[Ohio-talk] Buckeye Update

COLLEEN ROTH n8tnv at att.net
Tue Dec 17 04:35:39 UTC 2013

 Hello Barbara,
I think you summed it up best.
Thank you,
Colleen Roth

----- Original Message -----
From: Barbara Pierce <bbpierce at pobox.com>
To: "'Ationfb of Ohio Announcement and Discussion List'" <ohio-talk at nfbnet.org>
Date: Monday, December 16, 2013 2:51 pm
Subject: Re: [Ohio-talk] Buckeye Update

> When we decided to go to Dayton, it was viewed as leaving central Ohio,
> which basically means Columbus. Some of us were uncomfortable with the
> four-year contract that JW worked out in Dayton, but he assured us that we
> would not be held to it if we wanted to change sooner. The hard facts are
> that any time we have a convention away from Columbus, the people who have
> to travel more than half the state are unhappy. When we choose Cleveland,
> Cincinnati and Dayton members fuss just as much as we in the north of the
> state have been grumbling. Eric has simply moved back to the place where
> everyone has about two hours to travel to get to the convention, which means
> they can come Friday morning and leave after adjournment on Sunday. We tried
> to move back to Columbus last year, but a majority of the board voted to
> stay south. With the poor waiter service and the plumbing problems this
> year, we had an easier time persuading the board to go back to Columbus. At
> the board meeting no one was advocating for the 
> northern part of the state. The painful truth is that we lose attendees from
> the opposite side of the state whenever we move far the opposite way from
> Columbus. We are always weighing balances and trying to choose the
> convention site that will get us the most attendees. In the Federation we do
> not make these choices by committee. Everyone is welcome to advocate for
> geographic locations for the convention, but it is the president or his
> designee who looks at venues and negotiates rates. I can tell you from
> first-hand experience that it is not a simple job. I can also tell you that,
> if the rate is much above what we have been paying, we will lose attendees.
> As for using the Mally funding for convention assistance, we are a long way
> from having the elbow room to spend money on convention assistance. A quick
> look at our financial reports will demonstrate that we do not have funds for
> that. Our income is taken up with phone, readers, postage, unavoidable
> travel, and necessary equipment. The hard truth is that we have not yet
> adjusted to having no funding. But that is a problem that will take care of
> itself as we get down to having no resources in the bank at all.
> Barbara
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ohio-talk [mailto:ohio-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Suzanne
> Turner
> Sent: Monday, December 16, 2013 10:08 AM
> To: NFB of Ohio Announcement and Discussion List
> 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!!
> Suzanne Turner, BSW, MPA
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