Minnesota Memo Winter 2023

The Minnesota Memo:
Winter 2023
A quarterly publication of The American Council of the Blind of Minnesota. The views expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily the position of the American Council of the Blind of Minnesota. They are the views of the article’s author.
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Table of Contents
President’s Message By Janet Dickelman
Notes From the Editor By Catalina Martinez
A Guide Dog’s Night Before Christmas By GDB puppy raiser Jill Savino
Christmas Traditions Around the World by Country Living
ACBM Quarterly Meeting By Janet Dickelman
The True Story of Rudolph
ACBM Game Night! By Social Committee
Message from the Treasurer By Patty Slaby
Favorite Christmas Songs By Catalina Martinez

The craft corner:

The Recipe Corner:
CORN PUDDING By Janet Dickelman
Russian Teacakes By Bonnie Robertson
Officers and Board of Directors
ACBM Standing Committee Chairs

President’s Message
Welcome to winter
By Janet Dickelman

For many of us this is the best time of the year with holiday parties, shopping, baking, concerts, church services and spending time with loved ones.
Unfortunately the holiday season isn’t happy for everyone. Many people suffer from depression, loneliness or financial instability especially this time of year, please take the time to reach out and check in with those who may have difficulty during the holidays, and if you can give something extra to those who are in need.

I certainly hope this winter isn’t as snowy as last year and that everyone stays safe from slips and falls.

January will be a busy month for ACBM with our quarterly meeting on January 27th
and our game night at Country Inn and Suites on Saturday January 20th.
Read all about these events in this issue of the MN Memo.
May you have the best holiday ever; whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or another celebration wishing you a season of joy, love, good food, and time with friends and family.

Janet Dickelman, ACBM president
Notes From the Editor
By Catalina Martinez

Seasons greetings to all and hoping everyone has a wonderful, safe and memorable holiday.

The editors of the Minnesota Memo are committed to bringing you the best and most informed memo, but we also need your help. We need your ideas and articles; your input and talent.

