The election deadline is May 11, 2016. Send to Mindy Joy Mayer at email@example.com.
The Nominatees’ speeches:
I admit it, I don’t want to be president. But I’m angry. I’m tired and angry. You deserve more, you deserve to be respected human beings. You deserve to expect more and demand more in life. And LeCOBDA should be the club that works for you, with you. But that hasn’t happened yet.
In the last few years, those who live on fixed incomes could no longer afford to come here. SHAME! LeCOBDA belongs to every DeafBlind person, and we must say “Come back everyone!”
LeCOBDA must be the club of progress, activism, self-reliance and empowerment. So how do we do this?
I’ve traveled to many corners of this country and participated in many DeafBlind events and activities. And then I come home, and I’m disappointed that we aren’t doing the same here. Why is this so?
Well that changes now.
As President, I will work in collaboration with the team of officers here to develop new strategies and inclusion. We’re not going to just sit here once a month, get a free lunch and go home. NO! We’re going to make our experience at LeCOBDA meaningful! We’re going to fight for self-reliance, and allyship. We’re going to expand our services. We’re going to do serious fundraising to bring in real dollars that establishes active programs that empower everyone and excites everyone.
We’re going to grow our relationships with other organizations throughout the Chicagoland area. Foster relationships and build political alliances with governments so that we can get the laws and accesibility we need. changed to benefit us. We must no longer be the forgotten community.
We’re going to set up forum meetings where YOU are involved and YOU get to talk and say what you feel is most important to you. We’re going to have fun outing that celebrate the life of a DeafBlidn person and we’re going to have support group meetings to help all of us to build the courage and strength to face each day as proud DeafBLind citizens.
This campaign is about you, for you and because of you. This campaign is yours.
Hello, my name is Jason Salerno, and I am DeafBlind with ushers. I work for a company named Jellyvision as one of Lead Engineers. I am running for vice-president for LeCOBDA. You are probably wondering why you should vote me. So, here it is… I want to bring LeCOBDA to be front-line of Chicagoland DeafBlind and bring the community closer. I feel that there is huge value of community when we includes our spouses, children, family, and friends. In order to accomplish this, I would want to open the membership not only limited to DeafBlind adults, but to those with spouses, children, family, and friends. It will flourish in our community where we can become be proud of. I want to push and encourage more projects as non-profit organization where we can grow as a DeafBlind community for Chicagoland, such as actual workshops how to improve our quality of living as or with DeafBlinds. Learn more about awesome resources we can at the same time that we can also offer and provide that. And that means, when you vote for me, I will have my best ability of having agendas within at least two months ahead with meaningful presentations that can be enjoyable. I also can see the LeCOBDA to become a better known archival of our valuable histories of those who are DeafBlind where we can use to pass down of our wonderful stories to many generations. We can become a documenter also have it be fully accessible by anyone, be it displayed in braille, video recorded also can be copied-signed, or text mode.
With those, we can become a front-line of Chicagoland DeafBlind!
Thank you for listening, I look forward working with you guys!
Several years ago our good friend and current LECOBDA vice president, Catherine Klein, told us about LECOBDA and encouraged us to join. I became a member and my wife, Lorraine, an SSP. We attend every meeting we can because we like being there. The members and supporters are interesting people and have remarkable lives. The relationships formed within LECOBDA are not superficial, our commonality allows us to really get to know and understand each other. This group is necessary for the members just as other organization with common interest such as unions, trade groups, Political parties, etc.
It would be an honor to be LECOBDA’s vice president and to work with the LOCOBDA staff.
Hello, my name is Meghan McGovern. I am full deaf and blind in one eye. I would like to be secretary for Lecobda club. During my four years in high school, I joined a club after school to help other deaf members and the president with newsletters. The president collected positive good articles from all of other deaf students who were not part of an after school club. The president made sure that the students’ own grammar was right. The president gave me some of the rough draft articles. I typed some new articles on computer and printed out new articles. I gave new articles to the president. The president made all of the new articles into newsletters on computer and printed them and stapled newsletters together. Now all of deaf students who were not part of the club got their own newsletters and enjoyed reading and talking about positive events, sports, awards, trophies, and clubs that they were doing and getting during their high school years for their own good memories. Thank you for listening to my speech and I appreciated it and also please vote for me, thank you.
Hi, My name is Suzanne Salerno. I am running for LeCOBDA Secretary. I’ve been an interpreter for 13 years and have worked with DeafBlind individuals for over 5 years. I am also married to Jason Salerno, a DeafBlind man. My goal is to help develop a stronger DeafBlind community in the Chicago area. I believe that our community should involve all ages of DeafBlind individuals and their families. As LeCOBDA, we should develop committees, we should open up membership, and we should actively recruit volunteers. We all have experiences to share. Supporting each other will make a closer community. An important project will be to document the Founding Members History. Collecting their stories is a way to honor them and their contributions to our community. My other main project will be to recruit volunteers by collaborating with local organizations. For example, Illinois Association of the Deaf (IAD), Illinois Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (IRID), Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC), Columbia College, Harper College, Hersey High School, Whitney Young High School and more. Volunteers could be Deaf adults, hearing adults, high school students, college students, and professional interpreters both Deaf and hearing. I imagine LeCOBDA events where families attend together. All the adults can focus on the meeting agenda while at the same time all the children are engaged in activities with high school and college student volunteers. By organizing a large base of volunteers, we can provide communication access and enjoyment for everyone who attends. My goal as Secretary is to increase DeafBlind membership and increase Volunteer membership. Together we can develop a stronger DeafBlind community in Chicago! Thank you for your time.
Hello Le COBDA,
I am happy to announce that I accept the nomination to the office of Treasurer for this wonderful club. As I said at our last meeting, I have been a member of Le COBDA for more than twenty years, have worked hand-in-hand with a lot of dynamic people who have introduced some good ideas to the club. Such as, Jerrie Lawhorn, Al Sugar, Barbara Carson, Diane O’neil, Elizabeth Klein, JoAnn Rushing, and of course Veramarie Baldoza just to named a few.
I received my education at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, then I attended Northern Illinois University in Dekalb. I served in Illinois’ Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission (IDHHC). I received my training in Deaf/Blindness at Chicago Lighthouse, ICRE-Wood (formerly known as IBHHC), Louisianna Center for the Blind in Ruston Louisianna; and Helen Keller National Center in New York.
I will make every effort to work with the new President, the Board, and with Mindy Joy to make this organization the best ever in all its history. I would like to see Deaf/Blind people more involve, and be active on various committees to cultivate the positive image of our culture. We need to become strong advocates to increase Deaf/Blind awareness throughout the Chicagoland area, and hope to recruit more members; both active and supporting members. All the while, we will be having fun, making good friends fellowshipping with one another.
As Treasurer, I will work closely with our President to formulate and set up numerous committees to raise funds for Le COBDA, to increase funds to support our dedicated SSPs for their volunteered service which helps enrich important values within our Deaf/Blind community.
I strongly believe in increasing the enrichment of independence, and quality of life for Deaf/Blind individuals everywhere.