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Cheryl Fields cherylelaine1957 at gmail.com
Sat Nov 18 23:43:37 UTC 2017

Alexis, So sorry you could not make it to the meeting.
Below are the October minits. I am still working on November and will
send to you soon.
Here's what you need to know: Holiday Celebration!
Date: Friday December 15, 2017 Time: 6:00 P.M.-10:00 P.M. Cost: $
26.00 plus tip and tax
second floor banquet room Cash Bar
Location: DoubleTree Downtown 1111 Lakeside Avenue
 Everyone will pay on night of event and I will call you with menu
selections. Invite a friend!

Keep selling Love Birds Raffle tickets, if you need more tickets call Suzanne.

Soaps by Us, I'll call you about this too, smiles.

Keep watching the Cleveland list serve for more announcements! Talk to
you soon! CF  The National Federation of the Blind of Cleveland
October 20, 2017 Chapter Meeting Minits

President William Turner called the meeting to order at 5:30 P.M. He
welcomed everyone and offered a few announcements, No conference
calling for this meeting because of elections, no proxy voting or via
telephone. He made membership aware that that Cheryl Fields is
recording the meeting and all cell phones be
turned off. The chapters mending and grieving members: Billie Graham,
Henry Butler, Evelyn McClean and
Richard Kirks. President Turner also informed chapter that the Kirks
are moving out of the state soon, and friend of NFBC John Franklin of
Birmingham, Alabama is recovering from surgery.  Billie Graham, who
was in attendance informed the chapter that she is well and was
incorrectly added to the list. President Turner apologized for the
error and everyone had a good laugh. Grieving members to are Richard
Payne, loss of father, Mary Ponder,
loss of cousin, the family of NFB Capitol chapter member, Stephanie
Claytor and the Chapter. He asked we keep all these people and their
families in our prayers.
The NFB Pledge was read responsively and led by Rebecca Russell.
Members were reminded to listen to the Presidential release on NFB
Newsline. The Secretary and treasurers report will be provided at the
chapter meeting. Reminder that 2018 NFB C chapter dues are currently
being accepted by Treasurer
Natassha Ricks. All Romance Basket auction donations are being
accepted by Suzanne Turner this evening.

Teresa McKinney, Split the Pot winner Arlene $ 7.50.

President William Turner reminded everyone to vote in local elections,
on November 7 and early voting is available at the Cuyahoga county
board of elections.

President William turner opened the floor for adoption of previously
proposed amendments to the NFB C constitution. Before the motion,
Billie Graham and Nettie McDermott expressed concern about not being
present when proposed amendments were read. They asked to have another
reading. After discussion, due to time constraints the adoption of NFB
c constitutional amendments was tabled until November meeting.
Note: See attached

After explanation: The difficulty with finding willing candidates NFB
C offices, the nominating committee inquired about, having suspend the
1 year rule for the 2017 election only suspended. Allowing the
committee to present a full slate of candidates to consider for
officers.  President Turner and Vice President Fields agreed to bring
this to the membership for a vote.

Note: Past elections have allowed this without a motion and did not
stay within the parameters of the NFB C constitution. After a lively
discussion, Cheryl Fields placed a motion on the floor and seconded by
Wilbert Turner.
Motion:  Suspension of the 1 year board requirement to be considered
for a position as a NFB C officer for this election only.

Rebecca Russell did an official roll call from chapter roster. A hand
vote was called for. Ms. Russell and Arlene
counted the hand votes. 22 members in good standing present, motion
needed 2/3 vote to pass. Ken Ury and Arlene questioned membership and
ability to vote in this election. The nominating committee allowed
them to vote.
Note: They paid 2017 dues to Cuyahoga chapter and 2018 dues to
Cleveland chapter. This made them members in good standing in both
chapters. Additional discussion ensued. Ivory Pattilo pointed out that
the U.S. Senate suspended this same rule recently. President Turner
called for the vote. 11 for the motion, 4 opposed and 7 abstentions.
The motion failed. After the motion failed, Cheryl Fields asked Mrs.
Russell if slate contains members that have not served on executive
committee. Mrs. Russell answered, Owen McCafferty and his name will be
Additional discussion occurred, President William Turner listened,
confirmed failure of the motion and declared all offices and 2 board
seats vacant. He then placed the meeting in the hands of the
nominating committee,
Rebecca Russell and Ivory Pattilo (Chair Rosa Jones unavailable due to
illness). Mrs. Russell The slate presented and voted on is follows:
President Suzanne Turner
Vice President Rosa Jones
Recording Secretary Shawanna Griffin
Corresponding Secretary Owen McCafferty (declared ineligible)
Treasurer Natassha Ricks
2 At Large Board Seats: Octavia Culbert, Annie Dixon declined, William
Turner, Shirley Patterson, Rita Jeminez not in attendance, Cecil
Dukes, Bryant Ealy, Teresa McKinney currently serving  on board.

Election Results:
Each position was voted on individually, President, Vice President and
Treasurer were voted in by acclamation, with the following exceptions.
Recording Secretary, Cheryl Fields nominated from the floor by William
Turner and voted in as Recording Secretary.
Corresponding Secretary, nominating committee provided description of
position and no nominations from the floor were offered.
First board seat, Owen McCafferty and Wilbert Turner were nominated
from floor and declined. Octavia Culbert and Shirley Patterson were
successfully elected. This brought the 2017 NFB c elections to a close
and the meeting was returned to President William Turner.
Note: The 2017-2019 NFB c Executive Committee:

President Suzanne Turner
Vice President Rosa Jones
Recording Secretary Cheryl Fields
Corresponding Secretary Vacant
Treasurer Natassha Ricks
At Large Board Seats: Octavia Culbert
Board: Shirley Patterson,  Teresa McKenny
1 Vacancy Term ending 2018
Note: Rosa Jones previously held this seat, currently elected to Vice
President, leaving vacancy.

President William Turner thanked the nominating committee for their
hard work and dedication to the chapter.
Congratulated all of the new chapter officers and board members.
President William Turner thanked the chapter for trusting and
supporting him as president for the last 10 years. He expressed that
his commitment to the chapter is strong and he is ready to continue
building the federation.  William told the members that Cleveland is
for the state Gavel Award next week at the Ohio Dream Convention and
win or lose, Cleveland is a great chapter and be proud! President
William Turner passed the official NFB C gavel to newly elected
President Suzanne Turner! Cheers from the membership erupted!
President Suzanne Turner thanked the nominating committee and the
membership for electing her.

Meeting Adjourned by William and Suzanne Turner.

Submitted on November 17, 2017 by Cheryl Fields Secretary

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