Wednesday, December 14, 2005

OCDAC Newsletter December 14, 2005

Dear Friends,

Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center extends everyone on our subscriber
list the best of holiday wishes. It has been a very challenging year
for our agency, our board members, our volunteers, and the people who
rely on us for their safe, healthy, and productive journeys through
their lives.

Until the end of 2005 there is some very good news for taxpayers as a
result of the Katrina Emergency Tax Relief Act (KETRA). Americans have
a long and rich heritage of charitable giving and involvement that
pre-dates any income tax code, and this year has broken all records
for giving following the disaster in the Gulf Coast states.
Recognizing that this extraordinary giving should not negatively
impact taxpayers' support of their "regular" charities like the Orange
County Deaf Advocacy Center, Congress enacted the KETRA, which
temporarily suspends otherwise applicable limits on charitable
deductions for individuals and corporations. In a nutshell, this
means that you can deduct a cash gift made to Orange County Deaf
Advocacy Center before December 31, 2005, from your taxes, even when
that gift brings your total level of giving above the usual limits for
deductibility! As you are likely familiar, those limits are usually no
more than 50% of your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) - under KETRA,
deductibility is raised to 100% of AGI - and 3% of the amount by which
AGI exceeds $145,950. KETRA also provides a unique window of
opportunity for making gifts from withdrawals from IRAs. We have done
plenty good to our communities. We just ask you to help us continue
the good works. As our overhead in 2004 was only 7%, 93 cents of
every dollar you contribute goes directly to funding our operations.
We are a 100% volunteer organization and social service agency and
none of our funding goes to salaries. So please give if you can! For
more information on helping us visit

Our blue van which we use to transport deaf-blind people to events and
we also use to conduct numerous fundraiser and education activities is
showing signs it will need to be replaced soon. We use it to transport
over 15 deaf and deaf-blind people to various events each month.
These deaf and deaf-blind clients who are unable to use the bus cant
qualify for our local ACCESS program since their system's rules make
it extremely difficult to do so. Recent complaints from community
members tell us the local ACCESS system is not deaf-blind friendly.
Therefore our deaf and deaf-blind friends are relying on us to help
them participate in our society's offerings and that is done primarily
through our blue van. The wipers have ceased working making it
inoperable on rainy days, the transmission is bad limiting our travel
to local areas. We cant fo faster then 55 mph without overheating,
and the sliding door on the side fell off because the metal cracked at
the top. The van has been heavily used in assisting us with our
mission and vision statements. We would appreciate your help in
getting us a new van soon so we can continue helping these deaf and
deaf-blind people and our education and fundraising activities. If
you're interested in helping us out, please contact us at
[email protected]

Remember us as the holidays are coming up! Don't forget to use the
Albertsons, Ralph, and Food4Less Cards this coming Holidays as you
will help us with our mission and vision statements. Our iGive program
is there to help you with your holiday shopping too.

OCDAC Communications
[email protected]

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We have began planning for our booth at the Pet Expo thats coming up
April, 2006 at the Orange County Fairgrounds. This will be our 3rd
year there. The booth rules have changed and we have to have at least
90 percent of the products were selling at the Pet Expo to be pet
related. We have already sent written communications to several pet
products wholesalers asking for donations of overstock and/or
discontinued pet products for our booth. We will have our service
animal training, certification, and advocacy education materials for
the public.

We are contemplating a foodstand booth at the Whales Festival next
March at Dana Point, California. This will be similar to our
successful Fullerton Winter Festival booth.

We now stand at 25% of the stock for The New Year's event. We are
making good progress with Bob Apodaca being very helpful to us in our
booth planning.

We have began planning for at least 10 educational events in addition
to our famous deaf awareness booth at the Orange County Fair. For more
information about these education events, please visit our volunteer
list at

We are having a Bowl-A-Thon next February at the Westminster Lanes and
we are still working this out with the lane management. We are
seeking sponsors for this event th help us cover the cost of the lanes
which is estimated from $800 to $1,300.

