[NFBV-Potomac-Announce] Minutes Potomac Chapter February 2021 Meeting

John Halverson jwh100 at outlook.com
Mon Feb 15 15:20:21 UTC 2021

Hello Colleagues,

Below are the minutes from our February 2021 meeting.

John Halverson, Corresponding Secretary
Potomac Chapter

From: Arielle Silverman <arielle at disabilitywisdom.com<mailto:arielle at disabilitywisdom.com>>
Subject: Corrected minutes below
Date: February 13, 2021 at 5:27:50 PM EST
To: Christine Grassman <cgrassman1009 at gmail.com<mailto:cgrassman1009 at gmail.com>>

February 11, 2021

The meeting was called to order at 7:03 p.m. and 16 members were present.
Each participant indicated which Valentine's Day movie they wanted to watch on Sunday afternoon. The movie that got the most votes was Crazy Rich Asians.
The movie will be shown on the NFBV affiliate Zoom line on Sunday Feb 14 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. We are hoping to show an audio-described version of the movie with audio and video.
The chapter took a few moments to reflect on Harold Magnusson, who passed away last Saturday. Donations in his memory can be sent to the National Center for the Blind, to his church, or to the NFBV McDonald fund.
The minutes from the January meeting were approved without correction.
The treasurer's report was approved. Current balances are $2,399.74 in the general fund and $1,750.00 in the youth fund.
Christine has appointed the nominating and audit committees for 2021. The nominating committee will be chaired by Patti Droppers and will also include Deepa Goraya, Nancy Yeager, and Sandy Halverson. The audit committee will be chaired by John Halverson, and will also include Joe Hobson and Diana Olivera.
The guest speakers were Brittany Ham and Bridgette Wisdom from the Arlington Public Library. She talked about Libby, an app for downloading audiobooks and E-books from local libraries. Anyone can set up a Libby account with a library card. Libby used to be called OverDrive.
Brittany demonstrated how to use the app with VoiceOver and answered members' questions.
For more information, members can contact Brittany at:
bham at arlingtonva.us<https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fmail.google.com%2Fmail%2Fu%2F0%2Fh%2Fozno8inp1793%2F%3F%26cs%3Dwh%26v%3Db%26to%3Dbham%40arlingtonva.us&data=04%7C01%7C%7C1a77c8aaca1845760d7808d8d154bb56%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637489509139017602%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=XpyfeSUp86MziAE6ZkdWYo%2BXDSumYG7dlb8OsAPdBcg%3D&reserved=0>
or (703) 228-7689.

Deepa and Tracy provided an update on Washington Seminar. Generally the virtual appointments went well. Out of our 13 federal legislators, we met with 6 legislators directly, which is more than in past in-person visits. We secured one new co-sponsor for the Access Technology Affordability Act, Congressman Whitman, along with Congressman Beyer who was already a co-sponsor before Washington Seminar. Our other three bills have not yet been introduced. Once they are introduced, we will follow up with our legislators asking them for their support.
Christine asked for ideas for presentations at future meetings. Nancy suggested a series of presentations from our NFB national divisions, such as the guide dog users' division.
Tracy stated he is really hoping we can hold an in-person state convention this year. However, we will need to raise money for hosting, etc.
Sandy moved and Nancy seconded that the chapter donate $100 to the McDonald Fellowship fund in memory of Harold Magnusson. The motion passed.
Chapter members concluded the meeting by reciting the NFB pledge.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:43 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Arielle Silverman, Secretary, NFB Potomac Chapter

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