We will be bringing the Minnesota memo to you 4 times a year, March, June, September and December. Your articles and ideas will be due on the 10th of the prior month.
A Guide Dog’s Night Before Christmas
By: GDB puppy raiser Jill Savino
Twas the night before Christmas, the kennels were still,
with most dogs asleep, having eaten their fill.
The labs were sprawled out, quite snug in their beds,
While visions of milk bones danced in their heads.
The Goldens and Labs were curled up on the floor,
some twitched in their sleep and some even did snore.
The dog food was stacked in the feed room with care,
in hopes that a trainer soon would be there.
Off by the window, a kennel cat lay,
surveying the lawn at the end of his day.
Something was different, that little cat knew –
something would happen, it had to be true.
That day as the workers had left to go home,
they’d wished “Merry Christmas” before starting to roam.
The dogs had all noticed that during their walks,
the trainers seemed happier and eager to talk.
In the mall where they worked amid people and stores,
there were decorations, music, distractions galore!
Most dogs pranced along without worry or fear,
some balked at the man with those fake-looking deer.
The cat was near sleeping when he first heard the sound,
a whoosh through the air and a jingle abound.
The sound of a collar when an animal shook,
but the sound just kept growing – he’d better go look.
From the ceiling there came a kind of a thunk,
As the kennel cat climbed up on a pile of junk.
But the dogs were still quiet, all sleeping so sound,
as this man dressed in red made his way to the ground.
He patted the cat as he climbed past his spot,
then made his way right to the old coffee pot.
A labrador sat up, not fully awake,
then a golden soon followed with a mighty loud shake.
That did it…the dogs filled the kennel with noise,
but in spite of the din, the old man kept his poise.
He filled the pot full and it started to brew,
then he pulled up a chair and took in the view.
Dogs all around him, so carefully bred,
he knew well their jobs, and the people they led.
Some had stopped barking and looked at him now,
while others continued their deafening howl.
Laying a finger in front of his lips,
the jolly old man soon silenced their yips.
He smiled, laughed, and took a short pause.
“You may not know me, but I’m Santa Claus,”
He filled up his mug with hot coffee and cream,
and said, “Meeting you all has been one of my dreams.”
The cat jumped down to explore Santa’s pack.
He said, “Sorry, kitty, I’ve emptied my sack.”
Santa smiled, drank, looked in their eyes –
deep brown and gold, all wide with surprise.
Some of these dogs he’d seen just last year,
All in their homes – cute, full of good cheer.
He’d seen the effect of a pup on a tree,
but now they were here, just waiting to be.
“I didn’t bring presents or bones to chew.
But I’ll tell you what’s better – and what you’re to do.
You’ll all worked hard and the trainers will share,
both praise and correction, gentle and fair.
You’ll go lots of places and face scary things,
you’ll ride buses, planes, and hear sirens ring.
Cars will drive at you, you’ll know what to do,
Moving from danger, not moving into.
Then, when you think your trainer’s the best,
the kindest, and funniest, just toss all the rest;
That trainer will leave you, and give you away,
handing your leash over despite your dismay.
The one who will feed you might see just a tad,
Or maybe it’s just that their focus is bad.
So you little buggers will work as their eyes
To be a great team and discover the prize.
The prize isn’t kibble, or even new toys,
It’s leading your partner, you good girls and boys.
Santa sipped coffee, looked over the brood,
But what he said next seemed just a bit rude.
“Some may not make it and won’t become guides.
But time here’s not wasted, no casting aside.
Some will be drug dogs and some will find bombs,
some will be pets with new dads and moms.
When the last drop of coffee had gone from his cup
Santa turned, and smiled at each wide-eyed pup.
“The best gift of all is to give something back.
And that’s why there’s nothing for you in my pack.
Draining his mug, he went to each pen,
Petting and scratching each dog yet again.
“The following years, even more after that,
you’ll all give great gifts wherever you’re at.
You might lick a hand on a really bad day,
or notice a car and step out of its way.
You might catch a crook or discover some loot,
bring joy to a old man in a funny red suit.
Your master will love you and treat you with care,
knowing your training will always be there.”
After the last had been petted and soothed,
He rinsed out the mug and made ready to move.
To the ladder he climbed for the door high above,
with a smile and a wave as he slipped on his glove.
All the dog’s ears were pricked as he flew out of sight,
Saying, “Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