Drastic Social Security rule changes for Title II Old Age, Survivors,
and Disability Insurance and SSI programs such as outlined in\

renews our calls for self-reliance ideas for organizations who serve
the deaf and disabled and our very own idea, our California Disability
Gaming Initiative idea and that can be found at is an idea that works for
Native Americans. Why shouldn't it work for the Disability
communities? The proposed Social Security rules will limit appeals
and create a new process that is less about truth-seeking and more
hostile to applicants.

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Take a look at our new magazine fundraiser and this is one of the ways
you can help us do the good work for the deaf and disabled
communities. Were getting our results in the form of a check of about
$64 from the magazine fundraiser which is a good start.

The URL is

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Deaf Viterbo student is teaching as she learns

State program provides phone equipment for disabled\

Can't trust province with care of disabled, court told\

New school for disabled

Volunteer's 'most loving gift' is helping hearing-impaired kids



The Orange County American Sign Language Meetup Group -
/ - meets each 3rd Wednesdays of the

The Orange County Deaf & Hearing Impaired Meetup Group -
38/ - meets each 1st Saturdays of the month.


The Orange County American Sign Language & Orange County Deaf &
Hearing Impaired December Meetup

Friday, December 18, 7:00 PM

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
17595 Harvard Ave #B
Irvine, CA
(949) 660-1332

Meet the 2 meetups!

Free Raffle Ticket to each participant, $1.00 for extra raffle tickets.

Prizes include, I love you Figurine, ASL Placemats, ASL Jewelry,
Firestarters, and ASL pin.


We will be holding a Support Service Provider training classes on
Sunday December 19th from 12pm to 5pm. This is a free 5 hour training
workshop open to anyone interested in working with the Deaf Blind.
Training will take place at our offices in Irvine. If you can come to
the training workshop please RSVP. If you have any questions please
call or email.

Thank You,
Beth Koenig
[email protected]
714 414 7982

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2006 Summer I.T. Internship in Washington, DC

Extended Submission Deadline - January 13, 2006 (5pm EST)

2006 Summer Information Technology Internship for College Students
with Disabilities: Administered by AAPD and sponsored by Microsoft
Corporation, undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers in
information technology are encouraged to apply. Accepted candidates
will work in various agencies in the executive branch of the federal
government. Roundtrip air travel and housing will be provided to
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available from

** Apply by: JANUARY 13, 2006 (5:00pm, eastern). **

Questions and submissions for I.T. program: or
[email protected].

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Please visit our bookstore that has related books and different kinds
of assistive living devices at

-------------< OUTSIDE NEWS PART 2/3 >

The deaf take Magic Seeds play to National Theatre

New Website Advises Organizations On Accessibility For Deaf And
Disabled People

Poway boy helps secure Miracle for disabled kids

NCH appeal for local disabled children ends – a fantastic £305,000 raised

Baseball 'Unfair' for Hearing-Impaired

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The great news is that the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) remains
stalled in congress because the reauthorization language does not
provide equal treatment of male domestic violence victims in which
represents a number of our own deaf clients. We believe in fairness,
equality, and justice FOR ALL not just the female gender as VAWA
desires and congress believes the same and that's why they're stalling
the VAWA.

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"It helps me communicate with my family, friends, boyfriend, anyone,"
Natalie Liles signed of the videophones. "You can see the person in
front of you."

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Do you shop at Albertsons or Sav-on stores? You can get a free
community partners card at those stores and then add it to our list of
supporters. A percent of what you buy will go to helping our Deaf
youth program. If you already have a school or other program that you
are supporting, don't worry, you can add your card to support our
program too! There are two ways to add your card. You can email your
First and Last name with your phone number and community partners card
number to [email protected] or you can download and print our
Albertsons / Sav-on Community Partners signup forms at and have your
friends, neighbors, associates, and relatives sign up as supporters
and then mail the form to the address on the
form. To reach our funding goal we need 25,000 supporters who shop at
Albertsons / Sav-on. And remember to use your community partners card
when you shop at Albertsons or Sav-on.

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Dear respected colleagues and sports friends,

A lot of people know me as the man who has given all of his life to
our common cause - to development of the International Deaf Sports,
therefore it is difficult for me not to write to you.

I have been silent for a long time, but now I have a desire to consult
with you.

