South Dakota Association of the Blind

P.O. Box 1622

Sioux Falls, SD 57101-1622

August 8, 2017


What? Membership meeting.

Who? All current and recent members of SDAB.

When? September 16, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where? Sioux Falls, Sanford Health, main hospital building at 18th & Grange, Meeting Room B.


Dear SDAB Members and Friends,

As you recall, a survey regarding possible goals for the future of the organization was distributed to persons on the SDAB membership list. Thank you to those of you who shared your thoughts and suggestions with the board.

For financial reasons, the board of directors decided this year to break with tradition. Instead of holding a convention, it is our intent to bring members together to talk about goals to improve SDAB as well as activities to meet these goals. We encourage each of you to attend this meeting. Some areas of consideration may include: regional meetings across the state, educating the public on the needs of people with vision loss, social media and accessible technology, educating the public on the White Cane Law, providing peer support to those struggling with vision loss, and assisting financially with those in need of low tech aids such as braille and talking watches, clocks, white canes, etc. Our strategic plans would need to include raising funds to support the activities that make up the purposes of SDAB. Please come to this meeting to give your input on making improvements for YOUR South Dakota Association of the Blind.


The meeting will begin at 10:00. When you arrive at the Sanford main hospital lobby, assistance and directions will be given to the meeting room. Morning speakers and topics will include: information about the SD School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired, a report on our financial investment, and information about the sixth annual white cane march. Lunch is available in the hospital cafeteria.


During the afternoon we will conduct our annual business meeting, including: reviewing the results of the member survey, consideration of an amendment to the SDAB Bylaws, election of two board members, and developing plans with specific goals for the future of SDAB.


On Friday Evening, September 15, you are invited to a pizza social in the party room of Nick Pavel’s apartment building, 1000 E. 14th Street in Sioux Falls, from 6:00 to 9:00. When you enter the building, please dial 312, and Nick will Buzz you in. Please plan to arrive so that we can order the appropriate amount of pizza by 6:30. Cost is $8.00 if you plan to eat. There is a pop machine with Pepsi products available for $1.25 per bottle, or feel free to bring your own beverage.


Enclosed, you will also find a membership form. Please bring it with you and be prepared to pay your $15.00 SDAB dues for 2018. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please mail your completed form and dues to our membership chair, Koni Sims, 2000 S. Grange Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57105.


We look forward to seeing many of you at this very important meeting.




Chelle Hart, Program Chair

Lerae Olesen, President