Christmas Traditions Around the World
by Country Living

The Yule Goat has been a Swedish Christmas symbol dating back to ancient pagan festivals. However, in 1966, the tradition got a whole new life after someone came up with the idea to make a giant straw goat, now referred to as the Gävle Goat. According to the official website, the goat is more than 42 feet high, 23 feet wide, and weighs 3.6 tons. Each year, the massive goat is constructed in the same spot. Fans can even watch a livestream from the first Sunday of Advent until after the New Year when it’s taken down.
If you thought the United States went all out with Christmas decorations, you should see what the Philippines does. Every year, the city of San Fernando holds Ligligan Parul (or Giant Lantern Festival) featuring dazzling parols (lanterns) that symbolize the Star of Bethlehem. Each parol consists of thousands of spinning lights that illuminate the night sky. The festival has made San Fernando the “Christmas Capital of the Philippines.”
Although Christmas isn’t a national holiday in Japan (an estimated one percent of the population is Christian, according to Smithsonian Magazine), its citizens still find an interesting and delicious way to celebrate. Rather than gathering around the table for a turkey dinner, families head out to their local Kentucky Fried Chicken. The tradition began in 1974 after a wildly successful marketing campaign called “Kurisumasu ni wa kentakkii!” or “Kentucky for Christmas!” The fast food chain has maintained its yuletide popularity, causing some people to order their boxes months in advance or stand in two-hour-long lines to get their “finger lickin’ good” food.
Similar to the 12 days of Christmas in the U.S., Iceland celebrates 13. Each night before Christmas, Icelandic children are visited by the 13 Yule Lads. After placing their shoes by the window, the little ones will head upstairs to bed. In the morning, they’ll either have received candy (if they’re good) or be greeted with shoes full of rotten potatoes if they’re bad. And you thought coal was a terrible gift!
On Christmas morning, Finish families traditionally eat a porridge made of rice and milk topped with cinnamon, milk, or butter. Whoever finds the almond placed inside one of the puddings “wins”—but some families cheat and hide a few almonds so the kids don’t get upset. At the end of the day, it is customary to warm up in a sauna together.
New Zealand
Because summer falls during Christmastime for Kiwis, a number of their traditions center around a barbie, or grill, where families and friends gather for a casual cookout of fresh seafood, meat, and seasonal vegetables. The New Zealand Christmas tree is the Pohutukawa, a coastal species that blooms a bright-red color in December, providing shade during the sunny days as they sing carols in both English and Maori.
Before Christianity came to the Danes, Christmas Day was a celebration of brighter days, jól, as it occurred just before winter solstice. Today, homes are decorated with superstitious characters called nisser who are believed to provide protection. On the evening of December 24, Danish families place their Christmas tree in the middle of the room and dance around it while singing carols.
In the French Caribbean island of Martinique, la ribote is a longstanding tradition where families visit their neighbors during Advent and on New Year’s Day bearing holiday food like yams, boudin créole, pâtés salés, and pork stew. They sing Christmas carols together into the early hours of the morning, adding their own creole verses to traditional lyrics.
In Norway, the Christmas season, called julebord, begins Dec. 3, filling up local bars and restaurants throughout the month. Families celebrate Little Christmas on Dec. 23; each have their own ritual for the day that may include decorating the tree, making a gingerbread house, and eating risengrynsgrøt (hot rice pudding).
The Irish leave a tall red candle in a front window overnight, a welcoming symbol of warmth and shelter for the holiday season. Traditional Christmas fare in Ireland often includes homemade roast goose, vegetables, cranberries, and potatoes.
A Christmas table in Barbados isn’t complete without a baked ham decorated with pineapple and sorrel glazes, a rum cake, and Jug Jug, a dish inspired by the Scottish influence on the island combining pigeon peas, guinea corn flour, herbs, and salt meat.
On Christmas Eve in Poland, many families share oplatek (an unleavened religious wafer), each person breaking off a piece as they wish each other Merry Christmas. Dinner may not begin until the first star appears in the night sky and, traditionally, an extra setting is left at the table should someone show up uninvited.
The Netherlands
Sinterklaas is the Dutch name for Saint Nicholas, the man recognized by children by his long white beard, red cape, and red miter. Kids put a shoe by the chimney or back door and wake up on Christmas morning to find treats like gingerbread men, marzipan, and chocolate letters inside.
Portugal and Brazil
Brazilian and Portuguese families come together on Christmas Eve to eat dinner as late as 10 p.m. Then, at exactly midnight, they exchanges gifts, toasts, and wish each other a Merry Christmas. Midnight mass, Missa Do Galo (Rooster Mass), is a chance to meet up with neighbors and extended family to wish them well for the holiday season. The service is often followed by fireworks in the town square. 
Alpine countries like Austria have a legend that a devil-like creature called Krampus joins their St. Nicholas festivities on December 6. Children are asked for a list of their good and bad deeds: Good children are rewarded with sweets, apples, and nuts, and bad children worry what Krampus might bring on Christmas morning.
South Africa
While the traditions around South Africa vary by region and culture, most families come together for a cookout, called braaing on the holiday. Marinated steaks and boerewors sausages serve as the main course, followed by a customary dessert of malva pudding served with a custard. Traditional fir Christmas trees are decorated with a variety of baubles included hand-beaded African ornaments.
Orthodox Christians make up nearly 49 percent of Ukraine’s population; they observe Christmas Day on January 7 by dressing in traditional garments and walking through town singing carols. A dish called kutya, made of cooked wheat mixed with honey, ground poppy seeds, and sometimes nuts, is a popular Christmas Eve treat. Some families throw a spoonful of kutya at the ceiling: If it sticks, there will be a good harvest in the new year.
All across Mexico members of the Church put on Pastorelas (Shepherd’s Plays) to retell the Christmas story. The Mexican Christmas season begins early in December with Las Posadas, a religious march that re-enacts the journey of Mary and Joseph. The vibrant red poinsettia flowers are also used in holiday arrangements for decoration throughout the country.
Swiss families make their own advent calendars for the holiday season. These calendars are either given to children as a surprise or made together as a fun activity. Each day’s bag reveals a new surprise or treat, with the biggest gift on Christmas Eve.
El Salvador
Central American countries like El Salvador toast Christmas with fireworks displays on December 24 and 25. Children celebrate with smaller firecrackers called volcancitos (little volcanos) and estrellitas (little stars) while those who are a little older tend to prefer the larger varieties and Roman candles. 

