[Ohio-talk] Buckeye Update

COLLEEN ROTH n8tnv at att.net
Sat Dec 14 04:28:07 UTC 2013

 Hi Eric,
Please check the dates for the 2014 Convention.
I think you might want to send something changing the dates.

Colleen Roth

----- Original Message -----
From: Eric Duffy <eduffy at deltav.org>
To: ohio-talk at nfbnet.org
Date: Friday, December 13, 2013 3:55 pm
Subject: [Ohio-talk] Buckeye Update

> 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: 
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> Contact us by phone: 1-800-275-6255
> Fax: 1-800-211-0567  
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> reserved.     
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