[Ohio-talk] question about a memembership contest?

Carol Akers purplecakers at yahoo.com
Tue Jul 28 21:14:12 UTC 2009


Eric,
Yes, successful members and participants is a great way to put it.  Everyone enjoys being successful......lets encourage that term.  Successful persons (young or old) who just  happened to be blind.  Success is not measured just by how much money one makes, or where they live or what they do.  Success comes in many forms.  I feel that success is an individual process and is different for each person.  Maybe person #1 doesn't want to be an MD in life, but wants to be a tax paying employeed beauty shop owner....that is her success.  Not everyone has the same goals and/or needs in life, but we would all like to be successful in something.  Even a stay at home mom is successful in her own right---raising healthy, happy, well adjusted children who are potty trained and learning at the same pace as a child who has sighted parents.  Right?  
So all of our recruits do need to understand that this is not just about being a ''social club' or gathering a couple times a year---but there is a purpose behind it.  I do remember one group many yrs ago  when Dusty was little--whose focus WAS more of a social nature........one of their people said to me "Most blind people will not ever be able to get worthwhile employment, so they have to learn how to look good when they go out with group functions to dances or social events."  This made no sense to me at the time, I was not quite sure of why they were saying this.  I understand now that they had absolutely NO expectations for any blind person except how to tie a bow and put some makeup on.  Blind persons where lumped together and remained together instead of out in the world being a true participant in the world.  They did not expect anything of them, nor did they encourage anyone to "be the best that you can be."
Carol

--- On Sun, 7/26/09, Eric Burghardt <sinat1 at embarqmail.com> wrote:


From: Eric Burghardt <sinat1 at embarqmail.com>
Subject: Re: [Ohio-talk] question about a memembership contest?
To: "NFB of Ohio Announcement and Discussion List" <ohio-talk at nfbnet.org>
Date: Sunday, July 26, 2009, 4:36 PM


Well said Carol. I for one am going to try to encourage our chapters members 
to go and learn all they can. The more you know about what you are trying to 
do the more succesful it is going to be, and I for one want to be the best I 
can be at what I am doing.
Eric Burghardt
President
National Federation of the Blind of Greater Toledo

Phone: 419-655-2402
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Carol Akers" <purplecakers at yahoo.com>
To: "NFB of Ohio Announcement and Discussion List" <ohio-talk at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Sunday, July 26, 2009 3:49 PM
Subject: Re: [Ohio-talk] question about a memembership contest?


I wish that by getting "the most" people to a convention it also meant these 
people would participate and attend sessions to make it worh their trip. 
Numbers are important in only so many ways. If we had a hundred people 
attending from Capital chapter and yet only 12 ever showed up at any given 
session at any time.............we still have not accomlished our purpose. 
While we are encourging people to come and building these numbers we also 
need to re-educate them on the purpose of the convention.the reasons behind 
it all, not just encouraging an expense paid trip We need to re-educate and, 
reinforce, the learning experiences, networking goals and revitalization of 
chapters in order to share the NFB philosophy and goals. Every person you 
bring to convention is a potential leadership recruit and participant in 
growth, fundraising and helping show the world what blind persons CAN do not 
what they CANNOT do. (remembering that the world thinks
blind persons are incapable of anything useful)
Carol.

--- On Thu, 7/23/09, Colleen Roth <n8tnv at att.net> wrote:


From: Colleen Roth <n8tnv at att.net>
Subject: Re: [Ohio-talk] question about a memembership contest?
To: "NFB of Ohio Announcement and Discussion List" <ohio-talk at nfbnet.org>
Date: Thursday, July 23, 2009, 6:04 AM



Hi Pichard,
I think the person who gets most people to the State Convention
should get dinner at a Restaurant they can use at home. That
oway you'll be able to redeem it. Of course, they could always
win some yummy Icecream from Coldstone.
We could always give the winner a cat! Just kidding!
Have a great day.
Colleen Roth


> ----- Original Message -----
>From: "richard payne" <rchpay7 at sbcglobal.net
>To: "'NFB of Ohio Announcement and Discussion List'"
<ohio-talk at nfbnet.org
>Date sent: Wed, 22 Jul 2009 21:51:20 -0400
>Subject: [Ohio-talk] question about a memembership contest?

>I have been thinking about membership. Cleveland's membership
chair person
>and I had a small bet that what ever chair person got the most
people to the
>national convention the other would buy dinner. I must say Greek
town took a
>lot but it hurt to take her to dinner. I spoke to Jw. And we
are trying to
>figure out a contest where that chapters that bring more members
to the
>state convention could engage in. Do any of you have any ideals?
Eric the
>other Eric from Toledo do not perk your ears up but your ideals
are welcome.
>Richard

>Thanks Richard


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