[Ohio-talk] The Attendance of General Sessions?
jwsmithnfb at verizon.net
Tue Jul 14 14:22:41 UTC 2009
Amen and well said Colleen.
Dr. J. Webster Smith
President National Federation of the Blind of Ohio
P.O.BOX 458 Athens, Ohio, 45701-0458
Phone Number - 740-592-6326
"Changing What it Means to be Blind"
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From: "Colleen Roth" <n8tnv at att.net>
To: "NFB of Ohio Announcement and Discussion List" <ohio-talk at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 5:19 AM
Subject: Re: [Ohio-talk] The Attendance of General Sessions?
> Hi Everett,
> You do raise a valid point and it disserves an answer.
> Well it may not alpear that a session will benefit you personally you may
> learn something that will benefit someone else. Also, sometimes
> interspersed with things on the Agenda something might pop up that was
> shifted from another time. It's not a matter of having the Delegation
> filled, it's a matter of learning to share with others. Personally, I do
> not do well with Technology but I attend because I might learn something
> which I can share. I may not understand everything I hear but I get
> enough to know who to ask I someone needs my help along the way.
> It's nice to hear the different states at Roll Call of the States. It
> gives us a flavor of the different affiliates and sometimes we even get an
> idea we can use. I know I probably came off as a grouch on my last post
> but I can honestly say in all my years in the NFB I only missed one
> session and that was because I needed to lie down because I wasn't feeling
> I know some things seem pointless but you never know what you will learn.
> Also, if you are being sponsored by the NFBO or your local chapter you are
> expected to attend all beessions and as many activities as you can. You
> are representing those people who cannot attend, and, hopefully, you will
> learn something to share.
> We do not always enjoy every presentation but that is not the poins.
> I think that the Presentation of the Bollotin awards was impressive. This
> is not because I like to sit through Presentations of Awards but because
> it is good to know what others are doing.
> Ray Kurzweil is a pioneer in reading machines and working with Optical
> Character Recognition. The first reading machine was huge probably about
> $80,000 and the size of a washing machine.
> Everett, do not misunderstand me, I did do some fun things at Conventions.
> I still worked booths, and attended all sessions. By the way, this
> included Conventions where I had a multiply-handicapped child to care for.
> I am not being critical, I just want people to take responsibility for
> attending things and learning.
> Everett, you have a lot of energy. I would like to see you channel that
> into getting people to meetings and getting them to work on things. If
> you put all that energy to good use at a Convention think what you could
> I hope that all of us will make a concerted effort to be better stewards
> of our time and the Affiliate's money at future Conventions.
> It's not fair that just a few people help at tables and at the Exhibit
> Hall. It is true that I didn't help this year but I did not arrive until
> Tuesday at 11-30 a.m.
> See you at the NFBO Convention.
> Colleen Roth
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