FALL 2019


Official Newsletter of the

Michigan Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired

Affiliate of the American Council of the Blind

Rosemarie Facilla, President


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Chapters in Michigan:

·        Cadillac

·        Grand Rapids

·        Mitten Phone Chapter

·        Port Huron


Highlights in this issue include:

·        President’s Update

·        Let’s Dance: How I Dealt with Choreography

·        Convention 2019, highlights

·        Important Legislative Update

·        Other committees and chapter updates


President’s Update

Rosemarie Facilla, President


Hello, MCBVI Members:

A lot has happened since our July newsletter. Once again, I want to thank the Blue Water League for putting on a great convention! The trolley ride and historical narration through the city of Port Huron was most interesting. The two things that really stuck out for me were these:

1.           Thomas Edison had grown up there, and they still have the building preserved where he had his lab for his experiments in the basement.

2.           Port Huron was second only to New York City to process immigrants.

The convention boasted quite a few informative sessions, and those who attended learned a number of things.

The auction went very well, and was lots of fun, as usual.

We voted on four resolutions at the convention, and the Resolutions Committee did a great job!

The inclusive voting seemed to go well overall. Even though some attendees voted prior to attending the convention, quite a few MCBVI members were able to vote who were not able to attend.

The convention wrapped up on Sunday morning, and I reviewed the committees that are part of MCBVI. Again, I ask those of you who were not there to think about, and take a chance to participate in one that may hold some interest for you. The only thing I ask is:

1.           You are ready to commit to the time, and have the energy it will take to make that committee successful.

2.           We need someone to chair the Marketing Committee, and the newly formed Scholarship Committee will need additional members. The Future Goals Committee will need new members to join.

I urge members to contact me if they have interest in these, or any of the other committees. To find a list of these committees, go to our website: and click on the contacts list. There you will find all the officers, committee chairs, etc. These will be updated soon; most likely after the November Executive Committee meeting. The evening the convention finished, I was invited to participate in the American Council of the Blind (ACB) membership focus call. There has been a lot of interest in our Mitten Phone Chapter, and other affiliates were interested in not only how we met, but in our monthly social calls. There was extensive interest, as well, in our inclusive voting process. We are leading the way in these areas. Iowa had been invited to come on the call as they instituted a phone chapter also, but no one from the Iowa affiliate came on the call.

We continue to work on Accessible Prescription legislation. We are planning strategies to move forward, contacting other disability groups, as well as a pharmacy chapter, and other ideas. Oregon is the second state to pass legislation regarding accessible prescription labeling, and Ohio continues working on this as well.

The Legislative Committee continues to work on other legislative issues; including recently supporting some changes in SSI.

On March 6, 2020, we are going to have a presence at the Michigan Department of Education-Low Incidence Outreach. They are hosting an Assistive Technology conference for students who are blind or visually impaired, along with their families, and teachers. The program will be held at Lansing Community College West Campus.

As stated earlier, after the November Executive Committee meeting, we will be updating our organizational website with our new officers and make other needed changes.

We have a lot of work ahead of us. Look out for a special meeting to be held in the near future regarding changes to our constitution and bylaws. Remember, this is your organization. Together we can move forward and accomplish our goals.

It is with regret the resignation of our Secretary Lindsey LaVere is accepted. We thank Lindsey for serving over the past year, and wish her well. Our newly elected Assistant Secretary, Lucy Edmonds, has accepted the position of Secretary. An Assistant Secretary will be appointed at the next Executive Committee meeting.

In July, John Jarzyna and I attended the ACB National Convention in Rochester, New York. There was quite a bit of information presented. John and I represented the Michigan Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired by voting for resolutions and participating in other business of our parent organization. If you have never been to a national convention, I encourage you to think about attending this year’s convention being held in Schaumburg Illinois. It is an experience, members, who have never done so, should consider.

Jennifer Bolling was able to raise enough funds to send one person to our state convention this year, who has never attended before. Unfortunately, there were no eligible candidates this year, but the money will be held over. We are hoping there will be better success in 2020.

I wish everyone a great Thanksgiving and Christmas, and hopes for the New Year!

