[nfbmi-talk] January 7, 2010 Board Meeting Minutes
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> Board Meeting
> January 7, 2010 Board Meeting Minutes Call to order at 8-30 p.m. by
> President Larry Posont. There was a quorum
> Motion--Marcus Simmons moved Dave Robinson seconded secretary's report as
> sent to Nfbmi list.
> Motion--Treasurer's report Peter Zaremba. Bills from last year were paid.
> About $2400 in treasury. Funds received from Drier foundation. Funds
> received from state for Newsline. Discussion--Collecting remaining Braille
> coin money and selling unsold coins. Discussion--Meeting January 23
> possibly at state Library for vendors, seniors and students. Meeting
> titled Michigan Issues and Answers The only cost will be around 400 for
> lunch. Morning, 9-12, focuses on federation advocacy. After lunch, break
> off into the separate vendor, senior and student groups. Looking for us to
> help with vendors crisis. Discussion--College Policy. All day meeting on
> January 29 to solve college policy for students. NFB of Michigan supports
> creating a new policy since the current one does not meet with our
> Discussion Washington Seminar 7 people attending, including two for the
> first time. All attending will split the cost for rooms on January 31/.
> Melinda Latham obtained $5000 from the Trust Fund of the Michigan School
> for the Blind to take 6 kids and 2 chaperones to Washington Seminar.
> Anyone attending Washington Seminar should be ready to give a report to
> their chapter.
> Discussion The NFB state Board Meeting--Will be held on February 20, 2010
> in the Lake Superior room at 10 a.m. in the state Library building. Andrea
> Nelson will provide several choices for lunch. $5 per person will be
> charged and the affiliate will pay the extra. Water, coffee and other
> basics will be provided. Larry Posont had a discussion with the chair of
> the Commission for the Blind Bep Jo Ann Pilarski. We will help when we see
> advocacy for blind people in our state.
> Discussion--public comments in Commission Meetings. We should have 4
> opportunities for public comment. One each at the beginning of the morning
> and afternoon for comments about agenda items only and One each at the end
> of morning and afternoon meetings for general comments. Jo Ann Pilarski is
> in favor of three opportunities for public comments.
> Discussion--Merging agencies. Documentation is on website about merging
> agencies. A joint letter written and signed by NFB and ACB in 2003 states
> that we are not in favor of merging blindness agencies. The current ACB
> president agrees with this letter but is going to check with his board.
> The governor has no intention of merging agencies.
> Discussion--State Convention three possible hotels Kalamazoo costs $99 per
> room per night. Dearborn costs $85 per room per night. We are leaning
> toward Dearborn, as we think rates can be negotiate down. Plus there are
> choices of restaurants in the parking lot of the hotel. Pontiac was
> mentioned but the rates are high and the food was bad. A senior seminar is
> planned for Friday of convention week end. This could potentially generate
> 100 more convention attendees.
> Discussion--Legislative Breakfast scheduled for March 4, 2010. This will
> be located in the north Corridor Rotunda of the House from 8 a.m. to 1
> p.m. 10 to 11 is available for us to have speakers. Food will be
> provided by blind vendor in Capitol Building. Dave Robinson will give
> Peter Zaremba estimated amount of cost. The two or three issues to be
> presented to our legislators are still being formulated.
> Committee report-The fund raising committee is planning to meet with the
> coffee sellers.
> Website Committee--documents went up on website about agency merger.
> Resolutions are also up on the website. Work on rebuilding board
> information on website.
> More information about the Lansing Chapter Theater Project will be
> forthcoming in future board meetings.
> Marcus Simmons has a rough draft of a media release about blindness issues
> which will be worked on with Larry Posont and presented at a future board
> meeting. All Michigan Federationists are encouraged to help develop a
> media contact list.
> Membership Committee Wilcoxes are eager to start the Ann Arbor chapter.
> next board meeting January 21 at 8-30.
> Adjourn at 9-44.
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