Positive Notes

1675

 

September 19, 2018

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

From:  Frank Coppel, President

Positive Note 1675

Greetings Fellow Federationists:

 

Since 2015, during the third week in September, I have been dictating the Positive Note from Rocky Bottom where Shelley and I would normally be directing the fall session of senior camp.  However, due to travel and uncertain weather conditions this past weekend caused by Hurricane Florence, a decision was made Thursday afternoon, September 6, by the Commission for the Blind and RBRCCB to cancel the fall senior camp.  Monday, I contacted chapter presidents along the coast to determine if they were safe or needed any assistance as a result of the hurricane.  I was informed although most of them lost power anywhere from 15 to 26 hours, their damage from the storm was minimal and power had been restored by Sunday evening or Monday morning.  Our Federation family needs to continue to keep our members living on the coast in our thoughts and prayers as this part of the state may encounter issues as a result of potential flooding.  We also need to especially keep those individuals living in North Carolina who have experienced hardship from the storm in our thoughts and prayers as well.

It is time to turn our attention toward Meet the Blind Month which is held during the month of October.  This is an extremely important event, because it provides our members the opportunity to educate the public of the programs and services offered by the National Federation of the Blind.  Meet the Blind Month activities can also be used as a recruitment tool to introduce blind individuals to our organization.  It is my hope many of our chapters and divisions are planning activities in their respective communities to promote this worthwhile event.  Let me know if your chapter or division will be having a Meet the Blind Month activity and I will be glad to share this information in the Positive Note.

I have been told by Tiffiny Mitchell, Chairperson of the 2019 Las Vegas national convention transportation committee, we have fulfilled our obligation of securing twenty seats for the current contract with American Airlines.  In an effort to maximize the largest possible turnout of South Carolinians wanting to attend the Las Vegas national convention, I have asked Tiffiny to continue to monitor on a weekly basis American Airlines’ nonstop group rate airfare from Charlotte to Las Vegas.  Remember, as with this current contract, a minimum of ten people are needed to qualify for a group rate.  Once a new contract is signed, individuals will again have two weeks to make a $50 deposit to reserve and hold their seat.  If you are interested in attending the 2019 National convention but were unable to sign up for this current contract, I would encourage you to contact Tiffiny Mitchell at (803) 603-2098.  I would also strongly encourage chapter presidents and others to share this very important information with all of your members.

During the next few days or so, all of you should be receiving your 2019 Las Vegas national Convention tickets.  Let’s do all we can to raise the necessary funds to financially assist as many of our members as possible to attend the National Convention in Las Vegas.  As we have done previously, tickets will cost $1.  Remember, the winner of the winning ticket which will be drawn on January 5, 2019 at the Statewide Seminar will win $300, the seller of the winning ticket will receive $100, and the Chapter selling the most tickets will win $300.

I am sadden to report Jan Crosby, a member of our Columbia chapter, brother, William age 63, passed away unexpectedly Monday, September 17.  All of us in our Federation family need to keep Jan and her family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

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 a valued Associate member.  Our Associate members do everything they can to support the blind and the federation in many ways locally, statewide and nationally.  Without their kind assistance, many of us might be hard pressed to get some things accomplished.  This week we are spotlighting the wife of JW Smith, our Greenville Chapter President, Mrs. Ora Bell Smith.  Born and raised in Laurens County, Ora Bell attended public school there as well, completing her education at Bryson High School.  She later moved to Greenville.  She was raised by her grandparents on a farm where they raised chickens and hogs as well as vegetables and potatoes.  You can imagine the canning of vegetables and making of jams like blackberry preserves.  Ora Bell became a good cook and has used this talent among others extensively.  September 1, 2018 marked JW and Ora Bell Smith’s 28th wedding anniversary.  JW had a degenerative eye disease but that never bothered Ora Bell.  They have 8 children, 25 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.  I am sure that their family reunions are quiet large gatherings.  JW and Ora Bell have attended 5 national NFB conventions and every state convention since they joined in 2001.  Ora Bell drives the van for the Greenville Chapter and Senior Camps.  She also cooks for the chapter, works as part of the kitchen crew at Senior Camps, RBRCCB Fun Day weekends, and the Rocky Bottom Christmas Board Retreats.  She also helps the chapter Treasurer and in any other way she can be of service.  Her hobbies include baking cakes and cookies and sewing.  The Smith’s attend Old Shady Oak Baptist Church in Simpsonville where Ora Bell likes to cook for church events.  I have heard that Ora Bell’s vanilla cake which David and Darlene Houck won at the Center auction was very delicious and did not last long.  Let’s salute Ora Bell Smith for her help to President JW Smith, the Greenville Chapter, Senior Campers, Rocky Bottom visitors and guests and to others like her church and extended family members for all her hard work and love in doing all that she accomplishes.

