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Missouri Guide Dog Users - Missouri Council of the Blind Affiliate

Missouri Guide Dog Users

Affiliate News

:: December 1969

Waggin Tails :: March 2014

By Judy Burch

Hello MGDU members and friends. I hope you are all managing to work your way through this very cold and snowy winter. By the time you read this, we will hopefully be on the tail end of winter and perhaps will be experiencing a little spring weather!

The big news for this issue of Waggin Tails is our upcoming America’s Guide Dog Conference which will be occurring March 27-30 at the Ballpark Hilton in downtown St. Louis. Without further ado, I will share the latest information regarding the conference. I hope to see many of you at the conference. It is going to be a lot of fun and there will be lots to see and learn. All take care, and hope to see you at the Ballpark Hilton in March!

America’s Guide Dog Conference agenda, list of guide dog schools attending, registration and hotel reservation information follows:

Missouri Guide Dog Users (MGDU) would like to share some of the exciting events we have planned for America’s Guide Dog Conference. We are honored and excited to announce there will be six guide dog school representatives attending the conference. They will be: Guide Dogs for the Blind, California; Guiding Eyes for the Blind, New York; Kansas Specialty Dogs School, Kansas; Leader Dogs for the Blind, Michigan; Pilot Dogs, Ohio; and The Seeing Eye, New Jersey. The conference will be held in Saint Louis, Missouri beginning Thursday, March 27 and ending on Sunday, March 30, 2014.

Preliminary Agenda

Thursday, March 27, 2014:

1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Guests arrive at the Hilton Hotel. Registration is by the Lindbergh room in the hallway. Hotel orientation is by request. There will be sighted assistance throughout the conference by hotel staff and many friends of MGDU. Vendors in the Market Street Room

7:00 p.m.: Wags and Welcome in the Missouri Guide Dog Users Suite, Room 2224.

Friday, March 28, 2014

9:00 a.m. to Noon: Gateway Arch or Busch Baseball Stadium tours.

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Vendors in the Market Street Room.

1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.: Opening ceremonies for America’s Guide Dog Conference in the Lindbergh Room. Welcoming remarks and introduction of guests – Nick Whitney, President of MGDU. Proclamation of Guide Dog Days presented by a representative from the Missouri Governor’s office and from the Saint Louis Mayor’s office.

2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.: Blessing of the Dogs performed by Jan Mourning; introduction by Sue Tussey.

3:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Paws for the cause (break).

3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Panel discussion - Introduction by Nick Whitney.

Topics:

“Rights and Responsibilities of Guide Dog Handlers: by Judy Burch, MGDU Secretary and a guide dog handler for over 40 years.

“Why I Chose a Guide Dog” by Mary Ann Melley, West Hartford, Connecticut.

“FAA Relief Areas in Airports” by Sarah Calhoun, Conference Coordinator.

6:00 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Yappy Hour in the Lindbergh Room. (Cocktail hour with Cash bar.)

7:00 p.m.: Pizza & Paws in the Lindbergh Room. Live music performed by Steve Schnelle, MGDU member.

Saturday, March 29, 2014:

9:00 a.m. to 9:10 a.m.: Opening remarks by Nick Whitney.

9:10 a.m. to 10:10 a.m.: Veterinarian to speak on obesity in dogs; Introduction by Raymond Bishop, MGDU member.

10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: Open session.

11:30 a.m.: Paws for the cause. (Break)

Noon to 1:30 p.m.: Kibble & Nibble Luncheon. Guest speaker: Kathy Nimmer from Indiana, Author of “Two Plus Four Equals One”; Introduction by Judy Burch.

1:30 p.m.: Paws for the cause. (Break)

1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.: Puppy Raisers; Introduction by Mary Hale, MGDU member. Two puppy raiser families will speak on their responsibilities, training and experiences in raising a future guide dog. Crystal Keller & Randy Hockey from Michigan; Puppy raisers for Leader Dogs. Jan and Mel Skillman from Michigan; Puppy raisers for Leader Dogs.

2:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Representatives from six Guide Dog Schools will speak on school programs, updates and other topics. – Introduction by Ron Pharris, MGDU member.

Guide dog schools attending: Guide Dogs for the Blind, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Kansas Specialty Dogs School, Leader Dogs for the Blind, Pilot Dogs and The Seeing Eye.

After 3 school representatives speak, there will be a “Paws for the cause (break).

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.: Yappy Hour (Cocktail hour with a cash bar).

