[PACapitalChapter] New members

Carlton Anne Cook Walker attorneywalker at gmail.com
Sun Nov 10 01:03:00 UTC 2019


Thank you for this email. I look forward to meeting our new prospective
members at our next meeting. Please note that I have not spoken to her
about this at all (she is currently in Louisiana, and I am in California).
I write this email solely as a founding member of the Capital Chapter of
the National Federation of the Blind of Pennsylvania and as a member of the
National Federation of the Blind for more than a dozen years.

As you know, our Chapter must vote on membership applications from
prospective members. In fact, you alerted our entire Chapter to this
requirement in the email that you forwarded to the Capital Chapter listserv
on March 12; I quote from the minutes of the “Membership Services for PA”
meeting of March 7, 2019: “Denice Brown discussed the New Member ceremony that
should begin.  In your ceremony new members should get voted in by the
members.  The NFB Pledge and the One Minute Message should be recited.
National has new cards with the Pledge on one side in print and braille,
with the One Minute Message on the other side in print and braille.”

It seems pretty clear that, as much as we would love to do so, we cannot
make either Stanley or Michael members of our Chapter without voting upon
their membership applications at a Chapter meeting. Additionally, pursuant
to Article Nine of our Chapter’s constitution, dues must be paid in order
for membership to become effective.

Thus, in accordance with NFB membership procedures, I look forward to
voting on Stanley's and Michael's applications for membership into our
Chapter and, if approved (which I certainly hope they are) and after they
pay their membership dues, I look forward to our Chapter president, Anna
Walker, leading us in the membership ceremony which we have adopted
throughout the National Federation of the Blind.

Again, Matt, thank you for bringing to our attention the applications for
membership of Stanley and Michael. I'm sure that we are all looking forward
to getting to know them and helping them get to know us.

Carlton Anne Cook Walker
Attorney at Law
BEAR--Blindness Education and Advocacy Resources
Teacher of Students with Blindness/Low Vision
President, National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC)
101 Kelly Drive
Carlisle, PA   17015
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On Sat, Nov 9, 2019 at 10:18 AM Matt Shore via PACapitalChapter <
pacapitalchapter at nfbnet.org> wrote:

> good morning everyone!
> I would like to welcome our new members Michael Grove and Stanley Griffith
> to our chapter. I added both of you to this mailing list so please let me
> know if you receive this email.  Our next chapter meeting is next Saturday
> from 10 to 12 at the giant grocery store in Camp Hill second floor
> conference room.  The agenda will be forthcoming this week. Hope to see you
> all next weekend!
> Thanks,
> Matt Shore
> 717 649 4041
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