A new President and Board of Directors was elected on September 29th 2016 and approved by the majority of membership on October 22nd 2016. As per the Service Club for the Blind Constitution the Board elects the President and the President then elects a new Board. The President serves a 5 year term and the Board serves a 4 year term.
Jack Lenk, President
I have served on the Board of the Service Club for the Blind as 1st Vice President since 2004. I served as 2nd Vice President of the Missouri Council of the Blind. I have been President, 1st Vice President, Recording Secretary and Treasurer of the United Workers for the Blind. I have served as President, Treasurer, and I am currently on my second stint as Recording Secretary of the Missouri School for the Blind Alumni Association. I have been President and I am currently serving for the second time as 1st Vice President of the Missouri School for the Blind Boosters Club. I am currently serving as Governor of Lions District 26-M2 for a one-year term.
As President of the Service Club I want to get more members involved by the establishment of committees for Bylaws, activities, fund-raising and possibly more. I believe that with the Board, staff and members working together we can make this fine organization even better.
Jesuita Tabor, 1st Vice President
Lincoln University Graduate BSE Bachelor of Science and Education Masters in Guidance and Counseling
Saint Louis Public School-Teacher
Lifetime Teaching Certificate
Federal Parole Officer- Certified Narcotics
Board Member Missouri Council of the Blind, President Tower Club for the Blind, Board Member Inner City Christian Church, Board Member College Hill Affordable Housing, Graduate Coro Foundation, Member Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Member COGIC, Member Lincoln University Alumni St Louis Chapter, Member of Service Club for the Blind and 18 years 1st Vice President.
To enhance the lives of others by providing support programs and social events.
Bettina Vinson, 2nd Vice President
I am a person with a disability and I am considered legally blind or Low vision. I lost part of my sight when I was 11 years old due to the Measles virus. I have Macular Retinitis, damage to my central vision. My vision is not correctable with any type of lenses or surgery. I am unable to drive or see small print. I use Zoomtext software with speech to do my job and navigate the computer. I also use Siri and voice over on my iPhone and a CCTV to read printed documents.
I am the Director of Community Outreach for the Starkloff Disability Institute and have worked for SDI for 3 years. Prior to this position I worked for the State of MO for 14 years.
I have been a member of the Service Club since 2004. The Service Club is a wonderful organization with a long history of truly assisting the Blind and low vision community. My goal as a board member is to protect the integrity and history of the Service club. I want the Service Club to be a community of inclusion and a welcoming place to all its members, clients, volunteers, staff and board. I promise to do my very best to uphold this belief.
Anna Schell, Secretary
I am honored to be a member of the Service Club and to serve on its Board.
I attended the Missouri School for the Blind and graduated in 1977. I have worked on medical transcriptions in the past and now work at MSB as a teacher’s aide and doing braille transcribing. I am active in the Alumni Association and MSB Boosters, UWB (an MCB affiliate), Braille Revival League, and am a member of the Maplewood Lions Club. I wanted to belong to the Lions club as a way to give back because of all that has been done for me in the past while at MSB, and I also wanted to join because my dad was a Lion.
As a Board member, I would like to see more involvement by the membership in planning activities and decision-making for the club. I am hopeful that client services will continue as before.
Thanks again for the chance to belong to such a fine organization.
Celita White, Treasurer
I started my association with blind organizations back in the early 1980’s. I met with Darrel Lauer when the first beeper ball team in St. Louis was organized. In 1985 I married Sam White who is visually impaired and was a member of the RITE affiliate of the Missouri Council of the Blind. I also joined RITE but later we left to go to UWB, United Workers for the Blind.
I served on the Board as Treasurer for both the organization and for the apartment building owned by the members of UWB. I have served several terms on the Executive Board as Treasurer for the Missouri Council of the Blind as well as on the Summer Camp Committee, Adaptive Technology Committee, Building Committee, Public Relations Committee, and Convention Committee.
In 2010 I was asked to serve as Treasurer for the Service Club for the Blind and became an employee in 2012. It is a pleasure and a privilege working for the members and clients.
I have been part of the Service Club for the Blind family since I was a little girl, still in school. My parents were both members as well.
I currently serve as president of the Alumni Association of the Missouri School for the Blind. I have also been on several different boards, of different groups. I am also currently serving on the board of United Workers for the Blind. I am new to being on the board of the Service Club, but I have been a part of that family for many years.
As a board member, I will do my best to hold up and support what the Service Club stands for, and represents. I am willing to learn, and become even more active in whatever is asked of me. Thank you for allowing me this privilege of serving on this board, and I will do my best to represent everyone.
I have been both a client and member of the service Club since 2006.
I have been president of United Workers for the Blind, which is an affiliate of the Missouri Council of the Blind ,4 years and I’m currently in my second year as Treasurer for the state organization.
In the 90’s I served on a board of directors, in Oklahoma, for a nonprofit thrift store called Green Country Enterprises for the Blind.
My goals for the Service Club for the Blind include the following.
- Total transparency of the organization to the members/clients.
- Getting members/clients involved in planning all activities/events.
- Making the building available to clients/members at any time for various meetings/gatherings.
I was honored to be asked to serve on the board of the Service Club for the Blind. I have been a member of the Service Club for several years and respect the work of this organization. Having worked as a rehabilitation teacher for many years, I have seen blind people who were in great need helped by the Service Club. Since I have joined as a member, I have enjoyed a number of its social activities.
My main goal in serving on the board is to see the Service Club continue to provide social and educational programs for its members and also to continue its work for the clients who can benefit from services.
Currently, I serve on the boards of the Friends of Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library and the United Workers for the Blind. I have served on the Missouri Council of the Blind board in the past and also the board of the Braille Revival League of Missouri.