October Newsletter

The NEXT VOICE meeting will be Thursday, October 8th at the Glendale ABIL office, 6829 North 57th Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85301.

We didn’t have a showing (except for Kyle and his caregiver) for our August meeting.

Our October meeting will be Thursday, October 8th and we will have our annual Halloween Bingo game as well as discuss advocacy and service.

Happy Birthday in September to:

If you had a birthday in September, hope it was a happy one!

Happy Birthday in October to:

  • Jeffrey Kopff             October 6

Upcoming Events of Interest:

  • October 15 – Men’s Disability Discussion Group (602-980-3232)
  • October 16 – COMPASS Support Group (602-421-1006
  • October 21 – SCI Women’s Support Group (602-577-2517)
  • October 24 – Wheeling in Nature: Sedona (602-507-4209)

Upcoming Meetings:

Our December meeting will be our annual chili cook-off and holiday party. Location to be discussed at October meeting. Stay tuned for details!

Something to Think About:

Our VOICE group continues to shrink. Not sure what to do about this. I know that for a few of you, this meeting is an important meeting and time for you to get out and voice your concerns. With no funding I cannot continue to financially support this group on my own.

In 2016 unless I hear from you about VOICE and the importance of it in your life, we will only be having our activities – one a quarter.

It does hurt me to think about how this group was vibrant and full of life with over 50 members 11 years ago and now we are lucky if 3 of you show up. Maybe it’s me – not sure.

“Many people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could.” Anonymous

“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” Nora Roberts

Live each day to the fullest – and

Remember: Live Well, Love Much, Laugh Often………… Janene

August Newsletter

The NEXT VOICE meeting will be Thursday, August 6th at the Glendale ABIL office, 6829 North 57th Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85301.

Sorry – but I had to change the week of the meeting because I will be out of town on the 13th (my grandson is getting married!).

The June Diamondbacks baseball game was a great event for those that attended. They won!!

Happy Birthday in July to:

  • Julie Evenson          July 1
  • Kristie McCrery         July 24
  • Sherry Bertram         July 28

Happy Birthday in August to:

  • Mike Case                 August 11
  • Kyle Straight             August 14

Upcoming Events of Interest:

  • COMPASS will not be having a meeting in August or September.
  • August 19 – SCI Women’s Support Group (602-577-0517)
  • August 21 – Men’s Disability Group (602-980-3232)
  • September 16 – SCI Women’s Support Group (602-577-0517)
  • September 17 – Men’s Disability Group (602-980-3232)

Upcoming Meetings:

The VOICE August meeting will be held Thursday, August 6th and we will pick back up on advocacy and how we can all be advocates for ourselves and others.

Let’s celebrate summer with some ice cream!

Our October meeting will be Thursday, October 8th and we will have our annual Halloween Bingo game.

Something to Think About:

Hopefully you are all enjoying the warmer weather but also staying out of the sun and staying hydrated. Please take care of yourself and come share ice cream with us on August 6th!

“Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work.”  William Arthur Ward

“Take time to recharge your batteries. It’s hard to see where you’re going when your lights are dim.”  Robert H. Connelly

Live each day to the fullest – and

Remember: Live Well, Love Much, Laugh Often………… Janene

May – June 2015 Newsletter

VOICE will NOT be meeting for the next couple of months – our NEXT meeting will be Thursday, August 13th at the Glendale ABIL office, 6829 North 57th Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85301.

April’s annual picnic was a great success. Thanks to everyone who came out and enjoyed the beautiful weather and the good food.

Our next scheduled VOICE meeting will be in June and it will be our annual Diamondback baseball game. We have selected Wednesday, June 3rd as the game we will be attending, where we will be playing the Atlanta Braves at 12:40 pm.

Please let me know no later than May 20th if you would like tickets. The tickets will be $5 per ticket and must be paid prior to the June 3rd game. If I have not received your money prior to picking up the tickets at the game on June 3rd, you will not have a ticket.

Please send your check/money to Janene Werner, 3656 W Libby St., Glendale, AZ 85308.

I will meet everyone at the game and hand each of you your tickets that day before the game. Please be on time because I don’t want to wait out in the heat for you (nor do I want you to wait in the heat for me) – I will be there at Noon.

Happy Birthday in May to:

Anyone who might be having a birthday!

Happy Birthday in June to:

  • Claudia Vizcaya       June 4
  • Trina Potter               June 30

Upcoming Events of Interest:

  • May15 – COMPASS Support Group (480-628-3028)
  • May 20 – SCI Women’s Support Group (602-577-0517)
  • May 21 – Men’s Disability Group (602-980-3232)
  • June 17 – SCI Women’s Support Group (602-577-0517)
  • June 18 – Men’s Disability Group (602-980-3232)
  • June 19 – COMPASS Support Group (480-628-3028)

Upcoming Meetings:

The VOICE August meeting will be held Thursday, August 13th and we will pick back up on advocacy and how we can all be advocates for ourselves and others.

