An introduction to smart home devices and setup

The following are notes taken by chapter secretary Sandra Adams from our February 2021 meeting, where chapter president Ted Boardman introduced the topic of smart home devices. The goal was to provide a starting point to anyone unfamiliar with the technologies, and to help them decide if it might be useful in their home.

He explained how he explored smart home devices to tackle some home improvement projects which he wanted to do. These included using a smart plug which was a home kit device.

The smart home devices have to have a network to connect to and so if you have internet you probably have a WiFi network. Another requirement is some way to interface with the network. Ted was able to use the Home app on his iPhone to set up the smart plug. He told the app to add a device and pointed his camera at the device to scan the home kit QR code printed on any device that is available. He went entirely through the process of adding it, setting it up and getting it to work without any sight.

Ted had a problem with window coverings that were not easily closed and opened. He wanted more privacy, so he looked into window coverings that would automatically open and shut at sunset and sunrise. He was able to come up with a solution after researching options.

Question: Do you use Apple because it is more simple and more accessible? 

There are several ecosystems; Google, Amazon, Apple, Samsung and others. They are sort of resolving around different standards. Google, Amazon and Apple are working together now on a single standard for smart home devices. Ted chose Home Kit because it is easy and it is secure. All these devices that you plug into your network, they are little computers and as such they have software on them and that software can be good software or bad software. It can be secure software or insecure software and the reason to choose products that are approved by different companies like Apple, Amazon or Google is because they usually require some level of testing and meeting certain standards.

We then listened to the presentation by Libby Rosenthal, a member of the customer research team in Alexa Smart Home at Amazon.  Libby explained that when they talk about Smart Home at Amazon they usually talk about that as meaning any device or appliance in your home that can be controlled through your smart phone app or through a smart assistant like Alexa. Most of the time when folks are adopting smart home the biggest benefit they are looking for is controlling those devices with their voices, controlling them when they are away from home or to set up automations so the device can act according to a schedule or according to some sort of routine or trigger in your house. 

There is a wide variety of Smart Home products, particularly those available on Smart home categories range from lighting or smart plugs which are one of the ways that folks tend to get started in smart home because it is relatively portable and can be a low cost way to get into smart home to see if it is for you and see if it meets your needs. With a smart plug you can turn on and off things within your house. With smart lighting you can make it easier to get those exact lighting conditions that might be best for you. There are other products like smart thermostats, smart door locks, smart cameras and door bells so you can see who might be at the front door and speak with them intercom style to verify who it is before you let them in. There are also things like smart detectors or smart sensors that might notify you about things like open windows or a water leak that might go unnoticed otherwise. There are lots of options out there.

When you are smart home shopping on be aware of different programs that they have to help you choose which products are going to be best for your needs, their certifications like Works with Alexa and Certified for Humans. These certification programs are places where product manufacturers have submitted their products for testing to help ensure that they meet a high quality bar for things like responsiveness with Alexa, reliability with Alexa, functionality with Alexa so you can have a better idea that what you are buying is going to work for your needs. They routinely review those products that are in those certification programs to make sure that they are still holding up to these standards. 

The Certified for Humans program is something that was launched in late 2019 and is there to help non-smart home experts find smart home products that will work for them and any product that is in that certified for humans program meets even higher standards. Amazon talks about them as being struggle free, tinker free and stress free from a set up experience. You can always explore the current selection of the certified for humans devices at for humans. This concluded Libby’s presentation.

You can solve opening and closing blinds at appropriate times through a smart home set up. Also can improve access to ceiling fans by using a smart bulb. There are wireless switches that you can put anywhere, that you can screw into the wall or even stick with double sided tape and they can control a smart light bulb.

There are companies that make many smart devices that are for sale on Amazon but to ensure a good experience you will want to stick with well known companies that have a reputation to protect and also to feel comfortable plugging them into your network. Each manufacturer of smart home devices takes care of updates and secures their own products. These smart devices run on batteries and they consume as little electricity as possible to make their power requirements small and therefore batteries last longer. As we have progressed, the life span for devices seems to be getting shorter and shorter. Hopefully devices will last 10 years.

