LeCOBDA June-July 2014 Newsletter

July 2014 Newsletter

We, Le COBDA, will be having an outing to Odyssey Cruise at Navy Pier.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

TIME: 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Boarding Time: 1:00 PM

Cruise Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Odyssey Cruise is located at Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611



Lobster Bisque
Sherry Cream | Crostini

Mixed Greens Salad
Arugula | Romaine | Goat Cheese | Seasonal Fruit | Sugared Pecans | Balsamic Vinaigrette

Baked Fromage
Feta Cheese Blend | Thyme | Spicy Pomodoro Sauce | Garlic Crostini


Roasted Chicken
Heirloom Potatoes | Thyme Demi-Glace | Fried Leeks

Grilled Salmon
Citrus-Infused Quinoa | Pineapple-Mango Chutney

Odyssey Short Ribs
Fontina Scalloped Potatoes | Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Carrots & Squash | Cabernet Demi-Glace

Seafood Risotto
Shrimp | Scallops | Mussels | Tomato-Saffron Sauce

Vegetable Napoleon
Spinach & Tomato Crisps | Curry Vegetable Ragoût | White Bean Purée


Odyssey Bread Pudding
Chocolate Chips | Maker’s Mark® Salted Caramel Sauce | Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Mousse | Dark Chocolate Ganache

Berry Gallette
Puff Pastry | Fresh Berries | Grand Marnier® Bavarian Cream

Seasonal Fruit

Dress Code

Odyssey Cruise is a little fancier. Dress appropriately.

Public Transportation

The address for drop off and pick up is at the Riva Restaurant, 700 E. Grand Ave.

PLEASE have your driver drop off at Riva Turnaround at Noon and pick up at the same drop off location by 4:45 PM.

PLEASE have your ride ready by 4:45 PM, no later than 4:45 PM. Please be aware that we will be not assisting or waiting for anyone to leave after 4:45 PM. Thank you.

The cost for parking at Navy Pier is $25.00.


To reserve your seat by July 7th, please make check payable to: Le COBDA

Mail your check to:

Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
ATTN: Sara Chung
1850 W. Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608


Seating is limited to 50

Members: $30.00 with one SSP only


Be sure to show up on time or a bit early that would be appreciated.

Sara Chung,
Le COBDA President

Friendly Reminder:

For those who have not renewed their membership which was due in May yet, please kindly pay $15.00 to Jerrie. See her at Odyssey Cruise. Thanks.

Please remember we will not have a meeting in August. We’ll be having a meeting in September. Save the date of September 13th. Details to follow.

December 2013 Le COBDA Newsletter

A letter from Sara Chung, Le COBDA President:

Hello all,

How was your Thanksgiving meal? Mine was so good. I definitely would want the Chicago Lighthouse Cafeteria to serve again for next year.  Agree with me?  Hope everyone enjoyed the Thanksgiving luncheon though.

Now that Thanksgiving is almost over, the Chicago Club of the Deaf (CCD) will be hosting the HOLIDAY PARTY at the Chicago Lighthouse.  That is going to be fun.  Come join us in celebrating the upcoming Holiday Season.

CCD will be providing ham, mashed potatoes with gravy on the side, green beans, rolls, and pumpkin and apple pies. These sound yummy, right?


Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who are Blind or Visually Impaired, 1850 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL 60608


Time:  11:00 am to 3:00 pm


Please be at the Chicago Lighthouse by 10:45 am.

Anyone who has transportation arrangements, PLEASE have your ride ready by 3:00pm, no later than 3:00 pm. Please be aware we’ll not be assisting or waiting for anyone to leave after 3:00pm.  Thank you.

If you will be attending, please contact Sara at sara.w.chung@gmail.com to RSVP by December 6th.

On a bright note we, Le COBDA collected $1,922.29 and $285 was donated for a total of $2,207.29 was raised for the candy & nut sale.  That’s great news!

Many thanks to those who sold the candy & nuts, and especially to the winners of the candy & nuts sale.

1st place – Lisa Ainscough

2nd place – Josephine D’Amico

3rd place – Mindy Joy Mayer

Let’s congratulate the winners who sold the most!!


Looking forward to seeing you all in December!

Sara Chung

Le COBDA President


DeaFest at Harper College on 11/1 and 11/2

DeaFest at Harper College Events 

Friday, 11/01/2013, 7:00 – 10:00 pm,

(Need an interpreter or tactile interpreter? Contact Elke Weinbrenner at eweinbre@harpercollege.edu)

Presenter: Christine “Coco” Roschaert
Time: 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Building/Room: Building J, Theater (park in lot 5)
Summary: Christine “Coco” Roschaert is an active DeafBlind advocate and lecturer who travels around the world and works with various DeafBlind communities, and tonight she will share with you the stories of triumph, success and oppression of the DeafBlind from all corners of the world.

Biography: Born in Canada, Christine “Coco” Roschaert is Deaf and has Usher Syndrome. She graduated from Gallaudet University in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies and now works as an international advocate for DeafBlind rights, and is also a motivational speaker DeafBlind rights, and is also a motivational speaker about DeafBlind issues and her personal life stories and has done over 200 presentations around the world.
Admission: Free
Refreshments will be provided.


Saturday, 11/02/13

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Building/Room: Building M – Gym (park in lot 1)
Description: This Expo is the foremost touring trade show for, by, and about deaf people. They provide exhibitions and entertainment around the United States at no charge to the public. Their philosophy is that free admission brings a diversity of attendees who can share their culture, needs, language, and information.
Admission: Free

Equip for Equality events

Last week, we informed you that Equip for Equality will host a general forum on Friday, June 21 to gather input from the general disability community on prioritizing their resources for the next three years to protect the legal rights of people with disabilities.

