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Serving the blind and low vision population of South Central Kentucky

Our Meetings, When & Where

Our Next Meeting

Currently the SCKCB is meeting socially weekly via Zoom. These meetings are every Wednesday at 2:00 pm central time. On the first Wednesday of even numbered months, this meeting will also be the SCKCB's business meeting. When attending the meeting, please make sure to mute your microphone when you are not talking as any background noise (kids playing, traffic noise, etc.) will be picked up by the microphone and heard by all of the attendees. If you have any questions, please call our vice president, Richard Lindsey.

You may attend our Zoom meetings from your computer/laptop here.

You may attend our Zoom meetings from your cell phone or landline by calling (312) 626-6799 and entering 763 689 4411 as the meeting ID and 25852 as the passcode.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesdays

If you need transportation to and from our meetings or if you have any questions, call Jim Thoune, President, at 270-935-5015.

Driving Directions:
To: 707 E. Main Ave., Bowling Green, KY

Meeting Schedule

Currently our "in person" meetings have been suspended. Please join us via zoom (see above).

Minutes of the December, 2020 Meeting

The regular bi-monthly meeting of the South Central Kentucky Council of the Blind was held by Zoom conference call on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, and was called to order by President Jim Thoune at 2:20 p.m. CST. Attending were Wendell Barnett, Tracy Cole, Eldon Kaiser, Richard Lindsey, Sheryl Lott from the Owensboro group, Lisa McKinley, Dianne Oliver, Rhonda Pennycuff, Mickey Quenzer and Jim Thoune.

Following introductions, Jim explained about our regular bi-monthly business meetings, which had been held as a face-to-face gathering until this year and the Covid 19 epidemic. Since February, 2020, we have met via Zoom conference calls on Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. CST. Our business meetings are the first Wednesday of the even-numbered months: February, April, June, etc. Meetings on the other Wednesdays are "chatrooms". Jim also emphasized that SCKCB has been working, although with our new phone or computer format, during 2020. The organization has had an increase in members, contacts, meetings, donations, helpful information and ideas and guest speakers. He thanked everyone who has helped to contribute to our "upturn", especially Vice-President Richard Lindsey, Teresa Escue, and Mickey Quenzer.

In the Treasurer's Report, Tracy Cole included the January, 2020 beginning balance and the balance as of December 2, 2020. The motion to approve the report was made by Eldon and seconded by Mickey. It was approved unanimously.

February 2nd was our first meeting of 2020, when we met from 1:30 to approximately 4:00 p.m. and had lunch together. Now we meet for about one hour. Our next regular business meeting will be February 3, 2021, and right now we assume that meeting will be held by Zoom call. At that meeting the main agenda item will be the election of officers for Vice-President and Treasurer. Nominations have generally returned the incumbent to office. Jim noted, however, that often the majority of the work was done by two or three people. Jim is also asking that a new President be chosen. Nominations have generally been made from the floor and the more members we have willing to participate in this process, the stronger our organization will become. If you are willing and able to help or have a nomination suggestion, contact Jim or Richard.

We discussed the standing of our members' list, Michael has set up a new members' list at a new site, because the server we had been using was removed due to problems. This has a new address for members only and is available to members.

Further discussion was also held about our outreach to surrounding counties. Jim noted that the dynamics of this will be more difficult because of the lack of information about those who might have a need and Covid 19 restrictions. Places for contact might include: Doctors' offices, senior centers, churches. A starting place may be to contact the county clerk's office in rural counties. Dianne has a list of phone numbers.

The use of social media sources was also discussed. We did have a Facebook page years ago, but it was closed due to the time required to maintain it and the few responses received. With the growth of social media, usage may well increase. We might also use an "ad" to make SCKCB known. We will also pursue working with ''Kids On The Block", although with the variable types of school attendance, there are changes here as well.

>p>Sheryl Lott shared ideas for activities and events used by the Owensboro group, including bowling. ceramics, a silent auction and others. It was suggested by several, that we have a joint meeting with the Owensboro group for fellowship and the sharing of ideas.

A motion was made by Dianne that the meeting be adjourned. This was seconded by Mickey. This was approved and we adjourned at 3:45 p.m.

Minutes of the October Meeting

The regularly scheduled meeting of the South Central Kentucky Council of the Blind was held by Zoom conference call on Wednesday, October 8, 2020, and called to order by President Jim Thoune at 2:08 p.m.

Seven members attended providing a quorum for conducting business: Tracy Cole, Teresa Escue, Eldon Kaiser, Richard Lindsey, Dianne Oliver, Mickey Quenzer and Jim Thoune.

The meeting was recorded. These recordings are available to members for review, if desired.

The minutes of the August meeting, having been sent to the current members, providing we have an up-to-date e-mail address on record, were approved by e-mail to the secretary. Treasurer Tracy Cole gave an abbreviated Treasurer's Report covering each of the funds held by SCKCB. Two items had been presented for payment:

  1. A grant to Teresa Escue to aid in the purchase of an Orcam Eye Pro, a device worn with eyeglasses that enables the wearer to more easily navigate in his/her surroundings, along with other capabilities.
  2. Payment of the registration fee for Mickey Quenzer to attend the virtual conference on technology training for the blind or visually impaired.

A modtion was made by Eldon and seconded by Mickey that the report be accepted. It was approved unanimously.

President Jim Thoune presented two thoughts/ideas for members to consider:

  1. That we give consideration as a main effort now to reach out in tangible ways to the blind and visually-impaired in Warren County and the counties directly adjacent to it. It had been mentioned by Carla, with KCB, when she talked with us in August, that we might consider narrowing our efforts in order to better reach potential and former members. We need to be thinking of concrete ways to do this by next Wednesday's Zoom call "social" meeting.
  2. As we have been meeting weekly by Zoom call, we have been getting things done. How can we best communicate to our potentially larger community what has been taking place? For example, what have the speakers, that we've invited, shared in talking with us. We do not want to make this "summary" filled with an overwhelming amount of information, but simply give the main points. We may post this on our website? Might thre be a way to post a "coming event", with speaker, topic and date, beforehand, to make more people aware of the opportunity to join the conversation on our Zoom call each week? How? We could also include public access information for our speakers, for example a website of phone number. Could the be done for a month an posted to our website? We want people to feel free to "stop-in" on the Zoom call. How do we incorporate this new format into our by-laws?
  3. Mickey gave a summare of the virtual technology training conference he attended. He was pleased with the presentation which were many. He is in the process of making a list of the topics covered, and hopes to send this out to the current members. They can then respond, giving him an idea of what to "save" and what the memebers want to know more about.

    Finally, Jim will meet by Zoom call on October 9, at 3:00 p.m., to further discuss concrete plans for outreach.

    A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Dianne and seconded by Teresa. No one opposed and the meeting adjourned shortly after 3:00 p.m.

    Respectfully submitted,
    Dianne Oliver