Queen City Council of the Blind

Queen City Council of the Blind is an organization dedicated to improving the social and economic welfare of visually impaired and blind residents in Springfield and the surrounding area.  Queen City Council of the Blind strives to improve specialized services promoting independence as well as creating accessible social opportunities for the blind and visually impaired community.

As an affiliate of Missouri Council of the Blind and a member of the American Council of the Blind our members receive monthly and quarterly newsletters and opportunities to attend informative meetings and annual conventions.

We invite residents and members of the business community who are interested in improving the lives in Springfield to please join our efforts. Membership is open to all. Come meet with us and find out how you can join our campaign to improve the lives of the blind and visually impaired citizens in your community.

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Queens City Council Report :: December 2016

By Marilyn Tuso

Our first line of business at our October meeting was to vote in Robert Ash as our Board Representatives for another term with Nicole Hanlin as the new alternate.  We also had a guest speaker, Wendy Jackson, from Vision Rehabilitation Center and she talked about the Brain Port for blind people. On October 15, several of us met at the Independent Living Center for the White Cane Walk, we ended up having beautiful weather for the walk. After our walk we all met inside the center to draw the winning raffle ticket and eat lunch which was provided. Queen City Council ended up making 300.00 plus donations!

In November we are planning our Thanksgiving celebration dinner at Lambert's Cafe in Ozark, Missouri and our Christmas dinner will be a potluck dinner with all the fixings at our normal meeting place.

Not much else is going on so we want to take the time to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year's since no more Chronical Report's until 2017.

The Queen City Council :: September 2016

By Marilyn Tuso, Secretary

HOT! HOT! HOT!  It's all we've been hearing lately but, finally a little cool down from the rain!

Well, greetings from the Queen City Council, hope everyone is doing well! The dog days of summer are definitely upon us with temperatures in the high 90's, and high heat index. So please try and stay cool.

I wanted to report a couple of things that happened in June. David Carey had two different tandem bike rides that went for several miles and Host Lion's Club provided us with lunch at the June meeting.

In the beginning of July, we had a spokeswoman come out from the Springfield fire department and talk with us about fire safety. (Make sure those smoke detectors are working, everyone, and remember batteries should be changed when the time changes in the Spring and in the Fall.)

As for the summer camp this year, at Camp Cobblestone up around Cuba, Missouri we have 4 members planning on going and then we have 5 members that are planning on going to the MCB convention in October, which is being held in Saint Louis.

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. Before long, fall will be here with the cooler weather!!! 

Queen City Council for the Blind :: June 2016

By Marilyn Tuso

Greetings Everyone!  Well spring has sprung, the flowers are in bloom, and let's not forget the pollen is in the air!

Our first bit of business is announcement of our new officers; President Jesse Robinson, Vice President Robert Ash, Treasurer Vicky Maples, Recording Secretary Grace Wright, and Corresponding Secretary Nancy Hodson.

Congratulations to all of you!!!

The following were guest speakers: President Denny Huff joined us in February, Jeff La Montia joined us in March to discuss the thrift store, and District Governor Randy Custer of Rehab Services for the Blind joined us in April.

We also discussed our fundraisers. Four members will be going to summer camp this year.

Hope you all enjoy the rest of your spring and look out for that hot, hot summer coming our way!

Queen City Council for the Blind :: September 2015

By Marilyn Tuso

Happy summer and greetings from the Queen City Council for the Blind! I want to take a moment to welcome all our new members; we are excited that you joined us! I wanted to share a couple bits of information from the past few months. In May we had a Police Officer come to our meeting to discuss with us, "Safety in our Homes."

In June we enjoyed lunch at Ziggie's. YUM!! During the month of July, three of our members attended Camp Cobblestone up near Cuba, Missouri. We also talked about the upcoming convention which is being held in Kansas City in September. We will finalize the plans at our August meeting.

One more thing, here's a big shout out to all members that were recognized as "Member of the Month".

Queen City Council :: September 2008

By Marilyn Tuso

Greetings to everyone!

Hope you have had an enjoyable summer.

Ozark Association and Queen city joined together on a project to help blind children in Nicaragua.  President, Linda Coccovizzo, appointed a special committee to find what we need.  After checking several places, we were able to get the following:  6 janes interline slate, kits wity 3 by 5 cards, 20 slate and stylus kits with Braille paper, 4 wide line paper, tablets with sharpie pens, 1 20 20 pen, 4 36 inch white canes, 2 48 inch white canes, 10 talking watches-Spanish, 5 sheets with touch dots, 2 decks of playing cards, 5 Braille rulers, 11 signature guides and 50 Braille alphabet cards.  It was a delight completing this project.

On July 12, we held our annual picnic in the park for the blind children.  We served pizza, cookies and pop.  It was a success and everyone enjoyed themselves! 

Respectfully submitted,
Marilyn Tuso