Member of the Month Committee

About the Committee

The purpose of the Member of the Month program is to serve as a form of recognition and a source of motivation to other members of MCB.  The award program recognizes those who have given of themselves and have made a difference in their community or assisting the blind.  Each month the Member of the Month Committee selects an individual from those nominated by any member of MCB.  It is a very special way to show appreciation to someone who has been an inspiration or has done something special.

Qualifications for Member of the Month:

  • Must be a member of MCB in good standing to nominate or be nominated.
  • Nominee may be visually impaired or sighted.
  • A blind member may be nominated for service to the blind or for service to their community even if it does not affect the visually impaired.
  • A sighted member must make a positive contribution in assisting the blind.
  • Monthly nominations are held over for later consideration.
  • The MCB Member of the Month Committee selects the winners.

Nominations must be postmarked by the last day of each month.
All nominations should include name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and affiliate name of the person making the nomination and the nominee.
A short paragraph telling what they have done and why you believe they are deserving of the award.
Nominations may be in the format of your choice or, for a last minute nomination, you may call the number listed below with the pertinent information.

Please send nominations to Yvonne Schnitzler, Committee Chair, 2107 Hwy. 61, Festus, MO 63028.  Phone: 636-937-3390 or e-mail

Contact the Committee

Committee News

Member of the Month :: December 2016

By Yvonne Schnitzler

Congratulations to Gretchen Maune honored as the MCB Member of the Year. Congratulations to Member of the Month winners Linda Intelmann and Tammie Schnelle.

At the 60th anniversary banquet, the MCB honored Gretchen Maune as the MCB Member of the Year. Gretchen was a newly blind college student when she first joined MCB. She currently serves on the Women’s Concerns Committee and the Access to Information Committee at the national level. Gretchen represented Missouri in Washington D.C. as a delegate to the ACB legislative workshop. She is active in State Legislation presenting MCB’s positions with enthusiasm and professionalism. Involved in her community, Gretchen acquired funds for audible traffic signals in Columbia and founded an organization to improve access for people with disabilities in the mid Missouri region. Her energy, determination, and advocacy skills are an asset to MCB. Gretchen is a prime example of what growing young leaders can accomplish. She is active in the LUM, ATI, and MGDU.

Linda Intelmann was chosen August Member of the Month. For many years, she has been a guide and provided transportation for members of the Blind of Central Missouri. Involved with Public Relations, Linda attends Health Fairs and other gatherings highlighting the work and programs of the BCM and MCB. Linda is active in the Sedalia/Pettis County community, the United Way, and volunteers at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art in Sedalia.

Although she likes to stay behind the scene, September’s honoree Tammie Schnelle certainly makes a difference in her community and the MCB. Tammie spends the time needed to successfully complete tasks. She provides transportation, and is readily available as a guide at conventions, camp, and other activities. To fulfill the dream of her husband Steve, Tammie presided over the initial meeting of the Northern Lights Council of the Blind when he was sick. Tammie is a peacemaker, a thoughtful, fair, negotiator of disagreements. She is a friend.

Please consider nominating someone deserving this recognition.

 

Member of the Month :: September 2016

By Yvonne Schnitzler

Congratulations to the MCB Members of the Month and thanks to those who nominated them.

Ron and Phyllis Zirkle are the May Members of the Month. Phyllis is President of Pony Express Association, the Library Users of Missouri, and President of the Administrative Board for a Community Center. She has chaired committees, held all PEA offices, and represented PEA for Legislative Days. She has served on the Wolfner Library Advisory Board.

Ron provides transportation for his affiliate to conventions, camp, and other events. Both served as chairs of Special Services for MCB and in the PTA and other activities. They participate in local Blindness Awareness events in the community.

Lee Young is the Member of the Month for June, nominated by his affiliate SEMO. Lee works to recruit new members and to bring awareness to the blind club. He has great organizational skills and involves community leaders in affiliate projects.

Michael Hale is Member of the Month for July, nominated by Brian Hallows. Michael is involved with Sassi and spends countless hours to support the organization. He is an active worker for the UWB serving as treasurer for several years and chairing other committees. Michael was instrumental in obtaining listening devices for the UWB meetings.

Thanks to these members for the hours spent helping their affiliates and MCB. To all MCB members, please consider honoring someone for this award.

Member of the Month :: June 2016

By Yvonne Schnitzler

Elaine Shirrell is the February Member of the Month. Thanks to the River City Workers for nominating her. Recording Secretary since 1985, Elaine keeps their business and government records up to date. She has served on all committees and is always ready to help her affiliate. Married almost 56 years, Elaine and Clinton host a fish fry in the summer, and she bakes banana nut bread for each member at Christmas.

