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*Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Handiham World Weekly E-Letter for
the week of Wednesday, December 6, 2017*
This is a free weekly news & information update from the Courage Kenny
Handiham Program <https://handiham.org>, serving people with disabilities
in Amateur Radio since 1967.
Our contact information is at the end.
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*Welcome to Handiham World.*
*In this edition: *
*A note from the coordinator*
* STEM Links*
* Review of New EIBraille*
* Win Some Handiham History Loot *
* Early Handiham Program History, Part 8*
*Down memory lane…*
*Check into our nets!*
*A note from the coordinator...*
December has officially arrived and with it a change from unseasonably warm
weather to more seasonally appropriate and even below normal temperatures.
Change is inevitable. Change is inevitable within the Handiham Program as
well. This week, we are running the last of Sister Alverna’s articles on
the early history of the program. As we transition into the New Year, we
will see many changes coming to the E-Letter, the website, and even the
services the program offers. Stay tuned to see what is coming, and be sure
to let us know your thoughts.
In the Handiham Program office, work is progressing on the new website.
Stay tuned for announcements about the changes. If you currently use old
links to access content on the website, be aware that they will no longer
work after the new website is rolled out. Don’t forget, if you need to
update anything like your contact information, call sign, license class,
membership, or members only log-in information, you can email Nancy at
Answer the Handiham History trivia question correctly to be eligible to win
this week’s loot! Only a few people responded with the correct answer last
week, so your odds of winning are really good if you answer the question!
Winners will need to respond, confirming their contact information before
we send out your prize. Please note: only current Handiham Members are
eligible to win.
In the E-Letter this week there is are several links to some hands on kits
to experiment with science, technology, engineering, and math. Sister
Alverna’s early history of the Handiham Program is back with Part 8.
Finally, there is an article from the Summer 1983 issue of Handiham World
in Down Memory Lane.
Do you have a story to share about assistive technology or ham radio
related activities? Please send your articles and stories via email to
Lucinda.Moody@xxxxxxxxxx or by calling me at 612-775-2290.
* STEM Links*
Ken Silberman, KB3LLA, sent these links. Check them out! They offer hands
on ways to experiment with and better understand the science, technology,
engineering, and math used in amateur radio.
Electricity Master Lab:
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Accessible Snap Circuit Kit (Please note that this product has not yet been
released. It should be out next year.)
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* Review of New EIBraille *
Thanks to Dick Garey, WA0CAF, for sending us this link to a review of the
new EIBraille. https://nfb.org/blog/article/3407
* Win Some Handiham History Loot *
Here is your chance to own a piece of Handiham Program history! This week,
we are offering another Handiham mug. This isn’t just any mug, this mug is
old enough to say Handiham System rather than Handiham Program! If you want
a chance to win this mug, make sure your membership is current and answer
the following question:
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* What two call signs were used during the 2007 Special Event Station
honoring 40 Years of the Handiham Program? (Hint: Check out past E-Letters
if you are not sure of the answers to these questions.) *
You can send your answer via email to Nancy.Meydell@xxxxxxxxxx or call
612-775-2291. Make sure to include your name, call sign, license class, and
current contact information. We will pick the winner on Tuesday, December
* Early Handiham Program History, Part 8*
by Sr. Alverna O’Laughlin
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* Handiham History: System Takes a Turn *
(Editor’s note: This is the eighth and final installment in a series of
articles on the early history of the Handiham Program.)
After the death of Handiham program founder Ned Carman in June 1972, the
Program’s members knew they needed to redouble their efforts to keep
growing. Ward Jensen, W0TLE, called for a united membership effort. Many
responded, but Ward knew that numbers alone weren’t enough and a stronger,
firmer base was needed. He turned to Wilko Schoenbohm, executive director
of MiSCCA, later Courage Center. Mr. Schoenbohm had been watching the rapid
growth and dedication of this small volunteer group and was pleased to see
what Amateur Radio was doing for persons with disabilities.
Late in 1972, Bruce Humphrys, K0HR, staff member of Courage Center, was
appointed by Mr. Schoenbohm as staff liaison to the Program. Bruce, already
an amateur and a volunteer member of the Handiham Program, was the perfect
choice. He continued his work with the community services department of
Courage Center and took on the Handiham Program as an added responsibility.
The change enabled the administrative offices of the Program to move from
the Assisi Heights Convent in Rochester to the Minneapolis area.
An all-out campaign was launched to get retired amateurs to promise hours
of volunteer time. Technicians were needed in the shop, as well as office
and secretarial help. Ward Jensen was very successful in influencing fine
amateurs to volunteer their expertise and skills to help persons with
disabilities. Ward had been in the amateur equipment sales business many
years and was well known and liked. This venture proved very successful.
