You are invited to join us August 17

Come be with us virtually on August 17 to learn about Indiana resources for the blind and visually impaired.

We are meeting virtually this month on Monday, August 17 at 6:30 p.m. Here is the information needed to attend.

Time: Aug 17, 2020 6:30 PM  Social half hour7:00 PM  Chapter meeting starts
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If you have never attended a meeting, that’s ok! Join by phone or computer and introduce yourself during the 6:30 – 7 p.m. social and stick around for the 7 pm meeting to learn some useful information.

Our guest this time will be Raymond Montgomery, who is the outreach coordinator for Bosma Enterprises. He will share the latest about the training and employment opportunities, including services for seniors. Bosma does a lot to help make life better for the blind community, so it is good to keep informed about what they are doing.

We will also hear reports from people who attended the national ACB convention in July, as well as the ways our state affiliate is going to engage us through the end of the year.

Please share this invitation with anyone else you think would be interested. If you know a neighbor or friend who is blind or has low vision, they might well benefit from the information and connection to ACB through our Bloomington, Indiana chapter. 

June 15 Meeting and Guest Speaker

On June 15 at 6:30 pm, please join us by connecting on your computer or mobile device. If you are not yet a member, please contact us through this website and we will be glad to send you information to join the meeting by phone or computer.
We will have an open group chat at 6:30 to catch up with each other. At 7 pm, we will begin the regular meeting.
Ann Parsons will be speaking about her experience starting and running her own business. She plans to speak for 30 – 45 minutes then take questions. The business she runs is called Portal Tutoring. Even if it never crossed your mind to start a business, learning what is involved may also help you appreciate what goes on behind the scenes of a business.

Meeting Minutes: February 17, 2020

Heartland Association of the American Council of the Blind of Indiana

Meeting Minutes 

Recorded by Ted Boardman, Secretary

Monday, February 17, 2020

Coaches Bar and Grill, Hilton Garden Inn, Bloomington, Indiana 

Present: Barbara Salisbury (president), Mary Stores, Paul Tappero, Kathy Tappero, Chris Baskins, Candice Baskins, Ted Boardman (secretary), Rhett Salisbury, Bill Fierman (treasurer), Sandy Adams, Mike Adams

1. Welcome and Introductions

Barbara Salisbury called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. and welcomed everyone. She asked for everyone to voice their names for a roll call.

We met in a private room and had excellent food service and good food from the staff.

2. Election of Officers

Barbara first asked for nominations from the floor for chapter president. Hearing none, Barbara asked for a motion to elect Ted Boardman, who had previously submitted his name for consideration to the membership. Mary Stores motioned to appoint Ted as president, and Kathy Tappero seconded. A voice vote was taken and passed.

Barbara asked for nominations for Vice President.  Kathy offered her name for consideration. Bill Fierman motioned to appoint Kathy and Mary seconded. A voice vote was taken and the motion passed.

Barbara asked for nominations for secretary, as Ted could not serve. Sandy Adams voiced her desire to serve.  Bill motioned to appoint Sandy and Mary seconded. A voice vote was taken and the motion passed.

Barbara asked for nominations for chapter representative on the ACB of Indiana board. Ted could no longer serve since he was added as a director on the ACBI board. Mary volunteered. Bill made a motion to select Mary as the chapter representative. Ted seconded. A voice vote was taken and the motion passed.

Numerous expressions of thanks and appreciation were voiced for the service of Barbara as President, Jeff Busch as Vice President, Ted as Secretary, and Bill as Treasurer. Bill said he is happy to continue to serve as Treasurer.

3. Other Business

Chris Baskins asked about potential outreach to IU.

Mary can speak to someone about getting an invitation or announcement included in some email that accepts announcements that might reach the target audience

Barbara mentioned that Sherry has two ideas for speakers.

Buchetto’s restaurant seems to have a higher than average donation percentage for a fundraiser, but the point was made we have to be the ones to encourage patronage of the restaurant in exchange for getting a percentage of the proceeds.

Chris suggested a streaming video game fundraiser.

Barbara suggested getting a speaker for the March meeting. She suggested Bosma for an upcoming meeting.

Possible speakers mentioned:

Dennis Sumland;

Tracy Rau – motivational speaker;

Dawnetta Richardson, Bosma and facilitates book club

Barbara brought up and Ted made a motion to switch our regular meetings to every other month starting in April. Barbara mentioned several typical conflicts we have had to schedule around on our current January, March, July, September, November schedule, including  Martin Luther King Day in January, the national convention in July, and the state convention in November. 

Kathy seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken and passed. 

Kathy volunteered to take donated items (big and small) to put together in packages to auction. She suggested unused gift cards could be included.

Barbara asked Ted if he had any thoughts on next steps. Ted said he wants to set up a mailing list for the chapter. He asked if there would be any individuals who would be interested in a sub-committee to plan upcoming meetings and social events so that the dates and events could be planned and publicized well in advance. Kathy, Chris and Mary said they would be interested in an event planning subcommittee. Anyone else is welcome to join an upcoming conference call at a date and time to be determined and announced in the next few weeks.

4. Adjournment

Barbara adjourned the meeting around 8:45 p.m.

Summary of Motions:

1. Ted Boardman elected as chapter president

2. Kathy Tappero elected as chapter vice-president

3. Sandy Adams elected as chapter secretary

4. Mary Stores elected as chapter representative on the ACB of Indiana board

5. Chapter regular meetings will occur every other month, starting in April.

Revision 2020-03-01: Changed summary of motions to indicate elections rather than appointments and added the chapter representative.