 

Final Thought:  “Have white cane will travel.  Got Braille?  Have good blindness skills, will live well.  Got Federation spirit, you will go far and help others to do so.”

 

1674

September 12, 2018

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

From:  Frank Coppel, President

Positive Note 1674

Greetings Fellow Federationists:

 

Before we turn our attention to other activities in the NFB of SC, I would like to share with you numbers regarding the Fun Day Festival which occurred at Rocky Bottom on September 1.  Considering the limited time we had to plan for this event, we were able to raise approximately $4,000 in net proceeds.  We were able to sell 694 tickets state wide and after paying out $850 in prize money we were able to clear $2,620 in Fun Day tickets sales.  Frank Loza, of the Belvedere chapter won the $550 as he bought the winning ticket two hours prior to the drawing.  The Columbia chapter won $300 for finishing first place selling 131 tickets, Linda Bible, the resident manager of Rocky Bottom, finished second place selling 80 tickets, Sumter chapter finished third selling 70 tickets, and Rock hill chapter finished fourth selling 66 tickets.  The auction was very successful as we were able to raise $1,346.

I am sure most of you have heard by now, that the 2019 NFB National Convention will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Mandalay Resort hotel next year from July 7-12, 2019.  At the NFB of SC Board of Directors meeting held during the state convention, I appointed a committee chaired by Tiffiny Mitchell to investigate ways how the state organization could best financially assist our members to attend the 2019 National convention.  Thursday evening, September 6, a teleconference meeting was held and Tiffiny presented the following information to the more than twenty people who were on the conference call.  The date we will be flying to Las Vegas will be Saturday, July 6, 2019 and we will be returning from Las Vegas on Saturday, July 13, 2019.  Currently, the group rate for a round trip, nonstop ticket on American Airlines from Charlotte to Las Vegas is $439 which includes taxes and fees.  A minimum of ten people are needed to qualify for a group rate.  Because seats on flights were going quickly, Tiffiny felt we needed to sign a contract with American Airlines as soon as possible.  For this reason, she is planning to sign a contract with American Airlines on September 21, 2018.  Once Tiffiny signs a contract, individuals will have fourteen days to make a $50 deposit to reserve and hold their seat.  The deadline to pay your $50 deposit is October 5, 2018.  Airline tickets must be paid in full ($439) to American Airlines no later than June 6, 2019.  To assist members financially, the NFB of SC will provide transportation to qualified individuals from Columbia to the Charlotte airport and from the Las Vegas airport to the hotel.  If you want further information regarding these arrangements, feel free to contact Tiffiny Mitchell at (803) 603-2098.  Let’s do all we can to have a maximum turnout of South Carolinians in Las Vegas next year for our national convention!

We have an announcement from Isaiah Nelson, president of the SC School for the blind Alumni Association.  “Greetings!  Those of you who would be interested in going to Spartanburg on Saturday, October 20, 2018 to assist  in developing future plans for activities and programs for the SC School for the Blind, I would like to take this time to invite you to a planning meeting. The cost of the trip will be fifty ($50) dollars which includes your dues, lunch and gas.  The van will be leaving from the federation center at 8:00 a.m. on the above-given date.  All monies should be paid no later than Thursday, October 11, 2018.  If you have any questions or interested in this meeting, feel free to contact me at (803) 413-2434.”

Finally, I would like to say to all of our chapters and members who are located on the coast and who are in the path of Hurricane Florence, you are in our thoughts and prayers.  If you need any assistance, please do not hesitate to call on us.

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.

