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FW: [Presidents] Letter to SSA re: Alternative Formats, Sign Ons Requested by COB, Friday, 7/30

Ray Campbell
 

Hello Lions:

 

The below request and attached letter is from ACB.  We are being asked to sign onto a letter to the Social Security Administration (SSA) urging them to rescind the policy change they are proposing to implement on August 14.  In summary, if you or anyone else signed up to receive notices from SSA in alternate formats, you’ll lose the option to receive the notices in the format you’ve requested starting August 14, and you’ll receive notices online unless you create a My Social Security account and explicitly opt in to continuing to receive notices in the format you currently receive them in.

 

Unless I hear strong objections, I’m going to sign ACB Lions on as a sign-on organization to this letter.  I need to have this in by end of day July 30.  If you have a strong objection to us signing onto this letter, please speak before then!

 

Thanks,

 

 

 

Lion Ray Campbell, Immediate Past President, Glen Ellyn Lions Club and

President, American Council of Blind Lions

630-258-0516

Ray153056@...

 

From: Presidents@... <Presidents@...> On Behalf Of Clark Rachfal
Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2021 4:20 PM
To: Claire Stanley <claire.stanley@...>; Swatha Nandhakumar <snandhakumar@...>
Subject: [Presidents] Letter to SSA re: Alternative Formats, Sign Ons Requested by COB, Friday, 7/30

 

Hi All,

ACB, NDRN, and Justice in Aging have drafted the attached letter regarding the change in alternative format availability going into effect at the Social Security Administration on August 14. If your organization or affiliate would like to sign on (please no individual signatories), please email Swatha Nandhakumar, ACB, and Claire Stanley, NDRN, by COB this Friday, July 30.

Thank You,

 

Clark Rachfal

Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs

American Council of the Blind


Re: [ACBL-Board] Our August Conference Call

Ray Campbell
 

Hi Lion Colette:

Good question. ACB is planning two community calls, one on August 5 and a second on August 10. I haven't heard officially, but I believe these calls would start on both evenings at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time.

Thanks,



Lion Ray Campbell, Immediate Past President, Glen Ellyn Lions Club and
President, American Council of Blind Lions
630-258-0516
Ray153056@gmail.com

-----Original Message-----
From: ACB-Lions@acblists.org <ACB-Lions@acblists.org> On Behalf Of colette arvidson
Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2021 1:52 PM
To: ACB-Lions@acblists.org
Subject: Re: [ACB-Lions] [ACBL-Board] Our August Conference Call

Could we have more information about the proposed ACB Community call in order to make an informed decision. I would like to find out if and when any other community calls about these issues take place, and how long that session will actually be. Since the community call is on August 5 and voting will take place on August 14 & 15, I think it is importance for members of ACB Lions to participate in this process in an informed manner.

However, if the timing of this call is 7:30 or 8:00 pm eastern, if it ends by 9 PM we can do both. I can see where this is a difficult decision for our leadership, to be sure we have a voice in this process of constitution and by law changes, and that ACB Lions members participate from the beginning.

Colette


-----Original Message-----
From: ACB-Lions@acblists.org <ACB-Lions@acblists.org> On Behalf Of Betsy Grenevitch
Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2021 11:08 AM
To: ACB-Lions@acblists.org
Subject: Re: [ACB-Lions] [ACBL-Board] Our August Conference Call

I think we should go ahead and have our meeting.

On 7/28/2021 10:26 AM, Ray Campbell wrote:
Thank you Lion Carla. I appreciate your thoughts.

Ray Campbell
On Jul 28, 2021, at 8:18 AM, Carla Ruschival <carla40206@gmail.com> wrote:

Ray, I am opposed to cancelling our meeting. Some people will want to go to the ACB session, but others will not. There will be other opportunities for people to attend community events on this topic, and one such meeting should be sufficient. I opt for individual choice.

Thanks.

Carla



On Jul 28, 2021, at 8:47 AM, Ray Campbell <ray153056@gmail.com> wrote:

Hello Lions:

Our August Conference Call is scheduled for 8:30 Eastern time on
Thursday, August 5. August 5 is also the date the first ACB
Community event is scheduled to gather member input on the
amendments to the ACB Constitution and Bylaws we'll be reading,
debating and voting on August 14 and 15. That event will probably start at 7:30 or 8:00 Eastern.

Do you all feel we should cancel our August 5 conference call since
ACB is having this community event? Please let me know how you feel
either way, and I'll go with the majority view. I have to send in
the event to have it put on the community events schedule by the end
of today, so please let me know your thoughts before then by phone or email.

