Positive Notes

1780

 

September 21, 2020

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

From:  Jennifer Bazer, President

Positive Note 1780

Greetings Fellow Federationists:

 

As I get to know each of you, I would love for you to also get to know my children. My daughter, Kaylin, is seven and in the second grade. She is a Brownie in Girl Scouts, enjoys gymnastics and cheering her brother on at baseball games. My son, Cade, is ten and in the fifth grade. He is in his last year of Cub Scouts, loves to play the drums, and you can find him on the baseball mound several days a week.

 

Speaking of baseball, Kaylin and I spent the weekend at a baseball tournament cheering on Cade as he was a pitcher, a catcher and stole multiple bases. The weather couldn’t have been better as we enjoyed fall temperatures. Fall will  be here Tuesday and is my favorite time of year!

 

As we turn to local information in the South Carolina affiliate, I am sad to announce that the sister of Vernon smith passed away September 10 and services were held September 16. Vernon is the president of our Union chapter. Please keep Vernon and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

 

The following message is from Jamie Allison, President of our Cherokee chapter.

 

It is with deep sadness that I am writing this to let you know that one of our more recent yet beloved associate members, Carl Mickels, has passed away. Carl was the cousin of both our blind member Grady Dawkins and associate member Iv Dawkins. Arrangements have not yet been made, but are forthcoming. The family appreciates very much being in our thoughts and prayers.

 

Our next South Carolina Connects meeting will be next Thursday, October 1, at 5 pm on the Zoom platform. Please invite your chapter members, friends and anyone interested in learning more about the NFB of SC.

 

Chapter and division presidents, if you have not already, please text, call or email me with your monthly meeting days and times so that we can coordinate committee or other affiliate business.

 

If you know of any chapter meetings happening via Zoom, conference call ETC and you would not mind others joining you, please post the information on the listserv or send the information to Steve Cook at cookcafe@sc.rr.com or call him at home at 803-254-0222. !  This would be a great way for others outside your chapter to view how other meetings are conducted.

 

If you would like to use Call-Em-All to notify your chapters or divisions of upcoming meetings, please contact Thom Spittle at 803-331-3344 or email him at nfbsc.lab.4@gmail.com

 

Committee chairs and vice chairs, please contact Thom Spittle to make arrangements for your committee days and times. He will cross reference chapter and division meetings to hopefully prevent overlap.

 

The Positive Note will continue to go out on Monday mornings. If you have an item of interest for the good of the affiliate, please contact me by Sunday evening at jhipp25@sc.rr.com or text or call me at 803-960-9977 and I will be happy to add it to that week’s Positive Note.

 

Rocky Bottom Board of Directors has a new Chair

 

The RBRCCB Board met on Thursday, September 17, 2020 to vote on a new chair for the board.  With the end of Frank Coppel’s term as NFB of SC state president, his position on the RBRCCB Board ended as well, his position was filled by newly elected state president Jennifer Bazer. That did not mean that she would step in as board chair.  In fact, with the growth of the NFB of SC programs, it is not feasible for someone to hold two major leadership roles.  Mr. Coppel had done so as a quick remedy when Mr. Capps stepped down as chair of the Rocky Bottom Board a couple of years ago.  Mr. Capps asked Mr. Coppel to take on the chair in his place.  A new amendment was proposed after the state convention that would add another blind member at large spot on the Rocky Bottom Board.  After ten days passed from the first reading of the amendment, the board met again to vote on it.  The amendment passed without any opposition.  Then the next step was to find a new chair.  Since no one on the current board was in a position to take on such a daunting task, it became evident that whoever was chosen for the new member at large position would need to be a serious candidate for the chair too.  The board discussed several people, but during the September 17 meeting, elected Thom Spittle as the new board chair.  Thom has extensive first-hand experience, having been the resident manager of the camp for several years.   He brings a lot of new ideas that can potentially help the camp raise funds and find innovative ways to stay in operation at first, and be a successful business in the long run. Thom, we are excited to have you on board. Ed Bible was reelected vice chair, Shannon Cook Secretary and Valerie Warrington Treasurer. I want to thank all of you who serve on this important board.

 

From Shannon Cook

Shelly and I want to give a huge Note of appreciation to those who helped make the fall Virtual Senior Camp Day held this past Friday a hit.  Thanks to Jim Jackson for creating a virtual background of his picnic sounds that accompanied our virtual picnic lunch.  Thanks also to Tracy Spittle for reading questions during our 5 Second Rule game.  Congratulations to Melanie Torrance.  She was the winner of the game, and has bragging rights until we meet again.  We also appreciate Rhonda Thomson chiming in to lend her support from the SC Commission for the Blind.  Other SCCB staff members in attendance were Toni Davis from the Greenville Office and Barbara Thompson, Older Blind Counselor from the Columbia Office. I thank Shelley for facilitating the discussion time too.  As you can see, it takes all of us working together to accomplish our goals.