President Coppel’s figures on the Fun Day Festival are most impressive.  We appreciate the extensive work which was done on the Fun Day Festival.  There’s another funding program which greatly benefits all three entities, the NFB of SC, the Federation Center and Rocky Bottom.  This is known as the “Living Memorial Program.”  At about the same time the Fun Day Festival came into being in the early 1980’s, the living memorial program was also established.  Bill Richardson who served on the Advisory Board of the Federation Center, approached me about creating a federation living memorial program.  He provided us with a copy of a living memorial form he had used elsewhere and all we needed to do for the Federation Center was changing the wording on the form.  Not long thereafter we received a contribution from a contributor who wanted to assist the federation by remembering a loved one who had passed away.  Throughout the years this program grew.  Today it’s not unusual to receive more than one living memorial each week.  My granddaughter, Laura Setters who lives in Louisville, recently sent a living memorial for her dear mother and my daughter, Beth Holdcraft, whose portrait is displayed prominently in the board room at Rocky Bottom.  Laura explained that the $90 contribution was to go for the 90 years of my life.  Incidentally, a record breaking number of greetings about my birthday were received.  Living memorials for the federation come from persons in all walks of life.  Federationists also participate in the living memorial program.  Recently we received numerous living memorials given in memory of Mary Maness, a member of the Union Chapter.  These memorials were generous and raised funds in excess of $300.  A number of years ago, Ben Rushton, a member of the Edgefield County Chapter, who lost his sight in an automobile accident.  His wife divorced him because of his loss of sight and she also wanted custody of their children.  Frank Coppel went to the court hearing and Frank was very persuasive.  The judge granted custody of the children to Ben Rushton.  Recently Ben passed away.  Memorials in his memory were received from contributors from throughout the state, as far as from Charleston.  I hope that members from throughout the state will participate in this program when the situation presents itself.  We must support our statewide programs and this is an excellent way of doing so.

As I dictate this Positive Note Tuesday we are concerned about the reports we are receiving from the weather bureau regarding Hurricane Florence.  I hope all of you remain safe.  I vividly recall Hurricane Hugo which occurred in September 1989 as I was attending a board meeting of the SC School for the Deaf and Blind.  We agreed to spend the night at the School and I recall Betty and I stayed in the Walker Hall apartment.  I liked everything except the twin beds.  Late that night I woke up and thought I heard a person talking but it turned out to be my dear wife who had her small radio and she was playing it under the cover.  When I asked about it she said she was trying to get Hurricane Hugo news from Columbia.  We did receive damage to our property but our next door neighbor had serious damage to his roof as a large tree fell across his roof.  Let’s all keep everyone in our thoughts and prayers.

 

Final Thought:  “Thought without action is meaningless.  Action without thought is reckless.”

1673

 

September 5, 2018

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

From:  Frank Coppel, President

Positive Note 1673

Greetings Fellow Federationists:

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended and volunteered their services at the Fun Day Festival held at Rocky Bottom this past Labor Day weekend.  When considering the fact plans for Fun Day did not begin in earnest until after July 15, the turnout for this event was good as approximately 45 federationists attended the festivities on Saturday, September 1.  All of us need to work harder to attract more of the public to attend as well as encourage more of our members to sell their Fun Day tickets and to attend the Fun Day festivities.  The weather this weekend was spectacular and everyone appeared to have a great time enjoying each other’s company and raising money for Rocky Bottom.  All things considered, I truly believe the 37th annual Fun Day Festival was successful.  Next week I will share with you the breakdown of the proceeds regarding this year’s Fun Day festival.  Many thanks go to Lenora Robertson, Ellen Taylor, Glenda Ulick and the rest of the “Food Crew” for preparing four outstanding meals Saturday and Sunday morning.  I would like to especially thank Valerie and Larry Warrington, their niece, Haily, and Libby Farr for helping where ever needed.  I would also like to recognize David and Darleen Houck, Linda Bible, Jennifer Bazer for their assistance on Saturday as well as Jeff Baser who did a great job handling the duties of auctioneer.  RBRCCB is an extremely important and vital program of the NFB of SC and all of us as members need to work diligently and creatively in the years to come to increase the amount of monies raised during the Fun Day Festival.  As I have stated many times, Rocky Bottom belongs to all of us.  We need to work “as one team with one goal” and be proud we have such a unique facility in South Carolina.

