[Ohio-talk] fyi

Cheryl Fields cherylelaine1957 at gmail.com
Tue Dec 17 23:42:23 UTC 2013


I may not have made myself clear in my previous email.
1. Chenell, I was making reference to the convention. When the lenghty
presentation was made on the BELL Program is when Chenell was not
recognized, no mention of her participation. In my opinion this was

2. BELL for Cleveland was proposed for the summer of 2014, not this
past summer, for exactly the reasons you mentioned. We would not be so
presumptuous as to under mind the first program held, nor are we in
any type of competition with Columbus. Cleveland happens to have many
children that could benefit from such a wonderful program, and we
wanted to be afforded the opportunity to put it in place.
 Eric announced at the convention that no other city would have BELL
for 2014, without discussion, that's not a appropriate way to lead,
just my opinion.
3. Leadership and Team Players, it is apparent to me that there has
not been a lot of this from our leaders. This kettle did not begin
boiling today, if you are reading ohio talk for the last year it is
obvious. As President, the responsibility is on the person that holds
the position to prevent this type of disappointment, bickering, and
deliberate blasting not to occur publicly within the leadership
circle. especially when the President has threatened to cut off the
communication of others on ohio talk for making comments that were not
as strong and personel as his were today.

4. The phone call, I may have missed something, but I understood the
subject of the call to bea conversation about committee chairpersons.
If I had been informed the discussion would include future convention
plans I would have called in, however as I stated before, Shelby made
it clear in her notes, we may provide suggestions to board members for
future covention locations.
I work with the nfb tirelessly too, you may not see that and it's OK.
Because I don't do it for recognition, I do it because I believe in
the mission. Difficult as it is, the nfb is worth the trouble, this is
why I am so vocal, because we cannot sit back and watch the hard work
of others go down the drain!

It's just like a family to have stress during the holidays! We can all
use, Faith, Forgiveness and Patience!
Stay Warm!

Cheryl Fields

On 12/17/13, Suzanne Turner <sturner at clevelandsightcenter.org> wrote:
> 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!
> Sent from my iPhone
> 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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