Positive Notes

1764

 

June 3, 2020

Memo To: Executive Officers, Board Members, Chapter & Division Presidents & Others

From: Frank Coppel, President

Positive Note 1764

Greetings Fellow Federationists:

 

As stated in last week’s Positive Note, the NFB of SC Board of Directors met Monday evening, June 1, for the purpose of discussing whether to hold this year’s state convention virtually or in-person. After a great deal of discussion, the Board voted overwhelmingly to hold a virtual state convention during the weekend of August 21-23. During the next few days, you will be receiving a state convention letter containing information regarding online registration (which is free) and other details of our 2020 NFB of SC state convention. We will also be posting the letter on the NFB of SC list serve and website. During the NFB of SC Connects Zoom meeting on Thursday evening, June 4, at 5:00 p.m., we will try to answer questions regarding this year’s virtual state convention. Your input is greatly appreciated, so please make plans to attend this very important meeting.

We have an announcement from Shelley Coppel, Co-director of Senior camp. “Greetings from Spring Senior Camp, “I would like to give a big Thanks to Shannon Cook, and all of you who called in for our first Virtual Senior Camp, May 30, 2020. We began at 10 a.m. with greetings from Linda Bible at Rocky Bottom. She reported that all was well at camp. There were approximately 24 individuals who called in, many of whom have not been able to attend senior camp in a while. We played Bingo, and ended our time with two discussion questions. We had a lively discussion about alternatives for cooking as well.   Just a quick reminder to send Bingo cards back to the Federation Center in Columbia. These can be mailed “Free Matter for the Blind”.

Please continue to register for the 2020 NFB national convention which will be held virtually July 14-18. The deadline to register is June 15 2020. Registration for this year’s national convention is free. If you do not register, you will not be eligible to get access to exclusive offers, convention announcements, door prizes, and other exciting content. I am very pleased to report 91 South Carolinians thus far have registered for the convention. Keep up the great work and let’s see if we can register 120 or more South Carolinians by June 15. To register, go to nfb.org/registration. If you need assistance to fill out the online registration form, feel free to contact Steve Cook at (803) 254-0222 or David Houck at the Federation Center at (803) 254-3777.

Schedule for the 2020 NFB national convention

Tuesday, July 14, Seminar Day

Wednesday, July 15, National Board of Directors meeting (opened to all), Resolutions committee meeting

Thursday, July 16, Division meetings, Opening Ceremonies

Friday, July 17, general session, Presidential report, state affiliate caucuses

Saturday July 18, business session, resolutions, banquet

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.

Final Thought: Transforming dreams into reality: If someone turns down your idea by saying, “we’ve already tried it but it didn’t work,” it might be their polite way of turning it down or maybe they did not examine why it didn’t work. Either way, if you are creative enough, it may well work successfully.

 

1763

 

May 27, 2020

Memo To:  Executive Officers, Board Members, Chapter & Division Presidents & Others

From:  Frank Coppel, President

Positive Note 1763

Greetings Fellow Federationists:

 

Because of the ongoing pandemic situation, the NFB of SC Board of Directors will be meeting on Monday, June 1, at 7:00 p.m., for the purpose of discussing thoroughly and then making a decision either to hold the 2020 state convention virtually or in-person as originally scheduled the weekend of August 21-23 at the North Charleston Marriott.

Join us Thursday evening, June 4, for our next Scheduled NFB of SC Connects Zoom meeting, as we will fully discuss the Board’s decision and will try to answer any questions regarding this matter.

We have an announcement from last week’s President’s Notebook.  “The House and Senate are both expected to be back in Washington the week of June 1. There’s a good chance they will use that week to negotiate the provisions of the most recent COVID-19 relief bill, the HEROES Act. We need to make sure that all members of Congress know about the major priorities we want included in that legislation. One of those key priorities, the Access Technology Affordability Act (ATAA), currently has eighty-eight cosponsors in the House and twenty-two in the Senate. We believe that Congressional leaders will really take notice of this bill if we can reach one hundred cosponsors in the House. With that kind of support, our Congressional champions would have more leverage to argue for the bill’s inclusion in the larger piece of legislation. So please call or email your member of Congress and ask them to cosponsor the ATAA (H.R. 2086/S. 815). We are so close, but we’re going to need to work harder than ever to ensure this bill passes.”

Unfortunately, we in South Carolina do not have any members of our congressional delegation either in the House of Representatives or the Senate who have cosponsored the Access Technology Affordability Act (ATAA).  Let’s work very hard next week to encourage our congressional delegation to cosponsor this very important piece of legislation.

We have an announcement from the National Federation of the Blind.  “Attend the June Presidential Release (#495) of the National Federation of the Blind on June 4, 2020, at 8:00 p.m. eastern, via the Zoom platform. After the remarks and updates from the elected President of the National Federation of the Blind, the organization’s first vice president, Pam Allen, will moderate questions. Members of the Federation are encouraged to attend, and non-members are warmly welcomed. Send your questions in advance to cdanielsen@nfb.org and put PR495 in the subject line or call 410-659-9314, extension 2473.

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.

 

Final Thought:  Transforming dreams into reality:  There is an old saying, “Don’t let someone get your goat.  People can’t tease you if you don’t let them know where your goat is tied.”  On the other hand it is better to be the G. O. A. T. or the Greatest Of All Time!