Positive Notes

1790

 

November 30, 2020

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

From:  Jennifer Bazer, President

Positive Note 1790

Greetings Fellow Federationists:

 

I hope all of you had a very happy Thanksgiving. It can be a joyous time of year and at the same time for many, it is a very sad time for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New years as many things shut down during this time of year and you are left with your grief. For some, it is a time of loss: loss of loved ones, loss of relationships, loss of employment, loss of income, loss of independence, loss of self-confidence, loss of what you use to know. You are suppose to be cheery, in a good mood during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, shopping, and socializing with friends and family, but instead, you may be alone with your unbearable grief, and not able to participate in what is suppose to be a celebratory time.

As we continue to go through this holiday season, please be sensitive to others’ feelings, reach out to those you know who have experienced loss, send a card, make a call, let them know you care, ask what can you do to help? They may just need a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, a hand to hold, a friend. I have witnessed in so many occasions our members reaching out, lending a helping hand with your support, your encouragement, your love, your prayers. You rally around an individual, a family who needs their Federation family, and I am confident that you will continue to check on each other during this holiday season.

 

I wanted to share what I am thankful for this year, this day, this moment. I am making a pledge I will do this each day, and not just during Thanksgiving. I will write in a gratitude journal or I will take a gratitude walk. Either way, I am recognizing the blessings, no matter the size and giving thanks. If this is not part of your daily routine, I hope you will join me on this journey, and let’s look through it during the year to see how God has answered prayers in our lives and in the NFB of SC.

 

I am thankful for:

Obstacles turned to opportunities.

Open doors.

Closed doors.

Prayers answered with, no, not right now.

Friends and family to celebrate the holiday season.

My aunt Edy and other angels watching down on us from Heaven.

The lack of sight which gives me great vision.

The ability to deliver meals to some special people during this season.

Waking up to see another day happy and healthy.

Children all snug in their beds.

Cold dog noses and warm dog bodies.

A roof above my head.

A warm bed.

Extra food in my fridge and in my pantry.

A dedicated and passionate team.

The opportunity to be president of the largest blindness organization in the Palmetto State where we are changing what it means to be blind and building the NFB.

Rain.

Moderate temperatures.

Learning Braille at age five from an awesome teacher of the visually impaired.

Living the life I want as a blind person.

Failure.

Assistive technology.

Rainbows.

Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center of the Blind.

Authenticity.

Integrity.

Treadmills.

Prayer.

The ease of counting my blessings.

2020.

May you find peace in your heart, a smile on your lips, a pep in your step, forgiveness in your heart, a gleam in your eye, a prayer on your lips, a way to swallow your pride, a listening ear, a gentle spirit, a clear head, a helpful hand, and light in the darkness. Have a happy heart and an attitude of gratitude every day and not just during the holidays.

 

Attention!

we will have our SC connects meeting this week on Wednesday December 2 at 5:00 p.m., instead of our regular first Thursday since I will be on the road to Rocky Bottom. The next one after this Wednesday will resume its regular third Thursday which will be December 17 at 5:00. Hope to see you on December 2 at 5:00 and December 17 at 5:00 for all the happenings and updates in the NFB of SC!

 

Please mark your calendars for a Christmas celebration at the Center on Saturday, December 12 from noon until four. We will enjoy fellowship, sounds of the season, and a gift exchange. The gift exchange is optional. Please call, text or email me if you plan to attend. If you need transportation let’s work together with chapter presidents and neighboring chapters to insure all that want to come can attend. Call me with any questions. We will have a Thans for Giving box on the front porch of the center each weekday beginning November 30 for the neighboring community to fill the box with items that members in need can use. We will give thanks for these donations at our Christmas celebration on December 12.

 

Our statewide seminar will be held January 9 at the Center in Columbia from 10:00 until 4:00. This will be a hybrid seminar meaning you can attend in-person and over Zoom so as many individuals can participate as possible. Please make plans to attend in-person or through Zoom. Please call, text or email me with suggested agenda items. Please also call David at the center at 803-254-3777 or myself at 803-960-997 to let us know if you will be attending in person. First come, first serve as we have limited seats to effectively promote social distancing at the center.

 

The following meetings are scheduled on the Zoom platform this week. You are welcome to attend any of these meetings, even if you are not a member of the chapter or committee.  Please contact the chapter president and ask if it is alright to attend their meeting.  All Committee meetings are open to the public for listening. Contact President Bazer if you would like to be added to any NFB of SC committee.

Here’s what is coming up on Zoom for the week of November 30 2020. All meetings are on the main Federation ID of 803-254-3777, unless noted.

Monday, November 30, 2020         social media committee 8:00pm with special guest

Tuesday,  December 1, 2020        Legislative Committee 8 pm

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 Palmetto Connects, 5 pm

Saturday, December 5, 10:00 Rocky Bottom  board meeting and 2:00 NFB of SC board meeting, all welcome on zoom

Monday, December 7, 5pm, Florence interest meeting, in -person

Monday, December 7, Fund-Raising Committee 8pm

NFB of SC Federation Center is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: NFB of SC Chapter and Committee meetings

Times are in  Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

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Meeting ID: 803 254 3777

Passcode: 124578

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Message from President, Debra Canty…

The Sumter Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina, cordially invites you to join them on the NFB of SC Zoom Platform as, they host their 47th Annual Fundraiser Christmas Gala, Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. (EST) The keynote speaker will be Ever Lee Hairston, Member of the National Board of Directors of the National Federation of the Blind. Member: The National Federation of the Blind of California Affiliate. All are welcome to our virtual Gala!!!

If you have any questions please send an email to: (debra.canty@frontier.com) or call (803) 775-5792.

 

Florence Chapter Meeting Interest

There will be a Florence chapter interest meeting on Monday, December 7 at 5:00 p.m. at Golden Corral, 2510 David H. McLeod BLVD, Florence.

I will be there to steer this meeting along with Jameika Cooper. If you know others who would be interested, members who were in the Florence chapter before, please pass along this info.  Please call or text me at 803-960-9977 if you have further questions.

 

From Linda Dizzley, Lee County Chapter President

If you are looking for a special gift for that special loved-one, friend,  co-worker, chapter members etc, help is just a call away.  Below is a list of a few ideas that may interest you Make your Holiday shopping easier and safe this year by shopping from home.  Many ideas may be personalized: Please place your orders by December 8, 2020

Edible Gifts, Milk Chocolate Dark Chocolate White Chocolate, (your choice of color)

Business cards

Ladies High Heel Shoes

Men dress shoes

Sneakers

Boots

Purse

Hats

Champagne Glass

Basketball Goal, footballs, golf clubs, bowling ball and pin

Chocolate covered pretzels

Chocolate roses

Personalized Gifts

T-shirts

Sweatshirts

Hoodies

Face Masks

Socks,

Scarves

Coffee Mugs

Key Chains

Coasters

Mouse Pads

Caps

Hats

Face clothes

Hand Towels

Bath Towels

Photo Plates

If interested, contact Linda Dizzley, Lee County Chapter President.

LDIZZLEY@HOTMAIL.COM

Home: 803 442 84273

Cell: 803 459 4585

 

From Jamie Allison

The Cherokee County Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina cordially invites everyone to our 2020 Virtual Christmas Celebration! The event will take place from 1:00-2:30pm on Thursday, December 10th, 2020. There will be random gift card drawings, a social time, and program that will include a Christmas Scripture recitation, holiday songs, carols, and stories. The entire program will take place virtually over the zoom platform and we invite everyone from across the affiliate and nationally to attend. We also invite those who would like to share a Christmas or holiday-themed song, story, carole, poem, or riddles with the audience. We want this portion of the program to be similar to an old time “variety show”. If you would like to participate in this portion of our program, please send an email to nfbsccherokee@gmail.com with your name, the type of item you wish to contribute (song, carole, brief story or poem either familiar or new, riddle, etc.) and approximately how long it will take. If time permits, there will be an opportunity for audience members to spontaneously contribute as well. If you do not have access to email, please call 864-838-0338 and either speak or leave a voice message with Jamie with the same information. We look forward to a time of fellowship and celebration with all who wish to join us as we observe this blessed season!

 

From Frank Loza

Support the Federation Center by buying a jacket with our national logo on the back of the jacket and under that it says National Federation of the Blind and under that it says, live the life you want.  On the left upper part of the front it says, NFB of SC.  There is two kinds of material you can get them in.  One is microfiber and the other one is polyester blend.  The microfiber costs $80.00 and the polyester blend cost’s $75.00.  The microfiber comes in blue or black and the polyester comes in blue, black and gray.  If you can call Frank Loza at 803-617-8016, with your information, such as color and size.  Join  your fellow Federationists and get your jacket.  It will show unity when your chapter has a function.

If you made a pledge at our state convention banquet in August, those tax -deductible contributions are due at the Center no later than December 31, 2020. If you did not make a pledge, but wish to donate to the National Federation of the

Blind of South Carolina, please send donations to 119 S. Kilbourne Road, Columbia, SC 29205. You may also pay on our website at www.nfbofsc.org and look for the donations link to pay through pay Pal. Thank you to all of those individuals, chapters, and divisions who have fulfilled their pledges. I will list all donors in the first Positive Note of 2021.

 

Big News! The National Federation of the Blind of SC now has an online enrollment membership form to pay your 2021 state dues. You will be able to fill out the form online to provide the state office with updated personal and contact information. You will also be able to pay your $10 state dues via secure Pay Pal. You will still need to pay your chapter/division dues on the local level. After submitting the membership form, you will be provided with a link to pay your $10 state dues through Pay Pal. Your membership will not be confirmed until payment has been received. After paying your $10 state dues via Pay Pal, we will receive a message stating you have paid your state dues to confirm your membership. Then you will be sent a message with a copy of your receipt for confirmation later in the day. Please retain this confirmation for your records and proof of payment.  Also, Pay Pal charges the NFB of SC a percentage for each transaction. We would greatly appreciate you adding an extra $0.30 for every $10 to your donation to offset this charge. So, $10.30, $20.60 and so on.

If you need assistance completing the online form, you are welcome to call Steve and Shannon Cook to help at (803) 254-0222. Leave a message with your name and contact number if we are unavailable to answer the phone.

Thank you to those who have already paid your state dues! We hope to see close to 100% of dues paid by December 31. Our membership committee along with the help of our district reps will follow-up as we get closer to the end of the year to assist those in completing their membership form so that we can have all completed documentation to the national office in a timely manner. This has normally been due at the end of January to pay your state dues; however, that does not give me time to submit all necessary data to the national office by January 31. We want to be prompt in our membership dues and information to President Riccobono.  https://forms. gle/MGYktJPG3SatVBFWA

 

Nationally:

This Tuesday: Attend the Presidential Release #500:

The December Presidential Release of the National Federation of the Blind will be delivered on Tuesday, December 1, at 8:00 p.m. eastern. Attend this celebration and milestone of the five hundredth episode! After the remarks, there is an opportunity for questions. Submit questions in advance to cdanielsen@nfb.org and put PR500 in the subject line, or call 410-659-9314, extension 2473. Closed captions and Spanish interpretation will be available. This milestone release will include participation from Marc Maurer and Mary Ellen Jernigan.

 

Open House

Open House Gathering: Share with Prospective Members:

Sunday, December 13, 2020, at 8:00 p.m. ET – The National Federation of the Blind is hosting an open house gathering for people who are not yet members of the Federation to learn about becoming members. Share with prospective members this opportunity to learn more from leaders about the Federation and why membership is crucial. Sign up by emailing membership@nfb.org or calling 410-659-9314, extension 2509.

 

Santa Letters

Every year Santa Claus turns the staff at the National Federation of the Blind into his honorary elves to help him send letters and activities in Braille to young children (those under the age of ten) across the United States. Between November 9 and December 16, parents can submit a request for a letter at http://www.nfb.org/santa-letters. The form can also be printed and faxed to 410-685-2340 or emailed to communityrelations@nfb.org. Beginning Monday, November 30, the Braille letters from Santa will start going out to children. The Braille letter will be accompanied by a print copy as well and some other fun holiday activities. The deadline for letter requests is December 16. Learn more about Santa Letters.

 

Braille Monitor

The Braille Monitor is the flagship publication of the National Federation of the Blind. It covers the events and activities of the NFB, addresses the issues we face as blind people, and highlights our members.

Distributed eleven times a year since 1957, the Braille Monitor:

  • Offers a positive philosophy about blindness to both blind readers and the public at large
  • Serves as a vehicle for advocacy and protection of civil rights
  • Addresses social concerns affecting the blind
  • Discusses issues related to employment, education, legislation, and rehabilitation
  • Provides news about products and technology used by the blind
  • To learn more, we invite you to read Dr. Kenneth Jernigan’s 1993 article entitled, “Concerning History and the Braille Monitor.”

https://www.nfb.org/resources/publications-and-media/braille-monitor

 

Free Slate and Stylus Program

The National Federation of the Blind will distribute a plastic, four-line, twenty-eight cell slate along with a saddle stylus to those that need them. That includes those that are blind and low vision who know Braille or want to learn Braille.  