ACBM Quarterly Meeting
By Janet Dickelman

Hello ACBM members and guests,

Our quarterly meeting will be held on Saturday, January 27 at Joseph’s
Grill 140 S Wabasha in Saint Paul.
Our social hour will begin at 11:15, lunch will be served at noon. Our speaker Matt Kramer President and CEO of Vision Loss Resources will speak with us, we will hold our annual bake sale and membership meeting.
We plan to end the meeting by 3:00 PM.
lunch choices:
1. A bowl of FRENCH ONION SOUP and half a turkey club sandwich
Slowly Caramelized Onions in a Sherry Beef Broth Topped with a Parmesan Focaccia Crouton and Swiss Cheese.
Smoked Turkey, Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion, Bacon, Swiss & American Cheese on white bread.

2. Turkey PLATE
House Roasted Turkey Breast, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Fresh Herb Stuffing and Turkey Gravy.

3. Cheeseburger

Bake sale:
Although last minute submissions are welcome, we’d like to compile a list of the bake sale items.
Please email Pattyslaby135@gmail.com or call (608) 323-3614
And let Patty know what you plan to bring for example
6 chocolate chip muffins from the bakery or 2 dozen homemade oatmeal cookies.

Please e-mail Steve Robertson with your meal choices at
or call him at (612) 223-5543.
We would appreciate hearing from you by Sunday, January 14.

payment methods:
select and pay for your lunch from our website, go to

contact ACBM treasurer Patty Slaby at (608) 323-3614 to pay by credit card,

If you wish, you can send your payment to
Patty Slaby
837 Jefferson St, Arcadia WI 54612

pay by check or cash at the meeting.
Please remember when paying via credit card or PayPal ACBM does incur a cost, if possible, please add $1.20 to your payment to cover the cost.
Whether you have paid in advance or are paying at the meeting you must check in with Patty to let her know you have arrived.

Cancellation policy: If you make a reservation and then find you are unable to attend, please call Steve by noon on Friday, January 26, if you cancel after that time, you will be responsible for paying for your meal.

