OC Guide Dogs
January 30, 2016
Linda Becker called our meeting to order at 9:45 a.m. She welcomed everyone and recited our mission statement. She also introduced the Board. Melissa Nabulsi had an OC Guide Dog photo mounted in a frame and gave it to the manager of Starbucks in appreciation for their support.
Linda reported that the alumni groups of OC Guide Dogs have grown from four chapters to 20 chapters. Those applying for guide dogs now might have to wait nine months. The graduate support team has been changed. The names of the team members are Beth, Toby, and Lucy, and there are two new field reps on the east coast.
Treasurer’s report: Cynthia Thacker reported that we have $291.50 in petty cash. We have had two appreciation parties so far. In the past we have donated $100 to the church for use of the room, but we’d like to increase the amount to $150.
MOTION: Tina Wilson moved that we increase the donation to the church from $100 to $150. Motion seconded by Richard King and passed unanimously.
Linda reported that she would like a give a gift to new members of OC Guide Dogs, perhaps a bandana that says “OC Guide Dogs,” possibly orange with dark gray writing.
Paula Pinheiro gave her report on the parties. All is going well and the parties have been well received.
Kathy Blake set up a class on dog CPR and first aid taught by Hope Hynds on January 16. Nine people attended. There was some great info on first aid, Heimlich maneuver, etc. Hope adapter her class for the visually impaired. Kathy will look into repeating this class in six months or so.
Mindy Wulff reported on her experience at Stonehill Tavern at the St. Regis Hotel. Staff placed them outside, and the manager wouldn’t talk to her. Linda Becker volunteered to go with Mindy to have lunch and they were seated inside. The restaurant’s policy is to have no dogs during the buffet. They will go back during the buffet day and see what happens. Members were encouraged to see the restaurant’s policy in writing. If it is not in writing, handlers may dispute the policy. Apparently establishments can make their own rules if they are private.
We welcomed new members: Guillermo Robles with “Monty,” Denise Torres with “Carmen”, and Scott Quinlan with wife Diane and “Irish.”
OC Coastal Puppy Raiser Club attended our meeting and provided refreshments. They were asked if they could take pictures of the puppies they were raising for the eventual owners. It would be fun to pass along some history of the dog to the graduate.
Keith Tomlinson will be at our next meeting on March 26.
Steve Bauer spoke about new technology for the visually impaired. There are many machines now to let you read or look at printed material, including screen readers and magnifiers. There is also an app called CrowdViz that connects blind people with sighted assistants. He thinks he paid $9.95 for 16 sessions. Also, Braille is standardized now and is called the Unified English Braille Code. The LinkedIn site is notoriously blind un-friendly, but apparently they have hired a VP of Accessibility and hopefully some problems will be resolved.
We received $52 in donations today.
Meeting adjourned at 11:25 a.m.
Carla Ross Secretary