by Cindy Van Winkle, Membership Services Coordinator
Did you know that when you are a member of your local chapter or state or special-interest affiliate, you are also a member of the American Council of the Blind (ACB)?
ACB spans over 70 state and special-interest affiliates, each made up of numerous members, many of whom never make it to a national convention, listen to ACB Radio, and possibly never even read our ACB publications. How can they learn of ACB and their part in this amazing organization, and what ACB is doing to promote, advocate, and ensure the rights of people who are blind, if they’re not already connected?
ACB is much bigger than just you or me; it’s all of us. ACB is a community – an active, vibrant community. We need to make sure every member in ACB knows it, feels it, believes it, and wants to share it, because it’s worth sharing!
But what if you don’t know it, feel it, or believe it yourself? Why would you share it? Hence, ACB has created the Membership Services Coordinator position. I am available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time to answer your questions, provide resources, support you and your affiliate through challenges, assist in connecting and networking members and affiliates, do whatever I can to strengthen your individual understanding of ACB, as well as your affiliate. I’m available outside of business hours too. I can jump on a conference call for your board or membership committee, assist with leadership training, or give a presentation at your state or special-interest affiliate’s convention.
Bottom line: ACB is here for each member and each affiliate. So, let’s connect! Let’s work together to build an even stronger ACB! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call me directly at (612) 345-9036.