Act Now! Council of the Blind

Act Now! Council for the Blind is an organization dedicated to improving the social and economic welfare of visually impaired and blind residents in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Act Now! Council for the Blind strives to improve specialized services promoting independence as well as creating accessible social opportunities for the blind and visually impaired community.

As an affiliate of Missouri Council of the Blind and a member of the American Council of the Blind our members receive monthly and quarterly newsletters and opportunities to attend informative meetings and annual conventions.

We invite residents and members of the business community who are interested in improving the lives in the Kansas City metropolitan area to please join our efforts. Membership is open to all. Come meet with us and find out how you can join our campaign to improve the lives of the blind and visually impaired citizens in your community.

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Affiliate News

News from Act Now! Council of the Blind :: June 2016

By Ruthie Clark, Secretary

Greetings Missourians! I hope as you read this, you are having a fantastic day. At Act Now! we are certainly doing that. We’ve had a lot going on in the past few months. First, the Little Affiliate That Could is growing! We would like to thank our new members for joining us, and invite anyone who does not have an affiliate home to join the fun. Our next big event will be our annual meeting in July, which we will hold as an in-person meeting. As our web and Social Media coordinator, I am looking into ways we can have anyone that can’t travel to our meeting spot in KC to actually join the fun from their home. Keep an eye on the website at as things unfold.

A reminder, if you like news about blindness and anything relating to it, check out our social media pages. Follow us on Twitter, @ActNowCouncil. If you prefer Facebook, just search for Act Now Council or go to If you use Google Plus, we’re there too. Just look for ActNowCouncilOrgKC or go to

If you are interested on how to become a better leader in your local affiliate, in MCB, or in ACB, please consider attending the Midwest Leadership Conference. There is an article elsewhere in this issue of the Chronicle written by Ray Campbell about the MLC and the Young Professionals Seminar to be held concurrently in Omaha, NE. Keep an eye on our website and social media for updates on the conference.

Interested in supporting Act Now! by purchasing awesome products? Do you like Scentsy but don’t know any representatives? Our Vice President, Amy Morrison is selling Scentsy, with a portion of all sales going back to Act Now! Council of the Blind. Check out her site at for all the wonderful smelling stuff that Scentsy has to offer. She is local to the St Louis area, but you can have products shipped to you state or nationwide.

One piece of important news: Act Now! received its 501(c)(3) designation within the last few months. Any donations made to Act Now! through our members’ fundraising projects are tax deductible.

Act Now! Council of the Blind News :: March 2016

By Paul Mimms, President

Greetings, MCB Friends. As we continue our efforts to grow as an affiliate, we are proud of our accomplishments during our co-hosting of the 2015 MCB convention in Kansas City. In particular, we received many positive comments on the gift bags we produced for the convention. Since the convention, we have been busy with carrying out fundraising projects and planning future projects.

On December 12 we had our Holiday party, which was attended by approximately 20 of our members and friends, including MCB’s Public Relations Chair, Wilma Chestnut-House. At that time, we presented an award of recognition to a supporter in our efforts, Steven Clark.

As we move forward into 2016, our goal is to build on what we have accomplished, and to go beyond by applying for and obtaining 501(c)(3) status for our affiliate. We have also made some changes to our constitution and bylaws that reflect our desire to be an affiliate accessible to those not just in KC, but to those without an affiliate home elsewhere in the state. If you are a member at-large and interested in joining an affiliate that has most of its meetings via conference call, please visit our website at or call us at (816) 663-9228.

I would also like to let everyone know about an ongoing fundraiser. One of our members makes fleece covered dog beds, as well as fleece blankets and couch throws. A portion of all sales go back to Act Now! If you are interested, feel free to contact her by email at or by calling (816) 663-9292. Finally, we are very active on social media. We share many informative articles relating to blindness. Below is how to find us on social media.

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