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Positive Note 1579

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

From:  Frank Coppel, President

Positive Note 1579

Greetings Fellow Federationists:

 

David Houck received a call from Ken Spears of our Rock Hill Chapter Thursday morning, November 10 stating that he had been trying to get his Homestead Exemption activated for his home for three years without success.  He submitted all the proper paperwork about his legal blindness but had no success with the county auditor (This law began to apply to the blind beginning in 1974, #S846).   As Mr. Houck began to research the matter, Ken decided to call his local TV station and within the hour not only did the county auditor approve his homestead exemption but they will also refund the property taxes he paid over the last three years – Raising Expectations!

We still have not heard from some of you as to whether you are planning to attend the 2016 Christmas Board Retreat which will be held at Rocky Bottom December 2, 3, and 4.  This will be a busy time since we will be holding two Board meetings beginning with the RBRCCB Board of Directors meeting Saturday morning, December 3, at 9:30 a.m. which will be followed by the NFB of SC Board of Directors meeting on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.  Saturday evening will be a time for observing the Christmas season, as we sing Christmas carols, fellowship, and sample delicious desserts.  If you wish to participate in the Christmas gift exchange Saturday evening, ladies will need to bring a ladies’ gift and men will need to bring a men’s gift.  I have asked Julie Bible to be in charge of the distribution of gifts at our Christmas get-together Saturday evening.  I hope we will have a large turnout for the weekend.  Make plans to be there!

Now that you have exercised your fundamental right to vote, please complete the NFB’s 2016 Blind and Low-Vision Voter Experience Survey by Friday, November 18. If you cast your ballot at an early voting center, your local polling place on Election Day, or by absentee ballot that you received by regular mail, please complete the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JJ5N38X. If you used a personal computer or tablet to mark your ballot, please complete the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JM9CMY6.

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.

When the Church of the Harvest located in Lexington serves the Thanksgiving dinner at our monthly November meeting, I always feel like this event kicks off the Thanksgiving and Christmas season.  Last Thursday, November 10 at the monthly meeting of the Columbia Chapter the Church of the Harvest served a magnificent Thanksgiving dinner.  This outstanding church has served the Thanksgiving meal for the Columbia Chapter for more than a decade.  This year it seems to me that this wonderful church went out of its way to be sure we had the finest Thanksgiving dinner.  Some of the dinner items included of course ham and turkey, cranberries, dressing, sweet potatoes, string beans and a host of other delicious items.  There were at least a half dozen different desserts which you could choose from including pecan pie (which I chose) and sweet potato pie, just to name a few.  I understand the ladies of the church pitched in and contributed the food.  Rev. Ken Jumper, who was married to his late wife Connie who was blind and a member of the Columbia Chapter, is especially supportive of the chapter.  The Associate Pastor, Rev. Aaron Bell, substituted for Pastor Jumper.  Levon Stack is a prominent member of the church and is an outstanding singer.  He sang several hymns and patriotic songs.  Always Mr. Stack includes the singing of, “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” which he knows is my favorite song.  This year Mr. Stack sang this song at the beginning of the program and as a favor to me and the some 100 members present, sang the song a second time at the close of the program.

About 25 years ago I began selling barbecue tickets to the Keenan/Suggs Insurance Agency.  A lovely lady always handled this for me and was always able to sell 25 to 35 barbecue tickets.  This lady’s name was Susan Madden.  A couple of years ago Ms. Madden retired.  Two or three months ago at our monthly Columbia Chapter meeting, a lady came to see me at the speaker’s table and introduced herself as Susan Madden, the same lady who sold the tickets.  She also brought a blind niece and they are now both members of the Columbia Chapter.  We never know who we will meet down the road, a second chance.  Last week at the chapter meeting Ms. Madden once again came up to the speaker’s table and shook my hand.

Over the weekend I went to RBRCCB for the first time in strictly a non-business role.  It was good visiting with our Resident Manager Brooke Rivers and her husband Jami.  Also our NFB of SC First Vice President Lenora Robertson was at RBRCCB and I enjoyed a visit from her and others.  Rock Hill chapter member, Ellen Taylor’s fiancé, Jon, began volunteering his time on landscaping throughout the grounds.  He spent much time trimming hedges, pruning trees, weed eating, and lawn mowing. He has singlehandedly made the grounds look pristine and manicured, we really owe him allot of gratitude for volunteering his time over the entire week.  The Rock Hill chapter left Osterneck Cottage in good condition. Lenora had even taken the time to wash the windows and they did a few other cleaning projects over the week.

