Sometime over 30 plus years ago a new committee was started at the Omaha
Works under the Cornhusker Chapter #92 of Western Electric and carried
forward with AT&T, Lucent Technologies, Avaya and CommScope in the name of
community service by the Heartland Pioneers Council.
As the volunteers have all gotten older and the laws covering transportation
of passengers in the state of Nebraska the time came to review where the
committee Driving for the Blind and the needs of the people being
transported and the drivers all needed to be evaluated for the coming year
After having visited with several drivers, the NFB folk, and of course
the Pioneer Board, we gave notice to the NFB (Ross) that the Dec 17, 2015
(Famous Dave’s) event would be our final transport service.
Those of you who have driven recently are most welcome to attend that
event. I will verify time and location. It has been our custom to accept
that one appreciation dinner each December from the NFB chapter.
The community service has been performed faithfully and safely since the
early 1980's. Possibly late 70's. It was operating already when Ernie got
active the very early 80's. Bob Miller asked me to drive Hank and Rose to
WCB in 86 and 87. I began monthly chores in 1988 in my brand new 1988
Accord. I transported Maxine Doll to W. Dale Clark Library the first day.
Of the drivers still living and active I know Ann and Don were recruited
shortly after that. Kevin and Vern go back as well. To list all of the
drivers over the years would fill a page and each and every one of them
should be thanked and recognized for their volunteer service to the blind
community and the pioneers.
We understand that our friends have been working out some new
arrangements for transportation and perhaps more importantly to them, they
will begin meeting on Saturdays instead of Thursday evenings!
It has been a pleasure and privilege to know them (the blind) AND each
driver who has served over the years. And especially to those who saw this
to the end.
It should be noted that during this time frame the NRB chapter we served
honor Ernie Wesolowski for 25 years of continuous service to the group with
his driving in town, to Lincoln for legislature hearings and many other
events both out of town and out of state. Thank you Ernie for your
volunteer service, the Cornhusker and Heartland Pioneers.
Thank you and Season's Greetings!
The Driving for the Blind Volunteers
From Ross and
Bridget Kuenning-Pollpeter ,
appreciate your years of service to NFB Omaha. Many have forged
relationships with the drivers, and for some, without transportation, they
would have found it difficult to attend chapter meetings. You have provided
decades of transportation to the chapter, and we thank you for your
each of you move forward, we wish you the best.
Ross and Bridgit Kuenning-Pollpeter