We've Been Busy:
The Iris Seemore Animal Health Fund Inc. has been very busy. This past winter, the illustrator, Deborah Carney and her husband, Mark, opened a new store, Northwoods Gifts and Back Door Barbecue. They have graciously agreed to sell ISA Health Fund products and support the message of acceptance to their customers. Thank you to Deb and Mark for your continuous help. You can e-mail them at, firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 12, 2007:
Malcolm Bryant, owner and operator of Mid Michigan Braille, delivered 22 copies of the Brailed version of "Walking Along with my Dog." Though the cost was $30 a piece, Malcolm donated this first batch free of charge. A big "THANK YOU" to Malcolm, his mother, Iris, and Victoria for their hard work and dedication to Braille readers. Not only did Malcolm put descriptions of the pictures on each page, he embossed several of the drawings. For the first time the author was able to see Iris and Seemore first hand.
May 19, 2007:
"Walking Along with my Dog" was featured in a presentation at the Ann Arbor Book Festival. The author read the story from the new Brailled version of the book to 30 audience participants and discussed the importance of accepting differences in all people.
June 15-18, 2007:
Geri will be presenting information on acceptance to parents of blind children at Camp Tuhsmeheta, a camp for blind children in Greenville, Michigan, www.campt.org. The print version of "Walking Along with my Dog" was donated to the camp last year. This year the Brailed version will be made available to the campers.
June 18, 2007:
Geri will present at the Michigan Commission for the Blind Training Center. Though her presentation will be on employment and the importance of following one's dream no matter what one's difference, she will talk about her experience as a founder and operator of the Iris Seemore Animal Health Fund.
June 19, 2007:
Geri will present at the Lansing Area Blind Support Group. She will again discuss the importance of acceptance and share her experience as an author, featuring "Walking Along with my Dog" and her new book, "Blind Man's Bluff!"
June 30, 2007:
Geri and her husband, Bill Park, will manage a booth in the Guide Dog User's Inc. suite at the American Council for the Blind (ACB) convention in Minneapolis. She regrets that she will be unable to attend the National Federation for the Blind (NFB) convention in Atlanta, as it coincides with the ACB conference. Next year Geri will be sure to be at the 2008 NFB convention.
Geri will be presenting her two books and information on the ISA Health Fund at the Ann Arbor Public Library as well as the Washtenaw County Library for the Blind and Disabled. The dates are not yet set, but will be posted as soon as they are known.
September 13, 2007:
Flint native, Geri Taeckens,will present her autobiographical novel, .Blind Man.s Bluff!. at the Flint Public Library, 1026 E Kearsley St., on Saturday, 10-13- 07 from 2 to 4 PM. Take a walk down Flint.s memory lane and hear how the blind man, who sold pencils on the corner of Saginaw and Kearsley in the 1950.s, impacted Geri.s life. Geri will perform her musical synopsis of this book and hold a book signing.