Major appliances are also available such as GE washer and dryer with smart capabilities, tells you when your clothes are dry, or help you set the wash cycle. You do not want to have to replace that because they are not keeping it up to date anymore. That is why picking a major brand is really important for major purchases like that. Appliance manufacturers have different standards of how they develop and maintain products. They may not last as long as they used to but they are still built to last a good number of years (10 to 15 years).

There is smart equipment that is not connected to a network also available.

Meeting Minutes: August 17, 2020

Heartland Chapter of the American Council of the Blind of Indiana

Meeting minutes recorded by Sandy Adams, Secretary

Virtual meeting via Zoom on August 17, 2020

Present: Ted Boardman (chapter president), Barbara Salisbury (president of state affiliate), Rhett Salisbury, Bill Fierman (chapter treasurer), Kathy Tappero (chapter vice president), Paul Tappero, Mary Stores (chapter affiliate), Sherry Wells, Mike Adams, Sandy Adams (chapter secretary), Marilyn Kettridge, Raymond Montgomery (guest speaker).

Ted asked if there were any corrections to the proposed minutes for the June 15, 2020 virtual meeting submitted by the secretary. Mary Stores noted that the ACB hyperlink was missing the hyphen after ACB. This will be corrected. A motion was made by Bill to accept the corrected minutes. Mary seconded the motion.

Barbara reported that the Indiana-Ohio state convention will not occur this year in person. A virtual convention for 1 day will be held instead. In order to stay connected to state members monthly community chats will begin in September.  The Indiana L-list at the state web site will be about monthly community  chats. One can unsubscribe if they do not want the L-list.

Hopefully next year 2021 will be a joint convention with Ohio. Community chats on a national level already exist so they can be used as a model. Mary volunteered to do a social chat/coffee each month on a Saturday. An email from the state president will provide information of what is planned each month for the chats.

Ted introduced the guest speaker, Raymond Montgomery, the outreach coordinator for Bosma Enterprises. 

Raymond began with a history of Bosma which was started 100 years ago. In 1915 it was a broom assembly plant run by the state and turned over to a nonprofit organization in 2006.

The Rehab Center serves 92 counties in Indiana. Itinerant representatives go into homes to serve the clients. They focus on senior clients 55 and older to teach them how to feel safe in their home and to get them equipment that they need while informing them what is available.

Also Senior Connections for 55-plus clients provides trivia games over the phone.

Employment Service Team helps with resumes and job placement. 

There is a Student Training Employment Program (STEP) for high school students.

Youth Employment Service for age 14 clients to help them know what is available in employment opportunities. They also learn habits that will help them be better employees such as getting up on time and being punctual for appointments.

Rehab Center technology provides education in using ZoomText, Fusion and JAWS.

Orientation and Mobility training available. Adjustment counselor available to help clients cope with new/recent vision loss.

Tech Tuesday from 1 to 3:30 pm helps clients learn how to utilize smart phones and other computer devices. 

Bosma regularly hosts a 16-week training program to prepare people with disabilities to become Salesforce administrators who can analyze complex problems, understand data, provide advice about taking action on data and formulate complex solutions for companies.

Randolph Sheppard affiliate: Small shop vending machines is a 30-week course. This is partnered with Voc Rehab. After completion of course may bid on government sites where vending machines are located.

Rehab Center teaches braille. Provides digital recorders and talking books.

New Blindness – Individuals go to Voc Rehab first, then can be referred to Bosma for this 4-5 month program.

Aira download on phone enables user to get from point A to point B.

Ted pointed out that Voc Rehab qualifications for disability are now more difficult because there have to be three disabilities present in order to qualify as disabled.

