[NFBF-Melbourne] Fwd: [NFBF-Leaders] Washington Seminar report

Camille Tate ctate2076 at att.net
Thu Feb 20 20:45:12 UTC 2020

I sincerely agree with the opinion that is below. The way we organize it this year, we were able to bring more members To advance our legislative priorities. Thank you to the chapter for supporting me and our Federation.


Camille Tate

President, Melbourne Space Coast Chapter , National Federation of the Blind, FL

Board of Directors, National Federation of the Blind, FL

Email: ctate2076 at att.net

Phone:  321 372 4899

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> From: Merry Schoch via NFBF-Leaders <nfbf-leaders at nfbnet.org>
> Date: February 20, 2020 at 1:45:07 PM EST
> To: NFB of Florida List for Leaders <nfbf-leaders at nfbnet.org>, NFB of Florida Internet Mailing List <nfbf-l at nfbnet.org>
> Cc: merrys at verizon.net
> Subject: [NFBF-Leaders] Washington Seminar report
> Reply-To: NFB of Florida List for Leaders <nfbf-leaders at nfbnet.org>
> Hello Florida Federation Family,
> This year we made some changes to our Washington seminar and I believe they were fruitful.  We asked presidents of each chapter to submit two names from the chapter of who they felt would represent their chapter and district well. Then the state board approved those members who were selected to go to DC. With the financial help of the chapters who had a member attend, they paid the member’s per diem.  This allowed the affiliate to assist 13 members to attend our Washington seminar – five more delegates than in the past.  One of these individuals was a student so she stayed with the students at the hotel which the National Association of Blind Students paid for her hotel stay and we paid for her travel. Eleven members stayed in a beautiful Airbnb townhouse.  A block away from the townhouse was a street full of restaurants, convenient stores, etc. The townhouse housed the ladies and the apartment (basement) housed the guys – except Russ; he stayed on a couch in the townhouse. It was great to gather at night and talk and get to know one another better; a great bonding experience.
> We worked hard on the Hill and had great appointments.  We have already received co-sponsorships from these appointments. Again, we will need the support of our membership.  Soon John Pare will be sending out emails asking for our support.  Please respond to his requests.  Keeping our organization in front of our legislators is how we create and maintain relationships. I appreciate your support towards our legislative initiatives.  Delegates of Washington seminar, get together with chapter members and visit your representatives when they come home.  The more they see us; the more they will remember us!
> With warmest regards,
> Merry
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