[nfbmi-talk] Secret Affiliate Board Action & Expenditure

David Robinson drob1946 at gmail.com
Fri Dec 5 19:45:59 UTC 2014


   As a board member I will step forward and explain at least what I have 
knowledge of of this issue.  Our president called to ask me about this 
expenditure, and after hearin the data and recommendation of the attorney, I 
felt it was worth supporting.  I am assuming that he recieved enough support 
from the board members to make this decision.  I would support the case you 
had against BSBP, but for some reason, totally unknown to me, the attorney 
did not recommend that the case be persued.  At least, that is what was 
reported to the board.
   Your right that we did not discuss this in a open board meeting,and 
perhaps we should have done so, but I think times and deadlines were an 
   I know that a lot of frustration about the illegal corruption at BSBP was 
expressed at the leadership retreat,and some would like to just ignore the 
agency, but we as a group did not support that thought.  People that think 
they can advocate for blind people and ignore what is going on at the BSBP 
have their heads in the sand.  We must address the issues at BSBP if we 
intend to carry out our purpose.
   I as a board member apologize to you if the assisance for Risa and the 
official position on BSBP was not expressed to the members.  We are leaders 
as members of the board, but we also have to be communicators and supporters 
of our membership. Everyone needs to know so we can all make good choices.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Terry D. Eagle via nfbmi-talk" <nfbmi-talk at nfbnet.org>
To: "'NFB of Michigan Internet Mailing List'" <nfbmi-talk at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Friday, December 05, 2014 12:27 AM
Subject: [nfbmi-talk] Secret Affiliate Board Action & Expenditure

> Is there anyone among the elected officers and board members of the NFB of
> Michigan willing to come forth and explain why the affiliate board is
> engaged in secret action and expenditure of affiliate funds concerning one
> individual?
> I ask this for the following reasons:
> 1. Precedent has recently been set that in similar circumstances the
> board openly discussed such action involving an individual, namely me.
> 2. The affiliate put forth and discussed the merits of expenditure of
> affiliate funds prior any expenditure.
> 3. It is my understanding that based on the November 2013 Baltimore
> seminar, the Jackson February 2014 Board meeting discussions and action, 
> and
> wxtensive discussion at the Septemmber seminar this Fall, that the 
> affiliate
> had come to consensus that the affiliate would no longer focus resources 
> on
> issues and complaints involving the BS4BP, rather expending efforts and
> expenditure of valuable limited treasury to affiliate building through
> chapter expansion in number of chapters and membership, leadership
> development, and assessing and mmeeting the personal skills, talents, and
> dreams of members.  Is this understanding and affiliate action accurate 
> and
> correct?
> 4. If the above statement is accurate and correct, then why is the
> affiliate board engaged in such secret action?
> Respectfully inquired.
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