Thanks,



Lion Ray Campbell, Immediate Past President, Glen Ellyn Lions Club
and President, American Council of Blind Lions
630-258-0516 (Voice or text)
Ray153056@gmail.com










--
Betsy Grenevitch 678-862-3876


Re: [ACBL-Board] Our August Conference Call

colette arvidson
 

Could we have more information about the proposed ACB Community call in order to make an informed decision. I would like to find out if and when any other community calls about these issues take place, and how long that session will actually be. Since the community call is on August 5 and voting will take place on August 14 & 15, I think it is importance for members of ACB Lions to participate in this process in an informed manner.

However, if the timing of this call is 7:30 or 8:00 pm eastern, if it ends by 9 PM we can do both. I can see where this is a difficult decision for our leadership, to be sure we have a voice in this process of constitution and by law changes, and that ACB Lions members participate from the beginning.

Colette

-----Original Message-----
From: ACB-Lions@acblists.org <ACB-Lions@acblists.org> On Behalf Of Betsy Grenevitch
Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2021 11:08 AM
To: ACB-Lions@acblists.org
Subject: Re: [ACB-Lions] [ACBL-Board] Our August Conference Call

I think we should go ahead and have our meeting.

On 7/28/2021 10:26 AM, Ray Campbell wrote:
Thank you Lion Carla. I appreciate your thoughts.

Ray Campbell
On Jul 28, 2021, at 8:18 AM, Carla Ruschival <carla40206@gmail.com> wrote:

Ray, I am opposed to cancelling our meeting. Some people will want to go to the ACB session, but others will not. There will be other opportunities for people to attend community events on this topic, and one such meeting should be sufficient. I opt for individual choice.

Thanks.

Carla



On Jul 28, 2021, at 8:47 AM, Ray Campbell <ray153056@gmail.com> wrote:

Hello Lions:

Our August Conference Call is scheduled for 8:30 Eastern time on
Thursday, August 5. August 5 is also the date the first ACB
Community event is scheduled to gather member input on the
amendments to the ACB Constitution and Bylaws we'll be reading,
debating and voting on August 14 and 15. That event will probably start at 7:30 or 8:00 Eastern.

Do you all feel we should cancel our August 5 conference call since
ACB is having this community event? Please let me know how you feel
either way, and I'll go with the majority view. I have to send in
the event to have it put on the community events schedule by the end
of today, so please let me know your thoughts before then by phone or email.

Thanks,



Lion Ray Campbell, Immediate Past President, Glen Ellyn Lions Club
and President, American Council of Blind Lions
630-258-0516 (Voice or text)
Ray153056@gmail.com










--
Betsy Grenevitch 678-862-3876


Re: [ACBL-Board] Our August Conference Call

Betsy Grenevitch
 

I think we should go ahead and have our meeting.

On 7/28/2021 10:26 AM, Ray Campbell wrote:
Thank you Lion Carla. I appreciate your thoughts.

Ray Campbell
On Jul 28, 2021, at 8:18 AM, Carla Ruschival <carla40206@gmail.com> wrote:

Ray, I am opposed to cancelling our meeting. Some people will want to go to the ACB session, but others will not. There will be other opportunities for people to attend community events on this topic, and one such meeting should be sufficient. I opt for individual choice.

Thanks.

Carla



On Jul 28, 2021, at 8:47 AM, Ray Campbell <ray153056@gmail.com> wrote:

Hello Lions:

Our August Conference Call is scheduled for 8:30 Eastern time on Thursday,
August 5. August 5 is also the date the first ACB Community event is
scheduled to gather member input on the amendments to the ACB Constitution
and Bylaws we'll be reading, debating and voting on August 14 and 15. That
event will probably start at 7:30 or 8:00 Eastern.

Do you all feel we should cancel our August 5 conference call since ACB is
having this community event? Please let me know how you feel either way,
and I'll go with the majority view. I have to send in the event to have it
put on the community events schedule by the end of today, so please let me
know your thoughts before then by phone or email.

Thanks,



Lion Ray Campbell, Immediate Past President, Glen Ellyn Lions Club and
President, American Council of Blind Lions
630-258-0516 (Voice or text)
Ray153056@gmail.com









--
Betsy Grenevitch 678-862-3876


Re: Our August Conference Call

Andrea Conner
 

Lion Ray, I feel our monthly meeting should proceed as scheduled on Thursday
August 5.

Lion Andrea

-----Original Message-----
From: ACB-Lions@acblists.org <ACB-Lions@acblists.org> On Behalf Of Ray
Campbell
Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2021 7:48 AM
To: acbl-board@acblists.org; ACB-Lions@acblists.org
Subject: [ACB-Lions] Our August Conference Call

Hello Lions:

Our August Conference Call is scheduled for 8:30 Eastern time on Thursday,
August 5. August 5 is also the date the first ACB Community event is
scheduled to gather member input on the amendments to the ACB Constitution
and Bylaws we'll be reading, debating and voting on August 14 and 15. That
event will probably start at 7:30 or 8:00 Eastern.