Vision Rehab 101 is for those who do not qualify for Voc Rehab and clients do not have to go through Voc Rehab to sign up for this program. Teaches major things to know. A grant provides for this training

Corporate Side – Package exam and surgical gloves for Veterans Administration.

Ability One is a not-for-profit. Largest employer of blind in Indiana at Bosma. 75% of people on the assembly line doing the work are blind.

Foundation does fundraising to help Bosma. Fundraisers are Dine in the Dark/Dance, Hasbrook Luncheon and a golf fundraiser.

Independent skills are interconnected with employment.

Discussion about state agency taking children away from blind parents.

CRM – SalesForce based in Indianapolis. Do you have to be referred by Voc Rehab to be in class?

This concluded Raymond’s presentation about Bosma. Ted has Raymond’s contact information for anyone needing it.

Barbara reported that the Indiana ACB presented a resolution to the Secretary of State to take action regarding absentee voting in an independent and private way for visually impaired individuals.

Barbara encouraged the attendees to contact the county election clerk and ask for an accessible absentee ballot. The group talked about the possibility of a PDF ballot. Mary pointed out that it takes training to take an existing PDF and make it accessible for the visually impaired. The main issue is that it needs to be accessible as the law states a voter has the right to have an independent and private vote. 

Barbara said she will send an email with miniscript on what to say to the election clerk. Many other states do not have accessible voting systems yet.

September Community Chat from the Indiana ACB will have info on the topic of accessible voting.

Ted received a box containing 7 accessible  Uno Decks (braille and large print) donated by Ellie Kolbaum. What should we do with these items? Auction them? Give a set to Jeff and Machell? Think on this.

Possible speaker for October meeting suggested by Sherry Wells is Deborah Kendrick author of Navigating Healthcare: When All They See is that You Can’t. Barbara suggested that Deborah’s presentation be a Community chat for the State hosted by the Heartland Chapter. The third Monday of October is the 19th.

As far as activities proposed last meeting, the August 22 event at Oliver Winery is on-hold because of Covid-19 restrictions.

Other possible activities include August 23, Bloomington Symphony Orchestra is presenting a concert at Switchyard Park which is free to the public, bring your own blankets, but attendance limited to 150. To get tickets need to go to

 We could go to a park for a socially distanced gathering/picnic.

It was decided to meet at Bryan Park for a socially distanced gathering.  Ted will send an email with three possible dates and times from which the group can choose to determine when the gathering will be.

State Community Chats on September 20th on Transportation. More information to be forthcoming.

It was moved by Bill that the meeting be adjourned. This was seconded by Ted.

Meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

Meeting Minutes: June 15, 2020

Heartland Chapter of the American Council of the Blind of Indiana

Meeting minutes recorded by Sandy Adams, Secretary

Virtual meeting via Zoom on June 15, 2020

Present:  Mike Adams, Sandy Adams, (secretary), Ted Boardman (president), Michelle Bright, Bill Fierman (treasurer), Barbara Salisbury, Rhett Salisbury, Mary Stores, Kathy Tappero (vice president), Paul Tappero, Sherry Wells

Sherry Wells introduced Ann Parsons (owner of Portal Tutoring) who presented an informative and detailed description of how to start your own business. She followed her copyrighted outline to share specific information and her personal experiences in starting her business. Ann answered questions and responded to comments of the attendees.

Ted encouraged participation in the national ACB convention July 3-10, 2020. This will be a virtual convention. Ted emailed the preregistration details to the group previously.

Barbara is involved with the Transportation Committee for the ACB convention. They have put together a number of presentations about transportation issues that will be of interest to visually impaired individuals.

The status of the 2020 ACB Indiana & Ohio state convention is undecided awaiting more COVID-19 developments. Barbara encouraged individuals to visit ACB and sign up for the email list for timely emails. Voting accessibility issues are being addressed on the state level, specifically vote by mail accessible to the visually impaired.

The ADA 30-year anniversary at the end of July will be a virtual celebration.

Topic for a future meeting might be BT Access changes.

