David Houck nfbsc at sc.rr.com
Fri May 12 12:57:22 UTC 2017


MAY 12, 2017



              Free BINGO sponsored by the Telephone Pioneers Thursday, Nay
18.  Be at the Federation Center by 6:30 p.m.  Call David Houck at 254-3777
if you need a van ride.



              You can now begin to make your hotel reservations to attend
the upcoming 2017 Orlando National Convention.  The dates for this year's
national convention will be July 10, to July 15, 2017 and will be held at
the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort.  The 2017 room rates are singles and
doubles, $83; and triples and quads, $89. In addition to the room rates
there will be a tax, which at present is 12.5 percent. No charge will be
made for children under seventeen in the room with parents as long as no
extra bed is requested. Please note that the hotel is a no-smoking facility.

              For 2017 convention room reservations you can call the hotel
at (866) 996-6338. You may also write directly to the Rosen Shingle Creek,
9939 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, Florida 32819-9357. The hotel will want a
deposit of $95 for each room and will want a credit card number or a
personal check. If you use a credit card, the deposit will be charged
against your card immediately, just as would be the case with a $95 check.
If a reservation is cancelled before Thursday, June 1, 2017, half of the
deposit will be returned. Otherwise refunds will not be made.  The schedule
of the convention is as follows; Monday, July 10, Seminar Day, Tuesday, July
11, Registration and exhibits, Wednesday, July 12, National Board Meeting
and division and committee meetings, Thursday, July 13, Opening General
Session,              Friday, July 14, General session, Saturday, July 15,
Banquet.  Convention pre-registration is open mow through May 31.

              Bus funds will be distributed equally at the NFB Orlando
convention among those registered and attending sessions.  The Columbia
Chapter van will go to the NFB convention leaving on July 9.  The chapter
will cover the cost for gas and the cost per person is $75 non-refundable
and non-transferrable.  We will only take 6 to 10 passengers.



              Please do not forget to make your hotel reservations for the
2017 NFB of SC State Convention which will be held at the Hyatt Regency
Hotel in Greenville, SC August 18-20.  Room rates are very affordable.
Rates for this year's convention are $99 per night for up to four in a room.
In addition to the room rates there will be a tax, which at present is 12
percent.  There will also be a limited number of rooms available for the $99
rate Thursday, August 17, for those individuals wanting to arrive at the
hotel a day prior to the official start of the convention.  The deadline to
make reservations will be July 27, 2017.  You can make your room
reservations by calling the Hyatt Regency reservation telephone number
402-592-6434 and inform the reservationist you are reserving a room for the
National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina state convention.  The
Hyatt Regency hotel has also made available a dedicated website to book your
hotel rooms online. Reservations can be made starting immediately at this
web address: https://aws.passkey.com/go/natfedblind.

              At this time one Columbia van will leave on Thursday, August
17 for the Greenville Convention.  If you need a van ride, contact Tiffiny
Mitchell at 603-2098 to place your name on the list and pay Kattie Jackson
$40 to ride the van round trip.



              In the absence of President Tiffiny Mitchell, First Vice
President Steve Cook gaveled the meeting to order at 6:15 p.m.  Several
visitors were present including Mr. & Mrs. Tom Pendleton from West Virginia
and family members, Sally Johnson, and a few others.  Pray for the Ingle
family members as Tommy Ingle passed away on May 5.  Ike Nelson's kitchen
crew served a delicious hamburger and hot dog dinner.  Dr. Capps introduced
our guest speaker who was Commissioner Alexzena Furgess of the Columbia
Housing Authority.  Jennifer Bazer gave a devotional on a mother's heart and
pink carnations were passed out to all the mothers.  

              There was no barbecue report as funds were still coming in.
The Memorial Day weekend Rocky Bottom trip is on!  Although the van is full,
if you want to be placed on the waiting list, contact Tiffiny Mitchell at
603-2098 to place your name on the waiting list and pay Kattie Jackson $30
to ride the van round trip.  The Columbia Chapter will be ordering 30 ounce
Yetti mugs for $20 each.  You can pre-order yours now by calling Tiffiny
Mitchell at 603-2098 and paying Kattie Jackson the $20.  I believe you also
have a choice of colors.  Kattie Jackson gave the Treasurer's report and
there was approximately $1,619.65 in the treasury.             All of you
Mothers, have a blessed Mother's Day!


Tiffiny Mitchell, President

Columbia Chapter, NFB of SC



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