Sarasota Council of the Blind

The Sarasota chapter is the second oldest continually operating chapter of the Florida Council of the Blind. The chapter was formed on May 8th, 1958.

Objectives

(1) to promote better understanding between blind and sighted people,

(2) to offer their views on issues of importance to local, state and national entities and,

(3) to promote the social and economic welfare of persons who are blind or vision impaired.

Membership and Dues

Membership in the Sarasota Chapter is open to both Sarasota and Manatee County residents. Annual dues are $15.00. Membership in the Sarasota Chapter offers the additional benefit of membership in the Florida Council of the Blind and the American Council of the Blind. You will receive issues of the Braille Forum which comes in large print, braille, cassette, computer disk and by email and the White Cane Bulletin bi-monthly which comes in large print, small print, braille, audio and by email.

Meetings

The Sarasota Chapter meets the second Monday of the month (except for June, July, and August) for lunch at the Denny's restaurant at 3701 Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota. Our luncheon begins at 11:30 followed by Presentations and a Business Meeting from 1 to 2:00 p.m. Guest speakers are scheduled monthly. Topics include vision loss and support issues, hurricane and emergency preparedness, wellness, nutrition, health and alternative medicines, Other presentations include advocacy initiatives supported by ACB and FCB, the Lighthouse of Manasota as well as the Division of Blind Services.

Sarasota Chapter supports programs of the Lighthouse of Manasota and the Suncoast Center for Independent Living, Inc.

We are proud of our advocacy efforts for the many services that assist blind and visually impaired persons throughout our community. We encourage members to attend public hearings and workshops to show support for issues affecting persons who are blind or visually impaired and to apply for membership on government and nonprofit advisory boards.

We accept donations but encourage interested persons to join the Sarasota Chapter. If you are interested in joining, please contact our Membership Secretary
Virginia Rempelakis at (941) 921-5093 or email TVRemp@Verizon.net.

The Sarasota Chapter of the Florida Council of the Blind, Inc. accepts donations. This organization is a non-profit membership organization and shall continue to do all things necessary to retain tax-exempt status, pursuant to Internal Revenue Service code 501(c)(3).

Officers

President

Randy Reed
(941) 875-2878
sarasotaCouncil@Gmail.com

1st Vice President

Elliot Benowitz

2nd Vice President

Ruth Book

Treasurer

Arlene Harris

Recording Secretary

Raquel Gomez

Membership Secretary

Virginia Rempelakis

Board Representative

Randy Reed