GDUI Announcement, January 12, 2015

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Dear GDUI Members and Friends,

GDUI’s committees are all busy holding their first meetings of 2015, handling their responsibilities, and preparing reports to share with the GDUI Board of Directors and members during the first scheduled board meeting of 2015, which will take place a week from this coming Saturday, on January 24. Meanwhile, GDUI affiliate leaders will be meeting this coming Thursday, January 15, at 9:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time. At the meeting, Annie Chiappetta and Michael Malver, who co-chair the GDUI Publications Committee, will introduce GDUI’s new Leadership e-mail discussion list and explain how to subscribe and post to that communications medium. We are grateful to the Publications Committee; our web master, Ted Rodifer; and the Public Relations Committee for setting up the list and creating an efficient means for GDUI’s affiliates’ and national leaders to discuss administrative, governmental, and policy matters related to our missions and goals.

 

While I’m complimenting the Publications Committee, I especially want to thank Denise Decker who joined the group of writers which convened last fall to update GDUI’s brochures and other online publications. Denise updated two very useful hand-outs, both in English and Spanish. Look for ” TIPS AND TECHNIQUES FOR TRAVELING INTERNATIONALLY WITH YOUR GUIDE DOG,” and ” Attention: Law Enforcement Officers: Interacting with People Who Use Guide Dogs,” soon at http://www.guidedogusersinc.org/, and share the documents with anyone who might benefit from the useful information they contain.

 

If you have been thinking about GDUI’s summer convention in Dallas — and remembering with some trepidation how it felt the last time when you came to a national convention and you couldn’t really figure out how to get from one meeting to the next until well into the week, when your guide had finally had enough experience at the convention hotel to bring you where you needed to be — you will be intrigued, as we were, by the announcement that Janet Dickelman, ACB’s Convention Co-Coordinator, shared with likely convention attendees earlier this week. Janet explained,” MD Support and their partner, MD Foundation, are donating indoor navigation technology to ACB’s 2015 conference and convention in Dallas. The guidance system works by sending audible instructions and location descriptions to an iOS device or Android phone. The information is electronically transmitted by beacons placed at meeting  rooms, restrooms, elevators, and other venues.”

 

GDUI’s convention will take place, concurrently with ACB’s conference and convention, from Sunday, July 5 through Wednesday, July 8. We guarantee good times for you and your dogs, and we’re all feeling reassured about finding our way around the hotel in Dallas! There will be two guided tours with in-person descriptions and navigation advice provided by our trusted guide dog school trainers, as well as this super 21st Century navigational aid for those of us who have IPhones and Android phones. Spending less time being lost means spending even more time having fun with friends!

 

Make your reservations today!

Room rates at the Sheraton Dallas are $89 single, double, triple or quad) plus

applicable state and local taxes (currently 13 %( and Tourism District Fees (2

%(. For reservations by telephone call

888.627.8191.

 

Congratulations to the enthusiastic group of guide dog users who live in the mid-Atlantic states who will be creating a new GDUI affiliate called MAGDU — which stands for Mid-Atlantic Guide Dog Users! Charlie Crawford who chaired the MAGDU steering committee heard from a number of people from Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia, and the group decided to go ahead and form a new regional GDUI affiliate. Interim officers, until the group becomes official, adopts a set of bylaws, files the necessary paperwork, holds some meetings, and plans for its first election, are President Charlie Crawford from Silver Spring, MD, First Vice President Denise Decker from the District of Columbia, Second Vice President Vickie Curley from Stockton, NJ, Secretary Gary LeGates from Westminster, MD, and Treasurer Jane Sheehan from Silver Spring, MD. Welcome MAGDU, and thank you to everyone who is participating in the planning and helping to move the organization forward.

 

One more intriguing announcement I want to share involves raising a puppy who may be destined to become a guide dog. I think it’s intriguing that “The Today Show on the NBC network is going to televise the whole process that involves adopting a puppy, helping him or her to become socialized, and preparing him or her for the working life!” To learn more about the Today Show’s partnership with Guiding Eyes for the Blind, visit this link:http://www.today.com/pets/today-getting-puppy-helping-change-persons-life-1D80412712?__source=xfinity|mod&par=xfinity .

 

It’s even cold and icy in the deep South this week. No matter where you and your guide dogs live, stay warm and safe. We’ll be back to share more news about Guide Dog Users, Inc. early next week.

Sincerely,

Penny Reeder

President, Guide Dog Users, Inc.

 

Will Burley, First Vice President

Guide Dog Users, Inc.

Call us, toll-free, at  866.799.8436

 

To join the GDUI-Announce List, visit this link: http://guidedogusersinc.org/join/.

 

For our members and friends who do not have access to e-mail (or prefer to listen to the pleasant sound of a human voice reading aloud), we also offer telephonic announcements every week. If you are aware of guide dog users who do not have computer access, please share this telephone number with them: 646-653-1900. Recorded announcements available at this number are updated each Tuesday.

We look forward to sharing announcements concerning our organization with all who are interested in GDUI.