We have an announcement from Tiffiny Mitchell, Chairperson of the 2019 NFB national convention transportation committee.  “By now, just about everyone has heard that the 2019 NFB National Convention will be held in Las Vegas next year from July 7-12.  Our committee is preparing to find out approximately how many in SC plan to attend and use the transportation arranged by the state organization.  We will hold a conference call on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.  We are asking that you call in to find out more information about transportation arrangements thus far. We will be able to answer some questions also, so please be thinking of what you’d like to ask during the call.  The call in number is (862) 902-0241.  The access code is 358-8716.  To keep the background noise to a minimum, once you have entered the conference, please press *6 to mute your phone.  If you would like to make a comment press the same keys to unmute.  Also, please state your name before asking a question or making a comment.  This will help ensure that everyone can hear all comments and get the most from the information provided.  If you have any questions, feel free to give me a call at (803) 603-2098.  I look forward to talking to you soon!”

We have an announcement from Thom Spittle, president of the Computer Science and Technology Division. “Hi Everyone. The Computer Science Technology Division will be holding a training workshop and help session on Saturday, September 15, 2018. At the Federation Center of the Blind, 119 S. Kilbourne Rd., Columbia, SC 29205, from 10am to Noon.  This session will cover the Seeing AI app for iPhones.  There will also be a help session for those of you who need help getting started, or with a specific problem with your device.  If you would like to attend, please email Thom Spittle at thom3of5@gmail.com, or call the CSTD Helpline at 803-402-3526, and leave your name and that you would like to attend.  If you would like to help with the workshop, please contact Thom Spittle in one of the above ways.  As always, if you have any Workshop suggestions, or need help, call the Helpline at 803-402-3526.”

I am extremely sad to report to all of you, Ruth Weeks, a charter member of our state organization passed away on Saturday September 1, at 10:00a.m.  “Miss Ruth” as she was affectionately known by many of our members, was one of a small group of blind individuals who came together with their leader, Dr. Samuel M. Lawton, to form the Aurora Club of the Blind in Spartanburg, SC in 1944.  As you recall during the presidential report at our state convention, I stated next year will mark the seventy-fifth anniversary for this organization and I recognized Ruth Weeks who was present at the convention as being the only living charter member. Funeral Services will be held at 2 on Wednesday, September 05, 2018 at Una First Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Kenneth Cash officiating. Interment will be at Good Shepherd Memorial Park.  I know Ruth Weeks will be greatly missed and all of us in our federation family need to keep her family and friends in our thoughts and prayers.

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 saddened to report the passing of our charter NFB of SC member Ruth Weeks of Spartanburg.  The following is her obituary from the Spartanburg Herald Journal:

“Cowpens, SC– Ruth Weeks, 99, passed away on Saturday, September 01, 2018. She was the daughter of the late Clara Crosby Weeks. She was a member of Una First Freewill Baptist Church and worked at Spartanburg County Courthouse for twenty-eight years.

Survivors include a niece, Mary Stone of the home; two nephews, Don Adams of Inman and Joseph Adams of Spartanburg; many great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Rosie Adams; a brother, Bill Crosby.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 on Tuesday, September 04, 2018 at Stribling Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 2 on Wednesday, September 05, 2018 at Una First Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Kenneth Cash officiating. Interment will be at Good Shepherd Memorial Park.

The family is at the home of Don and Lucille Adams, 103 Conifer Road Inman 29349.

The following is my spotlight article on Ruth Weeks which was published in the Positive Note in 2009:

“A very special lady, Ruth Weeks of Spartanburg, truly deserves to be in the “spotlight.”  Ruth will celebrate her 90th birthday in July.  Born in Kershaw, most of her life was spent in Spartanburg.  At age seven in 1926, Ruth enrolled in the School for the Blind.  Herbert Hoover was President and she remembers the 1929 Great Depression.  At School Ruth was recognized for her singing talents.  To the best of my knowledge Ruth is the only living charter member of the Federation, then known as the Aurora Club.  She was present in 1944 when our founder, Dr. Sam Lawton arranged for the first gathering of the blind in Spartanburg.  In the 1920’s and 1930’s when Ruth was in School, there were no televisions, computers, cell phones, microwave ovens, or stereo technology but there was one very valuable program featuring Braille literacy.  When Ruth entered the School in 1926, there were not many automobiles on the road except for the Model T Ford which many of us remember.  Having been a member of the federation for 65 years (1944 – 2009), Ruth only missed a few meetings of the Spartanburg Chapter.  She has attended most of the state conventions and was honored for her years of service in August of 2000 receiving the NFB of SC Presidential Citation and was further honored with a standing ovation from the Banquet audience.  As previously stated, there were very few jobs available to Ruth during her long career but she did assist in jury selections in the courthouse as all prospective jurors were drawn by Ruth.  Ruth is an avid reader and fully utilized Braille when she started School in 1926.  One of Ruth’s favorite activities is attending Senior Blind Week at RBRCCB.  She let me know that she wants to attend Senior Camp this year as well.  Congratulations to Ruth Weeks who has been blessed in living a very long life, making many hundreds of friends both in the federation and in other places.”

