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Vendors Dinner this year and recently met with Raven Pulliam, the new head of the Illinois Vending Program, regarding the need for new vending locations.  I think this partnership will prove very fruitful. 

In April we held our second spring student seminar.  This year's seminar was entitled "Beyond Barriers."  Twenty-one students took part, with a team of seasoned Federationists serving as mentors. 

This fall NFBI plans to begin a transitions club for blind high school students.  The club will mentor young people who need to transition between school and college or career development.  If you would like to assist with the transitions club, please contact Kelly Doty at 847-390-1738 or kelly@dls.net.   With the help of generous donations from long-time supporter Jim Zangrilli and the Master Education Foundation we recently purchased a Braille-Note for an elementary-school student, and are providing assistance for another child to attend the Buddy Program at BLIND, Inc.  The foundation is also helping us send families of blind children attend National Convention.  In conjunction with our state convention in October we will sponsor our first ever Senior Seminar.  A press release, registration form, and seminar flier are available at our website, www.nfbofillinois.org.  Please contact Kelly Doty for details or to volunteer to assist.    

Of course, to carry out all these programs, fundraising is essential.  We obtained several grants this spring, including a generous donation from Cathy Randall's mother, Cay Barnum, in support of our spring student seminar.  Our Carson Days and Won Ton of Fun were very successful.  We plan to hold another Oktoberfest in the fall.  Please participate in our fundraising activities as much as you can.  They enable us to do the work we all value, and taking part is fun as well.    

We will hold our next face-to-face NFBI board meeting on September 20th, 2008 at the Quality Inn in Bradley, Illinois.  In conjunction with that meeting we will host a tea for blind people in the Kankakee/Bradley area from 9:00 to 10:30 A.M.  Bright and early at At 8:00, before the tea, all chapter presidents and treasurers are encouraged to attend a training session.   As always, I extend my heartfelt thanks to all who endeavor to change what it means to be blind by participating in the programs of the National Federation of the Blind of Illinois.  I am proud to serve as president of this affiliate.

KANKAKEE WELCOME

By Carmen Dennis

On Saturday, September 20, the National Federation of the Blind of Illinois will hold its state board [meeting] in Bradley, Illinois, at the Holiday Inn, 800 Kinzie.

From 9:00 to 10:30 that morning the affiliate will host a tea for the Kankakee Heartland Chapter. Members, potential members, instructors, and folks who

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