[Missouri-l] Weekly Report
jparker at moblind.org
Fri Mar 26 16:34:34 CDT 2010
Highlights of the week's activities:
* I noticed that the bylaws currently included on our Web site are out
of date. The most recent version, amended in 2009, has been sent to Beau for
* The interview process for the administrative assistant has
officially started. I have received well over 500 resumes in response to
the advertisement. This week I interviewed 4 candidates. I hope to
finalize interviewing the first part of next week, including second
interviews, and make a decision by Friday. That goal may be a little
* Mailed 150 MCB brochures to RSB.
* We received 1 scholarship application, which was forwarded to Dr.
* We received 2 camp applications, which were forwarded to Bev
* Bev Shockley kindly prepared some financial documents in braille and
mailed them to William Hawkins. As always, thanks Bev!
* Office forms and post cards have been updated. Three member-at-large
renewal letters were mailed.
* Two sets of bylaws were mailed upon request.
* Two adaptive technology applications were received and forwarded to
* Mailed 5 MCB brochures upon request.
* I have been working with Denny to finalize plans for our April Board
* I have registered to attend the Power-Up Conference and made hotel
reservations for myself and others attending.
* Checks were written and placed in the mail.
I know you may get tired of reading it, but I want to thank Eleanor again
this week for how she has stayed on top of everything--and also managed to
move me along too!
Reminder: If you have not already done so, please let me know if you will
be attending the April Board meeting and how many rooms will be needed (also
king or double and smoking or non-smoking).
Below is Lowell's report:
Here are the weekly activities from Lowell Newsom, MCB Director of
* Completed funding request from John Thompson at Lighthouse of the
Blind and received confirmation of a $5,000.00 donation and assurance that
we will get future higher priority.
* Began preliminary work on the Beep Ball event which will now be
changed from a game fundraiser to a round robin tournament with up to 11
fields being utilized. Date as previously noted is September 18th with a
back-up rain date of September 25th.
* Spoke with Jen Cooper, Program Director of the Pujols Family
Foundation. While the mission of the Foundation is to serve the children of
Missouri and the Dominican Republic who were born with Downs Syndrome, Ms.
Cooper said that because of the theme of our Beep Ball event being baseball
related that there could be a chance that Albert may look on it as favorable
personally and assist. She let it be known that they receive literally
thousands of requests but that she would see that it reached his mail.
* Spoke with Jama Fabry, Administrator for Commun ity Relations for
the Cardinals Care Foundation. This is a good propsect and I will apply for
a $3,000.00 grant in their next cycle which begins in May. Applications will
be up on their web site the first week in May and Jama said that our timing
couldn't be better as the awards would be granted in early September.
Moreover, and some ancilary good news, is that she said that they would be
more than happy to furnish us with some give- away items and ticket vouchers
for any other fund raising events that we might request.
* Spent time on several occasions with Raymond Bishop about the
Beep-Ball event and strategizing on publicity and marketing as well as
selection of other committee members and volunteer coordinators.
* Discussed with Jack Lenk as to how to publicize and raise awareness
and potential volunteers through the Lions Clubs. Jack is to research
through his contacts at the District Lions level and furnish me with a
* Received information from the Florrisant Athletic Association
regarding contacts to solicit for donated goods to sell at the concession
stand for the Beep-Ball tournament.
* Enrolled the first participant in the Schnuck's eScrip program from
Cape Girardeau. Thank you Beulah Zeigler for being our newest enrollee and
first in Cape.
* Ran reports on the Schnucks eScrip program. Data was available for
January and February and Lowell would like to issue a challenge to the
participants to match his contributions in shopping. He was the leader for
January and February and subsequently is the overall program leader but
Beverly Schockly has come out of nowhere and is nipping at his heels with
just one month of purchases. The Schockly's are only $55.31 behind Lowell
year to date. Lowell would like to heat up the competition a bit in this
program and issue a challenge. He will make a monetary pledge of a $25.00 to
any participant in the program that beats him in any given month and will up
the ante to a $100.00 donation to MCB for anyone that beats him at year end
in overall program spending. If you are in St. Louis, Columbia, Jeferson
City or Cape Girardeau and have not yet signed up for a Schnucks MCB card
get on the band wagon and help our cause. Remember, it doesn't cost any
money and no one has to change any buying habits, just merely do your normal
shopping at Schnucks.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
Jennifer Parker, CAE
Missouri Council of the Blind
St. Louis, MO 63109
The purpose of Missouri Council of the Blind shall be to promote the general
well-being of our members and legally blind people in Missouri, and to
support or participate in other programs promoting the best interests of
legally blind people everywhere.
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