Elaine worked with the Girl Scouts for 25 years, was PTA President, and involved in many projects of that nature. She was Activities Director at Hill Top Nursing Home, was a volunteer at Heartland Care, and now volunteers for Meals With Friends for the Salvation Army. Elaine is a driver for the Good Shepherd Outreach Center, for the blind luncheon. She delivers RCWB donated items for the Jaycee Toy Box at Christmas and to Mending Hearts, a home for abused women.

Elaine attends and serves on the Christian Education Board of Emerald Street Church of God in Cape Girardeau. On the State level, she is Secretary for the women of the Church. Elaine has held every office except Treasurer on the local level. She taught Sunday school for beginners, primaries, juniors, and presently is head of the nursery department. She works with Angel Productions, which sponsors an Easter extravaganza and a Christmas carnival. Elaine has counselled one week a year for 25 years at Camp Sharon.

She took part in a TV commercial for Southeast Missouri Hospital for rehab after having knee replacement surgery. She belongs to the group Red Hats. Elaine likes to read, walk, crochet, do water aerobics, and watch Nicholas Sparks movies. Her affiliate members see Elaine as the ever-ready Energizer bunny that just keeps going, going, and going. Everything she does is because she cares and enjoys what she is doing.

Linda Coccovizzo is the Member of the Month for March. She is a member of Allied Workers for the Blind, Adaptive Technology, and the Braille Revival League. Employed by Metropolitan Community College, she helps to ensure that students receive class materials in an accessible format. Linda served as secretary of MCB, an officer in her affiliate, and on committees at the state and local level.

Linda’s passion is the education of blind children. As a parent representative, she serves on the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Task Force on Blind Student Academic and Vocational Performance. A terrific mother of two beautiful blind girls, she has fought tirelessly to ensure that her girls receive the best education possible. Knowing the importance Braille will play in their life, she works hard helping them to learn it. Her girls Sarah and Terra have competed in the Regional Braille Challenge at the Kansas School for the Blind. Terra competed in the National Braille Challenge in Los Angeles, and this year, placed second in the freshman group. Thanks to Brandi Jones for nominating Linda.

Gretchen Maune is the April member of the month. She was a newly blind college student when she first joined MCB. Gretchen joined Library Users of Missouri, ATI and Missouri Guide Dog Users. She attended the MCB Legislative Day at the Capital, representing the positions on legislation with professionalism. She has served MCB as Membership Chair, been a founding member of two affiliates, and serves on two ACB committees. Gretchen currently serves on the Women’s Concerns Committee and the Access to Information Committee at the national level. She served as Vice-president when the Capital chapter was formed, and president when the Tiger Council of the Blind was established. Her advocacy included representing Missouri in Washington D.C. as a delegate to the ACB legislative workshop. She was successful in getting funds allocated for audible traffic signals in Columbia and founded an organization to improve access for people with disabilities in the mid-Missouri region. Her energy, determination, and advocacy skills have been an asset to MCB, and she is a prime example of what growing young leaders can accomplish. Thanks to her affiliate, Tiger Council of the Blind, Jannel Morris, President, and DeAnna Noriega, Secretary, for nominating Gretchen.

Member of the Month :: March 2016

By Yvonne Schnitzler

Congratulations to MCB Members of the Month, Stephen Bryant, Dr. Bessie Reece, Anna Schell, and Beverly Kaskadden.

Stephen Bryant, Member of the Month, October 2015

The members of the Delta Area nominated him. They call him their “professional driver” because he is always there to provide much-needed transportation for meetings, conventions, and outings. Steve and his wife Judith travel two and one-half hours round trip to attend the meetings picking up members along the way. He takes them to shop before dropping them off on the way home. Active in the Delta Area, Steve works hard to make the affiliate more successful. Steve has a strong belief in his religion and family. Everyone likes him.

Dr. Bessie Reece, Member of the Month, November 2015

The MCB honors Dr. Bessie Reece as November 2015 Member of the Month. We thank Wilma Chestnut-House for nominating her. Dr. Reece received her PhD. from LAEL Christian College in 2001. Throughout her life, Dr. Reece has devoted time and energy advocating for legislation benefiting the blind at the State and National level and speaking for the causes of the blind at community meetings. She has been Chair of the Legislation Committee and has made many trips to Washington, D.C.

Dr. Reece’s life has been one of involvement, caring for and befriending people, especially those in need. Her positive attitude encourages a positive spirit in others. She is quick to assist, praise, and offer encouragement. Any young person is one of her children, and any older person is her friend.

Dr. Reece graduated from the Missouri School for the Blind. She was one of the founding members of the Tower Club. She helped start Agape Council and was the President, and Board representative for Agape.

