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2004 DC Council Convention Focuses on ACB History

In order to draw national attention to the publication of ACB's history and the availability of the various accessible editions thereof, the D.C. Council of the Blind devoted its annual banquet to a presentation by Dr. James Megivern, co-author with Marjorie Megivern, of "People of Vision." During his remarks, Megivern summarized the varied and thorough techniques which he and his wife had used in interviewing countless individuals and researching thousands of documents. For the information of the media and possible sale following Megivern's remarks, the ACB staff had all the accessible editions on display and actually sold several copies of each edition. Megivern's remarks complemented the presentations of several other extremely informative and interesting presenters, such as Mike Duke of the ACB board of publications, John Hall of the American Bankers Association, Melanie Brunson as the new ACB executive director, and Jay Stiteley of The Seeing Eye. Following their presentations, Mike Duke and John Hall discovered they were natives of Mississippi who had attended rival colleges, so the other conventioners were treated to a very gentlemanly version of a rebel yell. Hall's presentation focused on the implementation of the newly adopted Check-21 banking regulations. And, no, this year the banquet speaker did not get stuck in an elevator between the 8th and 9th floors of the hotel while moving from the convention floor to the banquet floor as did the previous year's banquet speaker, Jay Doudna of Pennsylvania, who, along with eight or 10 other people, had to be rescued by the rescue squad.

Iowa Convention Has Something for Everyone

The Iowa Council of the United Blind (ICUB) will hold its annual convention in Des Moines April 22-24. Some highlights include a pizza party for youth, talent show, updates from the Iowa Department for the Blind and State Department of Education, and an opportunity to examine and purchase lots of fun gadgets from the Department for the Blind's Aids and Devices store. We'd love to have you visit! The convention will be held at the Hotel Fort Des Moines, 1000 Walnut St. in Des Moines. Room rates are $69 per night plus tax. The banquet speaker will be Doc Bradley.

For more information, contact Mike Hoenig at (563) 344-8787, or via e- mail, [email protected]


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