January / February 2020 | Volume 38 Issue 1
Lunch & Learn Volunteer Training
February 11, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Lawrence Public Library, Meeting Room B (downstairs)

Learn to connect with your listeners using great reading and microphone technique. Bring your lunch, Audio-Reader will provide drinks and dessert.
New & Prospective Volunteer Orientation
Audio-Reader is hosting an orientation for new and prospective volunteers on  January 22nd from Noon - 1 pm  (bring your lunch, we will provide dessert and drinks). If you are a new volunteer, or know someone who is interested in volunteering, please invite them to this event.

The orientation will introduce the many ways Audio-Reader uses volunteers to fulfill our mission. Prospective volunteers will also meet staff, tour the building, and learn more about Audio-Reader history. We will also cover the variety of services we provide to the blind, visually impaired, and print disabled individuals in Kansas and western Missouri. At the end of orientation those interested in a reading assignment will be able to sign up for an audition.
Audio-Reader T-Shirts
Alison still has t-shirts available in most sizes. Contact her at 785-864-4604 or abd@ku.edu with your size and style request!

Suggested donation is $15 per shirt .
Meet a Listener: Marta Brown
By Kimberly Morrow, Volunteer & Listener
Enterprising, creative Marta Brown grew up in the 40’s as an only child. Marta, now 78, remained single throughout her life. Marta is positive, creative, and has lived her life with an entrepreneurial spirit. A native of St. Joseph, Missouri, Marta attended Platt Guard Business School, studied early childhood at Missouri Western, then studied cosmetology at Banks Beauty Academy.

Marta then operated two businesses simultaneously. She operated a salon from the 1950’s until 2000, in which she employed several staff. At the same time, she opened Kiddies Korner Nursery School, which she operated for 28 years. The fact that Marta was born blind in one eye never stopped her from doing anything she wanted to do. But in the early 1990s, she began experiencing visual challenges with her remaining functioning eye.

Marta worked as long as she could, but realized that progressive vision loss would require her to set her sights on new horizons. Somehow, in 1996, Marta and Audio-Reader found each other. “I don’t remember how Audio-Reader came into my life,” Marta mused. “I just know that when I needed it, it was there for me.” “Since I live alone and no longer drive, Audio-Reader is great company. Just about anything that’s out there that can make your life go on and make your life better, that’s just great. Audio-Reader does that for me.” She especially enjoys the afternoon programming, the mysteries, and oh yes, the hometown newspapers.

One thing does mystify her. “How in the world can those volunteers read all that material? There isn’t a time when I think, ‘Oh, I’ve heard that already.’ All that new, fresh material, every day, how do they do it?”
Her favorite volunteer reader? “No favorite,” she says with a smile in her voice. “I love them all.”
Marta has a message for all of the Audio-Reader volunteers. “I appreciate all of you. You all do a great job.”
Audio Description Training
April 8th 6 - 9 PPM & April 11th, 9 AM - 2 PM
Do you love the Theater, are you passionate about accessibility? This may be the gig for you! Jen Nigro, former Coordinator of Volunteers for Audio-Reader, will facilitate a training for people interested in becoming an Audio-Describer AND a brush up for current describers. Training cost for new volunteers is $15, fee will be waived for those who already audio describe for Audio-Reader.

Audio Description is an accessibility tool that enhances a theater performance or other visual event for people with vision loss. An Audio Description volunteer describes the visual elements of a performance, display or event using succinct, colorful language. You might call it a play-by-play for your favorite play! Describers describe sets, costumes, action and visual jokes as they happen. This is done without talking over the actors on stage. Current venue relationships include Theatre Lawrence and The Lied Center in Lawrence and Starlight Theatre in the Kansas City area.

Contact Alison at 785-864-4604 or abd@ku.edu to get on the mailing list for more details.
Spread the Word
Outreach Volunteers Needed!

Overland Park Convention Center - Friday, February 7 (7:30 AM to 6:00 PM) and Saturday February 8 th (7:30AM to 11:30AM) the Kansas City Society of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology Conference

Sheraton Kansas City, Crown Center – Friday February 14 th (3:00PM-8:00PM) and Saturday February 15 th (9 AM to 2 PM) Heart of America Eye Care Congress

University Plaza Hotel, Springfield MO – Saturday March 7 th (8:30AM to 2:30PM) Missouri Lions District 26-M6 Convention

Rock Chalk Park, Lawrence KS – Tuesday March 10 th (10 AM to 2 PM) Lawrence Area Partners In Aging Vendor Fair

Fort Hays State University, Hays KS – Saturday March 14 th (9 AM to 3 PM) Kansas Lions District 17-K Convention

Contact Lori if you are interested in volunteering at lrk@ku.edu .
Longer shifts can be broken up into manageable lengths.
Just let Lori know when you are able to help out during the day/evening.
Audio-Reader has a Podcast
What do you know about the Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging? You can find out more on Audio-Reader's recently launched podcast: Good Works in the Heartland. This podcast celebrates the organizations and individuals who are improving the lives of others throughout Kansas, Missouri and the Midwest. This is our seventh episode, new podcasts are posted about every two weeks.
1 - Jayne Boggs Varney
2 - Nicole Banman
3 - Mark Hutchins
4 - Douglas House-Henry
5 - Darcy Schild & Dan Skinner
6 - Diana Stevenson & Carol Beth Whalen
7 - Anne Burgess
8 - Steve Kincaid
9 - Linda Manley
10 - Caroll Iorg, Les Carlson & Elwyn Davis
11 - Ray Wilbur & Bruce Mensie
13 - Michelle Wickersheim & Dean Bevan
16 - Lyn Fields
17 - Ed Hawkins
18 - Marilyn Bradt, Jeri Safarik & Donna Riehm
21 - Doug Decker & Molly Mulloy
22 - Amy Pesek, John Fogarty & Natalie Spiess
23 - Cindy Koester, Keith Sevedge & Diana Kerle
26 - Nancy Colyer
27 - Jane Pennington
28 - Seth Brady & Carl Graves
29 - George Norton & Cherie Tapahonso
31 - Beth Chambers
2 - Susan Elkins & Jonathan Haynes
3 - Bob Casino, Susan Taber & Betty Kline
4 - Diane Carnell & Cara Wallingford
6 - Julie Ohse
8 - Melissa Warren, Harold Riehm & Vickie Roush
9 - Paula Winchester & Bill Vermooten
11 - Heather Nelson, Bruce Frey & Christy Allie
12 - Robert Jacobs
15 - Bob Gent
17 - Rozanne Stringer
18 - Robert Tabor, John Lagesse & Nisha Patel
19 - Roxanne Taylor
20 - Kate Lawson & Frank Ybarra
21 - Martha Kehr, Pam Houston & Peggy Prince
22 - David Dunford & Alison Beloin Dean
23 - Bob Hohn
25 - Mary Hamler & Austin Turney
27 - Jeff Vincent
29 - Becky Janzen