Update on DSA Seattle by Ellen Scheppach / chair

Update from DSA Seattle

News from Ellen Scheppach

Happy New Year! Gone is the old one: we can look to

the year our DSA 2019 Seattle Conference will shortly

be held, September 2 – 8, 2019.

Did you know that Sheraton Seattle Hotel is now dubbed as Sheraton

Grand Seattle Hotel, which has recently amalgamated with the Marriott

Enterprises? For our own purposes, Sheraton Grand continues to honor

our contract with them. Now mere months behind the dates we have our

eyes set on, the capacity at the hotel has reached 70%. There is still

ample time, if not having done so, to make your reservations. Simply go to

our website: dsa2019seattle.org/hotel and reserve your rooms at $209 per

night online. Begin with checking in on Tuesday, September 3rd and

checking out, Sunday, September 8th.

The Conference program actually begins on Tuesday, September 3rd. Are

you interested in listening in at the DSA Board’s meeting? Open door to the

public, it starts at 9:00am that day.

The Deaf Open Forum begins right after Ms. Donna DiMarco’s welcome

speech at 1:30pm. At the Forum, the DSA Board officers plan to introduce

the making of NAD/DSA Task Force and the restructuring of the DSA

organizational format. Sherri Collins, President of National Association of

State Agencies of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (NASADHH), will then

resume the floor and speak of what State representatives have on senior

housing. (A separate program is set for Wednesday afternoon,1:00pm,

where Sherri Collins, as chair, will solicit feedback from the audience on

issues of paramount concerns in topics such as seniors’ health care,

service providing, housing, etc. Can she count on you to come to partake in

the worthy discussion?)

The website dsa2019seattle.org/schedule has flyers depicting a variety of

events during the conference. Along with the daily schedule shown at your

fingertip as you scroll up and down the screen, the attached flyers contain

detailed events & highlights, sites, dates and times

The flyers on the Red Hat Society luncheon and the Sports luncheon are

designed to be pre-paid and to hold your spots. Both luncheons provided

are optional: they are not part of your combo ticket package. Vice-Chair

Connie Gough is chair of both luncheons. Donna DiMarco is the honored

guest speaker at the Red Hat Society luncheon whereas, for Sports

luncheon, there are a few ideas, however tentative. For either or both of

the luncheons, seating is limited! Fill in the order forms, pay by check or

money order, and send them to WSDSC/DSA, PO Box 1472, Vancouver,

WA 98668. (See attached forms.)

Dan Brubaker is our Hands-on-Tours (HOT) agent, handling over 18 tours

planned for the week of the conference. Again, view tour offers in our

dsa2019seattle.org/tours. Scroll up and down with your finger on the arrow

at bottom left-hand to look at various tours planned for each day of the

week; some are city sight-seeing, some are out of range, making for halfday

or day trips to sites of great interest. Some happen certain times in the

day and, even, there is a dinner cruise on the waterfront lake and a cruise

to the native Tillikum Village. A tour to Chateau Ste Michelle Vineyards will

be an aftermath to Rusty Wales’ workshop on wine.

Dan is accepting payments on his online ticketing system to begin March

1st, 2019. Contact Dan at his email address, dan@handson.travel, to hold

your spots; cite the tours of your interest shown on dsa2019seattle.org/

HOTtours, prices per se, your name and credit card infos . If you have

additional questions, please feel free to contact Dan at


If you have registered with us, you would have received your postcards

with your ID#s shown. Please remember to hang onto them and bring

them with you to Seattle! Present them at the Registration booths.

Our website, dsa2019seattle.org, is filled with exciting news and

information, so do keep on checking it out. As we go along, we attempt to

update it. If your friend does not have a computer, you would do us a favor

to assist in passing on the information. www.deafseniors@us

is, indeed, another source of information on our conference

Use the following contact emails to reach out to any one of us on the

Conference Management Team if you have any questions you wished to


Ellen Scheppach, Chair


Connie Gough, Vice Chair


Karen Atwood, Public Relations


Van Scheppach, Business Manager


Registration DSA


Craig & Nancy Opheikens, Exhibits


Gerrianne Healy, Workshops


Angela Theriault, Accessibility


Until the next New Horizons issue, I wish you all well.


Ellen Scheppach <dsa2019chair@gmail.com>