 

We have access to masks that are available to affiliates, chapters, and divisions to order.  They are split with the right half of the mask being royal blue and the left side being yellow/gold.  There is an NFB logo on the yellow side showing the circular Whozit symbol in full color.  Just below the logo are the letters “NFB of SC.”  That can be altered to fit your needs. Katy in Colorado is the designer and maker of these masks.  They feature a wire sown in at the top to keep the mask in place.  They also have a pocket on the inner layer for anyone who may need to use a filter with their mask.  The cost is $5 each, regardless of quantity.  Katy recommends selling the masks for $10 to make a profit for your affiliate, chapter, or division.   You can reach Katy by using either of the following methods:

rohdekaty@gmail.com                 (720) 636-1581.

 

Also, if any         one in SC would like a mask, limited quantities are available.

Contact Shelley Coppel at (803) 796-8662.

 

We are getting ready to stock our gift shop at Rocky Bottom retreat and Conference Center of the Blind. The gift shop will include items that are made by the blind, represent the blind, or that people who rent Rocky Bottom ask for on a regular basis. If you would like to contribute items to sell in the shop, please let me know. Do you crochet? Do you make specialty items? Do you just want to donate items for the shop that others may wish to purchase, we would love to hear from you!

Most of the items for the first opening of the gift shop will be in Columbia September 23. We are planning a packing, labeling, and work party at the Federation Center, 119 Kilbourne Road, Columbia, SC 29205 on Thursday, September 24 beginning at 10:00. We will have individuals labeling index cards in print, then labeling them in Braille, placing the items in clear zip lock bags, and then stapling the print and Braille labels on the packages.

We welcome all hands on deck to join this time together, working as a team to bring something new to Rocky Bottom! If you are in Columbia and would like to help and need transportation, please text or call me at 803-960-9977 or email me at jhipp25@sc.rr.com by Tuesday September 22. If you are out of town and wish to assist, we welcome you to join us at the Center by 10:00, Thursday morning, September 24.

We will all be wearing masks and there is a station with hand sanitizer on your right as you enter the center from the parking lot to use liberally when you are there.

Rocky Bottom is yours, Rocky Bottom is ours. Rocky bottom is owned and operated by the blind of South Carolina. Let’s work together to build a gift shop that we are proud of, and that guests are excited to visit. Come join us on Thursday, September 24th at 10:00, at the Federation Center.

 

Because of how much the NFB of SC has been using the Zoom account we signed up for last year, we find the need to add another meeting space.  The Zoom account our affiliate has been using over the past year is adding a second meeting ID.  Now, in addition to the existing room we have been using, 803 254 3777, we are adding a second room with a familiar number, 864 878 9090.  This is the number to Rocky Bottom.  We wanted to use numbers that everyone was already familiar with to make it easier for us all.  If you need to use Zoom for a meeting, please contact Thom Spittle at (803) 331-3344.  He is scheduling the meetings.   He can let you know which meeting ID you will need to use for your meeting.

If your chapter, division, board, or you personally have something for the good of the affiliate to announce, please send the information to me via email by Sunday night so I can add it to the Positive Note.

 

Below is a list of committees and members. If you emailed, texted or called me, but you do not see your name, please forgive me and gently let me know. You are welcome to join any of these committees, even if, your name is not listed. Once we have a list of when chapters and divisions meet, we will put out a list of when committees will meet in hopes of not overlapping.

 

I would like committees to meet once per month, unless, it is a committee that gives out awards. Committees will send updates to me each month with activities, events, and information. We have so much talent in our state. Let’s find your strengths, your gifts and add to our Palmetto pool!

 

Thank you all for your willingness to serve and build the Federation in SC. I look forward to working and getting to know all of you!

 

Meet the Blind, Blindness Awareness

Demetrius Williford, Chairperson

J.W. Smith, vice-chairperson

Carrie Burris

Debra Canty

Linda Dizzley

Loretta Green

Constance Miller

Courtney Rone

Melissa Staley

Cheri Euton

 

Employer of the year

Steve Cook, chairperson

Marty McKenzie

Debra Canty

Casey Rose

David Bundy

 

Educator of the year

Marty McKenzie Chairperson

Steve Cook

Debra Canty

Tracy Spittle

Casey Rose

Carolyn Cooley

 

Diabetes Action Network DAN:

Melanie Torrance, Chairperson

Shelley Coppel

Steve Cook

Kimberly Williford

Loretta Green

Angie Rachal

Melissa Staley

Cheri Euton

Charlis Borodin

 

Finance:

Jennifer Bazer, Chairperson

Pam Schexnider

Valerie Warrington

Larry Warrington

David Houck

 

Fund Raising:

Debra Canty, Chairperson

Matthew Duffell-Hoffman, Vice Chair

Trista Hubbs

Pam Schexnider

Valerie Warrington

Steve Cook

Laverne Addison

Frank Coppel

Garrett Mosley

Brookelynn Raulerson

Ed Bible

 

Public Relations

Derique Simon, chairperson

Trista Hubbs

Janice Bright

Jamie Allison

Sarah Massengale

Steve Cook

Debra Canty

Dominic Calabrese

Malaya Reece

Ed Bible

Loretta Green

Linda Dizzley

Shannon Cook

Valerie Warrington

Thom Spittle

 

Diversity and Inclusion:

Derique Simon,  Chairperson

Linda Dizzly, Vice Chair

Janice Bright

Debra Canty

Shannon Cook

Laverne Addison

Melissa Staley

Bailey Hightower

Neel Sheth

Ivan Hegent

Pathronda Anderson

Allontate Ellerbe

Cheri Euton

Matthew Duffell-Hoffman

Geneva Bailey

Belinda Banks

 

