Blind of Central Missouri

Blind of Central Missouri is an organization dedicated to improving the social and economic welfare of visually impaired and blind residents in Sedalia and the surrounding area.  Blind of Central Missouri strives to improve specialized services promoting independence as well as creating accessible social opportunities for the blind and visually impaired community.

As an affiliate of Missouri Council of the Blind and a member of the American Council of the Blind our members receive monthly and quarterly newsletters and opportunities to attend informative meetings and annual conventions.

We invite the residents and members of the Sedalia business community to please join our efforts.  Membership is open to all.  Come meet with us and find out how you can join our campaign to improve the lives of the blind and visually impaired citizens in your community.

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Blind of Central Missouri :: March 2017

By Joe Morgan

Hello from Sedalia!  I hope everyone is having a good winter. It hasn't been really bad yet. We held our annual Christmas party on December 4th. We had our dinner catered by the Little Big Horn restaurant. Everyone enjoyed the fried chicken and brisket and we sang some Christmas carols. We didn't have a meeting in January so in February we will be discussing plans for our picnic in June, a pizza party in March and fundraising ideas. Some sad news! We lost another member, Lillie Kretzer passed away on November 28th. She was one of our members over 90 years of age. That's all the news I have for this report. Until next time, keep smiling!

Blind of Central Missouri :: December 2016

By Joe Morgan, President

Hello from Sedalia!  I hope everyone had a good summer, and now it feels more like fall today. We elected officers and board members during our September meeting.  We are having a celebration during our next meeting on November 10th for one of our charter members, Carl Franklin who received the Nathaniel Johnson award at the convention banquet in October. President Denny Huff will be attending our meeting and will present the award to him. We are also having our annual Christmas dinner/party on Sunday, December 4th. Now some sad news Richard Howard passed away on October 26th. Until next time keep smiling!

Blind Of Central Missouri :: September 2016

By Joe Morgan, President

Hello from Sedalia!  I hope everyone is having a good summer so far, and everyone is well. Here is what's been going on. We had our pizza party on March 10th and our annual picnic at Centennial Park on June 26th. Fortunately for us, we had a shelter house and the grills were inside, because we had a downpour outside. But it didn't spoil all of our fun. Everyone enjoyed the food.  Thanks to all our cooks for a job well done. The swimming party had to be canceled so we will reschedule it at an inside pool when it's too cold outside. Now some sad news. Bill Lehman passed away on April 11th and Emma Lou Swopes passed away on June 23rd. We will certainly miss both of them. We will be planning another annual Christmas party. I will have more details in my next report. Until next time, keep smiling!

Blind of Central Missouri :: March 2016

By Joe Morgan, President

Hello from Sedalia.

I hope everyone is doing well this winter. At least we don't have it as bad as folks in the eastern US. Now let's catch up on what's going on in our club. We had our annual Christmas party on December 6, 2015. Our special guests were Chris Gray and Wilma Chestnut-House and her guests. Wils and United Way of Petis County also had guests. It was well attended and Country Bumpkin Catering did a great job on the food.

In February, we will be talking about having a pizza party for the March meeting. That's all for this report. Until next time keep smiling!

Blind of Central Missouri :: September 2015

by Joe Morgan, President

Hello from Sedalia. I am writing this report from Cobblestone." Camp is going great and we are getting a break from the heat. We held our picnic on June 28, 2015. President Denny Huff attended along with his guests. It was enjoyed by everyone and the fried chicken was especially good. Everyone enjoyed the swimming party we had after supper. We have a money raffle under way and by the time you read this three people will be richer. The drawing will be held on August 20. Now some sad news to report, one of our long time members, Kenneth Kretzer passed away on July 11. We also have two new members, Nick and Sarah Cason. They moved here from Jefferson City. I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the summer. Until next time keep smiling!

