[Ohio-talk] Buckeye Update

Cheryl Fields cherylelaine1957 at gmail.com
Fri Dec 13 22:28:33 UTC 2013

Thank you for the updates, and your work to secure the hotel for our
next convention, it's good you have that experience. However, it is
unfortunate and disappointing to hear we are traveling to Central Ohio
once again for the convention. It is costly for everyone no matter
where we go. Is there a plan on the drawing board to provide
assistance in the near future? If the proceeds from the Mally's fund
raiser are not designated, this may be a great way to begin a special
fund for covention assistance. North East Ohio has much to offer for
convention goers, and many loyal federationist, how can we be afforded
the opportunity to host our state convention for 2016-2017? There are
people in other chapters with convention planning experience, and
would love the opportunity to present a proposal to the board for the
future. Whom do we send this request to? If we begin to plan now we
could incorporate some additional things that are difficult to do on
short notice.
If there is a convention planning committee
I would like to volunteer to serve, please forward my information to
the committee chair. Thanks, stay warm!

Merry Christmas!

Cheryl Fields
On 12/13/13, Eric Duffy <eduffy at deltav.org> wrote:
> National Federation of the Blind of Ohio
> Buckeye Update, December 13, 2013
> 	It is Friday the 13th. For those of you who are superstitious this
> is not a good day. For those who don't believe in such things it is just
> another day, unless the thirteenth has significance in your life for
> another
> reason. I thought of this because I just passed a car accident while
> getting
> on the highway to travel back home from Brookville.
> 	The Board of Directors of the National Federation of the Blind of
> Ohio met Tuesday evening. We had a good but short meeting.  I appointed the
> committees that will do much of the work of the organization in 2014. The
> committee appointments will be sent out with the minutes of the meeting
> next
> week. Shelbi was very quick in finishing the minutes, and we are now giving
> the board the chance to look at them before sending them out.
> 	I can tell you that it was decided that the 2014 and 2015
> conventions will be in the Columbus area. Specifically we will be at the
> Holiday Inn at 7007 North High Street in Worthington. The date for the 2014
> convention is October 31 through November 2. Room rates are $76 plus tax.
> 	I have been highly involved with planning conventions for this
> organization for about 26 years. I first started traveling to look at
> hotels
> with Barbara Pierce and Pat Eschbach. Once I demonstrated my ability to
> select appropriate hotels for the organization and to successfully
> negotiate
> with the hotels, Barbara turned the responsibility for finding suitable
> convention sites over to me. Yes Mary Pool chaired the convention committee
> for many years, and she assisted me in this process. But the responsibility
> was mine, and I didn't take it lightly. If all went well with the hotel,
> people were happy, and Mary and I received a lot of praise. If things
> didn't
> go well with the hotel, then our selection of hotels was questioned. That
> really never happened.
> 	Yes, we had a time or two when we said let's not go back to that
> hotel, but by and large the membership has been pleased with the hotels we
> have had and the rates we have enjoyed.
> 	It seems to me that in the early part of this decade the board
> decided that we should hold the convention in Columbus for several years
> and
> we did that. We have been in the Dayton area for the last three
> conventions.
> 	I have come to understand that many who attend convention on a
> regular basis prefer Columbus, because it is centrally located. We have
> certainly discovered that we save money by holding our in person board
> meetings in Columbus.
> 	It seems to me that when everything else is equal among hotels,
> people want a hotel that is easy to get to and good room rates. Richard
> Payne once said to me that perhaps people would be willing to pay a little
> more for a hotel with some extra amenities. I believe that we must have a
> nice hotel that is affordable. Only those who can afford to do so will
> attend the convention. Now that we no longer have money to offer convention
> assistance affordability is even more important than it was for many years.
> 	We are in the Columbus area for the next two years, but we should
> think about future conventions and whether or not we want to move around
> the
> state each year as we once did.  Is moving around the state important
> enough
> that we want to put time and resources in to finding convention locations
> as
> we once did. This certainly food for thought.
> 	We have the money to make three scholarships available in 2014.
> Deborah Kendrick chairs the scholarship committee and will get applications
> out soon.
> 	 The folks at Malley's Chocolate have extended our ordering
> opportunity through the end of the business day on Monday. We have passed
> our sales goal of $1,000, but the Cleveland chapter is putting together a
> nice order that won't be finalized until Monday. So if you want Malley's
> chocolate the clock is ticking, but you still have time.
> 	The winter edition of the Buckeye Bulletin is out. It is another
> good issue. I want to thank Barbara for her work and also thank everyone
> who
> contributed to the issue. I read many affiliate newsletters, and I am proud
> to say that ours is second to none.
> 	This is a reminder that our friends at Vanda Pharmaceuticals are
> running a campaign to raise awareness of Non-24 Hour Disorder and raise
> funds for the National Federation of the Blind at the same time.
> Non-24-Hour
> Disorder (Non-24) is a serious circadian rhythm disorder that causes
> significant nighttime sleep problems and a wide range of daytime
> difficulties, including an overwhelming urge to sleep during the day.
> According to Vanda, Non-24 affects nearly 70 percent of people who are
> totally blind. Sign up to learn more about Non-24-Hour Disorder by calling
> 1-855-856-2424, and a portion of $24, divided among several other blindness
> organizations, will be donated to the NFB! And even better, every time you
> share the program with someone you know and he or she signs up, Vanda will
> make another $24 donation. Sign up and spread the word! I have done this.
> It
> is an easy way to get a few dollars in to the treasury of our national
> organization.
> 	Next week Richard and I will to be traveling to Cleveland to meet
> with the Director of the Cleveland Sight Center and to attend the chapter
> Christmas party. I am looking forward to both things.
> 	I will write again next week. Here is my last reminder about
> Malley's.
> 	The National Federation of the Blind of Ohio is conducting a
> fundraising activity with Malley's Chocolates of Cleveland, Ohio.
> A website has been setup specifically for the National Federation of the
> Blind of Ohio fundraising campaign. All purchases made on that site will
> directly benefit the National Federation of the Blind of Ohio. To connect
> to
> this site, please visit
> http://www.malleys.com/national-federation-of-the-blind-of-ohio
> Thank you very much,
> Eric Duffy, President National Federation of the Blind of Ohio
> http://www.malleys.com/national-federation-of-the-blind-of-ohio
> Our mailing address is:
> 13400 Brookpark Road
> Cleveland, Ohio 44135
> Contact us by phone: 1-800-275-6255
> Fax: 1-800-211-0567
> All website content C Copyright 2013 Malley's Chocolate. All rights
> reserved.
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