[Ohio-talk] The Attendance of General Sessions?

Regina Noles ladynfb at yahoo.com
Thu Jul 16 17:23:07 UTC 2009


I must say that I found the general sessions more intrigung this year than other years (athough I brought a book) but still found it for the most part enjoyable:) 
Karen Noles




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From: Colleen Roth <n8tnv at att.net>
To: ohio-talk at nfbnet.org
Sent: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 10:35:08 PM
Subject: Re: [Ohio-talk] The Attendance of General Sessions?

Hi Carol,
Feel free to vent. Thanks for saying what you did.
You do not know how glad I am that you said these things.
Colleen Roth


----- Original Message -----
From: Carol Akers <purplecakers at yahoo.com>
To: NFB OF Ohio Announcement and Discussion List <ohio-talk at nfbnet.org>
Date: 2009/07/14 15:45:02
Subject: Re: [Ohio-talk] The Attendance of General Sessions?

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> Amen is right.  Colleen you put it well.  It is TRUE SOMETIMES WE TEND TO GET BORED BECAUSE IT IS A LONG TIME TO SIT-COMBUT AS YOU SD-COMTHERE ARE SO MANY INTERESTING FACTS TO TAKE BACK AND SHARE WITH THOSE WHO WERE UNABLE TO ATTEND.  There is SO MUCH NEW CUTTING EDGE INFORMATION ON TECHNOLOGY AND PROGRAMS THAT WE ARE PRIVILEGED TO HEAR BEFORE THE GENERAL PUBLIC.  
> As Colleen sd-comwe all need to keep in mind that if we are being sponsored or assisted by any organization as well as the NFB-COMWE NEED TO BE PRESENT AT SESSIONS, SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT THE MONEY WAS SPENT FOR.  If we are using this time as a personal get away or vacation and not attending the functions related to the convention-comwe are in essence misappropriating the funding intentions.  Or in straight words-comwe are stealing money that could have been put to better use to assist someone who was truly interested in the real reason for attendence.  Working at the exhibit hall is a good way to assist, selling the M& M's to raise funds is another---many people do neither and do not offer any type of service to those around u.  It reflects poorly on us as a state, when half of our delegation  never shows up to any session or workshop.  We can arrange social time in other ways on our own time and at our own expense.
> This is part of my venting Colleen! :com)
> Carol
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> --- On Tue, 7/14/09, Dr. Smith <jwsmithnfb at verizon.net> wrote:
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> From: Dr. Smith <jwsmithnfb at verizon.net>
> Subject: Re: [Ohio-talk] The Attendance of General Sessions?
> To: "NFB OF Ohio Announcement and Discussion List" <ohio-talk at nfbnet.org>
> Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2009, 10:22 AM
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> Amen and well said Colleen.
> 
> JW
> 
> 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"
> ----- Original Message ----- 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?
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> > 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 well.
> > 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 C.  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 do.
> > 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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