[nfbmi-talk] Minutes National Federationofthe Blindof MichiganBoard Meeting March 20, 2014

Terry D. Eagle terrydeagle at yahoo.com
Tue Apr 1 14:15:05 UTC 2014


As Fred pointed out, the existence of a AFFILIATE STANDING COMMITTEE is not
dependent on an appropriation of funds, or any decision by the affiliate or
committee to act in any manner.  The affiliate has had a scholarship
committee as many years as my memory allows, at least as long as Mark has
been alive, when I served on the affiliate Scholarship Committee.  Some
years the affiliate has funds and other years it does not for a certain
cause, and that does not change the philosophy, mission, or make-up of the
organization structure from year-to-year.

I believe this points out the strong need for this organization to
continuously find methods to raise funds to promote and carry-out the
philosophy, mission, and collective dreams of our members--namely, change
what it means to be blind in a world with vision beyond sight.

The upcoming joint chapter affiliate walk-a-thon, is a prime example of
which I write about raising funds for the advancement and fulfillment of the
organization's philosophy, mission, and dreams.  Everyone who believes in
the philosophy, mission, and dreams of the NFB, should be involved in the
walk-a-thon to raise funds to advance the work of our chapter and affiliate
Committees. 

Did you know, the National Funeral Directors has reported that the average
person who dies, and that is all of us at some point in time, knows an
average of 300 people we each know by way of relatives, friends, fellow
employees, students, and social and faith-based associates and
acquaintances, and that average number is nearly borne out by the number of
social media contacts many Americans have on there chosen social media page
contacts.

Imagine if each person who believes in the philosophy, mission, and dreams
of the NFB, made a personal commitment to raise just $1 from 300 people,
which translate to $each NFB supporter bringing in $300 for the walk-a-thon,
just imagine the programs, such as chapter and membership building, Braille
training outreach, scholarships to attend state and national conventions,
Washington Seminar, college scholarships, and other  programs and causes, we
the NFB are  engaged and and wish to advance.

Is $300 raised by each NFB supporters readily achievable?  Certainly.  For
those who desire to say that they don't know 300 people, as the national
funeral directors association suggest, just consider how easy it is to
secure $10 from the 30 family members, friend, and acquaintances we may or
might have in our life, past or present.  $300 is easily achievable I
submit.  If each NFB supporter just secured a $10 pledge or donation for the
walk-a-thon, whether you can walk in the event or not, at the rate of one
$10 per day for the 45 days that remain before the walk-a-thon date, that is
45 $10 contributions, or $450 to turn in toward this fund raiser.  So you
can see how easy $300 is  a cinch to raise in 45 days with little effort.

Please do your part if you are reading this, as you must believe in the work
that the NFB is doing to change what it means to be blind in Michigan and
across this great nation.  Please get a pledge form from the nfbmi.org
website, and talk, tweet, or write your way to $300, $450, or more
contributions toward the walk-a-thon in each of the next 45 days.

Finally, can anyone recall the last time you went back to read the minutes
of a NFB board meeting?  Better yet, can anyone recall a case of a blind
person being discriminated against employment, access to public programs and
services, a student not getting the books, supports, or funds to achieve a
quality education, in order to achieve the skills for competitive
employment, or avoid the slave wages of a sweatshop employment opportunity
for life, or a senior citizen that feels that a useful, fulfilling life is
over because of vision loss, and wondering how they shall survive in the
darkness of blindness?  The latter are the cause and work of the NFB to
overcome to change, for positive, what it means to be blind in employment,
education, independence at home and in the community, and much more for a
finer quality and fulfillment of life dreams, collectively and individually.
This is the first of forty-five days for each of us who believe in the NFB,
to take decisive consistent personal daily action to do our easy part to
make the May 17 walk-a-thon fundraiser event a fabulous financial and NFB
outreach success!  Please, let all of us put energy where it can really
matter--in the lives of blind persons present and future.  This challenge is
ours as individual NFB supportwes to embrace and achieve or not--a matter of
priority, dedication, commitment and personal action for the next 45 days.

