[Ohio-talk] Buckeye Update

COLLEEN ROTH n8tnv at att.net
Tue Dec 17 04:35:12 UTC 2013

 Hi Suzanne,
Columbus and Dayton aren't exactly the same part of the State but I understand what you are saying.
All of us have to travel to Conventions when it is not ouq turn to have one.
The Teleconference was open to anyone, you didn't have to be a Board to be on it. I was on that call.
Columbus is a Central location and it is easy for people who take Greyhound to get there.
We used to move the Convention to various parts of the State on a rotating basis.
The NFBO Convention Committee would come in and look at hotels the local chapter had taked to.
We also toured these hotels. The good thing is that we moved around a lot which gave some people a chance to be there at least sometimes.
The bad thing is that rates weren't as easy to negotiate doing something one year at a time. If a Convention was held in a city this city might not get the Convention again for about ten years.
You still had to travel. Some Chapters have rented a van and had someone drive the group to the Convention. This does work. Whether we like it or not it is a sacrifice and many of us save all year to attend the Convention.
I know some people would find this very hard to do and that some people do need help. I do not think anyone suggested Columbus to be unfair.
Look at it from my perspective. The last Convention in Toledo was 1998. If there is no Convention until 2030 in Toledo that will be OK with me as long as we are having Conventions and we are doing the work of the NFB.
It's not as important where we meet as it is to meet and do our work.
I am very glad people in Cleveland were able to be at the Convention the last two years.
The people in the Southeast Section of the State could say it's been a long time for them too. I'm not saying that Cleveland, Akron, Canton or Cuyahoga Falls wouldn't be a good place to meet.
I am just saying that we have a good location for 2014 and 2015.
Let's go from here and help people who want to come to the Convention in Columbus get there.
Colleen Roth

----- Original Message -----
From: Suzanne Turner <sturner at ClevelandSightCenter.org>
To: NFB of Ohio Announcement and Discussion List <ohio-talk at nfbnet.org>
Date: Monday, December 16, 2013 10:08 am
Subject: Re: [Ohio-talk] Buckeye Update

> After reading the information that was sent out by our president on Friday, I was very alarmed and dismayed. I do not believe that much consideration has been given to the rest of the state in regards to the convention. For the last five or six years now the convention has been in one part of the state.
> As for the rest of us in this part of the state and throughout, we again are going to have to travel two more years to that central location in Ohio. In my own opinion, I do not feel as though this is fair. More individuals would like to attend the convention who are not members And often ask if the convention will be in this part of Ohio. Once again, I have to tell them know!
> I apologize for not being on the call this last week. However, I am not a board member. But, I am a vocal part of this organization. And I speak for those who generally cannot speak for themselves or do not have the funds to attend the convention.
> I do believe that the Board is generally fair and so far I tend to stand behind most of your decisions. But, this time I really do believe that only a small circle are making the decisions not giving much regard to the rest of the organization. The Cleveland chapter, Cuyahoga chapter, Lake chapter, Akron chapter, Toledo chapter and other chapters should be given the opportunity to provide a proposal to host such an event.
> this is my comment and I am not asking for a rebuttal, or attacking anyone.  I am just passionate about the fact that in my opinion, we are being divided by demographics and economics.  Disarmed!!
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