Do you all feel we should cancel our August 5 conference call since ACB is
having this community event? Please let me know how you feel either way,
and I'll go with the majority view. I have to send in the event to have it
put on the community events schedule by the end of today, so please let me
know your thoughts before then by phone or email.

Thanks,



Lion Ray Campbell, Immediate Past President, Glen Ellyn Lions Club and
President, American Council of Blind Lions
630-258-0516 (Voice or text)
Ray153056@gmail.com


Re: Our August Conference Call

mitch.pomerantz@...
 

Ray:

I think that would be good to do. Given that it's right after the
convention, it may be that we should just skip meeting in August, but that's
your call.


Lion Mitch Pomerantz

-----Original Message-----
From: ACB-Lions@acblists.org <ACB-Lions@acblists.org> On Behalf Of Ray
Campbell
Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2021 5:48 AM
To: acbl-board@acblists.org; ACB-Lions@acblists.org
Subject: [ACB-Lions] Our August Conference Call

Hello Lions:

Our August Conference Call is scheduled for 8:30 Eastern time on Thursday,
August 5. August 5 is also the date the first ACB Community event is
scheduled to gather member input on the amendments to the ACB Constitution
and Bylaws we'll be reading, debating and voting on August 14 and 15. That
event will probably start at 7:30 or 8:00 Eastern.

Do you all feel we should cancel our August 5 conference call since ACB is
having this community event? Please let me know how you feel either way,
and I'll go with the majority view. I have to send in the event to have it
put on the community events schedule by the end of today, so please let me
know your thoughts before then by phone or email.

Thanks,



Lion Ray Campbell, Immediate Past President, Glen Ellyn Lions Club and
President, American Council of Blind Lions
630-258-0516 (Voice or text)
Ray153056@gmail.com


Re: [ACBL-Board] Our August Conference Call

Ray Campbell
 

Thank you Lion Carla. I appreciate your thoughts.

Ray Campbell

On Jul 28, 2021, at 8:18 AM, Carla Ruschival <carla40206@gmail.com> wrote:

Ray, I am opposed to cancelling our meeting. Some people will want to go to the ACB session, but others will not. There will be other opportunities for people to attend community events on this topic, and one such meeting should be sufficient. I opt for individual choice.

Thanks.

Carla



On Jul 28, 2021, at 8:47 AM, Ray Campbell <ray153056@gmail.com> wrote:

Hello Lions:

Our August Conference Call is scheduled for 8:30 Eastern time on Thursday,
August 5. August 5 is also the date the first ACB Community event is
scheduled to gather member input on the amendments to the ACB Constitution
and Bylaws we'll be reading, debating and voting on August 14 and 15. That
event will probably start at 7:30 or 8:00 Eastern.

Do you all feel we should cancel our August 5 conference call since ACB is
having this community event? Please let me know how you feel either way,
and I'll go with the majority view. I have to send in the event to have it
put on the community events schedule by the end of today, so please let me
know your thoughts before then by phone or email.

Thanks,



Lion Ray Campbell, Immediate Past President, Glen Ellyn Lions Club and
President, American Council of Blind Lions
630-258-0516 (Voice or text)
Ray153056@gmail.com










Re: [ACBL-Board] Our August Conference Call

Carla Ruschival
 

Ray, I am opposed to cancelling our meeting. Some people will want to go to the ACB session, but others will not. There will be other opportunities for people to attend community events on this topic, and one such meeting should be sufficient. I opt for individual choice.

Thanks.

Carla

On Jul 28, 2021, at 8:47 AM, Ray Campbell <ray153056@gmail.com> wrote:

Hello Lions:

Our August Conference Call is scheduled for 8:30 Eastern time on Thursday,
August 5. August 5 is also the date the first ACB Community event is
scheduled to gather member input on the amendments to the ACB Constitution
and Bylaws we'll be reading, debating and voting on August 14 and 15. That
event will probably start at 7:30 or 8:00 Eastern.

Do you all feel we should cancel our August 5 conference call since ACB is
having this community event? Please let me know how you feel either way,
and I'll go with the majority view. I have to send in the event to have it
put on the community events schedule by the end of today, so please let me
know your thoughts before then by phone or email.

Thanks,



Lion Ray Campbell, Immediate Past President, Glen Ellyn Lions Club and
President, American Council of Blind Lions
630-258-0516 (Voice or text)
Ray153056@gmail.com







Our August Conference Call

Ray Campbell
 

Hello Lions:

Our August Conference Call is scheduled for 8:30 Eastern time on Thursday,
August 5. August 5 is also the date the first ACB Community event is
scheduled to gather member input on the amendments to the ACB Constitution
and Bylaws we'll be reading, debating and voting on August 14 and 15. That
event will probably start at 7:30 or 8:00 Eastern.

