[Nfbc-info] Proper eticate on our list serve

Lisamaria Martinez lmartinez217 at gmail.com
Mon Feb 7 20:59:23 UTC 2011

... And speaking of sharing experiences in order to strengthen our
hope for the future ...

Yesterday wonder woman and amazing Federationist Serena Olsen
participated in the San Francisco Kaiser Permanaente half marathon.
Not only did she conquer a personal fitness challenge to train for and
run 13.1 miles, but in doing so, she truly changed the perceptions of
the sighted world about blindness. 9,999 other runners saw a blind
person run through the streets of San Francisco using a running guide
and alternative techniques. Not only did all of these athletes see her
and her guide runner in action, but many of them took the liberty to
ask her and her guide runner the purpose for the tether. So, while
running, she was able to lead by example and educate by answering

I think it would be an absolutely fantastic idea if our monthly
bulletin contained a small blurb every month on a Federationist who is
changing what it means to be blind by going out there into our
communities and leading by example--whether that leadership originates
from doing the specific work of the federation or by doing the
essential work we all need to be doing in our communities, that is,
integrating ourselves in our communities and participating in those
activities that the public thinks blind people cannot do.

In fact, I am so moved by much of what we do as an organization, and
specifically, as a state affiliate, that I'd love to volunteer to
submit a monthly Federationist Corner, where we can dedicate a
paragraph or two to spotlighting that special Federationist who is
changing what it means to be blind.

Wouldn't this be an awesome and very appropriate section of our
monthly bulletin to have read at our chapter meetings every month?

Madame Presidente, I'd be happy to write something and submit it for
March's bulletin with your approval and blessing.

With much enthusiasm,

On 2/6/11, Mary Willows <mwillows at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> Dear listers:
> This is a reminder that our affiliate list serve is not a vehicle for
> fundraising for outside agencies or organizations.  While we certainly do
> benefit from announcements about services to blind people, it is not
> appropriate to ask our members to donate to organizations other than our
> own.
> I am certain that by now everyone has heard about the historic event that
> took place in Daytona on January 29, 2011.  Mark Riccobono drove a car at
> the Blind Driver Challenge.  It is the work of the National Federation of
> the Blind that makes events such as this happen.
> I would like to acknowledge Brian Buhrow for his participation in the Blind
> Driver Challenge.    It is because of people like Brian who are willing to
> share their experience, strength and hope for the future that we are so
> strong.
> Go out and make it a great day and spread the word about the work of the
> NFB.
> Mary Willows, President
> National Federation of the Blind of California
> mwillows at sbcglobal.net
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