On Aug. 29, the Great Northwoods NFB N.H. Chapter serving all northern New Hampshire communities hosted its first members picnic.
The National Federation of the Blind has affiliate chapters throughout the 50 states, in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. It is the oldest, largest and most influential nationwide membership organization of blind people in the United States. Founded in 1940, the Federations’ purpose is to help blind people achieve self-confidence, self-respect, and self-determination. They advocate for the civil rights and equality of blind Americans, and develop innovative education, technology and training programs to provide tools they may need to become independent and successful.
Guests from throughout New England attending included members of the Lakes Region Chapter, family and friends of Great North Woods chapter members, Fred Platt Director of the Lions Club Sight and Hearing Division located in Goffstown, guest speaker Calvin Vaillancourt of Portland, Maine, Michael Lang of N.H. Association for the Blind, and facilitator of Beep Kickball from Durham.
Lang led an educational fun and engaging Beep Kickball program where sighted, visually impaired participants learned about sensory skills through a game of kickball. Beep Kickball is an adapted sport that opens your eyes to blindness and vision loss. This grant-funded program is currently being offered to schools and organizations throughout the state.
After the fun filled activity all were treated to a barbecue that consisted of hamburgers, cheeseburgers, smoked sausage with peppers and onions, potato salad, macaroni salad, shrimps with cocktail sauce,and a mouthwatering array of pastries. Chef Gary Vaillancourt who assured no one went away hungry, and was all served hot and cooked to perfection! Members of the GNW chapter and Lakes Region assured side dishes and desserts were plentiful.