Anna Schnell, Member of the Month, December 2015

Judy Burch, President of the Braille Revival League, nominated Anna Schell for December Member of the Month. Anna is a person that puts her whole self into whatever project she is doing. If you ask her to do something, it will be done! Anna finds the positive in any challenging situation. She is a cheerful person, always ready to greet someone and make him or her feel welcomed.

Anna is employed by the Missouri School for the Blind. She serves as secretary for the Braille Revival League and as recording secretary of the United Workers for the Blind. She is a member of the Maplewood Lions Club.

Beverly Kaskadden, Member of the Month, January 2016

Celita White nominated her. Because of Beverly’s caring attitude and her aptitude for listening, she is the perfect person to Chair the MCB Camp Committee. Beverly does a fantastic job assigning cabins and tables, and she is always ready to help with games or wherever is needed. Being easy to talk to gives her the ability to solve problems that may come up without causing hard feelings. Beverly does not hesitate to stay overnight at the hospital with a camper. She does not leave without the person or until family members arrive.

Beverly is a member of the St. Charles County Council. She has held offices, served on many committees, and represented her affiliate on the MCB Board and as a Director. She is always looking for new ideas and interests to involve her group and is more than ready to give of herself. Beverly is happy planning excursions and activities club members enjoy.

Member of the Month :: December 2015

By Yvonne Schnitzler, Member of the Month Chair

Best wishes to those honored as a Member of the Month at the MCB Convention banquet. Thanks for making our world a better place.

Steve Schnelle, St. Charles County Council is the July Member of the Month, nominated by the Tower Club. Thanks to Steve’s perseverance, MCB has a new affiliate, the St. Louis Northern Lights. Steve spent countless hours working toward this goal. Steve is active in the MGDU and involved in technology. He is a family man, rehabilitation teacher, and an inspiring person to be around.

An enthusiastic entertainer, some lucky members have been charmed by Steve’s singing and guitar playing. Luckier members have been present or seen Steve parading around the Cobblestone meeting room modeling bits and pieces of clothing. Someone said Steve definitely has the legs for modeling. Did the rumor come from his secret pal, Mortimer?

Paul Mimms, chosen for August’s award, served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Luzerne County LST in the Mekong Delta. He received medical discharge after sustaining an injury that left him blind in the left eye. MCB is grateful to Paul and all veterans for their service and sacrifices.

Paul’s busy life led him to organize a Real-Eyes computer user group to assist visually impaired individuals to learn adaptive equipment. He was instrumental in the merger of Kansas and Missouri Regional Groups of the Blind Veterans Association into the Heartland Regional Group.

Paul was a counselor for the VA in Kansas City and a Computer Skills Instructor at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center. He served in different offices of the Florida Regional Group of the BVA, on the Mayor’s Council for Persons with Disabilities, and Governor’s Advisory Council for Rehabilitation Services. Paul was on the Board of Directors of Guide Dog Users Incorporated, an affiliate of ACB, and organized Heartland Guide Dog users, an affiliate of GDUI in Kansas City. Paul is active in two MCB affiliates, on the leadership team of his church, and is service officer in American Legion Post 626. He volunteers at the Kansas City VA Medical Center.

Paul received the Golden Gavel Award and the Major General Melvin J. Maas Achievement Award.

Ida Scotti of Ozark Association of the Blind, is MCB’s Member of the Year and September’s Member of the Month. “A Tribute to Ida Scotti” may be found elsewhere in this issue.

Stephen Bryant is October’s Member of the Month. The Delta Area calls Steve their “professional driver” for providing transportation for meetings, conventions, and outings. Steve and his wife Judith travel two and one-half hours total to attend meetings and seldom miss one. They pick up members along the way, and on the return trip they are happy to make stops for members to shop.

Stephen looks for ways to gain new members and for projects to advance the causes of the Delta Area. Stephen is a strong believer in his religion and family, an all-around nice person, and an asset to the Delta Area.

Member of the Month :: September 2015

By Yvonne Schnitzler, Member of the Month Chair

Congratulations to the Members of the Month. MCB thanks them for their involvement in our organization and their community. It is only because of members willing to step forward when there is a need that MCB will grow and be a vibrant organization of which we can all be proud. Many in the Council fit this description and deserve to be recognized as member of the month. Please nominate them.

Jesuita Tabor is March Member of the Month. Jesuita is President of the Tower Club and its representative on the MCB Board. She has been active in Legislation at the State and National level. Jesuita spends her time and untiring energy helping the MCB, her church, and community. She is a cheerful, enthusiastic volunteer not only for MCB but in caring for the needs of the lonely and those less fortunate in the area. Thanks to Mary Pendleton for nominating Jesuita.

