Positive Notes

1669

 

August 6, 2018

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

From: Frank Coppel, President

Positive Note 1669

Greetings Fellow Federationists:

 

This coming weekend, August 10, 11 & 12, many of us will be attending the sixty-second annual State Convention of the NFB of SC. The State Office has been extremely busy during the past few weeks producing print and Braille agendas, Braille menus, name tags, and handling many other details for the convention. If you want a sneak preview of the agenda, it has been posted on the NFB of SC list serve, web site, and Newsline. I would encourage you to please check out the exhibits this year after you register and pick up your convention packets. A few of the exhibitors we will have this year are VFO (formerly Freedom Scientific), the SC Assistive Technology program, and Sprint Vision Accessibility. The theme for the convention this year is “you can live the life you want”. As we have done in past years, we will be conducting our annual banquet fundraiser Saturday evening, August 11, 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. 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 given to Lenora soon after you arrive to the State Convention. As we have done for many years, we will be conducting a memorial service and devotion Sunday Morning 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. “Greetings! I would like to request that all participants for the Talent Show contact me at the Senior Division table in the exhibit hall as early in the day Friday as possible. I want to be certain that everything is properly coordinated! I would also appreciate the help of anyone who would like to volunteer time at the Senior Division table where we will be selling jewelry. Thank you and I will look forward to seeing all seniors at our meeting at 5 p.m. Friday afternoon in Palmetto I.

We have an announcement from Thom Spittle, the newly elected President of the Computer Science and Technology Division. “The Computer Science & Technology Division of the NFB of South Carolina will be holding an open house on Friday, August 10th at the State Convention from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in room Capital I. Please drop in and see what is new with the CSTD. We have some new things coming up and you won’t want to miss them. This open house is for all state members.”

I’m saddened to report the passing of Patricia Warrington, the mother of Larry Warrington of our Newberry Chapter. Let’s keep the Warrington family in our thoughts and prayers during this time.

The 2018 NFB of SC convention promises to be one of the best ever and I am looking forward to seeing many of you this weekend.

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.

All of us in this big program of service to the blind under the banner of the NFB of SC are excited as our state convention is now upon us. While our health conditions and other circumstances prevent us from attending the convention, all of you across the state will be in our thoughts and prayers. The NFB of SC got its beginning in April of 1956 as there was a statewide meeting held in Columbia at the YWCA where a constitution was adopted and officers and board members were elected. At that time there were three local organizations in Spartanburg, Columbia and Charleston. Three months later in July 1956 it was my good fortune to attend the NFB national convention in San Francisco. I learned a lot. At that convention banquet, Dr. tenBroek, our national President presented me with a charter for the NFB of SC. A special seminar following the convention was conducted by Dr. tenBroek who presided over the meeting. In 1956 some 1,800 blind persons received monthly income then known as Aid to the Needy Blind (ANB), but for a long time the program has been known as Supplemental Security Income (SSI). South Carolina’s blind were nearly at the bottom of this national program. Upon my return to Columbia, my fellow members joined me to correct this inequity. In doing so we learned that hundreds of thousands of dollars of state funds restricted to ANB were in fact diverted to raises for other officials. We threatened litigation if the state funds were not returned to the blind as required by law. By now I had been threatened by agency officials but I wasn’t deterred. I recall our Founder, Dr. Samuel Miller Lawton joined me in making our presentation to the Ways and Means Committee. Our federation attorney, Eugene F. Rogers provided us with legal advice. Soon thereafter these funds were distributed to the needy blind of the state. I don’t think this would ever have occurred if I did not attend the 1956 national convention. Attending the national convention took me away from my job for three weeks and I’m still grateful to my employer, Colonial Life, for going the extra mile in support of this work. President Coppel and his fellow officers have put together an excellent agenda and this will be an outstanding convention. It will be our pleasure to participate in the Saturday banquet proceedings in which we will be able to help fund this program at this special occasion. I’m confident our members will respond. Today, 62 years later, state programs for the blind are much better and we’re grateful for support from different directions.

 

Final Thought:   “NFB and NFB of SC Conventions are like a battery recharger that helps you live the life you want.”.”

1668

 

August 1, 2018

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

From: Frank Coppel, President

Positive Note 1668

Greetings Fellow Federationists:

 

Here are a few friendly reminders regarding this year’s state convention which is only nine days away.

