Monday, May 9, 2016

TCB Meeting - May 13th

Hello everyone,
Our monthly meeting may come up on Friday the 13th, but it will still bring good luck, especially  if you attend our meeting at Tally's,  1102 S. Yale, from 5:30 to 7:30. Please come as early as 5, if you plan to have dinner. Our speaker will be  Mark Wittig. He is an artist who does both visual art and tactile art. He'll be enjoying dinner with us, and then will speak to us about himself and the program called "Please touch the art, which will be held in June and July. We'll have him speak after dinner, and then have our business meeting.

Allison Fallin, President

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Public Transit - YOUR HELP IS NEEDED

From: Debbie Ruggles  <>
To: "Joe Fallin"                           <>,
Date: Monday, December 21, 2015 11:31 am
Subject: Your Help is Needed

You may have read the Mayor and City Council included $60 million for public transit and another $15 million for the Center of the Universe Transportation Hub in the Vision package to be voted upon by voters in the spring. The list is near completion, but will be reviewed at least one more time after the New Year. It is critical for transit supporters to encourage the Mayor and City Council to keep transit dollars in the package. Please send a quick note to each of them this week or next. The note could be as simple as:
 Thank you so much for including funds for public transit in the Vision package. Significant improvements to public transit will transform the lives of hundreds of thousands of Tulsans living throughout the city-most who are the working poor, disabled, and elderly. 
 Send notes to:
 Councilor Jack Henderson                    

Councilor Jeannie Cue
 Councilor David Patrick                          

Councilor Blake Ewing
 Councilor Karen Gilbert                         

Councilor Connie Dodson
 Councilor Anna America                        

Councilor Phil Lakin
 Councilor G.T. Bynum                             

Mayor Dewey Bartlett
 Thank you for your time and efforts to improve public transit in Tulsa!
 Debbie Ruggles
Assistant General Manager
Tulsa Transit

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

New Research: Stepped Care for Coping with Age-Related Vision Loss

Helpful article for those of you dealing with friends/family members who are losing their vision later in life: Stepped Care for Coping with Age-Related Vision Loss

OK Council of the Blind Advocacy Training Seminar

Good Evening!!!

It’s almost here!

That’s right!!!

The Oklahoma Council of the Blind Advocacy Training seminar will be held on January 9, Saturday, from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M.

The location is Deaconess North, 5701 N. Portland, in the basement.

This is your chance to glean how best to communicate your issues and concerns to your legislators, how to accomplish this concisely, how to network with others and what your legislators would like to know from you.

Kara Joy McKee with the Oklahoma Policy Institute will be our trainer.  Legislators will also join us to give their perspective.

It is important that you contact us to let us know you will come so we have handouts for you and enough food.

If you need financial assistance to pay for transportation, the OCB Board of Directors has approved a limited amount of financial assistance for transport:

1.  Up to $65 per vehicle for gasoline.  Note:  the words up to!!!

2.  You must have a receipt.

3.  If you take a cab, you must obviously pay the driver.  Then you will file with OCB for reimbursement from the Judy Pool Hansen Transportation Fund.  A receipt for the trip to and from the event is required.


Vicky Golightly                       Jay Doudna
(405) 740-6227                         (405) 942-3413   

New Officers

Tulsa Council of the Blind
Meeting Minutes for December 12, 2015

Meeting was called to order by President Julie Bailey.

A motion was made to approve the minutes as sent via email. A question was asked about the Yolotti fundraiser. The event was discussed and Julie Bailey will find out when an alternate date would be available. There was no other discussion about the minutes. A second was made and the motion passed.

The treasurer’s report for November was sent via email and also read at the meeting. A motion was made and seconded to approve the report as presented. The motion passed.

President Julie Bailey asked Nominating Chair Jeri Cooper to preside over the voting for the 2016 TCB Board.

Jeri Cooper read the slate of recommended officers. 

Starting with position of president, Jeri asked for nominations from the floor. Dan Garrett nominated Allison Fallin for the position. Members voted by paper ballot and Allison Fallin won the vote.

Jeri Cooper asked for nominations from the floor for position of Vice President. No nominations were made and a motion was made and seconded to accept Kathy Shelton by acclimation. The motion passed.

Jeri asked for nominations from the floor for position of treasurer. No nominations were made and a motion was made and seconded to accept Jeri Cooper by acclimation. The motion passed.

Jeri asked for nominations from the floor for position of secretary. Mark Cook nominated Darla Cook and spoke on her behalf. As Allison Fallin was recommended by the committee for this position and was voted in as President, a motion was made and seconded to accept Darla Cook by acclimation. The motion passed.