The slate and stylus have long been and continue to be valuable tools for writing Braille, which is vital to literacy for the blind. It is the only Braille-writing device that has the same portability, flexibility, and affordability as a pen and pencil. From labeling your canned goods to jotting down a phone number, the uses and advantages of the slate and stylus for the blind are as varied as those of a pen and pencil for the sighted.

Application Information

Please visit our free slate and stylus program online application to request your slate and stylus.

Or complete the free slate and stylus program application (accessible PDF) and mail it to:

Free Slate and Stylus Program
National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street 
at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230

Eligibility

Any blind individual in the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico can request a slate and stylus for their personal use. Requests can be made as often as once per year.

More Information

If you are not sure how to use the slate and stylus, please read the FR5/FRFA0112 “Parents Guide to the Slate and Stylus” or “Writing with the Slate and Stylus Is Easy” both of which were featured in our Future Reflections magazine. You can also purchase The Slate Book from our National Federation of the Blind Independence Market. 

For more information about our Free Slate and Stylus Program, email us at nfb@nfb.org

 

Free White Cane Program

The National Federation of the Blind has distributed more than 64,000 free white canes since 2008. The white cane gives blind people the ability to achieve a full and independent life, allowing us to travel freely and safely. We started our free white cane program because we believe that no blind person should be without a white cane, regardless of his or her ability to pay for it.

To request a white cane, you can fill out our online application or mail a completed application to our office.

  • Free White Cane Application (PDF); please mail the completed PDF application to Free White Cane Program, National Federation of the Blind, 200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, Maryland 21230

Any blind individual in the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico can request a cane for their personal use. Requests can be made as often as every six months.

How to Choose Your Cane Size

The canes distributed through our free white cane program are straight fiberglass canes (i.e., not folding or telescoping). All canes are white with a loop on top of the handle and come with a cane tip.

For adult first-time cane users, we recommend measuring from your shoulders to the floor. The cane needs to reach about two steps in front of where you are stepping. The speed of your pace and length of your stride will make a difference. More experienced cane travelers may wish to have a longer cane, measuring at least chin height.

For children, teens, and young adults who are first-time cane users, we recommend measuring from your chin to the floor. More experienced cane travelers may wish to have a longer cane, measuring at least nose height.

Cane Travel Training

Because we are committed to ensuring that every blind person can acquire the training he or she needs to use the white cane, we are proudly affiliated with top-notch model training centers. The innovative training programs we have pioneered at these centers are increasingly being replicated by other rehabilitation agencies and providers.

For more information on cane travel and techniques, we invite you to read, “Care and Feeding of the Long White Cane: Instructions in Cane Travel for Blind People.”

 

Final Thought: “At the end it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished. It’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.” Denzel Washington

 

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.

 

1789

 

November 23, 2020

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

From:  Jennifer Bazer, President

Positive Note 1789

Greetings Fellow Federationists:

 

I was in my bed Saturday evening around 9:15 drifting off to sleep when I heard my son, Cade, who is ten ask me, “Mom, can I bake some cookies?” “Sure,” I said in a sleepy voice. After telling him the temperature to set the oven and how long to put on the timer, I drifted  into a light sleep. The next thing I knew was Cade handing me warm cookies on a paper towel. I felt the heat of the cookies in my hand  and began to eat them one by one. Three became four. Yes, I consumed four cookies in less than five minutes. I couldn’t leave any. He had taken the time to make some for himself and his mom. I couldn’t leave them sitting on the bed, I may roll over and smush them leaving crumbs, and crumbs in the bed is a no, no in our house. I couldn’t leave them, they wouldn’t be as good in the morning. I needed to eat them to show appreciation to my son for his kind heart.

 

Why did I say yes, when normally, I would not allow sweets after 8:00? It wasn’t because I was sleepy and didn’t remember what I was saying. It was because sometimes, rules are meant to be broken, when breaking a rule would not cause harm. It is because sometimes, you just need a warm cookie or four, in your belly just before bed. It is because sometimes, it is a time to bond with your ten year old son! It is because sometimes, one day, Cade will not wake me up to bake cookies for me, because he will be on his own and not under mom’s roof! I am thankful for being Cade and Kaylin’s mom, the most important role I will ever have! It is moments like Saturday night that I will cherish! What are you thankful for today? Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

 

What an awesome Thanksgiving celebration we had on Thursday, November 19! We fed over a half dozen members at the Successful Transitions office and delivered meals to just as many members at their homes! Thank you to all who were involved in planning, preparing, serving, and delivering meals!

 

Chapter and Division Presidents,

If you have an electronic copy of your constitution, please email it to me ASAP to jhipp25@sc.rr.com as President Riccobono is requesting all info from all affiliates.

If you do not have an electronic copy, but rather a print copy, I would need that in our state office at the Center ASAP.

If you do not have a chapter or division constitution electronically or in print/Braille, please let me know ASAP so we can work together to have this info to President Riccobono.

Thank you for all your help!

 

Please mark your calendars for a Christmas celebration at the Center on Saturday, December 12 from noon until four. We will enjoy fellowship, sounds of the season, and a gift exchange. The gift exchange is optional. Please call, text or email me if you plan to attend. If you need transportation let’s work together with chapter presidents and neighboring chapters to insure all that want to come can attend. Call me with any questions. We will have a Thans for Giving box on the front porch of the center each weekday beginning November 30 for the neighboring community to fill the box with items that members in need can use. We will give thanks for these donations at our Christmas celebration on December 12.

 

Our statewide seminar will be held January 9 at the Center in Columbia from 10:00 until 4:00. This will be a hybrid seminar meaning you can attend in-person and over Zoom so as many individuals can participate as possible. Please make plans to attend in-person or through Zoom. Please call, text or email me with suggested agenda items.

 

The following meetings are scheduled on the Zoom platform this week. You are welcome to attend any of these meetings, even if you are not a member of the chapter or committee.  Please contact the chapter president and ask if it is alright to attend their meeting.  All Committee meetings are open to the public for listening. Contact President Bazer if you would like to be added to any NFB of SC committee.

Here’s what is coming up on Zoom for the week of November 23 2020. All meetings are on the main Federation ID of 803-254-3777, unless noted.

Monday, November 23, 2020         Doing Our Fair Share 7pm,

Tuesday, November 24, 2020        Diversity and Inclusion Committee 8 pm

Monday, November 30, Social Media Committee, 7:30 pm

NFB of SC Federation Center is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: NFB of SC Chapter and Committee meetings

Times are in  Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8032543777?pwd=QTVQd2RzN3l6QnNmZ0FmSnp6NG8vQT09

Meeting ID: 803 254 3777

Passcode: 124578

One tap mobile

+19292056099,,8032543777# US (New York)

 

Florence Chapter Meeting Interest

There will be a Florence chapter interest meeting on Monday, December 7 at 5:00 p.m. at Golden Corral, 2510 David H. Mcleod BLVD, Florence.

I will be there to steer this meeting along with Jameika Cooper. If you know others who would be interested, members who were in the Florence chapter before, please pass along this info.

Please call or text me at 803-960-9977 if you have further questions.

 

From Jamie Allison

The Cherokee County Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina cordially invites everyone to our 2020 Virtual Christmas Celebration! The event will take place from 1:00-2:30pm on Thursday, December 10th, 2020. There will be random gift card drawings, a social time, and program that will include a Christmas Scripture recitation, holiday songs, carols, and stories. The entire program will take place virtually over the zoom platform and we invite everyone from across the affiliate and nationally to attend. We also invite those who would so like to to share a Christmas or holiday-themed song, story, carole, poem, or riddles with the audience. We want this portion of the program to be similar to an old time “variety show”. If you would like to participate in this portion of our program, please send an email to nfbsccherokee@gmail.com with your name, the type of item you wish to contribute (song, carole, brief story or poem either familiar or new, riddle, etc.) and approximately how long it will take. If time permits, there will be an opportunity for audience members to spontaneously contribute as well. If you do not have access to email, please call 864-838-0338 and either speak or leave a voice message with Jamie with the same information. We look forward to a time of fellowship and celebration with all who wish to join us as we observe this blessed season!

 

From Frank Loza

Support the Federation Center by buying a jacket with our national logo on the back of the jacket and under that it says National Federation of the Blind and under that it says, live the life you want.

On the left upper part of the front it says, NFB of SC.

There is two kinds of material you can get them in.

One is microfiber and the other one is polyester blend.

The microfiber costs $80.00 and the polyester blend cost’s $75.00.

The microfiber comes in blue or black and the polyester comes in blue, black and gray.

If you can call Frank Loza at 803-617-8016, with your information, such as color and size.

Join  your fellow Federationists and get your jacket.

It will show unity when your chapter has a function.

 

From Derique Simon

Do you find yourself wondering what to cook for dinner most nights? Are you tired of making the same dishes over and over? Well stress no longer because the South Carolina Association of Blind Students is here to help if you need spicing up what you do in the kitchen. We are working on our own one of a kind cook book and we need all of your help to make it a hit. If you have any recipes that you would like to share with us please send them to Trista Hubbs SCABS Secretary at hubbs.trista@gmail.com

 

If you made a pledge at our state convention banquet in August, those tax -deductible contributions are due at the Center no later than December 31, 2020. If you did not make a pledge, but wish to donate to the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina, please send donations to 119 S. Kilbourne Road, Columbia, SC 29205. You may also pay on our website at www.nfbofsc.org and look for the donations link to pay through pay Pal. Thank you to all of those individuals, chapters, and divisions who have fulfilled their pledges. I will list all donors in the first Positive Note of 2021.

 

Big News! The National Federation of the Blind of SC now has an online enrollment membership form to pay your 2021 state dues. You will be able to fill out the form online to provide the state office with updated personal and contact information. You will also be able to pay your $10 state dues via secure Pay Pal. You will still need to pay your chapter/division dues on the local level. After submitting the membership form, you will be provided with a link to pay your $10 state dues through Pay Pal. Your membership will not be confirmed until payment has been received. After paying your $10 state dues via Pay Pal, we will receive a message stating you have paid your state dues to confirm your membership. Then you will be sent a message with a copy of your receipt for confirmation later in the day. Please retain this confirmation for your records and proof of payment.  Also, Pay Pal charges the NFB of SC a percentage for each transaction. We would greatly appreciate you adding an extra $0.30 to your donation to offset this charge.

If you need assistance completing the online form, you are welcome to call Steve and Shannon Cook to help at (803) 254-0222. Leave a message with your name and contact number if we are unavailable to answer the phone.

Thank you to those who have already paid your state dues! We hope to see close to 100% of dues paid by December 31. Our membership committee along with the help of our district reps will follow-up as we get closer to the end of the year to assist those in completing their membership form so that we can have all completed documentation to the national office in a timely manner. This has normally been due at the end of January to pay your state dues; however, that does not give me time to submit all necessary data to the national office by January 31. We  want to be prompt in our membership dues and information to President Riccobono.

https://forms. gle/MGYktJPG3SatVBFWA

 

Final Thought: “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” William Arthur Ward

 

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.

 

1788

 

November 16, 2020

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

From:  Jennifer Bazer, President

Positive Note 1788

Greetings Fellow Federationists:

 

Our church hosted a Thanks for Giving celebration in the parking lot on Sunday to give thanks for our Operation Christmas child boxes, chemo totes for those going through cancer, and our Veterans. The children decorated their bikes, trikes, scooters, and skates for the event. As a part of the cub scout celebration, my 10-year-old son, carried one of the flags in the parade of wheels. My daughter rode her decorated red, white and blue scooter during the parade. Both scout groups led the congregation in the Pledge of Allegiance, My Country Tis of Thee, and the Star Spangled Banner.

 

I sat in the overcast afternoon with the wind slightly blowing my hair, proud of my two children who serve their community in scouts and reflecting on  the NFB of SC and how thankful I am to lea an affiliate that gives so graciously and generously; not just in time of need, but always thinking of ways to give to others, to share the Federation love. Thanks for Giving to Rocky Bottom during the auction, Thanks for Giving to your membership to build the Federation, Thanks for Giving to a blind man who needed food and clothes, thanks for Giving to the scholarship fund to assist students in furthering their education, Thanks for Giving to the kitchen fund to purchase a new commercial refrigerator and freezer at Rocky Bottom, Thanks for Giving to your local chapters and divisions, Thanks for Giving of your time, talents and dedication to build the Federation in the Palmetto state and beyond. Thanks for Giving me an opportunity to lead this awesome South Carolina affiliate. Let’s go build the Federation!

 

Chapter and Division Presidents,

If you have an electronic copy of your constitution, please email it to me ASAP to jhipp25@sc.rr.com as President Riccobono is requesting all info from all affiliates.

If you do not have an electronic copy, but rather a print copy, I would need that in our state office at the Center ASAP.

If you do not have a chapter or division constitution electronically or in print/Braille, please let me know ASAP so we can work together to have this info to President Riccobono.