Something to Think About:

Please take care of yourself as the weather starts to warm up! Hope to see all of you in August (we’ll have ice cream to help stay cool).

“Happiness isn’t about getting what you want all the time. It’s about loving what you have and being grateful for it.”

Author Unknown

Live each day to the fullest – and

Remember: Live Well, Love Much, Laugh Often………… Janene

January-February 2015 Newsletter

Our next VOICE meeting will be held Thursday, February 12th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the ABIL Office, 6829 North 57th Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85301. This year will be having a regular meeting every other month instead of monthly.

Thanks you to those of you who came out to support VOICE for our annual Holiday Party and Gift Exchange – we were small but mighty and a good time was had by all.

2015 is a New Year and we are going to start it out by going back to our roots – advocacy! Please come prepared to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences about how we can become better advocates not only for ourselves but for everyone around us.

Happy Birthday in January to:

  • Rose Bailey              January 2

Happy Birthday in February to:

  • Mary Beth Fanum    February 11
  • Steven Nickolaus    February 15
  • Sally Whitney           February 20

Upcoming Events of Interest:

  • February 18 – SCI Women’s Support Group (602-577-0517)
  • February 19 – Men’s Disability Group (602-980-3232)
  • February 20 – COMPASS Support Group (480-628-3028)
  • February 27 – 4th Annual African American Symposium on Disabilities
  • March 19th – Men’s Disability Group (602-980-3232)
  • March 20 – COMPASS Support Group (480-628-3028)

Upcoming Meetings:

Our next scheduled VOICE meeting will be in April and Sunday Midnight #heartbreaker casino online #MusicMondays #10weeks— justin-bieber-news.info ) October 3, 2013Back in July, Bieber posted the first line
 of the song on Instagram. it will be our annual picnic. Like always VOICE will provide the hamburgers, hot dogs, trimmings and drinks. Please feel free to bring something to share; a side dish or dessert. We will hold our picnic on Thursday, April 9th at 11:30 am at Saguaro Ranch Park.

Something to Think About:

Hope your new year is off to a good start. Make this the year to get things done that you have been putting off (like coming to VOICE).

“Instead of giving myself reasons why I can’t, I give myself reasons why I can.”

Author Unknown

“Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.”

Theodore Roosevelt

Did you know?

January 19th was Popcorn Day

January 21st was National Hugging Day

February 15th is National Gumdrop Day

February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day

February 22nd is Be Humble Day

 

Live each day to the fullest – and

Remember: Live Well, Love Much, Laugh Often………… Janene

December 2014 Newsletter

Our next VOICE meeting will be held Thursday, December 4th from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm at the LDS Church at 4901 W Union Hills Drive. This is our annual Holiday Party and Potluck. Bring your favorite main dish, side dish, or dessert, etc. to share with everyone. VOICE will provide drinks and all the trimmings.

If you would like to participate in the gift exchange game, please bring a wrapped gift (value of no more than $10).

There will be no regular meeting at the ABIL office in December.

We were pleased to hear from Tiffany Wilkinson, the Director of Sales and Marketing at ADL Solutions at our November meeting. ADL Solutions is a total solution company for the mobility-impaired. Their mission is “to help people stay in their homes longer and more safely.” It is amazing the modifications and supplies that they carry for the aging population as well as the disabled community.

Happy Birthday to Anyone who nbso has a December birthday!

Upcoming Events of Interest:

  • December 18 – Men’s Disability Group (602-980-3232)
  • December 19 – COMPASS Support Group (480-628-3028)

Upcoming Meetings:

VOICE will be taking a turn and changing things up a bit in 2015. We are going to focus the entire year on Advocacy. I would like to invite any and all graduates of the VOICE Advocacy program back to assist us casino during this exciting adventure.

VOICE will be meeting every other month for 2015. We will start off 2015 in February. Please stay tuned for news about our new format.

A Thought for the Month

We all know about the celebrations in December, including Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Christmas – but did you also know that it is:

  • World Aids Day (1st)
  • International Day of People with Disability (3rd)
  • National Cookie Day (4th)
  • Pearl Harbor Day (7th)
  • Human Rights Day (10th)

Please make this a December to remember – spend time with loved ones and always remember to love yourself.

“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Roosevelt

Live each day to the fullest – and

Remember: Live Well, Love Much, Laugh Often………… Janene