Sabrina Fowler is April Member of the Month nominated by Joe Morgan. Some may remember Sabrina elected as Queen of the MSB in 1974. Sabrina is President and Board Representative for the River City Workers. She was also a member of Southeast United Blind and the Allied Workers. Sabrina served on and chaired many committees. She was Chairperson of the MCB Resolutions and Bylaws Committee. She is active in her church and the community and serves on the Board of the Good Shepherd Outreach Center for the Blind. Sabrina was the first Employee of the Year and cited on another occasion for her dedicated work and inspiring attitude; once from the Kansas City Association for the Blind (now Alphapointe) and Alphapointe. She attended the National Industries for the Blind Convention in Chicago and Washington, D.C. where she experienced a picture perfect moment when she was photographed speaking and shaking hands with President Ronald Reagan in 1983.

Joshua Starner, a student at the Missouri School for the Blind, is the May Member of the Month, nominated by his affiliate, the Blind of Central Missouri. Josh is President of the Senior Beta team and served as Vice President on the Junior Beta team. He plans to run for President of the National Beta Club his senior year. Josh has taken advantage of all the opportunities offered at MSB. He performed with the MSB percussion group at the National Beta Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. They placed first when the Senior Beta team competed in a talent competition at the State Convention in Branson. He is on the forensics team, a group that gives speeches and takes part in the Braille Challenge each year. This year, Josh was invited to perform a goal ball demonstration at the Missouri Youth Leadership Forum. In the sports program, he has been active in track and field, goal ball, cheerleading, wrestling, and swimming.

As a young boy, Josh wanted to become a police officer. When he realized the limitations of his disability, he decided to be a lawyer. After graduation from MSB in 2016, Josh plans to go to college and study criminal or entertainment law. With Josh’s enthusiasm and ambition, we know he will continue to excel and be successful in whatever field he aspires to study.

Member of the Month for June is Jeannie Halphin. Jeannie has served as Public Relations Chairman for the BCM and recruited new people for membership in the club. She helps at meetings and conventions whether it is running errands or helping with refreshments. Jeannie volunteers for the West-Central Independent Living Solutions, the group that transports BCM members to the meetings. She assists members when they arrive and leave and guides them to the meeting area. Jeannie is that cheerful, thoughtful person that every affiliate would like to have in their group.

Member of the Month Committee :: June 2015

Congratulations to Donna Giger, November 2014 Member of the Month, nominated by Loretta Welch. Everyone knows Donna. I am sure she has spoken to or has helped just about every person in the organization. MCB is grateful to her for the time and effort she expends volunteering and sincerely thank her for the contributions she has made. Donna has a reputation for being everywhere offering her services whenever or whereever there is a need. For some reason, when you mention the name Donna, she appears. Donna, a long-time member of the Springfield Service Club is currently serving as its Treasurer. She coordinates the White Cane Walk in Springfield, assists members during Legislation Days and helps at camp with meals and games. Donna is Chair of the MCB Credentials Committee organizing volunteers, keeping track of registration, and supervising the voting. She has assisted on tours for the ACB conventions. MCB thanks Donna for her dedication to the organization.

Many recognize the voice of December’s Member of the Month, Alan Newsham nominated by Jesuita Tabor. After retirement, Alan became a volunteer reader for Mind’s Eye Radio Station recording the St. Charles County News and the Rolling Stones Magazine. When asked why he chose to provide this service, he said it was to honor the memory of his Uncle Frank who was blind. Alan said his uncle had a very positive influence on him when he was growing up. “He was more like a grandfather to me,” Alan said, “He taught me music and always had a song in his heart. He taught me to be observant and instilled in me the importance of the little things in life that build character. I still miss him every day.” Alan is a member of the St. Charles County Council. Alan serves on the MCB Credentials Committee. He provides transportation and is quick to offer his services at any time. Alan is a retired psychiatric nurse and serves as an election judge. Thanks to Alan for his services to the blind community.

Wanda Matlock is January 2015 Member of the Month. Marie Thompson nominated her. Wanda’s activities lead her in many directions. A busy individual, she has volunteered for numerous committees, served on the MCB Board of Directors and other Boards in her community. Wanda is President of the Delta Area, represented her affiliate for Legislative Days and attended Power-Up. Wanda has recruited new members and is diligently seeking to add more. She and her affiliate are active in fundraising projects and promoting the MCB distributing information on other programs offered by the Council. Wanda serves as President and is a member of the Board for the Independent Living Center in Kennett, Missouri. She has worked for the Delta Area Economic Opportunity Corporation helping those in need.

