Positive Note 1629

November 1, 2017

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

From:  Frank Coppel, President

Positive Note 1629

Greetings Fellow Federationists:


During the next few weeks, I will be contacting hotels in the Columbia area for the purpose of determining a site for the 2018 NFB of SC State convention.  Since state conventions have been held in Myrtle Beach and Greenville during the last two years, I believe many members would prefer the 2018 state convention be located in an area of the state which is more convenient for all of our members to attend.  My plans are to read and thoroughly discuss various hotel proposals with the NFB of SC Board of Directors during our December 2, meeting at Rocky Bottom and discuss this decision made by the State Board with the membership during the Statewide Seminar which will be held on January 6, 2018.

We have an announcement from Jennifer Bazer, Children’s Camp Director.  “Children’s Camp of the Blind will be held June 10-16, 2018 at Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center of the Blind. The camp is for legally blind children ages 6-16. Please contact Jennifer Bazer, Children’s Camp Director at 803-960-9977 or jhipp25@sc.rr.com if you are interested in learning more about the camp, wish to participate or become a junior counselor. The online application will be available the first of 2018 for free registration. The application deadline is June 1, 2018.”

We have an announcement from David Houck, Director of the Federation Center.  “We may wish to remind our Positive Note Readers that we still have a few NFB of SC coffee mugs with lids available for purchase at $10 each and that we have some Myrtle Beach NFB of SC T-shirts in stock.  They are $13 each except for extra large sizes up to 3X which are $15 each.  Order now while we still have your size and wear them to the beach or give them as gifts.  We have only had one convention in Myrtle Beach.  This is a collector’s item!”

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.

One of the nicest pioneers in South Carolina who is well known to the blind is our own Jenny Smith of Anderson.  Jenny is a member of the Anderson Chapter where she has been an active volunteer since the early 1950’s, as she and her late husband Jimmie were married in 1952.  Jimmie and I attended SCSDB at the same time.  She had the adventure of growing up with ten brothers and sisters, with her being the tenth.  Jenny lived in Anderson all her life and attended public schools there.  Jenny and her husband Jimmie had four very fine children.  All four are college graduates.  Here is where they have been working:  Lynn is a successful practicing Optometrist in Birmingham.  Melinda has her PhD and worked as Vice President of TMK NE but she now works at the Atlanta headquarters of Chick-fil-A in their research department.  Deborah lives in Anderson and worked on the staff of AMED Health Rehabilitation Hospital and now works for Owen Rugs in Anderson.  Steve is on the staff of Duke Power Company where he has been employed for several decades at this electric company.  Married at age 15, Jenny has always been an excellent money manager, beginning her career shortly after her marriage to Jimmie.  Before establishing their upholstery and furniture business, Jimmie worked for a few years with a blind friend making mattresses.  Jenny and Jimmie were an excellent business team.  They developed a large upholstery and furniture business, having to construct a big building to accommodate their ever growing business.  Both having sound judgment, they invested namely in property and other business opportunities.  Jenny still does some work and has lived in the same house for some 65 years.  Jenny has attended some 15 to 20 national conventions and 35 state conventions of the federation.  Jenny has served the blind in many ways, in transportation assistance, and in driving the van to RBRCCB for the annual Lions fishing expeditions.  Jenny was also the recipient of the 1989 Associate Member of the Year Award, demonstrating her commitment to the blind over several decades.  A member of the Anderson Lions Club, she enjoys her participation in this civic organization.  She has also served as the President and First Vice President of the Anderson Lions Club.  The entire Smith family has been very generous to RBRCCB.  One bedroom in the Conference Center is named in memory of Jimmie Smith, as he passed away in March 2003, and a second room is named in memory of her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Madden.  There was also a contribution to the children’s playground.  Her hobbies include quilting, gardening and raising flowers.  She is a member of a local Presbyterian Church.  This is an extraordinary lady and while she is an Associate member having her sight, she is qualified to be in the spotlight in this week’s Positive Note.  Her immediate family loves her and so does her federation family.


Final Thought:  Live the life you want – Our NFB President Mark Riccobono got his start by driving a car around the Daytona International Speedway a few years ago, which reminds me that it was Henry Ford who once stated, “Auto racing began as soon as the second car rolled off the assembly line.”