VIBUG Minutes for November 12, 2016

Where: MIT, 77 Mass AVE., Building 5 Room 134, Cambridge MA
When: November 12, 2016, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The meeting was brought to order by Jerry at 1:00 PM.


The Minutes were read and accepted.


Bylaws Committee

Made changes to the nominating committee. The president will start asking VIBUG members if they are interested in serving by April in the hopes that we have volunteers in place by May. If not, the VIBUG officers will meet and make sure there is a nominating committee in place by the end of June. The reason why the bylaws committee wants to make this change is because recently, the nominating committee has not been formed until the summer. The other change will be that the annual meeting will be held in November with elections instead of the annual meeting taking place in October. The bylaws committee will insure that it is clear that new officers will begin in January.

Programs Committee:

David did not have anything to report but reminded everyone that if they would like to demo something, to let him know.

nominating committee

The nominating Committee’s recommendations for officers are:

Jerry was elected as president. Frank was elected as vice president. Milissa Garside was elected as clerk. Bob Resnick was elected as treasurer. Lastly, Tim was elected as webmaster.


Carroll Tech fair on November 22nd. VIBUG is looking for a member to represent VIBUG at the fair in the morning. Contact Jerry if interested.

Recently, the officers had a call to discuss purchasing our own TeamTalk server because the one we are currently using will not be available for our use much longer. The officers decided to pay $50.00 a year for our own TeamTalk server.

Holiday Party:

Holiday Party will take place on the second Saturday in January (Jan. 14, 2017.) at the Corib Pub which is located at 2030 Center Street, West Roxbury, Ma  02132 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.


Amy Ruell has an Uber contact and if anyone has any concerns, send them to Amy and she will pass it along to the Uber contact.

Technology Updates:

Jaws 18 has been released.

Apple has unveiled a new website for accessibility.

There is a portable eye exam that you can do on your phone. You can learn more on the eyes on success podcast.

Meeting format discussion:

Suggestions were having the VIBUG meeting from 1:00 to 3:00 and the last hour for additional help or presentations. The second suggestion was to have a 15 minute break in the middle of the meeting. After weighing the pros and cons of both suggestions, it was decided that we will leave the meeting format as it always has been.


Marilyn Davidson from OrCam

OrCam is a very small camera that attaches onto a pair of glasses and is able to recognize faces and read printed materials.

Jeanette and John demonstrated Nearby Explorer a GPS App for the IPhone and Android.

Jeanette and John demonstrated the new Uber app.

Secretary Milissa Garside