We were able to surprise February’s winner, Member of the Month Committee member, Barbara Dewberry. Thanks to Jesuita Tabor for recognizing her. Barbara was a charter member of the Progressive Council and was instrumental in keeping the affiliate active through its struggles before it dissolved. She now serves Allied Workers in many capacities. Barbara is tireless when it comes to fundraising projects. Everyone knows of her candy and nut selling abilities. A quiet individual, Barbara loves and cares about people and is always doing for others. Somehow, she is drawn to those in need of help or guidance and directs them to appropriate resources. For down-time, she does research for many who do not have access to the Internet. Barbara served on the Missouri Statewide Independent Centers (SILK) many years and was chair of transportation. She has attended numerous city transportation meetings sharing ideas and helping set up paratransit, Oats and other modes of travel. Barbara worked for the Ticket to Work Program through the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The Ticket to Work Health Assurance Program allowed Missourians with disabilities to work without losing their Medicare Mo Health Net coverage. She is a regular attending ACB Conventions taking part in the business sessions and numerous meetings of interest. Always thinking of others, Barbara returns with brochures, catalogs, and other handouts for those unable to attend. Barbara is an example of what it means to be MCB.

One of the best rewards for this committee is learning about individuals through the Member of the Month program. Let members know they are appreciated. Choose someone who deserves to be recognized for this award. The guidelines are: An MCB member must nominate an MCB member who may be sighted or visually impaired. If visually impaired, they may be selected for their service, not only to the blind, but also for their service to their community even if it does not directly affect the blind. If sighted, they would be recognized for their service to the blind and visually impaired. The recipient of the award receives a gift card. The Member of the Month Committee, Barbara Dewberry, Nancy Hodson, Susan Sanderson. Please send nominations to Yvonne Schnitzler, Chair at meshowjys@charter.net

Member of the Month :: December 2014

By Yvonne Schnitzler

The MCB Member of the Month winners were honored at the convention banquet. Each received a framed certificate of appreciation, and a box of Russell Stover assorted candy in a decorative gift box.

MCB Member of the Year for 2014 is Linda Dawes of Lake Stockton Council. Her name was chosen by a random drawing from the names of the monthly winners. Linda received a $100 gift certificate and her name will be put on a plaque that hangs in the MCB office. Congratulations to the Member of the Month winners and a big thank you to those who nominated them.

Yvonne Schnitzler, Treasurer, Ozark Association of the Blind, was August’s Member of the Month, nominated by Denny Huff. Yvonne is Chair of the Member of the Month Committee, and has served on the Credentials Committee. She is collecting, researching and compiling information about MCB and its affiliates.

Brittany Stovall, Friendship Council of the Blind, was September’s Member of the Month, nominated by Chip Hailey. Brittany worked for the Independent Living Center as an intern from Rehabilitation Services for the Blind. Because of her work ethic, compassion, and strong advocacy focus, Brittany was hired after her internship was completed. Brittany is a professional with a passion for what she does. She accepts challenges and meets them head on. Brittany goes beyond working with people with all disabilities. She recognized the need for a blindness support program in the community and coordinated a group to serve that purpose. Brittany believes in herself and encourages everyone with whom she comes in contact to have that same belief. Brittany is the thoughtful, optimistic individual every employer, affiliate, and organization wishes to have as a member on their team.

Jeannie Jaco UWB was October’s Member of the Month, nominated by Bunny Maginnis. Jeannie is a dedicated member of UWB and MCB, helping out wherever needed in her affiliate, camp, and conventions. She is always happy to provide transportation to people who have no other way to travel. At summer camp, she is active in providing entertainment putting a smile on everyone’s face. Jeannie is active in her church and community. She has a glowing personality uplifting the spirit of everyone around her.

Please nominate someone deserving of this award. The guidelines are: An MCB member must nominate an MCB member who may be sighted or visually impaired. If visually impaired, they may be nominated on their service not only to the blind, but also for their service to their community even if it does not directly affect the blind. If sighted, they would be recognized for their service to the blind and visually impaired. The recipient of the award receives a gift certificate. Please send your nomination to Yvonne Schnitzler, Chair of the Member of the Month Committee at meshowjys@charter.net; address and phone number is in the Chronicle Insert.

Member of the Month :: September 2013

By Yvonne Schnitzler, Chair

Congratulations to the Member of the Month winners and thanks for your service to your community and MCB.

Doctor Jarrell Holt, Southeast Missouri United Blind Club, is April 2013 Member of the Month and was nominated by SEMO. Dr. Holt is president of SEMO and has represented his affiliate on the MCB Board. Dr. Holt is diligent in choosing interesting and informative speakers for SEMO meetings and dedicated in using his organizational skills on the many projects of the affiliate. He does not hesitate to speak out on subjects concerning the blind. As Chair of the Scholarship Committee for several years, Dr. Holt has worked with determination to distribute information to schools throughout Missouri encouraging students to take advantage of the MCB scholarship.