We look forward to seeing you in January.
The True Story of Rudolph

A man named Bob May, depressed and brokenhearted, stared out his drafty apartment window into the chilling December night.
His 4-year-old daughter Barbara sat on his lap quietly sobbing. Bob’s wife, Evelyn, was dying of cancer. Little Barbara couldn’t understand why her mommy could never come home. Barbara looked up into her dad’s eyes and asked, “Why isn’t Mommy just like everybody else’s Mommy?” Bob’s jaw tightened and his eyes welled with tears. Her question brought waves of grief, but also of anger. It had been the story of Bob’s life. Life always had to be different for Bob.
When he was a kid, Bob was often bullied by other boys. He was too little at the time to compete in sports. He was often called names he’d rather not remember. From childhood, Bob was different and never seemed to fit in. Bob did complete college, married his loving wife and was grateful to get his job as a copywriter at Montgomery Ward during the Great Depression. Then he was blessed with his little girl. But it was all short-lived. Evelyn’s bout with cancer stripped them of all their savings and now Bob and his daughter were forced to live in a two-room apartment in the Chicago slums. Evelyn died just days before Christmas in 1938.
Bob struggled to give hope to his child, for whom he couldn’t even afford to buy a Christmas gift. But if he couldn’t buy a gift, he was determined to make one – a storybook! Bob had created an animal character in his own mind and told the animal’s story to little Barbara to give her comfort and hope.
Again and again Bob told the story, embellishing it more with each telling. Who was the character? What was the story all about? The story Bob May created was his own autobiography in fable form. The character he created was a misfit outcast like he was. The name of the character? A little reindeer named Rudolph, with a big shiny nose. Bob finished the book just in time to give it to his little girl on Christmas Day. But the story doesn’t end there. 
The general manager of Montgomery Ward caught wind of the little storybook and offered Bob May a nominal fee to purchase the rights to print the book.
Wards went on to print,_ Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer_ and distribute it to children visiting Santa Claus in their stores. By 1946 Wards had printed and distributed more than six million copies of Rudolph. That same year, a major publisher wanted to purchase the rights from Wards to print an updated version of the book.
In an unprecedented gesture of kindness, the CEO of Wards returned all rights back to Bob May. The book became a best seller. Many toy and marketing deals followed and Bob May, now remarried with a growing family, became wealthy from the story he created to comfort his grieving daughter. But the story doesn’t end there either.
Bob’s brother-in-law, Johnny Marks, made a song adaptation to Rudolph. Though the song was turned down by such popular vocalists as Bing Crosby and Dinah Shore , it was recorded by the singing cowboy, Gene Autry.  “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” was released in 1949 and became a phenomenal success, selling more records than any other Christmas song, with the exception of “White Christmas.”
The gift of love that Bob May created for his daughter so long ago kept on returning back to bless him again and again. And Bob May learned the lesson, just like his dear friend Rudolph, that being different isn’t so bad. In fact, being different can be a blessing.        

ACBM Game Night!
By Social Committee

ACBM will hold a game night on Saturday, January 20th at Country Inn and Suites
6003 Hudson Rd in Woodbury.
hotel details: If you would like to stay at the hotel, the room block is under ACBM. Please contact the hotel at (651) 702-2776 for reservations.
The room rate is $99.12 including tax. Hotel check-in is at 3:00 PM.

Game night: We will meet in Oakdale beginning at 4:00 PM. We will order a selection of pizzas from Green Mill to be delivered at 6:00 PM.
Snacks will also be provided; you will be responsible for your own beverage.
The cost of the evening is $20.00 per person. From 7:00 to 10:00 we will hold our game night.
We hope to have a selection of games, so please bring your favorite card or board game.

RSVP to Randee via text or call at 612-695-3226 or email her at
Come have some fun with ACBM!
Message from the Treasurer
By Patty Slaby

Hello Members:
It is time for us to pay dues for the 2024 year. Dues are $15 and can be sent to Patty Slaby
837 Jefferson Street
Arcadia, WI 54612-1727.
If you send a check, please send any new information or add a note and I can call you to update your information.
We have cancelled our post office box as it was rarely used.
You can also submit your dues using Paypal through our website.
In addition you can use your credit card by calling me and I will use Square.
Encourage anyone you know to join us. Let’s see if we can grow to 80 members this year.
Favorite Christmas Songs
By Catalina Martinez

I asked ACBM members what their favorite Christmas songs are and why. Here are their responses.

