[nfbmi-talk] NFB of Michigan Board Meeting Minutes March 25, 2010

Peter Zaremba peter_zaremba at comcast.net
Mon Apr 5 16:16:49 UTC 2010

NFB of Michigan Board Meeting Minutes March 25, 2010



Larry Posont, John Scott, Michael Powell, Peter Zaremba, Marcus Simmons, David Robinson, Elizabeth Mohnke, Kimberly Mohnke, Dianna Mohnke, Mary Ann Rojek


Secretaries Report:

  a.. The minutes from the last meeting were approved as sent out on the list serve.  

Treasurer's Report:

  a.. The Treasury has approximately $1,800.00.  

Reflection on Commission Meeting and Bep Meeting, March 19 and 20:

  a.. There were approximately 70 people in attendance at the MCB board meeting.  
  a.. The group felt that the NFB presentation went well.  We received a lot of positive feedback on our position papers from members of the community.  
  b.. There were security guards present throughout the MCB board meeting.  We have submitted a FOI request into the reasons for the security guards and the cost to the taxpayer for the guards.  
  c.. The BEP report was given and the MCB board decided to table any action on the administrative law judge opinion until the board can review the facts of the case.  
  d.. The minutes from the January and December MCB board meetings have been placed online.  The draft minutes from the 3/19/10 meeting are not online.  The MCB is making the minutes available for public review in hardcopy at their main office in Lansing.    
  e.. The meeting between the elected operators committee and the MCB took place on 3/20.  The meeting used a question and answer format between operators and the agency.  Issues that were discussed included lack of communication between MCB and operators, operators scared to complain about services for fear of retribution from the agency, overall a lack of trust between the operators and the agency.  The operators are still considering a class action suit against the agency.  The operators are realizing that their problems will not be solved through the EOC.  
  a.. The next MCB board meeting is three months away.  We have to keep the Boone and Robinson firings plus the other issues we've highlighted in the spotlight.  
  a.. Velma Allen resigned from the MCB board.  She has moved to Georgia.  Fred will place the MCB board commissioner candidate application on the NFBMI list serve.  We encourage anyone interested in serving on the board to complete the application.  

Update on College policy. Elizabeth Mohnke, Fred Wurtzel:

  a.. At the 3/19 board meeting Director Cannon and Leamon Jones spoke in support of the college policy.  The policy was voted down by the board.  The board will be soliciting input for a new college policy.  A request will be sent out asking consumers to submit their ideas for a new college policy in writing to an email address.  The ideas will be compiled and presented at a special meeting in June.  
  b.. This meeting will be facilitated by a neutral party in the college policy discussion.  Anyone interested in contributing to the development of a new college policy is invited to submit ideas and attend the meeting tentatively scheduled for June.  We will submit a draft from NFBMI.  We should write a policy that is consumer friendly and blind friendly.  We can bring in ideas from experts like Mark Riccobono and Dr. Schroeder and others in the country.  

Summer Camp Program at Camp T:

  a.. OUB currently does not have enough funding to run programming at Camp T this summer.  
  b.. NFBMI has received a pledge to cover the costs to hold three weekend events at Camp T this summer.  We are looking at approximately three long weekends of activities for kids.  One camp session would be held in each of the summer months.  A culinary camp, a Braille camp and a science camp.  Jackie Palding has been hired by OUB to act as camp director and coordinate activities this summer.  
  c.. Larry requested the board support the plan to move forward with the NFB of MI sponsoring three weekend camps this summer.  NFBMI would be responsible for all costs and logistics.  
  d.. David Robinson made a motion authorizing Larry to move forward with developing a budget and plan for holding these camps.  The plan is to be brought back to the NFBMI board for approval before any commitments are made.  Michael Powell seconded the motion and the motion passed.  
  e.. We need to clarify several issues including liability insurance requirements.  

May NFB of MI board meeting:

  a.. Next in-person state board meeting is scheduled to take place on Saturday 5/22/10, from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, at the Kalamazoo downtown public library.  
  b.. The cost of the meeting room is only $20.00.  We can bring in food.  

The next NFBMI conference call is scheduled for Thursday April 8th, 2010 at 8:30 pm.  Please call 605-475-4333 to join the conference call.  Use access code 902-855 pound.


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