Ed Valdez, Allied Workers for the Blind, is the winner for May. He was nominated by AWB. Ed was a member of Progressive Council volunteering his services until it disbanded. Ed is ready for any task whether it is assisting others, providing transportation, or accepting responsibility, delivering, setting up, and returning equipment needed for fundraisers held in area stores or for the numerous activities sponsored by his affiliate. After serving our country for 20 years in the U. S. Army, Ed worked for 18 years as a Health Technician at the VA Hospital. He served his church and community as Grand Knight with the Knights of Columbus organizing fundraisers for several charities and in support of the Special Olympics. Ed received the honor of Grand Knight of the year. He is active in St. Ann’s Church Legion of Mary, visiting shut-ins, patients in hospitals, and nursing homes. He also teaches Parish School of Religion. Ed and Alice are committed to their life’s journey. Congratulations as they celebrate 47 years of marriage.

Peggy Smith, United Workers for the Blind, was chosen June’s winner. She was nominated by Jesuita Tabor, president of Tower Club. Peggy was employed by the Missouri School for the Blind for 15 years. She and her husband adopted one of the students. They are foster parents of two blind young ladies, a 13-year-old boy and a four-year-old child. Active in her community, Peggy is a Girl Scout leader, activity coordinator for UWB, and a member of the Lions Club. She is involved in a program feeding the homeless at her church. Peggy anticipates the needs of others and is always ready to volunteer, support, or offer encouragement.

Virginia Pierce, Southeast Missouri United Blind, is July’s winner and was nominated by SEMO. Virginia has been an active member of SEMO for over 25 years, and has held offices and represented her affiliate on the Resolutions Committee and the MCB Board. As a devoted supporter of her affiliate throughout the years, Virginia was eager to embark upon any new challenge and fulfilled an important role organizing and assisting fundraisers to benefit her club. She is an asset to MCB for her willingness to get involved volunteering her time and energy advancing the causes of the blind. Virginia has been faithful in attending meetings and fulfilling her duties as an officer in spite of health problems in the past few years.

The Member of the Month Committee and MCB appreciate the effort of affiliates and members who take the time to acknowledge individuals who exemplify the significance of MCB. They are an asset in witnessing and advocating for our organization. Submit nominations to: meshowjys@charter.net or call 636-937-3390

Member of the Month :: June 2013

By Yvonne Schnitzler, Chair

Congratulations to MCB’s Member of the Month Award winners:

Linda Gerkin, October 2012, Blind of Central Missouri, nominated by Celita White. Linda is Chair of Youth Services, which provides blind and low vision children of Missouri with funding to purchase needed items to better their lives. Her credits include hosting a sweat and socks drive for the kids at the Missouri School for the Blind, organizing a youth hospitality social at conventions so that young people can meet and greet MCB members and First Timers. She contacted the United Way in Sedalia and was granted funds for the affiliate’s activities such as summer camp and convention. Recently, she gave a presentation to the Lion’s Club informing them of the affiliate’s involvement with the blind community.

Harold Hodges, November, Delta Area Blind, nominated by DAB. Harold worked for and retired from the Missouri School for the Blind. He worked with the United Way raising money for non-profit organizations. He also volunteers his services working in nursing homes in the Sikeston area.

Brenda Gardner, December, Blind of Central Missouri, nominated by BCM. For many women seeking shelter through Citizens Against Spousal Abuse, Brenda Gardner is their first point of contact. In her seventh year as a volunteer, her calm demeanor and friendly voice helps defuse crises for callers to CASA’s hotline--the first step for women seeking to escape an abusive situation. She is often the first person many of the victims talk to and she has an amazing ability to calm them down and find out exactly what is going on. Brenda’s assistance, which amounts to about 1,600 volunteer hours per year, also helps satisfy local matching contribution requirements for state, federal and private grants that help fund CASA’s overall mission. Brenda also volunteered for a number of years through Sheltered Workshop.

Doris Carpenter, January, 2013, Southeast Missouri United Blind, nominated by SEMO. Doris has been a valued member of SEMO for many years providing transportation for club members to meetings, Legislative Days, conventions, and social activities. She visits patients and delivers gifts to the blind and visually impaired in nursing homes.

Wilma Chestnut, February, Agape Council of the Blind, nominated by ACB. Wilma organized The Firing Squad Beeper Ball Team and worked on getting the first beeper ball tournament sponsored in St. Louis. She formed Visual Impaired Social Explorers, a group for socializing. Wilma visits schools informing students about the blind. She also speaks at churches, senior citizens centers, and on the radio.