Blind of Central Missouri :: June 2015

by Joe Morgan, President

Hello from Sedalia. I hope everyone is well after all the winter flu we had. We held a pizza party during our March meeting and we filled out camp applications. Everyone enjoyed the pizza from Pizza Hut. We are having a picnic and a swim party on June 28th at Centennial Park in Sedalia. We are going to raffle off some money. One $100 prize and two $50 prizes will be awarded. Tickets are $1 or 6 for $5. That's all I have for this report. Until next time keep smiling!

Blind of Central Missouri :: December 2014

By Joe Morgan, President

Hello from Sedalia! It feels like fall today but we sure had a great summer. We held our picnic on June 29, 2014. Everyone enjoyed the good food and our cooks did a great job. Our special guests were Beverly Kaskadden, Sam and Celita White, and James Hollins. We raffled off our large toolbox. We will have our Christmas party on December 7, 2014 at the Celebration Center. I hope everyone has a nice holiday season. Until next time keep smiling!

Blind of Central Missouri :: March 2014

By Joe Morgan President

Hello from Sedalia. It's been a very cold winter so far; I think it's making up for our last few mild ones. We held a Christmas party on December 1, 2013 at the Celebration Center. MCB President, Patti Schonlau, her husband Jim, Executive Director, Chris Gray, and Linda Kirk from United Way, Sedalia in Petis County, were our special guests. Our meal was catered by Country Bumkin Catering Company. The meal was so good that we asked them to do our party again next year. Door prizes were given and we sang some Christmas carols. A good time had by all.

Now, some sad news; we have lost two members since our last report. Janice Nicholson passed away on October 22 and Terry Thompson passed away on January 19.

Until next time stay warm and keep smiling!

Blind of Central Missouri :: September 2013

By Trudy Avants, Recording Secretary

Hello to everyone from Sedalia. Summer is coming to an end, and soon both fall and the MCB convention will be here. One of our members, Paul Bremer, passed away on March 8. His health had been fading for quite some time and he will be missed by all of us. On March 14, we had our pizza party at the Celebration Station. Gerry furnished the pizza, Carl the soda, and Donna Franklin brought delicious homemade cookies. Thank you to our sighted members for all they do to help us and others.

On June 30, we held our annual Outreach Picnic in Liberty Park. It was fully loaded with all of the usual picnic items along with a birthday cake for Jerry Arnold who turned 90 years young. The weather was wonderful, and there were about 65 guests in attendance. We had a great time with lots of food, fun, and fellowship. We welcomed a new member to our club. Patty Curts has now joined us, congratulations to her. Several of our members attended camp this year; a few taking part in all three sessions. Until next time, keep your smile and a song in your heart, and if you can’t be good, be good at it.

Blind of Central Missouri :: December 2012

By Trudy Avants, Recording Secretary

The MCB convention was a success, we wish RITE and Tower the very best.  We have three new members in our affiliate: Jennifer York, and Ronnie and Sherri Norton.  All are sighted and willing to do whatever they can to help others in our affiliate.  Congratulations and welcome to our club.

Our affiliate would like to congratulate our oldest charter member, Carl Franklin, for receiving the Jim Henderson Award at our September meeting. His wife Donna, son Mike and daughter Carla were all present to watch him receive the award. George and Karen Newman were also present from the St. Louis Council of the Blind. Karen presented him with a $150 check along with a nice plaque and George read what was printed on the plaque.

Carl gave an acceptance speech.  His son Mike spoke about how dedicated Carl is to his family.  Our affiliate is celebrating 40 years.  Following his speech, Carl signed his check and returned it to our treasurer. Once more demonstrating the kind of man he is.  Our affiliate thanks you Carl for being you.  After this was done, we enjoyed refreshments.

Our elections were held for Public Relations and three Directors. They are as follows: PR, Jeannie Halphin, and Directors Joe Morgan, Kenny Carter, and Brenda Gardner.

Some of our members will be ringing bells again this year on December 1 at K-Mart for the Salvation Army. This is the same day as the Christmas Parade here in Sedalia. This year our Christmas Party will be held on Sunday, December 9.

Until next time, keep your smile, and a song in your heart, and if you can’t be good, be good at it.