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***Editor’s Note:

The following article was published in the January 2017 issue of the NFB Braille Monitor and sent in to the MCBVI News by Kelsey Nicolay a member of the Mitten Phone Chapter


Let's Dance: How I Dealt with Choreography

Kelsey Nicolay


I have been singing in choir since the fourth grade without much difficulty. However, one day in my freshman chorus the director gave us the music we would be performing at the end-of-year show with choreography. I was nervous about how it would go. How would I remember the moves? How would I move around without my cane? What about getting on and off stage? My choir director assured me that I would dance and participate like everyone else and that they would find ways to make it happen. We ended up having someone come in to help me. The choir director chose someone who was in show choir and had more dance experience. It worked out really well once the choir director found someone. The person the director found seemed to know instinctively that I could do the moves on my own once I learned them and made sure that, as soon as she felt I was ready, she insisted that I do as much as I could without her holding onto my arms. After about a week she said, "I'm not going to help you too much today because I want you to be able to do it on your own during performance." I didn’t do the moves perfectly the first few times I did them alone, but I knew that with repetition I would learn them, and I did. By two weeks before performance, I could do almost all of it alone, and she could simply watch from a distance and correct me if necessary. Performance weekend went pretty well.

While the first show time was mostly successful, I had a few setbacks. For instance, like most students, I chose to take part in my grade's student-led ensemble. We auditioned for the show and were one of the groups selected. When it came time to learn our choreography, the choreographer made a comment that he tried doing the ensemble's dance steps with his eyes closed, and he couldn't do it, so he concluded that I couldn’t either. I felt devastated because I had been working hard in choir, and then he told me I couldn't perform the student ensemble choreography. The choir director decided to let me perform anyway and just sing the number with the ensemble. I was grateful he let me do that, but at the same time I felt robbed of an opportunity to prove myself. From this experience I learned that it is important to stay positive and keep working at your dream and trying to change minds even if others don't believe you will succeed.

My sophomore and junior years, however, the performances were not as successful. Again the choir director found someone to work with me. However, this person did not have the same expectations that the former student had had. Instead of encouraging me to do the moves on my own, she stood behind me and moved my arms. It took a lot longer for me to learn the choreography, and on stage during performance she had to help me with most of it. The choir director allowed her to be on stage with me, but he overlooked the fact that she was practically doing it for me. My teacher of the visually impaired, family, and friends all commented that there was no reason for her to be on stage helping me. My TVI helped me with costume changes for one show so that my family could watch the performance. After both my numbers she told me that I could have done most of that myself. The same thing happened both years. My junior year I participated in the student ensemble again. It was comprised of the people I had been in the freshman group with, but they were all in higher choirs than I was. They were familiar with my blindness, and it didn't seem like a big deal to them until it was time to learn the choreography. The group leader chose to make up the choreography herself instead of having our choreographer do it. When it came time for dance rehearsal, no one bothered to teach me until the week of performance. My choir director told me one person was teaching me, my assistant told me something different, and another student in my choir said she was teaching me. I finally decided to call one of the members whom I knew from freshman chorus and who had helped me in that group as well. Luckily she agreed to teach me the next day. However, because it was so close to performance, I ended up dropping the group at the last minute because I could not learn the arm movements in time.

My senior year I was determined to make this the best performance since it was my last one. I told my director that I wanted an assistant to help me learn the choreography but that I did not want him on stage with me. The director had a hard time finding someone who was free during the first period of the day, but she eventually found someone, and, once she did, it worked out fine. This person seemed to know instinctively that I could do the moves by myself. Once I felt confident, I did everything by myself. He was right there, but he never helped me when I didn't need it. It also helped that my sister was in the same choir as me, so she sometimes worked with me at home to correct my mistakes. I also participated in senior ensemble since it was my last performance. That started off shaky, but, once I was taught the dance, I was ok. One of the girls in my choir was also in the group, so she started teaching me. However, this person seemed to have the expectation that I needed constant help and therefore stood behind me and moved my arms. Two students whom I knew from middle school told me that they had decided to teach me instead. I met with them one-on-one, and we went through it. I learned the routine in about an hour, and by the end of our time I was doing pretty much all of it with very little assistance. The performance went really well, and my family told me that I fit right in, which is what I wanted.