As an athlete, Wilma took part regionally, nationally, and in world competitions in track and field. She competed in the USA BA 1986 Olympics. At age 21, Wilma was first runner up in Miss Black St. Louis. She has coauthored a book, “The Life of Wilma Chestnut.” She was nominated and chosen as a member of the Missouri History Museum and her picture and plaque hang in the Missouri History Museum’s Hall of Fame.

Angelo Trapasso, March, nominated by RITE. Angelo has held offices, served on numerous committees, and on the MCB Board. He is active in his church and community. He is a volunteer at the St. Louis Civic Center and worked as a transporter at several hospitals during his working career.

A special thank you to affiliates and members who have sent nominations recognizing and showing appreciation to those who have inspired their community and assisted the blind.

Please send nominations to: meshowjys@charter.net or call 636-937-3390 with the information.

Member of the Month :: March 2013

The Member of the Month Committee is happy to announce that Barbara Dewberry, Allied Workers for the Blind, is our new committee member. We are grateful to Barbara for accepting this position and want you to know that she is an asset to our group in recognizing and showing appreciation to those who have given of themselves to make a difference in their community or assisting the blind. Our winners are an inspiration to all of us.

The chosen recipients of the Member of the Month honor are:

Linda Gerken, Blind of Central Missouri, October 2012

Harold Hodges, Delta Area of the Blind, November 2012, and

Brenda Gardner, Blind of Central Missouri, December 2012.

The Member of the Month Committee

Barbara Dewberry, Nancy Hodson, Susan Sanderson, and Yvonne Schnitzler, Chair

Please send nominations to: meshowjys@charter.net

Member of the Month :: December 2012

Congratulations and a big thank you to last year’s Member of the Month winners. Each winner received a $25 Visa gift card which was mailed to them and they were recognized at the MCB banquet with a framed award certificate and a box of candy.  Louise Lathrop’s name was drawn from the monthly winners and she was honored as MCB’s Member of the Year.  She was presented a $100 gift certificate and a plaque. 

Last year’s monthly winners:

October 2011--Geraldine (Gerry) Arnold, Blind of Central Missouri
November--Carolyn Kemper, St. Charles County Council of the Blind
December--Kim Hallows, United Workers for the Blind
January 2012--Susan Sanderson, Blind of Central Missouri
February--Terry Thompson, Blind of Central Missouri
March--Wanda Lentz, Member-at-Large
April--Joe and Sue Verhaar, Joplin Service Club of the Blind
May--Ken Carter, Blind of Central Missouri
June--Bunny Maginnis, Real Independence Through Employment for the Blind (RITE)
July--Shirley Brokaw, Allied Workers for the Blind
August--Louise Lathrop, Queen City Council of the Blind
September--Loretta Welch, Member-at-Large

The Member of the Month Committee thanks those who took the time to send in nominations.  Without your thoughtfulness and caring we would not be able to recognize and honor many dedicated members of MCB.  Personally, I acknowledge and express sincere gratitude to my committee, Nancy Hodson, Queen City Council of the Blind, and Susan Sanderson, Blind of Central Missouri.  They have made chairing this committee a joy because of their positive attitudes and expertise.  Their input and advice has been invaluable and I thank them from my heart. The program would not be what it is today without them.

The purpose of the Member of the Month program is to serve as a form of recognition and a source of motivation to other members of MCB.  The award program recognizes those who have given of themselves and have made a difference in their community or assisting the blind.  Each month the Member of the Month Committee selects an individual from those nominated by any member of MCB.  It is a very special way to show appreciation to someone who has been an inspiration or has done something special.

Qualifications for the award:

Must be a member of MCB in good standing to nominate or be nominated.
Nominee may be visually impaired or sighted.
A blind member may be nominated for service to the blind or for service to their community even if it does not affect the visually impaired.
A sighted member must make a positive contribution in assisting the blind.
Monthly nominations will be held over for later consideration.
Nominations must be postmarked by the last day of each month.
All nominations should include name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and affiliate name of the person making the nomination and the nominee.
A short paragraph telling what they have done and why you believe they are deserving of the award.
Nominations may be in the format of your choice or, for a last minute nomination, you may call the number listed below with the pertinent information.  Please send nominations to Yvonne Schnitzler, Committee Chair, 2107 Hwy. 61, Festus, MO 63028.  Phone: 636-937-3390 or e-mail meshowjys@charter.net

Special thanks to our new President, Patti Schonlau, for asking me to continue to chair the Member of the Month program and to President, Denny Huff, for initiating it.

