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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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