[nfbwatlk] FW: [Wcb-l] History kicks 6

Albert Sanchez albertsanchez at suddenlink.net
Wed May 7 12:39:21 UTC 2014

Interesting piece. Dr. Kaiser was my eye doctor and did both of my eye 
removals. Bellingham College became Western WA University.
Albert S
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> (from september 1968 Braille Monitor)
> by Margaret Osborne
> The convention week brought a new affiliate, Grays Harbor County, into the
> State Association. At the charter membership meeting Dr. Jernigan welcomed
> the
> new affiliate into the State Association. He pointed out why the blind
> people should be members of the organized blind.
> President Gronning presented a WSAB charter to the new affiliate at the
> convention and Dr. Jernigan gave encouraging words to the new affiliate.
> The Washington State Association of the Blind held its 33rd annual
> convention August 1 through August 3, 1968, Leopold Hotel, Bellingham,
> Washington.
> Keith Ahrens, President of the Whatcom County Association, host affiliate,
> gave a hearty welcome to delegated members and guests of the convention. 
> He
> introduced
> the mayor who welcomed the convention to the city of Bellingham.
> President Gronning gave an inspiring Keynote address to a 100 percent
> delegation to the convention. He pointed out the basic principles upon 
> which
> the State
> Association was organized and urged a rededication of the objectives
> supporting the purpose.
> Dr. Robert Kaiser, a prominent ophthalmologist, spoke on "Blindness 
> Problems
> in Underdeveloped Countries". He gave statistics concerning blindness in
> various
> countries and told why blindness was higher in these areas. The 
> informative
> message created much interest and a question period followed.
> Mrs. L. Swanson, Supervisor of Education of Blind Children in the Seattle
> Public Schools, spoke on new methods of teaching blind children, and
> displayed
> several new devices or aids being used in teaching the blind. She told how
> blind children with low grades were brought up to a three point or better
> grade
> level in a few months by the new teaching methods.
> Reports of officers and standing committee chairmen were given and their
> suggested programs were adopted.
> The Resolutions Committee presented several resolutions, dealing with the
> Model White Cane Law, the Guide Dog Law and the Social Security Pass On
> Provision.
> One bylaw amendment on membership-at-large was adopted. The special
> committee on bylaws was authorized to have the bylaws reprinted to include
> amendments
> which were adopted since the former printing of the laws.
> The Thursday evening session was confined to committee meetings.
> The Friday session began with a memorial to the deceased members and a
> tribute to Dr. Jacobus tenBroek, prepared by Tonn Gronning, was read by 
> the
> minister.
> Following the morning business the convention adjourned for the afternoon
> and a boat trip around Bellingham Bay was enjoyed by all.
> Friday evening Dr. Jernigan delivered the banquet address to some seventy
> persons. The Sweet Adelines, a group of musicians from Bellingham College
> presented
> a number of favorite songs and members of the banquet joined in community
> singing. During the evening many wonderful prizes were drawn. An eight 
> piece
> orchestra pre vided the dance music from 9 P. M. until midnight.
> Saturday morning the Nominating Committee gave its report and the 
> following
> officers and standing committee chairmen were unanimously elected:
> President,
> Thomas Gronning; Vice-President, E. Keith Ahrens; Secretary, Nadyne 
> Lessard;
> Treasurer, Nellie Couch; Legislation, Wesley Osborne ; Organization, Sam
> McGee;
> Public Relations, Margaret Osborne: Ways and Means, Sylvester Madding;
> Welfare, Winifred Scott, Nadyne Lessard was elected Alternate Delegate.
> Following
> adjournment the newly-elected trustees met to adopt budgets and outline
> programs for the year.
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