[NFBV-Potomac-Announce] Minutes Potomac Chapter October 8, 2020

John Halverson jwh100 at outlook.com
Sat Oct 10 14:02:17 UTC 2020

Happy birthday Christine! Here are the minutes from last night.

October 8, 2020 Potomac Chapter Meeting

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m. and 19 people were present. The icebreaker question was: What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?
The minutes from the September meeting were approved without correction.
The treasurer's report was approved. The current balance is $365.00 in the general fund and $750.00 in the youth fund.
Our guest speaker was Ahmad Bassah. He is fluent in six languages and has traveled around the world. He spoke about his personal blindness journey. He also talked about different blindness philosophies and training available around the world. For example, in Bolivia at the training center, students were learning braille in the dirt with limited books and supplies. The training center in Israel boasts a 92% employment rate for its graduates. Transportation is subsidized and working blind people can get supplemental income.
Chapter members asked questions about Ahmad's experiences traveling as a blind person, and language learning strategies.
Ahmad also shared his telephone number with the members in attendance.
Christine suggested that Ahmad could write an article for the Vigilant.
Christine reminded everyone to register for the state convention. Registration is at: www.nfbv.org/registration<https://eur05.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nfbv.org%2Fregistration&data=02%7C01%7C%7Cbfd532f64ee242ac55aa08d86c535de9%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637378452753907717&sdata=%2BFCE6KOAbjyVvKmsrikOmPgaRlv2aTKg0SAHQwcHGnI%3D&reserved=0>
Door prize donations should be sent to doorprizes at nfbv.org<mailto:doorprizes at nfbv.org>
There is a helpline for people who need assistance. help at nfbv.org<mailto:help at nfbv.org> or dial 703-672-1339. Code of conduct reports should also be sent there.
Tracy encouraged members to invite their friends throughout the Commonwealth to come to the convention.
Tracy also discussed the auction. He encouraged members to donate items and to begin bidding on items starting Oct 15. www.32auctions.com/nfbv20<https://eur05.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.32auctions.com%2Fnfbv20&data=02%7C01%7C%7Cbfd532f64ee242ac55aa08d86c535de9%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637378452753907717&sdata=fHTqu6j5GQwUT8C53YOuDEfLbOYjG%2B0YBNJw%2F6BSuCU%3D&reserved=0>
Tracy shared his experience with the accessible ballot marking tool. It was relatively efficient.
Chapter members discussed challenges with requesting and obtaining accessible absentee ballots from their local registrars.
Christine and John will distribute a fact sheet with some phone numbers such as the phone number for the Richmond Board of Elections.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Arielle Silverman, Secretary, National Federation of the Blind Potomac Chapter

Arielle Silverman, Ph.D.
Disability Wisdom Consulting
Phone: 240-630-1154
arielle at disabilitywisdom.com<mailto:arielle at disabilitywisdom.com>

John Halverson, Corresponding Secretary
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