Blind of Central Missouri :: September 2012

By Trudy Avants, Recording Secretary

Hello to everyone from Sedalia. Summer is moving right along, and by the time you read this, fall will be almost here. Our picnic, held on July 1, was a huge success. We had about 65 members and guests attend. We served a host of various food items, everything from burgers to pork steak to all the picnic sides and trimmings. It was a great time of food, fun and fellowship!

We have a new member, Linda Collett. She is sighted and is willing to help our affiliate in any way that she can. Congratulations Linda, and welcome to our club!

There is one more thing I would like to mention, we are looking forward to seeing a lot of you at the convention. Until next time, keep your smile and a song in your heart, and if you can’t be good, be good at it.

Blind Of Central Missouri :: June 2012

By Trudy Avants, Recording Secretary

Hello to everyone from Sedalia. April showers bring May flowers; June will bring us very merry tunes. We had our pizza party on March 8, at the Celebration Center. It is a Methodist church where we have our monthly affiliate meetings.

Gerry Arnold provided the pizza and cinnamon sticks. We had soda and water to drink. We would like to thank those who helped with filling out camp applications and serving the meal. It was well attended, thank you.

One of our members, Brenda Gardner, was recognized for her great work at CASA. There was a nice article in the Sedalia Democrat about her, we are very proud of Brenda!

Our annual Outreach Picnic will be held on Sunday, July 1, at 5:00 P.M. I’m sure it will be a big success, as long as it does not storm, like last year’s held in May.

Some of our members will be attending camp in June, July, and September once more this year. We are looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones.

The Missouri State Fair will be held from Thursday August 9, through Sunday August 19. As always, there will be lots of food, concerts, attractions, rides and all sorts of other fun things to do.

Until next time, keep your smile and a song in your heart, and if you can’t be good, be good at it.

Blind of Central Missouri :: June 2010

By Trudy Blood

Hello to everyone from Sedalia.

When you receive this, summer will be here,

We hope everyone is having a great year.

We had a pizza party on Thursday, March 11. We had 3 kinds of pizzas. They were: 4 meat, pepperoni, and supreme

pizzas. We also had cinnamon sticks, and assorted soda and bottled water to drink. Everyone got their pizza, and had a great time. It was a great time of fun, food, and fellowship.

On a sad note, Willis Arnold passed away Monday, March 29, and Sue Glenn passed away Thursday, April 1. They will be missed. We will remember both of these families in our thoughts and prayers.

We have a returning member in our club. She is Libertie Perez. She has been a member of our affiliate before. Congratulations, Libertie, and welcome back to our club.

We will have our annual outreach picnic on Sunday, May 23, around 6:00 p.m. We will have hamburgers, hot dogs and all of the trimmings. We will invite our MCB president Denny Huff. The United Way board and Stanley Cox will also be invited.

A lot of our members will be going to camp in June, July and September. We will look forward to seeing a lot of you there.

Until next time, keep your smile, and a song in your heart. if you can't be good, be good at it.

Blind Of Central Missouri :: March 2010

By Trudy Blood, Recording Secretary

Hello from Sedalia,

When you read this spring will be here, Hope all are having a very good  year.

Our Thanksgiving dinner was a big success. We had around 60 members and guests.

We have a new member in our club.  Her name is Rhonda Alderson, and she is sighted.  She is Kevin Alderson's new bride.  They were married on Saturday, October 10, 2009.  Kevin is also a member of our club.

Our affiliate will be selling candy bars again this year.  It was such a good fundraiser for us.  We were supposed to get them in January.  We didn't get them then because of the bad weather. 

Until next time, keep your smile, and a song in your heart; and if you can't be good, be good at it.

Blind of Central Missouri :: December 2009

Trudy Blood, Recording Secretary

When you read this the holidays will be here, We hope that everyone has had a great year.

I would like to thank the St. Louis Council of the Blind for choosing me as the recipient for receiveing the Jim Henderson Member of the Year Award.  I was very moved and surprised and really felt honored to receive this award.  I want to thank Terry Thompson for nominating me and Susan Sanderson for writing the nice letter to the St. Louis Council of the Blind.  Thank you very much.