Thank you for all your help!

 

Sports and Recreation Division Interest:

I have recently had questions about starting a Sports and Recreation division in SC under our affiliate.

Below is what that may look like as a division from the national page.

We know that blindness is not the characteristic that keeps us from achieving our health, wellness, and athletic goals. The Sports and Recreation Division serves as a community around sports, recreation, health, and wellness.

Obesity and sedentary lifestyle are two of the biggest health concerns across the United States. Both are more prevalent among individuals who are blind. The Sports and Recreation Division works diligently to raise awareness of health concerns related to exercise, nutrition, and wellness. We serve as a network of experts to help blind people break down barriers to full participation in sports, recreation, and exercise. We are also a great source of support for gyms, community recreation programs, and others in the health and wellness arena who want to make their services more accessible to the blind.

From the seasoned blind sports and recreation participant to the blind person who is considering beginning an exercise, sports, or wellness regiment this is the community for you!  You can live the life you want! Together with love, hope, and determination, we transform dreams into reality!

If you are interested in a sports and rec division in SC, we will have an interest meeting on Wednesday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m. on the Federation zoom platform. This will be about 45 minutes as another committee meets at 8:00 p.m.

If you are interested, please email me at jhipp25@sc.rr.com or text or call me at 803-960-9977 with your name, email and phone number and I will insure you are reminded of this interest meeting.

 

I would love for you to join me and your fellow Federationists on Thursday, November 19 at the Center in Columbia for a Thanksgiving feast. We will serve the meal at 3:00 followed by our SC connects call at 5:00. The cost is $15 per person. Please call, text or email me to reserve your plate at 803-960-9977 or jhipp25@sc.rr.com. Masks will be worn at all times, except when we are actively eating or drinking. If you are not able to come to the Center, but would enjoy a meal, please let me know and we will do our best to  make it happen.

 

Please mark your calendars for a Christmas celebration at the Center on Saturday, December 12 from noon until four. We will enjoy fellowship, sounds of the season, and a gift exchange. The gift exchange is optional. Please call, text or email me if you plan to attend. If you need transportation let’s work together with chapter presidents and neighboring chapters to insure all that want to come can attend. Call me with any questions.

 

Our statewide seminar will be held January 9 at the Center in Columbia from 10:00 until 4:00. This will be a hybrid seminar meaning you can attend in-person and over Zoom so as many individuals can participate as possible. Please make plans to attend in-person or through Zoom.

 

South Carolina Connects

Our next South Carolina Connects meeting will be Thursday, November 19, at 5 pm on the Zoom platform. We will be there as early as 4:30 for informal chat and to get to know one another. Please invite your chapter members, friends and anyone interested in learning more about the NFB of SC. I look forward to chatting with all of you!

 

The following meetings are scheduled on the Zoom platform this week. You are welcome to attend any of these meetings, even if you are not a member of the chapter or committee.  Please contact the chapter president and ask if it is alright to attend their meeting.  All Committee meetings are open to the public for listening. Contact President Bazer if you would like to be added to any NFB of SC committee.

Here’s what is coming up on Zoom for the week of November 16 2020. All meetings are on the main Federation ID of 803-254-3777, unless noted.

Monday, November 16, 2020         Membership Committee 7pm

Tuesday, November 17, 2020       Diabetes Action Network Committee 7 pm

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 Sports and Recreation Interest Meeting, 7 pm and Public Relations Committee 8 pm

Thursday, November 19, 2020     SC Connects, 5pm and “Clarendon  Chapter 8pm

Saturday, November 21, 2020     Charleston Chapter, 1pm

Monday, November 23, 2020      Anderson Chapter 6pm, 864-878-9090 ID

Monday, November 23, 2020 Doing Our Fair Share Committee 7pm

 

NFB of SC Federation Center is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: NFB of SC Chapter and Committee meetings

Times are in  Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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From Steve Cook, Chair person of the Social Media Committee

Attention National Federation of the Blind of SC Chapters!

On our website NFBofSC.org, I have the Presidents listed and their contact information for each chapter and division for the NFB of SC. When you have your elections, I would greatly appreciate you contacting me with the Presidents name and contact information for our website! This information is very important when people are looking for a chapter in their area. My contact information is cookcafe@sc.rr.com or cell phone (803) 260-1292.

Thanks for your assistance with keeping current information provided for our website.

 

From Thom Spittle Chairman of Rocky Bottom:

The Christmas Board retreat at Rocky Bottom is just 3 weeks away. Unlike in the past, we will only allow State and Rocky Bottom board members to attend in person. This will allow us to recognize social distancing throughout the weekend. The board meetings will be held in a section of the dining hall, since the conference room does not allow us the space needed to properly social distance.

We will Zoom the board meetings, where each meeting will have time set aside for questions from the Zoom audience.

If you are on the NFBofSC board, or the Rocky Bottom board of Directors and have not spoken with me about room assignments, please call me at 803-331-3344, as soon as possible.

Thank you so much for your understanding,

 

From Melanie Torrance, Chair Person of the Diabetes Action Network Committee:

Saturday, Nov. 14 was WORLD DIABETES DAY and the month of November is NATIONAL DIABETES AWARENESS Month.

There are 34.2 million diabetics of all ages in the U.S. and

463 million in the world, so it is a global epidemic. One out of four people diagnosed with diabetes are not aware they have it.

There is no cure for diabetes, so people with diabetes must learn to manage and control their disease through a variety of actions and treatments. If you are interested in learning more about diabetes such as the risk factors and the different types, please join us at the Diabetes Action Network’s Zoom committee meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 17th at 7:00 pm.

 

 

SC Commission for the Blind Board Meeting:

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 • 1:30 pm
Agenda

The Board Meeting will be conducted via phone/web conference call. Beginning at 1:20 pm, participants may join the meeting:

 

From Derique Simon

Do you find yourself wondering what to cook for dinner most nights? Are you tired of making the same dishes over and over? Well stress no longer because the South Carolina Association of Blind Students is here to help if you need spicing up what you do in the kitchen. We are working on our own one of a kind cook book and we need all of your help to make it a hit. If you have any recipes that you would like to share with us please send them to Trista Hubbs SCABS Secretary at hubbs.trista@gmail.com

 

If you made a pledge at our state convention banquet in August, those tax -deductible contributions are due at the Center no later than December 31, 2020. If you did not make a pledge, but wish to donate to the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina, please send donations to 119 S. Kilbourne Road, Columbia, SC 29205. You may also pay on our website at www.nfbofsc.org and look for the donations link to pay through pay Pal. Thank you to all of those individuals, chapters, and divisions who have fulfilled their pledges. I will list all donors in the first Positive Note of 2021.

 

Big News! The National Federation of the Blind of SC now has an online enrollment membership form to pay your 2021 state dues. You will be able to fill out the form online to provide the state office with updated personal and contact information. You will also be able to pay your $10 state dues via secure Pay Pal. You will still need to pay your chapter/division dues on the local level. After submitting the membership form, you will be provided with a link to pay your $10 state dues through Pay Pal. Your membership will not be confirmed until payment has been received. After paying your $10 state dues via Pay Pal, we will receive a message stating you have paid your state dues to confirm your membership. Then you will be sent a message with a copy of your receipt for confirmation later in the day. Please retain this confirmation for your records and proof of payment.  Also, Pay Pal charges the NFB of SC a percentage for each transaction. We would greatly appreciate you adding an extra $0.30 to your donation to offset this charge.

If you need assistance completing the online form, you are welcome to call Steve and Shannon Cook to help at (803) 254-0222. Leave a message with your name and contact number if we are unavailable to answer the phone.

Thank you to those who have already paid your state dues! We hope to see close to 100% of dues paid by December 31. Our membership committee along with the help of our district reps will follow-up as we get closer to the end of the year to assist those in completing their membership form so that we can have all completed documentation to the national office in a timely manner.  https://forms. gle/MGYktJPG3SatVBFWA

 

Nationally:

 

Braille Readers Are Leaders—A Contest for Children and Adults:

Encourage more Braille, improve reading skills, and win prizes. The National Federation of the Blind is partnering with the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults to present the 2020-2021 Braille Readers Are Leaders contest to encourage Braille literacy and reading for pleasure. Children and adults across the United States compete against their same-grade peers to read the most Braille pages between December 1, 2020, through January 18, 2021. Registration is open now. Learn more about the Braille Readers Are Leaders contest.

 

It’s that Time of Year—Who Loves Santa Letters?:

Every year Santa Claus turns the staff at the National Federation of the Blind into his honorary elves to help him send letters and activities in Braille to young children (those under the age of ten) across the United States. Between November 9 and December 16, parents can submit a request for a letter at http://www.nfb.org/santa-letters. The form can also be printed and faxed to 410-685-2340 or emailed to communityrelations@nfb.org. Beginning Monday, November 30, the Braille letters from Santa will start going out to children. The Braille letter will be accompanied by a print copy as well and some other fun holiday activities. The deadline for letter requests is December 16. Learn more about Santa Letters.

 

Teachers of Tomorrow Program:

If you are preparing for a career in teaching blind students, or if you are an early career educator looking to enhance your teaching, then the National Federation of the Blind invites you to apply for a spot in the first cohort of our Teachers of Tomorrow program. This immersive, professional development program connects teachers of blind and low-vision students to the lived experiences of blind people, equipping participants with knowledge about the skills and attitudes that can help blind students thrive in school and beyond. The program is free to participants thanks to a partnership between the National Federation of the Blind and the Gustavus and Louise Pfeiffer Research Foundation. For more information or to apply, visit https://www.nfb.org/programs-services/education/teachers-tomorrow.

 

 

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Please NOTE: The following announcement is for high school seniors, undergraduate students, or grad students who will be enrolled in an accredited college or university in the fall of 2021.

 

Scholarship Program–Applications Open:

Every year, the National Federation of the Blind awards more than $120,000 to blind scholars across the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico in recognition of their achievements and professional aspirations. Each scholarship winner is awarded based on their academic excellence, community service, and leadership. The application process is open and we encourage students to start the process now. Review the scholarship application checklist and the scholarship program FAQs. Share this opportunity that invests in the future of blind people. Learn about the eligibility and requirements of the 2021 scholarship program

 

 

New Opportunity to Support & Double Your Donations

The National Federation of the Blind is excited to announce a second generous matching gift from Freedom Scientific, a Vispero brand, and the maker of JAWS for Windows and Focus Braille displays. President Riccobono, CEO Tom Tiernan, and blind student, Clara, help make the announcement.

Between November 12 and December 31, each dollar donated up to $50,000 will be DOUBLED during The Freedom Scientific More Than Ever campaign. Double your donations today!

Education, Employment, and So Much More

The $50,000 matching gift from Freedom Scientific comes at an important time when the Federation is working to meet critical needs in education and employment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As our shift to at-home schooling and work become long-term, those without equal access to technology fall farther and farther behind. Freedom Scientific’s partnership will help the Federation support families and connect and protect blind people across the country.

Double Your Dollars Now

To help ensure that we fulfill this matching gift, you can give by phone, mail, or online.

  • Visit nfb.org/donate to give online.
  • You can mail a check to National Federation of the Blind, 200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, MD 21230.
  • If you wish to contribute by phone using your credit card, please call 410-659-9314, extension 2282.

Thank you for supporting the work of the Federation. Please visit our donate page and give your gift today.

 

 

Final Thought: “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie

 

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.

 

1787

 

November 9, 2020

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

From:  Jennifer Bazer, President

Positive Note 1787

Greetings Fellow Federationists:

 

Recently, I have started using my treadmill again. I wore out my last one about  a year ago and decided, at that time, to replace it with an elliptical so it would be easier on my feet as I have bilateral plantar fasciitis. After about a month, the elliptical and I did not get along. It was nothing like my treadmill. I did not like the up and down movement of my feet and the back and forth motion of my arms. The elliptical and I just did not jive together. My frustration with the elliptical lead me to stop using it, which meant, stop exercising. If I exercise, my feet hurt; if I sat in a chair, my feet hurt; If I stayed in bed, my feet hurt. My feet hurt all the time. That was just an excuse to stop exercising. I didn’t like the elliptical; therefore, I would not exercise; I would not find another solution, I would not try another piece of exercise equipment. My internal battle only hurt me. It didn’t hurt anyone else. In the meantime, my poor elliptical sat in the corner collecting dust. My children randomly got on it, but for the most part, it was a great dust collector. Months went by my feet still hurt. I already had two surgeries on each foot two and three years ago, but nothing helped. Finally, after a year of non-exercise, feeling sorry for myself and the pain in my feet, I purchased a gently used treadmill to replace my dust collecting elliptical. My friend was back, the thing that caused even more pain when I used it would not be a dust collector. It would be a way to keep mentally, physically and emotionally fit. Unlike my elliptical, I would look forward to putting on my headphones, turning up my music, and stepping on the bed of my new friend, my treadmill. My feet still hurt when I use the treadmill, just like they do when I don’t use my treadmill, but the difference is, if I am going to experience pain, it will be with the treadmill and not an elliptical; something that I enjoy, not something I dread.