  1. Please do not forget to come and participate in the NFB of SC Board of Directors meeting which will be held on Friday afternoon, August 10, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Capital I.
  2. Of course, Lenora Robertson of Rock Hill is the Chairperson of the Door Prize Committee. All door prizes ($5 or more) should be given to Lenora soon after you arrive at the State Convention.
  3. Please continue to consider how much you and your chapter would like to financially give to the banquet fundraiser Saturday evening which will greatly help to strengthen the NFB of SC.
  4. I have again asked Dorothy Barksdale to be responsible for the Memorial service which is usually held on Sunday morning at the convention. Please send Dorothy the names of those members who passed away since last year’s state convention. Dorothy can be reached at (803) 765-1622 or you can email her at dcbarksdale@bellsouth.net
  5. The deadline to pay your $80 preregistration fee is August 3, which is only couple of days away. Please mail your $80 preregistration fee for this year’s State Convention to the Federation Center of the Blind, 119 S. Kilbourne Rd. Columbia, SC 29205. All preregistration fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable. If you wait until after the deadline of August 3, the registration will increase to $100.
  6. This year, the exhibit area will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday, August 10. Please make an effort to visit the exhibit area and let the exhibitors know you appreciate their participation in our convention.
  7. Openings still remain if you would like to participate Saturday afternoon, in the “NFB has talent showcase”. All talent is welcome! If you would like to participate, please call Shelley Coppel at (803) 796-8662 or email her at frankandshelley51@gmail.com.

The end of summer is always a busy time in the NFB of SC. Three weeks after the conclusion of the state convention, federationists from across the state will be traveling to RBRCCB on August 31, to participate in the Fun Day Festival. Most of us will be arriving on Friday evening, August 31. Four meals will be served including three on Saturday, September 1, and breakfast on Sunday morning, September 2. The board voted to charge $30 for adults and $15 for children under twelve years of age to cover all four meals including the lunch on Saturday. Those individuals who are only attending the Fun Day Festival Saturday will need to pay Valerie and Larry Warrington $8 for lunch. Room reservations for the weekend are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. If you need to make a reservation for the Fun Day weekend, you can call the Federation Center (803) 254-3777 or call me (803) 796-8662 no later than August 24. I hope that you are selling your $5 Fun Day tickets as this contributes to the profits. Remember, the winning ticket drawn will yield $50 to the seller and $500 to the buyer or $550 if you bought your own ticket. The chapter selling the most tickets will receive $300 for its treasury! We need to bring new items for the auction which will take place on Saturday afternoon September 1, starting at 1:30 p.m. Let’s have a great turnout for the Fun Day Festival as Rocky Bottom very much needs our financial support.

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.

Last week public television did a 60th year documentary on Ted Williams. It is genuinely believed that Mr. Williams was the greatest baseball hitter of all time. His entire career was with the Boston Red Sox. At the present time all-time greats include such players as Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, etc. The 1958 NFB convention was held in Boston, MA. Four delegates from the NFB of SC attended the 1958 convention. They included Lois Boltin Tucker, the late John Cooley of the Spartanburg Chapter, and Billy Potter with my being the fourth attendee. Betty was unable to make the trip as she was only a month away from giving birth to our second child. Her physician was correct as Beth was born on August 7, 1958. The four of us boarded the train in Columbia and a strange incident occurred shortly after boarding the train as the conductor insisted he take me to the rest room. After this went on for an excessive time, I finally told the conductor my problem was blindness and I do not have any kidney ailment. I also told him I knew the way to the rest room. To this day I do not what caused him to pester me. Upon our arrival to the convention hotel we discovered that none other than Ted Williams resided in the same hotel. He was not outgoing but he was polite. By the way, Mr. Williams was a loyal American, participating for a total of five years in World War II and the North Korean War. I managed to shake his hand in the hotel lobby. I had the good fortune of attending a baseball game in historic Fenway Park participated in by the Red Sox team. This was my third NFB convention. The first two being in San Francisco and New Orleans. I recall the issue of creating a limited number of terms in the NFB constitution. I supported the administration who did not support limited terms and I spoke supporting unlimited terms. The administration’s position won by a large margin. Dr. Jacobus tenBroek, NFB Founder, gave me my first assignment, placing me on a special study committee in West Virginia called for by the Governor and carried out by the NFB. This special team lasted a week, affecting my work situation and having to find someone to take care of the children as Betty did all of the driving as we visited several blind West Virginians. The 1959 convention, held in Santa Fe, was when I received my second national assignment. Much to my surprise, I was not only elected to the national board but I was also elected to the Second Vice President’s office. You will note that my participation in the 1958 NFB convention was followed by further development in the national organization. It all got its beginning 60 years ago in Boston which is also a famously historical American city. Ironically enough, the Boston Red Sox now features a star outfielder who attended and played baseball from the Gamecocks who is Jackie Bradley, Jr.

