[Ohio-Talk] time sure does fly

Richard Payne rchpay7 at gmail.com
Tue Jul 23 18:55:58 UTC 2019

Dave, I am sorry that you and the chapter did not get to allow me a taste of
the cookie but because we all enjoy the celebration with you hip hip hurray
cheer cheer. This chapter has developed fast in one year let's go build the

Richard Payne,  President
National Federation of the Blind of Ohio
937-396-5573or 937/829/3368
Rchpay7 at gmail.com
The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the
characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the
expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles
between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want;
blindness is not what holds you back

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Subject: [Ohio-Talk] time sure does fly

Hello Ohio Federationists,

I just wanted to share that we, the Greater Akron Chapter, enjoyed a picnic
a few days ago and celebrated our one year anniversary as a chapter of the
Ohio Affiliate. Our Events Chair Colleen planned a terrific picnic, Kathy
brought a huge cookie with Happy Birthday NFB Akron written on it (and yes
it was delicious), Margaret led us in song, and Pat, Jim, Stephanie and
Andra (and me) each shared our top experiences from the National Convention.
We even had a naturalist from the park we were at, share some facts about
the nearby plants and birds we heard singing. And we ate, and ate some more.

Over this first year we've built a growing team and a core group that can
truly be counted on. I'm delighted our chapter was well represented at last
year's state convention, and even in Washington and Columbus, and most
recently in Las Vegas. A majority of our members renewed their memberships
this month for the next year, all proudly carrying membership coins. We've
always gotten great support in getting this thing off the ground, from the
entire state, so thank you all very much, and my special thanks to other
chapter presidents and state board members who helped me learn the ropes.
Here's to our second year, with opportunity to support one another and help
the blind in Akron and Ohio to live the lives they want.

Two pictures attached, first the group seated and socializing at picnic
tables under the pavillion shelter on a warm and sunny day, and second a
closeup of the fantastic cookie that went quickly.


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