Springfield Service Club of the Blind
Springfield Service Club of the Blind is an organization dedicated to improving the social and economic welfare of visually impaired and blind residents in Springfield and the surrounding area. Springfield Service Club of the Blind 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 residents and members of the business community who are interested in improving the lives in Springfield 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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- President - Donna Gimlin
2014 MCB Convention :: March 2014By Donna Gimlin, Convention Coordinator
Convention plans are under way. Springfield Service Club and Route 66 Council are the host affiliates. In April we will pick the food and speaker.
Make sure you make some plans to join us in Springfield at the Doubletree Hotel. There is shopping nearby and several restaurants. The convention dates are October 3, 4, and 5, 2014. October will be here before you know it.
Springfield Service Club :: June 2010By Phyllis Lovett
We held our eighteenth annual White Cane Walk on May 15th. It rained just a little as the Walk around the Park was almost over. There were M.C.B. members from the Springfield Service Club, the Joplin Service Club, the Blind of Central Missouri, Sedalia, Lake Stockton Council and the Queen City Council at the Walk. We, the Springfield Service Club, provided a picnic lunch for all. Several of our members provided entertainment. We raised almost $700 for the Missouri Lions Eye Research Foundation. It was a great success even if we got a little wet.
Springfield Service Club :: March 2010By Janelle Edwards, Secretary
Our club's annual traditional Thanksgiving dinner occurred at a local restaurant as usual.
In December, our meeting featured our traditional Christmas dinner and $5.00 gift exchange.
The regular meeting location for our club is now Ziggie's Cafe.
Springfield Service Club :: December 2009By Janelle Edwards, Secretary
In August, some club members attended the Lake Stockton picnic and auction. They seemed pleased by the return of this traditional event.
Eight of us traveled to the MCB convention this year where there were opportunities for necessary business, education, and fun. At the convention, we discovered that The MCB Member of the Year is one of our club members, Mildred Taylor. As she did not attend the convention, we congratulated her at our October meeting.
Our club gained two new members in October. We welcome Debra and Mark Newberry to our club and to MCB.
Springfield Service Club :: September 2009By Janelle Edwards, Secretary
We have had speakers for two of our recent monthly meetings. The first speaker was from the fire department and the second was from the police department. Each speaker offered us safety tips.
The MCB Member of the Month for May was one of our club members, Mildred Taylor. We congratulated her at a subsequent meeting.
Our annual White Cane Walk occurred on May 9. Seventy-three people attended and we raised $715 for the Missouri Lions Eye Research Foundation. Thank you to everyone who helped to make this event a success.
In June Gary Filroy passed away after a long battle with bone cancer. He was a member of our club until his health prevented him from participating in club activities. His wife, Lisa, is our club president. May they both find peace.
Three of our club members attended the ACB convention in early July.
Springfield Service Club :: June 2009by Janelle Edwards, Secretary
In recent months, the following three new members have joined our club: Jackie and Earl Cutler, and Stella Johnson. We are very glad to have them as members.
This year the weather cooperated and we were able to make our usual yearly visit to the West Plains club in February. Their hospitality was wonderful. This is always a great chance to visit with old friends and make new ones. We invite the members of the West Plains club to our yearly Thanksgiving dinner.
Springfield Service Club :: March 2009By Janelle Edwards
Our club's annual Thanksgiving dinner occurred at a local restaurant. The members of the West Plains club were invited to be our guests as usual for this event, and some of them were able to join us. Some of our members plan to visit their club in February.
Our December meeting consisted of our traditional Christmas dinner and $5.00 gift exchange.
During the holiday season, we voted to assist a needy family that included a blind family member.
We have scheduled the annual White Cane Walk on Saturday May 9. Lunch is provided and we plan to have entertainment. All MCB members are invited to attend. We hope many of you can join us.
Springfield Service Club :: December 2008By Janelle Edwards, Secretary
In August, we conducted our officer elections, which occur every two years. The following officers were elected: Lisa Filroy, President; Marti Watson, Vice-President; Janelle Edwards, Secretary; and Donna Giger Treasurer.
Six of us attended the MCB convention in St. Charles. At our October meeting, we summarized the experience for some members who could not attend.
Best wishes for the coming year to MCB, and its new officers as well as MCB members and affiliates.
Springfield Service Club :: September 2008By Janelle Edwards, Secretary
On May 17, our annual White Cane Walk was attended by 43 people. $614 was raised for the Missouri Lions Eye Research Foundation in Columbia. We appreciate the support of everyone who attended and / or contributed to the event's success financially or in some other way. Next year’s White Cane Walk is scheduled for May 16.
In July, four of our club members attended the ACB convention in Louisville. As usual, there were many opportunities for education and relaxation as well as participating in ACB business.
Springfield Service Club :: March 2008By Janelle Edwards, Secretary
November 17, our club's annual Thanksgiving dinner occurred at a local restaurant. We invited the members of the West Plains club to be our guests as has been our custom for several years, and some of them were able to join us. Each February the hospitality is reciprocated when we visit their club.
December featured our traditional Christmas dinner and $5.00 gift exchange.
Our annual White Cane Walk is scheduled for Saturday May 17 starting at 11 and ending around 1:30. Lunch will be provided and we hope to have entertainment. All MCB members are invited to attend. Hopefully many of you can join us.
Springfield Service Club :: December 2007Janelle Edwards, Secretary
In August, some club members made the usual trip to Lake Stockton for the lovely annual picnic and auction there.
Once again, a few of our members attended summer camp. I am told that they had a good time as always.
Several of our members were able to make it to the MCB convention in Joplin. They brought back reports to those of us who could not attend on the business and fun of convention. My husband, MCB member Jon Gormley, needed two separate heart surgeries, and three hospitalizations, in the month of October. As of this writing, at the beginning of November, he is at home recovering. We both plan to attend the MCB convention next year.
May your holidays be safe and filled with joy.