 

1667

 

July 25, 2018

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

From: Frank Coppel, President

Positive Note 1667

Greetings Fellow Federationists:

 

I am very pleased to announce Shawn Callaway will be our national representative for this year’s state convention. Shawn serves on the National Board of Directors of the NFB and he is the President of the Washington D.C. affiliate. Shawn will do a great job as national representative, and he will add a great deal to our convention.

There are only nine days remaining (August 3) to pay your $80 preregistration fee for the 2018 NFB of SC state convention which will be held at the Columbia Marriott Hotel the weekend of August 10-12. The $80 preregistration fee will cover the Friday evening reception, the Saturday luncheon and the Saturday evening banquet as well as a continental breakfast Saturday and Sunday morning. Please send your $80 preregistration fee to the Federation Center of the Blind, 119 S. Kilbourne Rd. Columbia, SC 29205. We are offering a discount for families with children regarding the preregistration fee. Parents will pay the $80 preregistration fee and each child eighteen years of age or younger will pay $20. We are also offering a discount to college students in the amount of $50 during the preregistration period. After August 3, the registration fee will increase to $100.

This year, the exhibit area will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday, August 10. Please make an effort to visit the exhibit area and let the exhibitors know you appreciate their participation in our convention. Everyone is welcome to attend the NFB of SC Board of Directors meeting which will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon, August 10. The reception Friday evening promises to be a great deal of fun. The theme for the reception will be “Marti Gras night” and there will be live music, food and dancing. Let the good times roll! The last agenda item on Saturday afternoon of the convention will be the first annual “NFB Has talent Showcase”. All talent is welcomed! This should be a lot of fun as we will have judges and prizes for the most talented acts. If you wish to participate, you can contact Shelley Coppel at (803) 796-8662 or you can email her at frankandshelley51@gmail.com no later than August 1.

As I reported last week in the Positive Note, we will be holding the annual Fun Day Festival during the Labor Day weekend (August31 – September 2). Four meals will be served including three on Saturday, September 1, and breakfast on Sunday morning, September 2. The board voted to charge $30 for adults and $15 for children under twelve years of age to cover all four meals including the lunch on Saturday. Those individuals who are only attending the Fun Day Festival Saturday will need to pay Valerie and Larry Warrington $8 for lunch. Room reservations for the weekend are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. If you need to make a reservation for the Fun Day weekend, you can call the Federation Center (803) 254-3777 or call me (803) 796-8662 no later than August 24. I hope that you are selling your $5 Fun Day tickets as this contributes to the profits. Remember, the winning ticket drawn will yield $50 to the seller and $500 to the buyer or $550 if you bought your own ticket. The chapter selling the most tickets will receive $300 for its treasury! We need to bring new items for the auction which will take place on Saturday afternoon September 1, starting at 1:30 p.m. Let’s have a great turnout for the Fun Day Festival as Rocky Bottom very much needs our financial support.

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 we are spotlighting one of our more musical members. In fact, there are many musical members like Parnell Diggs who plays guitar and sings, Sarah Massengale who has sung at many events including NFB of SC conventions RBRCCB special events, and baseball games singing the National Anthem, Jim Jackson who is Minister of Music in his church, and Marty McKenzie who plays an excellent piano. These are only a few. Today we are spotlighting Doug Hudson who likes to play the Saxophone and the Piano and likes to sing. Born and raised in Bishopville, Doug attended K-6th grade at SCSDB and 7th grade through 12th at Sumter High School. He then received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at USC. For the past three decades Doug Hudson has guided many listeners on eight or nine area radio stations to their destinations safely as he did their radio station traffic reports. Doug has also worked part-time in various vending concession stands, performed light assembly line work and was a bell ringer for the Salvation Army. Using his musical talents, Doug Hudson played and sang both solo as well as in a variety of bands. His musical performances included a wide range of styles from gospel to country and western, rock and roll, disco and beach music. He has played and sang in a variety of churches as well. In 1974 Doug first joined the Sumter Chapter where he was its Vice President for a few years. Then he moved to Columbia where he joined the Columbia Chapter. He is active in the chapter’s annual barbecues and promotes the federation wherever he can. He attended the 1974 Chicago NFB convention and eight NFB of SC conventions over the years. His hobbies include singing, swimming and bowling. He once served as the Minister of Music at Grace Nazarene Church and he now attends the Shepherd Nazarene Church in Lexington. He still sings and plays in many area churches. Let’s salute Doug Hudson this week as someone who “lives the life he wants” in a variety of ways.

 

Final Thought:   “In good times and bad, we know that people give because you meet needs, not because you have needs.” – Kay Sprinkel Grace