South Central Shickley V.I.P.S.

Published on Monday, 12 August 2013 21:44
Written by thenebraskasigna

On July 30, V.I.P.S. members Aldean Pittman, Ruth Boswell, Leona Saltzman, Ray Johnson, secretary-treasurer Sharon Elznic and drivers, Bob and Debra Dawley went to Lincoln to attend a board meeting at the Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually-impaired.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the support groups status and how to help them continue meeting without the help from the federal or state level—since funding has been cut off for the aging V.I.P.S. When the V.I.P.S. support groups were started back in the early 90s, there were over 50 support groups across Nebraska—now the number is down to 20 or less. Some support groups are now meeting at senior centers or in private homes to help with expenses.

Also discussed was the 13-year-old computer that President Dave Johnson has. It needs to be updated to a newer one. Where can we come up with any money to buy a newer one or if the state might be able to help out with a good used one.

Workshops were also a topic on the discussion. No workshops have been held for three years—the last was held in Grand Island with over 200 in attendance. Unless a grant is available, there will be no 2014 workshops.

After a four hour meeting, all board members will stay and the support groups will still have to fund themselves. A spring meeting was planned for 2014—date depends on the weather.

The South Central Shickley V.I.P.S. appreciates the Fillmore County Foundation and the Shickley Community Foundation for their support and donations. This allows us to continue our monthly meetings on the third Tuesday of each month. Meetings are held in the Geneva State Bank -Shickley meeting room beginning at 1 p.m. All visitors are welcome to attend.