Ozark Association of the Blind

Ozark Association of the Blind is an organization dedicated to improving the social and economic welfare of visually impaired and blind residents in Sainte Genevieve and the surrounding area.  Ozark Association of 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 Sainte Genevieve 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

Ozark Association of the Blind :: March 2017

By Yvonne Schnitzler

OAB is sad to report the death of Robert Brophy, a member for 15 years. In 1966, Bob opened the food service program at Jefferson College, Hillsboro and served as its service director for 35 years. In 1972, the cafeteria was renamed Brophy’s Place in his honor. He was one of the founders of the Fletcher House Foundation and its most recent president. He loved nature and the outdoors, and was the backbone of the foundation. He was active with the Hillsboro Lions Club. Bob earned his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Missouri Baptist University and a master’s degree in counseling.

Bob’s daughter, Susan Thurman, from Festus, said, “He set about proving that blindness doesn’t have to set limits on a person’s life. He felt like he needed to show by example that, no matter what you have going on physically, if you have the right mindset, you can accomplish whatever you want. He said, ‘you make the best of every situation and you never give up, no matter how hard your challenges are.”

OAB’s new officers are Melvin Brown, president; Joe Dobbs, vice president, Joan Meyers, secretary; and Yvonne Schnitzler, treasurer.

OAB News :: March 2016

By Yvonne Schnitzler

Members of OAB were sorry to learn of the death of Hank Pearce. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Susan and his family. The MCB will miss Hank.
On a happy note, we thank Executive Director Chris Gray and his wife Marvelena and their driver, along with President Denny Huff and his daughter Sara for attending and taking part in our Christmas party dinner and festivities. It was held at the Audubon Restaurant, the old hotel Ste. Genevieve. It was a terrible rainy day and we are happy they were able to attend.

We are in the process of revising our bylaws, which is long overdue. Also, our goal is to work on gaining new members.

Ozark Association of the Blind :: September 2015

By Yvonne Schnitzler

Our new President, Joe Dobbs, plans to recruit new members and find a way to raise funds to continue our donations helping others. If anyone has ideas, please let us know.

Seven members are looking forward to attending the convention in Kansas City. Ida Scotti and Yvonne Schnitzler were in Dallas for the ACB convention. It was a super convention with fantastic speakers, informative sessions, meetings, and educational tours. The highlight for many was the speaker Chen Guangcheng, a blind Chinese activist who inspired millions with the story of his fight for justice and freedom in China. His interpreter, Danica Mills, translated as he spoke. The Assembly was mesmerized. It is a must read book for anyone who believes or wants to believe in the power of the human spirit to overcome any obstacle. I highly recommend his book, “The Barefoot Lawyer”. I spoke with him and was delighted he signed my book in Chinese.

Ozark Association of the Blind :: December 2014

By Yvonne Schnitzler

It is with deep sadness that OAB reports the death of Deloris Dobbs. While in good health, Deloris was always active in the Council and provided transportation for her husband Joe. OAB offers Joe and her family our deepest sympathy.

Seven members attended the convention in Springfield taking part in the meetings and activities. We thank those involved in hosting the event.

OAB members and guests are looking forward to our annual Christmas dinner and party. Wishing all good health and happiness.

Ozark Association of the Blind :: September 2013

By Yvonne Schnitzler

Ozark Association of the Blind was pleased to welcome visitors to our June meeting held at the Café Ste. Genevieve, in Ste. Genevieve, the oldest settlement west of the Mississippi. President Patti Schonlau and her husband Jim, along with guest speaker, Bunny Maginnis and Richard Kolasch joined us for a delicious dinner.

Our president brought us up-to-date on the happenings of MCB along with encouragement for the future. We learned important information from Bunny’s presentation on emergency preparedness. She stressed that knowing about it doesn’t work if you don’t prepare your emergency kit. Many thoughts and ideas were exchanged during the festive get together. OAB thanks them for taking time from their busy schedule to visit with us.

We also welcome and are happy to have Deloris Dobbs join are affiliate. We look forward to working with her to achieve the goals of MCB. Ida Scotti and Yvonne Schnitzler represented OAB at the ACB Convention in Columbus, visiting with old friends and making new ones. Members are looking forward to doing the same at the state convention in October.

