January Chapter Call In Session Notes

CCB BC-Yukon Division
Chapter Call In Session Notes
January 17, 2019

Welcome from facilitators Bill Conway and Pat Chicquen

Attendance –
Kelvin Adams, Campbell River;
Conway, Sunshine Coast;
Pat Chicquen, Comox Valley;
Lori Fry, 100 Mile House;
Jean Kanngiesser, Alberni Valley;
Bill Mah, Kelowna Blind Curlers;
Ann McNabb, Chilliwack;
Pat Roy, Dogwood; Kathy Sanness,
Provincial Book Club;
Corry Stuive, GTT Victoria

Chapter Highlights

– Alberni Valley
Jean reported their chapter started with 4 members and now have 23 – Albert Ruel was at their last meeting talking about smart phones and has offered to help members individually – meet monthly with guest speakers in attendance and will now have members share their stories – past speakers include the fire hall, local police, a Physio therapist, an accountant and a dietician – will put a poster up at the Seniors Centre – members share items and tips on what helps them at home – transportation to meetings is a challenge – in future would like to have a guest with a guide dog

– GTT Victoria
Corry said their chapter focus on technology – no meeting in January and will start up again in February

– Kelowna Blind Curlers
Bill said it is snowing today – currently have 11 members – sent curling team to provincials at 100 Mile House, who did an excellent job hosting and all had a good time – Kelowna won and will go to Ottawa again next year – Kelowna is going to Ottawa this February as Team Canada, returning champions from 2018 and Fraser Hiltz and other Vancouver curlers will be there as well

– dogwood
Pat reported 11 members meeting weekly – enjoy table bowling – hold a business meeting about every three months – guest speaker from AMI in December and the CNIB in February – have a show and tell for members to share what helps them -– will be at the Coquitlam Centre during WCW

– Provincial Book Club
Kathy said meetings are by teleconference to discuss the chosen book for the month – as well some discussion on accessing books and technology – Kathy is hoping to set up a table in Kelowna during WCW

– Campbell River
Kelvin reported they have 30 members – Albert Ruel was a guest speaker in December – other guest speakers include the fire hall and police speaking on fraud – plans are being made for WCW

– Comox Valley
Pat said they had 42 members – pub is having a fundraiser for the chapter – raise funds with an annual car wash in May – enjoy a Christmas dinner and picnic in the summer

– Sunshine Coast
meets at the Seniors Centre – Bill attends local Homeless Housing Committee meetings – Bill will be at the Park Royal Mall with Amy Amantea during WCW – in Sechelt a display table will be manned during WCW and 50 50 Division tickets will be available – planned fundraising is done after Thanksgiving and before Remembrance Day –assist members with cost of assistive equipment – for Christmas party there were three graces, the Elders from Sechelt Nation, German and Scottish

– 100 Mile House
Lori said her chapter for the past three years been overseeing their local thrift store on Sundays through the Cedar Crest Society, helping to raise chapter funds and educating the public on how we manage – just hosted West Coast Curling Tournament – chapter members decided on a name change as follows 100 Mile House & district             Blind & Visually Impaired White Cane Club – a chapter of the Canadian Council of the Blind, to help educate the public on what we are about

– Chilliwack
Ann reported we have 33 members – hosting an Open House during WCW with the CNIB – are now partnering up with BC Blind Sports and offering chair yoga classes before our meetings – Ann and Sara Peters will be planning activities for their Brownie Unit during WCW

Open Discussion
– there was agreement to ask members to send in topics ahead of time to be shared and be added to the agenda; as well as adding topics during the session

– funding
some members are covering their own costs to attend the Division AGM – some Chapters appeal to and receive funding from their local Lions clubs – Lions, Legions  and other service organizations are more like to respond when a request is sent by letter, stating the needs of the Chapter – remember the Lions are the “Knights of the Blind” – social and recreational events are important for networking and peer support and combats loneliness – can put an ad in local papers, television and radio for meetings – Comox Valley offers a gift basket to those who fill out a ticket by donation during WCW – this year giving away two Google Minis

– chapter name change – “Blind and Visually Impaired”
This may be a topic for discussion in future – led to discussion on using more technology depending on your degree of sight – the differences range from needing magnification, to screen readers, to braille etc – depending on the degree and type of visual impairment, there are vast differences on what is useful or how everyday tasks are managed –technology that works for one person, may not work for another

– society status
all members should be aware the CCB BC-Yukon Division have BC Society status and are registered with Revenue Canada – reporting to both yearly

The next Division Chapter Call In Session will be Friday March 15th.

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