Gary Boettcher enjoys Winter Wonderland  because It’s a very good traditional Christmas song.
Janet Dickelman has very fond memories of Silent Night. “when I was a little girl, my grandma said that Silent Night was her favorite so I always think of her when I hear it.” Jennifer Dubbin enjoys All I Want for Christmas by Mariah Carey because even though it’s not a traditional Christmas song and she likes that it’s peppy and up beat.
Marian Haslerud’s favorite Christmas carol is Hark the Herald Angels sing! She loves the song because she tries to imagine how wonderful the angels must have sounded.
Nicky Schlender’s favorite Christmas song is Silent Night.  She really loves this song because the lyrics are very contemplative in that the first and second verses tell the story of the birth in the stable and how the shepherds are waiting to come in.
Patty Slaby has many Christmas favorites and she selected Christmas Dream performed by Perry Como which comes from a musical which she has not seen. Patty fins the song meaningful because it tells how busy we are, how frantic our world is, and how important it is for us to slow down. This song tells how we should slow, take time for each other, and reflect on what matters in our lives.
Bonnie Robertson’s favorite Christmas songs are Oh Holy Night and Do You Hear What I Hear because both songs are about the birth of Jesus and Bonnie also likes the melodies

The craft corner:

aterials: Worsted weight cotton yarn; size G crchet hook.

Section head:
Row 1: Ch4, join with sl st to form a ring.
Row 2: Ch1, Work 12 sc in ring, join with a sl st to first st (12 sc).
Row 3: Ch1, Work 2 sc in each of the stitches around (24 sts). Join with a sl st.
Row 4: Ch1, sc in the sl s tsp, sc in next 9 sc, (ch3, sk next sc, sc in next st) 7 times; sl st into first st.

Work in back lp only for rows 5 through 8.
Row 5: Sc in same st as sl st; sc in next st, (3 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc) twice; 3 sc in next sc (3 sc groups made). 2 sc. Ch1, turn.—17 sts.
Row 6: Sc in same st as sl st, sc in the next 2 sts, 3 sc group in the next sc, sc in the next 4 sc, 3 sc in the next sc, sc in the next 4 sc, 3 sc in the next sc, sc in last 3 sc. Ch1, turn.—23 sc.
Row 7: Sc in each sc across, working 1 3 sc group in center sc of each sc group; (29 sc). Turn.
Row 8: Ch2, hdc in next 5 sc; 3 hdc group in next schdc in the next 8 sc, 3 hdc group in the next sc, hdc in the next 8 sc, 3 hdc group in the next sc, hdc in the last 5 sc. Fasten off.

Work in both loops from now on.
Row 9: Join yarn in the 7th st from center 3 hdc. Ch2, hdc in the same st, hdc in the next 6 hdc, 3 hdc group in the next hdc, hdc in the next 7 hdc; ch2, turn.
Row 10: Hdc across to center of the 3 hdc group, 3 hdc in the center hdc, hdc to the end of the row, ch2, turn. (19 hdc)
Row 11-18: Repeat row 10. At the end of row 18 you will have 35 hdc.
Row 19: ch1, turn. Sc in same st, (ch3, sk next st, sc in next sc) 8 times, sc ch2, sc in the center hdc, sc in next sc (ch3, sk next st, sc in next st) 8 times, sc in last st. Fasten off and weave in ends.