Ruth was very special and will be missed.  Our thoughts and prayers are with her friends, family and the members of the Spartanburg Chapter.  As many of you are aware, Ruth Weeks did attend the August 2018 NFB of SC convention in Columbia.

 

Final Thought:  “Longevity with a purpose touches the lives of many.”

1672

 

August 28, 2018

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

From:  Frank Coppel, President

Positive Note 1672

Greetings Fellow Federationists:

 

This upcoming weekend many of us will be traveling to Rocky Bottom to attend the 37th annual Fun Day Festival.  Over 45 Federationists are planning to be at Rocky Bottom on Saturday, September 1, to participate in all the festivities.  One of my favorite activities during Fun Day is the auction which will take place Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.  Many thanks go to Jennifer Bazer and Valerie Warrington who have been very instrumental in securing items for the auction.  Items for the auction include a photograph signed by Clemson head football coach Dabbo Sweeney, a black and silver football autographed by the Carolina Panthers, tickets to River Bank Zoo, Wonderworks in Myrtle Beach and Dollywood, gift baskets, and bakery items just to name a few.  We will be selling yard sale items and we will also be selling RBRCCB merchandise.  Four meals will be served throughout the weekend.  Times for meals are as follows; Saturday, September 1, breakfast 8:30, lunch 12:00, and supper 6:00 p.m.  Sunday, September 2, breakfast 8:30.  You will need to see Valerie Warrington and pay $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 attending the Fun Day Festival Saturday and who are only eating lunch will need to pay Valerie and Larry Warrington $8 for adults and $4 for children.

It is extremely important we all do what we can to sell as many $5 Fun Day tickets as possible as this greatly contributes to the overall profits of the festival.  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!  Please mail your ticket stubs and money to the Federation Center no later than Thursday, August 30 or bring your stubs and money to Rocky Bottom on Saturday, September 1, and give them to David Houck.

We need to do all we can to support Rocky Bottom.  There needs to be a large Federation turnout for this very important fundraising event.

We have an announcement from Tiffiny Mitchell, Chairperson of the 2019 NFB national convention transportation committee.  “By now, just about everyone has heard that the 2019 NFB National Convention will be held in Las Vegas next year from July 7-12.  Our committee is preparing to find out approximately how many in SC plan to attend and use the transportation arranged by the state organization.  We will hold a conference call on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.  We are asking that you call in to find out more information about transportation arrangements thus far. We will be able to answer some questions also, so please be thinking of what you’d like to ask during the call.  The call in number is (862) 902-0241.  The access code is 358-8716.  To keep the background noise to a minimum, once you have entered the conference, please press *6 to mute your phone.  If you would like to make a comment press the same keys to unmute.  Also, please state your name before asking a question or making a comment.  This will help ensure that everyone can hear all comments and get the most from the information provided.  If you have any questions, feel free to give me a call at (803) 603-2098.  I look forward to talking to you soon!”  Finally, I know many of you would like to join Shelley and I in wishing Dr. Capps a very happy ninetieth birthday as he will be celebrating this special occasion on Thursday, August 30.

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.

Two weeks ago I gave a short history of the Osterneck Cottage.  I realized a couple of days later I did not include the screened in porch when Osterneck was being expanded.  Throughout the years many of us have enjoyed the screened in porch which overlooks Chimney Top Creek.  This creek provides an outstanding acoustical sound as the waters cascade over the rocks in the creek.  The porch also features several high back type chairs which provide much enjoyment.  I have spent many hours occupying one of these chairs enjoying the creek.  The porch opens into the dining hall and dining room.  The porch also provides an outside exit down a flight of stairs.  No doubt some of you will enjoy the screened in porch at this week’s Fun Day.

