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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

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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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