We elected new officers.  They are:  President Linda Gerken; Vice-President, Alicia Starner; Recording Secretary, Trudy Blood; Treasurer, Susan Sanderson; Public Relations, Emma Lou Swopes; and Brenda Gardner is our new director.

Some of our members will ring bells for the Salvation Army.  That will be on December 5, which is the first Saturday in December, and December 19 which is the Saturday before Christmas.  It is a nice way to help the Salvation Army sponsor the many programs they have to help people.

We had our Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday, November 14.  We had ham, turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, green beans, corn, salad, rolls, pumpkin pie, and tea; with coffee to drink.

On a sad note, Lucy Filler, who is Jeannie Halphin's aunt and a long time member of our affiliate, passed away on Sunday, October 25 at her home.  She had been in bad health for quite some time.  She was Steve and Brenda Gardner's Aunt, and will really be missed. 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to these families.

Until next time, keep your smile and a song in your heart, and if you can't be good, be good at it.

Blind Of Central Missouri :: September 2009

By Trudy Blood, Recording Secretary

Hello to everyone from Sedalia. When you read this it will be fall. We hope everyone's summer was a ball.

We had our annual outreach picnic on Thursday July 2nd.  We had hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, potato salad, baked beans, chips, vegetables and dip, cookies, s'mores, and assorted soda and bottled water to drink.  We had the drawing for our 50 50 raffle. Loretta Welch won half of the money which was $58.00.  The other half went in our treasury. Congratulations Loretta.  The little train didn't run this year.  We were very honored to have our MCB state president, Denny Huff, attend our picnic.  Elle Wasson, who is the Executive Director of the United Way, attended our picnic.  We also had Bill and Sue South, from Mexico, MO., who are friends of Trudy Blood and Richard Howard.  We had a total of 68 members and guests attend our annual outreach picnic.  It was a great time of fun, food, and fellowship for all who attended.

Our candy bar sales are going very well.  That has been a very good fundraiser for our club.

There is one more thing I would like to mention:

We will look forward to seeing you at the MCB convention. Until next time, keep your smile, and a song in your heart, and if you can’t be

good, be good at it!

Blind Of Central Missouri :: June 2009

By Trudy Blood, Recording Secretary

Hello to everyone from Sedalia.

People are having their spring flings, We will see what the future brings.

We have 2 new members in our club.  They are Dick and Arlene Prisendorf.  Arlene is losing her sight, and Dick is sighted.W

e had our bowling party on Saturday, March 7.  We had pizza, bread sticks, and cinnamon sticks from Mazzios.  It was a great time of food, fun, and fellowship.

Our club is having a 50 50 raffle again this year.  The tickets are $1.00 a piece or 6 for $5.00.  We are also selling candy bars for another fundraiser.  We are selling 4 or 5 different kinds.  They are $1.00 a piece.

On a sad note, one of our members, Woody Spillars, passed away on April 17.  He will really be missed.

Our mayor, Bob Wagon, passed away on April 24.  He, too, will surely be missed.

Our picnic will be July 2 which is the first Thursday of the month.

Alicia and Robert Starner's son Josh, who is legally blind, went turkey hunting last weekend with a program sponsored by Wils.  He was able to shoot a 24 pound turkey.  He was the second biggest out of all the kids that took part.

Some of our club members will be going to camp in June, July and September.

Until next time, keep your smile, and a song in your heart; and, if you can't be good, be good at it.

Blind of Central Missouri :: March 2009

By Trudy Blood

Hello to everyone from Sedalia,

We are now in the year 2009,
I hope everyone will be doing fine.

Our Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner was a big success.  We had around 55 members and guests.  It was a great time of food, fun and fellowship.

On a sad note, Galen O. Blood passed away on Friday December 26 at around 10:20 p.m.  I would like to thank the club for the nice plant, which was a Peace Lilly, and for their nice card; also, thanks for the nice card from Susan and Terry.  I would like to also thank those who sent money.  It was very much appreciated.  It is nice to know that I have so many friends.  We had a great memorial service for him on December 30.  It was what he would have wanted.  He will really be missed.

