[nfbmi-talk] board meeting minutes February, 4 2010
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board meeting minutes February, 4 2010
8-36 P.M. Call to order.
Secretary's Report Dave Robinson moved and Mike Powell seconded the
Treasurer's Report After Washington Seminar and rally expenses, the new
balance is $1100. Marcus Simmons moved and Terri Wilcox seconded the
Introduction of participating members.
Marcus Simmons, Bob Rehahn, Fred Wurtzel, Mary Wurtzel, Nick Wilcox, Terri
Wilcox, Dave Robinson, Mary Ann Rojak, Michael Powell, Elizabeth Mohnke,
Dianna Mohnke, J.J. Meddaugh, Rex Berkett, Joe Sontag, Peter Zaremba, Matt
McCubbin, Christine Boone, Ray Roverson Geri Wilcox, and Georgia Kitchen.
Roxanna came late.
Legislative Committee Legislative Breakfast, March 4, 8 a.m. until
approximately 2 p.m.
Discussion--Work with chapter presidents to get people there. Limit
presentations to legislators about over sight hearings of Commission for the
Blind. Work on strengthening relationships with legislators. Invitation
letters to legislators should be ready by the next board meeting in two
Discussion.--There was an extensive discussion about the firing of Christine
Meetings with Levin and the Governor are proposed. A press release is also
suggested. There is a pattern of attack from the Commission for the Blind
against the Federation and those who speak out against the unjustness of
what is happening. Legislators seem reluctant to address the issue. Protests
Discussion. They may be going back to the 20/20 proposal which seems to
stifle communication between the Commission and the public.
Put pressure on the Commission Board to discipline Pat Cannon.
Nfb has two positions on the Paq filled by Dave Robinson and Gere Wilcox.
Bep federal compliance. Action.--Dave Robinson, Elizabeth Mohnke, and Terry
Eagle will plan protests. Kalamazoo can contact media in their area with
assistance from J.J. Meddaugh.
Larry Posont, Marcus Simmons, Gere Wilcox, and Mary Wurtzel can work on
insisting that the Commission Board enforce just policy. It was suggested to
start a vendors Nfbmi email list.
NFB Protest, January 29. It was successful. There was less Tv coverage than
expected. Gere reported that protesters were heard in the meeting room.
A letter was written to Andy Levin. Many people called his office on behalf
of Christine Boone.
Letter to Jim Stokes, Governor's Appointment Secretary concerning future
Larry wrote a letter asking about future appointments because of a future
Discussion.--Update on College policy meeting held January 29. There are
still unsettled issues like having extra forms to fill out as well as time
lines for college. The Memorandum of Understanding language was strengthened
but there is still no harm clause for the student. Graduate degrees were
discussed and even Pat Cannon seemed vague on why a one year waiting period
was in the policy. Another college policy meeting is scheduled for the 19th
via phone conference. There seems to be a reluctance to focus on making
positive changes. A new draft was passed out to Commissioners but no one
from the Nfb has seen it.
Events at Camp Tuhsmeheta for the first six months of 2010. Dance February
Technology Mid March.
How to succeed by Trying Mid April.
Gardening Mid May.
Reports from members on Washington Seminar and youth program are postponed
to the next board meeting.
presidentddnfbddmi at gmailddcom
Next Board Meeting? The next board meeting has comflicts with the Elected
Operators Committee but we think we should stay on the 20th. The next main
meeting will be the 20th. The next board meeting will be Monday February 8
at 8-30 p.m.
Adjourn at 10-36.
Thanks for being involved in the NFB of Michigan. Together, we will change
what it means to be blind.
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