Note to chapter, division, and interest committee presidents and leaders:
Please widely distribute this fundraising challenge to your members and
supporters immediately.  The clock is ticking toward the May 17 event.



-----Original Message-----
From: nfbmi-talk [mailto:nfbmi-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of
Elizabeth Mohnke
Sent: Monday, March 31, 2014 7:37 PM
To: NFB of Michigan Internet Mailing List
Subject: Re: [nfbmi-talk] Minutes National Federationofthe Blindof
MichiganBoard Meeting March 20, 2014

Hello Fred,

It is my understanding that the minutes should reflect what took place 
during the meeting. Since there was no formation of a college scholarship 
committee during this meeting, I do not believe it should be reflected in 
the minutes. As I recall it, Mark Eagle stated he would like to serve on 
this committee when I asked whether or not the state affiliate was going to 
sponsor the college scholarship program again this year. However, I do not 
recall anyone appointing a college scholarship committee during this 
meeting. I just want the minutes to adequately reflect what actually took 
place during the meeting.

Warm regards,
Elizabeth

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From: "Fred Wurtzel" <f.wurtzel at att.net>
Sent: Monday, March 31, 2014 7:14 PM
To: "'NFB of Michigan Internet Mailing List'" <nfbmi-talk at nfbnet.org>
Subject: Re: [nfbmi-talk] Minutes National Federation ofthe
BlindofMichiganBoardMeeting March 20, 2014

