[PACapitalChapter] Meeting Notes 8-15-20

Carlton Anne Cook Walker attorneywalker at gmail.com
Sat Aug 15 17:37:37 UTC 2020


Thank you for these great minutes!


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)
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Carlisle, PA   17015
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On Sat, Aug 15, 2020 at 12:17 PM CAROLE via PACapitalChapter <
pacapitalchapter at nfbnet.org> wrote:

> Meeting began 10AM and ended 11AM
> Attendance: Christine Callahan, Rob Farabaugh, Lynn Heitz, Tim McCarthy,
> Hillary McFadden, Jason Polansky, Mark Pickens, Carlton Walker, Jerry
> Currillo, Carole Cruise
> Treasurey Info:
> -Carlton shared checking balance is down to about $122.00 and wanted to
> transfer some money from savings.
> -Jason has cash from candy fundraiser that can be deposited to bring up
> checking balance.
> -Carlton suggested purchasing $25 Panera Gift cards for $20 during
> 20%promotion. Sell them at face value and earn the 20% for chapter.
> -Vote was taken to purchase $500 in Panera Gift Cards.
> -Carlton has permission to replenish additional gift cards before
> promotion ends on 8-6-30.
> -Lynn suggested to advertise the cards on the NFB Talklist and that we
> could make payments through Affiliate PayPal account. More info to come on
> that.
> -Carlton, who knows how to multitask extremely well, had already purchased
> the Panera Gift Cards before the end of the meeting! Thank you Carlton!
> -Short discussion that everyone who participated in National Convention
> had a positive experience.
> I didn’t have a chance to share, but I was extremely impressed at how well
> all the technology worked and amazed at the awesome speakers sharing such
> important and relevant information in every meeting I attended! All in all
> I thought it was the next best thing to bring there! Thank you NFB!!!
> Thank you NOPBC!!!
> -Jason mentioned the Giant Community Center is still not opening their
> public meeting rooms so for the time being our monthly meetings will
> continue on Zoom. Check back to Joe Drenth’s email with links & numbers to
> connect to Zoom.
> -There was some discussion about possible future change in location of
> meetings to Harrisburg to have better access to bus lines for
> transportation. There were questions about how many Chapter members would
> actually be using the bus to attend meetings. No decision was made at this
> time.
> Lynn shared a State Report:
> -State Convention is scheduled in person on November 12, 13, 14 & 15 at
> the Sheraton Station Square hotel in Pittsburgh. Registration is open on
> state website.
> -Hybrid model to participate virtually might possibly be available with
> limited interaction- you’d be able to listen to seminars but not actively
> participate.
> -National Rep is : Jennifer Kennedy from Blind. Inc
> -Costs:
> hotel: $115 per night
> registration: $25
> meal options for breakfasts & lunches about $15, banquet dinner about $35,
> you reserve your choices online.
> -Affiliate hosting a free informal get together with snacks Thursday
> evening after the technology seminar.
> -Of course due to covid-19 there could be changes in Convention plans so
> be on the look out for updates.
> -HOT TOPIC: voting accessibility! The National General Election is fast
> approaching on Tuesday, November 3,2020 Most polling places are
> inaccessible to the blind. Paper ballots are inaccessible to the blind. The
> blind have the right to accessible voting just like every other American!
> -NFB Affiliate of PA has filed a lawsuit due to inaccessible voting
> conditions for the blind.
> -Lynn & Joe Drenth will attend a meeting on 9-2-20 to address the problem.
> -Hopefully you will be able to cast your vote on this upcoming election!
> -October is Meet the Blind Month!
> -Lynn shared that she applied to be on the Rebab Council. She received a
> letter that she does not meet the criteria to be on the council. She
> reached out to President Riccobono about this and he is sending a letter to
> them asking for specifics as to why Lynn is not eligible.
> -Lynn also shared good news that she had a new member of her family! She
> just returned from Pilot Dogs in Columbus, Ohio with her new standard
> poodle guide dog, Danny! She spent 2 weeks there training with Danny. Best
> of luck to them both as they become an awesome team!
> -Jason shared he is getting a new roommate soon who will also be joining
> our Chapter!
> Respectfully submitted:
> Carole Cruise
> Capital Chapter Secretary
> August 15, 2020
> -
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