Ten Years Ago…

In May 2001 many people gathered for NCADB’s 38th birthday at the DCC. For lunch they enjoyed beef teriyaki, Japanese salad, two kinds of sushi (crab and cucumber), wheat rolls, carrot cake and a wide variety of drinks provided by Ted Baldwin and family. Ken Keith took a group picture and offered copies for sale for anyone who wanted to remember the day. Before lunch there was a guessing game with two bags of candy which were given away to the winners. After lunch new NCADB president Jill Sprinkle asked people if they would like to take June off from the social and many agreed to do so.

Next came the annual AADB Conference fund raising raffle. Among the winners were Jill Sprinkle who won a Fry’s Electronics gift certificate (worth $100) and Ralph Padgug who won $50. Jill donated her prize to NCADB and Ralph gave half his gift back. The raffle tickets sellers were then rewarded: Scott Oberg (120) Emily Vera (111) Sook Hee Choi (80) and Martin Greenberg (60). Janet Drane brought her young puppy to the social, a Dachshund named Mel.

In these pages Ken and Sharon Keith wrote a story about a new policy change involving renewing Transit Discount Cards to prevent cheating. People were now required to fill out a form and get a doctor’s signature before they could be eligible for a new card. Jill submitted her first column as NCADB president.


Twenty Years Ago…

In May 1991 many people gathered at the Sacramento Society for the Blind for the first of six annual socials in Sacramento. Steve Burrows, a young interpreting student, and owner of a Subway sandwich shop provided lunch. He would do so for the next five years.

In these pages Charlotte Whitacre announced that the Telebraille 2 was available from Pacific Bell for braille users.

Friday night May 31st kicked off the first of a two part Deaf-Blind empowerment workshop held at the San Leandro Library. The focus that evening was on signal devices to help make lives easier such as Silent Call and Alert Master. One was called Vibrane a very strong vibrating signal device. Among those in attendance was Janice Adams a deaf-blind lady then of Washington, DC who would give a presentation the next day.