Do you all feel we should cancel our August 5 conference call since ACB is
having this community event? Please let me know how you feel either way,
and I'll go with the majority view. I have to send in the event to have it
put on the community events schedule by the end of today, so please let me
know your thoughts before then by phone or email.

Thanks,



Lion Ray Campbell, Immediate Past President, Glen Ellyn Lions Club and
President, American Council of Blind Lions
630-258-0516 (Voice or text)
Ray153056@gmail.com


Re: yesterday's presentation by Patti Hill

Sharon Howerton
 

Thanks so much, Lion Ray. I will be looking forward to that.

Test was negative-thanks for asking-but still stuck with a nasty cold. Could be a lot worse.

So are you and Karyn leaving your jobs and moving to Springfield?

 

From: ACB-Lions@... <ACB-Lions@...> On Behalf Of Ray Campbell
Sent: Thursday, July 22, 2021 10:06 AM
To: ACB-Lions@...
Subject: Re: [ACB-Lions] yesterday's presentation by Patti Hill

 

Hi Lion Sharon:

I  hope you tested negative, and, I hope you’re feeling better.  The session will be podcasted, and we do have an affiliate page on the ACB Website and will put a link up there.

 

Thanks,

 

 

 

Lion Ray Campbell, Immediate Past President, Glen Ellyn Lions Club and

President, American Council of Blind Lions

Ray153056@...

 

From: ACB-Lions@... <ACB-Lions@...> On Behalf Of Sharon Howerton
Sent: Thursday, July 22, 2021 7:10 AM
To: ACB-Lions@...
Subject: [ACB-Lions] yesterday's presentation by Patti Hill

 

I truly hope this was recorded or will be available some time. I have been sick the last couple of days and was getting a Covid test around the time of her presentation or getting to the clinic.

Sharon


Re: ACB Lions White Cane Resolution

Ray Campbell
 

Hi Lion Joey:

Yes, LCI did act very swiftly and changed the white cane replica. For those that didn't hear the story at Milly's Place, in the Fall after we passed the resolution, the North American-Caribbean Region of the World Blind Union met at Hadley in Winnetka, Illinois. We tried to get someone from LCI to come to that meeting since Oak Brook, IL isn't far from there so we could thank them for moving so swiftly. Well, I guess Oak Brook was to far from Winnetka for them to do that.

Thanks,



Lion Ray Campbell, Immediate Past President, Glen Ellyn Lions Club and
President, American Council of Blind Lions
Ray153056@gmail.com

-----Original Message-----
From: ACB-Lions@acblists.org <ACB-Lions@acblists.org> On Behalf Of Joey
Sent: Friday, July 23, 2021 5:05 AM
To: ACB-Lions@acblists.org
Subject: Re: [ACB-Lions] ACB Lions White Cane Resolution

Did Lions clubs international change this by chance does anyone know? Just was curious since this is the first time I saw this resolution.

On Jul 22, 2021, at 11:57 PM, Ray Campbell <ray153056@gmail.com> wrote:

Hello Lions:

I found the Resolution ACB Lions got passed by ACB calling on LCI to
change their white cane symbol. It was passed at the 2014 ACB
Conference and Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. The full text of the resolution is below.


Lions Replica Canes
Resolution 2014-02

Whereas, the mission of Lions Clubs International (LCI) is to empower
volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs and
encourage peace and promote international understanding through
Lionism, and its vision is to become the global leader in community
and humanitarian service; and

Whereas, since LCI's founding in 1917, members have joined together
from all walks of life to embrace the philosophy of Lions Clubs
International as embodied in its motto: "we serve"; and

Whereas, hundreds of members who are blind and visually impaired have
heeded the call to serve in their communities in an effort to share
their talents by actively initiating and participating in community
service projects; and

Whereas, many such members also serve in positions of leadership as
club officers and directors, and at the district level as zone
chairpersons and district governors; and

Whereas, since 1951, when the Monterey Park, California, club began
the practice, LCI has used a small, plastic cane with a crook for the
handle to symbolize its annual fundraising campaign on behalf of the
blind; and

Whereas, the image of blind persons has changed significantly for the
better since World War II when the crooked cane was the standard
mobility tool for blind veterans; and

Whereas, the crooked cane, while still utilized for providing support
for individuals with mobility and/or balance limitations, no longer
accurately reflects the modern white cane used by a vast majority of
blind persons throughout the world as a mobility tool - a cane which
is straight and often lacks a red tip; and

Whereas, hundreds of thousands of LCI's crooked canes are placed in
letters soliciting donations on behalf of the blind, thereby
inadvertently misleading the public regarding the appearance of the
modern white cane; and

Whereas, the American Council of Blind Lions - which will celebrate
its 43rd anniversary this summer as a chartered affiliate of the
American Council of the Blind - believes that the bulky, crooked
handle cane reflects an inaccurate and outdated stereotype, the white
cane as a fundraising symbol for LCI should accurately and positively
represent the cane used by today's independent blind person;

