Auxiliary’s ViewBVA Auxiliary Edna Kirksey-Dixon

by Edna Dixon

Spring 2018 News from the Blinded Veterans Association Auxiliary

Down here in the deep South we have really been cold. Almost the entire United States has been wrapped up in snow and ice. But the sun will eventually shine and we will all warm up so we can complain about the heat. No, just kidding but adding a little humor.

Below you will see Darryl Goldsmith, Emerald Coast Regional President, volunteering as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army. Darryl really gets around for a 100% Blinded Veteran. He is a Certified Scuba Diver, works at the Blind Rehab Center in Biloxi, MS, leads the Parade on Veterans Day, and many other volunteer activities.

In keeping with our theme for this year – our featured National BVAA Officer is Benjamin Holmes, National Secretary. Ben hails from Midland, GA – he notes Midland is in the Fort Benning area. His mother is a visually impaired veteran and was a Captain in the Army. Ben states, “I am my mother’s Caretaker. My father was a Chief Warrant Officer 3, CWO3 in the Army and passed away five years ago.”

Ben’s hobbies include wood burning and wood carving. He also enjoys making jewelry, clay and bunker trap shooting. Probably his most important hobby is as an avid Atlanta Falcon football fan. All you young ladies listen up – he is just 27 and single.

Please check out the BVA website, and students submit your applications for the BVAA Scholarships. Each year the BVAA offers two scholarships – be one of the first to apply.

Don’t forget the Silent Auction. If you are “crafty” please consider donating a few items, or if you have other items that you would like to donate, send them to me at the following address: 51678 Oakwood Drive, Bay Minette, AL 36507. Sometimes it might be difficult to fly with items and I will be driving from South Alabama.

Make your Convention reservations for a fun filled five days in Reno, NV. All of us that were in Reno before had a wonderful time and are thrilled to be going back. Such beautiful country.

On a final note: The BVAA works hard to have planned programs that are informative, inspirational and sometimes fun. So plan not to miss any of these exciting events. The BVAA events will be listed in the BVA Program when you register.