 

Final Thought:  History of NFB of SC Legislative Victories:  #37:  2002 –  H.3423, A bill mandating that Department of Public Safety Issued identification cards, which are similar to a driver’s license but to be used only for identification purposes by the blind and other non-drivers, must be accepted wherever a driver’s license is accepted as identification.

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2015 NFB of SC State Convention

2015 NFB of State Convention Archives

FIFTY-NINTH ANNUAL CONVENTION

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND

OF SOUTH CAROLINA

COLUMBIA MARRIOTT

1200 HAMPTON STREET

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA

AUGUST 21, 22 & 23, 2015

The 2015 NFB of State Convention streaming was sponsored by CNI Systems of SC and Carolina Low Vision of NC. Thanks go out to both of these companies for their donations!

Thom Spittle with www.thinkaccess.org converted the files to MP3 format for posting on the website. Below is a message from Thom.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 22, 2015

Invocation, Welcome & Opening Ceremonies, Greetings by Host Chapter, Tiffiny Mitchell – President, Columbia Chapter, Response, Linda Dizzley – President, Lee County Chapter, Listen to Invocation and Opening
National Report – Christopher Danielsen, Director, Public Relations – National Federation of the Blind
Listen to National Report
One-Minute Message
Listen to One Minute Message
South Carolina Commission for the Blind, Kyle Walker, Director, Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Listen to SC Commission for the Blind
South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind
Scott A. Falcone, Director, Division of Outreach Services
Listen to SCSDB
Keeping Up Appearances, Jennifer Bazer, Second Vice President, Columbia Chapter
Listen to Keeping Up Appearances
Listen to 2015 SC Bell Report
Presidential Report – Parnell Diggs, Esq.
Listen to Presidential Report
LUNCHEON & STATE BOARD MEETING
Listen to Luncheon Part 1
Listen to Luncheon Part 2
Talking Book Services – Sandy Knowles, Director
Listen to Talking Book Services
Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center of the Blind Donald C. Capps, Chairman, Board of Directors
Listen to Rocky Bottom Report
Federation Center of the Blind Report, Frank Coppel, Chairman, Board of Trustees & David Houck, Executive Director
Listen to Federation Center Report
Seventy-Five Years of Commitment – A Tribute to Dr. & Mrs. Donald C. Capps
Listen to 75 years Tribute to Capps
Chapter and Division Reports
Listen to Chapter and div report part 1
Listen to Chapter and div report part 2
Listen to Chapter and div report part 3
Listen to Chapter and div report part 4
Meet the 2015 Scholarship Class – Shannon Cook, Chairperson, Scholarship Committee
Listen to Meet the scholarship class of 2015
BANQUET

Invocation, Introductions, Banquet Address – Christopher Danielsen, Awards & Presentations, NFB of SC Scholarship Class
Listen to Banquet invocation and intro 1
Listen to Banquet invocation and intro 2
Listen to Banquet Keynote Address
Listen to banquet awards presentations
Listen to Banquet fundraising
SUNDAY, AUGUST 23, 2015

Devotional and Memorial Service, Douglas & Patsy Roberts, Members Conway Chapter, NFB of SC
Listen to Devotional and Memorial Service
Chapter & Division Reports
Listen to chapter and div report sunday part 1
Listen to chapter and div report sunday part 2
Stewardship – Doing Our Fair Share, Imagination Fund, PAC & SUN
Listen to Stewardship – doing our fair share
Resolutions, Elections and Other Convention Business
Listen to Resolution elections and other business
Adjournment
Listen to Convention adjournment

Fans enjoy first sensory-friendly movie at NCG Cinema

NCG Cinema in Spartanburg held a sensory-friendly movie screening for people with special needs Saturday morning. Jonathan Sawyer, 13, with his mother Shannon, of Spartanburg, enjoyed a screening of the film “Home” at the theater in the Hillcrest shopping center. This was the first film that Jonathan has ever been able to see in a movie theater.

Jonathan Sawyer has never set foot in a movie theater.

The 13-year-old Boiling Springs resident has cerebral palsy, autism and vision impairment.