 

How often do we get in a rut; a “funk” feeling sorry for ourselves; not budging to prove a point to someone? How many times have we said, “I’m not going to do this or that until they do X or Y? How many times have we said, “I’m not going back to a chapter meeting because I didn’t like what the president did or said? How many times have we said, “I’ll do it when…” And, that time comes and goes and we never did it. How many times have we left our NFB affiliate because of the leadership or, lack of leadership? How often have we followed the crowd when that clearly wasn’t the best option just to prove a point?

 

Just like my elliptical, I didn’t like it so I stopped using it, but instead of getting another treadmill or another piece of work-out equipment,  I simply “pitched a fit” and didn’t do anything for a year. Who did I hurt? Myself. My stubborn behavior earned me a few extra pounds and a little more stress, neither of which is good for my mental, physical or emotional well-being. When you are feeling in a rut, maybe even in an NFB rut, don’t stay there long; dust yourself off, phone a fellow Federationist, call your chapter president, your affiliate president and find out how you can “be” the change; how you can make a difference; leave it better than you found it and for those coming behind you. If not you, then who? If not now, then when?

 

Over the past several weeks, I have participated in numerous committee and chapter meetings of the NFB of SC and am thrilled to see action plans coming together; people working together, and goals being accomplished. I appreciate the committees consistently emailing me notes from each meeting. This enables me to share with the rest of the affiliate and to support your efforts. Together we can do so much!

 

I would love for you to join me and your fellow Federationists on Thursday, November 19 at the Center in Columbia for a Thanksgiving feast. We will serve the meal at 3:00 followed by our SC connects call at 5:00. The cost is $15 per person. Please call, text or email me to reserve your plate at 803-960-9977 or jhipp25@sc.rr.com. Masks will be worn at all times, except when we are actively eating or drinking. If you are not able to come to the Center, but would enjoy a meal, please let me know and we will do our best to  make it happen.

 

Please mark your calendars for a Christmas celebration at the Center on Saturday, December 12 from noon until four. We will enjoy fellowship, sounds of the season, and a gift exchange. The gift exchange is optional. Please call, text or email me if you plan to attend. If you need transportation let’s work together with chapter presidents and neighboring chapters to insure all that want to come can attend. Call me with any questions.

 

Our statewide seminar will be held January 9 at the Center in Columbia from 10:00 until 4:00. This will be a hybrid seminar meaning you can attend in-person and over Zoom so as many individuals can participate as possible. Please make plans to attend in-person or through Zoom.

 

The Palmetto Blind

If you wish to contribute an article to the winter issue of the Palmetto blind, please send me your contributions to jhipp25@sc.rr.com and we will include them in the winter issues or future issues.

We are looking for comfort food recipes, controlled carb recipes, overview of a product that may be helpful to our members, resources, book reviews, trivia, member spotlight.

I welcome your contributions for this and future issues.

 

South Carolina Connects

Our next South Carolina Connects meeting will be Thursday, November 19, at 5 pm on the Zoom platform. We will be there as early as 4:30 for informal chat and to get to know one another. Please invite your chapter members, friends and anyone interested in learning more about the NFB of SC. I look forward to chatting with all of you!

 

From Thom Spittle, Chairman of Rocky Bottom:

What a week! October 31st started the week with a live drawing, which raised $4,700 for the camp after taking out prize money.

After the drawing we kicked off the week-long online auction, which saw 75 items up for bid. Thanks so much to chapters, businesses, and individuals who worked together to collect items, spread awareness, and bid on a wide variety of unique things. From the auction we raised approximately $3,300. We truly appreciate the team work of all involved, and count this as a big success! We plan to make this an annual event!

The $8,000 will help Rocky Bottom pay expenses during a difficult time with very few rentals.

This was a great example of Federation teamwork.

 

The following meetings are scheduled on the Zoom platform this week. You are welcome to attend any of these meetings, even if you are not a member of the chapter or committee.  Please contact the chapter president and ask if it is alright to attend their meeting.  All Committee meetings are open to the public for listening. Contact President Bazer if you would like to be added to any NFB of SC committee.

Here’s what is coming up on Zoom for the week of November 9 2020.

 

Monday, November 9, 2020         Braille Literacy 6pm

Tuesday, November 10, 2020      At Large Chapter 7pm

Thursday, November 12, 2020     “Cherokee Chapter 1pm

Columbia Chapter 6:15pm”

Saturday, November 14, 2020     CSTD Training 10am

Monday, November 16, 2020      Membership Committee 7pm

 

NFBofSC Federation Center is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: NFBofSC Chapter and Committee meetings

Times are in  Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

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Passcode: 124578

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From Derique Simon

Do you find yourself wondering what to cook for dinner most nights? Are you tired of making the same dishes over and over? Well stress no longer because the South Carolina Association of Blind Students is here to help if you need spicing up what you do in the kitchen. We are working on our own one of a kind cook book and we need all of your help to make it a hit. If you have any recipes that you would like to share with us please send them to Trista Hubbs SCABS Secretary at hubbs.trista@gmail.com

 

If you made a pledge at our state convention banquet in August, those tax deductible contributions are due at the Center no later than December 31, 2020. If you did not make a pledge, but wish to donate to the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina, please send donations to 119 S. Kilbourne Road, Columbia, SC 29205. You may also pay on our website at www.nfbofsc.org and look for the donations link to pay through pay Pal. Thank you to all of those individuals, chapters, and divisions who have fulfilled their pledges. I will list all donors in the first Positive Note of 2021.

 

Big News! The National Federation of the Blind of SC now has an online enrollment membership form to pay your 2021 state dues. You will be able to fill out the form online to provide the state office with updated personal and contact information. You will also be able to pay your $10 state dues via secure Pay Pal. You will still need to pay your chapter/division dues on the local level. After submitting the membership form, you will be provided with a link to pay your $10 state dues through Pay Pal. Your membership will not be confirmed until payment has been received. After paying your $10 state dues via Pay Pal, we will receive a message stating you have paid your state dues to confirm your membership. Then you will be sent a message with a copy of your receipt for confirmation later in the day. Please retain this confirmation for your records and proof of payment.  Also, Pay Pal charges the NFB of SC a percentage for each transaction. We would greatly appreciate you adding an extra $0.30 to your donation to offset this charge.

If you need assistance completing the online form, you are welcome to call Steve and Shannon Cook to help at (803) 254-0222. Leave a message with your name and contact number if we are unavailable to answer the phone.

Thank you to those who have already paid your state dues! We hope to see close to 100% of dues paid by December 31. Our membership committee along with the help of our district reps will follow-up as we get closer to the end of the year to assist those in completing their membership form so that we can have all completed documentation to the national office in a timely manner.  https://forms. gle/MGYktJPG3SatVBFWA

 

 

Final thought: “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” —Socrates

 

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.

 

1786

 

November 2, 2020

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

From:  Jennifer Bazer, President

Positive Note 1786

Greetings Fellow Federationists:

 

I am writing this Positive Note on the first day of November, the month of Thanksgiving, day light savings ends, the days get short, nights get cooler, we exercise our right to vote, Veterans’ Day, and, as you may know, there is always a reason to celebrate. In November, I will look forward to National Candy Day on Nov. 4, National Donut Appreciation Day on Nov. 5, Nachos Day on Nov. 6, Cook Something Bold on Nov. 8, and World Kindness Day on Nov. 13. Speaking of thanksgiving and Kindness, I want to thank all of you for your continued support of our Rocky bottom Fall Festival as the affiliate sold over $5,000 in raffle ticket sales to raise money for a camp we all love. Once we pay the winners, the affiliate will clear over $4,000 from this successful raffle. We continue this fund-raiser with an online auction which started Saturday, October 31 at noon Eastern and will end at 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 7. Please share the link and information with your networks. Items are being added daily. The link is

https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/Rocky-Bottom-Online-Auction-2020-15718

 

We are successful because it is “we” not “me”; It is “us” not “I”. We are a team working together, moving in the same direction, supporting one another, building each other up, cheering each other on, accomplishing small things in great ways, and as Henry Ford once said, “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” And, as I heard the story of MR. Brunson, a 46-year-old blind man that reached out to me after speaking with the national office, I knew all of you would join with me in helping this blind man who was just released from prison. He begged me to help him with food and clothes. He only asked for soup which would warm his stomach a wheelchair as he has blood clots, and some boots to protect his feet. After announcing his needs on the Connects call on Thursday evening, my phone rang, my text notifications and voice mail buzzed. So many willing to help a blind man in need. I was able to obtain a wheelchair from the assistive technology program which also has durable medical equipment. I took the vital items to him in Hopkins where he is staying with his mother’s best friend, and he was overwhelmed by the generosity. I will return to Hopkins to deliver additional supplies as many of you mentioned you are sending monetary and in-kind donations to the Center at 119 S. Kilbourne Road, Columbia, SC 29205. MR. Brunson can use size 3 or 4X in shirts and jackets, 42 or 44 in pants, and size 13 in shoes. We are working with him to obtain an SC ID as the ball was dropped on this necessary item when he was released. If you would like to assist, please text or call me at 803-960-9977 or email me at jhipp25@sc.rr.com

You may mail checks made to NFB of SC with MR. Brunson in the memo line, gift cards to purchase clothes and food and other necessary items, or you may use pay pal on www.nfbofsc.org with MR. Brunson in the comment section. Thank you all for your support, kindness and generosity of our fellow blind.

 

The Palmetto Blind

If you wish to contribute an article to the winter issue of the Palmetto blind, please send me your contributions to jhipp25@sc.rr.com and we will include them in the winter issues or future issues.

We are looking for comfort food recipes, controlled carb recipes, overview of a product that may be helpful to our members, resources, book reviews, trivia, member spotlight.

I welcome your contributions for this and future issues.

 

South Carolina Connects

Our next South Carolina Connects meeting will be Thursday, November 5, at 5 pm on the Zoom platform. We will be there as early as 4:30 for informal chat and to get to know one another. Please invite your chapter members, friends and anyone interested in learning more about the NFB of SC. I look forward to chatting with all of you!

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8032543777?pwd=QTVQd2RzN3l6QnNmZ0FmSnp6NG8vQT09

Meeting ID: 803 254 3777

Passcode: 124578

One tap mobile

+19292056099,,8032543777# US (New York)

 

Thanksgiving Feast:

Ike Nelson started our Thanksgiving meals at least four years ago. This year, he would like to be with his family on Thanksgiving due to the recent passing of his mother. He said, “God willing, I would like to resume them next year on Thanksgiving.”

I know this will not be on Thanksgiving, and it definitely won’t be Ike’s wonderful cooking. I am grateful to him for giving me and others the  opportunity to fill in this year.

We hope you will join us!

All of you are cordially invited to a Thanksgiving feast and fellowship on Thursday, November 19 at the Federation Center. The meal will be served at 3:00. The cost is $15 per person. If you plan to attend, please call, text or email me at 803-960-9977or jhipp25@sc.rr.com by Monday, November 16.

 

From Shannon Cook:

Hi Folks, The NFB of SC Scholarship Committee would love to have input and feedback from our NFB of SC membership on what you think could be done to improve the program.  Please let me know if you like some of what is ongoing and what your ideas are to make it better. Please send your comments to me Shannon Cook Scholarship Committee Chair by email at coffeequeensc1@sc.rr.com or call me at (803) 254-0222.  Remember, this program is vitally important to help the NFB of SC attract young members who will become our leaders of tomorrow.  Thanks.

 

 

From Thom Spittle chairman of Rocky bottom

Hi Everyone,

Congratulation to Ed Bible and all of the At Large Chapter members for a job well done. This chapter is not the biggest, but they proved that they were the biggest at heart.

It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog, was a quote from my high school coach.

 

Here are the results:

 

Dear Fellow Federationists:

Week 7               We have Arrived!

The BIG Challenge!        Win $300 for your chapter or division!

 

As you know, Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center of the Blind is selling $5 Rocky Bottom fundraising tickets.  These tickets must be sold with the filled out stubs turned in with the $5 per ticket by no later than Friday, October 30.  Send them to, or drop them off at the Federation Center of the Blind, 119 S. Kilbourne Rd., Columbia, SC 29205.  Checks should be made payable to RBRCCB.

The drawing will be on ZOOM at 4 p.m. on October 31 to kick off the week long Rocky Bottom online auction ending on November 7.  The winning ticket drawn will yield $500 to the buyer, $50 to the seller and $300 to the chapter or division selling the most tickets!  Now that the ball is rolling, we are offering a weekly challenge every Friday leading up to October 30, providing the top five ticket sellers – and here they are for today!

Rank     Tickets sold        Chapter/Division

  1. 323                     At Large Chapter –winning chapter/division.
  2. 272                       Lancaster Chapter
  3. 132                       Cherokee Chapter
  4. 115                       Columbia Chapter
  5. 78                       Sumter Chapter

We exceeded the $5,000 mark last week.