Dear GDUI Members and Friends,

GDUI’s committees are all busy holding their first meetings of 2015, handling their responsibilities, and preparing reports to share with the GDUI Board of Directors and members during the first scheduled board meeting of 2015, which will take place a week from this coming Saturday, on January 24. Meanwhile, GDUI affiliate leaders will be meeting this coming Thursday, January 15, at 9:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time. At the meeting, Annie Chiappetta and Michael Malver, who co-chair the GDUI Publications Committee, will introduce GDUI’s new Leadership e-mail discussion list and explain how to subscribe and post to that communications medium. We are grateful to the Publications Committee; our web master, Ted Rodifer; and the Public Relations Committee for setting up the list and creating an efficient means for GDUI’s affiliates’ and national leaders to discuss administrative, governmental, and policy matters related to our missions and goals.

 

While I’m complimenting the Publications Committee, I especially want to thank Denise Decker who joined the group of writers which convened last fall to update GDUI’s brochures and other online publications. Denise updated two very useful hand-outs, both in English and Spanish. Look for ” TIPS AND TECHNIQUES FOR TRAVELING INTERNATIONALLY WITH YOUR GUIDE DOG,” and ” Attention: Law Enforcement Officers: Interacting with People Who Use Guide Dogs,” soon at http://www.guidedogusersinc.org/, and share the documents with anyone who might benefit from the useful information they contain.

 

If you have been thinking about GDUI’s summer convention in Dallas — and remembering with some trepidation how it felt the last time when you came to a national convention and you couldn’t really figure out how to get from one meeting to the next until well into the week, when your guide had finally had enough experience at the convention hotel to bring you where you needed to be — you will be intrigued, as we were, by the announcement that Janet Dickelman, ACB’s Convention Co-Coordinator, shared with likely convention attendees earlier this week. Janet explained,” MD Support and their partner, MD Foundation, are donating indoor navigation technology to ACB’s 2015 conference and convention in Dallas. The guidance system works by sending audible instructions and location descriptions to an iOS device or Android phone. The information is electronically transmitted by beacons placed at meeting  rooms, restrooms, elevators, and other venues.”

 

GDUI’s convention will take place, concurrently with ACB’s conference and convention, from Sunday, July 5 through Wednesday, July 8. We guarantee good times for you and your dogs, and we’re all feeling reassured about finding our way around the hotel in Dallas! There will be two guided tours with in-person descriptions and navigation advice provided by our trusted guide dog school trainers, as well as this super 21st Century navigational aid for those of us who have IPhones and Android phones. Spending less time being lost means spending even more time having fun with friends!

 

Make your reservations today!

Room rates at the Sheraton Dallas are $89 single, double, triple or quad) plus

applicable state and local taxes (currently 13 %( and Tourism District Fees (2

%(. For reservations by telephone call

888.627.8191.

 

Congratulations to the enthusiastic group of guide dog users who live in the mid-Atlantic states who will be creating a new GDUI affiliate called MAGDU — which stands for Mid-Atlantic Guide Dog Users! Charlie Crawford who chaired the MAGDU steering committee heard from a number of people from Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia, and the group decided to go ahead and form a new regional GDUI affiliate. Interim officers, until the group becomes official, adopts a set of bylaws, files the necessary paperwork, holds some meetings, and plans for its first election, are President Charlie Crawford from Silver Spring, MD, First Vice President Denise Decker from the District of Columbia, Second Vice President Vickie Curley from Stockton, NJ, Secretary Gary LeGates from Westminster, MD, and Treasurer Jane Sheehan from Silver Spring, MD. Welcome MAGDU, and thank you to everyone who is participating in the planning and helping to move the organization forward.

 

One more intriguing announcement I want to share involves raising a puppy who may be destined to become a guide dog. I think it’s intriguing that “The Today Show on the NBC network is going to televise the whole process that involves adopting a puppy, helping him or her to become socialized, and preparing him or her for the working life!” To learn more about the Today Show’s partnership with Guiding Eyes for the Blind, visit this link:http://www.today.com/pets/today-getting-puppy-helping-change-persons-life-1D80412712?__source=xfinity|mod&par=xfinity .

 

It’s even cold and icy in the deep South this week. No matter where you and your guide dogs live, stay warm and safe. We’ll be back to share more news about Guide Dog Users, Inc. early next week.

Sincerely,

Penny Reeder

President, Guide Dog Users, Inc.

 

Will Burley, First Vice President

Guide Dog Users, Inc.

Call us, toll-free, at  866.799.8436

 

To join the GDUI-Announce List, visit this link: http://guidedogusersinc.org/join/.

 

For our members and friends who do not have access to e-mail (or prefer to listen to the pleasant sound of a human voice reading aloud), we also offer telephonic announcements every week. If you are aware of guide dog users who do not have computer access, please share this telephone number with them: 646-653-1900. Recorded announcements available at this number are updated each Tuesday.

We look forward to sharing announcements concerning our organization with all who are interested in GDUI.