Member of the Month :: June 2012

Yvonne Schnitzler, Chair

The Member of the Month Award recognizes a member who has given of themselves and has made a difference in their community or in assisting the blind. Congratulations to February’s winner Terry Thompson, Blind of Central Missouri; March’s winner, Wanda Lentz, Member-At-Large; and April’s winners Joe and Sue Verhaar.

The recipient of this award receives a $25 Visa gift card and is recognized at the MCB Convention banquet. Of those recipients, a name is drawn to honor a “Member of the Year” with a cash award.

Send nominations to show appreciation for someone who has been an inspiration or has done something special to: meshowjys@charter.net

Qualifications for Member of the Month:

  • Must be a member of MCB in good standing to nominate or be nominated.
  • Nominee may be visually impaired or sighted.
  • A blind member may be nominated for service to the blind or for service to their community even if it does not affect the visually impaired.
  • A sighted member must make a positive contribution in assisting the blind.
  • Monthly nominations are held over for later consideration.
  • The MCB Member of the Month Committee selects the winners.

Member of the Month :: September 2011

There are many who deserve recognition in MCB. Take time to nominate someone who has been of service to your affiliate, MCB, or community. If chosen, they will win a $25 gift certificate and will be honored at the MCB Convention banquet. All monthly winners are entered in a drawing with a chance to win a $100 gift certificate. Send in names for September and October.

Member of the Month

July: Dorothy Moranville, Ozark Association of the Blind

June: Emma Lou Swopes, Blind of Central Missouri

May: Linda Russell, Joplin Service Club

April: Bill Deaton, Lake Stockton Area Council of the Blind

March: Gregg Hollins, Allied Workers for the Blind

February: Leroy Welch, Member At Large

January: Tom Armstrong, St. Louis Council of the Blind

December: Terrica Sanders, Blind of Central Missouri

November: Reba Carter, Blind of Central Missouri.

October: Celita White, United Workers for the Blind

Yvonne Schnitzler, Member of the Month Chair: Please note new email address
meshowjys@charter.net

Member of the Month Award :: June 2010

The latest winners of the Member of the Month Award are:

February, Kevin Alderson, Blind of Central Missouri.

March, Vicky Maples, Queen City Council of the Blind.

April, Marti Watson, Springfield Service Club of the Blind.

Congratulations and thank you for all that you do for your community, affiliate, and MCB.

Take time to send the name of someone special for Member of the Month. There are many who are deserving. If you do not have time to write up a nomination, please call one of the committee members and give them your suggestion and why you are nominating the person.

Thank you.

Member of the Month Committee

Yvonne Schnitzler, Chair

Nancy Hodson

David Rosenkoetter

Susan Sanderson

Members of the Month :: March 2010

By Yvonne Schnitzler

Member of the Month Award Winners are:

October, Trudy Blood, Blind of Central Missouri;

November, Richard Kolasch, Rite for the Blind;

December, Edna Malone Kenser, Southeast Missouri United Blind Club; and

January, Teresa Evans, Lake Stockton Area Council of the Blind.

Congratulations and thank you for all that you do for your community, affiliate, and MCB.

Take time to send the name of someone special for Member of the Month.  There are many who are deserving.  If you do not have time to write up a nomination, please call one of the committee members and give them your suggestion and why you are nominating the person.

Thank you.

Member of the Month Committee

Yvonne Schnitzler, Chair

Nancy Hodson

David Rosenkoetter

Susan Sanderson

Members of the Month :: December 2009

Yvonne Schnitzler, Member of the Month Chair

Member of the Month winners were recognized at the convention banquet in Independence.  Each received a framed certificate and a vase containing a red rose.  Since all were deserving, we drew a name from the monthly winners and Mildred Taylor is Member of the Year 2009.  She received a plaque and a $100 gift certificate.  All winners receive a $25 gift certificate.  Members of the Month honored were: Irene Stoll, Ozark Association of the Blind; Donna Wight, Progressive Council of the Blind; Mildred Taylor, Springfield Service Club of the Blind; Cathie Brauner, Southwest Missouri Friendship Council; Elizabeth Moore, Agape Council of the Blind; Eldon Cox, Progressive Council of the Blind; and Brandi Jones, Allied Workers of the Blind.  MCB thanks our winners for their time and talents.  By their example they encourage and instill us with ideas of how we can be more active and productive in advancing the causes of the blind.

Thanks to those who suggested the nominees and a special thank you to my committee:  Nancy Hodson, Queen City Council of the Blind; David Rosenkoetter, Progressive Council of the Blind; and Susan Sanderson, Blind of Central Missouri.  They made chairing this committee a joy because of their positive attitudes and expertise.  Their input and advice has been invaluable in getting the Member of the Month Program up and running.  I could not have done it without them.