[nfbmi-talk] Agenda April 22, 2010, 8-30 P.M.

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Agenda April 22, 2010, 8-30 P.M.    Please call 605-475-4333 code 902-855 
pound. Call to OrderQuorumIntroduction of participating members.Secretary's 
Report.Terri Wilcox. The Minutes were already sent out for the April 8 
meeting. These Minutes are at the bottom of this agenda. Treasurer's Report. 
Peter Zaremba.  Update on letter to the Governor.Update on letter to the 
Attorney General.Update on letter to the Civil Service Commission..Update on 
Letter to Jo Ann Pilarski. Update on Freedom of Information Request 
concerning the security guards at the Commission Meeting.Update on the 
Freedom of Information In Request concerning the Federal Audit/Monitoring of 
the Commission. Preliminary Monitoring report from September of 2009. 
Discussion.--Tentative Minutes of the March 19 Commission Board 
Meeting.Appointments to the Commission BoardDiscussion.--Future protest 
plans. . Meeting of blind vendors on April 16 update. Camp Tuhsmeheta events 
for the summer of 2010. Larry Posont.Next Statewide Quarterly board meeting. 
May 22, 2010 11 A.M. to 5 P.M. May 22. in Kalamazoo at the 
Library.Discussion.--Dinner after board meeting proposed. update on College 
policy. Elizabeth Mohnke, Fred Wurtzel.National Convention 
Transportation?Volunteers in Independence Market at National Convention 
Needed. State caucass at National Convention?New 
Business:Discussion.--Potential NFB of Michigan Involved in an ADA Complaint 
on signage of the Victor Building. Email address: president.nfb.mi at 
gmail.com Thank you for being a part of the NFB of Michigan. Together, we 
are changing what it means to be blind in Michigan. Minutes Will Follow. 
Board meeting April 8, 2010  8-30 P.M. Call to Order Quorum yes Introduction 
of participating members. Larry Posont, Dave Robinson, Marcus Simmons 
Michael Powell, Terri Wilcox, John Scott, Peter Zaremba. Secretary's minutes 
were accepted. Marcus Simmons wanted the minutes amended to reflect a 
discussion on taking a bus to Dallas for 2010 National Convention. Update on 
letter to Governor/protest. We sent a letter to the governor asking her for 
a meeting. We will then go to the news media for a press release and news 
conference on April 20. A lady from consumer affairs wants us to send a 
complaint and she will send it ahead to the Commission, but we think the 
Commission is aware of our complaint. We are thinking of writing to the 
attorney general. There are issues with reports on students at the training 
center. Our Federal and state Foia requests are in process. We need to think 
about beginning our Thursday protests in front of the Governor's office. The 
Michigan article will be in The Braille Monitor in June. Commission Board. 
Appointments. Fred Wurtzel intends to apply for the Commission Board. The 
job posting for the Training center director came out. The position only 
requires a high school diploma and does not require previous work with the 
blind. Minutes. Larry Posont. Tentative Commission minutes did not include 
our material. The blind vendors are hosting a meeting at the Library of 
Michigan on April 16 from 9 A.M. to 3-30 P.M. This Resolutions Summit will 
make recommendations on what action should be taken between the Bep and the 
Commission. Commissioners, Eoc, blind vendors, Presidents of Nfb and Mcbvi 
and Terry Eagle are invited. The operators workshop will be the last week 
end in April. Larry Posont will speak at the workshop. Camp Tuhsmeheta 
events for the summer of 2010. Larry Posont. Tentative plans involve taking 
kids from the Braille-A-Thon to Braille Camp at Camp Tuhsmeheta. Braille 
camp will run  from June 23-27. Our donator is giving money through the 
Federation. In July, Camp Tuhsmeheta will host a culinary week end where 
each student will take home a crock pot. In August we will have the science 
camp. Next Statewide Quarterly board meeting. May 22, 2010 11 A.M. to 5 P.M. 
May 22 in Kalamazoo at the Library. People can obtain transportation via 
buses and trains to Kalamazoo. New people will be encouraged to attend. We 
will probably get a combination of pizza and subs for a reasonable price. 
Update on College policy. Elizabeth Mohnke, Fred Wurtzel.  There is nothing 
new to report. Fred Wurtzel suggests that anyone who is interested is 
welcome to join with   Elizabeth Mohnke and himself to write a quality, 
student friendly, Nfb supported, college policy. National Convention 
Transportation? Someone mentioned a train for $230. There is concern about 
getting enough people to make chartering a bus economically feasible. 
Shuttle service is available for  $14 if you take it both to and from the 
airport in Dallas. Those who want  to work in the Independence Market at 
National Convention, please contact Larry Posont or the national office. We 
intend to sell coffee at Convention. If chapters have merchandise to sell at 
the Michigan table at convention, approval must be obtained well in advance. 
Cinnamon almonds are suggested as a possible sale item. However, we want 
them to be prepackaged. We intend to have a table at Visions 2010 on May 12. 
Mike Powell moved and Marcus Simmons seconded adjournment of the meeting at 
9-43. Email address: president.nfb.mi at gmail.com   Thank you for being a 
part of the NFB of Michigan. Together, we are changing what it means to be 
blind in Michigan. 

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