About ten years after Osterneck was completed, the Conference Center was dedicated in July 1991.  Some 500 persons from throughout the area attended the dedication of the center in July 1991.  It was the largest gathering to date in the area. The Conference Center has a deck which is nice but it is not enclosed but it is enjoyed just the same.  The Conference Center deck is used for open air gatherings and live music, etc.  Because the Conference Center is much larger than the rest of the facilities, it afforded an opportunity for many blind people to contribute to the center.  Some 300 dining room chairs were needed to accommodate seating.  The late LP Armstrong-Garrett who was an associate member, owned and operated General Sales of Columbia and ordered the 300 chairs.  These dining room chairs are still in use.  They are of high quality.  We paid $45 per chair but the retail price was $75.  There is an area on each chair providing for the installation of a name plate.  Most of these 300 chairs were purchased by the blind.  When a blind person made a contribution new plates were engraved with the person’s name and were sent from Columbia to Rocky Bottom.  No doubt many have their name plates on the chairs.  The late Vern Freeman of the Salem Lions Club installed the name plates as they were delivered to him.  Mr. Freeman would set a day aside to travel from Salem to Rocky Bottom to meticulously install each and every name plate.  There were other contributions.  The late Odell Austin, former President of the Orangeburg Chapter loved Rocky Bottom.  He also took pride in his business dealings.  One evening when several were present, Odell was talking about his business success and I approached him about giving a substantial contribution accompanied by his name in a prominent place in the center.  After the meeting that day Odell agreed to make a contribution of $10,000.  To the best of my knowledge this is the largest contribution to the center by a blind person.  Incidentally, the most expensive item for the new center was the commercial kitchen which was valued at $75,000.  Mrs. Garrett who had helped with the chairs also got the commercial kitchen at a substantial discount.  Some blind persons and others also made substantial contributions having their name placed on different rooms in the center.  Once again, for the second straight year we have been unable to participate in the Fun Day weekend but we wish much success in this most important occasion.  Meanwhile I’ll celebrate a special day in my life as I will have my 90th birthday take place this Thursday, August 30.  A lifelong friend has invited me out to dinner and this is appreciated as well as other greetings, cards, etc.

 

Final Thought:   “Sinful pleasures will make you worthless.  Holiness will make you priceless.”

1671

 

August 22, 2018

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

From:  Frank Coppel, President

Positive Note 1671

Greetings Fellow Federationists:

 

Before we turn our attention to the Fun Day Festival at Rocky Bottom on September 1, Shelley Coppel has an announcement regarding the 2018 state convention.  “Greetings!  I want to give a big shout-out to everyone who participated in the talent showcase at our state convention.  It takes a certain gumption to get in front of folks and entertain!!!  From the students, to us more mature folks, the range and level of talents displayed was truly wonderful!  Thank you again, let’s do it again!!!”

As I have been reporting during the last few weeks in the Positive Note, the thirty-seventh annual Rocky Bottom Fun Day Festival will take place Labor Day weekend, August 31-September 2.  If you would like to make a reservation for the weekend you can contact me at (803) 796-8662 or call the Federation Center at (803) 254-3777.  We have already begun to receive requests for sleeping accommodations, so I would strongly encourage you to call and reserve a room at Rocky Bottom as soon as possible.  This information is extremely important as we need an accurate head count as to the amount of food we need to purchase for the weekend.  Four meals will be served including three on Saturday, September 1, and breakfast on Sunday morning, September 2.  Adults will be charged $30 and children will be charged $15 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.  I hope you are continuing to sell your $5 Fun Day tickets as this greatly contributes to the overall profits of the Fun Day Festival.  Remember, the seller of the winning ticket will receive $50 and $500 to the buyer of the winning ticket.  If you purchase your own ticket, you will receive $550.  The chapter selling the most tickets will receive $300 for its treasury!  Thus far, we have only sold 148 tickets statewide.  I know we can do much better, so let’s get busy and do what we can to sell as many tickets as possible during the next ten days!  I would like to thank Lenora Robertson and her “food crew” (Ellen Taylor and Glenda Culick) for all of their hard work preparing menus for the Fun Day weekend.  I would also like to thank Tiffiny Mitchell who has agreed along with the assistance of others in donating soft drinks and water for the weekend.

