[Ohio-talk] fyi

richard payne rchpay7 at sbcglobal.net
Tue Dec 17 23:30:59 UTC 2013

Well my friend and president I am so glad you are putting out your true
feelings out here. You and others may note that I named no names and lunched
no personal attacks. I have gave as much money and sponsored so many
different things in the NFB that you are  no one else can attack that.
Scrip is not the only way to put money in the bank. How much money have we
gained? You did several things that was hid but that is neither here nor
there. Guy you just do not know  how happy it makes me to see some of the
things you point out here. Attack me that is ok because I have done things
before now and after. I am not going to lunch personal attacks but some of
the responses that are listed demonstrate just  the type of action I have
noticed. I was sure that this would be the kind of response my thoughts
would get from some.      When I look back    this shows me just what I was
not willing to see but others stated it to me.
I  wanted to know why at the past election there was no magic list for the
election? To the membership and others who may be reading this I am sorry
but we must have some where to address our concerns. I will fight the fights
that will win the war and lunch the attacks on our adversaries no matter
where I serve.  PS. I am glad you are keeping a list of the things that you
list about what I do but when you point fingers you have them pointing back.
I will no longer speak on this but just understand that when you do not open
up for others to be involved it is like not including people.  nRichard

-----Original Message-----
From: Ohio-talk [mailto:ohio-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Eric
Sent: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 4:55 PM
To: 'NFB of Ohio Announcement and Discussion List'
Subject: Re: [Ohio-talk] fyi


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.


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