OC Guide Dogs Meeting
January 27, 2018
The meeting of OC Guide Dogs was called to order at 10:10 a.m. on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at the Orangewood Avenue Baptist church located at 8421 Orangewood Avenue in Garden Grove. Those in attendance were:
Paula Pinheiro with “Joanie”
Richard King with “Nadia”
Allen & Donna Abersman with “Caruso”
Debbie and Bob Paul
Valerie Ormont with “Radar”
Lance & Mindy Wulff with “Braxton”
Kathy Blake with “Chiquita”
Kazumi (Linda Becker’s friend)
Linda Becker with “Anchorage”
Jeff and Jana Senge with “Waldorf”
Bj. Campbell with “Darwin”
President Estee Boggs introduced herself and welcomed everyone. She then introduced the Board – Vice President Paula Pinheiro, Treasurer Cynthia Thacker (absent), and Secretary Carla Ross. She also recognized our volunteers Kathy Zuorski and Esther Fairis, among others.
Treasurer’s Report: Read by Kathy Zuorski. We have $1,255.04 in our GDB account and $495.76 in petty cash, for a total of $1,750.80. $200 from the GDB account is designated for a harness for a new team from OC. We also received a $1,000 check from the Lion’s Club, which will be sent to GDB. The Lion’s Club specified that they wanted this check pay for harnesses for graduates from Orange County. Carla will send a thank you to them. We collected $42 for refreshments today.
Estee reminded everyone to look at our website, ocguidedogs.com, for news of new activities. We need to promote the website. A big thank you to Mary Ann Epstein for keeping it current.
In lieu of a meeting in March, VP Paula Pinheiro has organized a nature walk at Crystal Cove. The trail is a paved trail with no hills. Our guide will tell us about the native birds, plants, and explain the whale migration. Walk will take approximately 1 to 1-1/2 hours. Guests should bring their own lunch. The walk will be cancelled if it rains. RSVP to Paula at email@example.com.
Estee will send out an email regarding leadership positions. The new board will be voted on at our May meeting. Jorge Marquez will be at that meeting, and we will send out his information for pre-ordering items from Products for Independent Living.
Delta Airlines has had a change in policy regarding service animals. See the GDB website for information.
The Alumni Speaker series has some interesting speakers coming up. It is a call-in format, but if you want to listen after the fact, the links on the GDB website are much easier to navigate, and you can listen when you want as opposed to participating in a conference call.
Paws & Remember support groups are also a monthly call-in feature. See GDB website for more information. We also send out reminders of this call-in group.
The GDB 75th Reunion in San Francisco was well attended, with about 150 teams participating. San Francisco made November 18th National Guide Dog Day. Richard King, Paula Pinheiro, Linda Becker, Mindy and Lance Wulff, and Estee reported on their experience there, and said it was well worth going.
The Sharing Visions Art Exhibit is scheduled for February 24 at the Ketchum University in Anaheim. Linda Becker will forward information to Carla to send out. RSVP to Wayne Heidle.
Estee will send out a survey via email soon to ask the members how we can support them better.
VP Paula Pinheiro introduced herself and we went around for introductions. Debbie Paul reported that her guide Freemont recently passed away. She is now looking into being a raiser with her husband.
Estee introduced our speaker Hugo Gallegos who went over a few GPS apps for the visually impaired. Hugo is a tech instructor at Braille. He thinks the iPhone is superior at being blind-friendly. BlindSquare is an app that tells you what is around you, like restaurants, and points of interest, but it does not give turn by turn instructions. You can, however, run BlindSquare at the same time as Google Maps, which does do turn by turn instructions. BlindSquare is $39.99, a one-time fee. Nearby Explorer also tells you what’s around you and stores you pass by, but the maps are downloaded to your device, which takes up a lot of memory. The second version is online and does not download to your phone. All GPS systems use a lot of battery power. Members were encouraged to stay after to ask Hugo questions.
With no further business, meeting was adjourned at 12:00 noon.
Secretary, OC Guide Dog
Dear Members, Volunteers and Puppy Raisers:
In lieu of our regular March meeting, our VP Paula Pinheiro has organized a special outing for us on Thursday, March 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Enjoy the spectacular sounds and aromas of nature with a guided walking tour of Crystal Cove Park. We will be walking on the bluffs/paved trail for approximately 1 ½-miles, learning the natural resources of Crystal Cove Park, including local birds, native plants, and whales. The we will stop at a scenic picnic area for lunch. Bring a sack lunch. Recommended to bring a light wind breaker, a hat, sunscreen, and comfortable walking shoes. Bring friends and/or family! Please RSVP to Paula by Thursday, March 1 at firstname.lastname@example.org
When: Thursday, March 8, 2018
Address: Los Trancos Beach, 6902 East Coast Highway, Newport Coast
*Drop off is Access friendly. Address location is a trailer office for our docent “Winter”
RSVP to email@example.com
January 27, 2018
Please join us at our first meeting of 2018! Our OC Guide Dog Alumni Chapter Meeting will be held on Saturday January 27, 2018 from 9 am to 12 pm at the Orangewood Avenue Baptist Church, 8421 Orangewood Avenue in Garden Grove.
