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MARCH/APRIL,  2020
FEATURE STORY
VANESSA BECOMES A TENNESSEE BUSINESS MANAGER
My name is Vanessa and I am from Dandridge. I joined Vibes this past August. I heard about Vibes through Owen, one of the mentors in the club. I was in the middle of my evaluation to start the July class for the Tennessee Business Enterprise (the vendor program) when Owen suggested that I join and be a part of a club with other blind and visually impaired people in the community. I joined and I thoroughly enjoy being a part of Vibes. I enjoy the atmosphere, the energy, and how we can all come together and share all kinds of information that we think might help any of us in the slightest way. I am enjoying being a part of vibes and interacting with everyone
 
At the same time, I was in the middle of the 2019 July class of the vendor program 
click here, at club-vibes.org to read Vanessa's story.


MARCH CALENDAR
6-Member walk with Delta Gamma, 5:00 pm at Buckley's 
6- Member Meeting at the Buckley's. 6:00 pm
10- Board Meeting; 6:00 pm
16-20-UT and Knox County spring break
 
APRIL CALENDAR
3- Member walk with Delta Gamma, 5:00 pm at Buckley's 
3- Member Meeting at the Buckley's. 6:00 pm
4-Beeping kickball, VIBES vs Pellissippi; details later
14-Board Meeting 6:00 pm
19-Tandem biking resumes; 2:00 pm Cherokee Blvd; RSVP Sue
Freedom to Fly Blog
WHAT IS NEW THIS MONTH ON OUR BLOG PAGE?

HOW I USE ACCESSIBLE VOTING MACHINES WITH LOW VISION 
Every voting location has a voting machine that is accessible to those with low vision or other disabilities that prevent them from using the voting machines available to the general public.  This blog describes the experience of voting with the accessible voting machine.  Read blog at club-vibes.org.

COOKING WITHOUT LOOKING Part II
Our last blog, "COOKING WITHOUT LOOKING", Part I gave some general tips used by blind cooks. Part II has some more specific tips to ensure success in the kitchen.
Read Blog at club-vibes.org

MORE COOKING TIPS
If you want to review the video from our December newsletter, YOUTUBE video "How the Blind Cook Became a Culinary Sensation" by Christine Ha who starts by saying  "If you can't see how steep a mountain is, then you can't fear it".  Click here to view the video on YouTube.

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NEWS
TRIP PLANS ARE COMING TOGETHER
The agenda has been developed for the VIBES members who have worked hard to earn the minimum of twenty points needed to qualify for the trip which will take place May 22-26.  The first stop will be in Lexington KY for a tandem bicycle ride around the horse farms.  Then on to Louisville where the group will attend horse races at Churchill Downs, take a tour of the Louisville Slugger Museum, visit the American Printing House for the blind and the museum, do more tandem bicycling, and take downtown Louisville carriage rides. The highlight will be a "barn and backside tour" of Churchill Downs that is being adjusted to include hands-on activities not usually allowed to sighted visitors. 


Louisville Slugger factory and museum with a giant baseball bat leaning against the side The bat is taller than the 5-story building!

BEYOND THE BASICS, ORIENTATION AND MOBILITY TRAINING (Part I)
Orientation and Mobility skills are essential for a blind or visually impaired persons to live an independent and fulfilling life. O&M skills are usually included through the program for visually impaired in the public schools but more in-depth skills are needed for successful and varied travel. Two VIBES members who sought more extensive training recently shared with the rest of the membership their experiences. They have each written an article summarizing the skills that they have learned. The first article, in this newsletter, is by Campbell, who had only basic cane and sighted-guide mobility skills. She has been receiving instruction in more advanced skills from an instructor in Ashville, NC for the past two and a half years. The second article, which will be in the next newsletter, is by Marian who attended "Immersion Training in Orientation and Mobility" through Guide Dogs for the Blind in California. This was an intensive week-long experience designed to provide students with the skills they need to master before getting a guide dog. 

CAMPBELL'S ORIENTATION AND MOBILITY PROGRAM
I have been receiving Orientation and Mobility (O&M) services from Jay Hardwig, an Orientation and Mobility Instructor (COMS) and Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) based in Asheville, North Carolina, since August 2017. When we began working together, though I had a firm grasp of basic cane skills and human guide technique, I was overly wary of traffic and knew virtually nothing about traffic patterns, GPS applications, or anything else relating to independent travel, due to the fact that I had received no O&M instruction since before 2013. 