7:00 p.m. - Dining with the Dogs banquet. Guest speaker: Sue Martin from Alabama. Author of “Out of the Whirlpool” – Introduction by Sarah Calhoun, Conference Coordinator.

Sunday morning March 30, 2014 – Bark & Bye Farewell – in the MGDU suite, #2224.

This will be an opportunity for MGDU to say thank you to our guests for attending the conference, farewell and safe travels. Coffee and rolls will be available.

Please remember to make your hotel reservations separately. You will not be able to register for the conference and reserve your hotel on the same form. Hotel reservations are now being accepted. The information is below.

To complete your registration form On-Line for America’s Guide Dog Conference, please visit Missouri Guide Dog User’s web site at: http://www.mgdu.org. Simply click on the link called: America’s Guide Dog Conference Registration. Here you will be able to register, choose your meals, and make your payment with a credit card. If you would prefer to register by phone and have your credit card processed, or make arrangements to mail MGDU a check to pay your registration fees, please contact either Ron Pharris, Chair of the Registration Committee by calling him at 1-573-893-7355, or call Nick Whitney, President at 1-314-875-0007, Extension 1.

The deadline for submitting registrations forms and paying all registration fees is March 1, 2014. Hilton Hotel reservation information: The on-line reservation is now available for you to access and reserve your room for the conference. The special conference room rate is $89.00 per night. To make your hotel reservation, please visit: http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/S/STLBVHF-MGD-20140324/index.jhtml. If you prefer, you may call the Hilton Hotel at 1-314-641-8829. When you make your reservation, make sure you mention you will be attending the America’s Guide Dog Conference to ensure you receive the special rate of $89.00 per night; rate does not include taxes. For additional Hotel information and to see what other attractions they offer, you may visit their web site at http://www.stlouisballpark.hilton.com.

For those using American Airlines, we would like to remind you of the terrific discount offer! MGDU has made special arrangements with American Airlines, for any guest using this airline carrier to receive a 5% discount on the purchase of your airline ticket. In order to receive the discount, guest must be flying into and departing Saint Louis, Missouri between Monday, March 24 and April 2, 2014. In order to receive this special 5% discount with American Airlines on your ticket purchase, be sure to use the promotional code 2234DB. You can begin to make your flight reservations now!

For additional information, you may contact Ron Pharris at 1-573-893-7355. Or send him an email at Python357@centurylink.net. You may also contact Nick Whitney at 1-314-875-0007 or send an email to: nickcherub@aol.com. We’ll meet you in Saint Louis!

Waggin Tails :: September 2013

By Judy Burch

A lot of tails have been wagging here in the Missouri Guide Dog Users of late. On May 10-11, MGDU held a midyear conference at the downtown Sheraton hotel here in St. Louis. A number of members and friends enjoyed a Friday night Meet and Greet pizza party where old friends caught up and new friends were made. On Saturday, we enjoyed speeches and presentations in the morning by MGDU members, a veterinarian and a mobile dog groomer. A veterinarian from the Banfield Clinic spoke to us about heartworm in dogs. MGDU member Sarah Calhoun talked to us about TSA, and Judy Burch spoke to the group about rights and responsibilities that go along with working with guide dogs. We had a vendor who gave out yummy treats for our guides, and several guides enjoyed the services of a mobile groomer, who provided baths and all the extras as well. Following a delicious lunch, the afternoon was taken up by our MGDU business meeting. The conference was such a success that we have decided to do it again next year. The below announcement was recently sent out and there will be more announcements to follow.

Announcement:

Exciting news! The America’s Guide Dog Conference will be held on March 28 thru 31, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri! The Missouri Guide Dog Users organization (MGDU) is proud to announce the first ever in Missouri, America’s Guide Dog Conference. The conference will be held on March 28 thru 31, 2014, at the Hilton Hotel in lovely downtown St. Louis, Missouri. Please plan to come and meet fellow guide dog handlers from across America. Enjoy informative speakers, exhibits and fun activities. Take advantage of the downtown St. Louis location to explore interesting sites such as the St. Louis Gateway Arch, Busch Stadium, and the new Ballpark Village, to name just a few! Stay tuned! More information about this exciting conference will be released soon! For more information, contact President Nick Whitney at (314) 875-0007 or e-mail him at nickcherub@aol.com. We hope to see you there!

Well, that’s about it for this time. Remember to keep your dogs well hydrated when working them in the summer heat, and take care of those paws on hot pavement. We hope to see you all at the convention in October. Please let President Nick Whitney know as soon as possible if you are planning to attend the MGDU breakfast at this year’s convention.