Our speaker is Hugo Gallegos, Computer Instructor at the Braille Institute. He will be speaking about blind-friendly GPS apps with demonstrations of Nearby Explorer, BlindSquare, and others that will help you discover the world with your Guide Dog! I hope you all can come out and kick off the new year together with your friends and fellow guide dog handlers at our January meeting.
Estee Boggs, President
OC Guide Dog Alumni Chapter
OC Guide Dogs Meeting
October 7, 2017
The meeting of OC Guide Dogs was called to order at 10:10 a.m. on Saturday, October 7, at the Orangewood Avenue Baptist church located at 8421 Orangewood Avenue in Garden Grove. Those in attendance were:
Paula Hernandez and son Jonathan
Joy (friend of Mindy Wulff) with Ellie
Mindy and Lance Wulff
Estee’s kids Jacob and Sabrina
Mary Ann Epstein
Yvonne and DJ Juanier
Jeff and Jana Senge
Dan and Blanca Varney
Laurie and Bob McDonald
Gabriel Lalli and sons
Kazumi and Yuka
President Estee Boggs introduced herself and welcomed everyone. She announced that her guide dog Columbus was officially retired as of September 23. She then introduced the Board: our Vice President Paula Pinheiro, Treasurer Cynthia Thacker (absent), and Secretary Carla Ross. She also recognized our volunteers Kathy Zuorski and Esther Farris, among others.
Pastor Tye welcomed us to his church. He is happy to host our event. He apologized for an unwelcome guest at our last meeting and hoped no one was offended.
Vice President Paula Pinheiro would like to institute something called “Show and Tell.” Paula brought Puppy Flush Doodie Bags, available from Amazon, for all to feel. These are flush-able, for the times you just can’t get to the large outdoor trash bins. She also passed around boot liner socks from Ruff Wear. The liners improve traction for the dogs and make the boots more comfortable. These products will be listed on our website as products that we’ve tried and liked.
Treasurer’s Report: In Cynthia Thacker’s absence, Kathy Zuorski read the Treasurer’s Report. We have $1,452.45 in our GDB account and $475.76 in our petty cash, for a total of $1,927.88. We also collected $35 at this meeting, for a grand total of $1,962.88. We have $200 in Designated Funds. Kathy also read the proposed budget and asked for a motion to approve.
Motion: Kathy Zuorski moved to approve the proposed 2017-2018 budget (copy attached).
Seconded: Motion seconded by Kathy Blake.
Motion approved unanimously.
Estee reported that GDB is involved in an event at Petco on Saturday, October 14. It’s called the “Hero Event.” Linda Becker is manning a table and needs extra people to help in giving out information about guide dogs. It’s the Irvine Petco on Irvine Center Drive. Contact Linda Becker (949) 278-5850 if you can help.
October 15 is White Cane Safety Day at Downtown Disney, put on by CCB, from 11-4 p.m.
They need volunteers to give out information on the significance of advancing independence by acknowledging people with white canes. Contact person for this event is Ken Metz, firstname.lastname@example.org or 323-793-1805 or 818-882-3610.
November 17-19 is the GDB anniversary in San Francisco. Look for an email from Theresa Stern of GDB or go on their website for more information. Registration is open until October 20. We have a big group of alumni going from OC. Dial into the conference call on October 19 at 4 p.m. for more information (conference call info in email from Theresa).
Our speaker was our own Paula Hernandez, who travels extensively for both business and pleasure with her guide Shiva. She is a project director for a nonprofit organization. Paula talked about the steps she takes to ensure safe and successful journeys. She contacts the hotel and convention site for a layout of the property. She sets up a meeting with the venue coordinator with a sighted guide before the conference starts. She contacts the hotel for orientation of the property.
Regarding traveling with a dog, it is important to know the health requirements in different countries. Canada has the same regulations as the continental U.S. Hawaii, Central and South America are somewhat different. She mentioned the titer test, which tells if your dog has the proper amount of rabies antibodies present in the blood. This test must be done four months before travel (it lasts for 3 years), but the certification of the test must be within 30 days of travel. A vet can draw the blood, but can’t provide the international health certificate. Paula uses the VCA Lakewood Animal Hospital (a specialty vet) for this certification. Some destinations require a certificate that is less than 30 days old – it is important to check with the destination. Google “health requirements for dog travel” or something similar for more information.
Traveling to Mexico is easy, but it is harder to return. They require a 30 day health certificate from your vet. She has learned from experience to travel with an organic shampoo to wash her dog’s paws as they relieve where a lot of other dogs relieve. In an airport, she has learned to ask Shiva to “find the counter” once inside, then ask for a sighted guide to assist through TSA. If she experiences any difficulty, she will ask for the ADA or accessibility person. Her favorite airline is Southwest. One of our members asked about the Known Traveler Number program (KTN), by which you can bypass all TSA lines. It’s a pre-check process and is good for ten years. She often has to take a separate suitcase for Shiva if her destination is remote or not near a pet store for food. According to ADA regulations, the airline must accommodate the extra luggage at no additional charge.
Paula’s biggest message was that you can travel by yourself! Her stories were inspiring.
Estee thanked Paula for her travel tips and announced the barbecue menu items next. We then adjourned at 12:05 for barbecue.