[nfbmi-talk] Minutes, Quarterly Board Meeting August 25, Doubletree Hotel 10:00 to 4:00

Jim in Detroit, MI james.prather at comcast.net
Wed Aug 29 10:33:03 UTC 2012

My condolences to you and the survivors of your mother, Christine.

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From: Christine _boone
Sent: August 29, 2012 02:42
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25,Doubletree Hotel 10:00 to 4:00

Hello fellow Federationists:
Doug and I missed you all on Saturday. I am writing from Colorado to let you 
know that my mother, Betty  Lou Roberts passed away on Saturday August 25 at 
4:45 a.m. mountain time. At that very hour I was boarding a plane in 
Kalamazoo, hoping that I would reach her side before she passed away. Alas 
now I will need to wait until we meet again in Heaven. Thanks to all of you 
for your prayers for Betty Lou during her recent illness.  Her cancer spread 
so quickly that she did not suffer long and for this we are thankful.  My 
mother is at peace and her family rejoices in this.


Boone Christine Sent from my iPhone

On Aug 27, 2012, at 10:15 AM, "trising" <trising at sbcglobal.net> wrote:

> Minutes, Quarterly Board Meeting August 25, Doubletree Hotel 10:00 to 4:00
> Quorum Larry Posont, Mike Powell, Melinda Latham, Terri Wilcox, Nick 
> Wilcox Dave Robinson and Sarah Norwood
> The Agenda was approved by a motion by Mike Powell and seconded by Sarah 
> Norwood.
> Secretary's Report, Terri Wilcox. Dave Robinson made a motion to approve 
> the May 12 Quarterly Board Meeting Minutes. Mike Powell seconded the 
> motion. The motion was approved.
> Treasurer's Report, Mary Wurtzel. There was a bequest from Mary Lou
> Philips for $50,000. The Affiliate Account Balance is $116,296.41. We 
> received a grant for summer camp activities. We spent $17,095 on both 
> camps. We have $2,905 of the grant left. We had $1,500 left from the grant 
> last
> year that was allocated for the Bridge Walk. We had $600 from the plane 
> tickets.
> We had $1,000 left in the Youth account. Altogether for the youth account 
> we have $6,005. At the Convention exhibit hall we made $870. We spent $173 
> on shipping. We spent $376 to buy balloons. The total of these expenses is 
> $549. We have $321,
> but this does not include the amount we spent for coffee. We have 
> $1,557.63. in the
> Newsline account. This is the Treasurer's Report as submitted by Mary 
> Wurtzel as
> of August 24. Terri Wilcox made a motion to accept the Treasurer's Report 
> as read. Mike Powell seconded the motion. The Treasurer's Report was 
> approved.
> Introduction of Participating Members
> President's Report, Larry Posont. The President will be a strong advocate 
> to get good services from the Commission for the Blind. We are the largest 
> organization of the blind. We must advocate for quality training for the 
> staff. The ADA accessibility problems must be solved. Problems with the 
> Business Enterprise Program must be solved. We have the commitment and 
> will never give up. The commission for the blind is being used as an ATM 
> machine. The National Federation of the Blind of Michigan Affiliate must 
> stay visible in the legislature. The legislature will think of us rather 
> than the Bureau for the Blind. The National Federation of the Blind 
> training centers are top notch. Even people in our state are being denied 
> entrance to the Training Center. The Training Center had to justify a 
> $12.00 ruler. The Michigan Affiliate must become more involved in the 
> State Plate.
> State Convention, October 19-21, at the Doubletree Hotel. The tentative 
> Convention schedule includes an exhibit room from 1:00 to 7:00. Dave 
> Robinson will coordinate the exhibit room. Registration will begin at 
> 3:00. Resolutions will begin at 4:00. At 7:00, convention attendees can 
> attend a Merchants, Students, or Michigan Association of Guide Dog Users 
> meeting. Diana Mohnke is handling the door prize letter. Larry Keeler 
> requests a joint board meeting with the Affiliate Board and the National 
> Association of Guide Dog Users Representative. He would like this to occur 
> three weeks before State Convention. Larry's email is lkeeler at comcast.net 
> His cell phone is (734)645-7113. Preregistration should be available on 
> the website through PayPal in the next day or so. October 6 is the 
> deadline to get the early Preregistration price of $15.00 and the early 
> Banquet price of $35.00. Sarah Norwood has spoken with eleven people who 
> are interested in a Senior Seminar. A volunteer is needed to organize the 
> Senior Seminar. Newsline and Diabetes products will be demonstrated at the 
> Exhibit Hall at State Convention. Scott LaBarre is our national 
> representative. A sample voting machine has been requested from Dearborn. 
> However, we are getting the run around. It is speculated that Detroit may 
> be willing to loan an Auto Mark Accessible Voting Machine. When voting, 
