[Ncabs] August 2014 minutes

Kathryn Webster kathrynwebster.nfb at gmail.com
Thu Aug 14 16:48:02 UTC 2014

Thanks Kevin!! 
Couldn't do it with you :)

Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 14, 2014, at 11:03 AM, "Alan A. Chase via Ncabs" <ncabs at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> A huge thanks to Kevin for his leadership and stepping up to the plate!
> Couldn't do it with you, buddy!
> On Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 10:53 AM, 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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> -- 
> Alan A. Chase, M.Ed.
> Exceptional Children Program Facilitator, Durham Public Schools
> Program Coordinator, Envisioning Youth Empowerment Retreat
> President, North Carolina Association of Blind Students
> Secretary, Governor Morehead School Alumni Association
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