A possibility for a social gathering on August 22, 2020 at Oliver Winery was also mentioned, as well as a picnic in the park. Social distancing in the outdoors are preferable activities.

Meeting adjourned.

Meeting Minutes: April 20, 2020

Heartland Chapter of the American Council of the Blind of Indiana

Meeting Minutes

Recorded by Sandy Adams, Secretary

Virtual meeting via Zoom on April 20, 2020

Present:  Mike Adams, Sandy Adams, (secretary), Ted Boardman (president), Tim Davis, Bill Fierman (treasurer), Barbara Salisbury, Rhett Salisbury, Mary Stores, Sherry Wells

Welcome and Introductions

Ted Boardman called the meeting to order at 6:37 p.m. and welcomed everyone.  Roll call was taken verbally and recorded as above.

Ted explained that the minutes of the previous meeting had been sent to each member of the chapter via email and asked if there were any corrections or additions.  None were voiced.

Bill Fierman motioned that the minutes from February 17, 2020 be accepted.  Mary Stores seconded the motion.  A voice vote was taken and the motion passed.  There were no objections.

The Planning Committee had met in March and looked ahead to a possible stay-at-home order and resources that could be used on-line. 

State and National Announcements

There will be more announcements about the July National ACB virtual convention. Barbara said there will be a lot of transportation workshops and roundtables. 

We are still planning on having the Joint State convention with Ohio in November here in Bloomington. 

Barbara strongly urged people to join the ACBI mailing list  This will be important because of the way voting may take place this year. It is everyone’s right to vote privately. We might need ACB Indiana members to know and act on something in a relatively short turn-around.

Ted shared the following information. This information was also posted to the Heartland ACB website and promoted on the front page.

Pandemic Outbreak Isolation: Coping and Thriving

Creating Your Own Personal Handbook: How to effectively keep and manage your digital life

  • Note taking: Using an application purpose-built for storing and finding information in the form of notes, scanned documents, web pages. Suggestions: Evernote, Apple’s Notes application and others
  • Your digital file. Categorizing things can be helpful.  Typically you are more likely to file something when it occurs. You may be unlikely to go back to file things retroactively.
  • Your most sensitive information (e.g. your passwords, credit cards, identification cards, and notes with sensitive information) should be kept in apps designed to keep sensitive information safe.  We’re now more reliant on online services than ever. Reusing the same old easy-to-remember passwords is analogous to locking your front door with rubber bands. 
    • On iOS, you can use the Keychain to store and autofill passwords and forms, and Wallet to keep payment cards. The Notes app stores your notes with encryption. Your Apple ID is your master password, and you must keep it safe.
    • LastPass is a digital vault that has a free plan which includes syncing to all your devices. This is particularly useful if you have passwords on devices from multiple manufacturers (Apple, Microsoft, Google, Amazon)
  • Email: File important (emphasis on important) email as you get it into folders.  
    • Think about how you will want to search for information when creating folders to organize. Will you want to find email by organization name, or by subject? It may be a mix of both.
    • Have you marked recipients as VIPs (iOS) or similar category with Android? This can not only allow you to filter your inbox to just show email from people you’ve categorized, but change how you get notified about email from important people. 
  • Websites: Do you bookmark sites to a single list, or do you create categories of bookmarks and file the bookmark at the time you make it? Having bookmark folders set up so you can file as you bookmark is recommended, as many people do not go back after the fact to organize their bookmarks menu.  
  • Are you using a synchronization feature to keep all your bookmarks synced across multiple devices? Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge all support syncing bookmarks, but you may need to log in in the browser to activate this feature.
  • Some examples for bookmark folders: Accessibility Tools, Bill Paying, Books, Grocery, Restaurant Menus, Transportation, TV.

