[Ohio-talk] Bus for State Convention

Carol Akers purplecakers at yahoo.com
Mon Aug 31 00:25:41 UTC 2015


As to the greyhound. On line it said closed at this time and no one answered the phone
 


     On Sunday, August 30, 2015 7:25 PM, Kaiti Shelton via Ohio-talk <ohio-talk at nfbnet.org> wrote:
   

 All,

As I was getting at in my post, and Deborah stated in her's, I think
timing is the problem more than the method of transportation and costs
associated with it.

Last year's convention was the first year that we moved to having the
board meeting on Thursday night, and the affiliate allowed for those
who wanted to listen from home to call in.  If I'm not mistaken, I
believe Richard facilitated that through his cell phone so we could
all hear.

There were things going on Friday morning, but they were pannel
discussions and workshop type things which people didn't have to
attend if it was more practical to come to Columbus later in the day.
General session still started at 2:00, I believe.  I may be slightly
off as I don't have an agenda from last year in front of me, but I
know there were quite a few people who came for the first general
session who weren't in the morning presentations.

I know the students are in the boat where we want to come to
convention and participate in it, but we also have to juggle academic
obligations with classes and possible tests/exams.  I would imagine
some folks are in the same boat with their jobs.  I think that the bus
and the camaraderie is probably appreciated by the membership, but the
timing of the departure isn't ideal for at least some.  If you're not
planning to attend the board meeting or whatever preceeds the general
sessions in-person it is adventageous to miss as little work as
possible and come to Cleveland on Friday morning/afternoon instead of
missing two full days of work/school/whatever, plus pay for an extra
night in the hotel you weren't originally planning to pay for.

I certainly cannot speak for anyone in particular or the group, and
that is not my intent; that is just how I see the problem and why
people have been hesitant to jump on-board.

Now, this has given rise to new questions per my part.  Is there a
possibility of paying for 1-way trips?  For example, if I choose not
to miss all my Thursday and Friday classes and come to Independence
via Greyhound on Friday afternoon, could I pay for a trip back to
Dayton on the bus when it leaves on Sunday?  What about seeing if
someone in or affiliated with the Cleveland chapter might be willing
to drive people from the Greyhound Station to the hotel with payment
for their time/gas costs from those members?  I know Cincinnati's
chapter has worked to facilitate that kind of help between folks and
sighted drivers affiliated with the chapter in the past.

Looking at the Greyhound web site I don't see that the station in
Cleveland is closed on Sundays.  Has this been varified as an
exception to their normal hours (Mon-Sun 12:00 AM-11:59 PM)?

On 8/30/15, Carol Akers via Ohio-talk <ohio-talk at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Thank you Colleen for voicing your thoughts. It appears that most other
> folks must have other options for transportation, so have not responded. I
> truly thought this was a great deal for everyone, including myself. Cheaper
> than driving.
>
> Carol
>
>
> Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
>
> From:"COLLEEN ROTH via Ohio-talk" <ohio-talk at nfbnet.org>
> Date:Sun, Aug 30, 2015 at 6:16 PM
> Subject:[Ohio-talk] Bus for State Convention
>
> Hello Everyone,
> If I lived in one of the cities with the available bus I would send my money
> for Yvonne and I tomorrow.
> This is a great opportunity.
> Does anyone one how far the hotel is from Greyhound and whether Paratransit
> in Cleveland goes there.
> I spent about $500 last year to get to and from Convention.
> One year it was more because we ended up renting a car for someone to drive
> in addition to gas and paying the driver.
> $100 round trip with not worries about transportation when you get to
> Cleveland is wonderful.
> Colleen Roth
>
>
>
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Kaiti Shelton
University of Dayton 2016.
Music Therapy, Psychology, Philosophy
President, Ohio Association of Blind Students
Secretary, NFB Performing Arts Division
Sigma Alpha Iota-Delta Sigma

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