Now, therefore, be it resolved by the American Council of the Blind in
convention assembled on the 17th day of July, 2014, at the Riviera
Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, that the American Council of the Blind,
join with its special-interest affiliate, ACB Lions, in calling upon
Lions Clubs International to update its white cane symbol by adopting
a replica straight cane to accurately reflect the cane used by the
vast majority of blind persons to safely and independently navigate
worldwide; and

Be it further resolved that ACB Lions and LCI recognize the
contribution of Ms. Agnes Douglass for her decades-long work producing
these canes and offer assistance to her in changing over to the new
straight cane; and

Be it further resolved that this resolution be transmitted to Scott
Drumheller, Executive Administrator, Lions Clubs International and
Noel Mason, Division Manager of Club Supplies, LCI.

Adopted.

Ray Campbell, Secretary



Lion Ray Campbell, Immediate Past President, Glen Ellyn Lions Club and
President, American Council of Blind Lions Ray153056@gmail.com







Re: ACB Lions White Cane Resolution

Carla Ruschival
 

Yes, they did.

On Jul 23, 2021, at 6:05 AM, Joey <ki4vjd@gmail.com> wrote:

Did Lions clubs international change this by chance does anyone know? Just was curious since this is the first time I saw this resolution.

On Jul 22, 2021, at 11:57 PM, Ray Campbell <ray153056@gmail.com> wrote:

Hello Lions:

I found the Resolution ACB Lions got passed by ACB calling on LCI to change
their white cane symbol. It was passed at the 2014 ACB Conference and
Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. The full text of the resolution is below.


Lions Replica Canes
Resolution 2014-02

Whereas, the mission of Lions Clubs International (LCI) is to empower
volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs and encourage
peace and promote international understanding through Lionism, and its
vision is to become the global leader in community and humanitarian service;
and

Whereas, since LCI's founding in 1917, members have joined together from all
walks of life to embrace the philosophy of Lions Clubs International as
embodied in its motto: "we serve"; and

Whereas, hundreds of members who are blind and visually impaired have heeded
the call to serve in their communities in an effort to share their talents
by actively initiating and participating in community service projects; and

Whereas, many such members also serve in positions of leadership as club
officers and directors, and at the district level as zone chairpersons and
district governors; and

Whereas, since 1951, when the Monterey Park, California, club began the
practice, LCI has used a small, plastic cane with a crook for the handle to
symbolize its annual fundraising campaign on behalf of the blind; and

Whereas, the image of blind persons has changed significantly for the better
since World War II when the crooked cane was the standard mobility tool for
blind veterans; and

Whereas, the crooked cane, while still utilized for providing support for
individuals with mobility and/or balance limitations, no longer accurately
reflects the modern white cane used by a vast majority of blind persons
throughout the world as a mobility tool - a cane which is straight and often
lacks a red tip; and

Whereas, hundreds of thousands of LCI's crooked canes are placed in letters
soliciting donations on behalf of the blind, thereby inadvertently
misleading the public regarding the appearance of the modern white cane; and

Whereas, the American Council of Blind Lions - which will celebrate its 43rd
anniversary this summer as a chartered affiliate of the American Council of
the Blind - believes that the bulky, crooked handle cane reflects an
inaccurate and outdated stereotype, the white cane as a fundraising symbol
for LCI should accurately and positively represent the cane used by today's
independent blind person;

Now, therefore, be it resolved by the American Council of the Blind in
convention assembled on the 17th day of July, 2014, at the Riviera Hotel in
Las Vegas, Nevada, that the American Council of the Blind, join with its
special-interest affiliate, ACB Lions, in calling upon Lions Clubs
International to update its white cane symbol by adopting a replica straight
cane to accurately reflect the cane used by the vast majority of blind
persons to safely and independently navigate worldwide; and

Be it further resolved that ACB Lions and LCI recognize the contribution of
Ms. Agnes Douglass for her decades-long work producing these canes and offer
assistance to her in changing over to the new straight cane; and

Be it further resolved that this resolution be transmitted to Scott
Drumheller, Executive Administrator, Lions Clubs International and Noel
Mason, Division Manager of Club Supplies, LCI.

Adopted.

Ray Campbell, Secretary



Lion Ray Campbell, Immediate Past President, Glen Ellyn Lions Club and
President, American Council of Blind Lions
Ray153056@gmail.com










Re: ACB Lions White Cane Resolution

Joey
 

Did Lions clubs international change this by chance does anyone know? Just was curious since this is the first time I saw this resolution.

On Jul 22, 2021, at 11:57 PM, Ray Campbell <ray153056@gmail.com> wrote:

Hello Lions:

I found the Resolution ACB Lions got passed by ACB calling on LCI to change
their white cane symbol. It was passed at the 2014 ACB Conference and
Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. The full text of the resolution is below.