I address to you now because I am, as well as many of you are,
disturbed with future of the CISS and destiny of the International
Deaf Sports movement.

Recently I have thoroughly read Mr. Jerald Jordan`s story titled
`ALLEGATIONS OF FRAUD ARE FALSE, which was published on October 24,
2005 at and it again recollected me as to what had
occurred at the Congress on January 4, 2005.

I am sure that many people and even Mr. J. Jordan wish to know my
opinion regarding the event happened on that day.

For me, as far as I remember, there was the atmosphere of bias,
lobbying of the interests of only one Federation - USA, which also had
an advantage over many foreign delegates who were not familiar
with the English language. This has deprived all of us the rights to
make a free and worthy choice.

For me as an athlete himself, till now it has remained unclear as
it has turned out so, that people who themselves were non-athletes and
who did not taste the pleasure of victories and bitterness of defeats
or who do not understand how difficult it is for any athlete to win
Deaflympic medals, became, as non-athletes, the leaders of the
organization of the CISS.

In his article Mr. J. Jordan, as "a juggler", speaks about magic
numbers and that there was no fraud, but I am the skilled athlete and
it is difficult to lead me into error, even from a skillful master of
manipulations such as Mr. J. Jordan.

In his article Mr. J. Jordan mentions such facts which do not match
the Minutes of the 39th CISS Congress and which have been altered
multiple times and published at

Mr. J. Jordan is confused with figures and wishes to confuse us. It
once again confirms that he and his team have acted not fairly with us.

I am assured that the Federation which does not made obligatory dues
to the CISS Treasury and tramples on its Constitution has no right to
nominate its candidate to a leading post in our such dear and beloved
organization - the CISS.

I am confident that among us there are dearer, worthy and fair people
who could lead the CISS and carry out their work for the organization
more professionally and effectively.

I am sure there are problems which are now worrying not only me, but
all of you, too.

I am ready to discuss the CISS issues with each of you and to find out
your opinion.

I know that the falsification on elections and other infringements of
the CISS Constitution took place, in any day and hour, at any place
and I am ready to prove this.

The Russian Committee of Deaf Sports' Claims are stated in the
Appendix 1 ( see below, please ).

But we offer with your help and with your participation to convoke the
Extraordinary CISS Congress to solve our internal disputes and issues.

We do not want split of the CISS, we want restoration of validity and
equality for everybody, without any exception.

We ask you, dear colleagues and friends, to direct you opinions,
comments and wishes to our address till January 15, 2006.

Yours cordially,

Valery Rukhledev
President and
RCDS Executive Committee









1. Plaintiff is RUSSIAN COMMITTEE OF DEAF SPORTS (herein, "RCDS"),
which is a national sports organization for the deaf people in the
Russian Federation. Its Home Office address is Ulitza 1905 Goda,
10-A, Moscow, Russian Federation 123022.

2. Defendant is USA DEAF SPORTS FEDERATION ("USADSF"), which is a
national sports organization for the deaf people. Its Home Office
address is 102 North Krohn Place, Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57103, U.S.A.


3. RCDS is recognized by the International Committee of Deaf Sports/
("CISS) and the National Olympic Committee of the Russian Federation.
Therefore, RCDS voluntarily and fully accepts the jurisdiction of this

4. USADSF is recognized by CISS and the United States of America
Olympic Committee. In addition, the two members of USADSF Dr. Jerald
Jordan ("Jordan") and Dr. Donalda Ammons ("Ammons") are former and
present Presidents of CISS. Jordan is also the recipient of the 1995
Olympic Order awarded by the International Olympic Committee. Under
blessings of the International Olympic Committee and many different
International Sports Federations, which recognize the existence and
jurisdiction of this Court, USADSF hosted the Deaflympic Summer and
Winter Games on its land in 1965, 1975 and 1985. USADSF is also a host
of the coming 16th Deaflympic Winter Games to be held in Salt Lake
City, Utah, February 1-11, 2007. These Winter Games will be held under
the patronage of the International Olympic Committee. Therefore, for
the reasons stated above, USADSF should agree to voluntarily, fully
and in good faith accept the jurisdiction of this Court.