November 18 Agenda

Our November meeting is next Monday the 18th at the Monroe County Public Library. We will be in room 1C, which is downstairs.

There is a lot on our agenda to talk about, but of course, we will begin at 6:30 p.m. with time to visit and socialize. The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.

1.        Welcome and introductions
2.       Nominations accepted for chapter president. If interested, come prepared to talk about your experience and what you will bring to the table as president
3.       Transportation update. There are critical decisions being made soon. 
A. Online scheduling and ticket purchasing mobile app;
B. Bus route proposals; 
C. Update on the Chamber of Commerce transportation event;
4.       Holiday/Christmas party? Who wants to help plan, and who wants to host?
5.       ACBI announcements, next meeting and adjourn

September 2019 Chapter Meeting

If you have a vision impairment or know of someone who does, please join us at Bucceto’s (westside) on Monday, September 2 at 5:30 p.m. for our chapter meeting. We are a local support group who have varying degrees of vision loss and are an excellent place to learn about resources. Come connect with people who “know how to live with vision loss.”

Chapter Meeting May 20, 2019

New members or interested individuals are always welcome to attend our open chapter meetings. Our May meeting is Monday, May 20th.  We will meet at Lucky’s Market at 6:30 to gather our snacks or dinner.  Our discussion items for this month are:

1:  DKM First Timers Award to attend ACB national conference—Ted

2:  Reviewing models for the National Center for Accessibility—Sherry and Mary

3:  Ride-sharing workshop, the how-tos and other questions to be answered by the experts.  Free transportation provided for the event—Barbara

4:  Show and tell.  If you have something to share about a tool or service, let Barbara know.  We’ll make time.

Please let us know if you plan to attend this coming Monday, and we will look out for you! If you have not been to the community room at Lucky’s Market, you will find it at the far back left corner of the market in a side room. You can reach out to us at info (at)


Meeting January 21 at Lucky’s

Our first meeting of 2019 is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m. for a meet and greet — and eat. We will be meeting this month at Lucky’s Market located at 2424 S Walnut St, (Bloomington, IN) in the community room due to the library being closed for Martin Luther King Day. We will provide a little sweet snack, but I would encourage you to order a little something from Lucky’s deli if you wish. This will show our appreciation in giving them a little business. If you do wish to order something, please come prepared, right at 6:30 to allow time for assistance if needed.

I recently received an email listing the top eight delivery services and thought this would be a good topic for discussion, as several of us may have the first-hand experience with these services, and may wish to recommend others. This allows us to educate each other about opportunities that allow for greater independence and choice in our individual lives. I expect we might have a couple of visitors that could learn from this discussion.

Also, this meeting will be a good time to pay your annual dues of $10. What an incredible value! $10 includes membership in your local chapter, state affiliate, and national ACB organization! We try to be a place where we can learn of new opportunities, gain support and socialize with each other, and in turn, support our state and national organization in the important work they do in advocacy and convention opportunities. If you are not a member, please join us!

Lastly, we need to look ahead and discuss possible topics for our upcoming meetings for this year. So, come with some ideas, specific and general, whatever you have, bring it to the table!

— Barbara Salisbury, Chapter President

A Report on our 2019 ACB Indiana & Ohio Convention

Seven members attended the joint state ACB convention. Barbara and Rhett naturally went up early, but the rest took the Campus Shuttle to the IUPUI student center and UBER to the hotel and back to Bloomington after the conference. It worked well and was a new experience for most.
Chris and Ted joined a large group of people who toured the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. After circling the track on a tour bus, they really enjoyed checking out winning Indy race cars by getting an up-close look and feel, and asking staff questions like: “Why is the tire smooth on one side and rough on the other?” Answer: the first cars were more top-heavy, so having more friction on the part of the tire that made contact on the inside track bank kept them from flipping over.
We all found the hotel to be nicely arranged and easy to navigate. We were all on the first floor facing the atrium area. We enjoyed having breakfast in the atrium and chatting with people from Indiana and Ohio.
There was business to attend to, and we congratulate Heartland ACB member Machell Philippone who we elected for a second term on the board. During the conference on Sunday, Chris Baskins also helped facilitate a workshop with researchers from Indiana University about designing accessible payment systems.
The learning part of the convention was nicely intertwined with business and socializing. We talked with people from Ohio at the great tasting pizza mixer. Beyond the casual interactions, we also enjoyed sitting with new people at the banquet, where there were fascinating talks about what the present and future hold for the Americans With Disabilities Act, innovations in accessible transportation and an inspiring account of a gold medal-winning Paralympian. The weekend was capped by a fun and successful auction fundraiser for our state and local chapters.
With full understanding that it takes many people working hard to pull off a successful convention, we want to thank our own chapter member and President Barbara Salisbury, and her husband and chapter member Rhett, for all their hard work contributing to a great and fresh convention experience.

Learning about audiobook narration from a professional

Our chapter had a dozen turnout for our September 2018 meeting, where we Skyped in Madelyn Buzzard, a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and winner of the Alexander Scourby Award for fiction.  She shared insights into being a talking book narrator for over 1,500 titles, including how being an actor enhances her narration. People were engaged and asked good questions and hopefully have a greater appreciation for the work that goes into creating the talking books we love. We thank Marilyn for taking the time to share this experience with our chapter, as well as Sherry Wells for scheduling this speaker for us.