On May 5, participant George Walsh presented to the Blind Center of the Jersey Cape a check for $2,500 representing a donation from George’s son-in-law, John Greed. Mr. Greed has been extremely generous to the Blind Center both this year and the past two years. On behalf of the participants and volunteers, we thank Mr. Greed for his very generous donation which will allow the Blind Center to carry out many useful and interesting projects for the benefit of the blind and visually impaired of Cape May County. In addition, Mr. Greed’s employer, Mutual of America, has agreed to match his $2,500 donation with their matching funds program. We again thank Mr. Greed and Mutual of America for their very generous donations to the Blind Center.
On May 3, the Blind Center participants and volunteers participated in the Senior Jamboree at the Avalon Community Center. They were treated to patriotic music, speeches from local officials and music and dancing. Several of our participants and volunteers demonstrated their talents on the dance floor. A delicious lunch was served at the behest of the County Department of Aging and Disability Services. A good time was had by all.
The Avalon Free Public Library sent to the Blind Center on several occasions its experts in technology led by Sean Farrel to help the Blind Center participants and volunteers with learning how to effectively operate their IPhone and IPad. Such advanced devices which allow a visually impaired person to communicate effectively by voice was a big help to the Blind Center participants and we appreciate the assistance of Library personnel in helping us to understand these complicated devices which are almost essential in this technology age.
It was with sadness that we learned of the death of one of the Blind Center’s long time participants, Warren Roseland. Warren’s wife, Judy, was a volunteer at the Blind Center. Several of the Blind Center participants and volunteers attended the Memorial Service for Warren at the St. John Lutheran Church on June 2 in Ocean City. The Blind Center, participants and volunteers extend their sincerest condolences to Judy and her children. We hope to see Judy at our meetings later this year.
The Blind Center will kick off the summer season with its traditional beginning of summer picnic. This year it will be held on Tuesday, June 26 at the Cape May Zoo, Pavilion 5. A lunch of Italian sandwiches and hoagies will be served. Entertainment will be provided by Jim Doran on guitar and vocals accompanied by Clint Adams on percussion. Let’s hope for good weather!
Please note that the Blind Center will be closed on Tuesday, July 10 and Thursday, July 12 due to the Blind Center’s room being used by our host First United Methodist Church for a Bible Study Program.
On July 19, the Blind Center welcomes back talented Jazz Pianist Brian Woolbert who will entertain our participants and volunteers with his renditions of old favorites and also many of Brian’s own creations. Brian played for the Blind Center last summer and was an instant sensation. He is a talented pianist and vocalist currently attending Cairn University in Langhorn, PA where he is studying music and technology. We look forward to the return of Brian to the Blind Center.
In August, the technology instructors of Advancing Opportunities will provide IPad classes for four participants for one and one-half hours, the first four Thursdays in August. These classes are sponsored by the N.J. Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired. These classes will allow four participants of the Blind Center to become effective users of the IPad which now seems almost essential in this modern world.
Due to the request by more than four of the Blind Center’s participants for IPad instruction the Blind Center has retained long time technology expert Mario Tobia to assist other participants in their quest to learn the intricacies of the IPad.
Returning to the Blind Center this summer will be Dr. Bob from the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts with several interesting lectures. On July 3, Dr. Bob will speak on New Jersey’s contribution to the American War for Independence and on Tuesday, August 7 he will discuss the Victorian influence on Cape May.
Much traveled Blind Center participant, Jack McVeigh will talk about several of his travels to exotic countries and his interesting experiences on these worldwide excursions.
The Blind Center participants and volunteers will continue one of the Center’s long time traditions by taking a stroll on the Avalon Boardwalk on July 31. After walking to a pavilion where they will solve the problems of the world, they will then walk to a nearby café for lunch. Again, we hope for a sunny day for this summer outdoor excursion.
Traditionally the Blind Center has bid farewell to summer with an indoor picnic on the last Tuesday of August. This year is no exception and the group will be treated to a delicious picnic lunch and again music by Jim Doran and Clint Adams.