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work with the blind are cordially invited to join us for some coffee, tea, and more. It will be a chance to talk and meet each and every one of you, to share the philosophy we have learned by being members. If you need any more information, contact, Carmen Dennis at carmen88@comcast.net or call 773-583-0899.


By Bob Gardner

The NFBI Blackhawk Chapter holds meetings the second Saturday of each month at 1:30 P.M.  Our meeting place is the South Moline Township Center located at 637-17th Avenue, East Moline. A winter high point for the chapter was our Christmas party last December.  Over forty members, family, and friends attended.  As winter turns slowly, very slowly, into spring, we had meetings featuring talks from those who attended the NFB Washington Seminar, and from one person who had attended the NFB training center, BLIND, Inc., in Minneapolis.  Our May meeting was special - a luncheon meeting at Bennigan's Restaurant in Rock Island.  Five members demonstrated mobility skills by riding as a group on a city bus from Moline to the restaurant. Our June 14 meeting will be a cookout and potluck at the home of the Gardners.  Besides enjoying good food and fellowship, those who attend the meeting will be able to practice mobility using the long white cane as we take short trips along the river, on the bike path, and around town.  No chapter meeting will be held in July, and an excursion to see a musical play is scheduled instead of a regular meeting in August.  We will return to our normal format and normal meeting place, the South Moline Township Center, in September. The NFB Blackhawk Chapter publishes a monthly newsletter, "Hawk Talk."  The newsletter is available on the NFBI website and on the IL-Talk listserv.  It can also be sent by email or snail mail. We are the blind speaking for the blind, and are changing what it means to be blind in the Quad Cities and northwestern Illinois.


By Debbie Stein

While I was out of the country this winter, Second Vice President Anthony Thomas chaired our February chapter meeting, and First Vice President Patti Gregory-Chang chaired the meeting in March.  Commissioner Karen Tamley of the Mayor's Office on People with Disabilities (MOPD) gave a presentation in March on the office's programs and activities.  This contact with MOPD opens the way for us to have greater input with the city of Chicago on planning related to access. In April the Chicago Chapter held its annual elections.  The

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