> make sure to turn off the screen and pull off the perforated strip. The 
> National Federation of the Blind must be visible to the public. An 
> extensive senior fair could be planned for March. A Senior meeting is 
> suggested from 1:00 to 3:00 at State Convention. One local resource that 
> is available via phone number 211 allows callers to ask about many and 
> varied resources. It would be good to have information about this resource 
> at the senior meeting. Ann Arbor, Detroit, and Jackson have a 211 
> resource.
> Flyer for State Convention, Kim Mohnke. The flyer is completed and will be 
> sent out when Preregistration is available on the website.
> Commission for the Blind, Updates/Dialog.
> The first Executive Order was rescinded. the second Executive Order 
> eliminates the commission for the Blind Board but retains Public Act 260. 
> Agencies have no oversight. The only way we could defeat that first 
> Executive Order was by hiring lobbyists. the House of Representatives is 
> asking why the State Plate is empty. The National Federation of the Blind 
> of Michigan will prevail but it will take time. The concern about Newsline 
> funding was taken to the Capitol. Zimmer even states he knows no reason 
> why the Bureau of Blind services cannot fund Newsline. The Commission for 
> the Blind is bringing forward 6 million this year. Call state 
> Representatives and Senators concerning Newsline. When we go to the 
> Legislature it needs to be stated on the list serve. Independent living 
> and library services need to be added to the report card. National 
> Federation of the Blind brochures were requested by Commission staff. How 
> do we measure the administration? Pat Canon's contract is still in effect 
> through September of 2012. The Bureau will change the participating 
> members because the current Administration does not like policy making 
> boards. We must use Commission for the Blind/Bureau for the Blind as the 
> new title to remind others of the Commission structure. Direct contact 
> with consumers makes better services in all rehabilitation agencies 
> serving blind people. Public Act 260 established a Commission Board but 
> the Commission Board has been eliminated. The law is violated by 
> eliminating the Commission Board. All rights and due process have been 
> eliminated. The final arbiter is the Director. This makes the Executive 
> Order bad. We have not been in the Legislature for the past five years. 
> That was not good. The Michigan Affiliate of the National Federation of 
> the Blind must show up and be involved. The American Council of the Blind 
> did nothing. The National Federation of the Blind supports Public Act 260. 
> We have never and will never taken a position against Public Act 260. 
> Money goes to Michigan Rehabilitation Services first then to the Michigan 
> Commission for the Blind. We must deal with reality but we do not like it. 
> We do not like much of the Executive Order. The Rehabilitation Services 
> Administration failed blind people of Michigan. The foundation and 
> structure for a separate agency is still there. Dave Robinson and Mike 
> Powell are going to lead a public meeting via conference call that 
> develops a position paper for the Board to vote upon in order to prepare 
> our official position on Public Act 260 and the Executive Order.
> Bridge Walk, Melinda Latham. Participants leave On August 30, and return 
> September 3.
> Sixteen youth signed up to attend. The group will ride on a 52 passenger 
> bus. It is $75.00 to attend. The theme is Go for the Gold. Each day there 
> will be a segment on connection. On Friday, Terri Wilcox will speak on 
> "Connect with the National Federation of the Blind." On Saturday, Jeff 
> Crouch and an adult will speak on "Connect with Friends." On Sunday, there 
> will be an optional worship with a "Connects with God" and a "Connect with 
> a mentor," presented by Melinda Latham. Friday activities include sand 
> dunes and Lake Michigan. Saturday morning will involve a canoe trip. 
> Sunday activities will be at camp. On Monday, we will walk the bridge. 
> This year's t-shirt is safety yellow. On Saturday evening, there will be a 
> dance with Kevin Reeves as disc jockey. On Sunday night, there will be a 
> talent show. Melinda Latham will obtain sleep shades and canes from the 
> national office. Canes are needed as donations.
> Scholarships, College Students 2012-2013. Dave Robinson made a motion to 
> have two scholarships of $500 each for two students in 2013, plus state 
> convention expenses for each student. Melinda Latham seconded the motion. 
> The motion was approved. A committee including the President of the 
> student division, and the treasurers of the student division and affiliate 
> will plan to make suggestions about fundraising for ongoing scholarships.

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