Waggin Tails :: March 2013

By Judy Burch

By the time you read this, March will be here and hopefully we will be experiencing some warm spring weather.

We are in the process of finalizing our new MGDU brochure and as soon as it is ready we will let you know so that you can begin handing them out to guide dog users and others who are interested in MGDU.

We have a new line which you can call to find out the latest MGDU news. The number to call in is (518) 530-1446.

Call often as the line will be updated. Also, if you have any news or ideas for updates to the line, you may call MGDU president Nick Whitney at (573) 893-8888.

Until next time, give your four-footed partners lots of praise for jobs well done and we’ll see you in the June Chronicle.

Waggin Tails :: December 2012

By Judy Burch

Greetings to all from the Missouri Guide Dog Users.  We hope that you have all been enjoying a nice autumn.  By the time you read this, we should be experiencing the beginnings of colder weather.  Please remember to keep your four-footed friends in mind, and if need be take out those booties or treat those paws with Musher’s Secret before venturing out in the snow.

The MGDU Breakfast held at this year’s MCB convention in October was very well attended and everyone had a good time.  We are looking forward to next year’s meeting.  In the meantime, we are working on a new MGDU brochure.  We also will be submitting our Guide Dog Bill again to the legislature for the 2013 legislative session.

The new MGDU web site is up and running.  Please take a look at it when you get a chance.  The web address is:  http://www.mgdu.org.

Officers have been elected for the next two years and they are as follows:  Nick Whitney, President; Ron Pharris, Vice President; Judy Burch, Secretary; and Donna Bishop, Treasurer.

Until next time, all take care and we’ll see you in the March Chronicle.

WAGGIN TAILS :: September 2012

By Judy Burch

Hello fellow guide dog handlers and friends. Once again it is getting close to convention time and members of Missouri Guide Dog Users are looking forward to another good breakfast meeting this year. We will be holding our meeting on Friday, October 5, at 7:00 a.m. at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City. Bring yourselves and your four-footed friends (if you have one) for an informative hour and a half long gathering with friends for good food and information.

Jim and Anne Murphy have informed us that their son, Sam, will be available through-out the convention to assist guide dog users with their guide dogs. Call him at 314-708-1619 or 314-708-1621 if you need him to help with getting water, a quick potty break, etc.

We are excited to report that MGDU is in the process of building a web site which promises to have a lot of information for fellow guide dog handlers and those interested in guide dogs. We look forward to giving you more information as it becomes available.

MGDU is happy to report that by the end of the convention, some lucky person will be taking home with them a large throw with many pictures of dogs on it which Mary Pendleton’s daughter has graciously volunteered to make for us! Be sure to inquire about the throw!

Until convention time, happy tails to you and your guides from MGDU.

Waggin Tails :: June 2012

By Judy Burch, MGDU Secretary

Hello to all guide dogs and their humans! By the time you read this, we’ll most likely be experiencing the very warm weather that summer generally brings us. Keeping your furry partner cool and comfortable while you are out working is, of course, very important. Many people like to use booties or Musher’s Secret to protect paws when out walking on hot pavement. Also, it’s good to carry along a portable water bowl and/or something that you can use to mist your dog if you are going to be out for a long time. Whatever you do, be safe and have fun!

The big thing MGDU has to report is that we now have a Web site! As of the writing of this article, the site is still under construction; however, we will have pages up soon! Stay tuned for more details.

As always, we will be having our annual MGDU breakfast at this year’s MCB convention in October. We hope to see you there!

Until next time, happy travels to you and your pups!

WAGGIN TAILS :: March 2012

By Judy Burch, MGDU Secretary

I hope that you all are enjoying our unusually warm winter and that perhaps your four-footed partners are enjoying some extra exercise as well.

These past few months have been rather quiet in MGDU land; however, with the convening of the legislature comes a proposed bill which brings attention to and addresses protection for those dogs and their handlers who may encounter, among other things, attacks from other dogs.

Members of MGDU have been working hard to promote this legislation, and you can look forward to reading more about it in the upcoming issue of “Tails across Missouri”. By the time the Chronicle reaches you, the Tails newsletter will be out. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have questions about this legislation.

Remember to praise those wonderful dogs for jobs well done, and we’ll see you again in the summer issue of the Chronicle.