Lions Replica Canes
Resolution 2014-02

Whereas, the mission of Lions Clubs International (LCI) is to empower
volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs and encourage
peace and promote international understanding through Lionism, and its
vision is to become the global leader in community and humanitarian service;
and

Whereas, since LCI's founding in 1917, members have joined together from all
walks of life to embrace the philosophy of Lions Clubs International as
embodied in its motto: "we serve"; and

Whereas, hundreds of members who are blind and visually impaired have heeded
the call to serve in their communities in an effort to share their talents
by actively initiating and participating in community service projects; and

Whereas, many such members also serve in positions of leadership as club
officers and directors, and at the district level as zone chairpersons and
district governors; and

Whereas, since 1951, when the Monterey Park, California, club began the
practice, LCI has used a small, plastic cane with a crook for the handle to
symbolize its annual fundraising campaign on behalf of the blind; and

Whereas, the image of blind persons has changed significantly for the better
since World War II when the crooked cane was the standard mobility tool for
blind veterans; and

Whereas, the crooked cane, while still utilized for providing support for
individuals with mobility and/or balance limitations, no longer accurately
reflects the modern white cane used by a vast majority of blind persons
throughout the world as a mobility tool - a cane which is straight and often
lacks a red tip; and

Whereas, hundreds of thousands of LCI's crooked canes are placed in letters
soliciting donations on behalf of the blind, thereby inadvertently
misleading the public regarding the appearance of the modern white cane; and

Whereas, the American Council of Blind Lions - which will celebrate its 43rd
anniversary this summer as a chartered affiliate of the American Council of
the Blind - believes that the bulky, crooked handle cane reflects an
inaccurate and outdated stereotype, the white cane as a fundraising symbol
for LCI should accurately and positively represent the cane used by today's
independent blind person;

Now, therefore, be it resolved by the American Council of the Blind in
convention assembled on the 17th day of July, 2014, at the Riviera Hotel in
Las Vegas, Nevada, that the American Council of the Blind, join with its
special-interest affiliate, ACB Lions, in calling upon Lions Clubs
International to update its white cane symbol by adopting a replica straight
cane to accurately reflect the cane used by the vast majority of blind
persons to safely and independently navigate worldwide; and

Be it further resolved that ACB Lions and LCI recognize the contribution of
Ms. Agnes Douglass for her decades-long work producing these canes and offer
assistance to her in changing over to the new straight cane; and

Be it further resolved that this resolution be transmitted to Scott
Drumheller, Executive Administrator, Lions Clubs International and Noel
Mason, Division Manager of Club Supplies, LCI.

Adopted.

Ray Campbell, Secretary



Lion Ray Campbell, Immediate Past President, Glen Ellyn Lions Club and
President, American Council of Blind Lions
Ray153056@gmail.com







Re: ACB Lions White Cane Resolution

Donna Pomerantz
 

Lion President Ray, Wow, thank you! It seems like a whole other lifetime ago
that Lions Kenneth, Mitch and Albert worked on this...what a cool memory!

Lion Donna

ACB Lions Tail Twister
Pasadena Host Lions Club President
Pasadena Lions memorial Trust Board Member

Lions - Together We Serve!

-----Original Message-----
From: ACB-Lions@acblists.org <ACB-Lions@acblists.org> On Behalf Of Ray
Campbell
Sent: Thursday, July 22, 2021 8:58 PM
To: ACB-Lions@acblists.org
Subject: [ACB-Lions] ACB Lions White Cane Resolution

Hello Lions:

I found the Resolution ACB Lions got passed by ACB calling on LCI to change
their white cane symbol. It was passed at the 2014 ACB Conference and
Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. The full text of the resolution is below.


Lions Replica Canes
Resolution 2014-02

Whereas, the mission of Lions Clubs International (LCI) is to empower
volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs and encourage
peace and promote international understanding through Lionism, and its
vision is to become the global leader in community and humanitarian service;
and

Whereas, since LCI's founding in 1917, members have joined together from all
walks of life to embrace the philosophy of Lions Clubs International as
embodied in its motto: "we serve"; and

Whereas, hundreds of members who are blind and visually impaired have heeded
the call to serve in their communities in an effort to share their talents
by actively initiating and participating in community service projects; and

Whereas, many such members also serve in positions of leadership as club
officers and directors, and at the district level as zone chairpersons and
district governors; and

Whereas, since 1951, when the Monterey Park, California, club began the
practice, LCI has used a small, plastic cane with a crook for the handle to
symbolize its annual fundraising campaign on behalf of the blind; and

Whereas, the image of blind persons has changed significantly for the better
since World War II when the crooked cane was the standard mobility tool for
blind veterans; and