Based on these experiences, I have several suggestions for students dealing with a similar situation. The most important piece of advice is to be confident. It may be difficult at times, but try to stay positive through performance. Second, self-advocacy is critical. If you feel you are not getting the help you need, speak up. Try to talk to the person helping you and let him or her know that you want to do the moves on your own. It may be uncomfortable to bring this up with the student, but as long as you do it tactfully, there should be no problem. You can also ask your orientation and mobility instructor or TVI for help. She may be able to help if there is a particular dance move you are struggling with. Either way, speak up if things aren't going the way they should. Finally, show appreciation. For example, giving the people who helped you learn the choreography a gift card to their favorite restaurant or just some flowers go a long way. People will be more likely to help you in future ensembles if they know their work is appreciated.



2019 MCBVI Convention Note

Wayne LePiors


Hi, MCBVI Members:

I would like to thank all the MCBVI members who signed up for the state convention here in Port Huron, Michigan. We had 55 signed up; that included six speakers for the break-out sessions, and, David Russell, our banquet guest speaker. For those members who could not make it here, prayers go out to you.

We send a big Thank you to everyone from the Blue Water Convention Center staff, the hotel staff, the volunteers, workers, and the members who helped to make the convention a great one. In addition, we give a big thank you to all the Drivers who drove the members here.

I have heard from members saying they really liked the convention a lot. They also said the hotel, convention center, and Freighters Restaurant were easy to get around.

We tried to make it a great convention, and a fun one.


Committee Updates


Accessible Prescription Labeling (APL) Update

Malaina VanderWal, Chair


During the 2019 MCBVI State Convention, a resolution was passed regarding MCBVI moving forward with working on legislation for accessible prescription labels. Back in 2018, we began discussing the idea of our organization developing strategies for how to achieve this and the amount of membership participation needed to make this happen. Since then, three town hall meetings have been held, and although it is clear this is an important issue to our members, we are not all in agreement on one of the principle goals presented. This goal was revised and presented during the July MCBVI business meeting. As I was not able to attend that meeting due to a power outage, it was my understanding the fourth principle was to be revised again.

The resolution passed dealt primarily with our organization being able to reach a consensus on each of the principles presented. On January 4, 2020, at 10 a.m., we will hold a town hall meeting, where we will either be able to all agree on the principles presented, or agree to not be able to move forward.

It is my sincere hope we will be able to work through this issue and begin the work necessary to build an accessible prescription labeling legislation within our state!

Finally, the long-awaited iOS ScripTalk app is now available for the iPhone! However, not all iPhones are compatible. The compatible devices are the iPhone 7 and newer. The device must be running iOS 13 or later in order to be downloaded. If someone receives ScripTalk audio labels, then this is a great option for reading labels. An Android application is available as well in the Google Play store.


Constitution and Bylaws Update

David Gordon, Chair


Since inclusive voting and the issues that were raised at the July’s board meeting, the Bylaws Committee has shifted into high gear. The very capable people who are working on your bylaws are: MCBVI Secretary Lucy Edmonds, First Vice President Rebecca Kooistra, Brenda Henige, and past President John Jarzyna.

We plan to have revisions ready for you to consider before the end of the year. We think this will require several special meetings, but you will have a chance to discuss everything, and to vote on every amendment and change in accordance with MCBVI bylaws and Robert’s Rules.

Wayne LePiors, former bylaws chair, has agreed to work with us and advise us.


Convention Update

Phyllis Magbanua, Chair


Hello, MCBVI Members:

Well, here it is the first of November and the end of this year’s convention, which turned out great! The reason it turned out great was because of all who attended here in Port Huron and listened on MCBVI Radio. Thank you for making it a great convention!

I would also like to thank all the Sponsors who helped support the convention. I want to acknowledge and thank the following:

Michael Strawski, The Port Huron Host Lion's Club, Blue Water Transit, The United Way of Port Huron, Randall's Funeral Home, Semco Energy GasCo, Deb Robinson, Lindsey LaVere, and thanks to everyone else who helped out.

Additionally, I want to thank the members who brought door prizes and items for the auction. The auction turned out great also, thanks to you bidding and donating to the auction. A big thank you goes out to Kyle Austin, auctioneer, Charis Austin, Casey Dutmer, Shirley Meiste, and Gail Mancewicz for collecting the money, and having a fun auction. We made over $1600.00. This money will help to cover costs for next year's convention.

My thanks go out to all of the speakers who presented and gave good information on different subjects. Thank you to Claire Stanley, Advocacy and Outreach Specialist from the American Council of the Blind (ACB) for attending and speaking to us and answering our questions.

