[Nfbmdtlc-chapter] January minute message from the movement

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January 2015 Minute Message from the Movement


Fellow Federationists, 


Happy New Year! January is turning out to be a jammed packed month of
activities for the NFBMD. First, I want to congratulate our Sligo Creek
chapter for promoting Braille awareness and commemorating the birthday of
Lewis Braille on January 4th at the Rockville Public library.
Congratulations are also in order to Tom Bickford. Check out the January
Braille Monitor to read Tom's speech given at the 2013 NFBMD convention.
Congratulations to Desmond Jackson who appeared in the Baltimore city paper
describing the BISM Rehabilitation Program. Chris Nusbaum was featured in an
article in the December 15th edition of Wired magazine. You will be able to
read these articles in the Braille Spectator when it comes out next month.  

You are in for a real treat when you go to www.nfbmd.org
<http://www.nfbmd.org> . To commemorate the 75th anniversary of our parent
organization, the National Federation of the Blind, we have the audio of the
panel presentation by Dr. Maurer, Mary Ellen Jernigan, and President
Riccobono at our 2014 convention. We also have the audio of Tom Bickford's
recollections of his journey in the Federation.   

The spring raffle is coming! January is reserve your special three digit
number from 000-999. If you have a favorite number and want to reserve it
for the drawing in May, contact Melissa Riccobono at melissa at riccobono.us
<mailto:melissa at riccobono.us> . Reserved numbers are not final until you pay
the $5 per number. In February, March, and April, we hope you will sell or
purchase random numbers. When you purchase one number, you have 31 chances
to win. The drawings take place in May. Let's sell all 1,000 tickets!   

We need a large turnout for Annapolis Day on Thursday, January 22nd. Tell
your chapter president if you can attend and he/she will work out
transportation. If you are not yet in a chapter and want to attend, send an
email to me at nfbmd at earthlink.net <mailto:nfbmd at earthlink.net> . Look for
the issue discussion documents, late in the week of January 19th, at
www.nfbmd.org <http://www.nfbmd.org> . Go to "Current Advocacy Issues." 

I look forward to seeing many of you at the 5th Anniversary celebration of
the founding of the National Harbor chapter on January 24th.  President
Riccobono will be the keynote speaker. There will be food, music, and
dancing. For more information, contact Michelle Clark at mcikeyc at aol.com
<mailto:mcikeyc at aol.com> . 

            Plan to be in Washington DC on January 26th and January 27th.
There will be many NFB activities including the 5pm meeting on January 26th
at the Holiday Inn at the Capitol, 550 C Street, Southwest.  On Tuesday,
January 27th, we will be meeting the Maryland Congressional Delegation on
Capitol Hill. Remember, there will be a reception from 3 to 5pm to celebrate
the 75th anniversary of the NFB in Rayburn B339. 


Other Important Dates:

Jan 24 - 24-hour Polar Bear Plunge. Mike Gerlach, a member of the Greater
Baltimore Chapter, will be raising money for Special Olympics. If you can
help him, go to http://insightondisability.com/ 

Feb 7 - Braille Challenge for students K-12; there will also be parent
activities. This event takes place at Maryland School for the Blind. The
snow date, if needed, is February 21st  

Feb. 28 - Goalball Clinic in Baltimore (for more information, email
mdgoalball at gmail.com <mailto:mdgoalball at gmail.com> )

Mar. 13 - Basket Bingo (for tickets and further information call
410-715-9596) Over $3,500 in prizes! All baskets filled!

Mar. 22 - an afternoon of musical inspiration to be held at Pikesville
International Seventh-Day Adventist Church (4619 Old Court Road Pikesville,
Maryland 21208). This event will benefit NFBMD Youth Programs. For further
questions or information send an email to AAOMI2015 at gmail.com
<mailto:AAOMI2015 at gmail.com>  

Mar. 26-27 - Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium

Mar. 31 - Deadline for National Scholarship applications. For applications
go to: https://nfb.org/scholarships 

Apr. 11 - UEB Workshop, sponsored by NFBMD and ACBMD, to be held at LBPH.  

Apr. 15 - Deadline for NFBMD Scholarship applications. For applications go
to: http://nfbmd.org/drupal/scholarship  

April 18 - Bowl-a-thon to benefit Maryland Parents of Blind Children. Get
your team ready to bowl from 2-4pm. For more information, contact Teresa
Graham at teresagraham3 at gmail.com <mailto:teresagraham3 at gmail.com>   

June 7 - Third annual Dot Dash 6k. Run or walk for Braille literacy. Race
begins at 200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230

Jul. 5-10 - 75th Annual Convention of the National Federation of the Blind

Aug. 7 - Crab Feast to be held at Columbus Gardens (4301 Klosterman Ave
Baltimore, MD 21236). For the benefit of the John T. McGraw Scholarship. 

Nov. 13-15 - NFBMD Annual State Convention, to be held in Ocean City, MD



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