Social Media

Steve Cook, Chairperson

Jamie Allison

Debra Canty

Lori Anne Coley

Malaya Reece

Allontate Ellerbe

David Bundy

Sarah Massengale

Valerie Warrington

Larry Warrington

 

Braille Literacy

Tracy spittle, Chairperson

Jamie Allison

Meredith Boyce

Malaya Reece

Cheri Euton

Shelley Coppel

Dorothy Barksdale

Pat Wolthoff

Donna Jean Miller

 

Scholarship

Shannon Cook, Chairperson

Jamie Allison

Debra Canty

Tracy Spittle

Linda Dizzley

 

Membership

Thom Spittle, Chairperson

Jamie Allison

Steve Cook

Debra Canty

Courtney Rone

Laverne Addison

Pat Waltoff

Frank Coppel

Charles Black

Donna Jean Miller

Bekah Breece

Ed Bible

 

Doing our Fair Share

Frank Coppel, Chairperson

Steve Cook

Debra Canty

Shannon Cook

Cheri Euton

Dale Wolthoff

 

Legislative

Ed Bible, Chairperson

Debra Canty

Shannon Cook

Bekah Breece

Trista Hubbs

Donna Jean Miller

Jeff Bazer

Dominic Calabrese

Frank Coppel

Bailey Hightower

Neel Sheth

Cheri Euton

Charles Black

Valerie Warrington

 

Resolutions

Valerie Warrington, Chairperson

Parnell Diggs

Debra Canty

Shannon Cook

David Bundy

Charles Black

Frank Coppel

 

Donald C. Capps

David Houck, Chairperson

Julie Bible

Cheri Euton

Charles Black

Valerie Warrington

 

 

Nationally:

 

National Federation of the Blind Applauds Report of United States Commission on Civil Rights

Baltimore, Maryland (September 17, 2020): The National Federation of the Blind, America’s civil rights organization of the blind, issued the below statement regarding a report from the United States Commission on Civil Rights entitled Subminimum Wages: Impacts on the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities:

“Ever since our founding eighty years ago, the National Federation of the Blind has opposed the payment of subminimum wages to blind and disabled Americans under Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act,” said Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind.  “We commend the report of the United States Commission on Civil Rights issued today and applaud the Commission’s call for the end of the antiquated and discriminatory 14(c) program. While we will further review the report to assess its details and recommendations, the Commission’s work is a giant step toward eliminating the historic injustice of subminimum wages and creating true equality of opportunity for workers with disabilities. We urge the general public to actively join us in standing against this injustice and to work meaningfully toward its elimination from our local communities.”

 

Final Thought:  “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” — Mary Engelbreit

 

NFB Pledge – I pledge to participate actively in the effort of the National Federation of the Blind to achieve equality, opportunity, and security for the blind; to support the policies and programs of the Federation; and to abide by its constitution.

 

NFB One Minute Message – “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.”

 

If this message was forwarded to you and you would like to receive it directly in your inbox, as well as, receive messages regarding the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina, please email Steve Cook at cookcafe@sc.rr.com or call him at home at 803-254-0222 and he will be happy to add you to the listserv and the Positive Note.

 

1779

 

September 14, 2020

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

From:  Jennifer Bazer, President

Positive Note 1779

Greetings Fellow Federationists:

 

What an exciting week in the NFB of SC last week! So much going on! I want to thank all of you who have called, texted, emailed with your ideas, suggestions, thoughts regarding the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina, the Federation Center, and Rocky Bottom! We all know there is a lot of work to be done in our affiliate, and I am confident that with all of us working together, we are going to do amazing things in the Palmetto state. We are going to transform dreams into reality and live the lives we want!

 

I want to wish Tiffiny Mitchell, President of our Columbia chapter the very best as she prepares for her wedding this Friday. We will be thinking of you as you begin the marriage journey.

 

I am so grateful for the overwhelming response for my request for members to serve on committees for the 2020-2021 year! Thank you for your commitment to serve and build the Federation in South Carolina! Those committee assignments will be in a separate email to the listserv and in the positive note next week. If you are not on the listserv and would like to receive messages about the NFB of SC and other resources, please contact Steve Cook at cookcafe@sc.rr.com or call him at 803-254-0222.

 

There will be a South Carolina Connects meeting this Thursday, September 17 at 5 pm on the Zoom platform, the information is below.

Join Zoom Meeting

 

https://zoom.us/j/8032543777 Meeting ID: 803 254 3777

If you have a smart phone, just click below and it will dial in for you:

+19292056099,,8032543777#

Or, you can dial in from your land phone:

929 205 6099

Meeting Id no. 803 254 377

 

If you know of any chapter meetings happening via Zoom, conference call ETC and you would not mind others joining you, please post the information here!  This would be a great way for others outside your chapter to view how other meetings are conducted.