Physical Safety and Wellness

  • Do you have an emergency medical kit handy? It does not have to be a big metal box marked “Emergency Kit.” It can be a box of items you think you may need. Suggested items:
    • Your preferred pain killer
    • Band Aids
    • Antibiotic ointment
    • Gauze wrap
    • Tape
    • Rubbing alcohol
    • Digital talking thermometer
    • CDC has mask making guidelines that are updated to describe the instructions to make a no-sewing mask.
  • Your digital life security
    • Running security software on computer
    • Healthy skepticism when reading email: Is the sender really who they claim to be from? Were you expecting this attachment? Is a threat of discontinuation of service and request for verification real? If you have any doubts, do not reply or click on any link in that email. Call or reach out to the sender using any other method.
  • Your Accessibility Toolkit
    • Video assistants
    • Keeping devices and your knowledge of how to use them up-to-date
      • OS updates
    • Take advantage of training or knowledge sharing opportunities
    • Mobility apps
      • Lyft, UBER, Token, Compass, Microsoft Soundscape
        • Bone conducting headphones are recommended for Soundscape, because you want to be able to hear well as you walk, while also hearing the 3D audio cues.

Managing stress and feelings of social isolation

If you are managing your stress well, consider some preventative steps, summed up with the three M’s:  Movement, mindfulness, mastery

Also, small acts of kindness are boosting for both giver and receiver

  • Planning and preparing can help you feel less worried about the unknown
  • Avoiding alcohol and substances that can cause a depressed mood
  • Take breaks
  • Stretch and exercise
  • Make time to unwind
  • Get plenty of sleep. Maintain good sleep hygiene:
  • Talk to people about your concerns: Often just verbalizing a problem can help you process
  • Write about what is troubling you. This can be particularly helpful to process traumatic events. After you finish, erase the document as recording thoughts is not the point, but rather the act of turning tramatic thoughts into words on a page to help your brain process them.
  • Proactively check in with family to ask how they are doing
  • Watch others for signs of distress:
    • Unexplained bedwetting in children
    • Unusual drug or alcohol use
    • Unusual headaches or stomach distress
  • Know what medications your loved one is taking
  • Find out ahead of time what options are available for mental health treatment
    • Options provided by your health insurance
    • Local providers friends or family can recommend.
  • Take a break from pandemic news coverage. But plan to “dip back in” to stay informed at regular intervals. 

Barbara Salisbury suggested getting outside, listen to the birds.  

Find things to laugh about.  She will send out email with some humorous comments about dealing with the pandemic.

Look for hopeful things.

Get things done that you have felt you have not had time for before.

Do something for someone else – can call people who live alone or may not have family.

A couple of comments made from several attendees about having pets in the room, including the bedroom, can be comforting.  Mary mentioned that essential oils may be helpful.  Cedarwood has melatonin which may aid with sleep. 

Fear, anxiety and grief are totally normal in this situation.

If you are experiencing persistently low mood, anxiety, lack of concentration, persistent sleep problems or inability to experience joy, please consider seeking professional assistance.

It doesn’t have to be expensive. First, check with your insurance company benefits to see if mental health benefits are provided. Often, they will spell out what providers are included. For those employed, there is possibly an Employee Assistance Program that include tele-concealing.

There are also local psychiatrists that are less expensive. Catholic Charities is one such group that provides behavioral health counseling on a sliding scale starting from zero, depending on your income.

Also keep in mind if you have previously experienced drama and anxiety, you could be more vulnerable in this challenging time.


  • Mary reports Instacart grocery delivery is “getting better” in regard to product descriptions provided by the shopper picking your items. It is important to tip well.
  • You may want to consider ordering directly from local restaurants if you want to maximize their profit. See this article in BusinessWeek about food delivery service fees impacting already razor-thin profit margins.
  • Mary also mentioned on-line Farmer’s Market.  Place an order and get a driver to take you there.  They put items in the trunk of the car so minimal contact