Over the past 2 1/2 years, we have "played in traffic" all over Asheville, click here to continue reading


BLIND PEOPLE ARE "AMAZING"


Robby Spangler

Robby Spangler posted on Facebook his view of living blind. He wants to set the record straight that  there is nothing "amazing" about living without sight; it is just learning to do the same things that sighted people do but learning to do these things differently.
Click here for the link to the Facebook posting by Robby Spangler.member with an 

ORHS PRODUCTION OF LITTLE MERMAID
Mariah, VIBES member and a student at Oak Ridge High School, has an interest in the theater. She has been busy lately working back stage with the ORHS Masquers who are presenting Disney's" The Little Mermaid" at the Performing Arts Center at Oak Ridge High School. Shows are Friday, March 6th at 7pm, March 7th at 2pm and 7pm, and March 8th at 2pm. Advanced tickets are $8. Student tickets are $9, adults $10. Everyone is invited to attend.


                              Little Mermaid swimming with some "fishy" friends
MEMBERS CORNER
IMPORTANT MEMBER INFORMATION

MEMBER MEETINGS
Mark your calendars for the VIBES member meetings the first Friday of each month, at 6:00 pm at the Buckley's unless you are notified otherwise. These meetings are jammed packed with information shared by members on apps that have been discovered, how to use various apps, and events coming up in the community that might be of interest.  The February meeting included updates on several members latest activities and information on a number of Apps such as Blindsquare, KNFB Reader and Seeing AI.  Meetings begin at 6:00 pm but come at 5:00 for the March 6 and April 3 meetings and take a neighborhood walk with Delta Gamma. You will be especially appreciated if you bring a snack to share. You must sign up with Sue before bringing a snack.

IMPORTANT!
Guest Policy
If a member wishes to invite a guest to the member meeting, you must first clear this with Sue.  "Surprise" guests are not allowed to attend meetings. 

RSVP TO PRIVATE EMAIL
Members must RSVP Sue that they are planning on attending the member meeting. Please RSVP to Sue's private email,  suebuckley25@gmail.com. Do not RSVP using GroupMe.

NEW MEMBERSHIP FORM REQUIRED
At the March meeting, all members will be given three forms which must be completed and returned by the April meeting. If the forms are not returned, you will no longer be considered a member and you will not receive VIBES emails, not be allowed to attend events or receive GroupMe or email information. The 3 forms include a membership profile, an outdoor waiver, and a medical form. If you will not be at the March and April meetings, you must make arrangements to receive and return the forms. These forms must be completed each year.

SUMMER IS COMING
Now is the time to start planning for summer. There are two action filled summer camps in North Carolina for blind and visually impaired students. There is also the Guide Dogs for the Blind camp for students considering future use of a guide dog. Students must have independent living skills for all of these camps. All are at no cost to the student. 

SEE Camp H20, is an overnight water sports camp for kids who are blind or visually impaired, and who are ready to dip their toes (and more) in the water. We'll swim, row, kayak, fish, and splash around from our home base on the shores of Lake Norman, and throw in a trip to the National Whitewater Center in Charlotte for good measure. Novices are welcome, and lifejackets plentiful: all that's required is a willingness to try new things and get wet. We'll have evening activities too. 

Cost: Free Co-Ed * Rising 8th-12th graders * Residential * July 5 - 11 For more information, click here for the Camp H2O website.


Group of kids wearing helmets and life jackets rafting through the rapids



SEE Adventure Camp is for teens who are blind or have a significant visual impairment, and who are ready to stretch their legs and hit the trail. We plan to hike, raft, climb, swim, and zip in and around the Nantahala Gorge in Western North Carolina. We'll stay in the group lodge at Wildwater Nantahala, and spend time at the Nantahala Outdoor Center as well.

Cost: Free. Co-Ed * Rising 8th-12th graders * Residential * July 19 - 23 
For more information, click here for the Adventure Camp website

CAMP GDB
At Camp GDB (Guide Dogs for the Blind), participants will explore the companionship, independence, and responsibility of having a guide dog. Campers receive hands-on guide dog instruction with an emphasis on understanding the specific orientation and mobility skills required to be a successful guide dog handler, as well as the fitness and endurance necessary for guide dog travel. Applicants must be 14-17 years old and have strong independent living skills as well as strong Orientation and Mobility Skills.  This year's camp is held July 6-11 in Sandy, Oregon. For more information,  click here to go to the Camp GDB website.


Golden Retriever guide dog sitting with harness on.


TANDEMS FOR SALE  
Club VIBES is selling several of our gently used tandems. These bikes are in good condition and available for purchase to Club VIBES families and volunteers.  Contact Sue for details.

                                 
                        Blue tandem bicycle similar to those for sale by Club VIBES
FUND RAISING
BELK CHARITY DAY SALE COMING SOON
The date of the spring Belk Charity Day Sale is Saturday, May 2. There will be many bargains to spruce up your summer wardrobe. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
TECH AND MEDIA
JAWS AND ZOOM
Are you having trouble mastering JAWS and you can't find anyone to teach you? Help is always available online. Freedom Scientific has a series of webinars providing instruction on learning to use JAWS from the very beginning basics to advanced lessons on spreadsheets, powerpoint, and other advanced applications. For a list of Webinar topics,  click here , to go to the website of Freedom  Scientific's "Webinars on Demand" .
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