[Ohio-talk] Buckeye Update - I just registered!

Sheri Albers salbers1 at twc.com
Fri Oct 23 22:20:49 UTC 2015


Thank you for the update Eric. Jessie and I just registered today. It took a
few minutes to do and then I was done. Now I have to call the hotel. Come on
gang, don't put it off like I did, then you don't have to think about it
anymore! This convention has been very well planned out and very
thoughtfully planned out. The committee has spent a lot of time making sure
we are presenting informative topics that you as members have asked for, but
in the formats that work best for the most effective discussions. The most
important aspect of the convention, however, is all of us being together as
one united NFB affiliate. This is where we feel the strength of our Ohio
Federation Family. Let's all laugh and learn and enjoy our time together! I
am looking forward to seeing you in Independence!
Sheri Albers

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Subject: [Ohio-talk] Buckeye Update

National Federation of the Blind of Ohio Buckeye Update October 23, 2015

Paul Dressell has been in the hospital since Monday. He is receiving chemo
therapy, and he expects to go home on Monday. He is doing well. He is at
Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati in room 1450. His direct number is
(513) 862-3039. We did our weekly football picks. He has his Braille Lite
and football schedule with him.

Yesterday I traveled to Cincinnati for the  annual White Cane Walk. This is
an event sponsored by our Cincinnati chapter, CABVI., and Clovernook. I feel
certain that Andrew Gillespie was our youngest participant. Andrew has
participated in two of our BELL programs and our STEM2U program. I think we
will hear from him at our convention this year. Andrew and his family
inspire me to want to work harder on behalf of the Federation. I know Andrew
and other blind children that we are in contact with will grow up with more
confidence,  higher  expectations for themselves, and a better understanding
of blindness than many of us did. That's why we do what we do in the
National Federation of the Blind.

I walked with Rachael Koontz and David Perry, and we were able to discuss
several topics along the way. I hope you have all read Rachael's article in
the latest newsletter. 

I appreciate the work of the Cincinnati chapter, CABVI, and Clovernook to
make the walk the successful event that it is every year. Consumer
organizations and service providers can work together in genuine partnership
if they choose to do so.

Here is a special convention door prize announcement. Commtech LLC has given
us a door prize with a value of $120.  The winner of this door prize will
receive training and technical support during the months of December and
January. The offer is only good for those two months. If you need training
and support in IOS, Windows, with not takers, and a variety of other devices
and environments then you will want this door prize. anyone may enter this
special drawing. Between now and 11:59 Pm., on November 18, email Barbara
Pierce and let her know you want to win the Commtech door prize.
barbara.pierce9366 at gmail.com <mailto:barbara.pierce9366 at gmail.com>
After November 18 you may give her your name at the convention. Entries are
closed at 5:00 PM., on Saturday November 21. The drawing will take place at
the banquet, and you must be present to win. I want to thank Gabe Vega of
Commtech LLC., for his generosity. I would like to have Gabe in our Ohio
affiliate, but I don't think I can persuade him to leave Arizona.

Registrations for the convention are still coming in. We need to keep
spreading the word and get more of them. I hope Richard is still saving his
money to buy the steak dinner for William H.

We are doing all that we can to encourage people to complete the
registration process online. If you need help,  Gabe Vega says:  If you need
support, on filling out the registration form, or making your online
payment, Commtech LLC the web developer of the website, is offering free
support for anyone who feels they need in to register for the 2015
Convention online.

Please call (623) 565-9357 and a member of our staff would be glad to assist
you through this process. Please take this offer seriously if you need help
registering. I have had a few people call me for help, and I have referred
them to Gabe immediately. 

We will of course still accept registrations by mail and on site. All
registrations by mail must be post marked by November 12 in order to qualify
for lower rates.

Did you know we are going to have a play Friday night? That's right! the
"Not So Royal Shakespeare Company" is going to wow us with a production of
"Pyramus and Thisbe".  Come see our Merchants division president, Annette
Lutz make her acting debut.

We are going to have a band after the banquet Saturday night. I promise it
is not going to be to loud. We want you to plan to join us in a night of
music and dancing. 

There is still a lot of work to be done to prepare for this convention, but
I am excited about the way things are shaping up. This is going to be a
great convention. 

Here are some reminders about the convention: Our room rate is $89 plus tax.
Our block of rooms will be released after October 29. Please make your
reservations immediately.  The contact information for the hotel is:
Doubletree Hotel  6200 Quarry Lane, Independence, Ohio 44131, phone, (216)
447-1300.

Chapter and Division Presidents, please pay close attention to the following
information. The time has passed   to submit your reports for the Gavel
Award Competition,  or for nominating  someone for an award. So, if you have
not  submitted a report for the competition, You must still submit a report
by November 12.

Chapter and division reports, membership lists, and dues must all be in by
November 12. After that date any one or all of these items are considered
late and the offending chapter or division is subject to a fine of $25 that
will be enforced. 
Membership lists are coming in slowly. You can do better. Please take this
seriously. 
Shelbi also needs to know who will represent your chapter on the nominating
committee. The members of this committee are appointed by chapter
presidents. The president of the affiliate selects the chair from among the
members. Please let shelbi know who will represent your chapter as soon as
possible. shelbiah1 at gmail.com <mailto:shelbiah1 at gmail.com>

There are going to be some great workshops and some exciting agenda topics,
but you the members of the National Federation of the Blind of Ohio are who
make the convention great. Keep those registrations coming in.  Tell people
about who we are, what we do, and why they should be a part of our
convention based on your experience. Let's get some new people there. We
need to build and grow our Federation family.


The KNFB Reader is now available on the Android platform. You can now   go
to nfbohio.org <http://nfbohio.org/>
and register for a special drawing to win A KNFB Reader Package. You will
register by contributing $5 which will get your name in the drawing once.
this will be the only way you can enter. We will not be selling tickets. You
may not enter after November 18. You must be present for the drawing at the
banquet.

I am not making this easy, because we are giving away a valuable software
package. We want to do what we can to see that it goes to some one who will
really use it, so if you meet all of the above conditions, you must really
want the software. Even Richard is eligible to win if he meets all of the
conditions.

The convention is getting closer, so keep those registrations coming in.
There is plenty of time left to make your plans and to encourage others to
come to the convention.

Sherry Ruth says, "Our Malley's  Candy sale  is under weigh, and if your
chapter or division would like to receive their flyers to distribute, please
send me an email with your address and I will pass it on to them.
babyruth2 at windstream.net <mailto:babyruth2 at windstream.net> The link to our
fund raiser  is on our  website.  This is a good fund raiser for us. Let's
make it even better this year. Let's go build the Federation. I will write
again next week.

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