[Ohio-talk] fyi

Cheryl Fields cherylelaine1957 at gmail.com
Tue Dec 17 21:06:09 UTC 2013

The Vehicle Donation Project is a fort that we all participate in,
Cleveland most certainly promotes it and I am sure others do too.
Let's Celebrate the efforts of everyone, just like the Malley's fund
raiser and believe there are more donations on the way!

This is not an easy group to volunteer with, most recently the
Cleveland Chapter volunteered to sponsor a BBell program and were
denided, even though we have the ability to finance the program and
staff it, as well as provide a space.  I have offered to serve in
several capacities  with no response. I was appointed to a committee
several years ago and never heard from the committee chair person,
even after contacting her several times. However, this does not
prevent me from continuing to try, just don't know what or who may
change my mind, there is always a straw that breaks the camels back.

We are a family, ups and downs, and at times we speak before we think.
Faith in the ability of others and Forgiveness and patience are what
we need more of!


Cheryl fields

How we think shows through in how we act. Attitudes are mirrors of the
mind. They reflect thinking.
David Joseph Schwartz

On 12/17/13, Barbara Pierce <bbpierce at pobox.com> wrote:
> I will respond to Richard's email since I presume that his final comment
> about those who have had power not being willing to step aside refers to
> me.
> Eric's Buckeye Update of the Friday before the board meeting extended an
> invitation to everyone to join the call and gave the number and code again.
> In fact, Colleen Roth, Kyle Conley, and Aleeha Dudley were nonmembers of
> the
> board who called in and participated.
> It is a difficult problem to discern   when one is holding onto power and
> when one is putting years of experience at the disposal of the president,
> but I for one trust Eric to determine when my usefulness has passed.
> Leadership in this organization is not a matter of elected office. It is
> volunteering to do jobs and then actually doing them. I certainly hope that
> people will call into meetings and express their views and volunteer to do
> things and then do them.
> I see this morning that Ohio has gotten two vehicle donations. That is
> great
> news, and, since Richard chairs that effort, I presume that he gets the
> credit for getting the word out. I guess the fundamental hope is that we
> can
> all work together.
> Barbara
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ohio-talk [mailto:ohio-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Payne,
> Richard L (GE Capital)
> Sent: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 11:04 AM
> To: NFB of Ohio Announcement and Discussion List (ohio-talk at nfbnet.org)
> Subject: [Ohio-talk] fyi
> I will not get in too much detail here, but sometimes it must be noted that
> we   need a process which includes and welcomes the membership to be
> involved.  I am not the kind of writer that will try and use big words or
> swift lines to make my point here.  Yes, it was brought up about having the
> convention in another part of the state for a number of reasons.  We should
> not have a board that is not listening to the membership.
> I know those of us who were on the conference call will stick to our votes
> and yes, the board did indeed vote.  I, the Vice President voted no for
> several reasons.
> First, I think that the board must find a way to reach out to the
> membership
> in a way that we have not for a very long time.  I chose to accept the
> position of vice president because I believe in the NFB.  While this is
> true
> the only way to fill this position is to stay involved.  Also, the chance
> that we would have had the convention in Columbus may have been the
> decision
> that was made any way.  I requested information to help find other
> locations
> for the convention, due to the problems we had in November.  I am a team
> player and serve for all Federationists.
> Secondly, I think that the call last week was in part designed to limit the
> input on some of the things we spoke about.  When the information was put
> out, it made it seem that only the board would need to be present and maybe
> this is why several members did not participate.    I think some members of
> our leadership make others feel left out and do not open   the doors until
> money or work is needed.  To be fair here, everyone cannot be a leader and
> all cannot lead.   I hope from this point we embrace others that certainly
> have the ability to lift this affiliate to another level.  I guess when I
> think of a movement I think about the boots on the ground paving the way
> for
> inclusion.  Yes, several members have paved the way and others will go down
> that road.  When I think back over the last year or so, it is that some who
> have had a strong hold on this affiliate won't allow for a change.  I will
> never stop working for the NFB!  But, it is getting much harder when so
> many
> people a
>  re being pushed aside. Richard
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