Affiliate and Committee News

Save the Dates For Midwest Leadership Conference!
Save the dates and plan to join us in Omaha, Neb. for the re-scheduled Midwest Leadership Conference and Young Professionals Seminar.  The dates are Aug. 4-6, 2017, and our host hotel is the Regency Lodge in Omaha.  Room rates are $81 plus tax per night.
The conference plenary committee and the Young Professionals Seminar committee are hard at work putting together a program with something for leaders and potential leaders of all ages.  We are working on a couple of special options for our banquet keynote speaker, so stay tuned.
Watch the Forum, ACB’s e-mail lists, social media and other channels for information as the conference and seminar draw closer.  We hope you’ll plan to join us in August 2017 in Omaha.  If you have questions, please contact Jim Jirak at Questions about the Young Professionals Seminar can be directed to Sara Conrad,
ACBDA Thinking about Reno
ACBDA is starting to think about Reno. It sounds early, but time goes faster than we think. If anyone has any ideas for a great speaker, please contact me. My information is at the end of this message.
It is nearly time for you to renew your membership. If you are not a member, now is the time to join us. Dues are $10 a year. To join, send a check or money order to Donna Seliger at 915 Ashworth Rd. Apt. 208, West Des Moines, IA 50265-3669. Come and join us if you are a diabetic, have a family member or friend who is a diabetic, or if you are interested in diabetes.
ACBDA has changed the time for its monthly board meetings. We will now be meeting on the third Wednesday of each month. The call-in number is (712) 432-3675; follow the prompts to room 0. The conference call will still be on the second Wednesday of each month at the same number. The time for both meetings is 8:30 p.m. Eastern. For those who have not heard about our conference call, anyone may call in and talk with us. We try to answer questions from newly blind diabetics or anyone who has a question. If you have a topic you would be interested in talking about, please let me know. I would like to get some speakers to come on and talk to us, so I will be working on that in the next few months. If anyone knows of a speaker on diabetes or something pertaining to the subject, let me know. Come and join us on the second Wednesday and see what we are all about.
Dee Clayton, president ACB Diabetics in Action
Phone: (515) 848-5007
Come Join ACB’s Family!
The holiday season is a time for friends and family, and if you or any member of your family is blind or visually impaired, it’s also a perfect time to join ACB Families. When you join ACB Families, you help us to further our mission of providing information and support to families who experience blindness and low vision. This support includes bimonthly informational teleconferences on topics ranging from accessible gift-giving ideas to financial planning and tax preparation. It includes family-friendly workshops and fun events at each year’s ACB conference and convention. Can you say Bingo? It also includes ongoing information and peer support through a Families e-mail list and our Facebook page.
The holiday season isn’t just a time for friends and family. It’s also a time to eat. Last year, ACB Families helped two lucky winners to feed their holiday hordes, and back by popular demand, we’re doing it again.
Become a member for the rest of 2016 and 2017 by registering and paying your dues by 11:59 p.m. Eastern, Wednesday, Nov. 30, and you will be automatically entered to win one of two gift cards, each in the amount of $50. That’s a lot of pie! Or cake!
Registering is easy. If you want to register electronically, send an e-mail to with your name, address, e-mail address, phone number, and level of visual acuity (e.g. fully sighted, legally blind, totally blind, or visually impaired). Then, make a payment via PayPal to ACB Families at
If you prefer the old-fashioned way, send all the same information, along with a check or money order made payable to ACB Families, to: ACB Families, Attention: Adam Ruschival, Treasurer, 148 Vernon Ave., Louisville, KY 40206.
You can learn more about ACB Families by checking us out on Facebook at You can also subscribe to our ACB Families e-mail list by going to
VIVA Seeks New Members
Visually Impaired Veterans of America is seeking military veterans! Are you a veteran? Join us! Have you been a member in the past, moved, or lost contact with us?  Rejoin us! How? Contact David Dowland, VIVA’s membership chair, at Include full name, street address, city, state, e-mail address, and telephone numbe