Thank you to those chapters, divisions and others who have posted their meetings on the listserv. If you have trouble posting to the listserv, please contact Steve Cook at cookcafe@sc.rr.com

 

We have access to masks that are available to affiliates, chapters, and divisions to order.  They are split with the right half of the mask being royal blue and the left side being yellow/gold.  There is an NFB logo on the yellow side showing the circular Whozit symbol in full color.  Just below the logo are the letters “NFB of SC.”  That can be altered to fit your needs. Katy in Colorado is the designer and maker of these masks.  They feature a wire sown in at the top to keep the mask in place.  They also have a pocket on the inner layer for anyone who may need to use a filter with their mask.  The cost is $5 each, regardless of quantity.  Katy recommends selling the masks for $10 to make a profit for your affiliate, chapter, or

division.   You can reach Katy by using either of the following methods:

 

rohdekaty@gmail.com

(720) 636-1581.

 

Also, if anyone in SC would like a mask, limited quantities are available.

Contact Shelley Coppel at (803) 796-8662.

 

We are getting ready to stock our gift shop at Rocky Bottom retreat and Conference Center of the Blind. The gift shop will include items that are made by the blind, represent the blind, or that people who rent Rocky Bottom ask for on a regular basis. If you would like to contribute items to sell in the shop, please let me know. Do you crochet? Do you make specialty items? Do you just want to donate items for the shop that others may wish to purchase, we would love to hear from you!

 

Most of the items for the first opening of the gift shop will be in Columbia September 23. We are planning a packing, labeling, and work party at the Federation Center, 119 Kilbourne Road, Columbia, SC 29205 on Thursday, September 24 beginning at 10:00. We will have individuals labeling index cards in print, then labeling them in Braille, placing the items in clear zip lock bags, and then stapling the print and Braille labels on the packages.

 

We welcome all hands on deck to join this time together, working as a team to bring something new to Rocky Bottom! If you are in Columbia and would like to help and need transportation, please text or call me at 803-960-9977 or email me at jhipp25@sc.rr.com by Tuesday September 22. If you are out of town and wish to assist, we welcome you to join us at the Center by 10:00, Thursday morning, September 24.

We will all be wearing masks and there is a station with hand sanitizer on your right as you enter the center from the parking lot to use liberally when you are there.

Rocky Bottom is yours, Rocky Bottom is ours. Rocky bottom is owned and operated by the blind of South Carolina. Let’s work together to build a gift shop that we are proud of, and that guests are excited to visit. Come join us on Thursday, September 24th at 10:00, at the Federation Center.

 

With “meet the Blind Month” quickly approaching, we would love to know of events your chapter has planned.  Please help us include more statewide content on our NFB of SC website nfbofsc.org by sending Steve Cook pictures from your chapter’s event(s) with labels of who is in them and a description of the activity being shown. Though COVID may have changed how we do things in the NFB of SC, it does not have to change the fact that we still do them!  If you need help learning how to send photos electronically, please get in touch with Steve at cookcafe@sc.rr.com or by calling (803) 254-0222. Thanks for being part of the team that will show the world how the NFB of SC gets things done

 

Great News!  The Federation Center is preparing to  have new flooring installed in the main meeting hall.  Since there is very little traffic in and out of the center these days with COVID restrictions, it is a great time to tackle this project.  The new flooring will take approximately 2-3 days to install.  Future projects to be completed are renovating the lounge and updating the bathrooms.  The Federation Center has gone through some major changes over the past few years.  If you have not been able to come to Columbia to see for yourself, there is a slide show on the nfbofsc.org website that is available. Just click on the Federation Center link.  There is no audio description yet, but please stay tuned.

 

Because of how much the NFB of SC has been using the Zoom account we signed up for last year, we find the need to add another meeting space.  The Zoom account our affiliate has been using over the past year is adding a second meeting ID.  Now, in addition to the existing room we have been using, 803 254 3777, we are adding a second room with a familiar number, 864 878 9090.  This is the number to Rocky Bottom.  We wanted to use numbers that everyone was already familiar with to make it easier for us all.  If you need to use Zoom for a meeting, please contact Thom Spittle at (803) 331-3344.  He is scheduling the meetings.   He can let you know which meeting ID you will need to use for your meeting.

 

If your chapter, division, board, or you personally have something for the good of the affiliate to announce, please send the information to me via email by Sunday night so I can add it to the Positive Note.

 

I am trying to have the Positive Note out on Mondays. I have slowly moved it to Tuesdays, but ultimately, would like it out on Mondays so all of you know what is happening for the week in our state.

 

This can include, but not limited to:

 

Chapter and division and committee meetings

Fund raisers

Local NFB of SC events

Announcements like members’ marriages, births, passing’s, and more.

 

We want to know what is going on in our affiliate; how we can support one another; come together as a family that we are and make our affiliate stronger.

 

We have a lot taking place in our affiliate and through the national office. The NFB of SC is a part of a larger movement. Let’s go build the Federation, invite others to join our family, and welcome new members!

 

Final Thought:  Gandhi said, “I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.” And neither should you!

 

NFB Pledge

I pledge to participate actively in the effort of the National Federation of the Blind to achieve equality, opportunity, and security for the blind; to support the policies and programs of the Federation; and to abide by its constitution.

 

NFB One Minute Message

“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.”

 

If this message was forwarded to you and you would like to receive it directly in your inbox, as well as, receive messages regarding the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina, please email Steve Cook at cookcafe@sc.rr.com or call him at home at 803-254-0222 and he will be happy to add you to the listserv and the Positive Note.