We were honored to have our MCB President, Denny Huff, attend our January meeting.  He really gave a good talk.

By the time you receive this it will hopefully be warmer weather.  Until next time, keep your smile, and a song in your heart; and, if you can't be good, be good at it.

Trudy Blood, Recording Secretary

Obituary of Galen O. Blood

Galen O. Blood, 1954-2008 Sedalia, Missouri

Galen O. Blood, age 54 of Sedalia, died Friday, December 26th, 2008 at Bothwell Regional Health Center.

He was born April 23rd 1954 in Corning, Iowa, the son of Jack O. and Roxanna Ora Armstrong Blood.  He attended the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving school in Vinton, Iowa.  He was a worker in various sheltered workshops in Iowa, before moving to Kansas City, Missouri in 1995.  He moved to Sedalia, Missouri in 2001, and on June 25th, 2002 he was married to Trudy Gail Cotter in Sedalia,    Missouri, who survives of the home. He was a big Saint Louis Cardinals fan since he was 3 years old, and loved listening to the games on the radio.  He enjoyed life, and always gave people a big smile.  He is also survived by his father, Jack O. Blood of Fairfield Bay, Arkansas; 1 sister, Mari Love, of Des Moines, Iowa, and 2 brothers, Chuck O. Blood of Fairfield Bay, Arkansas, and Mel O. Blood of Phoenix, Arizona.  He was predeceased by his mother, Roxanna Blood.  The family had a memorial gathering in the conference room at the Comfort Inn in Sedalia, Missouri at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 30th, 2008.  The family suggests memorials to the Blind of Central Missouri in care of McLaughlin funeral chapel.  Condolences may be offered online at http://www.mclaughlinchapel.com.

My Sweet heart

Galen always enjoyed giving people a smile;
He would go the extra mile.

He was always so jolly and cool.
At camp he always loved to swim in the pool.

If I was having a problem he would ask, “What's wrong, Love?”
For me he would go beyond and above.

With computers he was very smart.
He always wanted people to keep a smile, and a song in their heart.

If I was upset he would say, "Scream and holler, but don't panic".
He always loved to be romantic.

If I wasn't sure about doing something he would say, “"you won't
Learn any younger”.
If he ran in to a bad situation he would say, "I’ve had worser”.

He enjoyed and had a good outlook on life.
I am glad to have been his sweet and loving wife.

I love my sweet heart,
All my love, all my life.
I love my true companion.

To Galen O. Blood
From Trudy Gail Blood

Blind of Central Missouri :: December 2008

By Trudy Blood, Recording Secretary

Hello to everyone from Sedalia,

The MCB convention was a big success, and we wish Allied Workers and Progressive Council the very best as they prepare to host our next year’s convention.

We had our Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner on Thursday, Dec. 4.  It was catered by the Country Bumpkin again this  year.  We had:  Turkey, dressing, ham, corn, seasoned green beans, seven layer salad, mashed potatoes and gravy, hot rolls, assorted desserts, coffee and tea.  WE had a Christmas gift exchange for those who wanted to participate.  It was done like it has been in the past, guys bought for guys, girls for girls; or you could get something that would go for either.

On December 6, some of our  members rang bells for the Salvation Army.  It is a very good way to help them with their many programs.

As you read this the holiday season will almost be here; We hope that everyone has had a very good year.

Until next time, keep your smile, and a song in your heart, and if you can't be good, be good at it.

Blind of Central Missouri :: September 2008

Trudy Blood, Recording Secretary

Hello to Everyone from Sedalia,

When you receive this chronicle fall will be near, We hope everyone is having a great year.

Our outreach picnic was a big success. We had around 50 members and guests.  We didn't get to ride the little train because it is being worked on. 

We had the drawing for our 50 50 raffle.  Half of the money went to the winner and the other half went in our treasury.  Someone from Warrensburg won the money.

We have 2 new members in our club:  Joe Morgan is blind, and lives in Odessa, MO; Dorothy Saucier is blind, and is staying with us temporarily.  Congratulations, Joe and Dorothy and welcome to our club.

