[nfbmi-talk] Minutes National Federation of the Blind of Michigan Board Meeting March 20, 2014

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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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