 

1778

 

September 8, 2020

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

From:  Jennifer Bazer, President

Positive Note 1778

Greetings Fellow Federationists:

 

I hope each of you were able to relax and take time for yourselves during this past long Labor Day weekend! A small group from Successful Transitions including two students along with other Federation members and volunteers spent a few days at Rocky Bottom. We moved furniture and cleaned out the office next to Linda’s office to prepare for a gift shop. The gift shop will include items that are made by the blind, represent the blind, or that people who rent Rocky Bottom ask for on a regular basis. If you would like to contribute items to sell in the shop, please let me know. Do you crochet? Do you make specialty items? Do you just want to donate items for the shop that others may wish to purchase, we would love to hear from you!

 

We are also planning another trip to Rocky Bottom later  in September to organize the gift shop, to label items in print and in Braille, to put items in zip lock bags. All hands and ideas are welcome on this special project. Rocky Bottom is yours, Rocky Bottom is ours. Rocky bottom is owned and operated by the blind of South Carolina. Let’s work together to build a gift shop that we are proud of, and that guests are excited to visit. Come join us on our next trip!

 

With “meet the Blind Month” quickly approaching, we would love to know of events your chapter has planned.  Please help us include more statewide content on our NFB of SC website nfbofsc.org by sending Steve Cook pictures from your chapter’s event(s) with labels of who is in them and a description of the activity being shown. Though COVID may have changed how we do things in the NFB of SC, it does not have to change the fact that we still do them!  If you need help learning how to send photos electronically, please get in touch with Steve at cookcafe@sc.rr.com or by calling (803) 254-0222. Thanks for being part of the team that will show the world how the NFB of SC gets things done

 

We will resume our South Carolina Connects meeting next Thursday, September 17 at 5 pm on the Zoom platform and look forward to you joining us to learn about and share ideas in the NFB of SC affiliate.

 

Thank you to those divisions and chapters that add your meetings to the listserv. The following chapters will be meeting over the next few days. Please let us know if you would like your chapter or division meeting added to the listserv so others can attend and participate.

 

At large chapter, Tuesday, September 8 at 7:00 p.m. via zoom.

 

Columbia chapter meeting, Thursday, September 10 at 6:15 p.m. via zoom.

 

Information is below to join these chapter meetings.

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8032543777

 

Meeting ID: 803 254 3777

One tap mobile

+19292056099,,8032543777# US (New York) 13017158592,,8032543777# US

+(Germantown)

 

Dial by your location

+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

+1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

 

 

I will be working on committees for the 2020-2021 year. If you wish to serve on a committee, please text or call me at 803-960-9977 or email me at jhipp25@sc.rr.com by Friday, September 11.

We have a lot of talent in the Palmetto State. Please consider what committee or committees you would like to work on. Unless it is a committee giving out an award, or there is a reason not to meet on a regular basis, suggesting each month, please be active on that committee which goes along with our NFB pledge as being an active participant in this organization. Let’s find your strengths and add them to our pool in this state.

I would like these committees to begin meeting in or before October once members have been added and a final list has been sent out. I would encourage committee meetings to be the same day each month to encourage consistency and not overlap with other committee meetings so members can be a part of more than one committee.

Committees include:

 

PAC: probably will be combined with SUN and Dream Circle for the “Doing our Fair Share” committee or some title similar

White Cane Awareness Day/Walk-A-Thon Committee: probably will be changed to meet the blind month committee

Public Relations

Social Media

Employer of the Year Award

Educator of the Year Award

Donald C Capps Award

Braille Literacy

Membership

Scholarship

Finance

Legislative

Resolutions

SUN: probably will be combined with  PAC and Dream Circle for the “Doing our Fair Share” committee or some title similar

Fund Raising

Diversity and Inclusion (new)

Diabetes Action Network (new)

 

Nationally:

 

The National Federation of the Blind invites blind people to learn more about being a member and the benefits.

Sunday, September 13, 2020 | 4:00 p.m. ET

Take advantage of this opportunity to hear from active members and leaders on the myths and uncertainties of the Federation. We will discuss membership, philosophy, and purpose.

Register at

 

https://www.nfb.org/get-involved/join-us/open-house-gathering-call-registration

 

We have a lot taking place in our affiliate and through the national office. The NFB of SC is a part of a larger movement. Let’s go build the Federation, invite others to join our family, and welcome new members!

 

Final Thought: “‘Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

NFB Pledge

I pledge to participate actively in the effort of the National Federation of the Blind to achieve equality, opportunity, and security for the blind; to support the policies and programs of the Federation; and to abide by its constitution.

 

NFB One Minute Message

“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.”

 

If this message was forwarded to you and you would like to receive it directly in your inbox, as well as, receive messages regarding the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina, please email Steve Cook at cookcafe@sc.rr.com or call him at home at 803-254-0222 and he will be happy to add you to the listserv and the Positive Note.

 

 

 

1777

 

September 1, 2020

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

From:  Jennifer Bazer, President

Positive Note 1777

Greetings Fellow Federationists:

 

The positive note is being sent out a day early so that you have the information to attend the presidential release live tonight, September 1 at 8:00 p.m.