Thanks also go out to our guest speaker David Russell and his wife Sherry. I certainly do not want to forget my two wonderful guys, Mike Smith and Tyrone Hamilton! Thank you Mike, for streaming our convention once again, you did a great job as always! Tyrone, thank you for your wonderful music and great entertainment during the social hour before the banquet! It was a great hit!

Thank you to all of you for making this a great convention. I could not have made this convention happen without my committee members. A big thank you to them for all their support and hard work! Bob Furtado worked hard on scheduling the speakers and everything else he did. Thank you also to his mother Judy Duckworth. Thank you to Wayne LePiors who kept our finances in order and other things. Thank you to Lindsey LaVere and her mother Judy LaVere, Yvonne and Dennis DeWitt, Anthony and Crystal Magbanua, and Cindy and Larry Neuman for all their hard work.

Before I close, I would like you to know what the Convention Center and the Hotel management would like to say to all who attended the convention and stayed at the Doubletree Hotel. They very much enjoyed having us there and talking to some of us and could not have had a better group of people and their dogs!

I hope to see everybody next year at the 2020 convention; wherever it may be located.



Future Goals Update

Toni Nye, Chair


The Future Goals Committee would like to thank the members who took the time to fill out the survey.

Once the data is compiled, analyzed, and presented to the Executive Committee, the results will be shared with the membership in the spring 2020 newsletter. Of course, no identifying information will be given.


Legislative Update

Casey Dutmer, Chair


This year, the Legislative Committee chose accessible prescription labeling as its priority.

We have had two town hall meetings this year. We have not yet been able to come to a consensus on the fourth principle.

Please come to the town hall on January 4, 2020, and be prepared to make a final decision on whether MCBVI will move forward with this possible legislative effort.

Proposed SSI changes:

Pasted below is information regarding H.R. 4280. Rep. Elissa Slotkin [D-MI-8] and Rep. Rashida Tlaib [D-MI-13] are Michigan representatives who are among some of the representatives proposing these changes in SSI.

***Excerpts of the following sentences were taken from an article from Disability Scoop, written by Shaun Heasley on September 23, 2019.

Currently, in order to retain benefits, SSI recipients generally can have no more than $2,000 to their name at any given time.

Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives are looking to significantly increase that ceiling, with a bill introduced this month that would raise SSI’s asset limit to $10,000 for an individual and $20,000 for couples.

In addition, the Supplemental Security Income Restoration Act, or H.R. 4280, would increase the amount of disregarded income that beneficiaries can take in each month. And, the bill would repeal penalties for marrying or receiving financial, food and housing assistance from family members.**

For the complete text of this article from Disability Scoop, go to this website:

The committee would like feedback whether the membership would be willing to participate in a letter writing campaign, or send emails, or make phone calls regarding this matter.

Additionally, one of ACB’s priorities is the COGSWELL-MACY ACT.

Pasted below is information regarding the Senate’s support of the House Bill.

This information was provided on the ACB Leadership list. On Oct. 23, 2019, Representatives Matt Cartwright (PA-08) and David B. McKinley (WV-01) re-introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to improve educational services for students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind. Senators Ed Markey (MA) and Shelley Moore Capito (WV) introduced companion legislation in the Senate earlier this afternoon.

The Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act, named after the first deaf student formally educated in the United States and the teacher of Helen Keller, respectively, would strengthen existing requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1975 (IDEA) to provide the best possible education to students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind. This bill would improve state reporting and evaluating measures for students with hearing and vision disabilities and guarantee that educational resources are appropriately targeted.

“This bill takes decisive steps to ensure that students with hearing and/or vision disabilities have the resources they need to thrive in school,” said Congressman Matt Cartwright. “Only by meeting these students’ unique learning needs can we hope to finally close the achievement gap that exists between them and their hearing and sighted peers.”

There is currently no bill number we are aware of, but this issue will be watched. In the past, MCBVI has supported this legislation, and will continue supporting this important educational legislation for students who are blind, deaf, and deaf-blind throughout the country!



MCBVI Radio Update

Rebecca Kooistra, Chair


MCBVI Radio wants to thank everyone who participated in our first online 50/50 raffle held from early September to early October. The money raised far exceeded our expectations!