Congratulations to the At-Large Chapter and its President Ed Bible for being ranked number 1!

I received $60 on Saturday for the following:

$25 Clarendon County chapter 5 tickets

$40 Columbia chapter Ed & Julie and Thom & Tracy Spittle & Shelley Coppel 8 Tickets

 

Remember to check out the week long auction items which benefit Rocky Bottom as well.  Go out there and bid on something at

 

https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/Rocky-Bottom-Online-Auction-2020-15718

 

Rachel Alexander of Lancaster sold the winning ticket for this year’s Rocky Bottom Fall Festival. Thank you so much for your hard work. She will receive $50 for selling the winning ticket. Miss Alexander sold 160 tickets by herself, great job.

 

Miss Bertha Smith of Lancaster won the $500 grand prize of the Rocky Bottom Fall Festival. Unfortunately, she passed away

Last month due to complications of covid 19. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. After speaking with the executor of her estate, the family will use the money to pay for her expenses.

 

From Derique Simon

Do you find yourself wondering what to cook for dinner most nights? Are you tired of making the same dishes over and over? Well stress no longer because the South Carolina Association of Blind Students is here to help if you need spicying up what you do in the kitchen. We are working on our own one of a kind cook book and we need all of your help to make it a hit. If you have any recipes that you would like to share with us please send them to Trista Hubbs SCABS Secretary at hubbs.trista@gmail.com

 

If you made a pledge at our state convention banquet in August, those tax deductible contributions are due at the Center no later than December 31, 2020. If you did not make a pledge, but wish to donate to the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina, please send donations to 119 S. Kilbourne Road, Columbia, SC 29205. You may also pay on our website at www.nfbofsc.org and look for the donations link to pay through pay Pal. Thank you to all of those individuals, chapters, and divisions who have fulfilled their pledges. I will list all donors in the first Positive Note of 2021.

 

Big News! The National Federation of the Blind of SC now has an online enrollment membership form to pay your 2021 state dues. You will be able to fill out the form online to provide the state office with updated personal and contact information. You will also be able to pay your $10 state dues via secure Pay Pal. You will still need to pay your chapter/division dues on the local level. After submitting the membership form, you will be provided with a link to pay your $10 state dues through Pay Pal. Your membership will not be confirmed until payment has been received. After paying your $10 state dues via Pay Pal, we will receive a message stating you have paid your state dues to confirm your membership. Then you will be sent a message with a copy of your receipt for confirmation later in the day. Please retain this confirmation for your records and proof of payment.  Also, Pay Pal charges the NFB of SC a percentage for each transaction. We would greatly appreciate you adding an extra $0.30 to your donation to offset this charge.

If you need assistance completing the online form, you are welcome to call Steve and Shannon Cook to help at (803) 254-0222. Leave a message with your name and contact number if we are unavailable to answer the phone.

Thank you to those who have already paid your state dues! We hope to see close to 100% of dues paid by December 31. Our membership committee along with the help of our district reps will follow-up as we get closer to the end of the year to assist those in completing their membership form so that we can have all completed documentation to the national office in a timely manner.

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The following meetings are scheduled on the Zoom platform this week. You are welcome to attend any of these meetings, even if you are not a member of the chapter or committee.  Please contact the chapter president and ask if it is alright to attend their meeting.  All Committee meetings are open to the public for listening. Contact President Bazer if you would like to be added to any NFB of SC committee.

Here’s what is coming up on Zoom for the week of November 2 2020.

Monday, November 02, 2020      “We Care 6pm

Fundraising Committee 8pm”

Wednesday, November 04, 2020               Legislative Committee 8pm

Thursday, November 05, SC connects with President Bazer, 5 ppm

Thursday, November 05, 2020     Rocky Bottom Auction Talk 7pm

Saturday, November 07, 2020     Greenville Chapter 11am

Spartanburg 1pm”

Rocky Bottom Auction Talk 5pm

Sunday, November 08, 2020        Lee County Chapter 7pm

 

 

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Nationally:

 

Do you need assistance to Vote in this years’ presidential election?

Perhaps you need a LYFT ride to your place of voting or to drop off

an absentee ballot?

 

Thanks to @NFB_Voice’s partnership with @Lyft our community will have access to free or discounted transportation to get to the polls or to drop off your ballot between now and Election Day. To get up to $20 ride credit use promo code NFBVOTE2020 #LyftUp.

This invitation is applicable to all (NFB and non-NFB Members).

 

NFB HOTLINE AND VOTER EXPERIENCE SURVEY FOR BLIND AND LOW-VISION VOTERS

 

The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) requires that every polling place have at least one accessible voting machine available for every federal election so voters with disabilities can cast a private and independent ballot. To help ensure that blind and low-vision voters are not denied this right, the National Federation of the Blind will host an Election Day hotline that blind and low-vision voters, poll workers, and voting rights advocates can call when problems with accessible voting technology or other barriers are preventing a blind voter from casting a private and independent ballot.

 

The hotline will be available on November 3, 2020, by calling 1-877-NFB-1940 ( 1-877-632-1940( from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific standard time. Individuals who have experience in the operation of accessible voting technology will be staffing the hotline to provide assistance to blind voters, election officials, and voting rights advocates.

 

Once you have exercised your fundamental right to vote, please complete our 2020 Blind and Low-Vision Voter Experience Survey! The 2020 blind and low-vision voter experience survey consists of two separate surveys. If you voted absentee or by mail using an accessible electronic ballot delivery system or a traditional paper ballot, please complete the survey for blind and low-vision voters who voted absentee or by mail at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YJJL7GN.

 

If you are a blind or low-vision voter who voted at an early voting center or at a polling place on Election Day, please complete the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NGFMPF2.

 

Questions about the blind voter hotline or the blind voter survey may be directed to Lou Ann Blake, by e-mail at lblake@nfb.org or by phone at 410-659-9314, extension 2221, or Jeff Kaloc, by email at jkaloc@nfb.org or by phone at 410-659-9314, extension 2206.

 

Be sure to make your voice heard by exercising your right to vote!

 

Lou Ann Blake, J.D.

Director of Research Programs, Blindness Initiatives

200 East Wells Street, Baltimore, MD 21230

(410) 659-9314, extension 2221 | lblake@nfb.org

 

Thank you!

President Riccobono announced in the November presidential release that we reached our goal of $50,000 in donations during the month of October to meet the matching gift from Freedom Scientific.

We are incredibly grateful for the generous gift from our friends at Freedom Scientific, a Vispero brand and the maker of Jaws for Windows. We are grateful for the Federation family and friends who contribute to our mission. Our work to break down misconceptions of what it means to be blind and help blind people live the lives they want continues because of your support.

Thank you for your support of the National Federation of the Blind and everything you do to raise the expectations of blind people.

 

 

Final Thought: “Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” – Ryunosuke Satoro 

 

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.

 

1785

 

October 26, 2020

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

From:  Jennifer Bazer, President

Positive Note 1785

Greetings Fellow Federationists:

 

As I prepared a large stock pot  of homemade chicken and wild rice soup over the weekend, I thought about how each member that makes up the South Carolina affiliate is like the ingredients in my soup. Some ingredients take longer to cook in the hot broth, and some are done in mere minutes. Some of the ingredients change drastically in the hot broth while others retain their form.

 

We as members are very similar. Some jump feet first into the NFB and adapt quickly to the conditions; some put a mere toe in; while others watch from the sidelines waiting for the right moment to dive in. Some grow with change; some resist change; some embrace change. Just like my soup, each ingredient became a part of an amazing smelling and scrumptious tasting pot of deliciousness. And, just like my pot of yumminess, the talents, gifts, resources, dedication and passion from each one of you creates a thriving affiliate in South Carolina. What will you add to our South Carolina soup today? This week? This month? We need all of us working together to build the Federation in the Palmetto State and beyond. Will you join me?

 

The Palmetto Blind

I would love your feedback! What would you like to see in our Palmetto Blind? Recipes? Technology? Member spotlights? Resources? Please call or text me at 803-960-9977 or email me at jhipp25@sc.rr.com with your ideas! Let’s make our South Carolina publication what you want it to be!

 

South Carolina Connects

Our next South Carolina Connects meeting will be Thursday, October 29, at 5 pm on the Zoom platform. We will be there as early as 4:30 for informal chat and to get to know one another. Please invite your chapter members, friends and anyone interested in learning more about the NFB of SC. I look forward to chatting with all of you!

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Message from Debra Canty, President of the Sumter Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina cordially invites you to join them today on the Zoom Platform, Monday, October 26, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. The City of Sumter, Mayor Joe McElveen                               will read the proclamation in observance of BLIND AWARENESS MONTH along with guest speakers sharing their stories as well.

 

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Thank you to all chapters who are celebrating Meet the Blind Month. I understand that Cherokee and Anderson chapter activities over the weekend were successful! We will here about statewide Meet the Blind activities at our next Connects call!

 

From Derique Simon

Hello Federation family. The South Carolina Association of Blind Students welcome you to our spooky Trivia Night this Friday October 30th at 8 eastern on the Federation Zoom platform. Come join us for a fun night  where we can see who is the Scream Queen/King of the night by answering questions about anything from scary movies to haunted houses. Looking forward to seeing you all there.

 

Do you find yourself wondering what to cook for dinner most nights? Are you tired of making the same dishes over and over? Well stress no longer because the South Carolina Association of Blind Students is here to help with you need of spicying up what you do in the kitchen. We are working on our own one of a kind cook book and we need all of your help to make it a hit. If you have any recipes that you would like to share with us please send them to Trista Hubbs SCABS Secretary at hubs.trista@gmail.com by November 1st

 

If you made a pledge at our state convention banquet in August, those tax deductible contributions are due at the Center no later than December 31, 2020. If you did not make a pledge, but wish to donate to the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina, please send donations to 119 S. Kilbourne Road, Columbia, SC 29205. You may also pay on our website at www.nfbofsc.org and look for the donations link to pay through pay Pal. Thank you to all of those individuals, chapters, and divisions who have fulfilled their pledges. I will list all donors in the first Positive Note of 2021.

 

From Thom Spittle, Chairman of Rocky Bottom:

The countdown is on to finding out who won the $500 prize from  our Fall Festival drawing. The drawing will be live on Zoom, Saturday, October 31st at 4pm. We will use the zoom meeting information found elsewhere in the positive note.

 

Also, Saturday is the kickoff of the Rocky Bottom online auction.  You can sign up at the below link on CharityAuctionsToday.com:

https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/Successful-Transitions-Online-Auction-2020-15718

 

We are still adding more items. There are some one of a kind finds, as well as some great gifts for the Holidays.

 

Big News! The National Federation of the Blind of SC now has an online enrollment membership form to pay your 2021 state dues. You will be able to fill out the form online to provide the state office with updated personal and contact information. You will also be able to pay your $10 state dues via secure Pay Pal. You will still need to pay your chapter/division dues on the local level. After submitting the membership form, you will be provided with a link to pay your $10 state dues through Pay Pal. Your membership will not be confirmed until payment has been received. After paying your $10 state dues via Pay Pal, we will receive a message stating you have paid your state dues to confirm your membership. Then you will be sent a message with a copy of your receipt for confirmation later in the day. Please retain this confirmation for your records and proof of payment.  Also, Pay Pal charges the NFB of SC a percentage for each transaction. We would greatly appreciate you adding an extra $0.30 to your donation to offset this charge.

If you need assistance completing the online form, you are welcome to call Steve and Shannon Cook to help at (803) 254-0222. Leave a message with your name and contact number if we are unavailable to answer the phone.

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The following meetings are scheduled on the Zoom platform this week. You are welcome to attend any of these meetings, even if you are not a member of the chapter or committee.  Please contact the chapter president and ask if it is alright to attend their meeting.  All Committee meetings are open to the public for listening. Contact President Bazer if you would like to be added to any NFB of SC committee.

 

Here’s what is coming up on Zoom for the week of October 25 through October 31, 2020.

Monday, October 26, 2020           Sumter chapter Mayor Proclamation 5:30 pm

Doing Our Fair Share 7pm

Tuesday, October 27, 2020           Diversity & Inclusion 8pm

Thursday, October 29, 2020, 5 p.m.  SC Connects with President Bazer

Saturday, October 31, 2020          Rocky Bottom Drawing and Auction Kick off 4pm

 

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We are adding The We Care Committee which will be chaired by Dorothy Barksdale. The purpose of this important committee will be to notify the affiliate members of those in the hospital, homebound, and those needing our thoughts and prayers. Cards will be mailed and phone calls made to those needing encouragement and those celebrating milestones like marriages, births, and anniversaries. It is a way to keep in touch with our NFB of SC members. If you wish to serve on this committee, please contact me at 803-960-9977 or jhipp25@sc.rr.com and I will add you to the list of members.

 

Below is a message from Ed Bible, Chairman of the Federation Center in Columbia and Vice-Chairman of Rocky Bottom:

 

Week 6 Just one week to go!