> Hello,
>
> There is no need to have an appropriation for scholarships to have a
> scholarship committtee.  The President may appoint any commmittees he
> chooses at any time, that is the prorogative of the President.  I am not
> sure what the issue is here.  No funds have been spent.  The Committee 
> could
> recommend a number of scholarships with certain values and the board could
> then either approve, change or reject the recommendation.  I see no issue
> here with the minutes.
>
> Warmest Regards,
>
> Fred
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: nfbmi-talk [mailto:nfbmi-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of
> Elizabeth Mohnke
> Sent: Monday, March 31, 2014 7:10 PM
> To: Mark Eagle; NFB of Michigan Internet Mailing List
> Subject: Re: [nfbmi-talk] Minutes National Federation of the Blindof
> MichiganBoard Meeting March 20, 2014
>
> Hello Mark,
>
> My understanding of a standing committee is one that does not need any 
> kind
> of approval to continue to exist year after year. However, since the
> decision to promote a college scholarship program is approved on a year by
> year basis, I do not see how the college scholarship committee could be
> considered a standing committee.
>
> In fact, as I understand it, the college scholarship committee has always
> been formed after the board approves the funds for the college scholarship
> program. In 2011, I formed the college scholarship committee after the 
> board
> approved the funds for the college scholarship program. In 2012 there was 
> no
> college scholarship committee as the board did not approve the funds for 
> the
> college scholarship program. Last year, in 2013, the college scholarship
> committee was again formed after the board approved the funds for the
> college scholarship program.
>
> While I do not have a problem with people stating their desire to 
> volunteer
> for this committee, I do believe it is a bit premature for the college
> scholarship committee to start working as the funds have not yet been
> approves to sponsor such a college scholarship program. Since the board 
> has
> not always approved the funds for a college scholarship program within the
> past recent years, I do not see how there could be any guarantee that this
> will indeed happen again this year.
>
> Since the board did not make any decisions in regards to the college
> scholarship committee during this meeting, I believe it should not be
> reflected this way in the minutes. For example, if the minutes simply 
> stated
> that questions and concerns regarding whether or not the state affiliate
> would once again sponsor a college scholarship program, and Mark Eagle and
> Terri Wilcox volunteered to look into this possibility further, I would 
> not
> have a problem as I believe this type of statement better reflects what
> actually took place during the meeting.
>
> Warm regards,
> Elizabeth
>
> --------------------------------------------------
> From: "Mark Eagle" <markaeagle at yahoo.com>
> Sent: Monday, March 31, 2014 5:48 PM
> To: "NFB of Michigan Internet Mailing List" <nfbmi-talk at nfbnet.org>
> Subject: Re: [nfbmi-talk] Minutes National Federation of the
> BlindofMichiganBoardMeeting March 20, 2014
>
>> Hi everyone,
>>
>> I don't think the board needs to make a motion to create the
>> scholarship committee because the scholarship committee is a standing
>> committee. Just like the resolutions committee. We don't vote every year
> to re-create it.
>>
>> As for the make up of the committee that is merely voluntary. No
>> committee by laws are in place to direct the committee at this time.
>> The three member of the committee are the state board secretary, state
>> board treasurer and 1 other at large position.
>>
>> Although money hasn't been appropriated we have had a meeting about
>> recomendations to the board. Such as scholarship dates, deadlines,
>> application and application process. Our findings will be presented to
>> the board at a future state board meeting.
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Mark Eagle
>>
>>
>> ________________________________
>> From: Elizabeth Mohnke <lizmohnke at hotmail.com>
>> To: NFB of Michigan Internet Mailing List <nfbmi-talk at nfbnet.org>
>> Sent: Monday, March 31, 2014 3:04 PM
>> Subject: Re: [nfbmi-talk] Minutes National Federation of the Blind of
>> MichiganBoard Meeting March 20, 2014
>>
>>
>> Hello Terri,
>>
>> Thank you as always for producing these minutes. However, I have a
>> couple of questions I would like to ask in regards to these minutes.
>>
>> First, if I recall correctly, I do not believe Donna attended this
>> conference call. Therefore, how was it possible for her to make a
>> report during this meeting if she did not attend it in the first
>> place? If someone else gave the report during the conference call,
>> then I believe this person should be mentioned in the minutes as the
>> one who gave the report.
>>
>> Second, near the end of the minutes it states that "Mark Eagle and
>> Terri Wilcox will be on the State Affiliate  Scholarship Committee."
>> However, I do not recall any discussion or motions made to create such
>> a committee. If the state affiliate would like to sponsor a college
>> scholarship again this year, then I believe the state affiliate board
>> would need to make a motion to create such a committee and provide the
>> appropriations to spend on a scholarship  program. Since there was not