Whereas, the crooked cane, while still utilized for providing support for
individuals with mobility and/or balance limitations, no longer accurately
reflects the modern white cane used by a vast majority of blind persons
throughout the world as a mobility tool - a cane which is straight and often
lacks a red tip; and

Whereas, hundreds of thousands of LCI's crooked canes are placed in letters
soliciting donations on behalf of the blind, thereby inadvertently
misleading the public regarding the appearance of the modern white cane; and

Whereas, the American Council of Blind Lions - which will celebrate its 43rd
anniversary this summer as a chartered affiliate of the American Council of
the Blind - believes that the bulky, crooked handle cane reflects an
inaccurate and outdated stereotype, the white cane as a fundraising symbol
for LCI should accurately and positively represent the cane used by today's
independent blind person;

Now, therefore, be it resolved by the American Council of the Blind in
convention assembled on the 17th day of July, 2014, at the Riviera Hotel in
Las Vegas, Nevada, that the American Council of the Blind, join with its
special-interest affiliate, ACB Lions, in calling upon Lions Clubs
International to update its white cane symbol by adopting a replica straight
cane to accurately reflect the cane used by the vast majority of blind
persons to safely and independently navigate worldwide; and

Be it further resolved that ACB Lions and LCI recognize the contribution of
Ms. Agnes Douglass for her decades-long work producing these canes and offer
assistance to her in changing over to the new straight cane; and

Be it further resolved that this resolution be transmitted to Scott
Drumheller, Executive Administrator, Lions Clubs International and Noel
Mason, Division Manager of Club Supplies, LCI.

Adopted.

Ray Campbell, Secretary



Lion Ray Campbell, Immediate Past President, Glen Ellyn Lions Club and
President, American Council of Blind Lions Ray153056@gmail.com


ACB Lions White Cane Resolution

Ray Campbell
 

Hello Lions:

I found the Resolution ACB Lions got passed by ACB calling on LCI to change
their white cane symbol. It was passed at the 2014 ACB Conference and
Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. The full text of the resolution is below.


Lions Replica Canes
Resolution 2014-02

Whereas, the mission of Lions Clubs International (LCI) is to empower
volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs and encourage
peace and promote international understanding through Lionism, and its
vision is to become the global leader in community and humanitarian service;
and

Whereas, since LCI's founding in 1917, members have joined together from all
walks of life to embrace the philosophy of Lions Clubs International as
embodied in its motto: "we serve"; and

Whereas, hundreds of members who are blind and visually impaired have heeded
the call to serve in their communities in an effort to share their talents
by actively initiating and participating in community service projects; and

Whereas, many such members also serve in positions of leadership as club
officers and directors, and at the district level as zone chairpersons and
district governors; and

Whereas, since 1951, when the Monterey Park, California, club began the
practice, LCI has used a small, plastic cane with a crook for the handle to
symbolize its annual fundraising campaign on behalf of the blind; and

Whereas, the image of blind persons has changed significantly for the better
since World War II when the crooked cane was the standard mobility tool for
blind veterans; and

Whereas, the crooked cane, while still utilized for providing support for
individuals with mobility and/or balance limitations, no longer accurately
reflects the modern white cane used by a vast majority of blind persons
throughout the world as a mobility tool - a cane which is straight and often
lacks a red tip; and

Whereas, hundreds of thousands of LCI's crooked canes are placed in letters
soliciting donations on behalf of the blind, thereby inadvertently
misleading the public regarding the appearance of the modern white cane; and

Whereas, the American Council of Blind Lions - which will celebrate its 43rd
anniversary this summer as a chartered affiliate of the American Council of
the Blind - believes that the bulky, crooked handle cane reflects an
inaccurate and outdated stereotype, the white cane as a fundraising symbol
for LCI should accurately and positively represent the cane used by today's
independent blind person;

Now, therefore, be it resolved by the American Council of the Blind in
convention assembled on the 17th day of July, 2014, at the Riviera Hotel in
Las Vegas, Nevada, that the American Council of the Blind, join with its
special-interest affiliate, ACB Lions, in calling upon Lions Clubs
International to update its white cane symbol by adopting a replica straight
cane to accurately reflect the cane used by the vast majority of blind
persons to safely and independently navigate worldwide; and

Be it further resolved that ACB Lions and LCI recognize the contribution of
Ms. Agnes Douglass for her decades-long work producing these canes and offer
assistance to her in changing over to the new straight cane; and

Be it further resolved that this resolution be transmitted to Scott
Drumheller, Executive Administrator, Lions Clubs International and Noel
Mason, Division Manager of Club Supplies, LCI.

Adopted.

Ray Campbell, Secretary



Lion Ray Campbell, Immediate Past President, Glen Ellyn Lions Club and
President, American Council of Blind Lions
Ray153056@gmail.com


Vote On Special Motion to Allow Remote Voting at Future Conventions

mitch.pomerantz@...
 

