[Ohio-talk] Buckeye Update

Robert Spangler spangler.robert at gmail.com
Sat Oct 31 03:03:09 UTC 2015

What's the issue with getting to the Dayton Mall?  I am uninformed and I
live in Dayton, so just curious.

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Subject: [Ohio-talk] Buckeye Update

National Federation of the Blind of Ohio Buckeye Update October 30, 2015

Paul Dressell went home from the hospital on Tuesday. He is doing well. He
is not optimistic about making it to the convention, but he and Bernie will
certainly be with us in spirit. As much as we want Paul and Bernie with us,
we know that Paul must take care of his health.

Yesterday I traveled to Dayton to meet with attorneys and advocates to
discuss further actions under consideration in our efforts to create
accessible bus transportation options for blind people and others with
disabilities who want to go to the Dayton mall. 
 This was a productive meeting.

I want to thank everyone who called or sent emails to our two senators
yesterday. We know of at least five people who contacted the senators.
Barbara Pierce made it easy with the information she sent out, so I want to
thank her as well.

Richard is going to lead an effort to raise money to assist those who need
financial assistance to attend the national convention next year. Please
contact him to let him know how you might help. rchpay7 at gmail.com
<mailto:rchpay7 at gmail.com>

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 with Apple products, JAWS, WindowEyes,  Windows, with not
takers, or 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. 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

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.

 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. 


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
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. So far Richard has a 50 percent chance of winning. Sherry Ruth is
the other possible winner. 

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

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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