Community Outreach, Events

I Know Expo

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On April 27, Radio Eye set up our information table at the 2014 I Know Expo, in the Lexington Convention Center. It was a great opportunity to connect with future listeners and caregivers, and we learned about a few things we thought we should share with our readers.

I Know Expo is the result of Gale Reese’s experience care giving for three members of her family. As founder of ITNBluegrass, she realized a need for collective resource sharing and created iknowexpo.org. (ITNBluegrass is a transportation service for visually impaired adults and people over 60!)

The expo is a once a year event, and exhibitors and speakers present all day, but the resources are available all the time on the I Know website: http://iknowexpo.org/resource-directory/ .

There were some really interesting products on display, and Doug from ZOUNDS of Lexington (http://zoundshearing.com/lexington/about-us/) told us about how the hearing aids they offer are rechargeable, meaning someone with visual or fine motor difficulties would not have to worry about dealing with tiny batteries.

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Of course, our friends from the Lexington Public Library were there, lexpuplib.org , and also, the folks from Kentucky Talking Book Library- A library service for people who are visually impaired or physically disabled. http://kdla.ky.gov/librarians/talkingbook/Pages/default.aspx

The great thing about I Know is that they work year round to bring information to the Bluegrass community, and if you missed this year’s expo, there are I Know Sunday Sessions on the 4th Sunday of every month, 2:00 – 4:00 pm at The Woman’s Club of Central Kentucky. These sessions are free! The next session is on May 18, 2014, featuring Laura Dake, AARP Volunteer Trainer, presenting : AARP’s Prepare to Care: A Resource Guide for Families

You can find the whole schedule of speakers here:
http://iknowexpo.org/sunday-sessions/

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–Lissa Probus, Volunteer

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Community Outreach, Events, Volunteers

Volunteer Appreciation Event by Volunteer Lissa Probus

This was a very special year for the Volunteer Appreciation Event!

We were welcomed to the activity room at Morning Pointe, which is an active senior community on the eastern edge of Lexington. Several months ago, I delivered a console radio to Morning Point for this very room, and it was great to see it there on the counter.

The pretty weather and pleasant location seemed to bring more of us together than last year, and it was very nice to see people talking and enjoying company.

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There was a delicious fresh salad with fantastic balsamic dressing, excellent wrap sandwiches and while we (my son and I) had brownies, I believe that there was a buzz about pecan bars. Mtani Catering did a wonderful job and people really seemed to enjoy the food. As Chef James Baker says on the Mtani website, Mtani = Friendship. We could definitely taste that in the food they made for us.

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I enjoyed meeting other volunteers I have only seen on the way in and out of the studio, and it was a good time also to share what we do with each other and our guests.

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This year was special for me, because I was recognized as volunteer of the year.

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I have to be honest, I asked Chelsey to look for a runner up, because I can’t find the time to do everything I want for Radio Eye, and now that I am homeschooling full time with my son, I am missing the committee meetings more and more and am really limited in what I can do during business hours. I believe the readers do the most valuable work for Radio Eye, and I still haven’t found the courage to go on mic!

Top 10 Volunteers

1. Lissa Probus

2. Deb Shoss

3. Blanca Ward

4. Sondra Morgan

5. Don Sands

6. Roger Paige

7. Richard Lucas

8. Inam Shalati

9. Judy Clemons

10. Bill Murphy

 

That said, if you are considering joining the outreach committee, I want to say it’s a wonderful group of people and it always gives me a great sense of pride and satisfaction when I am able to share the mission of our organization with someone new at an event. If you think you might be interested, feel free to get in touch with Chelsey (chelsey.vandyke@radioeye.org) about joining or if you like, she can put you in touch with me and I can tell you a little bit about what we have done in the last year as volunteers in our efforts to reach the public and new listeners. We have a couple of members who have been long time ambassadors for Radio Eye who are away this summer, so it’s a great time to step up!

Here are Lucy and Chelsey with Don, our newest Outreach Committee member:

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In the end, I have to say that I am really grateful for the opportunity to volunteer for Radio Eye. People volunteer for all sorts of reasons, and while I have led an all volunteer organization in the past during my extended stay at college, I have found few organizations in Lexington where volunteers were so central to the work as ours. Our tiny staff at Radio Eye does an excellent job of facilitating the work of the volunteers who read and keep the technology going, but the work of bringing the daily print media to our listeners is a gift of volunteers. We can do so much if we work together and in that we learn, make friends, get to give back in ways we couldn’t otherwise and create good in our region that makes it a more connected, vibrant place to live.

So- Radio Eye volunteers past and future, I appreciate you for doing everything you do!

Lissa Probus, Outreach Committee Volunteer

 

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