Courage Center completed its new building in Golden Valley in 1974, and a
special room was built to fit the needs of the Handiham Program—a large
office, station space, and a nearby repair room. Many said, “What will we
do with all that space?” Nine years later, the building walls are a
testimony to the tremendous growth of the Program.
Not long after the Handiham Program moved to the Golden Valley location,
the need for a paid director and secretarial help became apparent. About
this time, the decision to become a service rather than affiliate of
Courage Center was being discussed. The change would mean a dissolution of
the volunteer group known as the Handiham System of Minnesota, Inc.
Many persons who helped get things off the ground in the beginning felt
sure we could do it on our own without giving up the volunteer status. Not
all shared the same views. Without question, if we intended to grow and
expand, we needed paid positions to maintain the operation of the Handiham
In 1974, after many months of many meetings and painful deliberation, the
Handiham System of Minnesota, Inc. dissolved as an independent organization
and became a service of Courage Center. Bruce Humphrys was appointed
director. This meant many changes, changes that came hard for some of those
dedicated persons who worked hard to get the Handiham Program off the
ground eight years before. Bruce was in tune with these feelings and did
his best to make the transfer as easy as possible without losing his
authority as director. Now this nonprofit service organization was
officially recognized at the Courage Handiham System.
Editor’s Note: Now the organization is officially the Courage Kenny
Handiham Program. We hope this current name will be ours for a long time to
* Down memory lane...*
In honor of the celebration of 50 years of the Handiham Program, here is an
article from the Summer 1983 issue of Handiham World.
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* The Final Chapter or the First Chapter *
The article “System Takes a Turn” in this issue was the last in a series
which chronicled the early history of the Handiham Program. Our past has
been exciting, strenuous, sometimes heartbreaking, but always full of hope.
I like to imagine this last article not as the final chapter in a story,
but rather as the first. During our first 17 years, we have learned how to
respond to needs, how to care, how to dare to try something for the welfare
of our members. We have boldly gone where no others have tread, leaving
strong footholds for others to follow.
We are proud of our history and jubilant about our future. The Handiham
Program has grown in more than mere numbers. It has grown in its stability,
and this stability is a result of financial support. Through the continued
support of our many members, the donations of other individuals and
foundations, and the long-range wisdom of endowment gifts, we are ensuring
that our vital services will be available for as long as people need them.
Our future looks bright. We invite you to share in this celebration of
plans well-made and help strongly-given.
By Bruce Humphrys, K0HR
Editor’s note: As we reach the end of 2017, Handiham World will be changing
its focus to the future of the Handiham Program. I hope you have enjoyed
this peek into the past 50 years!
*Check into our Handiham nets... Everyone is welcome! *
How to find the Handiham Net:
The Handiham EchoLink conference is 494492. Connect via your iPhone,
Android phone, PC, or on a connected simplex node or repeater system in
The Handiham Net will be on the air daily. If there is no net control
station on any scheduled net day, we will have a roundtable on the air
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wheelchair user among them.]
Our daily Echolink net continues to operate for anyone and everyone who
wishes to participate at 11:00 hours CDT (Noon Eastern and 09:00 Pacific),
as well as Wednesday evenings at 19:00 hours CDT (7 PM). If you calculate
GMT, the time difference is that GMT is six hours ahead of Minnesota time
during the winter.
Doug, N6NFF, poses a trivia question in the first half of the Wednesday
evening session, so check in early if you want to take a guess. The answer
to the trivia question is generally given shortly after the half-hour mark.
A big THANK YOU to all of our net control stations and to Michael, VE7KI,
the Handiham Radio Club Net Manager.
*You can pay your Handiham dues and certain other program fees on line.
Simply follow the link to our secure payment site, then enter your
information and submit the payment. *
Handiham annual membership dues are $12.00. The lifetime membership
rate is $120.00.
MEMBERSHIP DUES PAYMENT LINK
If you want to donate to the Handiham Program, please use our
donation website. The instructions are at the following link:
DONATION LINK <http://www.handiham.org/drupal2/node/8>
How to contact us
There are several ways to contact us.
*Postal Mail: *
*Courage Kenny Handiham Program 3915 Golden Valley Road MR#78446 Golden
Valley, MN 55422*
*E-Mail: **Nancy.Meydell@xxxxxxxxxx* <Nancy.Meydell@xxxxxxxxxx>
*Preferred telephone: 1-612-775-2291 Toll-Free telephone: 1-866-HANDIHAM
Note: Mondays through Thursdays between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM United States
Central Time are the best times to contact us.
You may also call Handiham Program Coordinator Lucinda Moody, AB8WF, at:
73, and I hope to hear you on the air soon!
For Handiham World, this is Lucinda Moody, AB8WF
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