Dear IBSAA Friends and Family,
Welcome to an awesome autumn season. I hope this fall finds you and your family in good health. We want to bring you up-to-date on
happenings with IBSAA. In turn, always feel free to keep in touch with us.
Congratulations to Dave and Rosa Mauer, as they are now grandparents of a baby girl. I'm sure Lucy will bring much joy to your family.
Stay tuned for information about the 2018 annual Association meeting and alumni/staff reunion which will be held in June. Due to the
impending sale of the Vinton campus, there may well be other alumni events held here on campus next summer. If they aren't specified
as being sponsored by the Alumni Association (IBSAA), then they aren't IBSAA events! When making any reservations, be sure you
know who is sponsoring the event you’re planning to attend. We'll give you our summer schedule and information as soon as we have it.
Many former students, friends, and family enjoyed gathering on the IBS campus during the last weekend in July. On Friday evening, we
enjoyed a historical walk at the Vinton cemetery which allowed us to visit the graves of former staff and alumni. Thanks to Richard
Farmer, former IBSSS teacher and historian, for giving such an informative presentation containing historical facts that were new to many
of us. It was incredible to learn of our School's rich history and, most of all, how deeply woven our history is in to that of the state of Iowa.
Saturday began with elections of officers and board members and the IBSAA annual meeting. Other highlights of the weekend included
an assistive technology forum, auction (which grew the treasury almost $500), swimming, hay rides, and a prayer/song gathering on
Sunday morning. Of course, we all shared a delicious meal, prepared by Smoken on the Cedar, at noon on Saturday. As usual, snack
bar was a big hit! Another great alumni reunion is in the books! Welcome to our new organization members and to our new board
members, as well. We would like to extend a special thanks to alumni and the many other volunteers who helped out over the weekend.
Your assistance was appreciated by all. In addition, we thank many of the Vinton merchants and businesses for donating gift certificates
and other merchandise to be sold on our fund-raising auction and at the snack bar. Thanks, too, to Rob Levis for leading a pleasant
walk-through of the dorms which are now being used by the AmeriCorps. We appreciate the chance to again see what was our home for
so many years.
Who was there? Given below is a list of individuals who enjoyed the IBSAA Reunion and were on campus with us
Shelley Spangler and guest
Korina Greenwood and guest
Ava Hickey and guest
Bill Kemp and guest
Debbie Johnson and guest
Scott van Gorp
Byte of Technology
Seeing AI, produced by microsoft, is a must-try for those who want to get some good out of the camera on the phone. The app offers the
ability to read documents, scan bar codes, or learn about things around you just by snapping a picture.
I found the bar code reader to be especially helpful when sorting and putting groceries away, after a trip to the store. Not only will the app
announce what the grocery item is, but it will also provide preparation instructions, nutrition and safety details, and any other information
that has been placed in an online database.
The document reading portion of the app works well and is a great help when reading mail. This app offers endless possibilities; just get
it, experiment and, most of all, enjoy!
Want a simple fall treat? Mix a jar of salted nuts, candy corn, Teddy Grahams, and M&Ms in a large bowl. Divide into baggies if you
Did you know? October 15 is White Cane Safety Day. In fact, the month of October is disability awareness month. Too often it seems
that the person with a disability must go the extra ten miles to prove their talents. Let’s all take the month of October to see past our
differences and concentrate on the similarities that bind us all.
Julie Piper, Newsletter Editor