5. Upon information and belief, in 1983 the International Olympic
Committee founded this Court.

6. The Central Office of this Court in Lausanne, Switzerland, should
be the suggested venue of this arbitration matter.


7. By September 15, 2004, the deadline date for a CISS Presidency
nomination submission, upon information and belief, USADSF was in
violation of the following rules:

A. USADSF failed to pay to the CISS its required 10% penalty fee
interest starting from April 1, 2000 to September 15, 2004, which
resulted from USADSF's annual $800.00 2000 CISS Membership dues
non-payment for the year of 2000 (that is, from January 1 to December
31, 2000). This was violation of CISS Constitution Rule 6.1.2.

B. USADSF failed to pay to the CISS its $210.00 penalty fee, which was
resulted in obtaining of red/yellow cards by members of USA Men's
Football team, which took part at the 19th Deaflympic Summer Games in
Rome, Italy, in 2001. This was in violation of CISS Constitution Rule
8.2 and Deaflympic Games Regulations Rule 9.G.

C. USADSF failed to pay to the CISS its $10,000.00 penalty fee for
withdrawing of its two teams ($5,000.00 for men and $5,000,00 for
women) from the Deaf World Championships in Team Tennis held in
Austria in 2003.This was in violation of Deaf World Championships Rule

D. By December 1, 2004, the deadline date for final registration
submission for nations competing at the 20th Deaflympic Summer Games,
USADSF failed to pay its certain penalty fee for withdrawing of its
team from the Deaf World Championship in Wrestling held in Bulgaria
in October, 2004. This was in violation of the Deaf World
Championships Rule 9.D.

8. In spite of violations by USADSF mentioned on Paragraph Number 7,
on or about September 15, 2004, Ammons, the then Secretary General of
CISS, was nominated by USADSF as a candidate for the position of the
CISS President.

9. By fully observing the CISS rules, on or about September 15,2004,
RCDS nominated Valery Rukhledev ("Rukhledev"), its long time national
sports leader, as a candidate for the positions of the CISS
President, Vice President and Member.

10. The city of Melbourne, Australia was the venue of the 39th CISS
("Congress"), which was held during January 3-4, 2005. The election
session for the positions of CISS President, Vice President and Member
was held on January 4, 2005.

11. The Congress elections were held in highly-questionably, biased,
undemocratic, unprofessional and unfair manner.

12. In spite of violations by USADSF mentioned on Paragraph Number 7,
Jordan was chosen to run the Congress session on the floor.

13. Jordan was also engaged in a lobbying activity among the Congress
delegates to vote for Ammons and against Rukhledev.

14. Rukhledev was a sole delegate for the nation of the Russian
Federation at the Congress session.

15. Jordan and Ammons denied the nation of the Russian Federation to
have its second delegate, besides Rukhledev, to take part at the
Congress in violation of CISS Constitution rule 9.2.4.

16. In spite of violations by USADSF mentioned on Paragraph Number 7,
Dr. Edward Ingham, a member of USADSF, was chosen to act as one of
four scrutineers at the Congress.

17. Ingham was also engaged in a lobbying activity among the various
Congress delegates to vote for Ammons and against Rukhledev.

18. In spite of violations by USADSF mentioned on paragraph Number 7,
Dr. Bobbie Beth Scoggins, USADSF President and member, was allowed to
act as one of the two delegates for the nation of USA at the Congress.

19. Under influence of Jordan and Ammons, during the Congress session
and before the elections, Scoggins publicly demonstrated the Congress
Proposal Number 70, in which the name of Rukhledev was willfully and
intentionally exposed - and discredited - before all delegates of the

20. Before the start of the Congress session on January 3, 2005,
Rukhledev proposed to Scoggins to solve the Congress Proposal Number
70 privately and out of the Congress' premises, to which Scoggins

21. In spite of violations by USADSF mentioned on Paragraph Number 7,
another USADSF member - Ms. Tiffany Granfors ("Granfors") - acting as
a CISS Home Office Administrator was, according to
website report engaged in a lobbying activity among the various
Congress delegates to vote for Ammons and against Rukhledev before and
during the Congress session.

