Tiger Council of the Blind

Tiger Council of the Blind is an organization dedicated to improving the social and economic welfare of visually impaired and blind residents in Columbia and the surrounding area.  Tiger Council 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 Columbia 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

Tiger Council of the Blind :: March 2017

By Gretchen Maune

Here in the heart of Missouri, the Tiger Council of the Blind has been keeping busy, despite having to cancel our January meeting due to an ice storm warning. Members have been coming up with different ways to reach out into the community more.

Many tigers gathered in December with Circle of Friends (a blind ministry sponsored by the Lutheran churches in the area) to assemble bags of donated toiletries to give to local shelters. This certainly warmed our hearts, and we hope it warmed the hearts of some of Columbia’s most disadvantaged citizens.

We had our 2016 holiday party at DeAnna and Curtis Noriega’s new house. Guests brought a festive variety of food, enjoyed old and new Christmas music, and had fun exchanging small gifts.

Want to join us? We meet on the second Friday of each month at Services for Independent Living, located at 1401 Hathman Place, Columbia, MO. Please like us on Facebook at Tiger Council of the Blind and follow us on Twitter @tiger_council! If you have questions, please contact Jannel Morris at jannelm@hotmail.comm or send us a message on social media!

Tiger Talk :: June 2016

By Gretchen Maune

The tigers have had to deal with some hard news in recent times, but are staying busy and trying to keep their tails up. We are very sad to report that on March 27, one of our members, Becky Craft-Delaney passed away. We will miss her kind, generous spirit, and our hearts go out to her husband, Mike Delaney.

Though our hearts have been heavy, we have been keeping busy this Spring. At our April meeting, we held elections for president and secretary. Congratulations go out to Jannel Morris who was elected to her second term as President! Deanna Noriega had served us well for several years, but termed out, and Gretchen Maune was elected to be our new secretary. On April 24, the tigers were once again tabling at the Columbia Earth Day Festival. This extremely popular, annual event always draws thousands of visitors and a variety of organizations and vendors, whether they do work focused on the planet or not. At the TCB booth, we gathered donations to send kids to CampAbility, educated folks about guide dogs, and told everyone we met about our chapter and MCB.

Tiger Council of the Blind :: March 2016

Tigers are on the prowl to track down new members. We have lots of ideas but need more paws in the mix to get them accomplished. Christmas festivities were fun, despite a small turnout. We are working to get our tax free status issues resolved and looking forward to a prosperous New Year. Look for us to come roaring back in 2016!

Tiger Talk :: September 2015

by DeAnna Noriega

The Tigers have been so busy that members felt as if they were chasing their tails with both a June regular business meeting on the 12th and summer picnic on the 27th. Secretary Noriega was away training with a new guide dog. Enzo is a 2 year old German Shepherd and was delighted to meet golden retrievers Kedzie and Keeper at the picnic. Immediate past President Gretchen Maune has been flitting around the country flying to Washington D.C. and Alabama for work related trips. She also squeezed in attending the ACB National Convention. If that weren’t enough, she volunteered to serve as our Tiger Walk captain for October 10. President Morris planned her vacation to attend a session of the MCB Summer Camp. Tigers retired to the shade and skipped having a July meeting. It has been a humid hot summer for all, but Tigers are up to the jungle heat and rain getting back to business in August!

The Tiger Council of the Blind :: March 2014

What do the Tigers have to roar about you ask? Well, we had a lovely Christmas get together at the home of Member Hazel Fields. This past summer, Hazel bought her first home and left the world of rental apartments behind. She was excited about showing off her new house to members. Pizza, hot chocolate a vegetable tray and chocolate cake brought by members provided the food. Small Christmas gifts were exchanged and stolen by others in a friendly rob your neighbor game. Members enjoyed Hazel’s Christmas tree and cozy new digs.

We held a conference call meeting successfully when the weather wasn’t cooperative for getting to our usual meeting site. At our January meeting, we had a speaker from the Mid Missouri Advocacy Coalition talking to us about proposed changes in pedestrian travel along a busy street that lacks sidewalks. Fundraising took center stage as we planned upcoming events. The Tiger Council of the Blind is purring along and we hope you remain warm and safe in these cold winter months.

Spring Smiles from the Tiger Council of the Blind! :: June 2013

The Columbia Chapter of MCB is now one year old, but our members range in age from 20's to 80's! In our diverse chapter, everyone learns something new when we spend time talking about the usefulness of gadgets, both low-tech and high, navigating life with vision loss, or how to take excellent care of your mobility device, be it long and white, or furry and waggy. Besides discussing tech, advocacy, mobility, and everything in between, we get together for the holidays for food, music, and a gift exchange, come together for bingo and other games, and even take time to meet at the mall or a downtown bar and grill for weekend relaxing. We put together a successful Trivia night at a local restaurant, the Heidelberg, in January with some great donated prizes including concert tickets and restaurant gift certificates, and plan to hold a larger one this summer! More recently, we spoke with all sorts of people about vision loss and TCB at our booth at the popular 24th Annual Columbia Earth Day Festival.

TCB is located halfway between Kansas City and St. Louis and welcomes folks from all over the mid-Missouri area. Our meetings are the third Thursday of the month from 5:30 to 7ish at Services for Independent Living in Columbia. For more information, please contact Tiger Council of the Blind President, Gretchen Maune, at gmm271@mail.missouri.edu or 573-489-0986.