Waggin Tails :: December 2011

By Judy Burch, MGDU Secretary

These past several months have been busy for the Missouri Guide Dog Users, culminating at the October MCB convention. Highlights include the MGDU breakfast, which this year boasted a delightful omelet bar, thanks to MGDU member Melvin Smith, who put it all together; and a delightful skit, authored by MGDU member DeAnna Noriega and presented to the membership by a cast of “dog” characters who discussed under the table the foibles of their first afternoon with their new blind human partners with whom they had been matched and who they were supposed to guide. The skit was entitled “School Days” and everyone loved it! In addition, Missouri Governor Jeremiah (Jay) Nixon proclaimed October 14, 2011, Guide Dog Day in Missouri, and this proclamation was read at both the breakfast and on the convention floor as well. We also held a raffle, and the lucky winners received a $100 Walmart gift certificate first place prize, a $50 Walmart gift certificate second place prize, and a $50 Walmart gift certificate third place prize.

Finally, we’ve had a number of new members join in recent months, and we welcome all of them!

So, as you all can see, we’ve been busy, and have plans for more fun, as well as work, slated for the upcoming year. Stay tuned! Until next time, take care, and keep on praising those good dogs for jobs well done!

Waggin Tails :: September 2011

By Judy Burch

Hello fellow MCB-ers. Once again it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming October convention in Joplin, and to get ready for this year’s MGDU breakfast meeting which will be held on Friday, Oct 14th. We look forward to seeing you all there. Our affiliate has been busy, as you’ll hear at the meeting, and that trend is going to continue on into the upcoming year. Come to the breakfast to enjoy some good food, thanks to Melvin Smith who is helping to put together a variety sure to please every palate.

And while we’re all discussing MGDU business, our faithful guides will be quietly exchanging their own doggie thoughts and impressions underneath the tables.

As always, October is dues-paying time, so don’t forget to bring your dues! See you in October!

Waggin Tails :: June 2011

By Judy Burch

Hello to everyone from the Missouri Guide Dog Users. These past few months have proved to be busy ones for our special interest affiliate, and we have a couple of exciting firsts to share with you!

In late March, we sent out our first edition of “Tails Across Missouri”, our brand new newsletter. We plan to send it out at least twice each year, and hopefully quarterly. As your editor, I do need your help, so please send suggestions, ideas, and articles to me at Basil05@sbcglobal.net or to my snail mail address which is: 220 Woodridge Rd., Kirkwood, MO 63122. Also, if you have a preference as to which format in which you would like to receive your newsletter, please let me know.

Our second first was a midyear conference call for the MGDU membership, which was held on April 25. A number of our members were present and a lot was accomplished on the call. We are looking forward to sharing more with you at convention in Joplin this October.

Also there are a couple of items in which you will be interested. We will shortly be announcing a fundraising activity for MGDU in which you will be invited to participate. A few of you will be lucky winners, too! But perhaps the most exciting news is that MGDU is looking into hosting its first ever conference for MGDU members and other interested guide dog users, as well as those who may be exploring the possibility of getting a guide dog. Stay tuned! More to come!

Until next time, give those good dogs lots of praise and we’ll see you again soon!

Missouri Guide Dog Users: Waggin’ Tails :: March 2010

By Alicia Starner and Judy Burch

We have two items to offer this time.  Which will be of interest to readers.  The first concerns information about a survey which Alicia Starner posted to the Missouri Guide Dog Users e-mail list.  Please read and consider responding to this survey, as many guide dog users may benefit.

Hello Everyone, please consider filling out the brief survey below.  Your answers will be anonymous and will be used to help establish a nonprofit organization based in Iowa to provide financial assistance to service dog teams.  The goal of the program is to ensure disabled people who use service dogs have the financial support they need to provide ongoing or emergency medical care ALLOWING their canine partner TO stay healthy.  If this organization is established, disabled people partnered with service dogs in the United States will be able to apply for assistance to offset the costs of veterinary care.  Use the links below to access the brief survey.  For service animal users”:

http://www.eSurveysPro.com/Survey.aspx?id=9fb92da1-cf55-421d-811d-cf3fec1cd2bd

For prospective donors:

http://www.eSurveysPro.com/Survey.aspx?id=25ffda03-1c48-4583-84a7-d8a14b342d28

Thank you for taking the time to help us gain valuable information that will help establish an organization to provide financial support to people who use service dogs. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

Alicia Starner

You will be interested to know that within a few weeks of the writing of this article (at the beginning of February), new guidelines from the Department of Justice should be going into effect which relate to service animals.  If you are interested in reading more about these new regulations, point your Web browser to

http://disabilities.blogs.starnewsonline.com/files/2010/01/Service-Animals-the-Law.pdf

where you will find a comprehensive article entitled Service Animals and the Law. 

