October 18, 2017
Memo To: Executive Officers, Board Members, Chapter & Division Presidents & Others
From: Frank Coppel, President
Positive Note 1627
Greetings Fellow Federationists:
I hope many of you are planning to attend The 2017 Christmas Board Retreat which will occur at Rocky Bottom the weekend of December 1, 2, and3. This will be a busy time since we will be holding two Board meetings beginning with the RBRCCB Board of Directors meeting Saturday, December 2, at 9:30 a.m. and ending with the NFB of SC Board meeting at 2:00 p.m. Saturday evening will be a time for observing the Christmas season, singing carols, fellowship, and eating delicious desserts. I hope we will have a large turnout. Make plans to be there!
I trust all of you are working very hard to sell your 2018 Orlando National Convention bus tickets. I am hopeful ticket sales and what we charge for each seat will cover the cost for the chartered bus. Remember, the drawing will be held at the conclusion of the Statewide Seminar on January 6, 2018. The individual who purchases the winning ticket will receive $300, the seller of the winning ticket will receive $100 and the chapter who sells the most tickets will receive $300.
We have an announcement from Demetrius Williford, vice President of the Anderson chapter. “I wanted to inform every one of our annual walk that took place on October 14, 2017. We had a wonderful time and a large showing. Also, I want to inform everyone we are still hosting our first dance affair on November 4 2017 at the American Legion in Anderson South Carolina. The time will be 6 PM until
10 PM the ticket sales are $15 for adults $10 for kids. We will be having a banquet as well as a live DJ and door prizes.”
On Thursday evening October 12, the Columbia Chapter held elections of officers for 2018. Congratulations to the following individuals who were elected to office.
President – Tiffiny Mitchell
First Vice President – Steve Cook
Second Vice President – Isaiah Nelson
Secretary – Dorothy Barksdale
Treasurer – Kattie Jackson
Board Members – Karen Jones and Jennifer Bazer
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. Joining me for comments in this Positive Note is the President Emeritus of the NFB of SC. Here is Dr. Capps.
This week’s spotlight falls upon a longtime member and Loris Chapter President, none other than Alma Lee Doyle. Alma Lee was raised and has lived in the Loris area all her life. She attended school in Loris as well. Her parents had eleven children, seven girls and four boys. Alma Lee married B. D. Doyle in 1952. B. D. was President of the Loris Chapter as well for several years until his death. They had four children, two boys and two girls. Alma Lee says that today she has seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She worked on a farm until 1960 when she secured a job with Public Works for over 40 years. B. D. and Alma Lee joined the federation in 1979 and were members of the Conway Chapter until the Loris Chapter was organized. They were chapter presidents in Loris ever since. While Alma Lee Doyle has attended over two decades of state conventions, she has not attended a national convention as yet. She has attended many Statewide Seminars at the Federation Center of the Blind in Columbia. She loves Rocky Bottom and has worked many a Fun Day Festival and attended several Rocky Bottom Christmas Board Retreats. In order for her to attend Rocky Bottom she must drive across the state from almost Myrtle Beach to get to RBRCCB, a distance of 300 miles one way. She usually brings two or three others with her from Loris as well. Her hobbies include gardening, canning and making a variety of preserves. Her fig preserves are especially good. In fact, she sells her preserves at the Old Country Store as a Fun Day fundraiser each year. Alma Lee has raised much funding over the years for RBRCCB. In fact, a few years ago, she single handedly sold more $5 Fun Day tickets than any other chapter in the state, yes, even Columbia, in order to receive $300 for the Loris Chapter treasury. She also provides transportation for those who need it on a voluntary basis. She is a member of the Macedonia Baptist Church and she really loves the Lord. As you can see, Alma Lee Doyle is an active federationist and does much for the blind both locally and statewide. Congratulations Alma Lee!
Final Thought: Living the life you want means not letting others tell you it can’t be done. It can be done if you are creative and don’t quit.