Valentine’s at Le COBDA Was Great!

We had a great time at the last Le COBDA meeting in February.  Lots of people showed up and we had some awesome guests.  We had a few new people come to the event and it is great to see our Le COBDA community growing!

Joan recognized many of our faithful, loyal, committed and gracious volunteers, giving thanks to our many volunteers with sweet treats!  Thank you for the bringing the Deaf-Blind members to the meetings, for interpreting, guiding, carrying food, running to the trains for pick-ups and drop-offs, helping with the fundraising, and the hundreds of other necessary assistances you provide!

Unfortunately, our president, Celine Bush, was unable to attend the February meeting.  We wish to express our condolences on the passing of her sister and join together in saying prayers for her.

Fundraisers

We had several fundraising opportunities to raise money for our next Illinois DeafBlind Retreat to be held in 2014.

Mindy Joy and Julie are selling raffle tickets, $5 each or 3 for $10.  1st prize is $500, 2nd prize is $300 and 3 prize is $100.  They will sell raffle tickets until July.  The winners will be announced on the July cruise, but do not need to be present.

Elke W, friend of several Deaf-Blind members, brought the “Miche” collection of changeable handbags and wallets for sale. The clever bags have interchangeable shells to give you a variety of good looks.  Each sale at the LeCOBDA meeting earned more money toward the Deaf-Blind Retreat.

With the success of Scentsy and now Miche, Joann wondered if the Le COBDA members think it is a good idea to find more businesses to come to the meetings and sell their products with a percentage of the profit going to the Deaf-Blind Retreat.  What do you think about that idea?  Do you know any businesses that could come and sell goods at the LeCOBDA meetings?

Presenting ILDBA

The Illinois Association of the Deaf-Blind returned to Le COBDA to give a great overview of their organization.

Karyn Campbell, Renee Ingalsbe and Laura Ebersohl came to Chicago for the Le COBDA meeting.  The Illinois Association of Deaf-Blind is still seeking members.  Join now and grow the ILADB powerbase.  Membership is free at this time.  After ILADB receives its 501(c)3 status as a non-profit organization, membership will cost money.  The ILADB will be your advocate to the state and federal government for the SSP Taskforce, rehabilitation services and other services and programs specifically for the Deaf-Blind.  Alone, your one voice may not be heard, but when you group together with Deaf-Blind across the state of Illinois, legislators will listen.  Also, the position of Treasurer is still open and two Board member positions need to be filled.  Contact ILADB at:  iladbboard@gmail.com.

Come to our meetings!

As you can see, our meetings are always a lot of fun.  You get to meet great people and new friends and learn quite a bit about what’s going on around the community.  If you haven’t come to  our meetings yet, don’t miss the next one on March 9th at the Chicago Lighthouse, 1850 W. Roosevelt Road, in Chicago.  We’re all going green for St. Paddy’s Day!

Get Green for Le COBDA!

Our next monthly Le COBDA meeting will be Saturday, March 9th at the Chicago Lighthouse.

Lunch will include chicken, turkey and veggie pot pies, salad, and beverage.  You can bring your favorite dessert to share with the group. Planning to attend the March Le COBDA luncheon?  Call or email the Deaf-Blind Program to reserve lunch (contact information at end of this newsletter).  Wear green to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day!

For SSPs and Volunteers, please arrive at Chicago LightHouse at 10:30 a.m. so we can match you with DeafBlind individuals prior to the start of the meeting at 11 a.m.

Details:

 March 9, 2013
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Chicago Lighthouse Cafeteria
1850 W. Roosevelt Road in Chicago
 

RSVP:

Please let us know as soon as you can by contacting us at the Lighthouse:  You can post your comment below to say you are coming.  Or contact us directly at the Lighthouse.

 Videophone: 312.957.4865
TTY:  312.666.8874
Email:
Joann.rushing@chicagolighthouse.org
Mindy.mayer@chicagolighthouse.org
Veramarie.baldoza@chicagolighthouse.org

 

SSP Task Force Meeting – Jan 31, 2013

The Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission (IDHHC) formally launched the SSP Task Force in October of 2012.  The task force is responsible for developing a proposal for providing a Special Service Provider (SSP) program for DeafBlind residents within the state of Illinois.

The next meeting will be held on January 31, 2013 in Springfield, Illinois at the new IDHHC offices.  All task force meetings are open to the public, and you are welcome to join us for this important initiative.

Location:

528 South 5th Street, Suite 209
Springfield, IL  62701
Meeting Time:  11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The office is located just several blocks away from the Springfield Amtrak station.  If you are unable to make it, we will post here on ChicagoDeafBlind.org information about the results of the meeting.

Current Task Force Members:

  • Karyn Campbell
  • Ingrid Halvorsen
  • Renee Ingalsbe
  • Julie Somers
  • Tamara Ward
  • Bryen Yunashko

Next LeCOBdA Meeting – February 9, 2013

When: February 9, 2013
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: Chicago Lighthouse
1850 w. Roosevelt road
chicago, IL  60608

We hope everyone had a safe, healthy and happy holiday and New Year!  For our combined Valentine’s / Mardi Gras celebration luncheon, we will have fresh, hot pizza, crispy green salad, and hot coffee and soft drinks.

Feel free to bring your favorite dessert to share and look for your piece of King Cake.  Planning to attend the February LeCOBDA luncheon?  Call or email the Deaf-Blind Program to reserve your lunch (Contact information at end of this announcement).  Wear red to celebrate Valentine’s Day, or wear purple, green or gold to celebrate Mardi Gras!
For SSPs/Volunteers, please come to LeCOBDA at 10:30 am; we need to match you with Deaf-Blind individuals at 11 am so we can start the LeCOBDA meeting on time with announcements.

Scentsy will be back on February 9 for orders; this is to raise money to fund the Deaf-Blind Retreat.

If you’re planning to come to our exciting gathering, please RSVP by February 4th to one of the contacts below:

Joann Rushing – 312.666.1331, ext. 3415 voice
Joann.rushing@chicagolighthouse.org
312.957.4865 videophone
312.666.8874 TTY

Mindy Joy Mayer
Mindy.mayer@chicagolighthouse.org
312.447.3454 TTY
312.957.4865 videophone

Veramarie Baldoza
Veramarie.baldoza@chicagolighthouse.org
312.957.4865 videophone