Presidential Release #497 – Live

The September presidential release (#497) will be delivered live by NFB President Mark A. Riccobono. The monthly message provides important updates and perspectives of the organized blind movement.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 | 8:00 p.m. ET

After the remarks, Pam Allen, First Vice President, will moderate questions. Members of the Federation are encouraged to attend and non-members are warmly welcomed. Submit questions in advance to cdanielsen@nfb.org and put PR497 in the subject line, or call 410-659-9314, extension 2473.

To learn more, visit

 

https://www.nfb.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=400

Join the Zoom

Join the event on September 1 via the web, mobile app, or dial in. Use the link below to join the webinar:

https://zoom.us/j/95976618299

Or one tap mobile:

US: +16699006833,,95976618299#

Or telephone; dial then enter the corresponding webinar ID:

+1 669 900 6833

Webinar ID: 959 7661 8299

 

I enjoyed listening to some of New Mexico’s virtual convention this past weekend. A lot of other states participated in our virtual convention, and I would encourage all of you to check out conventions this fall. A list of them can be found at the following link:

https://www.nfb.org/about-us/state-affiliates/state-conventions

During the evening of August 31, the Computer Science and Technology Division hosted an open meeting to examine the procedures and systems used in our convention the weekend of August 21-23. During this hour long forum, 27 individuals participated from New Jersey, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and other state affiliates. Affiliates had excellent questions for their future conventions and offered many positive comments about attending our virtual convention. The CSTD encouraged affiliates to reach out with any technical questions as they plan their fall conventions.

I will be working on committees for the 2020-2021 year. If you wish to serve on a committee, please text or call me at 803-960-9977 or email me at jhipp25@sc.rr.com by Friday, September 11.

We have a lot of talent in the Palmetto State. Please consider what committee or committees you would like to work on. Unless it is a committee giving out an award, or there is a reason not to meet on a regular basis, suggesting each month, please be active on that committee which goes along with our NFB pledge as being an active participant in this organization. Let’s find your strengths and add them to our pool in this state.

I would like these committees to begin meeting in or before October once members have been added and a final list has been sent out. I would encourage committee meetings to be the same day each month to encourage consistency and not overlap with other committee meetings so members can be a part of more than one committee.

Committees include:

 

PAC: probably will be combined with SUN and Dream Circle for the “Doing our Fair Share” committee or some title similar

White Cane Awareness Day/Walk-A-Thon Committee: probably will be changed to meet the blind month committee

Public Relations

Social Media

Employer of the Year Award

Educator of the Year Award

Donald C Capps Award

Braille Literacy

Membership

Scholarship

Finance

Legislative

Resolutions

SUN: probably will be combined with  PAC and Dream Circle for the “Doing our Fair Share” committee or some title similar

Fund Raising

Diversity and Inclusion (new)

Diabetes Action Network (new)

 

Thank you to those who donated and made pledges during our banquet fund raiser during our state convention. We raised $10,000 in a very short time. If you were not able to make a donation or pledge during that hour, we welcome your contributions to build the Federation in the Palmetto State. Tax deductible donations can be mailed to the Federation Center of the Blind, 119 S. Kilbourne Road, Columbia, SC 29205.

There will be a South Carolina Connects meeting this Thursday, September 3 at 5 pm on the Zoom platform, the information is below.

Join Zoom Meeting

 

https://zoom.us/j/8032543777 Meeting ID: 803 254 3777

If you have a smart phone, just click below and it will dial in for you:

+19292056099,,8032543777#

Or, you can dial in from your land phone:

929 205 6099

Meeting Id no. 803 254 377

 

Thank you for sticking with me to the end of this positive note. I know there was a lot shared in this edition. I will insure reminders are also sent out via email to the listserv. Information is critical to grow and learn. Make it a great week and let’s go build the Federation!

 

Final Thought: “When nobody else celebrates you, learn to celebrate yourself. When nobody else compliments you, then compliment yourself. It’s not up to other people to keep you encouraged. It’s up to you. Encouragement should come from the inside.” – Jay Shetty / @jayshetty

 

NFB Pledge

I pledge to participate actively in the effort of the National Federation of the Blind to achieve equality, opportunity, and security for the blind; to support the policies and programs of the Federation; and to abide by its constitution.

 

NFB One Minute Message

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.

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August 26, 2020

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

From: Jennifer Bazer, President

Positive Note 1776

Greetings Fellow Federationists:

 

What an awesome 64th convention of the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina held this past weekend! Our national representative was Everette Bacon, President of the National Federation of the Blind of Utah and member of the national Board of Directors. A huge thank you to those chapters, divisions, and individuals who contributed during our banquet fund-raiser Saturday night. We raised $10,000 through donations and pledges that will greatly help the NFB of SC. A huge shout out goes to the computer science and technology division (CSTD) for their assistance before and during the convention with zoom trainings and zoom hosting and of course, the entertaining “walk up” music. I want to thank all of you who actively participated in our state convention through your attendance. Much planning and behind the scenes work goes into holding a state convention, and it could not be possible without all of us working together.

Congratulations to the following officers who were elected to the NFB of SC board on Sunday.