Jeri Cooper asked for nominations from the floor for position of Member at Large. For the first position Diane Garrett was recommended by the committee and no nominations from the floor were received. A motion was made and seconded to accept by acclimation. The motion passed.

Jeri asked for nominations from the floor for the second position of Member at Large. Darla Cook was recommended by the committee for this position. As Darla was voted in as Secretary, the position was open for nominations. Mark Cook and Daniel Brookshires were nominated from the floor. Representatives spoke for each of them on their behalf. Voting was completed by paper ballot and winner of the position was Daniel Brookshires.

Congratulations to the new TCB Board!

Meeting was adjourned.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

White Cane Walk - Oct. 15

We are having a walk for White Cane Awareness Day, which is October 15. Details of the route are below. More details to come at our regular monthly meeting this Friday October 9.

White Cane walk routeFrom City Hall to Caz's Chowhouse
175 East 2nd Street to 18 E. Brady Street 

We will begin the walk at City Hall which is located on the Northwest corner of Cincinnati and 2nd Street.  For those arriving by car, there is parking on the Southeast corner of 2nd and Cincinnati as well as on Cincinnati between 2nd and 1st streets.

There is a small plaza area in front of city hall that is up a couple of steps from the street level.  This is where we will meet prior to the walk.

The walk will begin by heading North on Cincinnati to 1st street.  We will cross 1st street and then make an immediate left turn.

Proceed West on 1st street past the bus stop and then turn right onto a pathway which will take you toward a metallic tower structure that is located in the pathway.  Continue North on the pathway and you will pass the tower and then you will pass the  "Center of the Universe" which you should check out if you have never experienced it before.  The Center of the Universe is a spot at which your voice will reverberate when you talk.

As you continue North on the path, you will reach Archer Street where you will turn to the right and walk a few steps until you reach a pedestrian crossing.

You will cross Archer at which point you will be heading North along the East side of Boston.  You will pass the Hardesty Arts building on your right and there will be some restaurants and bars across the street on your left.

Continue North on Boston for 1 block until you reach Brady Street.

Turn left without crossing Brady and cross over Boston heading West.  

Continue on Brady until you reach 18 which is Caz's Chowhouse .  This is where we will be dining.
If you have any questions about it all, please contact 

Jeri Cooper at 918-832-7035 or email 

or Kathy Shelton at 918-298-6363 or email at 


TCB Monthly Meeting - Oct. 9th

We will be having our regular monthly meeting this coming Friday, October 9, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Mazzio’s located in the Farm Shopping Center at 5119 S. Sheridan in Tulsa.

Be looking for an agenda to follow. We will have lots of good stuff to discuss and decide on.

Come and support your local chapter of the Oklahoma Council of the Blind!

See you there!!!

Please call if you have questions or need more information.

Julie Bailey
TCB President

Saturday, September 5, 2015

TCB Meeting - September 11

Our September TCB meeting (Friday September 11) will be at the Tulsa Bible Church located at 5838 S. Sheridan Rd. You should direct your drivers to the circle drive on the 58th street side of the building. We will have someone outside to direct you inside. Party time is from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

If you have accessible games you would like to share with the group, please bring them. We will have several types of games to choose from.

Please bring some type of finger food to share with the group. This can be anything from hot links, to chips, to brownies, to tortilla wrap ups – whatever you like. We will have use of a microwave if you bring something that needs to be heated. If you have a particular drink you want for yourself, please bring it. David and I will bring lots of bottles of water to share.

Also, please remember that at our August meeting members voted to provide ten scholarships to the OCB conference coming up the end of this month, and that along with that we agreed to donate money to help cover these scholarships as our treasury is getting pretty low. So, this is a reminder to bring a few dollars to donate to the cause.

If you have questions about the meeting/game night, please call or email me.

Hope to see you there!!!

Julie Bailey
TCB President

Monday, May 11, 2015

Rooster Day Parade

TCB and Green Country Deaf Blind group members participate in Rooster Day, Broken Arrow, OK.

Rooster Day May 2015
Rooster Day May 2015

Monday, May 4, 2015

TCB Meeting May 8th

This is to remind you that the May TCB meeting is this Friday evening, May 8th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. We will meet at our regular spot, the Mazzio’s located in the Farm shopping center at 5119 S. Sheridan Road.

If you are a regular attendee you are probably familiar with the pizza and pop deal we have for the meetings. If not, it is $5.99 for pizza and pop, and you can add a salad bar for a total of $7.99. Pizzas are brought to the meeting room and we serve ourselves and get our own drinks and refills. Please make sure to pay at the register when you come in.

If you have questions or transportation needs, please contact either Julie Bailey at 918-231-0202 or, or Jesse Martinez at 918-232-7164 or

See you there!!!!!

Julie Bailey, TCB President