April 2015 Newsletter
We, Le COBDA, will be having a Bingo Party at The Chicago Lighthouse.
Remember the fun game, Bingo? It’s a great way of getting together with the promise of winning of some prizes. It’s not just for the elderly, it’s for anyone who wants to just sit down and have some fun.
Saturday, April 11, 2015
TIME: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Please get to The Chicago Lighthouse by 10:45 AM
The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
1850 W. Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608
Anyone who has transportation arrangements, PLEASE have your ride ready by 2:50 PM, no later than 2:50 PM. Please be aware that we will be not assisting or waiting for anyone to leave after 3:00 PM. Thank you.
Italian Sausage in Tomato Sauce and Green Peppers
Mostaccioli with an Italian Seasoned Meat Sauce
Roast Turkey Breast
Whipped Potatoes with brown gravy
Green Beans with bacon & onions in tomato sauce
V.F.W. Famous House Salad- lettuce, tomato, carrots, red cabbage and cucumber with salad dressing on the side
Be sure to show up on time or a bit early; we appreciate your assistance.
Thursday, April 9th.
Another note, late RSVPs are not accepted. If you show up at the meeting and do not RSVP, I would kindly ask you to pay the full price which would be 8 dollars.
Please have your money ready on the day of our meeting. We will collect money to pay for lunch.
Please contact Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
Le COBDA President
Membership fees are due in May. Each member pays $15.00. Please see Sara the President or Jerrie the Treasurer for your renewal membership. Thanks!_______________________________________________________
District 1-A Lions Helen Keller 5K Fun Run/Walk
Date: April 26th, 2015
The website is http://e-district.org/sites/1a/page-11.php
Please contact Joann Rushing if you are interested in participating for the Run/Walk, or if you want to sponsor and make a donation. ____________________________________________________
Minnesota DeafBlind Retreat 2015:
Minnesota DeafBlind Association is proudly hosting the 3rd Minnesota DeafBlind Retreat at the campsite of Camp Friendship in Annadale, MN for a fun-filled & learning experience weekend including hand-on outdoor, educational workshops, and recreation experiences such as boating, hiking, kayaking, fishing, crafts, games, and more.
August 13 – 16, 2015
10509 108th St. NW
Annadale, MN 55302
For more information and an application:
Lee Clark at VP 612-424-4024 or email@example.com
John Dolezal at firstname.lastname@example.org or VP 651-964-1688
For your information:
Pace’s critical $8.5 Million State Grant for ADA Paratransit.
- Governor Rauner has proposed cutting the state’s $8.5 million grant for paratransit operations in his proposed FY2016 budget.
- The governor’s office has said that the proposed cuts represent less than 5% of the combined operating budgets for Pace, RTA, CTA and Metra, implying that the agencies should be able to absorb these cuts through “belt tightening.” This simply isn’t true, especially for paratransit service.
- Because ADA paratransit service is federally mandated, we cannot reduce service levels to lower our expenses, so a fare increase is the only way that Pace can attempt to balance the budget to comply with state law.
- Based on projected ridership of about 4 million on regional paratransit, a $2 fare increase- raising rates by 67%- would fall $.5 million short of making up the lost grant.
- More customers than ever are using and replying on ADA paratransit service in Chicagoland- ridership has nearly doubled between 2006 and 2014. (less than 2 million trips in 2006 and nearly 4 million in 2014)
- Many paratransit customers are on fixed or limited incomes and a major fare increase would be extremely difficult for them to manage. Traveling less often reduces the mobility and independence of these customers and reduces their quality of life.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
- Call your state senator and state representative today. You can tell them how important the service is to you, your organization, or your clients. Please consider telling them if a fare increase will have a negative effect on your way of life or that you have few or no alternatives.
- Telling your story to your legislator is important because it lets him or her know exactly how the proposed budget could affect the residents of their district. Encourage your friends and neighbors to call as well!