There is now an additional meeting scheduled for June 28 which is focused on Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing issues.  If you want to attend either or both meetings, you need to send an email to Cecille Escartin at cecille@equipforequality.org.

Both meetings will provide a sign language interpreter.  However, you need to notify Cecille if you require your own interpreter..

Here are the two meeting dates and locations:

General Forum

Friday, June 21, 2012
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
James R Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph Street,  Room 9-031
Chicago, IL  60601

Getting here is very easy.  Simply take any of the Downtown Loop trains and exit at Clark/Lake.  The Thompson Center is connected to the train station.  When you enter the building lobby, ask for assistance to guide you to Room 9-031.

If you are taking the Red Line train, you will need to exit at State/Lake and walk one block west to Clark Street.

Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Forum

Friday, June 28, 2013
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
20 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 300
Chicago, IL  60602

Take any Loop train to State/Lake.  Walk east two blocks to Michigan Avenue.  Then walk tww blocks south to Washington.  Continue for about half block and the building will be on your right (West side) of the street.

Can’t Make it?

You can still provide valuable input to EFE even if you cannot attend either meetings.  Simply go to EFE’s website and either fill out the online survey or download a printable version and mail/fax to them.  Here is the link to their website, which has lots of interesting information for you to browse:





LeCOBDA Reminder-Membership Dues

Just a friendly reminder that the next LeCOBDA meeting is this Saturday, April 13 at the Chicago Lighthouse at 11:00 a.m.  This is an important meeting for two reasons:

1.  Annual Membership Dues.  Please bring $15 to renew or begin your annual membership to LeCOBDA.  This small amount is really important as it helps us pay for all the fun events we have throughout the year, as well as the luncheons we have at the Lighthouse for our monthly meetings;.

2.  April is Election Month.  This Saturday, we will elect positions for President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.  If youa re unable to attend the meeting on Saturday, please be sure to email your ballot choices for each of the positions.  You should have received a notice from a previous ChicagoDeafBLind email about who is running for office.

See you all on Saturday!



IL DeafBlind Retreat Fundraiser

The Illinois DeafBlind Retreat is a bi-annual event held in Jacksonville, Illinois.  Our next retreat will be scheduled for June 2014.  Preparations are already underway and a committee is beginning the planning stages for what will be yet another exciting event!

Now there’s a way you can help make ILDBR a success.  Fact:  Retreats cost money!  But we have been able to keep the fees low for participants by raising funds to cover the cost of operating a retreat.  This year, we are organizing a raffle.  You can help out by either buying some tickets to support our cause, or helping to sell these tickets.

Each raffle ticket is $5.00.  But if you buy three raffle tickets, it is only $10.00.  That’s a free ticket for the cost of only two tickets!  The prizes are

  • First Prize:  $500
  • Second Prize: $300
  • Third Prize: $100

We will continue to sell tickets between now and July.  Winners will be announced during our July LeCOBDA Cruise.  Winners do not need to be present.

If you would like to contribute and buy some tickets or sell tickets, you can do so at any upcoming LeCOBDA meeting or contact Mindy Joy Mayer directly via email at Mindy.mayer@chicagolighthouse.org.




LeCOBDA Election Season Is Here!

The next LeCOBDA meeting will be on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the Chicago Lighthouse from 11:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m.  in the Cafeteria at:

1850 W. Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL  60608

Soup, sandwiches and beverages will be provided and you can bring your favorite desserts to share with the group.  We will be joined by interpreting students from Columbia College and Harper College to help facillitate communication.

Annual membership dues will be collected during this meeting.  Please bring $15 to renew your membership for 2013.  Your membership helps to keep our organization strong and cover costs such as the monthly luncheons, field trips and other fun things we do in our group.

If you are planning to attend the LeCOBDA Luncheon, please call or email the Deaf-Blind Program to reserve your lunch.  Contact information is below.  If you are an SSP/Interpreter/Volunteer, please arrive at 10:30 a.m. so we can pair you with a DeafBlind individual and we can start our meeting on time at 11:00 a.m.

This is an important meeting for the LeCOBDA members as this is the time of year when we elect new officers to help organize LeCOBDA.   We will elect a President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary.  All votes are due by April 13.  If you are not able to attend next LeCOBDA meeting, you can still vote by email.  Send an email to Mindy Joy Mayer at Mindy.mayer@chicagolighthouse.org.

Here are our official nominees:

  • Sara Chung
  • Celine Bush
  • Catherine Klein
  • Camille Page
  • Jerrie Lawhorn
Treasurer’s Assistant:
  • Debbie Hecker
  • Lori Eshoo (non-voting Volunteer)

Special Note:  Jerrie Lawhorn has been serving as our treasurer since 1980!  WOW!  And she is definitely not ready to retire yet.  However, she is willing to teach another to be her assistant Treasurer.

Only DeafBlind members in good standing (dues paid in full) can vote or run for office.  One exception is the Recording Secretary, which can be fulfilled by a non-DeafBlind volunteer.

To RSVP your lunch for the April LeCOBDA meeting, please contact one of the following at the Chicago Lighthouse Deaf-Blind Program:

Joann Rushing – 312.666.1331, ext. 3415 voice
312.957.4865 videophone
312.666.8874 TTYMindy Joy Mayer
312.447.3454 TTY
312.957.4865 videophoneVeramarie Baldoza
312.957.4865 videophone



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.


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
312.957.4865 videophone
312.666.8874 TTY

Mindy Joy Mayer
312.447.3454 TTY
312.957.4865 videophone

Veramarie Baldoza
312.957.4865 videophone