[Ncabs] August 2014 minutes

Shickeytha Chandler shickeytha at gmail.com
Thu Aug 14 15:37:51 UTC 2014

Sorry I missed this one. Hope to make the next one!


On 8/14/14, Currin, Kevin via Ncabs <ncabs at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Hello fellow blind students of North Carolina and everyone else:
> Below are the minutes for our Monday call. I seek your generous forgiveness
> for my delay in sending them to the list. However, I had to do some
> post-call editing of the minutes due to the aweful connection that we had on
> the conference line. Nevertheless, they are now a beautiful, finished
> product (thanks to Alan's gracious additions) and I hope you all have
> significant enjoyment reading them.
> Thanks and happy start of the semester,
> Kevin
> Attendance
> Alan Chase (President)
> Kevin Currin (1st vice president)
> Kathren Webster
> DJ Robinson
> Ashley Coleman
> John Dyson
> Trey Roach
> Zoe Groves
> Devante Lewis
> Preston Davis
> Josue Pena
> Brittany Simmons
> Elizabeth
> Jonathan Kirk
> Daria Bannerman
> Meeting called to order at 9:44 pm.
> President's Report
> NCABS has worked to develop a wider membership base over the last year. We
> hope that our newly established membership will help to implement the ideas
> that we have for NCABS in the future.
> First Vice-President's Report
> NCABS is developing a plan to work with restaurants to produce braille
> menus. We currently plan to charge the restaurant a small fee in exchange
> for brailling
> their menus and potentially advertising for their restaurant. We would like
> to expand this program to as many parts of the state as possible. If you
> are
> interested, please contact Kevin at
> kwcurrin at live.unc.edu.
> NCABS has also been implementing our new version of student seminars called
> Students United for Purpose (SUP). SUP are 3-4 hour panel discussions over
> lunch during which our officers and other members discuss topics relevant to
> blind students and take questions from the audience. Our first SUP seminar
> was at UNC Chapel Hill in January of this year and had over 25 participants.
> We want to continue these seminars around the state to reach out to as many
> students as possible.
> Treasurer's Report
> We will spend about $200-$300 at State convention. We previously voted to
> have our business meeting at state convention over lunch and we will give
> our
> attendants a bit of money to help with lunch.
> NCABS Elections
> Below are descriptions of the 5 NCABS officers:
> President: attend board meetings of the NFB of NC, provide an annual report,
> serve as external representative of the organization, and complete any
> other
> tasks required by the organization
> First Vice-President
> Assist the President in carrying out his/her duties.
> Second Vice-President
> Assist the President in carrying out his/her duties.
> Under Alan's administration, the vice president's have generally been tasked
> with internal management of the organization's activities.
> Treasurer
> Responsible for collecting membership fees, collecting money at NCABS
> events, making purchases approved by the membership, making treasury
> reports, and
> providing quarterly reports to state board
> Secretary
> Sending meeting reminders, taking minutes, sending out minutes to the
> listserv within 48 hours of the call, making announcements and maintaining a
> membership
> registry.
> If you are interested in running for any of these positions, let us know.
> The NCABS elections are held at the NFB state convention in September.
> You can run in person at the convention or you can submit a speech for Alan
> to read if you cannot make it.
> Committees
> Committees can change as needed.
> Committee chairs are appointed by the President; they are not elected
> positions.
> We currently have 4 committees:
> Fund raising
> Publicity
> Social
> Scholarship
> The state convention registration fee is $15 for everyone.
> However, there is a student discount through NCABS.
> If you register by August 22 online, the registration fee is $5.
> Although you need to register online, you will need to pay the $5
> registration fee in person at the convention.
> To register, go to
> nfbofnc.org.
> The state convention is September 18-21.
> The student track is on Saturday September 20.
> There is a banquet Saturday night at state convention.
> The banquet tickets are $35 for everyone, including students.
> The hotel rate is $69 per room per night.
> Finding a roommate is a good way to reduce hotel costs.
> Devante wants to run for president.
> Kathryn wants to run for either Vice-President position.
> Trey wants to be considered for webmaster.
> DJ wants to run for treasurer.
> Ashley wants to run for secretary.
> Meeting adjourned at 10:15 pm.
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