Fellow Lions:

 

Below you will find the Special Motion which has been presented to the membership regarding whether there will be the holding of a  meeting on August 14. Please e-mail: mitch.pomerantz@... or call: (626) 844-4388, to let me know whether you support or oppose this motion. I will forward the final tally to Carla in order to cast our affiliate vote. Since we do not yet know when the affiliates will cast their votes, I will take your yes/no vote until the first state affiliate, Alabama, is called. I will then let Carla know the vote count. Thanks.

 

 

Mitch Pomerantz

 

From: American Council of the Blind <kgasque@...>
Sent: Thursday, July 22, 2021 8:05 AM
To: mitch.pomerantz@...
Subject: Information on Special Motion to Allow Remote Voting at Future Conventions

 

ACB logo in white

 

 

This motion will be discussed during general session on Friday 23, 2021:

 

I move that, upon the conclusion of regular convention business, this convention be adjourned until Saturday, August 14, 2021 at 8:00 PM EDT, for a special order of business for the consideration of such amendments to the ACB Constitution and Bylaws as may be necessary to align its meeting and voting practices with the provisions of District of Columbia “Nonprofit Corporation Act of 2010.”

 

This motion is required to allow hybrid meetings and voting at future conventions, both to comply with D.C. Code and to carry out the will of the ACB membership.

 

The motion will enable convening of Constitution and Bylaws Committee to consider amendments for this purpose. It is our hope that the committee can complete its work and distribute their proposed amendments by the first week of August, so we can hold community calls prior to the August 14 meeting to obtain feedback from members.

 

Below is a list of keys milestones and guidelines: 

·     Convene the meeting August 14, 2021, at 8:00 PM EDT.

·     Read the proposed amendments that will be presented by constitution and bylaw committee.

·     Reconvene August 15, 2021, at 4:00 PM EDT to debate and vote on amendments read on previous day.

·     Voting will be conducted in the same manner as used for candidate elections at this convention (Please save your voter ID code)

·     The Task Force agreed that any remote voting process must include to the greatest extent possible, security, ballot verification, and privacy. The recommended process must also provide electronic and phone access.

 

It is our recommendation that amendments to be considered at the August meeting only apply to remote voting for future elections and constitutional amendments.  

 

 

American Council of the Blind | www.acb.org

 

American Council of The Blind | 1703 North Beauregard Street, Suite 420, Alexandria, VA 22311

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Re: yesterday's presentation by Patti Hill

Debby Phillips
 

Hi Sharon, I hope that several sessions were recorded. There was something I wanted to listen to yesterday and I went to the ACB Media where it was supposed to be and it wasn’t there. I hope you are feeling better and that you don’t have nasty Covid.

Debby Phillips, Catholic, Pres. United Blind of Spokane, LionSent from my iPhone


Re: yesterday's presentation by Patti Hill

Ray Campbell
 

Hi Lion Sharon:

I  hope you tested negative, and, I hope you’re feeling better.  The session will be podcasted, and we do have an affiliate page on the ACB Website and will put a link up there.

 

Thanks,

 

 

 

Lion Ray Campbell, Immediate Past President, Glen Ellyn Lions Club and

President, American Council of Blind Lions

Ray153056@...

 

From: ACB-Lions@... <ACB-Lions@...> On Behalf Of Sharon Howerton
Sent: Thursday, July 22, 2021 7:10 AM
To: ACB-Lions@...
Subject: [ACB-Lions] yesterday's presentation by Patti Hill

 

I truly hope this was recorded or will be available some time. I have been sick the last couple of days and was getting a Covid test around the time of her presentation or getting to the clinic.

Sharon


yesterday's presentation by Patti Hill

Sharon Howerton
 

I truly hope this was recorded or will be available some time. I have been sick the last couple of days and was getting a Covid test around the time of her presentation or getting to the clinic.

Sharon


Helen Keller and the Lions

Carla Ruschival
 

Helen Keller challenged the Lions to be "Knights of the Blind".  But
her involvement with the Lions was so much more than those four words.

Learn more about Helen Keller and her relationship with the Lions
today (Thursday) at 5:30 PM.  Micheal Hudson, Director of the museum
at the American Printing House for the Blind, will take us back nearly
100 years and help us discover how it all happened.  An amazing piece
of Helen Keller history.

When:  Thursday, July 22, at 5:30 PM on Zoom and ACB Media 6

When you register for ACB Lions along with your convention registration,
you will receive a special 50-year ACB Lions commemorative pin and be
eligible to win door prizes. Visit www.acbconvention.org
to register, or call the ACB Minnesota office at (612) 332-3242.

For more information about ACB Lions, call Carla Ruschival at (502) 897-1472.

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