Greetings from new MARRS President

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Photo of George deWalder, President of MARRS Board of Directors
George deWalder, President of MARRS Board of Directors

Greetings, listeners, supporters, and fellow MARRS volunteers:

Please allow me to introduce myself as the new President of the MARRS Board of Directors for the fiscal year that began July 1. I’ve been a regular Friday reader since October 2014. My first exposure to reading for the low vision community was in 2001 with TIRS – Triad Information Reading Service, which partners with WFDD 88.5 in Winston-Salem. There, I got to know Jonathan Milam, who has been instrumental in providing help and expertise to MARRS over the years.

One of my goals as President is to improve the quality of our services based on feedback from our listeners. This includes evaluating new technology. Some of our actions may take time to implement, but I’m happy to report that we have a very competent Board comprised of individuals with a wide variety of backgrounds and experience. Making decisions that are feasible and fiscally responsible is important to us.

Please know that your comments and feedback are always welcome. Thank you.

George deWalder

Media Celebs Make a Stop at MARRS

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They aren’t movie stars, but they’re definitely stars in the news media world and recently they made stops at MARRS.

Dick Polman is the national political columnist at Newsworks, the online home of public radio WHYY in Philadelphia, and has been described by ABC News as “one of the finest political journalists of his generation.” He also happens to be a friend of MARRS reader and Day Manager Fred Klappenberger and has been coming to Asheville with his wife on vacation for more than 15 years.

See more about Dick and read some of his columns here. 

Michael Krall is program director of public radio station WBHM 90.3 FM out of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The station is also home to the Alabama Radio Reading Service, which Michael manages along with overseeing the stations’ on-air staff. We enjoyed meeting Michael and talking with him about serving those who are blind and visually impaired.

Read more about Michael here.


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In Memoriam: Two Great Community Leaders & MARRS Volunteers

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We wish to acknowledge the passing of two great community leaders who served MARRS as volunteers over the past couple of years. Isaac Coleman died on May 10, 2016; Dr. Don C. Locke passed away less than a month later, on June 8.

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Isaac Coleman, dedicated community leader and MARRS Vice President until his death on May 10.

Isaac Coleman was a member of the MARRS Board of Directors as well as a strong community leader and advocate for equal rights not only in Asheville but throughout the south. Isaac’s love of children resulted in his forming and leading the Read to Succeed Program in the Asheville City School System that helped youngsters develop good reading skills and become good citizens. Isaac served as Vice President of our organization and we benefited from his wisdom and organizational skills. Read the Asheville Citizen-Times article about Isaac here.

Don Locke was a formidable leader in education as well as in the community. He volunteered his time on Saturdays to read the Urban News for our listeners along with his co-reader Jacquelyn Hallum. Don served on numerous community boards and organizations where his knowledge, wisdom and insights contributed to the success of those organizations. Our listeners will surely miss Don’s voice and wit as he shared the news with them. Read the Asheville Citizen-Times article about Don here.  

We, and the community, feel a deep sense of loss in the passing of these great leaders and friends. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to their respective families. May they rest in peace.


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