A heartfelt thank you also goes to Rhonda Stogner, the winner, for being gracious enough to donate part of her winnings to Joe Sibley’s GoFundMe campaign, and the rest back to MCBVI Radio. Rhonda, we will forever be grateful for your generosity!

Another huge thank you goes to the Blue Water League for once again making MCBVI Radio the recipient of the 50/50 raffle they held at this year’s state convention!

We, at MCBVI Radio, firmly believe we have the most loyal and supportive listeners of all of the internet radio stations out there! We consider ourselves truly blessed!

Once again, the MCBVI State Convention was broadcast live exclusively on MCBVI Radio. Thank you to everyone who tuned in to listen. Great numbers this year!

Be sure to stay tuned to MCBVI Radio during 2020 because we have some exciting things planned, including our 2nd anniversary celebration.


Nominations Update

Karla Fields, Chair


This year we implemented inclusive voting, along with our normal ballot voting. This allowed MCBVI members the option to vote, even if they were unable to attend the state convention. Additionally, if someone chose to vote prior to attending convention, this was available for them. MCBVI members who found it difficult to use ballots at convention using the available voting methods were able to use this as another viable voting solution.

The winners of this year’s elections are as follows:

First Vice President Rebecca Kooistra,

Second Vice President Joe Todd,

Treasurer Charis Austin,

Assistant Secretary Lucy Edmonds.

The officers up for election in 2020 are as follows:



Assistant Treasurer.

As 2020 approaches, think upon whether or not you wish to run for an office, or who you might want to nominate for that position.

For more information concerning what is involved with holding an office, I can be reached at 586-465-2338. I can tell you about the duties of the office that interests you, and I encourage you to speak to someone who has held an office in the past, or talk to someone currently in office!


Publications Update

Malaina VanderWal, Chair


Since the MCBVI Convention was a little later than in previous years, and fell during the time the newsletter is compiled, the deadline for submissions was moved to November 4. This means the newsletter will be sent out later than normal.

Membership dues will begin to be collected for 2020. When talking to new and current members, ask how they wish to receive the MCBVI Newsletter. MCBVI is no longer able to get them produced on audio CD, and the Braille and Talking Book Library is unable to put our newsletter on cartridges for use with the talking book players. Moving forward, the MCBVI Newsletter will be produced in these formats: large print, braille, and email.

We hope MCBVI members will choose to receive our newsletter, but they do have the option to not receive it. Our newsletter contains important information for our members with various things on a state level, as well as learning about what each individual chapter is doing.

Provide newsletter format choices when collecting membership information, as this is helpful for the person or persons working on membership.

Finally, the next MCBVI Newsletter deadline will be March 15, 2020. Send articles, ideas, or suggestions to for consideration.



Resolutions Update

Malaina VanderWal, Chair


During the 2019 MCBVI State Convention, four resolutions were passed. They ranged from thanking the Double Tree by Hilton in Port Huron, the Blue Water Convention Center, one concerning our organization reaching a consensus with moving forward with an accessible prescription labeling legislation, and the Medicare Low Vision Devices Act of 2019.

The accessible prescription resolution was discussed earlier in this newsletter under the APL Update.

The Medicare Low Vision Devices Act of 2019 is an issue, which ACB has been working on for many years. By contacting our U.S. House Representatives, we can hopefully help to move H.R. 4129 out of committee and on the floor for a vote. When contacting your U.S. House Representative, encourage him or her to cosponsor H.R. 4129 and support this bill. Anyone who needs assistance determining who their representative is, may contact me at

This is something every member of MCBVI can do because it is not specific to Michigan.

Finally, I want to thank all of my committee members with whom I worked with over the 2019 Resolution year. They are as follows: Erin Moore, Rebecca Kooistra, John Jarzyna, Lindsey LaVere, Merisa Musemic, and Laura Pappas.

During convention, I am pleased to say there was interest from someone new wanting to participate in the 2020 Resolution process! Anyone else who has interest, may contact me at the email address above!

Everyone have a safe and blessed holiday season!


Technology Update

Jackie Boomstra, Chair


The headsets and adapters that we previously purchased were available for MCBVI members to use at this year's convention. We received positive feedback from those who used them.

We would like to use the Zoom Cloud Meetings application for future workshops, as it would be inclusive of all available access technologies. Everyone would be able to choose whether they wanted to attend the workshop through computer, mobile or land-line phone.

