April 7, 2016, a luncheon was held to honor our dedicated volunteers. This event took place at The Chelsea in On downtown New Bern. The volunteers were provided with 3 menu choices to select from-Shrimp & Grits, Chicken Bruschetta and Apollonian Chicken Salad. Among our attendees was Mr. Larry Weis, who is Vice President of Alpha Media USA and manager of the facility where our reading service studio is located. We are truly indebted to him for his generosity in providing this nice studio space and making available to us, technical support provided by Al Cannon, IT Chief Engineer.
We were also privileged to have Mrs. Bobbi Fisher, President of the New Bern Lions Club, as guest speaker for this event, and her husband, Mr. George Fisher, who
serves as treasurer of the New Bern Lions Club. Information was shared concerning the history of Lionism and the many ways the New Bern Lions Club support the needs of visually impaired citizens in
the community. The New Bern Lions Club has been a regular financial contributor to our local Radio Reading Service for many years. We truly appreciate their faithful support of our
In light of “VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION MONTH”, we want to express our appreciation to all of the 53 individuals who volunteer to come to the New Bern broadcast studio each month, to read aloud the local newspapers so that individuals who are blind or have other print challenges can have the opportunity to know about local news and events. . “Volunteers, you have a vital role in making this service available to print challenged citizens in our community. Thank you for investing some of your valuable time and talents with us.”
On March 11, we had the opportunity to meet with the New Bern Civitan Club to share information about the Radio Reading Service program. After a delicious meal, Barbara Hansen, chairman of the board of directors for the Radio Reading Service of Eastern North Carolina, provided a brief overview of this service to benefit individuals in the community, who are blind or who face other print challenges. Information was provided regarding the various ways that listeners can now access our daily broadcast, including a demonstration of listening to our programming on the internet radio.
A special “thank you” was expressed to the New Bern Civitans for choosing our organization as their “outreach project” this year. Currently, five of our volunteers are members of the New Bern Civitan Club. At the conclusion of our presentation, the New Bern Civitans presented us with a $500 check to assist in meeting operational expenses for our program. We truly appreciate the New Bern Civitan Club for focusing on the needs of the Radio Reading Service as well as many other needs in the community.