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CELEBRATION!

February 12, 2019

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One of my life’s great honors is being awarded the Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind’s 2018 employee of the year. As part of the celebration, my wife and I made our annual trip to the Nation’s Capitol for the Public Policy Symposium. Because of her familiarity with traveling, I can always count on Jennifer’s superb stress-reducing support throughout the process.

In Washington D.C., we were commissioned to meet with members of Congress to discuss significant subjects and solutions impacting people with visual impairment.

For the past two years, I’ve been given an extra bonus. They count on me to be the PA announcer during the National Industries for the Blind (NIB) awards banquet. This feast and ceremony follows our official visits with legislators. The added honor of being chosen as a DLB employee of the year sure made the 2018 symposium extra special for Jennifer and me to remember.

I value this keepsake photo taken with my longtime friend Kevin Lynch. He is President and CEO of NIB. Kevin certainly deserves an award for his 25 years of dedication in leading this organization. NIB is making a helpful difference for thousands of people through their roughly 61 NIB manufacturing agencies that support employment for those with visual impairment nationwide. Envision Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind is absolutely one of the best. I’m pleased to be a part of this team for the past decade. Thank you, DLB family, for this delightful honor and cherished memory.


CELEBRATING SAFETY DAY AT THE DALLAS LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND

January 4, 2019

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November 5th, 2018 was a special day at Envision Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind. We celebrated one full year of no serious injuries on our factory floor, and the Envision Lighthouse leadership enjoyed rewarding the team for going the extra mile to stay safe. You will notice my good friend Pete Sessions, a 22-year-long congressman in District 32, joined us for the special occasion. In this photo, Envision’s President and CEO Michael Monteferrante (far right), along with Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind’s executive director Max Allen (far left), are with me.


HONOR OF SPEAKING AT THE KICKOFF FOR THE 20TH ANNUAL SPORTS EXTRAVAGANZA

November 28, 2018

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On October 27th, I had the huge honor of representing Envision DLB during a milestone occasion. I was asked to kick off the 20th annual Sports Extravaganza where students with visual impairments are bound by no limits. It was a perfect fall Saturday morning, 70 degrees and sunny. I enjoyed giving an enthusiastic pep talk to help get them set for this high-energy event.

Region 10 Education Service Center staff and the Lions Club International 2-X1 started this special event in 1998 in response to the need for an increased emphasis on recreation and lifetime leisure skill development for children who are blind and visually impaired.  Students from all over the state of Texas and the United States were encouraged to compete. More than 500 people from 55 school districts in Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Alabama participate each October in this special Sports Extravaganza. The competitions include goalball, beep baseball, and many more. The volunteers are passionate about this event. I enjoyed getting to know several repeat helpers who love to see those who can’t see well or see at all enjoy an exciting and rigorous competitive environment. On the last Saturday in October, this takes place at the same North Texas location—Nimitz High School in Irving—offering sufficient space for the competition.

Lions and Region 10, thank you for your 20 years of dedication to this worthwhile event, which gives those who are blind or visually impaired the chance to make great memories that will stay in their minds and hearts for the rest of their lives.


AN INSPIRATIONAL 10-YEAR-OLD TAKING A TOUR AT THE DALLAS LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND

November 13, 2018

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My friend and team player Jennifer Watts and I facilitated one of our most enjoyable tours at Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind. It was inspirational for an excited, smart young lady named Avery Mathews. “It was her 10th birthday, and my gift to her was to be an experience she would remember,” said her friend Evelyn Raws. Evelyn had been here years ago and knew how much it would mean to young Avery to witness this and never forget. We love to educate people of all ages about the many responsibilities that people who are legally and totally blind take on and excel at.


WHEELIN’ AND DEALIN’ WITH FRIENDS

April 6, 2018

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Blake wheeling and dealing with Congressman Pete Sessions on the left and legendary nutrition and wellness expert Dr. Kenneth Cooper on the right, one of Blake's heroes.