[nfbmi-talk] Fw: 2011 Action Plan Objectives
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Sun Dec 12 21:18:52 CST 2010
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jo Ann Pilarski" <pilarskij at charter.net>
To: "Joe Sibley" <joe.sibley at comcast.net>; "Larry Posont" <president.nfb.mi at gmail.com>
Cc: <geri.TAECKENS at ISAHEALTHFUND.ORG>; "JOHN SCOTT" <jcscot at sbcglobal.net>
Sent: Sunday, October 31, 2010 12:10 PM
Subject: 2011 Action Plan Objectives
Was finally able to access audio streaming
Saturday afternoon, and heard some really
interesting sessions. Could not get back on in
the evening to hear Dr. Schroeder; streaming just
wasn't working. This morning I was at church so
didn't hear discussion or resolutions.
One issue to which I would like to respond is that
of the assumption that Mark Eagle was dismissed
for his views on college policy. In fact, I asked
Mark to participate on the college policy
committee, thinking that as a student he would
have much to add. I am absolutely sure that from
the Board perspective, this was not an issue.
Larry, I will tell you that I had concerns about
Mark joining our Board. I had to fill out an
8-page questionnaire in which I had to state that
I had no relatives or friends who had any kind of
tie with MCB, as it might compromise my role as
commissioner. I stated my concerns to the
appointments office right from the beginning. I
felt that I had to question that appointment, as
Chair of a board whom I felt should be serving all
without bias and should be following the law.
Apparently no one in the appointments office had
an issue with that, nor did the Senate.
I had two commissioners writing to me throughout
Mark's term expressing specific concerns about
potential conflict issues. I felt, again, as
Chair that I had to pass their concerns, as well
as my own, on to Pat. He, in turn,
stated that he would question the Ethics committee
to see if there was potential for conflict.
Apparently, they felt that was the case. I won't
speak for other Commissioners who were seated at
that time; they can speak to their issues if they
choose. What I did want to clear up was that this
had nothing to do with the College Policy
committee. I remember that Mark wanted to open it
up to more consumers; I was fine with that, asked
Administration about it, and it was an
unequivocal "no". In the end we did open it wide
up and made consumers a huge part of that writing.
As you will recall, there was much resistance, but
the Board and Consumers and Agency came to
agreement with most pieces of it.
I also want to say that I think that Mark was and
is a fine young man. I so wanted to donate to his
campaign, but the whole thing about commissioners
dealing with lobbying and/or legislative stuff got
in the end. I could see potential for conflict.
What I am really writing to you, as presidents of
your respective consumer groups, is this. It is
time for our Board to write objectives for
Director Cannon. These go one of two places: in
his personal plan, or into our Action Plan. Since
we are short two commissioners, I am pulling
myself off the Planning and quality team, so I
will ask for a full report from them on our goals
and objectives and the progress for each meeting.
In this way thee will be an accounting for what we
have asked for 2011. I also know that there is a
built-in consumer factor on this team (the PAQ)
and that you all will have it covered. You can
introduce policy ideas and objectives at any PAQ
Back to objectives. If you, Larry and Joe, can
have a meeting to talk about issues on which you
might agree for action by the agency in 2011, I
would be interested in hearing them. We may be
able to incorporate them into our objectives, if
the Board agrees. We have learned that we are
limited by DELEG to 3-5 objectives for Pat's
personal goals, but we can incorporate ideas on
which we all agree into the action plan.
I hope you receive this with the intent with which
it is sent - a spirit of mutual respect,
cooperation and progress toward the best
programming we can give blind folks in Michigan.\
Again, Larry, really enjoyed yesterday's p.m.
speakers. The streaming was great until it didn't
work anymore. Gotta love technology.
Still dealing with many issues with my dad, but am
home now and he is downstate with his wife and in
a hospice situation. We have come to terms with
the fact that we are all in God's hands, and must
pray and trust him in this (and so many)
situations. I will be home in the evenings and am
free to take calls if you need to contact me.
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