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Purpose of Georgia Council of the Blind

Group picture of some GCB membersThe Georgia Council of the Blind is a non-profit consumer organization affiliated with the American Council of the Blind. We strive to elevate the social, economic, and cultural levels of the blind. For over 40 years, GCB has been working toward providing a forum for views of the blind, improving education and rehabilitation, and broadening vocational opportunities for the visually impaired. Peer support is an important part of GCB as it encourages and assists the blind in developing their abilities and potential to become independent and responsible citizens in their communities. Peer support is especially helpful for the newly blind who may be confused or bitter. GCB works hard to educate the public about the problems of blindness and the needs and capabilities of the blind. Cooperation with the public and private institutions and agencies for the blind is encouraged. G C B holds a convention each year at different locations throughout the state. This event offers timely and informative 

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Mark your calendars for July 31st and August 1, 2015! We the Georgia Council of the Blind will be hosting our Pre-Conference Events for 2015 in beautiful Cartersville at the lovely Clarion Hotel. We will have a Pre-Conference fun-filled day riding horses; enjoying a picnic; visiting a local museum; and music featuring our own artists with vision loss. The Hotel Rate is $69 plus Tax and you will enjoy a complimentary breakfast in the Clarion's spacious and comfortable environment.  If you have a spare moment you might take a swim in the fabulous outdoor pool! On Saturday August 1st we will have our Conference loaded with valuable information for all ages and interests. The luncheon speaker will be inspiring!  Throughout the jammed pack day you will have the opportunity to learn and be refreshed to face new opportunities!   The Georgia Council of the Blind strives to better the lives of people living, working, and having fun and meeting the challenges of vision loss day by day. The weekend is sure to bring smiles and encouragement that life can be rich and full regardless of any obstacles that may enter our path. Together and step by step we will walk the road to happiness and success! More details to come very soon! You can book your rooms now by calling the Clarion hotel which is located at 2336 Highway 411 Northeast, in White Georgia 30184. The phone number is 770-386-0830, and their web site is When you call to book your rooms are sure to say that you are with the Georgia Council of the Blind. If you have any questions please contact Marsha Farrow at 706-859-2624, or via email at marshafarrow@windstream.nett.


2. The Georgia council of the Blind has a new way to send out news and announcements. You can call in and listen to news and announcements by phone. The new announcements will be posted in this mail box on Mondays. Please use the following Phone Number to listen to announcements. The phone number is 1-641-715-3900 and the pin number is 382293 pound. Please contact Betsy Grenevitch at 770-464-0450 or via email

3. GCB Digest - Please submit your articles to Editor Casey Owens email: or Assistant Editor, Suzanne Jackson email:  

4. GCB Proposed Constitution and Bylaws Amendments click here to see the proposals. (This is in the Media Center section just above the recorded GCB Board meeting audios.) 

July Celebrations

"Summer is a promissory note signed in June, its long days spent and gone before you know it, and due to be repaid next January."
- Hal Borland

7-19: Phyllis Edson

7-25: Kathy Coursey-Boes

7-28: Kim Harrison

7-31:  Jamaica Miller

August Celebrations:

“Summer is the topsy-turvy season when the goldfish have to be boarded out while the family goes on a fishing trip.
- Unknown

8-7: Melanie House

8-8: Ronnie Alridge

8-9: Happy Anniversary  Hoyal and Judy Presley

8-9: Keith Morris

8-17: Jamie Teal

8-20 Virginia Morris Smeltzz

8-24: Happy Anniversary Neal and Janice Hardin

8-26:  Ann Worley

8-28: Marsha Farrow

8-31: Ann Sims 

Brain Teasers

Why are we watching our "Ps and Qs?"There are several different theories as to the origin of the phrase, but there is no definite proof as to which is correct. Here are 2:

One explanation suggests that "Ps and Qs" is short for "pleases" and "thank-yous", the latter of which contains a sound similar to the pronunciation of the name of the letter "Q".This phrase would be used by parents to educate their children to not forget to use those polite words when they speak to people. Possibly, it meant "please" and "excuse me." Young children would pronounce them as Ps and Qs.

Another origin comes from English pubs  and taverns  of the 17th century. Bartenders would keep a watch on the alcohol consumption of the patrons; keeping an eye on the pints and quarts  that were consumed. As a reminder to the patrons, the bartender would recommend they "mind their Ps and Qs". This may also have been a reminder to bartenders not to confuse the two units, written as "p" and "q" on the tally slate. 

Brain Teasers will be back in July. 

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The Technology committee will meet Thursday March 19 at 8:30, the phone number is 1.605.475.4000 and the PIN is 422822. All are invited to attend and bring your ideas.

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