Materials: 50 gms worsted wight cotton yarn; US size 7 knitting needles; tapestry needle
Gauge 4 sts per inch, 6 rows per inch in stockinette
Approx size: 10 x 10 when completed
To make the bobble: kfbf, k fbf of same st (3 sts), turn, p3, turn, k3, turn, p3, turn, k3 tog.
Begin knitting; cast on 44 sts.
Row 1 (rs)
Rows 1-5: knit 44.
Row 6: k3, p38, k3.
Row 7: k44.
Row 8: k3,p38, k3.
Row 9: k13, p18, k13.
Row 10: k3, p10, k18, p10, k3.
Row 11: k14, p16, k14.
Row 12: k3, p11, k16, p11, k3
Row 13: k14, p16, k14.
Row 14: k3, p5, k1, p5, k16, p5, k1, p5, k3.
Row 15: k8, p2, k4, p16, k4, p2, k8.
Row 16: k3, p5, k3, 04, k14, p4, k3, p5, k3.
Row 17: k8, p4, k3, p14, k3, p4, k8.
Row 18: k3, p5, k2, p1, k2, p2, k14, p2, k2, p1, k2, p5, k3.
Row 19: k8, p2, k2, p2, k1, p14, k1, p2, k2, p2, k8.
Row 20:k3, p5, k2, p3, k18, p3, k2, p5, k3.
Row 21: k8, p1, k5, p16, k5, p1, k8.
Row 22: k3, p5, k1, p7, k12, p7, k1, p5, k3.
Row 23: k8, p1, k7, p12, k7, p1, k8.
Row 24: k3, p4, k2, p7, k12, p7, k2, p4, k3.
Row 25 k7, p2, k7, p12, k7, p2, k7.
Row 26: k3, p4, k2, p8, k10, p8, k2,p4, k3.
Row 27: k6, p2, k6, p2, k1, p10, k1, p2, k6, p2, k6.
Row 28: k3, p3, k2, p5, k3, p1, k10, p1, k3, p5, k2, p3, k3.
Row 29: k6, p1, k4, (mb) p20, mb, k4, pq, k6.
Row 30: k3, p2, k2, p4, k22,p4, k2, p2, k3.
Row 31: k5, p2, k4, p22, k4, p2, k5.
Row 32: k3, p2, k2, p5, k20,p5, k2, p2, k3.
Row 33: k5, p1, k7, p18, k7, p1, k5.
Row 34: k3, p2, k1, p8, k16, p8, k1, p2, k3.
Row 35: k5, p1, k9, p14, k9, p1, k5.
Row 36: k3, p2,k1, p10, k5, p2, k5, p10, k1, p2, k3.
Row 37: k5, p1, k11, p2, k6, p2, k11, p1, k5.
Row 38: k3, p2, k1, p11, k1, p3, k1, p3, k1, p11, k1, p2, k3.
Row 39: k5, p1, k11, p1, k2, p4, k2, p1, k11, p1, k5.
Row 40: k3, p2, k2, p9, k1, p2, k6, p2, k1, p9, k2, p2, k3.
Row 41: k5, p2, k9, p1, k2, p6, k2, p1, k9, p2, k5.
Row 42 : k3, p3, k1, p9, k1, p2, k6, p2, k1, p9, k1, p3, k3.
Row 43: k6, p2, k7, p1, k3, p6, k3, p1, k7, p2, k6.
Row 44: k3, p4, k2, p5, k2, p3, k6, p3,p3, k2, p5, k2, p4, k3.
Row 45: k8, p7, k5, p4, k5, p7, k8.
Row 46: k3, p7, k3, p8, k2, p8, k3, p7, k3.
Row 47: k44
Row 48: k3, p18, k2, p18, k3.
Row 49: k19, p2, k2, p2, k19.
Row 50: k3, p15, k2, p4, k2, p15, k3.
Row 51: k19, p2, k2, p2, k19.
Row 52: k3, p17, k4, p17, k3.
Row 53: k44.
Row 44: k3, p38, k3.
Row 55: k44.,
Row 56: k3, p38, k3.
Rows 57-58: k44.
Vind off in purl. Weave in ends.

The Recipe Corner:
By Janet Dickelman

This was always served at my house for Christmas dinner!
1 (14 1/2 oz.) can whole kernel corn partially drained
1 (14 1/2 oz.) can creamed corn
1 stick melted butter
1 cup sour cream
2 eggs
1 box Jiffy corn muffin mix
Grease a 9 x 13 casserole. Combine melted butter, sour cream, and beaten eggs. Add in corn and mix well, then add in muffin mix. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes. Allow to set 15 minutes before serving.