Online Resources for Entertainment, Education, Saying Informed

  • Watch movies and television with friends using a group watching app. TwoSeven is a free browser-based extension for Firefox and Chrome that lets you watch content together with friends, while being able to talk to them. 
  • More options are outlined in this article from The Verge
  • Monroe County Public Digital Library
  • You need a library password, which is also called a PIN. There is a way to request one online and a staff member will be in touch with you within 24 hours to complete the process.
  • Access to licensed content typically requires you go to the linked provider, create an account, and specify your Monroe County account information.
  • There are some specific eLibrary Index web pages that effectively describe and link to the content so you do not have to hunt through the libraries’ website. There is also contact information so you can actually talk to a staff member for assistance.
  • Herald-Times full text archive
  • New York Times online
  • Books: Overdrive thousands of audiobooks. According to the librarian, the widest selection and easiest access would be to access books through BARD. That is not to say that some of these other providers the library has licensed are not accessible. Some offer specialized content and learning materials, for example, that you would not find on BARD.
  • Magazines
  • Education
  • Videos: Kanopy does have some films with audio description. Most are on subjects related to disability, and there is not an easy way to find which films have audio description. Hoopla does not have descriptive audio content. You can find some by searching for “audio description,” but that will also include titles without. We have brought this up to library staff, and they are raising the issue with these providers.
  • BARD: Sign up through Indiana State Library, download the BARD smart phone app or request a compatible digital reader
  • ACB’s Descriptive Audio Index – What, and how, to watch with audio description. If you have not yet watched a movie with audio description turned on, you won’t believe what you are missing.
  • Amazon
    • Alexa: Can read Kindle books you have purchased using natural sounding, high quality text-to-speech output, and of course play Audible books. Each month, there is a new free selection. Just ask: “Alexa what’s free on Audible?”
  • KNFB’s Newsline: Access via telephone or the mobile app breaking news, thousands of newspapers, magazine ads, job listings, retail ads, tv listings. Sign up through the Indiana State library.
  • The mobile app now includes the basic functionality of the KNFB Reader, for free. The KNFB Reader was a $99 app that reads printed material out loud.

Business and other discussion

Posting of meeting minutes was discussed.  Options were posting approved minutes on the Heartland Facebook page; posting on the ACBI website with a link to the Heartland Chapter or posting to the Heartland Chapter website with links to other places like Facebook.   Ted noted that he has not seen organizational minutes posted to Facebook. 

Mary volunteered to do on-line publicizing and sharing of information about the Heartland Chapter of ACBI.  Rhett seconded her self-nomination.  Voice approval was noted.  No objections were voiced.

A formalized distribution method of contact via email was discussed.  A list serve could be set up that would include the emails of paid chapter members.  It could be maintained annually as the dues are paid.  Presently the email list consists of individual email addresses that are copied by one individual to another.  This item was tabled for now because not enough members were present at this time to take a vote.

Barbara suggested a future meeting topic could be about using Facebook.

The Planning Committee did develop a list of possible social events including some outdoor events.  Their intention was to survey the interests of members but in this current social distancing environment there may be limited opportunities for face-to-face socials.

The May meeting will be a virtual event.  Some suggestions are a Zoom time to socialize, an audio described movie or a virtual cocktail hour.  These choices could be emailed to the group to see which activity appeals to the most individuals.

Barbara suggested that a phone call to some of the members who did not attend this Zoom meeting might be helpful to keep members involved in the chapter.  Mary and Ted volunteered to make these calls. 

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 pm. 

Action items:

Ted will get a member list and share it with Mary.  They will look at the list to see if they can manage to make the calls that need to be made to some members who did not attend this Zoom meeting.

An email will need to be sent to members surveying interests in the proposed May social event.  The third Monday in May is the 18th.  Proposed activities are:  a Zoom time to socialize, an audio described movie or a virtual cocktail hour.  

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
Join from computer or mobile by clicking this link
Or, dial in from a phone.
One tap mobile+13126266799,,98805114674# US (Chicago)+16465588656,,98805114674# US (New York)
Dial by your location        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)        +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 988 0511 4674Password: 47401

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.”