[Ohio-talk] Buckeye Update

Smith, JW smithj at ohio.edu
Mon Dec 16 14:53:19 UTC 2013

Cheryl, I must say that many times when you speak or write you make me want to shout for joy because your observations are most often right on and very salient.

Let me take this time as well to commend the efforts of the Cleveland chapter for your extraordinary attendence and participation at the last 2 State Conventions and at the National Convention this year in Orlando.

This is the kind of involvement I have been wanting to see from the Cleveland chapter for sometime and I hope that it can and will continue and that we will appreciate and celebrate it as an affiliate and family.

I suspect that there is a reservoir of potential that has only been tapped in a limited way as it relates to the Cleveland chapter and that can only be a good thing for the future of our affiliate if we manage and stimulate it effectively.


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-----Original Message-----
From: Ohio-talk [mailto:ohio-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Cheryl Fields
Sent: Saturday, December 14, 2013 9:29 PM
To: NFB of Ohio Announcement and Discussion List
Subject: Re: [Ohio-talk] Buckeye Update

Hi colleen,

I respect your sentiments about the convention. Just 1 little item, the word spoiled!
for the last 2 years the Cleveland Chapter has been able to work towards providing transportation and room accomadations for first time convention goers, outside of the present financial framework of the nfb, this is actually a long held tradition of the Cleveland chapter.
Most recently, The Cleveland sight Center has contributed greatly towards this effort and so have our own chapter members, and I might add at a great sacrifice. We did this so that people would have the experience. I realize there are some that look for handouts at every turn, but these are not the folks I am speaking of.  For the continued growth of the organization we must consider financial stability,and some ways to provide introductions to newer members at the state level of nfb, and this requires funding. Very few groups and organizations do not provide some assistance to members for cobentions. There are several reasons behind this, first economics, all members are not on the same economic playing field and need the assistance, secondly, incentive, some members will blossom and become more involved after attending a larger assembly, last but not least, the greater the attendance the greater the exposure of the nfb to the community the event is held in creating opportunities for education and an open invitation to others that never herd of nfb. It is my opinion that we must start somewhere to make our convention appealing to everyone.
 Toledo would be a great location for a convention and Cleveland is a great location, too. The difference is that I am asking for future consideration and volunteering to be part of the process. keeping with inclusion and dibversity having people from other locations around the state would add balance to the convention, where ever it is held. It is entirely possible to be involved in planning from a remote location, actually you can plan any event remotely quite nicely.
In the end, I am sure Eric, Richard, and the board will weigh all of the factors and make intelligent decisions as we move forward.

Stay Warm!


On 12/13/13, COLLEEN ROTH <n8tnv at att.net> wrote:
>  Hi Eric,
> Please check the dates for the 2014 Convention.
> I think you might want to send something changing the dates.
> Thanks,
> 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:
>> 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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