Dear GDUI Members and Friends,

GDUI’s committees are all busy holding their first meetings of 2015, handling their responsibilities, and preparing reports to share with the GDUI Board of Directors and members during the first scheduled board meeting of 2015, which will take place a week from this coming Saturday, on January 24. Meanwhile, GDUI affiliate leaders will be meeting this coming Thursday, January 15, at 9:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time. At the meeting, Annie Chiappetta and Michael Malver, who co-chair the GDUI Publications Committee, will introduce GDUI’s new Leadership e-mail discussion list and explain how to subscribe and post to that communications medium. We are grateful to the Publications Committee; our web master, Ted Rodifer; and the Public Relations Committee for setting up the list and creating an efficient means for GDUI’s affiliates’ and national leaders to discuss administrative, governmental, and policy matters related to our missions and goals.

 

While I’m complimenting the Publications Committee, I especially want to thank Denise Decker who joined the group of writers which convened last fall to update GDUI’s brochures and other online publications. Denise updated two very useful hand-outs, both in English and Spanish. Look for ” TIPS AND TECHNIQUES FOR TRAVELING INTERNATIONALLY WITH YOUR GUIDE DOG,” and ” Attention: Law Enforcement Officers: Interacting with People Who Use Guide Dogs,” soon at http://www.guidedogusersinc.org/, and share the documents with anyone who might benefit from the useful information they contain.

 

If you have been thinking about GDUI’s summer convention in Dallas — and remembering with some trepidation how it felt the last time when you came to a national convention and you couldn’t really figure out how to get from one meeting to the next until well into the week, when your guide had finally had enough experience at the convention hotel to bring you where you needed to be — you will be intrigued, as we were, by the announcement that Janet Dickelman, ACB’s Convention Co-Coordinator, shared with likely convention attendees earlier this week. Janet explained,” MD Support and their partner, MD Foundation, are donating indoor navigation technology to ACB’s 2015 conference and convention in Dallas. The guidance system works by sending audible instructions and location descriptions to an iOS device or Android phone. The information is electronically transmitted by beacons placed at meeting  rooms, restrooms, elevators, and other venues.”

 

GDUI’s convention will take place, concurrently with ACB’s conference and convention, from Sunday, July 5 through Wednesday, July 8. We guarantee good times for you and your dogs, and we’re all feeling reassured about finding our way around the hotel in Dallas! There will be two guided tours with in-person descriptions and navigation advice provided by our trusted guide dog school trainers, as well as this super 21st Century navigational aid for those of us who have IPhones and Android phones. Spending less time being lost means spending even more time having fun with friends!

 

Make your reservations today!

Room rates at the Sheraton Dallas are $89 single, double, triple or quad) plus

applicable state and local taxes (currently 13 %( and Tourism District Fees (2

%(. For reservations by telephone call

888.627.8191.

 

Congratulations to the enthusiastic group of guide dog users who live in the mid-Atlantic states who will be creating a new GDUI affiliate called MAGDU — which stands for Mid-Atlantic Guide Dog Users! Charlie Crawford who chaired the MAGDU steering committee heard from a number of people from Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia, and the group decided to go ahead and form a new regional GDUI affiliate. Interim officers, until the group becomes official, adopts a set of bylaws, files the necessary paperwork, holds some meetings, and plans for its first election, are President Charlie Crawford from Silver Spring, MD, First Vice President Denise Decker from the District of Columbia, Second Vice President Vickie Curley from Stockton, NJ, Secretary Gary LeGates from Westminster, MD, and Treasurer Jane Sheehan from Silver Spring, MD. Welcome MAGDU, and thank you to everyone who is participating in the planning and helping to move the organization forward.

 

One more intriguing announcement I want to share involves raising a puppy who may be destined to become a guide dog. I think it’s intriguing that “The Today Show on the NBC network is going to televise the whole process that involves adopting a puppy, helping him or her to become socialized, and preparing him or her for the working life!” To learn more about the Today Show’s partnership with Guiding Eyes for the Blind, visit this link:http://www.today.com/pets/today-getting-puppy-helping-change-persons-life-1D80412712?__source=xfinity|mod&par=xfinity .

 

It’s even cold and icy in the deep South this week. No matter where you and your guide dogs live, stay warm and safe. We’ll be back to share more news about Guide Dog Users, Inc. early next week.

Sincerely,

Penny Reeder

President, Guide Dog Users, Inc.

 

Will Burley, First Vice President

Guide Dog Users, Inc.

Call us, toll-free, at  866.799.8436

 

To join the GDUI-Announce List, visit home page: http://guidedogusersinc.org/.

 

For our members and friends who do not have access to e-mail (or prefer to listen to the pleasant sound of a human voice reading aloud), we also offer telephonic announcements every week. If you are aware of guide dog users who do not have computer access, please share this telephone number with them: 646-653-1900. Recorded announcements available at this number are updated each Tuesday.

We look forward to sharing announcements concerning our organization with all who are interested in GDUI.