Russian Teacakes
By Bonnie Robertson

2 sticks of butter or margarine. (2 sticks of butter = 1 cup)
½ cup of powdered sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla.
2 and 1 quarter cups flour
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup of thoroughly chopped pecans.

Thoroughly mix wet ingredients, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla in a large mixing bowl.
Mix dry ingredients, flower, salt and nuts in a separate bowl.
Gradually add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Keep mixing as you go. Make sure the dough is thoroughly mixed. Form in to 1 inch balls. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool slightly and roll in powdered sugar.

By Marian Haslerud

The following is a list of events of interest. If you wish to add an event, please feel free to contact me. My information is as follows:

Phone number: 612-206-5883
Email: Marianhaslerud642@gmail.com

ACBM board meetings: An email is sent to the announce list. It will give the date, time, and provide a zoom link to attend the meeting.
Meetings are held the third Monday of every month. If you wish to attend contact Steve Robertson. His phone number is: 612-819-5222. His email is: Stevetrobertson4@gmail.com

ACBM coffee will be held on the second Saturday of each month, at Day-by-Day Café, located at 477 7th St. W., St. Paul. A second coffee event has been added. It will take place on the first Thursday of every month. The location is Ihopp located at 2201 Kilabrew Drive, Bloomington, MN. emails with the exact times of the two events will be sent. The social committee will send emails regarding upcoming social events. The next upcoming event is a night of fun and games. It will be held at The Country Inn and Suites in Woodbury. If you are interested in attending contact Randee Boerboom at 612-695-3226. There will be an article in the Memo with further information.

Bowling is held every Saturday, at Memory Lanes. The address for the bowling alley is 2520 S26th Ave., Minneapolis, MN. Contact Linda for more information. Her number is 952-857-9958

Audio darts is held on Tuesday evenings. For more information, contact Phil Sporer. His phone number is (651) 269-5421.
Bowling and darts will take place through the spring season.

The Minnesota Christian Fellowship meets once every three months. For more information call Marian Haslerud. Her phone number is:612-206-5883.

Vision Loss Resources (VLR) has a calendar of events. For more information call the hot line at 612-843-3439
Have a wonderful holiday season.

Officers and Board of Directors
President: Janet Dickelman, Saint Paul, MN
Second term ending 2025 | (651) 428-5059
E-mail: janet.dickelman@gmail.com
Vice president: Steve Robertson, Minneapolis, MN
1st term ending 2024 | (612) 819-5222
Email: stevetrobertson4@gmail.com
Secretary: Nicky Schlender, Minnetonka, MN
1st term ending 2025 | (612) 618-4335
E-mail: kb0ouf@pcdesk.net
Treasurer: Patty Slaby, Arcadia, WI
1st term, ending 2024 | (715) 497-9849
Email: Pattyslaby135@gmail.com

Board Of Directors
Coleen Kitagawa, Richfield, MN
Second term ending in 2025 | (612) 964-2005
E-mail: kitagawa@mysero.net
Jennifer Dubbin, Saint Paul, MN
1st term ending 2025 | (651) 334-8895
E-mail: lyndidog@comcast.net
Gary Boettcher, St Paul, MN
1st term ending 2024 (651) 200-7020
Marian Haslerud, Bloomington, MN
First Term Ending 2024, (612) 206-5883
marianhaslerud642 @gmail.com
Mike Vining, Minneapolis, MN
First Term Ending 2024, (612) 408-7652
ACBM Standing Committee Chairs
To reach any of our standing committees, see chair info below.
Membership: Nancy Schadegg (612) 798-5178
Email Nancy.schadegg@comcast.net
Budget and Fundraising: Patty Slaby (608) 323-3614
Email Pattyslaby135@gmail.com
Advocacy: Jeff West (763) 479-9709 
Email WestJeffrey123@gmail.com
Editorial Committee: Catalina Martinez (612) 227-3011
E-mail: catalina229@gmail.com
Social Committee: Colleen Kitagawa (612) 964-2005
Email: kitagawa@mysero.net