One of our members, Alicia Starner, has a new guide dog.

We had a great time at camp.  Richard Howard wasn't able to attend camp because of being in the hospital.  He is back home now after almost a weeks stay in the hospital.  Hopefully he and his mom will be able to attend camp in September.

We hope that everyone has many great months ahead.

Until next time, keep your smile, and a song in your heart.  And if you can't be good, be good at it.

Blind of Central Missouri :: June 2008

By Trudy Blood, Recording Secretary

Hello to Everyone from Sedalia,

April showers bring May flowers, June will bring us very merry tunes.

We did not have our annual bowling party on Saturday March 15.  The bowling alley didn't have enough lanes for us. We decided to have a pizza party at our next meeting which was April 10.  We had assorted kinds of pizza, hamburger, sausage, cheese, taco, the works, mushroom, and pepperoni.  We had assorted soda donated by Pepsi, and an assorted variety of cookies donated by Wal-mart.  We had 35 members and guests. One of our guests was Joe Morgan from Odessa Mo. Everyone that attended had a great time of food, fun, and fellowship.
One of our members, Liberty Brandel, is in California getting a guide dog. Another one of our members Alicia Starner will be going to get a guide dog.

Some of our members will be going to summer camp the week in June, the week in July, and the weekend in September.  We always look forward to summer camp.  It is a way to get away from it all, and the staff are always so nice, and they go out of their way to be accommodating to everyone.  The camp committee also does a great job of getting people with whom they want to be with.

Our club is having a 50- 50 raffle for a fund-raiser. The tickets are $1.00 a piece, or 6 tickets for $5.00.  The drawing will be at our picnic on July 3.

We will have our annual outreach picnic on July 3. We will have hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken patties, potato salad, baked beans, chips, relish trays, fruit trays, s'mores, and assorted soda to drink.  We will have the Sunrise Optimist club run the little train for us again this year for those that want to ride it.

We hope to se a lot of you at camp.

Until next time, keep your smile, and a song in your heart, and, if you can't be good, be good at it.

Blind of Central Missouri :: March 2008

By Trudy Blood, Recording secretary

Hello to everyone from Sedalia

Another year is really great, We hope everyone has a wonderful 2008.

One of our newest members, Amanda Pulliam, passed away on Wednesday, November 14. She was only 23 years old. Even though she wasn't in our club very long we will miss her.

Some of our members rang bells for the Salvation Army on Saturday November 24, and on Saturday December 22. They are as follows: Robbie Barnier, galen Blood, Trudy Blood, Brenda Gardner, Gary Gerken, Linda Gerken, Loretta Howard, Richard Howard, Alecia Starner, Robert Starner, Josh Starner, Emma Lou Swopes and Norma Dickman who is a friend of Emma Lou's. We enjoy doing it and it's a good way to help the Salvation Army make money for their many different programs that they sponsor. I want to thank Galen for ringing the bell for me on Saturday, December 22, because I was still recuperating from 2 injuries from a fall on December 9. I stepped outside to check the weather and down I went on our porch. I twisted my right knee, and hurt the top of my right foot. I am much better now.

We have 3 new members in our club. They are as follows: Gary Sanderson, who is sighted, and has been in our club before but has moved back to Sedalia from Nebraska; Liberty Brandel, who is blind and trying to get a guide dog; and Kris Briggs who is a friend and helps Liberty. Congratulations Gary, Liberty, and Kris and welcome to our club.

Some of our members will go to Washington, D.C. in February for the Legislative Days. They are Emma Lou Swopes, Linda Gerken, Terrica Sanders and Courtlin Sanders. I'm sure they will bring back a lot of good information.

We will have our annual bowling party on Saturday, March 15 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. We will have Pizza, bread sticks, cinnamon sticks and assorted soda to drink. I'm sure it will be a great time of bowling, food, fun, and fellowship.

We hope everyone has many great months ahead.

Until next time keep your smile and a song in your heart, and if you can't be good, be good at it.