 

President: Jennifer Bazer

First Vice President: Lenora Robertson

Second Vice President: Debra Canty

Secretary: Shannon Cook

Treasurer: Valerie Warrington

2nd District Representative: Steve Cook

4th District Representative: JW Smith

6th District Representative: Marty McKenzie

Member at Large Seat 1: Demetrius Williford

Member at Large Seat 2: Neal Sheth

 

Thank you to those who served on the board for the 2019-2020 year. I look forward to continued work with you. I want to thank Frank Coppel who led our affiliate for the past five years, and his wife Shelley Coppel who was always by his side in support. We are grateful for your commitment and dedication to our organization and look forward to your support as we begin a new leadership in South Carolina.

To all of you, thank you for entrusting me to lead this affiliate with integrity, commitment, passion and empathy. I welcome your ideas, thoughts, and suggestions. Please call, text or email me anytime about business or just to chat. I look forward to getting to know all of you better. Come walk beside me, and let’s go build a strong and large NFB affiliate in the palmetto state!

Let’s turn to upcoming news in the NFB:

 

Locally:

Following the NFB of SC state board elections on Sunday, August 23, Frank Coppel was automatically taken off the Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center of the Blind’s board, since stepping down as state president. The RBRCCB Board is in the process of filling the board chair seat. In the meantime, Vice Chair Ed Bible will be Acting Chair for the RBRCCB Board until the next scheduled meeting on Friday, September 4, 2020, when that will likely be decided.   If you have any concerns or questions, please direct them to Mr. Bible during the next few days.

 

Nationally:

Presidential Release #497 – Live

The September presidential release (#497) will be delivered live by NFB President Mark A. Riccobono. The monthly message provides important updates and perspectives of the organized blind movement.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 | 8:00 p.m. ET

After the remarks, Pam Allen, first vice president, will moderate questions. Members of the Federation are encouraged to attend and non-members are warmly welcomed. Submit questions in advance to cdanielsen@nfb.org and put PR497 in the subject line, or call 410-659-9314, extension 2473.

To learn more, visit

https://www.nfb.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=400

 

Final Thought: “Create the highest grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe.” Oprah Winfre

 

NFB Pledge

I pledge to participate actively in the effort of the National Federation of the Blind to achieve equality, opportunity, and security for the blind; to support the policies and programs of the Federation; and to abide by its constitution.

 

NFB One Minute Message

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.

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August 17, 2020

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

From: Frank Coppel, President

Positive Note 1775

Greetings Fellow Federationists:

 

This coming weekend, August 21, 22, 23, many of us will be attending the sixty-fourth annual State Convention of the NFB of SC. The State Office has been extremely busy during the past few weeks handling many details for the convention. The Computer Science and Technology Division under the leadership of Thom Spittle and Steve Cook have been extremely busy as well working very hard to ensure everything runs smoothly during our virtual state convention. If you would like to have an electronic copy of the agenda, you can do so, by downloading the agenda from our website at nfbofsc.org. The theme for the convention this year is “working together to help blind people live the lives they want”. If you have a resolution you would like the convention to consider, you can email Valerie Warrington, Resolution committee chairperson, at vwarrington@att.net or you can bring it to the Resolutions Committee meeting which will be held on Friday afternoon, August 21, at 5:10 p.m. As we have done in past years, we will be conducting our annual banquet fundraiser Saturday evening, August 22, to help fund the NFB of SC. We need individuals as well as chapters and divisions to “step up” and contribute during the banquet which will greatly help to fund our state organization. There will be multiple ways to contribute to the banquet fundraiser. You can contribute by mailing a check or a pledge to the Federation Center of the Blind prior to the convention, or you can go to nfbofsc.org click on the donate page and use Pay Pal, or make a pledge Saturday evening at the banquet. We will have door prize drawings throughout the convention as usual. Lenora Robertson of Rock Hill is the Chairperson of the Door Prize Committee. All door prizes should be at the Federation Center of the Blind no later than August 21. As we have done for many years, we will be conducting a memorial service on Sunday afternoon of the Convention.   Please give Dorothy Barksdale names of individuals in your chapter who have passed away since last year’s state convention. You can reach Dorothy by calling (803) 765-1622 or emailing her at dcbarksdale@bellsouth.net.

We have an announcement from Shelley Coppel, President of the NFB of SC’s Seniors Division. “Greetings from the Senior Division!!! Another year is winding up, and it is time for our annual Senior Division meeting during our State Convention. I want to invite all seniors to call in for our zoom meeting. It will be held on August 21 at 4 p.m. eastern time. I would love to have a large crowd present. I look forward to seeing you!”

The 2020 NFB of SC convention promises to be one of the best ever. Shelley and I are looking forward to being with our Federation family this coming weekend. In closing, it has been my pleasure to serve as your state president for the past five years. Although I am “stepping down” as state president, I will continue to always be available to do whatever I can in this great organization to help the blind to live the lives they want.

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: Let’s give a big “Thank You” to Frank Coppel for his decades of service to the state’s blind and for his five years of outstanding service as NFB of SC President!

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August 12, 2020

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

From:  Frank Coppel, President

Positive Note 1774

Greetings Fellow Federationists:

 

I hope many of you have taken advantage of the Zoom training for the upcoming state convention being offered by the Computer Science and Technology Division.  If you have been unable to attend this week, you will have the opportunity to attend the same training next week.  The schedule for training is as follows, Monday August 17, at 7:00 pm for telephone users, Tuesday August 18, at 7:00 pm for cell phone app users, and Wednesday, August 19, at 7:00 pm for computer users.