The BIG Challenge!        Win $300 for your chapter or division!

 

As you know, Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center of the Blind is selling $5 Rocky Bottom fundraising tickets.  These tickets must be sold with the filled out stubs turned in with the $5 per ticket by no later than Friday, October 30.  Send them to, or drop them off at the Federation Center of the Blind, 119 S. Kilbourne Rd., Columbia, SC 29205.  Checks should be made payable to RBRCCB.

The drawing will be on October 31 to kick off the week long Rocky Bottom online auction ending on November 7.  The winning ticket drawn will yield $500 to the buyer, $50 to the seller and $300 to the chapter or division selling the most tickets!  Now that the ball is rolling, we are offering a weekly challenge every Friday leading up to October 30, providing the top five ticket sellers – and here they are for today!

Rank     Tickets sold        Chapter/Division

  1. 313                     At Large Chapter
  2. 250                       Rock Hill Chapter
  3. 238                       Lancaster Chapter
  4. 91                       Columbia Chapter
  5. 72                       Sumter Chapter

We exceeded the $5,000 mark this week!  This past week more chapters have entered their ticket sales others have sent in tickets too!  Lancaster and Greenville have been hard at work as well as the At Large Chapter.  Keep up the good work.

Contact David Houck at 803-254-3777 if you need us to send you more tickets or you can also reach him at nfbsc@sc.rr,com with your ticket requests.

 

From Jim Jackson

Hello, please join me Tuesday, 10/27/2020 at 6:30 for the Fred Vercher Memorial zoom event. I will provide some of Fred’s favorite tunes and some reflections. I invite you to bring some of your favorite stories as well. The zoom info is below this message. Thanks

 

Jim Jackson is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 

Topic: Jim Jackson’s Zoom Meeting

Time: Oct 27, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

 

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Nationally:

 

2020 Blind and Low-Vision Voter Experience Survey:

After voting in the 2020 general election, blind and low-vision voters are encouraged to complete our 2020 Blind and Low-Vision Voter Experience Survey. Two separate surveys are available so that the data gathered will accurately reflect voters’ experience participating in the election.

Blind and low-vision voters who voted absentee or by mail using an accessible, electronic ballot-delivery system or a traditional paper ballot should complete the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YJJL7GN.

Blind and low-vision voters who cast their ballot at an early voting center or a local polling place on Election Day should complete the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NGFMPF2. Questions about the survey should be directed to Lou Ann Blake at lblake@nfb.org or 410-659-9314, extension 2221, or to Jeff Kaloc at jkaloc@nfb.org or 410-659-9314, extension 2206. Please note these are updated links from those that were sent out last week. If you forwarded those links to your members, be sure to also forward these with a note alerting them to the difference.

 

The Live Presidential Release will be November 1 at 8:00 p.m. Please watch our NFB of SC listserv for zoom info.

 

Final Thought: “You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, love like you’ll never be hurt, sing like there’s nobody listening, and live like it’s heaven on earth.” William W. Purkey

 

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.

 

1783

 

October 12, 2020

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

From:  Jennifer Bazer, President

Positive Note 1783

Greetings Fellow Federationists:

 

We send our deepest condolences to the Nelson family on the loss of their mother. Please reach out to this family with your support, and keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Frances E. Nelson’s funeral arrangements are as follows:

Visitation will be at the McKnight Funeral Home in Andrews  on Monday, October 12 between 6 and 8 p.m. There will be a Graveside Ceremony Tuesday, October

 

Beginning at 6:30 Monday morning, I will be headed to Rocky Bottom with a small group to help Linda flip the camp from the previous group who came on October 1 and left on October 11. I want to thank all of you who have expressed interest in helping Rocky Bottom. Small gestures make huge steps; whether it’s donating regularly needed supplies like paper towels, 55 gallon trash bags, bleach, hand soap, toilet paper, and laundry detergent to purchasing new towels or sheets to cleaning, all help and donations are appreciated. Rocky Bottom is ours; let’s go tell it on the mountain!

 

Thank you to Jamie Allison and the Cherokee Chapter for inviting me to their October meeting on Thursday, October 8. I shared with the enthusiastic and attentive members state and national NFB news. These meetings give me an opportunity to learn about local chapters and meet members on a personal level. If you would like me to attend your chapter, division, or committee meetings, please don’t hesitate to call or text mee at 803-960-9977 or email me at jhipp25@sc.rr.com

 

What an informative  Meet the Blind Month event held by Linda Dizzley and the Lee County Chapter via zoom on Sunday night, October 11. Several panelist spoke about their jobs and the importance of hiring people who are blind. The participants asked the panelist questions following their presentations. Thank you to Linda, Lee County Chapter, and the panelists for a job well-done!

 

If you made a pledge at our state convention banquet in August, those tax deductible contributions our due at the Center no later than December 31, 2020. If you did not make a pledge, but wish to donate to the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina, please send donations to 119 S. Kilbourne Road, Columbia, SC 29205. You may also pay on our website at www.nfbofsc.org and look for the donations link to pay through pay Pal. Thank you to all of those individuals, chapters, and divisions who have fulfilled their pledges. I will list all donors in the first Positive Note of 2021.

 

Anderson Chapter

Come join the Anderson Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of SC on October 24, 2020! We will have our Meet the Blind Event/Walk from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. at McCants Middle School Track, 2123 Marchbanks Avenue, Anderson, SC 29621. Everyone is invited to join us and learn about the National Federation of the Blind. We will have pamphlets and other literature for people to take.

The Anderson Chapter will have the below items for sale as a fundraiser.

  • T-shirts with the Anderson chapter featured, and the national Federation of the blind logo on the back of the shirt.  The wording on the shirt will read “Walk by faith and not by sight.”
  • NFB Mask
  • Baked Goods

Candy bars donate it by Miss Linda Dizzley of the Lee County Chapter of the NFB of SC.

For more information or to participate, please contact Demetrius Williford at (864) 328-8177 or email Santez1981@gmail.com

 

Our next South Carolina Connects meeting will be Thursday, October 15, at 5 pm on the Zoom platform. Please invite your chapter members, friends and anyone interested in learning more about the NFB of SC. I look forward to chatting with all of you!

 

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Big News! The National Federation of the Blind of SC now has an on line enrollment membership form to pay your 2021 state dues. You will be able to fill out the form online to provide the state office with updated personal and contact information. You will also be able to pay your $10 state dues via secure Pay Pal. You will still need to pay your chapter/division dues on the local level. After submitting the membership form, you will be provided with a link to pay your $10 state dues through Pay Pal. Your membership will not be confirmed until payment has been received. After paying your $10 state dues via Pay Pal, we will receive a message stating you have paid your state dues to confirm your membership. Then you will be sent a message with a copy of your receipt for confirmation later in the day. Please retain this confirmation for your records and proof of payment.  Also, Pay Pal charges the NFB of SC a percentage for each transaction. We would greatly appreciate you adding an extra $0.30 to your donation to offset this charge.

 

If you need assistance completing the online form, you are welcome to call Steve and Shannon Cook to help at (803) 254-0222. Leave a message with your name and contact number if we are unavailable to answer the phone.

 

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The following meetings are scheduled on the Zoom platform this week. You are welcome to attend any of these meetings, even if you are not a member of the chapter or committee.  Please contact the chapter president and ask if it is alright to attend their meeting.  All Committee meetings are open to the public for listening. Contact President Bazer if you would like to be added to any NFBofSC committee.

 

Monday, October 12, 2020           Braille Literacy 6pm

Tuesday, October 13, 2020           At Large Chapter 7pm

Thursday, October 15, 2020         SC Connects 5:00 p.m.; Clarendon County Chapter 8pm

Saturday, October 17, 2020          Charleston Chapter 1pm

 

The same zoom invitation will work in all of these meetings. Details below:

 

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Speaking of committee meetings, we are adding The We Care Committee which will be chaired by Dorothy Barksdale. The purpose of this important committee will be to notify the affiliate members of those in the hospital, homebound, and those needing our thoughts and prayers. Cards will be mailed and phone calls made to those needing encouragement and those celebrating milestones like marriages, births, and anniversaries. It is a way to keep in touch with our NFB of SC members. If you wish to serve on this committee, please contact me at 803-960-9977 or jhipp25@sc.rr.com and I will add you to the list of members.

 

 

Talking Book Services Digital Friends

Join us for Digital Books and Friends’ Book Club

The South Carolina State Library’s Talking Book Services is pleased to announce October’s Digital Books and Friends’ Book Club – a book club for our audio readers. This month’s Book club will take place online via Zoom on Friday, October 30, 2020,  from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 2020. If you’re interested in joining us, please contact Talking Book Services at 1-800-922-7818 or email us at tbsbooks@statelibrary.sc.gov. After you register, we’ll send you all the details about how to login via Zoom. We look forward to having you join us online for some great book discussions!

October 30, 2020

Friday, 3:00pm-4:00pm EST

How Not to Die Alone by Richard Roper

DB095289 8 hours, 54 minutes

For years Andrew has worked a thankless job, searching for the next of kin of those who die alone. Luckily, he goes home to a loving family every night. At least, that’s what his coworkers believe. When he meets new employee Peggy, Andrew feels trapped by his own lies. 2019.

 

Below is a message from Ed Bible, Chairman of the Federation Center in Columbia and Vice-Chairman of Rocky Bottom:

Week 4 Only 3 weeks to go!

The BIG Challenge!        Win $300 for your chapter or division!

 

As you know, Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center of the Blind is selling $5 Rocky Bottom fundraising tickets.  These tickets must be sold with the filled out stubs turned in with the $5 per ticket by no later than Friday, October 30.  Send them to, or drop them off at the Federation Center of the Blind, 119 S. Kilbourne Rd., Columbia, SC 29205.  Checks should be made payable to RBRCCB.

The drawing will be on October 31 to kick off the week long Rocky Bottom online auction ending on November 7.  The winning ticket drawn will yield $500 to the buyer, $50 to the seller and $300 to the chapter or division selling the most tickets!  Now that the ball is rolling, we are offering a weekly challenge every Friday leading up to October 30, providing the top five ticket sellers – and here they are for today!

Rank     Tickets sold        Chapter/Division

  1. 187                     At Large Chapter
  2. 81                       Columbia Chapter
  3. 44                       Cherokee Chapter
  4. 26                       Sumter Chapter
  5. 15                       Georgetown Chapter

I know some chapters are waiting until close to October 30 to turn in their ticket sales.  This past week we have sent out more tickets to chapters and individuals.  Someone needs to give the At Large Chapter some competition!

Contact David Houck at 803-254-3777 if you need us to send you more tickets or you can also reach him at nfbsc@sc.rr,com with your ticket requests.  Let’s get out there and show everyone that you can be number one and win the $300 prize!

 

Our online auction will be held October 31-November 7 to raise money for Rocky Bottom. If you have new items to contribute, please mail or drop them off at the Federation Center, 119 S. Kilbourne Road, Columbia, SC 29205 or you can call me at 803-960-9977 or email me at jhipp25@sc.rr.com and I will be happy to pick them up. Your chapter or division can also mail a check made out to Rocky Bottom, and we will be happy to shop for you. Let’s work together to make this event a huge success!

 

Our very own Ed Bible, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Federation Center, will appear live on WVOC Radio (560 AM) this Wednesday morning, October 14, at approximately 8:40 AM.  Ed will discuss the significance of White Cane Day and the proclamation ceremony we’ll be holding with Gov. McMaster the next day on October 15.  Ed will also talk about the need for South Carolina businesses and organizations to hire more people who are blind.

 

 

Nationally:

 

National Federation of the Blind and Pearson Announce Agreement to Promote Equal Access to Education

Agreement to Improve Accessibility Comes as Blind Students Are Increasingly Affected by COVID-19 Disruption

Baltimore, Maryland (October 6, 2020): The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the nation’s leading advocate for the equal education and employment of the blind, and Pearson, the world’s learning company, have announced a formal agreement to enhance the accessibility of Pearson’s educational products and courses, deepen Pearson’s culture of accessibility, and accelerate the effectiveness of Pearson’s accessibility efforts broadly. Ultimately the shared goal of the NFB and Pearson is to identify and remove accessibility barriers that prevent blind students from receiving a full learning experience. The agreement, officially announced at the recent 2020 National Convention of the National Federation of the Blind, formalizes and expands upon previous collaboration between the two organizations. The agreement comes as blind students are being disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

The agreement’s components include:

  • The National Federation of the Blind is now formally acting in a consulting role with Pearson to inform Pearson’s accessibility roadmap and specific product remediation and to review and advise Pearson on the accessibility roadmaps for its key higher education and assessment products.
  • The National Federation of the Blind is helping Pearson promote a culture of accessibility internally.
  • Pearson is establishing a communications channel through which the National Federation of the Blind can directly and regularly inform Pearson about accessibility issues that blind students are experiencing. This will help Pearson to respond and remediate barriers more quickly, and in turn Pearson will keep the NFB apprised of resolutions.
  • Pearson has already begun to conduct an audit of its most important higher education products. This focuses on more than 40 of its most widely used MyLab and Mastering courses, with the goal to identify and remediate accessibility issues as quickly as possible. Pearson is also conducting audits of key user journeys through the MyLab and Mastering products, such as registration, completing homework assignments, and using the eText, to ensure that blind students have a simple and positive experience with these products.
  • Pearson will share accessibility updates on its public-facing websites and make details on accessibility status and plans available to customers who need them.