We would like to offer a technology workshop in 2020. We are interested in knowing about what low-tech or high-tech topics you would like more information. Please contact me or Joe Todd with your ideas.

I can be reached by email at or by phone at 616-455-6069.

Joe Todd can be reached by email at or by phone at 616-951-2142.


Chapter Updates


Blue Water League of the Blind (BWL) Update

Phyllis Magbanua, President


Hello, MCBVI Members:

Well, convention is over now, and the BWL can take a breath, and plan what we will get ourselves into next. Summer was a very busy time for us with planning the convention, and trying to get out in our community.

In July, we were in our International Day Parade, and we had a great float this year. The theme for this year’s parade was “Space”. Thanks to Lindsey's brother, family, and friends for making a very nice float. On the float was a very big spaceship. It looked as if it was flying over us, while we sat on it. They did a great job!

We went on a picnic in July, and in August had an ice Cream social. Just before the convention, we took a day trip to Frankenmuth, Michigan. We rented a van. While there, we did some shopping and walking around.  The day was very enjoyable! We ate lunch there, then, on the way back, we stopped at a Mennonite store and did some more shopping.

It turned out to be a really nice an relaxing day.

Now it is time to plan for the next few months. In January, we will have our elections for this coming year. Elections will be for President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Delegate.

Since the holidays are coming up, we plan to have fun and partying time! The BWL would like to say, we hope everybody in MCBVI and their families have a wonderful holiday season.

Stay safe, and we will see you in the New Year.


MCBVI Mitten Phone Chapter Update

Frank Cunningham, President


The MCBVI Mitten Phone Chapter is happy to celebrate its first anniversary as part of MCBVI and ACB. We are currently at approximately 35 members, and have had a few more express an interest in joining our chapter. Our members are from all over Michigan, and have others from Ohio, Indiana, and Arizona, just to name a few.

By the time you read this, we will have elected a new vice president and treasurer. A thank you goes out to Tyrone Hamilton for his year as vice president.

The Mitten Phone Chapter meets the third Monday of the month for a social call to meet and learn a little about our fellow members. Our conference call is held the fourth Saturday of the month, January through November, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern.

Word of mouth is how we have been able to draw in new members. When we share what we are involved in on the state and national level, it is surprising to them: accessible prescription labeling, accessible voting, transportation, and other issues we deal with on a daily basis.

The recent MCBVI State Convention in Port Huron had a good number of our members in attendance. Others, like me, listened to the proceedings via MCBVI Radio. Thanks to the Blue Water League and those at MCBVI Radio for a great convention. It takes a lot of work and dedicated members to accomplish this.

All have a Great Day and a better tomorrow.


The Northerners Update

Cathy Daily, President


The holidays are a busy time of year for us, as we prepare to put food baskets together for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Each one of these holidays, we adopt a family. Along with a turkey and the fixings, we try to put together enough food to last the families for a few days, or up to a week.

The family we are adopting for Thanksgiving has six children and two adults! Instead of putting all the food items in boxes, we try to put them in totes.

In the past, we have adopted two families for Thanksgiving, but this year, it will be one family.

On December 7, 2019, The Northerners will be having their Christmas party at Bob Evans! We look forward to spending time with one another and good food!

Our group continues to look for different projects we can do throughout the year, and next year is no exception!

From all of us Northerners, we hope everyone has a very happy Christmas and a super New Year!


Visually Impaired Persons for Progress (VIPP) Update

Casey Dutmer, President


VIPP members enjoyed a relaxing summer, as well as a lot of fun. We held our annual picnic in late August. Around thirty people attended. We especially enjoyed a different rendition of the game Name That Tune. Dakota Birch, a relatively new member, hosted the game. Good job, Dakota!

Our September meeting featured speakers regarding emergency preparedness. A number of VIPP members have been certified in the emergency preparedness classes. Congratulations to all members for participating in this class.

On a sad note, during the summer, several current and past members passed away. We express are sympathy to the families who have lost loved ones.

Elections for vice president and treasurer were held at the November meeting.

Everyone, have a fun and safe holiday season.



Next MCBVI News Deadline

March 15,2020, Submissions received after this date will be saved for the next newsletter


To Contact the Editors:

Malaina VanderWal


Rebecca Kooistra


Mary Beth Ridder



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