As we all know, door prizes are an essential part of a state convention as they can create excitement and enthusiasm throughout the weekend.  This year, all door prizes must be dropped off or mailed to the Federation Center of the Blind, 119 S. Kilbourne Rd., Columbia, SC 29205.  Currently, the Federation Center has received a limited amount of door prizes.  For this reason, we are extending the deadline to donate door prizes for the state convention until August 21.  The minimum amount for door prizes this year will be $10.  Gift cards would be great and please indicate the amount of the card.  If a chapter or individual would like to write a check for door prizes, make the check payable to the Federation Center of the Blind, and indicate the check is for state convention door prizes.  Upon the receipt of a check, we will convert the check into gift cards.  If you would like to donate something other than a gift card, please consider the weight of the item as the NFB of SC will be responsible for shipping costs.  Also, please indicate the name of the chapter or person who is donating the door prize.  As always, you must be present to win.  Within ten days after the close of the state convention, door prizes will be mailed to the winners.

As we have done for many years, we will have a memorial service Sunday afternoon to recognize those individuals who have passed away since our last convention.  Dorothy Barksdale will be in charge of this very important part of our convention.  You can reach Dorothy with names of those individuals by calling (803) 765-1622 or emailing her at dcbarksdale@bellsouth.net.

As we have also done for many years, the NFB of SC will be conducting our annual banquet fundraiser Saturday evening, August 22.  All funds raised at the banquet fund raiser will be given to the NFB of SC.  We need individuals as well as chapters and divisions to “step up to the plate” and contribute during the banquet which will greatly help to fund our state organization.  There will be multiple ways to contribute to the banquet fundraiser.  You can contribute by mailing a check or a pledge to the Federation Center of the Blind prior to the convention, using Pay Pal, or making a pledge Saturday evening at the banquet.

Please check out the agenda for our 2020 NFB of SC state convention which will be made available electronically during the next couple of days.  If you would like a print or Braille copy of the agenda, please contact the Federation Center and one will be sent to you.

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:  “What could we accomplish if we knew we could not fail?” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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August 5, 2020

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

From:  Frank Coppel, President

Positive Note 1773

Greetings Fellow Federationists:

 

We have an announcement from Thom Spittle, President of the Computer Science and technology division.  The Division will be conducting Zoom training classes for the upcoming state convention on Monday August 10, at 5:00 pm for telephone users, Tuesday August 11, at 5:00 pm for cell phone ap users, and Wednesday, August 12, at 5:00 pm for computer users.  The same training will be offered the following week August 17-19 at 7:00 pm.

I am very pleased to report that at the close of registration on Friday, July 31, 355 people registered for the NFB of SC state convention.  This is probably one of the largest attended state conventions we have had in twenty years.  This excellent turnout is a direct result of the hard work done by our chapter presidents and others as well as Steve Cook who advertised our convention on a variety of social media platforms.  I am also very pleased to announce Everette Bacon, member of the NFB national board of directors and President of the NFB of Utah will be our national representative for the weekend.

Remember, we will have door prize drawings throughout the convention as usual. Lenora Robertson of Rock Hill is the Chairperson of the Door Prize Committee.  This year, all door prizes must be dropped off or mailed to the Federation Center of the Blind, 119 S. Kilbourne Rd., Columbia, SC 29205.  All door prizes need to be at the Federation Center no later than August 14.  The minimum amount for door prizes this year will be $10.  Gift cards would be great and please indicate the amount of the card.  If a chapter or individual would like to write a check for door prizes, make the check payable to the Federation Center of the blind, and indicate the check is for state convention door prizes.  Upon the receipt of a check, we will convert the check into gift cards.  If you would like to donate something other than a gift card, please consider the weight of the item as the NFB of SC will be responsible for shipping costs.  Also, please indicate the name of the chapter or person who is donating the door prize.  As always, you must be present to win.  Within ten days after the close of the state convention, door prizes will be mailed to the winners.

As we have done for many years, we will be recognizing those individuals who have passed away since our last convention.  Dorothy Barksdale will be in charge of this very important part of our convention.  You can reach Dorothy with a list of names of those individuals by calling (803) 765-1622 or emailing her at dcbarksdale@bellsouth.net.

We again will be conducting our annual banquet fundraiser Saturday evening, August 22.  All funds raised at the banquet fund raiser will be given to the NFB of SC.  We need  individuals  as well as chapters and divisions to “step up to the plate” and contribute during the banquet which will greatly help to fund our state organization.  There will be multiple ways to contribute to the banquet fundraiser.  You can contribute by mailing a check or a pledge to the Federation Center of the Blind prior to the convention, using Pay Pal, or making a pledge Saturday evening at the banquet.

We have an announcement from David Zoellner, Managing attorney, for Protection and Advocacy.  ”Frank: Every year our office needs to set priorities for the work we will do.   We have an annual survey for the public to tell us what areas are important  to people with disabilities.

 

The direct link to the survey is https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PandASurvey     If you have any way to distribute this survey to your membership we would appreciate that.     We need to have all surveys completed by August 31.

If there are any questions or access problems please let me know.”

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:  You are just one decision away from a totally different life.