Some of the major changes in the new regulations include the omission of farm animals, (rabbits, goats, horses, pigs, etc.), primates and other such animals in those allowed to be counted as service animals.  The list of duties which service animals can perform has been expanded.  Comfort animals are not to be considered under the law.  So Mrs. Smith can't bring along her Pomeranian, Fluffy, because she feels happier when Fluffy is present however, psychiatric service animals can be considered under the law.  Psychiatric service animals perform duties which ameliorate or ease certain psychiatric conditions, alert their owners when it is time to take medications, and aid persons who may become disoriented to find their way.  Of course, guide, hearing and service dogs are included under the new regulations.

Judy Burch

Missouri Guide Dog Users: Waggin’ Tails :: December 2009

By Steve Schnelle, President

At this year's meeting we decided that it would be good to have a column in the Chronicle featuring articles about people and their guide dogs, tips and tricks of dog care, and other tidbits of interest to guide dog users and everyone else, for that matter.  So here is the first of what we hope will prove to be an informational and informative column for you all.

Steve Schnelle posted the following to the Missouri Guide Dog Users list regarding the Pet Expo which was held in October in St. Charles:

“Well, we did it! We successfully manned the booth at the Pet Expo where nearly ten thousand people participated.  Talk about orderly chaos! I'm sure all of us had migraines at the end of the day from all the dogs barking.  My heart felt thanks go out to Julie Chinn, Anne Murphy and John Herzberg who sat at the booth with me and also to the helpers behind the scenes; my wife, Julie's mom and her husband, and Anne's husband Jim.  We couldn't have done it without you guys.  I also want to thank the folks who offered to help if they could have gotten a ride.  I know how hard that can be some times, and I know the thought was definitely there.

Being a booth dealing with a situation that has limited public interest, I thought we did rather well.  The expo lasted from ten A/M to six P/M, and we gave out bios on Missouri Guide Dog Users as well as a statement about MCB.  We also made a little money on a raffle basket of doggie goodies.  At least, more people know we're out there now, and whether we do it or not again next year remains to be seen.  Those of you in Missouri Guide Dog Users who  wants to do some PR like this for MGDU in their town or city please let me know so we can work together to make it a success.

Keep those tails waggin.

Steve Schnelle

From time to time, we may encounter situations in which we need to know our rights and responsibilities pertaining to the use of our guide dogs in public places.  We'll end this column with the below text of the Missouri statute regarding the rights of guide, hearing and service dog users:

MISSOURI REVISED STATUTES

Chapter 209

Aid to the Blind-Rights of Persons with Visual, Hearing or Physical Disabilities-guide, hearing or service dogs, no extra charge for-liability for actual damages. 

Section 209.150 August 28, 2005

1. Every person with a visual, aural or physical disability shall have the same rights afforded to a person with no such disability to the full and free use of the streets, highways, sidewalks, walkways, public buildings, public facilities and other public places. 

2. Every person with a visual, aural or physical disability is entitled to full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, and privileges of all common carriers, airplanes, motor vehicles, railroad trains, motor buses, taxis, streetcars, boats, or any other public conveyances or modes of transportation, hotels, lodging places, places of public accommodation, amusement or resort, and other places to which the general public is invited, subject only to the conditions and limitations established by law and applicable alike to all persons.

3. Every person with a visual, aural or physical disability shall have the right to be accompanied by a guide dog, hearing dog, or service dog, which is especially trained for the purpose, in any of the places listed in subsection 2 of this section without being required to pay an extra charge for the guide dog, hearing dog, or service dog; provided that such person shall be liable for any damage done to the premises or facilities by such dog.

4. As used in sections 209.150 to 209.190, the term "service dog" means any dog specifically trained to assist a person with a physical disability by performing necessary physical tasks which the person cannot perform.

Such tasks shall include, but not be limited to, pulling a wheelchair, retrieving items, and carrying supplies.

At this year's meeting we decided that it would be good to have a column in the Chronicle featuring articles about people and their guide dogs, tips and tricks of dog care, and other tidbits of interest to guide dog users and everyone else, for that matter.  So here is the first of what we hope will prove to be an informational and informative column for you all.

