As a private, nonprofit service, Virginia Voice is supported by donations. The print edition of VoiceMail contains a return addressed contribution envelope. To make a contribution to Virginia Voice online by credit card, click on the “Donate” button on the left side of any page of the website. Contributions by check should be mailed to Virginia Voice, P.O. Box 115546, Richmond, VA 23227.
Spring 2012Voice Mail
The cover page of the Spring 2012 VoiceMail contains the text “Volunteer Recognition – Ice Cream Social” in the center of the page. The text is surrounded by 11 photographs from the party. Pictures include Todd Schall-Vess, Master of Ceremonies, and many of our guests, talking, participating in the “what’s that fragrance” game, and having a good time.
Virginia Voice volunteers assist in many ways – delivering radios, assisting with audio production, preparing mailings, clerical tasks, etc. However, with 138 hours of on-air programming each week, the bulk of our volunteer activity is the reading. During the course of a year our volunteers contribute about 6,000 hours of their time! We list all of our volunteers on our website, and if you visit the site and look at the list, we think you will be very impressed. We are!
We gave special recognition to the following who attained significant milestones of service:
* 30 years – Mike Kastner, reader of Smithsonian magazine every week – yes, for 30 years!
* 25 years – Bucky Oatts, weekly Times-Dispatch reader, former President of our Board of Directors
* 20 years – John Rowe, weekly reader and currently a member of our Board of Directors
* 20 years – Erma Kelly, occasional reader of the Sunday Richmond Times-Dispatch
* 15 years – Marsha Gainey, weekly reader of The Sunday Ads from the Richmond Times-Dispatch
* 15 years – Neill Nelson, reader of our Monday Obituaries and TV Schedule program
Virginia Voice Selected to Participate in Miller & Rhoads Christmas Tree Contest!
Virginia Voice will be one of fifty local organizations participating in this year’s Miller & Rhoads Charity Christmas Tree Contest. Our thanks go to Susan Rucker of Voice Mirror, LLC for serving as our sponsor for this event.
In connection with “Christmas in July” there will be a special raffle, and in the coming weeks we will be posting information on our website and Facebook page as to how to buy the raffle tickets. Your ticket purchases will assist us with the purchase of our tree and the decorations.
If you are interested in serving on the committee to develop a unique and creative theme for our Christmas tree display, please contact Marketing Director Jennifer Laughter at 266-2477.
Thanks to Our Broadcast Partners
We are grateful to the good folks at 88.9 FM WCVE, Richmond’s public radio station, for donating to Virginia Voice the use of their subcarrier to enable us to broadcast our programming throughout the Central Virginia area.
We are also grateful to Norfolk’s public radio station, WHRO-FM, for carrying our daily programming over their subcarrier throughout the Hampton Roads area by way of our sister audio reading and information service, the WHRO Voice.
We also thank our friends at The Metropolitan Washington Ear, our sister audio reading and information service headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland, for the provision of space on their dial-in system for our daily reading of the Richmond Times-Dispatch for access by print-disabled individuals throughout the state.
Touching and Inspiring Stories, Empowering Information
Photographs include Julie Bragg & Amy Philipp, Tom Silvestri & Patty Campbell, Lou Dean and Rebecca Joines Schinsky
With our special “Community Connections” series of programs, we connect our listeners — with significant people, organizations, services and events of our community. And, it’s a two-way street. By inviting individuals from the community into our studios for on-air interviews, we introduce them to Virginia Voice and to those whom we serve.
Community Connections consists of three special program series:
* Face-to-Face – Hosted by various local broadcast and media professionals, including Julie Bragg, Patty Campbell, Don Dale, Lou Dean, Bill Lohmann, and Paula Otto, this series provides information pertaining to services, events and opportunities afforded by various organizations and agencies that can enrich our listeners’ lives. Recent contributors to this series include The Greater Richmond Area Alzheimer’s Association, Foundation Fighting Blindness, Horizon’s Hospice, and Lift Caregiving. Our goal with this program series is to bridge some of those gaps with which many of our listeners deal on a daily basis, linking them with client-compatible organizations and with information, opportunities and services from which they can benefit.
* What’s Your Story –This is a thirty-minute, informal, interview program, hosted by broadcast veteran Don Dale. Don opens each program by asking his guest, “Tell me about your earliest memory.” Some of his guests have led intriguing, adventurous lives, while others have led somewhat humble lives, raising a family and enriching their community. No story is too great or too small. In listening to these interviews, the one thing that becomes obvious is that we all have a story to tell. Don’s interviews elicit laughter and tears, sometimes both simultaneously. These stories are so rich with history and local color that The Library of Virginia has begun archiving them as part of their collection.
* The Writer’s Voice – In this program series Patty Campbell serves as the primary interviewer, chatting with authors about their works and their lives. Most recently, in conjunction with a Henrico County Public Libraries event, All Henrico Reads, Patty interviewed writer Garth Stein, author of the bestselling novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain. Patty has also talked with local author and Virginia Voice friend, David L. Robbins, about his screenplay, Scorched Earth, that recently premiered at the Willow Lawn Barksdale Theatre. Again, this special series serves to introduce and link our listeners to a unique segment of our community.
School’s Out for the Summer!…But Reading Continues
Henrico County Public Library’s Summer Reading Club runs June 4 through August 31. Virginia Voice is partnering with the Library to offer some of the recommended books to our listeners, both online and by way of our radio broadcasts. Many of the recommended books are available in audio format from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Virginia Voice will also provide some books that are not available through the Library Service. You can find these recommended books, for listening or downloading, on our website at www.virginiavoice.org/summer-reading. Please visit www.henricolibrary.org for more information on the Summer Reading Club.
The back cover includes the mailing label, Virginia Voice logo and contact information, and some text:
P.O. Box 15546
Richmond, VA 23227
Watch, read, enjoy, comment, share and contribute. Take time to engage. Visit our blog, VocalPoint, http://virginiavoice.org/vocalpoint/.
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We Need Your Assistance!
Please support Virginia Voice. We want to list your name as a financial contributor in our fall newsletter! Our fiscal year ends on June 30th. It’s not too late to help make a difference this year in the life of a person who cannot read because of a disability. Thank you!
Nick Morgan, Executive Director
Becky Emmett, Program Director
Alex Childress, Studio Manager
Jennifer Laughter, Marketing Director
Roy Carter, Studio Operator
George Seitz, Studio Operator
Jordy Featherston, Studio Operator
Board of Directors
William N. Miller, President
Daniel L. Rosenthal, Vice President
Paula I. Otto, Secretary/Treasurer
Jeffrey P. Chapman, Immediate Past President
Lloyd W. Bostian, Jr.
Linda G. Broady-Myers
Elizabeth A. Bruce
Katheryn E. Surface Burks
Charles A. Johnston
Frances G. Jones
Andrew W. Price
Donna M. Reed
Benjamin P. Richardson
John P. Rowe
Susan C. Rucker
David L. Thompson