River City Workers of the Blind

River City Workers of the Blind is an organization dedicated to improving the social and economic welfare of visually impaired and blind residents in Cape Girardeau and the surrounding area.  River City Workers 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 Cape Girardeau 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

River City Workers :: June 2008

Greetings from Cape Girardeau,

It is such a joy to have the martins and humming birds back.

It’s been a very busy year so far.

In January we honored Darlene Felts with a retirement party.  She retired from the Sikeston Rehab. Center.  She helped our affiliate with our Christmas service project (toys for visually impaired children) for several years.  God bless you, Darlene, as you experience new adventures in life.

In February we had that big ice storm of 2008.  Needless to say, our February meeting was canceled.

Never fear though, when March rolled around we really celebrated!  We had Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter all in one big party.  We had a great time and lots of good food.

For those of you who may remember some of our long-time members, here is an update:  Mary Howard is still in the Lutheran nursing home.  Gladys McCain is at Life Care Center now.  They love receiving mail and getting visitors.  Thank you, nursing home committee.

In late November we extended sympathy to the Paul Probst family, and in January to Robin McCollough and Sharon Davis on the loss of their brother-in-laws after an extended illness.  God bless these families and comfort them.

Debby Barrett fell and broke her arm in two places, and, consequently, has not been able to attend our meetings.  Hope to see you at the May meeting, Debby.

At our April meeting Fredia Gamblin consented to serve as our board representative.  Her husband, John, will see that she gets to the meetings, and we appreciate him very much.

In May we will be electing officers for 2008 and’09. 

Our annual picnic will be June 21 beginning at 11 a.m., eating at noon and over whenever.  It will be at the Kiwanis Park on Perryville Road.

Remember to keep America, our wonderful country, in our prayers.  We would like to remind all affiliates to exercise their right to vote.  It’s one of the privileges we have living in this great country.

Have a great summer, and God’s blessings on all of you.

The Communications Committee

River City Workers :: December 2007

Greetings from the River City Workers of the Blind on a beautiful October morning,

The weather is warm for this time of year, and the leaves are beginning to turn their beautiful colors.

A big thank you to the Delta Area Blind for inviting us to their annual picnic at Ryans. We very much enjoyed the food, fun and fellowship.

Frieda Jones and Mike Gamblin were united in marriage in September. Frieda is one of our members. Congratulations to the newly-weds, and God bless you both.

We were unable to attend the MCB convention this year, but feel certain everyone who attended had a wonderful time; and even though we were not there, we appreciate all the hard work put forth by the Joplin Service Club as the host affiliate.

Due to the fact that our library is getting a face-lift, we will be holding our next few meetings at the home of Joann and Bill Godwin, 328 N. Fountain. Thanks much for the warm hospitality.

October was a very busy month for us. Robin McCollough chaired our service projects: Personal items for Women’s Safe-house; and shopping for school items and clothing for a child our affiliate voted to help.

We had a pizza Halloween party, and it was enjoyed by all.

In November we celebrated Thanksgiving at our meeting and a dinner at a local restaurant.

RCWB has a celebrity among us. Norman Puckett, who is a resident of the Heartland Care and Rehab., received recognition for an essay he wrote entitled Advancing Excellence, A Resident’s Perspectibe On Quality. It was sponsored by the National Consumer for Quality Long-term Care. His picture appeared in our local newspaper. Congratulations, Norman; we’re proud of you!

Again this year we will have our Christmas display at Cape County Park. Bill Godwin and his committee do a wonderful job of setting it up. On Thanksgiving Eve there is a lighting ceremony, and all the lights are turned on at the same time. It is beautiful!

In December we’ll be shopping for the visually impaired and physically handicapped children in our area to help them have a better Christmas. As we approach this special time of the year, let us never forget the reason for this season. Remember to be helpful to those who are less fortunate. Have a very blessed Cjhristmas and a happy, prosperous New Year.

RCWB Communications Committee