Steve Schnelle posted the following to the Missouri Guide Dog Users list regarding the Pet Expo which was held in October in St. Charles: 

“Well, we did it! We successfully manned the booth at the Pet Expo where nearly ten thousand people participated.  Talk about orderly chaos! I'm sure all of us had migraines at the end of the day from all the dogs barking.  My heart felt thanks go out to Julie Chinn, Anne Murphy and John Herzberg who sat at the booth with me and also to the helpers behind the scenes; my wife, Julie's mom and her husband, and Anne's husband Jim.  We couldn't have done it without you guys.  I also want to thank the folks who offered to help if they could have gotten a ride.  I know how hard that can be some times, and I know the thought was definitely there.

Being a booth dealing with a situation that has limited public interest, I thought we did rather well.  The expo lasted from ten A/M to six P/M, and we gave out bios on Missouri Guide Dog Users as well as a statement about MCB.  We also made a little money on a raffle basket of doggie goodies.  At least, more people know we're out there now, and whether we do it or not again next year remains to be seen.  Those of you in Missouri Guide Dog Users who  wants to do some PR like this for MGDU in their town or city please let me know so we can work together to make it a success.

Keep those tails waggin!

Guide Dog Users :: September 2009

By Steve Schnelle, President

Well, my stomach is growling just thinking about the Guide Dog User's breakfast coming up at the convention on Friday morning, October 9th, at 7 A/M.  I still haven't heard from my loyal constituents regarding attendance at this breakfast and meeting.  So far it's just me and another couple that will be enjoying this wonderful breakfast and making all the decisions for Missouri Guide Dog User's.  However, we definitely need more input from our members and I am inviting, no, begging you to call me or contact me by email and let me know if you are coming.  Call me at Cell phone, 314-440-0902, work, 314-877-1542 or email me at papaschnelle@hotmail.com.  If you don't reach me at the phone numbers listed, please be sure to leave a message.  We have a lot to talk about and plan and I want everyone to have some input.  I know this Chronicle will come out in September and am asking you to RSVP as soon as you can after you receive your Chronicle.  By the way, maybe you know a person, or you are that person, who has not joined Missouri Guide Dog User's and wants to attend and join during this convention.  You may call or email me as well.

Hope everyone had a great summer and I'm anxious to see all of you at the convention.

Guide Dog User's of Missouri :: June 2009

by Steve Schnelle



Hello to all,



I hope this letter finds everyone in good health and spirits and ready to take on another hot, steamy Missouri summer.



I just wanted to put in a quick reminder that it is time to start planning for our Guide Dog Users’ meeting at the 2009 convention.  We are having our traditional breakfast on Friday morning, and I would like to get a rough estimate of how many of you will be attending so we can get a count of how many steak and egg breakfasts to order.  Just kidding, it looks like it will be our average breakfast; but I'm sure it will be excellent.



Please let me know your plans to attend our meeting no later than September 15th.   You can email me at papaschnelle@hotmail.com or call me at:  (314) 877-1542, which is my office number.  If you don't get me please leave a message.



Hope everyone has a great, relaxing and prosperous summer and I look forward to seeing you all at the Guide Dog User's breakfast.

Missouri Guide Dog Users :: September 2008

By Mary Lee Pendleton

Greetings from the Missouri Guide Dog Users

Convention time is quickly approaching.  This is the last notice for our Breakfast on Friday, October 10th at 7 am.  Please let me know by September 10th if you are attending.

We will be electing officers and making suggestions for ways to use some of the money that the estate of Alice Gann has so graciously donated to our organization.

I am looking forward to seeing each one of you at the convention.

Mary Lee Pendleton
President
E-mail:  mpendleton@mchsi.com
Phone:  816 629 4807

Missouri Guide Dog Users :: June 2008

By Mary Lee Pendleton

We have had a great year with our wonderful guide dogs.  Several of us will take our guides to the National convention this summer and then to summer camp and finally to state convention in October.  We were fortunate to receive a nice grant from the Alice Gahn estate. 

It is very important for all Missouri Guide Dog Users to call me before September 15 to let me know if you are coming to our Guide Dog breakfast on Friday morning at the convention.  We will have a full bacon and egg breakfast with juice and coffee. Dues will be paid at the breakfast.  We also need to discuss several matters of business such as   suggestions for using our grant that we received this year and for any changes in our health grants for the guide dogs. .

The guide dog relief area is out the basement door.  Please be aware that it is advisable to get a security guard to go with you if you take your dog out after eleven pm or before seven AM.

We will also be electing new officers so think about what position you might want to serve.  Again, please call me at816 637 9006 or 816 591 0354 or e-mail at mpendleton@mchsi.com or you can call Marie Thompson at 573 379 5007 if you are coming to the guide dog breakfast.  Thanks and take care of those puppies.