By popular demand, Club VIBES is again going to have a spring flower sale offering flowering baskets and giant potted or hanging ferns. Orders will be delivered before Mother’s Day. Keep an eye out for further details.

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East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) Announces New Scholarship Opportunity to Benefit Visually Impaired Students in Tennessee
The Debbie Van Cleave Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Debbie Van Cleave, an East Tennessee award-winning artist whose talent in pottery
was not diminished by the fact that she was blind. The scholarship is intended to benefit legally blind students pursuing higher education.
Scholarship applications, detailed descriptions, and eligibility criteria for 2015 will be available at  December 1, 2014.

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The Peer Tutor session for the Bearden High School students went great yesterday.

The Peer Tutor group from Bearden High School made a field trip to see the Club VIBES Club House.

John and Sue covered things with them about how important the students’ jobs are in assisting as peer tutors in the schooling times of disabled youth and friends. Students also learned of other opportunities to help. For example, if they would ever be interested in helping Club VIBES families, there could possibly be job opportunities to be readers, drivers and more. Some students really did sound interested. Sue and John hosted 19 students over the age of 16 and three teachers too. The Club House was full!

Then, John and Sue also covered what they do to live independently, use of a screen reader to do work, cook, clean, pick out matching clothes and label things in their closets and much more. The students seemed to love it.

Thanks to Ms. Reynolds from Bearden High school, this was an amazing opportunity for all.

The Cycling for Sight teams have completed their ride in California and are back in Knoxville. Here is a first hand report from Sue Buckley.

Our West Coast trip was a dream…

 Twelve Club VIBES Tandem Team Crew members traveled out to San Diego for the 10th annual Blind Stoker Club fundraising event in support of the San Diego Center for the Blind this last month. The trip was more than we expected. Every one of our volunteers as well as our visually impaired members had a total and complete blast. Not only did we have time to tandem bike prior to the two day event ride we also had a three hour surfing and boogie board lesson by the area Challenged Athlete Foundation team. Lunch on the beach was cooked for us and we enjoyed meeting new surfing friends.  We also visited the Mid-Way museum for a touch of history and walked in the sand along the beach at sunset. If you had a chance to see our amazing Facebook posts you will see the smiles across the miles that we had together. (Friend us on Facebook and come see)  What a wonderful bonding experience and learning opportunity for all of us!

One very important thing we learned; we have a tremendous group of Pilot volunteers dedicated to the program and our membership. Thanks to all who made this trip happen for our Club. We could never say thanks enough. It was truly a life changing trip with many new experiences that took us out of our comfort zone and made us tighter as a team. Rumor has it that many are already talking about a trip to Florida in our future. Stay tuned.

 Sue Buckley

Club VIBES President and Tandem Tailgunner

Cycling for Sight 2014

Helping Peggy McDaniel

Peggy McDaniel is a very special Club VIBES friend. An orientation and mobility specialist, she was with Club Vibes from the very start. She even served on our first Board of Directors. Peggy is now battling a rare form of cancer and, due to financial struggles, is on the verge of losing her home! Please take a moment to visit this page and help her stay in her home!

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