[Ohio-talk] fyi

Suzanne Turner sturner at ClevelandSightCenter.org
Tue Dec 17 22:29:33 UTC 2013

First let me say that I believe that this discussion came from my email. It was not my intention for Richard or Eric and all barbarous character to be attacked. iTunes suggest that the three of you, off-line and discuss this in a manner that can be resolved before coming to Cleveland.
I have much respect for the three of you and I'm sure others on this line do as well. Please, we are family a unit one body. We must get along and respect each other's position. The president, vice president must get on and discuss issues together as a unit and not have others come in to this and cause discernment and friction.
I'm hoping that this can be resolved between Eric and Richard and no one else. This is for the sake of the organization.
This is the season of giving and forgiveness. Let's do this!

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On Dec 17, 2013, at 4:56 PM, "Eric Duffy" <eduffy at deltav.org> wrote:

> Richard,
> Although these are not the kinds of emails I would like to see on a public
> listserv, I am compelled to respond to this one since you have publically
> thrown down the gauntlet.
> I agree with you that we need to include and involve our membership. I too
> believe that the board should be responsive to the membership as much as
> possible while performing the role it was elected to carry out. Those two
> things are not one in the same. You say, "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. "
> In the Buckeye Update dated December 6, 2013 I said, "I have called a
> meeting of the board of directors of the National Federation of the Blind of
> Ohio for Tuesday evening at 8:00 PM. We had a December meeting last year at
> which time I appointed the committees that will do much of the work of the
> organization. I plan to appoint committees on Tuesday. We will also discuss
> the 2014 convention and our next scholarship program. We will also set the
> date for our January meeting. Other business might arise, but only if it
> absolutely must be discussed before our January meeting.
>    You do not have to be a member of the board to participate in these
> meetings. I encourage you to join us. Shortly before 8:00 PM.  On Tuesday
> call (605) 475-4875. When prompted, use access code 201909 followed by the
> pound sign."
> Kyle Conley, Paul Dressell, Aleeha Dudley, and Colleen Roth participated in
> the call but are not on the board. Aleeha and Kyle are two of our younger
> members, and I'm glad they were there.
> You say, "I am a team player and serve for all Federationists." When I think
> of a team player, I think of one who's head and heart are in the game at all
> times. I think of one who supports the team even when there is disagreement
> among team members. This type of email going to a public list does not seem
> to me to be what a "team player" would send. A team player would not have
> led his chapter out of the banquet before the fundraising period,
> particularly after having received an award from that organization. We have
> had the Scrip program for two years now, and, though you have made noises
> about joining it, you have still not done so. Is that being a team player?
> In the January 2013 board meeting you publically accused me of intimidating
> the board. To this day I know of no one who supported your position. That to
> my mind does not represent a team player.
> At the Sunday morning session of this years convention you publically
> accused me of reading amendments  to the constitution that had not been
> brought to the board. You might say that you were just asking a question,
> but your question was really an accusation. As vice president I would never
> have asked Barbara or JW such a question on the convention floor. If I were
> concerned that something was being slid past the membership, I would have
> quietly come to the head table and raised the question with a recommendation
> that things be made absolutely clear.
> Those who are intelligent do not need to tell the rest of the world how
> bright they are. It shows! Those who are wealthy don't need to tell the
> world how rich they are. Again, it shows!  Yet I often hear you refer to
> yourself as a "team player." The instances I have sighted above I fear speak
> louder than words. We are members of the administration, and we must find a
> way of getting along and working for the same goals. Blind Ohioans deserve
> no less. I suggest that we pursue this discussion off list in the hope that
> we can agree to work together. We have a lot of years of doing so. Surely we
> can find some trust and common ground.
> Eric
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