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July, 2011

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Thank you to all organizations for your logo item donations and your newsletter information. 
Keep them coming!

The Board is working hard to build up DACCS membership at the meetings. We know that you have a busy schedule but we are hoping you will be at as many meetings this year as possible!

2011 DACCS Officers

President – J. Adama Vacanti
Vice President – LaToiya Whipple
Secretary – Clem Oliver
Treasurer – Bernice Gammon
Membership – Amy Bracey
Newsletter – Clem Oliver
Members at Large - Debbie Flinn, Nicole Crews, Van Avery, Pat Danielse
Past President – Pattie DeShazor

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DACCS Meeting
Friday, July 22, 2011

 12 noon at Golden Corral Restaurant
Speaker

David Cox

Based in Lynchburg, with additional offices in Danville and Staunton, and practices bankruptcy law with the associate attorneys throughout the Western District of Virginia

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DACCS Announcements!
August Meeting
Friday-August 26, 2011
Speaker

Mrs. Becky Bolton

Danville School Board

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If you would like to be our Guest Speaker at one of the DACCS Meetings to discuss your organization, please see LaToiya Whipple for details. Your lunch will be provided.

Do you have news to share to put in the DACCS newsletter?
If so, please contact: Clem Oliver with your information.
All information is needed by the 2nd Friday of each month.

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PEOPLE WITH A DISABILITY CAN GET A TICKET TO WORK
By J. Adama Vacanti
Social Security District Manager in Danville, VA

Millions of Americans receive disability benefits from Social Security and there could be good news for many of those who want to work. A free and voluntary program called Ticket to Work gives individuals who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security disability benefits access to meaningful employment while maintaining control over benefit choices.

Ed Bairos, a farmer and mechanic, went back to the work he loved with the help of the Ticket program. He began receiving Social Security disability benefits after suffering from severe arthritis, complicated by a knee injury that would require 20 surgeries. He was concerned about losing the cash payments and health care he needed to survive and worried that employers might not want to hire him.

Then Bairos learned about the Ticket to Work program when he received a notice in the mail from Social Security. The notice was a “ticket” that Bairos could use with an employment network of his choosing. Employment networks are organizations that offer specialized services such as career counseling, job search assistance, vocational rehabilitation and training. Bairos decided to use his ticket with an employment network and returned to work. He continued to receive health care and cash benefits because of work incentives, which are special considerations that make it easier for beneficiaries to explore whether going back to work is right for them.

Pleased with Bairos’ industry knowledge and skills as a farm manager, his employer gave him a promotion and a raise. Now he is self-sufficient, working for another division within the company.

Bairos earns more money than he would have by relying solely on disability benefits. By using his Ticket, Bairos’ medical reviews were put on hold and he is eligible to receive Medicare coverage for up to eight and a half years after discontinuing his disability payments.

“Returning to work has made me whole again, especially being able to work in the area that I love. My self-esteem was at its lowest when I wasn’t working and on disability. Returning to work not only improved my self-worth but also my financial wealth. The Ticket to Work program and the ability to keep my Medicare was the reason I was able to return to work,” he said.

If you receive Social Security or SSI benefits due to disability, are between 18 and 64 years old and want to work, getting started is easy.

Visit www.socialsecurity.gov/work for more information on the Ticket to Work program and work incentives. You also may call (866) 968- 7842 (TDD (866) 833-2967) to learn how going back to work may affect your benefits.

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Nominations Solicited for Chamber Board of Directors

The Chamber’s Board of Directors is currently in the process of identifying and nominating a slate of candidates for seats on the Board of Directors (effective January 1, 2012). If you have a candidate you would like for the Nominating Committee to consider, please contact Laurie S. Moran, CCE, President, Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, P. O. Box 99, Blairs, VA 24527 or at lmoran@dpchamber.org. Candidates must be active members in good standing, designated as a representative by the member business, be qualified for such directorship, and have agreed to accept the responsibility of a directorship. Nominations should be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19, 2011.

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2011 SUMMER CONFERENCE & AWARDS BANQUET

Thursday, August 4, 2011
8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Highlander Restaurant Lodge & Pub
Riverside Drive
Upstairs Banquet Room

"Is It Adolescents Or Pathology?"
Keynote Speaker:
Janice E. Gabe, LCSW, MAC

Conference Agenda
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. - Registration
9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - Session I
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Awards Luncheon

Shawn Walker, Director of Field Operations
ABC Bureau of Law Enforcement Operations

1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Session II

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Sponsored By

  1. How long did Harry Wooding serve as Mayor of Danville and where is a stature of him located?
  2. Why is Mrs. Clara Fitzgerald important to Dan River Mills, Inc. history?
  3. Danville is located at the crossroads of which two major US highways?
  4. What overlooks Floyd Street on the side of the building between Hotel Danville (Danville House now) and the old city armory?
  5. What does WBTM stand for?

Answers next month!