>> a motion to create such a committee during this meeting, I do not
>> believe the minutes should reflect the creation of such a committee.
>>
>> I believe the minutes should adequately reflect what actually took
>> place during the meeting, and not necessarily what should have taken
>> place during the meeting, nor intentions of what should take place
>> after the meeting.
>> Therefore, if you could please change the minutes to adequately
>> reflect who provided reports during the meeting, I would greatly
>> appreciate it.
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Elizabeth
>>
>> --------------------------------------------------
>> From: <trising at sbcglobal.net>
>> Sent: Monday, March 31, 2014 2:20 PM
>> To: "nfbmi List" <nfbmi-talk at nfbnet.org>
>> Subject: [nfbmi-talk] Minutes National Federation of the Blind of
>> MichiganBoard Meeting March 20, 2014
>>
>>>
>>> Minutes National Federation of the Blind of Michigan Board Meeting
>>> March 20, 2014 Quorum Larry Posont, Joe Sontag, Terri Wilcox, Mark
>>> Eagle, Derek Moore and
>>> Dave Robinson      Secretary's Report, Terri Wilcox.
>>> Dave Robinson moved to adopt the January 23 Minutes.  Derek Moore
>>> seconded the motion.  The motion passed.  Treasurer's Report, Mark
>>> Eagle.  The numbers were the same as during the Quarterly Meeting.
>>> Introduction of Participating Members President's Report, Larry
>>> Posont.  Donna Posont is having a Birding Week end.  The Agenda has
>>> been posted.  Space is still available to attend.
>>>
>>> Fund Raising Committee, Mark Eagle, Marcus Simmons and Joe Sontag.
>>> Background research was done on dividend companies.  Three companies
>>> were targeted.  The President or Board can determine how much money
>>> to put into the project.  Dividends are paid at least once a year
>>> with some paying every three or four months.  It is necessary to
>>> decide how much money to put toward dividends for the next 18 months.
>>> The Board needs a detailed report to decide whether dividends is a
>>> good way to earn more money.  Who would manage it and what taxes are
>>> involved? Leadership Seminar Follow Up.  Leadership Seminar in
>>> Michigan, Dave Robinson, Mike Powell, Mary Wurtzel, and J.J.
>>> Meddaugh.  The date is for the Michigan leadership Seminar is
>>> September 5.  Kim Mohnke and Mike Powell will create the list of
>>> invitees to the retreat.  The President can also invite.  Fred
>>> Wurtzel and Lydia Schuck are working on the program plus inviting
>>> someone from the national office to come and facilitate.  Washington
>>> Seminar Follow Up, J.J.  Meddaugh.
>>> Follow up with Walberg? Upton? Bentivolio? It is necessary to speak
>>> directly with Walberg.  Walberg is on KMI on Friday and might be
>>> reached.  The Kmi phone number and time for Walberg's visit via radio
>>> are needed.  RepresentativeCongressman Dan Kildee said he would
>>> support Teach and Subminimum Wage legislation.  National Convention,
>>> 2014, Orlando Florida July 1-6 Rosen Center Hotel.
>>>
>>> National Convention Funding Assistance? People must register for
>>> Convention, sign up to work the exhibit table and register for the
>>> banquet in order to obtain assistance.  They must also call or email
>>> Larry Posont at (313(727-3546 or (906) 387-3546 or email at
>>> president.nfbmi at gmail.com Four or five people have requested
>>> assistance for National Convention.  It is likely that people who
>>> request assistance will receive $250 unless more than twelve
>>> individuals request assistance.  A glass cup with the Braille
>>> Alphabet is a possibility as a sale item for National Convention.
>>> The mug would sell better with a lid.  Sell mugs for $10.  May 17
>>> Board Meeting/Walk-A-Thon in Lansing? The Walk-a-thon will be
>>> followed by a meeting and picnic.  Check the list serv rather website
>>> for details.  The pledge forms will be out later this week.
>>> Insurance will be obtained for the Walk-a-thon.  The Bell Program is
>>> August 4-15.
>>>
>>> Mailing List Etiquette Report by Joe Sontag and Nick Wilcox.  Nick
>>> Wilcox and Joe Sontag will develop guidelines for the listserv.
>>>
>>> Science Camp Report, Fred Wurtzel.  Science Camp is July 28 to August 1.
>>> Resolutions Update.  Marcus Simmons is helping get a Dr.  Nemeth day
>>> into the Legislature. Senator Vincent Gregory is putting together a
>>> bill.  Joe Harcz is working on Resolutions.  There was a long
>>> discussion about blind vendors at the Capitol and State Plate.
>>>
>>> The Dog Guide Committee will meet the second Sunday of each month at
>>> 6:00 via the conference line.  Old Business: A letter was written
>>> regarding the wood carving show stating that the blind should be
>>> paying to attend.  There is a vendor Fair in Lansing March
>>> 21 showing six voting machines that could be used in Michigan.
>>> Feedback is sought.  There is a form available to obtain Hava funds
>>> to improve accessibility at polling sites.  New Business: The Members
>>> at Large Chapter will meet via the conference line on Monday March 24
>>> at 6:30 P.M.  The Flint Chapter will meet on April 12 at the Flint
>>> Library.  The Meeting will be 12:00-2:00.  State Convention is at the
>>> Holiday Inn Gateway in Flint from October 10-12.
>>> Mark Eagle and Terri Wilcox will be on the State Affiliate
>>> Scholarship Committee.  Joe Sontag moved to adjourn at 9-40.  Terri
>>> Wilcox seconded the motion.  The motion passed.
>>>
>>>
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