2022 Workers for the Blind Events
If you would like to attend a luncheon you must contact Rose Baily at 260 492 5678 two weeks prior to the event so transportation and meal preparations can be made.
- August 17, 11:30AM-2:30PM: Annual picnic, David Hefner pavilion, St. Mary’s Avenue-Franklin Park
- September 21, Noon-2PM: Saint Joe community Church location North Anthony Boulevard
- December 10: 11:30AM, Annual Christmas celebration, Classic Cafe, Hillegas Road. Please do not enter before 11:30 AM.
2022 Winter-Spring Update
To ALL WORKERS FOR THE BLIND MEMBERS, PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS
From: Kenneth R. Yahne, Chairman, Board of Directors
Date: March 11, 2022
We continue to struggle with the after-effects of the coronavirus, but hope we have turned the corner on this terrible pandemic.
BOARD MEETINGS: We continue to meet monthly at the Sunrise Cafe to discuss issues and the progress we are making on future activities and meetings. We have experienced issues with our meeting venues, and we are actively looking at alternatives.
MEMBER MEETINGS: We had hoped to have a March members’ meeting at Plymouth Congregational Church, but they could not enlist enough volunteers to do what was needed to host us. Working with Judy Mapes’ granddaughter, Becky, we have been able to secure the Journey Church on Wallen Road for our April 20th meeting. As in the past, you will be contacted just prior to that date and we will do what we have to do to arrange transportation, even though we have fewer and fewer drivers. Please make every effort to attend.
Our May 18th meeting will be at Calvary United Methodist Church on Winchester Road. This is a very important meeting as we will be holding the election of Board members and Officers that we have been unable to do for the past couple of years. We will talk more about elections at the April meeting.
SUMMER PICNIC: We are planning on a picnic as we have done in the past. We are looking at suitable venues, including Blackhawk Christian Church and the City’s Franklin Pavilion. More to come on that
CHRISTMAS PARTY: As you may know, the Lester’s venue where we have had the Christmas party in past years is no longer in business. We have found what we believe to be a very suitable new venue, which is Classic Café on Hillegas Road. Everything is on the ground floor and handicap-accessible. Parking is plentiful and the food will be very similar to the choices we had at Lester’s. We are working out the details and will have more information at our upcoming member meetings.
WHITE CANE DRIVE: This continues to be up in the air as we don’t know what Kroger will allow us to do. We are investigating and will provide more information in due course.
Thank you for your continued patience through these difficult times.
If you have issues that you believe we should address, or any questions about what is going on, please contact any Board member. Also, we need people to step up and run for Board or Officer positions. Please feel free to call me at any time (9:00 A.M. to 1:00 A.M.) at (260) 438-9216.
Kenneth R. Yahne, Chairman, Board of Directors
The Indiana Association of Workers for the Blind (IAWB) was founded on December 12, 1912 in Indianapolis. Its first president was W. E. Metcalf. The stated purpose of the organization was advocacy for the blind in Indiana. It has since evolved to help all persons who are suffering from significant visual impairment (legally blind) to come together and discuss issues of common significance and to provide social activities geared for such persons.
Currently the Fort Wayne Chapter of the Workers conducts a monthly luncheon meeting for all members, annual indoor summer picnic and annual Christmas dinner.
To assist all persons who are suffering from significant visual impairment in coming together for the purpose of discussing issues of common significance and to provide ongoing social activities for members and charitable assistance where needed.
This organization is wonderful. I have a daughter who is totally blind and has become free and encouraged to try whatever her dreams maybe because of this group. She has made many friends and each one encourages the other.
Recent News and Events
To: ALL WORKERS FOR THE BLIND MEMBERS From: Kenneth R. Yahne Chairman, Board of Directors On Wednesday, November 4th, the Fort Wayne Chapter of the Indiana Association of Workers for the Blind held its monthly Board meeting by telephone conference call. We continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. We are all aware that the numbers in…
August 10, 2020 To: ALL WORKERS FOR THE BLIND MEMBERS From: Kenneth R. Yahne Chairman, Board of Directors On Wednesday, August 5th, the Fort Wayne Chapter of the Indiana Association of Workers for the Blind held its monthly Board meeting by telephone conference call. One of the items on the agenda was the issue of how…