you read this it will almost be or already is 2019. Wishing you the very best in the year ahead, especially good health.

The new year is a time for new beginnings and renewal of commitments. Since we did not receive any nominations to fill the Board positions of the NJCB, the current officers have agreed to continue their offices for another year and then review the status of the Council.

Due to the possibility of inclement weather, the January quarterly meeting will be held as a conference call (details are in the Chronicle). You do not have to leave the comfort of your home (you can even stay in your pajamas) in order to call in. It is imperative for us to know your interest and recommendations in order for the Council to continue. Your input is essential and valued. Looking forward to hearing from you on January 26th.

Frank Schack, President

January Quarterly Meeting Notice

Our next Quarterly NJCB meeting will be held by conference call on Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm. Please note this is a different time than our normal in person meetings. The call-in number is 605-468-8005 Access code 425373#. We hope all of you will join us!

2019 Scholarship Opportunities

NJCB is pleased to announce the 2019 Scholarship program for any legally blind person who will be a full-time college student, undergraduate or graduate, in the 2019 – 2020 academic year and be a New Jersey resident is eligible to apply. The deadline to apply is May 1st and the winner will be awarded at our July Quarterly meeting. Full details, application forms and how to apply can be found on our website at www.njcounciloftheblind.org. You may also email questions to njcounciloftheblind@gmail.com.

NJCB Facebook Group

NJCB is pleased to announce our own Facebook group. Find us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2255314534793147/. One of our 2018 Scholarship winners has volunteered to help us launch our own Facebook group. Anyone interested in contributing to the success of this page please send your ideas and posts to our email address at njcounciloftheblind@gmail.com. Please note all posts must be related to activities relating to your membership with NJCB or its affiliates. Be sure to Friend us.

News from Mercer County Association of the Blind (MCAB)

Happy and safe Holiday Season to everyone from members of MCAB. An oversight was discovered by MCAB’s Officers where we thought we had made a donation to past President of NJCB and longtime MCAB member Lauren Casey but we had not. So that was corrected with a $50.00 donation to her favorite Charity.

Eve who did the OrCam presentation at NJCB Summer quarterly meeting was scheduled to give her presentation to MCAB Membership at November’s Meeting but that was cancelled due to bad weather. Eve has been rescheduled to give her presentation at the February 2019 meeting.

MCAB’s Members enjoyed a wonderful social Christmas/Holiday Dinner at Restaurant Villa Manino enjoying good spirits, fellowship and delicious foods.

Although MCAB has had a series of illnesses in our membership we look forward positively at 2019 at being better and pray to our Lord that everyone have a wonderful Holiday Season and New Year.

Best regards

Mustafaa Shabazz, MCAB President

News from Blind Citizen’s Association

Happy Holiday’s from NJBCA! It’s hard to believe that it is already December and another year is coming to a close. Seems as if only yesterday we were enjoying our picnic lunch!

We experienced 3 lovely concerts at the PNC bank arts center in late August/September. Lucie Arnaz, Vinnie Medugno with the Jersey Sound Band and finally a tribute to Roy Orbison, Frankie Valli and the Beach Boys. What a lot of fun!

NJBCA recently enjoyed an outing to St. Catharine’s church in Holmdel for their social justice holiday gathering. A potluck dinner and wonderful desserts were enjoyed by all, topped off with a few carols and a visit from St. Nicholas himself.

Our Ladies Auxiliary and other volunteers have been doing a phenomenal job in Anne’s Thrift Shop. Business is booming! The next spaghetti dinner fundraiser will be sometime in April of 2019.

And for those of you who are interested, the 14th annual NJBCA Gift Auction will be held Friday, June 8. Look for more information after the new year.

2019 Membership Dues Payment Request

For members at large if you have not already paid dues for 2019, please do so immediately. To be an active, voting member and continue receiving the benefits of our members which includes our Chronicle and ACB newsletters, please send us your $10.00 dues payment. NJCB is required to submit our membership lists and dues to the ACB national headquarters to remain a valid certified affiliate. Please send your membership dues payment to our Treasurer, Bernie Zuckerman 32 Judson Street, Unit 7B, Edison, NJ 08837.

Save The Date

Saturday April 27th 12 Noon to 4PM Location TBD

Saturday July 27th 12 Noon to 4PM at Camp Happiness in Leonardo

Saturday October 26th 12 Noon to 4PM Location TBD

NOTE: Disclaimer. The views and opinions expressed in this newsletter are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions and views of the New Jersey Council of the Blind officers and/or members. The editor reserves the right to edit articles submitted for both space and content.

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