Our mission

We believe in the empowerment of the individual. People who are blind contribute much to society. We work to change archaic perceptions of what it means to be blind in South King County and beyond.

Chapter meetings

We meet the second Saturday of the month from Noon to 1:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join us at Denny's, 2132 S 320th Street, Federal Way. It's easy walking distance from the Federal Way Transit Center.

Your 2016 South King Officers are here to serve

Gaylen floy, President
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Marlaina Lieberg,
Vice President
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Meka White,
Secretary
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Kevin Daniel,
Treasurer
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Sharon Schauer,
Immediate Past President
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"People in the Council challenge me to try things I never dreamed of doing. 2017 looks to be a big year for advocacy in South King County. We invite you to dream big with us." Gaylen is a Computer Trainer. She was a graphics editor with a newspaper in Illinois when her vision took a nose dive. Now she lives in Federal Way enjoying the arts and travel.

For 13 years Marlaina worked as an adaptive technology trainer and accessibility consultant. Since 1972 she has been active in ACB at the local, state and national levels. "I believe strongly that leaders are responsible to teach, help and empower others to carry on our advocacy mission."

A production worker at Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. and coordinator of the Puget Sound Braille Challenge, Meka has been in the Council since 2001. "I joined WCB shortly before my 21st birthday and grew up in this organization. The Council to me is one big family–a family that I love dearly. Gaining confidence in myself, I now take on projects that I never imagined."

"Showcasing people and their talent is how we will break down barriers and change the culture." Kevin is the Senior Job Recruiter at the Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind and he is the proud father of a college student in Bellingham. He loves movies and wrties reveiws. Kevin and his wife, Marsha, manage the Sluggers team and live in Burien.

"I really appreciate the mentoring and training the Council provides. The experience and confidence gained helps me at work too." Sharon is a Customer Service Associate with Amazon and has been a member of the Council since 1998. She is Director for the Lutheran Outreach Center in Covington. Sharon and her husband Bill love baseball and live in Kent.

Our Constitution and bylaws

The little chapter that could

South King Council of the Blind was established February, 2005 so that people in our area could connect. We are an affiliate of the Washington Council of the Blind and the American Council of the Blind. Our chapter is a nonprofit organization registered with the State of Washington.

Founding members were Telea Noriega, Maida Pojtinger, Ron Fredrickson, Jan Klerekoper, and Gaylen Floy. We were dubbed "the little chapter that could” and here's why.

We jump started collaboration between chapters, organizing and promoting the Seattle Super Picnic. We sponsored the WCB state convention in 2006 and 2015. We generated a national discussion about disaster preparation for the disabled after Katrina. We hosted a very successful cooking workshop for visually impaired kids with a blind chef. In 2007 and 2012, WCB awarded us “Chapter of the Year.” Now we sponsor King County’s first Beep Baseball team and looking at new opportunties to raise awareness.

About the SKB logo

We did not want a cliche mark. We wanted something that reflected our desire to reach out to our local community. The Saskatoon Berry is an indigenous shrub with edible fruit. The three leaves and berries stand for 1) Education, 2) Growth, and 3) Independence. The logo was designed in Adobe Illustrator by Gaylen Floy in 2005.