[Community-service] The 2016-2017 National Federation of the Blind Community Service Division

Darian Smith president at nfbcommunityservice.org
Sat Jul 9 02:36:27 UTC 2016

Many thanks to all who attended our seminar and business meeting.
We had great presenters who had wonderful, informative and inspiring words to share
We elected a new board of directors as well. The results of the election are as follows: President: Darian Smith, vice president: Dacia Cole, secretary: Chris Parsons, treasurer: jonathan franks, board members Tara Abella, Kyra Sweeney and Ronnie Bellomy.

 a huge thanks goes to Jonathan Franks for handling financial duties at convention, Dacia Cole for handling the recruitment of volunteers, Kyra Sweeney and others for helping to sell Granola Bars.
 I want to extend a  special thank you to  Corina Salinas, Hindley Williams, Juan Munoz and Mary Church  for their work  on the board as leaders in this division and as most recent past members of the board of directors.
 We would not be where we are today if it were not for their individual and collective contributions, and I for one very much appreciate it.
 Chris Parsons has  served in the capacity of Vice President since the formation of this division.  This term she happily takes on the position the office of secretary. This does not change the nature of her work in the division much, but I wanted to take the opportunity to thank her for her tireless work as Vice President.
 Thank you, Chris for what you have done and we look forward to the things  you will contribute to help build this division.
 Anna Givens and Cindy Ray were individuals you likely met who have not taken leadership roles within the division who stepped up over the course of the week to help out.
 I want to thank them both for their help.
 The Division had our trivia Night during the convention.  It was a very lively music themed trivia night.
 The contestants grouped up in teams of eight and had to guess correctly a given song from a given category based upon hearing a few  seconds of a particular song being pumped through the speakers  in the ballroom in which the game took place.
 The winning team received $135as prize money. We look forward to an even larger turnout so that the winning team may win even more money.. 
 We of course put on  our second community service project as a part of national convention.
  This year we participated in a habitat build where the members put up drywall.
 much fun was had by all and we grew together as a federation family.  The Golden Triangle Chapter of the NFB of Texas provided lunch, and I want to  extend deep thanks to therefor doing this and for coming along and being the energy for this project.
 I have to say that we all did pretty well without coffee, having traveled from across the country and having woken up early.

 I promise that as the board recovers from convention we will be in touch with all of our membership to see what the division should do and who wants to help the division  do it.
 Until then please be in touch via the list serve or  president at nfbcommunityservice.org.
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 We look forward to working together to build this division and the Federation. Let's get involved! Let's go build the Federation

Darian Smith
President, National Federation  of the Blind Community Service Division

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