[NFBMO] The great 60th anniversary convention!

Dick Morris dickmorris at netzero.net
Tue Apr 5 05:27:58 UTC 2022

I posted this on Facebook earlier, but not everyone on this list is on 
Facebook, and I want to say this to all of you.

I see that Jane Lansaw 
got there fustest with the mostest--and said it much better than I can, 
but I owe a post to the NFB of Missouri and the Springfield, Missouri 
chapter. [You'll have to go to Facebook to see Jane's post.]

First, great convention, guys! I didn't realize how much I missed the 
affiliate until I checked in at the hotel on Thursday and was greeted 
enthusiastically by people I didn't even know yet! What a pleasure to 
meet Amy Wilson of the Old Drum chapter, Seyoon Choi and Svetlana Ehlers 
of the student division (yes I still call it that--I'm old and set in my 
ways, what can I say?), Randy Carmack, a former DJ with as warped a 
sense of humor as I have, Janice Jackson-Grisham 
recently-elected president of the Springfield chapter, Dan Garcia, state 
corresponding secretary...I could go on--and I will. Then there were the 
old friends: Gary Wunder 
Debbie Wunder 
Gene and Carol Coulter ( I will not let FB call him "Eugene"!), Hal and 
Becky Boyer, Shelia Byrd Wright 
(good job, madam president!). I'd better stop before I fill this post 
with names and have no room for anything else. Oh, Lord, I forgot Kevan 
Rita Lynch, and Willa Patterson!

I was honored to be asked to MC the banquet (thanks, Gary Horchem 
but even more honored to listen to Kevan Worley, whom I've known since 
1983 and who is a former Springfield chapter guy, deliver the banquet 
address as the representative of the NFB national office. Talk about 
someone making good!

During the last few years I've really needed to be reminded of what the 
Federation is all about and why I originally became a part of it because 
some things in Oklahoma just plain hurt and I left the organization. 
NFBMo and Springfield (and Jane Lansaw), you accomplished your mission. 
Again, thank you.

Dick Morris (now where's that stupid Send button??)
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