Nancy VanderBrink nvanderbrink at icloud.com
Fri May 12 13:08:36 UTC 2017

I was curious about the mugs, are they going to have some sort of design on them or are they simply going to be a different color?

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Nancy Irwin
nvanderbrink at icloud.com

> On May 12, 2017, at 8:57 AM, David Houck via NFBofSC <nfbofsc at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> 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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