Because of his condition, he can’t sit still very long and is prone to outbursts that are primarily happy, but considered disruptive in most public settings.

“We’ve never been able to (go to the movies) before,” said Jonathan’s mother, Shannon Sawyer. “We probably would’ve been kicked out for disturbing people.”

On Saturday, the Sawyers celebrated a family milestone at the new NCG Cinema at Hillcrest shopping center.

As they reclined in their comfy theater seats for a showing of DreamWorks animated alien adventure “Home,” Jonathan and his mother felt like they were the ones launching into another universe.

Jonathan squealed with joy as iridescent bubbles floated and popped on screen. An unbridled smile crept across Sawyer’s face.

“I told my husband it’s like Christmas morning,” Sawyer said. “I think it’s great. I’ve heard of things like this in larger cities, but I never thought Spartanburg would get it.”

The Sawyers were part of a crowd of about a dozen patrons who visited the theater to make the most of a new program being rolled out by Michigan-based NCG (Neighborhood Cinema Group) Cinemas.

The program involves a series of sensory-friendly movie showings at its theaters one Saturday each month for people with special needs.

During the showings, the lights won’t be turned down all the way and the sound won’t be so loud. The theater company said it welcomes moviegoers to stand up, sing and dance along and move around during the movie.

The company said its employees underwent training developed by Special Needs Certified of Atlanta before the program began.

Sawyer said she read about the program on Facebook and decided to take Jonathan, who is a student at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind.

“This is great,” said Josh Black, general manager of the Spartanburg NCG Cinema. “It’s something we’ve been hoping to do for a while. I’m glad to see everyone enjoying it.”

The theater has scheduled three more showings through July 11. Local residents can watch “Tommorowland” on May 22, “Inside Out” on June 20, and “Minions” on July 11.

Each showing is at 10 a.m. Tickets are $6 per person.

NCG Cinemas opened its new location in the former Carmike 7 Cinema in November.

It operates 17 cinemas in six states, including South Carolina, Georgia, Michigan, Tennessee, Indiana and Illinois.

For more information, visit: www.ncgmovies.com


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The 13-year-old Boiling Springs resident has cerebral palsy, autism and vision impairment.

Because of his condition, he can’t sit still very long and is prone to outbursts that are primarily happy, but considered disruptive in most public settings.

“We’ve never been able to (go to the movies) before,” said Jonathan’s mother, Shannon Sawyer. “We probably would’ve been kicked out for disturbing people.”

On Saturday, the Sawyers celebrated a family milestone at the new NCG Cinema at Hillcrest shopping center.

As they reclined in their comfy theater seats for a showing of DreamWorks animated alien adventure “Home,” Jonathan and his mother felt like they were the ones launching into another universe.

Jonathan squealed with joy as iridescent bubbles floated and popped on screen. An unbridled smile crept across Sawyer’s face.

“I told my husband it’s like Christmas morning,” Sawyer said. “I think it’s great. I’ve heard of things like this in larger cities, but I never thought Spartanburg would get it.”

The Sawyers were part of a crowd of about a dozen patrons who visited the theater to make the most of a new program being rolled out by Michigan-based NCG (Neighborhood Cinema Group) Cinemas.

The program involves a series of sensory-friendly movie showings at its theaters one Saturday each month for people with special needs.

During the showings, the lights won’t be turned down all the way and the sound won’t be so loud. The theater company said it welcomes moviegoers to stand up, sing and dance along and move around during the movie.

The company said its employees underwent training developed by Special Needs Certified of Atlanta before the program began.

Sawyer said she read about the program on Facebook and decided to take Jonathan, who is a student at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind.

“This is great,” said Josh Black, general manager of the Spartanburg NCG Cinema. “It’s something we’ve been hoping to do for a while. I’m glad to see everyone enjoying it.”

The theater has scheduled three more showings through July 11. Local residents can watch “Tommorowland” on May 22, “Inside Out” on June 20, and “Minions” on July 11.

Each showing is at 10 a.m. Tickets are $6 per person.

NCG Cinemas opened its new location in the former Carmike 7 Cinema in November.

It operates 17 cinemas in six states, including South Carolina, Georgia, Michigan, Tennessee, Indiana and Illinois.

For more information, visit: www.ncgmovies.com

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