22. Jordan and Ammons denied Rukhledev to have his own election
campaign team representatives to attend the Congress session.

23. According to the March 27, 2005-released 39th CISS Congress
Minutes Report published in the ("March 27
Report"), during the election session for the office of President,
Ammons collected 89 votes, while Rukhledev got just 23 votes out of
120. 8 votes reported void.
However, on October 24, 2005, Jordan in his story (
"October 24 Jordan Story" ) mistakenly reported a total of 112 votes
(not 120 votes) and he did not also report that 8 votes were void.

24. According to the March 27 Report, during the election session for
the office of Vice President, David Lanesman of Israel got 62 votes,
Rukhledev - 39 and Jessica Rohde of Denmark - 15 ("Rohde"), which
translated into a total of 116 contested votes out of 120. However, in
the October 24 Jordan story, it was mistakenly reported a total of 116
votes (not 120 votes) and the story did not report that 4 more votes
were missing.

25. According to the March 27 Report, in the Round Number One for the
position of Member, Siv Fosshaug of Switzerland got 79 votes, Yang
Yang of China - 57 ("Yang"), Dogan Ozdemir of Turkey -55 ("Ozdemir"),
Tommy Jung of Korea - 44 ("Jung"), Rukhledev - 41 and Rohde -28, which
amounted to a total of 304 votes.
However, there was supposed to be a total of 360 contested votes in
this Round Number One.
In addition, in the October 24 Jordan Story it was reported that a
total of 121 votes went unaccounted and unused in this Round.

26. According to March 27 Report in the Round Number Two for the
position of Member, Yang got 65 votes, Ozdemir - 54, Jung - 45 and
Rukhledev - 44, which translated into a total of 208 votes
distributed among all these 4 candidates. However, there was supposed
to be a total of 240 votes in this Round. Therefore, 32 votes went
unaccounted or missing in this Round. In addition, the October 24
Jordan Story reported 20 votes unaccounted in this Round.

27. According to the March 27 Report, in the Round Number Three
Ozdemir got 61 votes.
However, this March 27 Report did not mention as to where the
remaining 59 votes went to. In addition, the revised version of the
October 23, 2005 39th CISS Congress Report provided the data that
Odzemir got the same 61 votes, while Jung 45. The October 24 Jordan
Story provided a different number of votes collected by Jung in this
Round as 44, it also reported that a total of 105 votes were awarded
to these 2 candidates, that is, 61 for Ozdemir and 44 - for Jung,
while there was no report that 15 votes went unaccounted in this Round.

28. Upon information and belief, there was not held any live election
contest in the Round Number Three for the Member position between
Ozdemir and Jung at the Congress floor.

29. Therefore, a total of 273 votes out of 960 went unaccounted,
unused, disqualified, void or missing during the election session for
5 various positions at the Congress.

30. There is a breakdown of these unaccounted, unused, disqualified,
void or missing votes for 5 different positions:

President - 8
Vice President - 4
Member, Round Number One - 121
Member, Round Number Two - 20
Member, Round Number Three -120

Total - 273 votes unaccounted and unused.

31. In spite of various CISS Constitution and Deaflympic Games
Regulations rule violations mentioned in Paragraph Number 7 above, USA
delegation was allowed to participate at the 20th Deaflympic Summer
Games competitions held in Melbourne, Australia, January 5-16, 2005.

32. This resulted in awarding of the gold medal for team of USA in
Women's Football at the recent 20th Deaflympic Summer Games.

33. Women's Football team of the Russian Federation, in spite of the
full compliance of the CISS Constitution and Deaflympic Games
Regulation rules by RCDS, was awarded the silver medal.

34. In retrospect and comparison, the two case happenings in the
history of the CISS and Deaflympic Summer Games should not go
unnoticed and they are related to the disqualification of teams and
athletes of the Soviet Union and Russian Federation:

Case A: in 1977, at the 13th Deaflympic Summer Games held in
Bucharest, Romania, the Soviet Union fielded its four very strong
relay teams in Athletics - 4x100 meter and 4x400 meter for men, and
4x100 meter and 4x400 meter for women. Because the Soviet Union
violated a CISS rule, the CISS, under the presidency of Jordan,
disqualified all these 4 teams from the competitions at the Games.

