[MD-AtLarge] March Minutes and next meeting

nfbmd nfbmd at earthlink.net
Tue Apr 12 23:41:18 UTC 2016

Hi Jason,

I think you should try it out.  The same people don’t call up each month.  You will be welcome.


When does school end.  All the best.



Sharon Maneki, President

National Federation of the Blind of Maryland



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Do you think I would benefit from the at large chapter or could I bring anything to the table? Are there any students or young adults who call in regularly? It sounds like there was a good meeting last month and this one will be good too.


On Tue, Apr 12, 2016 at 4:48 PM nfbmd via MD-AtLarge <md-atlarge at nfbnet.org <mailto:md-atlarge at nfbnet.org> > wrote:

Hello all,


The next meeting of the At-large Chapter will be on Tuesday, April 19.  We are having a special guest speaker:  Ever Lee Hairston.  Ever Lee is a member of the Board of the Directors of the National Federation of the Blind.  She is also the author of “Blind Ambition – One Woman’s Journey to Greatness Despite Her Blindness.”  Some of you will remember Ever Lee.  She was the National Representative when we had our State Convention in Annapolis.


Remember the call-in number is 641-715-3272.  The access code is 720125.  


Many thanks to Danielle Earl for filling in and taking minutes for the March meeting.  Please read the minutes below.


Minutes for the At large chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland

March 15, 2016 


The Presidential Release was played at 7:30 PM. 

The NFB President made the following announcements:  

*         It is Read across American Day and the NFB has made a video to commemorate this day.

*         Amazon has signed an agreement with the NFB to make their reading content accessible to the blind. 

*         Preregistration is now open and will close on May 31st for this year’s convention in Orlando, Florida from June 30th to July 5th.

*         You now can apply for the Kenneth Jernigan Scholarship for National Convention.  Deadline is April 15th. 

*         The NFB has published a book called the Power of Love, which are essays by Kenneth Jernigan.


The Meeting was called to order at 8:00 PM via conference call by Marguerite Woods. 

There was around 15 members in attendance 


Marguerite and Sharon Haskins-Brown shared their experiences and what they learned from the iPhone workshop that they attended on Wednesday, March 9th at the Library. 


Marguerite announced that Steve will share information about different phone Apps at an upcoming meeting.


Dana spoke about the case involving Yasmin, who sued Montgomery County with the help of the NFB.  The Judge ruled in her favor.


Sharon Maneki gave us an update on the bill and case regarding rights of blind parents in custody disputes.


At last month’s meeting they talked about doing something differently and during this meeting a few members shared something that they did out of their comfort zone.  


At this meeting there were two guest speakers from the Baltimore Sheriff’s Office, Major Harper and Captain Cruise, to give guidelines on safety.  They spoke on the following topics:  buddy system, purses, people at your door, local police security survey, Smoke detectors, fire safety, cooking habits & safety, heat safety, preventing falls, outdoor home safety, stairwell and stair safety, and sign up for direct deposit.  There was time for questions 


The meeting was over at 9:10 PM. 


Submitted by Danielle Earl 



Sharon Maneki, President

National Federation of the Blind of Maryland



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