Tower Club of the Blind

Tower Club of the Blind is an organization dedicated to improving the social and economic welfare of visually impaired and blind residents in St. Louis and the surrounding area.  Tower Club 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 St. Louis 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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Affiliate News

Tower Club of the Blind :: March 2016

Get on board and enjoy the sights of St. Louis. Join us on a fun tour leaving the hotel on Thursday October 6, 2016 4 PM returning at 6 PM. This is a 90-minute riding tour, no walking, and is descriptive. The cost is $25.

Get ready for an exciting evening at the banquet on Saturday. There will be a silent auction at the banquet. More information will be sent to each affiliate.

Looking forward to seeing you in the LOU.

Tower Club and United Workers for the Blind :: December 2015

Hosts of the 2016 MCB Convention

Make plans to attend the MCB Convention October 6-9, 2016. You will feel as if you are at a Chalet in France but, you will be at the Westport Sheraton Chalet at Westport Plaza.

The address is 191 Westport Plaza Drive Maryland Heights MO, 63109. The phone number is (314) 878-1500 or toll-free (800) 325-3535. Room rates are $95, plus tax per night. Reservations are open now.

The hotel restaurant is open from 6:30am-10am for breakfast, 11am-2pm for lunch, and 5:00pm-10pm for dinner.

For your convenience the following restaurants are within easy walking distance of the hotel:
McDonald's, Imo's Pizza, Fuzzy Taco, St. Louis Bread Company, Starbucks, Patrick's Westport Grill, Drunken Fish, Train Wreck Saloon, Paul Mineo’s Trattoria, and Kobe Steakhouse.

For your entertainment: Jazz Club, Funny Bone Comedy Club and Jive Wail Piano Bar.

There is also a Family Nut and Candy Shop and Fernando Hair Salon. Try your luck and go to Hollywood Casino. We are planning a 90 minute descriptive tour on a trolley, no walking necessary. The cost will be $20.

The hospitality will be exceptional and the banquet very elegant. Stay tuned for more details in the future.

Tower Club of the Blind :: September 2015

By Felicia Booker, Tower Club Secretary

The Tower Club has had a difficult year with the loss of Jessie Clark, Marie Kelly, Robert Tuckson and Charles Coburn. These people will be forever
remembered and in our hearts.

The Tower Club congratulates Sharyl Townson for being chosen employee of the year at Light House of the Blind. We are continuing our community outreach with Missouri School for the Blind and two nursing homes. One of our newest ventures is helping out at a food pantry.

We are looking forward to co-hosting the 2016 Convention with UWB at the Sheraton Chalet Westport in St Louis. We will have more exciting information in the future. We look forward to seeing everyone in Kansas City.

IN MEMORIAM: Marie Kelly, Past President of Tower Club

On May 15, 2015, Marie Kelly, past president of the tower club passed away. She was 91 years old. Jesuita Tabor, current Tower Club president says, "Marie always had a super tenacity and was a phenomenal leader". Marie was one of the original charter members of the Tower Club in 1958. She served as its president for over 20 years. Marie enrolled in the MSB in 1940 and graduated in 1948. She attended Stowe Teacher College where she took business courses for two years. She taught braille and basic literacy to blind adults. She was a library narrator of talking books for the Missouri Council for the Blind. She was the first Afro American appointed to the Board of Directors of the Service Club of the Blind.

Marie's daughter, Gloria Davis, wants her mother to be remembered as a leader who was active in organizations that championed equal rights on behalf of the handicapped and blind. A person who traveled to Jefferson City on numerous occasions to influence legislation and advocate for laws to benefit the blind and handicapped. She was a recipient of numerous awards and accolades for her service throughout the years; a collector of music boxes, talking clocks and dolls from around the world; and a lover of music from all genres. Above all else, she was a phenomenal cook who cherished good food; kept a neat and organized home and lived by the mantra “put that back where you found it!!!” Marie is survived by her daughter in Chicago and two sons here in Missouri.

Tower Club of the Blind :: September 2013

By Jesuita Tabor

It is time for you to experience a wonderful ambiance, delicious food, fun and friends. After you have attended your stimulating meetings with the speakers on Medicaid, Blind Pension, Medicare and other health issues, you will have time to relax. You can frequent over 15 restaurants and bars within walking distance from the hotel. How about a laugh, you can attend the Funny Bone Comedy Club. Feel like hearing some Blues and Jazz, stop by the Blues and Jazz Club. Here's your chance to go to Hollywood; Hollywood Casino offers free transportation. Please call 314-770-8100. Don't forget about the auction Friday night and banquet Saturday night. You will have a chance to hear, meet and purchase books from the famous Michael Hingson. On Sunday morning we will have a surprise guest from the 1800's. See you in the Lou.

Hotel Shuttle will pick up at Amtrak Station in Kirkwood and at the Lambert Airport call hotel in advance.

Tower Club of the Blind :: June 2013

By Jesuita Tabor, President

Hurry, Hurry, Hurry! Make your reservations, ASAP, at the fabulous Westport Sheraton Chalet Hotel, October 11-13. You can make your reservations by calling 1-800-325-3535 or (314)878-1500.

While the first two floors feature walkout patios, the remaining floors feature balconies. Save money by pre-registering for $10. Registration is $20 at the door. You will have an opportunity to hear from and meet Mr. Michael Hingson, who was in the Twin Towers on “9/11.” Our theme for this convention is “Moving Forward In 2013,” so we need you to move forward and make this year’s convention a success.

The Tower Club Report :: June 2008

By Jesuita Tabor, President

The Tower Club of the Blind was established on a hot August day in 1957 at 2251 O’Fallon, Apt. 309.  The founders were:  Thomas Reece, John Reed, Leroy Miller, Hubert Hibbler, Andrew Haymon, Carl Mack, Joseph Powel, and George Jenkins.  All had the same vision and dream.  This was the beginning of the Tower Club.

Twenty-five years later Mr. Carl Mack was the first Afro-American president of the Missouri Council of the Blind from 1982 to 1985.  To be elected to this office was a distinguished honor.

Before the Tower Club could become chartered by the MCB in 1958, they had to include women members.  Those first female members were:  Doris Mack, Marie Haymmon, Bessie Reece, Ann Reed and Josephine Hibbler. 

Their fund-raisers included concerts and candy sales.

These courageous men and women were pioneers in the fight for rights for the visually impaired.  Both their integrity and moral character were seen by all people.  Their influence in the community was ever-lasting, and reached far beyond St. Louis.  These men and women overcame extreme circumstance, and showed super tenacity.  We salute these people because they are our heroes and the wind beneath our wings.