Ozark Association of the Blind :: June 2013

By Yvonne Schnitzler

OAB is happy to welcome three new members: Joe Dobbs, formerly of the Capitol City Council of the Blind, now residing in Festus; Brenda Bailey, Fredericktown; and Arlene Phelps of Farmington. They will be an asset to our affiliate. OAB is looking forward to a dinner party and meeting in June with our visitors Patty Schonlau, MCB President and Bunny Maginnis, guest speaker. It should be a fun and informative day for OAB.

Ozark Association of the Blind :: September 2011

By Yvonne Schnitzler

Ozark Association of the Blind celebrated Dorothy Moranville’s 52 years serving as Treasurer of our organization with a dinner and party at the Hotel Genevieve, Ste. Genevieve. OAB presented Dorothy with a money tree representing her years of service.

The Missouri Council of the Blind honored Ida Scotti, Ozark Association of the Blind, and Loretta Welch, Member At Large, with Lifetime Membership in the American Council of the Blind at the National Convention convened in Reno, Nevada. The council congratulates you.

Ozark Association of the Blind :: December 2009

By Yvonne Schnitzler

Ozark Association of the Blind was represented by six members at the convention.

I want to let everyone know that Irene Stoll's broken wrist is mending nicely from her fall at the convention.  She said to tell everyone thanks for their cards and prayers.  They were greatly appreciated.

We are looking forward to our Christmas party at the Hotel Ste. Genevieve

Ozark Association of the Blind :: September 2009

by Yvonne Schnitzler

Thanks President, Denny Huff, and his driver, Mark, for joining us for dinner at the Hotel Ste. Genevieve, and attending our June business meeting at the City Hall.  The food was delicious and the meeting informative.

Nine members of OAB will take part in the Foundation Fighting Blindness Vision Walk, St. Louis, on September 26, at Tower Grove Park.  Our team does not plan on doing much walking but we do plan to have a good time.  There are many activities to enjoy, including food, music, and Fred Bird.  OAB has a web page where your welcome to join as a team member or make a donation for this great cause.  You can find more information at: http://www.VisionWalk.org by clicking on St. Louis and Ozark Association.

Ida Scotti, Yvonne Schnitzler, and Susan Sanderson, from Blind of Central Missouri, drove (or maybe I should say laughed our way) to Orlando for the ACB Convention.  Along with morning sessions, we attended many special interest meetings which were informative and educational.  This was Susan's first National Convention.  She had fun, met lots of new friends, learned a lot, and plans to attend ACB Conventions as often as possible.

Ozark Association of the Blind :: March 2008

By Yvonne Schnitzler, Corresponding Secretary

We are delighted to welcome two new members, Sandie and Bernice Koller to our affiliate. They made it a very special day as Ozark Association of the Blind celebrated Irene Stoll's 90th birthday with cake and other goodies at our January meeting. The cake had only one candle, as we did not want fire trucks rushing to the city hall in Ste. Genevieve to extinguish a fire. Irene, we wish you many more. Irene has contributed much time and energy in promoting the causes of the blind. She has been involved in every facet of the organization since joining in 1965. We would not be where we are today without her enthusiasm for getting things done. She was always there organizing yard sales, bingos, and other money making endeavors to numerous to mention.

OAB commends Queen City Council of the Blind for their efforts in supporting the Rainbow Network in Springfield. For those who do not know, the Rainbow Network is engaged in helping the School for the Blind in Nicaragua. Queen City collects used canes, slates, styluses as well as purchases new supplies for the school as these items are not available there. Nicaragua has a high percentage of blindness due to malnutrition, which the Rainbow Network is working to alleviate. Blindness due to cataracts in children is very common and there is an ongoing need for donations to cover the cost of surgeries. Contact Queen City if you are interested in helping support this worthy cause. Check out the Rainbow Network at: http://www.rainbownetwork.org

OAB was pleased to welcome MCB's president, Phyllis Lovett, her brother Roy Vaughn and other guests to our annual Christmas party held at the Hotel Ste. Genevieve. The food was delicious and the camaraderie joyful with fun and games.

Words cannot possibly express the surprise and elation I felt when I received a correspondence from the E. Matilda Ziegler Foundation for the Blind notifying me that I was the recipient of the James H. Veale Humanitarian Award. I am honored to have been chosen because I know there are many who are deserving of this prestigious award for their service in supporting the interests of the blind. Thank you Ida for recommending me.