“The National Federation of the Blind has long called upon Pearson to improve the accessibility of its products and to be accountable for its efforts to blind students, to parents, and to schools,” said Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind. “We commend Pearson for answering that call by entering into this agreement and we look forward to the collaboration and innovation promised by this new partnership.”

“As a leader in education, we can only fulfill our mission to serve all learners by making our products and services accessible to the blind and all people with disabilities. I am proud that Pearson and the National Federation of the Blind have officially locked arms and begun working in concert towards a more accessible future for blind learners,” said Tim Bozik, President for Global Product and North America Courseware for Pearson. “As many blind students are being disproportionately affected by COVID, this is an especially important time for us to advance our work together.”

In addition to this partnership, Pearson and the National Federation of the Blind recently expanded a Corporate Disability Mentoring Program to help blind youth learn and succeed in their careers. The expanded program is also an opportunity for Pearson employees to learn directly from blind mentees and better understand their lived experiences.

 

Prepare to Share a Blind Voter Survey:

The National Federation of the Blind blind voter survey will be out this week for all blind voters to complete regardless of a good or bad voting experience. Whether voting early, by mail, at the polling place, or on Election Day, please complete the survey.  It helps us in our advocacy efforts to continue to move closer to full equal access to a secret, verifiable ballot for every single blind person in this country. The blind voter survey will be available on our voting resource page at nfb.org/vote <https://www.nfb.org/resources/voting-resources> .

 

 

The affiliates of the National Federation of the Blind hold individual state conventions throughout the year. At the below link you will find a list of upcoming and recently held state conventions.

 

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

 

We are pleased to offer 2020 Election materials, available to all subscribers, including subscribers who reside in non-sponsored states. The section includes “Candidate 2020 Searches,” a collection of several searches for “Biden” and “Trump” which scan the top hundred newspapers, breaking news, international newspapers, and magazines, in addition to information collected from the websites of each candidate. It also includes the “States Voting Guide 2020” which lists voting procedures and deadlines by state. To access this information on a telephone, select option 1 off the main menu, followed by option 2 for the election 2020 materials. If you are using the NFB-NEWSLINE mobile app, first select “All Publications” followed by either “Candidate 2020 Searches”, “States Voting Guide 2020”, “Joe Biden Campaign” or “Donald Trump Campaign”.

For each candidate, there is a bio section, as well as sections relating to their platforms and issues, coalitions, and recent news. Also available are the NFB’s own Guide for Blind and Low Vision Voters and Voting Guide for Young People who are Blind or Visually Impaired. For subscribers using Web News on Demand, select “Publications Organized Alphabetically” and locate the one you are interested in.

We hope that you enjoy this new offering and it provides valuable information to you.

National Federation of the Blind | nfb.org | 866-504-7300 | nfbnewsline@nfb.org

 

 

Final Thought: “: “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”, Helen Keller

 

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

 

 

1782

 

October 5, 2020

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

From:  Jennifer Bazer, President

Positive Note 1782

Greetings Fellow Federationists:

 

Wow, I cannot believe October is here! I am loving the weather with nighttime temperatures in the 40’s and daytime temperatures in the low 70’s, and I know some of you are enjoying football four days a week! October also means Meet the Blind Month and several chapters around the state are holding in-person, as well as, Zoom events. If your chapter or division is participating in Meet the Blind month, please call or email me with the details and I will include it in the Positive Note and on the listserv. Below are details of Meet the Blind Chapter events that I know about as of the writing of this Positive Note. I hope all chapters will participate in events of Meet the Blind month. I look forward to attending as many of them as I can!

 

Anderson Chapter

Come join the Anderson Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of SC on October 24, 2020! We will have our Meet the Blind Event/Walk from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. at McCants Middle School Track, 2123 March banks Avenue, Anderson, SC 29621. Everyone is invited to join us and learn about the National Federation of the Blind. We will have pamphlets and other literature for people to take.

 

The Anderson Chapter will have the below items for sale as a fundraiser.

  • T-shirts with the Anderson chapter featured, and the national Federation of the blind logo on the back of the shirt.  The wording on the shirt will read “Walk by faith and not by sight.”
  • NFB Mask
  • Baked Goods

Candy bars donate it by Miss Linda Dizzley of the Lee County Chapter of the NFB of SC.

For more information or to participate, please contact Demetrius Williford at (864) 328-8177 or email Santez1981@gmail.com

 

Lee County Chapter

Sunday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m. via zoom.

A panel of employees who are blind will answer questions regarding work accommodations. Members of the Lee County chapter will present NFB literature and face masks. Contact Linda Dizzly, President of this chapter at 803-459-4585. The zoom link for this event is below.

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8032543777?pwd=QTVQd2RzN3l6QnNmZ0FmSnp6NG8vQT09

 

Meeting ID: 803 254 3777

Passcode: 124578

One tap mobile

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Dial by your location

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+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

Meeting ID: 803 254 3777

 

 

Several NFB of SC members visited Rocky Bottom last week to get ready for a larger group who will be at our happy place until October 10. Barry Chavis and Carolyn Phillips deep cleaned Ellenburg, hung pictures, tightened bed frames, and found other projects to keep them very busy from Monday until Wednesday. Several team members from Successful Transitions also spent most of the week cleaning, organizing and labeling items and print and Braille for the newly opened gift shop, repurposing furniture, and adding new pieces to a few rooms. When you visit Ellenburg, you will notice two new couches and love seats and several furniture cubes. When you walk into the front door, the furniture is in a cube in the middle of the room with the outer edges of the room for walking. There is a straight clear path from the front door to the kitchen if you trail the left wall. Our hope is, as always, that you visit Rocky Bottom and make yourself at home. We ask that you leave it better than you found it, as all of us are working hard to add little touches to make it even more inviting. When I left on Saturday evening at 8:00, I was exhausted and very sore. While my muscles were screaming to give them a rest, I felt exhilarated and proud of all that we had accomplished in a short period of time. During the trip home, I reflected on what a beautiful place we have at the bottom of Sassafras Mountain; God’s country as we call it; a retreat where people who are blind come together to learn independent skills, socialize, and have a great time fishing, hiking, sitting on the deck listening to nature, and just relaxing. A group will return to Rocky bottom October 12-14 to help Linda clean from  the group that left on the tenth and find additional small projects to do while we are there. All are welcome. If you live in Columbia and wish to go, please call me at 803-960-9977 or email me at jhipp25@sc.rr.com and I will happily add you to the list. If you are in other parts of the state and wish to attend, you are welcome to join us, just let me know that you are coming.

 

Speaking of Rocky Bottom, if you wish to make a reservation for your chapter or personally, please call Thom Spittle, Chairman, at 803-331-3344.

There are a lot of exciting things happening at Rocky Bottom.  We are launching a social media campaign called Friends of Rocky Bottom. The goal of this campaign is to gather pictures and stories from people who have fond memories about their time at Rocky Bottom, and share them with one another. Please send any photos or stories to our staff at FriendsOfRockyBottom@gmail.com. We will post about every 10 days or so. We will also post about new things happening at the camp, so you can stay informed.

To sign up to our Facebook page, click on this link:

https://m.facebook.com/Friends-of-Rocky-Bottom-111237250736019/

and remember to share it with your friends and family.

We also have an email list which will put the same posts directly to your inbox.

Just click on the following link, fill out your information and check your mail for the confirmation email. You must reply to the confirmation email, or click on the link inside of the email to opt in.  Click here:

http://nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/friends-of-rocky-bottom_nfbnet.org

If that wasn’t enough good news, how about this?

Rocky Bottom is inviting area furniture dealers and manufacturers to our camp in hopes that they will adopt a room. This will be a great way to upgrade our facilities with some new furniture while advertising for our local partners. If you know a potential partner, please call me at 803-331-3344 or email me at nfbsc.lab.4@gmail.com

 

Our next South Carolina Connects meeting will be Thursday, October 15, at 5 pm on the Zoom platform. Please invite your chapter members, friends and anyone interested in learning more about the NFB of SC. I look forward to chatting with all of you!

 

The following meetings are scheduled on the Zoom platform this week. You are welcome to attend any of these meetings, even if you are not a member of the chapter or committee.

Please contact the chapter president and ask if it is alright to attend their meeting.

All Committee meetings are open to the public for listening. Contact President Bazer if you would like to be added to any NFBofSC committee.

 

The computer science division is holding it’s monthly training and help time at 10am on Saturday. Feel free to join.

This month Shannon Cook will lead us in learning all about calendars.

Monday, October 05, 2020           Fundraising Committee 8pm

Tuesday, October 06, 2020           Legislative Committee 8pm

Thursday, October 08, 2020         “Cherokee Chapter 1pm

Saturday, October 10, 2020          Computer Science Division Training 10am

Sunday, October 11, 2020             Lee County Chapter 7pm

 

To join, follow one of the below ways.

 

NFBofSC Federation Center is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 

Topic: NFBofSC Chapter, Division & Committee meetings

Time: as stated above

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8032543777?pwd=QTVQd2RzN3l6QnNmZ0FmSnp6NG8vQT09

 

Meeting ID: 803 254 3777

Passcode: 124578

One tap mobile

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Dial by your location

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+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)

Meeting ID: 803 254 3777

 

Talking Book Services Digital Friends

Join us for Digital Books and Friends’ Book Club

The South Carolina State Library’s Talking Book Services is pleased to announce October’s Digital Books and Friends’ Book Club – a book club for our audio readers. This month’s Book club will take place online via Zoom on Friday, October 30, 2020,  from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 2020. If you’re interested in joining us, please contact Talking Book Services at 1-800-922-7818 or email us at tbsbooks@statelibrary.sc.gov. After you register, we’ll send you all the details about how to login via Zoom. We look forward to having you join us online for some great book discussions!

 

October 30, 2020

Friday, 3:00pm-4:00pm EST

How Not to Die Alone by Richard Roper

DB095289 8 hours, 54 minutes

For years Andrew has worked a thankless job, searching for the next of kin of those who die alone. Luckily, he goes home to a loving family every night. At least, that’s what his coworkers believe. When he meets new employee Peggy, Andrew feels trapped by his own lies. 2019.

 

Below is a message from Ed Bible, Chairman of the Federation Center in Columbia:

Week 3 Only one month to go!

The BIG Challenge!        Win $300 for your chapter or division!

 

As you know, Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center of the Blind is selling $5 Rocky Bottom fundraising tickets.  These tickets must be sold with the filled out stubs turned in with the $5 per ticket by no later than Friday, October 30.  Send them to, or drop them off at the Federation Center of the Blind, 119 S. Kilbourne Rd., Columbia, SC 29205.  Checks should be made payable to RBRCCB.

The drawing will be on October 31 to kick off the week long Rocky Bottom online auction ending on November 7.  The winning ticket drawn will yield $500 to the buyer, $50 to the seller and $300 to the chapter or division selling the most tickets!  Now that the ball is rolling, we are offering a weekly challenge every Friday leading up to October 30, providing the top five ticket sellers – and here they are for today!

Rank     Tickets sold        Chapter/Division

  1. 136                       At-Large Chapter
  2. 81                       Columbia Chapter
  3. 44                       Cherokee Chapter
  4. 15                       Georgetown Chapter
  5. 14                       Sumter Chapter

I know some chapters are waiting until close to October 30 to turn in their ticket sales.  In fact, I know the Rock Hill Chapter requested 150 tickets this week.

Contact David Houck at 803-254-3777 if you need us to send you more tickets or you can also reach him at nfbsc@sc.rr,com with your ticket requests.  Let’s get out there and show everyone that you can be number one and win the $300 prize!

 

Our online auction will be held October 31-November 7 to raise money for Rocky Bottom. If you have new items to contribute, please mail or drop them off at the Federation Center, 119 S. Kilbourne Road, Columbia, SC 29205 or you can call me at 803-960-9977 or email me at jhipp25@sc.rr.com and I will be happy to pick them up. Your chapter or division can also mail a check made out to Rocky Bottom, and we will be happy to shop for you. Let’s work together to make this event a huge success!

 

 

PAC

On 10/1/2020, we listened to the Presidential Release and guess what? They listed off the top 10 states currently giving on the PAC plan by amounts. Unfortunately, SC was not yet listed in the top 10, but I know with your assistance and believing in the National Federation of the Blind, we can get their! The efforts of the organization depends on you and I to help with keeping the movement present and fruitful.

 

If you are able, please consider enrolling or increasing your PAC Plan contribution? Here is how:

 

You can make recurring monthly donations through direct withdrawals from a checking or savings account or sign up with your credit/debit card. The minimum contribution is just $5.00 and will greatly be appreciated!