Case B: The Russian Federation registered its team in Women's Handball
for the 19th Deaflympic Summer Games held in Rome, Italy, in 2001.
However, before the start of the Games, the Russians decided to
withdraw of such a team. As a result, because of this withdrawal, the
CISS, under the leadership of Ammons, forced the Russian Federation or
RCDS to pay a $2,500.00 penalty fine to the CISS, otherwise the whole
Russian Federation delegation would have been disqualified from the
Games competitions. RCDS diligently and responsibly paid the whole
penalty fine to the CISS.


Because USADSF violated CISS Constitution Rules 6.1.2, 6.1.3, 7.1,
7.1.1,, and 7.2, the nomination and election of Ammons
as a CISS President was an unconstitutional one.

Because USADSF violated CISS Constitution Rules 6.1.2, 6.1.3, 7.1,
7.1.1.,, and 7.2, the presence and participation of
Jordan, Scoggins, Ingham and Granfors at the Congress session
activities was an unconstitutional one.

Because all five members of USADSF – Jordan, Ammons, Scoggins, Ingham
and Granfors – were engaged in the inside election activity, which
harmed Rukhledev's chances to win one of the above-mentioned seats for
the CISS Executive Committee at the Congress, they all defied the
CISS motto EQUAL THROUGH SPORTS and CISS Constitution Rule 2.1.11.

Because 273 votes out of 960 went unaccounted and unused during the
elections and because Rukhledev was treated as a delegate and
candidate at the Congress in the questionable manner, especially in
the elections for the position of Member, he was a true victim of the
election session.

Because USADSF violated CISS Constitution Rule 7.2 and Deaflympic
Games Regulation Rule 9.G, USA team in Women's Football should get
disqualified and the gold medals should instead be awarded to the team
of the Russian Federation;


A new and extraordinary CISS Congress shall be convened, according to
the CISS Constitution Rules 9.3, in which new elections shall be held
and in which the representatives from International Olympic Committee
shall attend as observers. RCDS is prepared to host such a Congress in
Moscow, Russia.

The title of 20th Deaflympic Summer Games Champion in Women's Football
shall be awarded to the team of the Russian Federation.

$_______ in damages shall be awarded to RCDS and other reasonable
costs incurred in this action.

For such and other relief as this Court may deem just and proper.

Dated: November 15, 2005
Moscow, Russian Federation

Respectfully Submitted,

President and
on behalf of the Executive Committee
Russian Committee of Deaf Sports

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in the Deaf community. It is important that applicants have
demonstrated entrepreneurial traits to develop partnerships and manage
a variety of projects. All applicants should have the desire to travel
nationally, internationally, and have the ability to work outside of
regular business hours.

Applicants should be a strong member of the Deaf community and have
the skill to be successful in the following areas:

· Fund Raising and Partnership Development:

Oversee and direct fundraising. Find new sources of funding and
partnerships. Manage existing sources of funding. Set annual
fundraising goals. Work with others internally and externally to
accomplish set goals. Hold events to recognize the efforts of
individual and corporate donors.

Interact and communicate with board members, employees, committees,
donors, USAID and others influential to the sustainability of GDC.
Manage, influence, and educate relationships to ensure the viability
of GDC programs. Provide support to the GDC Board of Directors as
needed to ensure continued success of the organization.

Manage, influence, and educate relationships to ensure the viability
of GDC programs. Oversee program and site development. Manage program
staff and continue to develop new sites as requested by the GDC Board
of Directors. Insure that high-impact, culturally sensitive programs
stay in motion. Oversee and direct marketing. Manage brand image.
Recruit for trips.

Financial Responsibility:
Oversee finances. Manage and understand balance sheet, income
statement, and statement of cash flow. Manage checks and balances to
monitor finances. Control fiscal budget. Report accurate financial
information to the GDC Board of Directors.

Interested applicants should send resume and cover letter to
[email protected] Please call 612.724.8565 v/tty with
questions or view the GDC web site at .

Due date for resume and cover letter submissions is January 6th at 5pm

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