Braille Monitor                                     February 2017

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News from the Federation Family

Take the Lead:
Every month the Braille Monitor begins with an illustration, a few paragraphs to go along with three or four photographs. Sometimes it’s from a program that happened at the Jernigan Institute, sometimes it’s a BELL Academy, and sometimes it’s a chapter activity. While we hope that our readers enjoy this regular segment, we would also like to ask our readers to help us out.

We can only run the pictures that we have about the programs that we know about. But all across the country there are events and programs put on by state and local chapters about which we may never hear. Undoubtedly these events were fun, informative, and helped to build relationships with the communities in which our Federationists live. Today, when almost everyone has a smartphone with a quality camera, the odds of having at least two or three decent photos from an event are pretty good.

So if you have a karaoke night fundraiser at the local VFW Post or spend a Saturday at your local Barnes & Noble reading to kids or hold a seminar about Social Security at your local library that was attended by members of the public, let us know! Send us five or six photos from the event (preferably with the names of the people in the pictures) and a paragraph or two about your event. It doesn’t have to be a lot: the when and the where, what the event was, how it went, that sort of thing.

To submit your event, email either Gary Wunder at [email protected] or his sidekick/minion Grace Warn at [email protected]. Please send your photos as attachments to the email, rather than in the body of it, because we need the photos as large and high-quality as possible for the Monitor.

In Brief

Notices and information in this section may be of interest to Monitor readers. We are not responsible for the accuracy of the information; we have edited only for space and clarity.

2017 Bible Conference:
Camp Siloam 2017 Bible Conference and Camping session for blind adults will be held at the Golden Cross Ranch in New Caney, Texas, from Saturday, May 20, through Saturday, May 27. New Caney is just twenty-five miles north of Houston. We will be celebrating our fifteenth year in Texas.

There is a morning and evening Bible study, and this year's theme is “Conformation or Transformation.” Besides the morning and evening Bible studies, there are a host of other activities to enjoy such as horseback riding, swimming, a shopping trip, two hayrides, the zip line, and much more! Because of limited space, camp fills up fast. Why not come and enjoy the Bible studies and tons of fun? For any questions or further information you may email the camp director at [email protected] or you can call our updated voicemail number at (866) 251-5165, then enter mailbox 7128. Leave your name, address, and phone number, and someone will get back to you.

NFB Pledge

I pledge to participate actively in the efforts of the National Federation of the Blind to achieve equality, opportunity, and security for the blind; to support the policies and programs of the Federation; and to abide by its constitution.

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