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NHTSA SETS ‘QUIET CAR’ SAFETY STANDARD TO PROTECT PEDESTRIANS

New requirement of audible alert will help prevent 2,400 pedestrian injuries a year  WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today announced that it is adding a sound requirement for all newly manufactured hybrid and electric light-duty vehicles to help protect pedestrians. The new federal safety standard will help pedestrians who are blind, have low vision,

UT Student Receives National Award for Video Documentary

Caroline Knight, a cinema studies and video production major at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, made the trip to New York to receive an award for her video documentary, “Visionary.” The College Media Association selected “Visionary” as winner of the long documentary category. “Visionary” documents the story of Sue Buckley, co-founder of Club VIBES, and how she’s given back since

Update on Patrick Rake

Pat is one of our pilots who was struck by a car in January while riding on Alcoa Hwy. He is currently at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta where they specialize in traumatic brain and spinal injuries. Pat’s left leg was badly mangled and he nearly lost it. He is very lucky to be alive, owed in part to being

DELTA GAMMA FOUNDATION IS OUR 2016 PLATINUM SPONSOR

Club VIBES is so very pleased to have the backing of our University of Tennessee Delta Gamma Chapter. Over the last six years they have raised many, many dollars to support our program efforts. The ladies of Delta Gamma have volunteered countless hours to strengthen our partnership and to learn much more about life as a visually impaired person. The

VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR, 2015

It is with extreme pleasure that we have announced two Volunteers of the Year for 2015. This year the awards go to a brother and sister combo, Craig Shell and Kelli Shell. One of the award recipients, Craig Shell, found out about our Club VIBES cycling program about two years ago. He was interested in helping out with his mechanical

CONTINUE TO ENJOY YOUR POINSETTIA

You can easily enjoy your poinsettia long after the Christmas season. Continue to water, keeping it inside in a sunny location. It will begin to get scraggly about the time the weather warms up enough to move it outside.  When you relocate it, cut it down to 4″-6″ in height. You might also want to replant it to a larger,

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

EAST TENNESSEE FOUNDATION (ETF) We are happy to announce that East Tennessee Foundation 2016 Scholarship Applications, including detailed descriptions of scholarships and instructions for completing applications, are now available on their website. click here All ETF scholarship applications must be completed and submitted online (except the Oak Ridge Rotary Club Brad Sturm Memorial Essay Contest). The application deadline for 2016

LOOK AT OUR NEW SHIRTS!

Club VIBES now has a long sleeve t-shirt with a cute tandem bike drawing on the front. It is available for $20 locally and $25 if you need it shipped. Email club VIBES info@club-vibes.org to order. Description of shirt: White, long-sleeve shirt with the words “Freedom to Fly” in stylized blue lettering. Above the “Freedom to Fly” slogan, there are two

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) is happy to announce that East Tennessee Foundation 2016 Scholarship Applications, including detailed descriptions of scholarships and instructions for completing applications, will be available on their website, http://www.easttennesseefoundation.org/receive/scholarships.aspx, beginning December 1, 2015. All ETF scholarship applications must be completed and submitted online (except the Oak Ridge Rotary Club Brad Sturm Memorial Essay Contest). The application deadline

HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS

John Buckley has some good holiday gift ideas for visually impaired persons of all ages If you think shopping for that hard-to-please someone is a challenge, what do you do if the person on the gift list has little or no vision? The following short list of suggestions may help get you started. —Braille watch. It’s not necessary to read

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