 

NFB.ORG/PAC or

 

Email: PAC@NFB.ORG <mailto:PAC@NFB.ORG>

 

You can also call 1 800 632 2722

 

Nationally:

NFB Mailing Lists

If you would like to see all of the mailing list that the National Federation of the Blind operates, please go to the below link. You will find mailing list pertaining to sports, quiet cars, krafters, technology, general talk, and a variety of other topics that are free to join!

 

http://nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo

 

 

Braille Monitor

 

The Braille Monitor is the flagship publication of the National Federation of the Blind. It covers the events and activities of the NFB, addresses the issues we face as blind people, and highlights our members.

 

Cover of the Braille Monitor magazine.Distributed eleven times a year since 1957, the Braille Monitor:

 

Offers a positive philosophy about blindness to both blind readers and the public at large

Serves as a vehicle for advocacy and protection of civil rights

Addresses social concerns affecting the blind

Discusses issues related to employment, education, legislation, and rehabilitation

Provides news about products and technology used by the blind

To learn more, we invite you to read Dr. Kenneth Jernigan’s 1993 article entitled, “Concerning History and the Braille Monitor.”

 

How to Subscribe

The Braille Monitor is available online, via email, in fourteen-point inkprint, in Braille, and on USB flash drive. It is also available through our NFB-NEWSLINE® program and via podcast by searching for “National Federation of the Blind—Braille Monitor” in your podcast client.

 

Go to the below link to read the October 2020 edition of the Braille Monitor.

 

https://www.nfb.org/resources/publications-and-media/braille-monitor

 

Banquet Speeches

If you would like to listen to any of the past banquet speeches. Please go to the below link.

 

https://www.nfb.org/resources/speeches-and-reports/banquet-speeches

 

I appreciate all of you and your hard work, and thank you so much for your dedication to the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina! Let’s go build the Federation!

 

Final Thought: “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”

– Lao Tzu (600 BC-531 BC)

 

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.

 

1781

 

September 28, 2020

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

From:  Jennifer Bazer, President

Positive Note 1781

Greetings Fellow Federationists:

 

Last Thursday, about 10 members participated in a packing party  at the Federation Center to prepare items for the new gift shop at Rocky Bottom. With everyone working as a team, 3 socially distanced assembly lines were formed, with some labeling items in print, some in Braille, and others bagging the items in preparation for sale. The process went smoothly, and the job was finished more quickly than anyone thought possible. Items include T-shirts, hats, backpacks, and metal insulated NFB mugs. 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 call or text me at 803-960-9977 or email me at jhipp25@sc.rr.com

 

Live the Life You Want!

I would like to share a post that was written to explain The National Federation of the Blind and its tag line, Live the Life You Want. My hope is that we will gain a positive understanding of this important branding of the NFB.

From the Editor: This piece was taken from Colorado Talk, the listserv of the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado. Scott is the president of the affiliate, and I think he has helpful thoughts in explaining an important part of our tagline. Here is what he says:

First, I want to wish everyone here a very happy new year! My hope is that 2020 will be outstanding for all of us. Next, I want to thank Jenny for raising the topic of what our tagline “Live the Life You Want!” really means. I appreciate everyone’s thoughtful comments about how it should be interpreted and implemented.

Before I delve into the substance of my comments, I want to give you a little background, which helps to form my perspective. I first joined the NFB in 1986, and I have had the honor and privilege of being a very active member and leader on many different levels. As part of that experience I served on a committee which formed in 2013, maybe even late 2012, whose purpose was to develop our plan for celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Federation. After some discussion, we decided that it was time to rebrand our messaging so that we could more effectively communicate who we are. One part of that rebranding was changing our tagline from “We are changing what it means to be blind” to the current “Live the Life You Want!” Beyond just the tagline, we developed a comprehensive brand architecture which has many elements that would serve as an excellent focal point for future discussions. In any event, I mention all this because I think I have some idea of what we intended regarding the message we were attempting to communicate.

Ever since I have been involved in the NFB, there has been a conception that the NFB only supports and celebrates the “super blind” and that if you do not go about blindness in a very specific manner, you are not really living the life the NFB endorses. I emphatically and whole-heartedly believe that this misconception is not true! There is no such thing as a model Federationist, and there certainly is not one singular script from which we must all lead our lives.

The idea of “Live the Life You Want!” is that your blindness should not hold you back from pursuing your dreams and ambitions. Undeniably, all of our dreams and ambitions are limited and somewhat governed by the realities we face, whether those are financial, educational, health-based, or otherwise. There is no one way to live the life you want. It does not matter if you are pursuing a high stakes profession, working from home, volunteering in the community, or not working at all. Our main message is that whatever you are doing with your life, your blindness should not be the chief reason holding you back from whatever brings you fulfillment and purpose. Our one-minute message, another creation of our rebranding, brings this point out.
“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.” A key part of this message is that we are raising expectations. That has both external and internal aspects to it. On the external side, we are working to convince the general population that they can and should expect more from us. All of us often run into very low expectations held by the public. Pretty much every time I travel to and through an airport, somebody tells me how amazing I am for simply putting one foot in front of the other.

On the internal side, we should encourage one another to become the best versions of ourselves that we can. Doing so must always be done with love and understanding. Every year that I am in the Federation, I learn so much from our members on how I can lead my life in a better way—a new technology trick or something that enhances my independent travel or whatever it might be. I certainly haven’t figured it all out, and I know that sometimes I do in fact let my blindness limit me in a way that isn’t truly necessary.

Regardless, we must accept people where they are in their lives and be ready to encourage them to achieve more when that is appropriate. This is what we aim to do at our centers. We work with people from all walks of life and who have a wide variety of challenges. No student’s program is or should be the same. We have some general policies and expectations, but these are always adjusted to the individual student.

Living the life you want is all about independence and freedom. As our founder Dr. tenBroek so eloquently put it, we have a right to live in the world. That means we have the right to be free and independent and to determine our own destiny. The exact mechanism we use to achieve that freedom and independence is not the key issue, but rather that we know and believe that we have the right to achieve it. I think the Federation’s best speech regarding independence is “The Nature of Independence” by Dr. Jernigan from the 1993 National Convention. If you have not read it, I encourage you to do so. It is available through our national website.

Before closing this out, I want to address another point Jenny raised in her original message—the idea that perhaps we sometimes emphasize success stories based on traditional notions of success and that we don’t celebrate other forms of achievement. I think this is a great point, and we should endeavor to paint a more comprehensive picture. Convincing an animal shelter to let you volunteer despite your blindness is just as important as someone winning a national scholarship based on academic achievement at the highest level. Both are part of living the life we want.

In closing, I want to share two other elements from our brand architecture: the Brand Promise and Value Proposition. I do this because, for me, it so eloquently sums up why I am involved in our Federation. “Together with love, hope, and determination, we transform dreams into reality. I am filled with hope, energy, and love by participating in the National Federation of the Blind because my expectations are raised, my contributions make a difference to me and to others, and I can celebrate the realization of my dreams with my Federation family.”

 

 

Our next South Carolina Connects meeting will be 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. I look forward to chatting with all of you!

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. 803-254-3777

 

Below is a list of committees, meeting days and times and contact information for the chairperson of each committee that have been solidified so far. We will continue to make arrangements for each committee. If you would like to still join a committee, please contact me and I will insure you are added.

 

Fundraising Committee First Monday     8pm       Debra Canty       803-775-5792    Debra.canty@frontier.com

Meeting ID: 8032543777

Braille Literacy Committee           Second Tuesday               6pm       Tracy Spittle       803-447-7609                tracysc1974@gmail.com

Meeting ID: 8032543777

Membership Committee              Third Monday    7pm       Thom Spittle      803-331-3344     nfbsc.lab.4@gmail.com

Meeting ID: 8032543777

Diabetes Action Network             Third Tuesday    7pm       Melanie Torrance             (803) 908-6656                melanietorrance@icloud.com

Meeting ID: 8032543777

Diversity & Inclusion       Fourth Tuesday 8pm       Derique Simon  (864) 398-9437  deriques@icloud.com

Meeting ID: 8032543777

 

This message is from Steve Cook, chairperson of our social media committee:

We now have on NFBofSC.org a Technology Resource page! I am in the process of creating the content on the page, be sure and check back often! You can find information related to Apple apps, Technology Email groups and Website resources. Let me know your thoughts and other information you would like to see listed by emailing me at cookcafe@sc.rr.com or calling me at home at 803-254-0222.

 

The following update from Rocky Bottom is from Thom Spittle, Chairman:

Notes from Rocky Bottom:

There are a lot of exciting things happening at Rocky Bottom.

We are launching a social media campaign called Friends of Rocky Bottom. The goal of this campaign is to gather pictures and stories from people who have fond memories about their time at Rocky Bottom, and share them with one another. Please send any photos or stories to our staff at FriendsOfRockyBottom@gmail.com. We will post about every 10 days or so. We will also post about new things happening at the camp, so you can stay informed.

To sign up to our Facebook page, click on this link:

https://m.facebook.com/Friends-of-Rocky-Bottom-111237250736019/

and remember to share it with your friends and family.

 

We also have an email list which will put the same posts directly to your inbox.

Just click on the following link, fill out your information and check your mail for the confirmation email. You must reply to the confirmation email, or click on the link inside of the email to opt in.

Click here:

http://nfbnet.org/mailman/listinfo/friends-of-rocky-bottom_nfbnet.org

 

If that wasn’t enough good news, how about this?

Rocky Bottom is inviting area furniture dealers and manufacturers to our camp in hopes that they will adopt a room. This will be a great way to upgrade our facilities with some new furniture while advertising for our local partners. If you know a potential partner, please call me at 803-331-3344 or email me at nfbsc.lab.4@gmail.com

 

Below is a message from Ed Bible, Chairman of the Federation Center in Columbia:

Rocky Bottom$5 Ticket Challenge

Week 2

The BIG Challenge!        Win $300 for your chapter or division!

As you know, Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center of the Blind is selling $5 Rocky Bottom fundraising tickets.  These tickets must be sold with the filled out stubs turned in with the $5 per ticket by no later than Friday, October 30.  Send them to, or drop them off at the Federation Center of the Blind, 119 S. Kilbourne Rd., Columbia, SC 29205.  Checks should be made payable to RBRCCB.

The drawing will be on October 31 to kick off the week long Rocky Bottom online auction ending on November 7.  The winning ticket drawn will yield $500 to the buyer, $50 to the seller and $300 to the chapter or division selling the most tickets!  In order to get the ball rolling, we are offering a weekly challenge every Friday leading up to October 30, providing the top five ticket sellers – and here they are for today!

Rank     Tickets sold        Chapter/Division

  1. 84                       At-Large Chapter
  2. 76                       Columbia Chapter
  3. 20                       Sumter Chapter
  4. 15                       Georgetown Chapter
  5. 10                       Anderson Chapter

We are still early in the process and I know some chapters are waiting until close to October 30 to turn in their ticket sales.  In fact, I know Lancaster Chapter has a couple hundred tickets and I am certain Sumter Chapter has been quite busy.  However, one year the small Loris Chapter sold the most tickets and you will never know how hard the Chesterfield Chapter will work with their tickets.

Contact David Houck at 803-254-3777 if you need us to send you more tickets or you can also reach him at nfbsc@sc.rr,com with your ticket requests.  Let’s get out there and show everyone that you can be number one and win the $300 prize!

 

Little Acts of Kindness

Each week, grocery ads are distributed to the listserv so that our members can see what’s on sale at four local grocery stores in South Carolina. Rick Duvall, Marshall and Lois Tucker’s son-in-law gathers the information from each store and sends them to Vicki Phillips who disperses them to the listserv. Rick spends over two hours each week doing this for our members. What a small act of kindness that impacts so many each week in the Palmetto state. Thank you Rick for your service to the blind in SC! We appreciate your generosity that is a blessing to so many!

 

 

Nationally:

 

Presidential Release #498 – Live

The October presidential release will be delivered live by NFB President Mark A. Riccobono on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

The monthly message provides important updates and perspectives of the organized blind movement. 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 PR498 in the subject line, or call 410-659-9314, extension 2473.

 

https://zoom.us/j/97616916002

 

Or iPhone one-tap:

US: +14086380968,,97616916002#  or +16699006833,,97616916002#

 

Or Telephone:

Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

US: +1 408 638 0968  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 646 876 9923  or +1 301 715 8592

 

Webinar ID: 976 1691 6002

 

In closing, I want to personally thank each of you for your dedication and hard work in our South Carolina affiliate. Your suggestions, ideas, and feedback are always welcome. Your help is always appreciated. Your kind words are encouraging. Our small steps are making a huge difference in our affiliate. Never, never, never give up! Let’s continue to build the Federation! Make it an awesome week!

 

 

Final Thought: “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra—Jimmy Johnson.”

 

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.

 

 

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.

1776

 

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.

1775

 

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!

1774

 

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

1773

 

 

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.