We have an announcement from Jennifer Bazer.  “Hello NFB of SC Family!  Fun Day at Rocky Bottom will be held Saturday, September 1.  One of the highlights of Fun Day is the auction which is always fun and can be hilarious at times.  Please consider donating new items including, but not limited to: gift cards, electronics, homemade cakes and pies, jewelry and more. Even if you feel your item is small, we are grateful for the contribution as we can make gift baskets of small items to make a great auction item.  Please contact Jennifer Bazer if you would like to donate an item at 803-960-9977 or jhipp25@sc.rr.com.  Thank you for your continued support of Rocky Bottom!”

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 spotlight the spouse of a hard working federationist who in her own right works just as hard as her husband in support of the blind locally, statewide and nationally.  I am speaking of Ed Bible’s lovely wife Julie Bible.

Julie was born in Concord, NH and was the oldest of five children being the only girl.  Her father was in the Air Force and she and her brothers grew up in the military moving around the country attending many schools.  One of the places they were stationed when Julie was a baby was Greenville, SC. They lived overseas and she started school in Okinawa.  The last place they were stationed before her father retired was in Rome, NY where she attended her last two years of high school at Rome Free Academy.  One of her young brothers was deaf and it was a challenge communicating, but she and he became close.  She met Ed during her Junior year in high school who was the first blind person she ever met.  He was a Senior and also grew up in the Air Force.  They rode the bus together. He asked her to read to him for one of his subjects during study hall.  He went on to college and Julie went to USC after graduating (Utica School of Commerce) and trained to be a medical secretary.  They lost touch for a while, until he came home from college on break and looked her up.  They started dating and got married right before his senior year at Syracuse University.  Julie got a job at Syracuse University working at the college infirmary for four years and then worked at an extended care facility doing medical transcription, until they moved to South Carolina in 1978, after Ed’s father retired from the Air Force and moved back to South Carolina where they were from and where Ed was born.

After arriving in SC, they stayed with Ed’s parents until Ed found a job in Columbia.  They moved there and bought a house and Julie went to work for Bankers Trust of SC and stayed there over 20 years (now Bank of America).  Then she went to work for Richland School District One as a secretary in Special Education for 14 years, retiring 3 ½ years ago.  They’ve been married for 45 years, had two children, Jennifer and Ashton.  They have two grandchildren, Sally turning 1 year old and Ethan, age 6.

In 1985 they became friends with Frank and Gail Copped, after Ed went to work at the SC Commission for the Blind.  Frank and Gail were involved with the NFB and because of them Julie and Ed became involved.  They attended their first National Convention in Chicago in 1988.  Since then they have attended most national conventions and almost every state convention.

Julie has helped with the annual Columbia Chapter BBQ for over twenty years as the hostess and getting out the BBQ deliveries, has driven van loads of people to Rocky Bottom, statewide picnics, and other events.  She has taken groups of people to Washington, D.C. on more than one occasion for the Washington Seminar. She is a member of Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church in West Columbia and has been on mission trips with them to Rocky Bottom to do repairs.  She loves helping others whenever the need arises. She was awarded Associate Member of the Year in 2007.  In her spare time she enjoys gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.  During the Labor Day weekend Ed and Julie will be attending an NFB National Leadership Seminar.  Let’s salute Julie for her many years of service to the blind.

 

Final Thought:   “Sharing is a great gift.  One size fits all and it is easy to exchange.”

1670

 

August 16, 2018

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

From: Frank Coppel, President

Positive Note 1670

Greetings Fellow Federationists:

 

This past weekend, the sixty-second annual State Convention of the NFB of SC was held in Columbia and from all indications it was extremely successful. 170 individuals attended this year’s convention which began Friday afternoon with the meeting of the NFB of SC Board of Directors and other division and committee meetings. Hats off to Tiffiny Mitchell and the Columbia Chapter for doing a great job as host chapter of this year’s convention and getting the festivities of the weekend off to a resounding start with an excellent reception Friday evening. This year we were honored to have Shawn Callaway, member of the Board of Directors of the National Federation of the Blind and the NFB affiliate president of the District of Columbia, as our National Representative. Mr. Callaway gave a thorough National report and his banquet address Saturday evening was outstanding. The NFB of SC recognized Valerie Warrington of Newberry, as the recipient of the Donald C. Capps Award, Tracy Spittle of Columbia as the recipient of the Educator of the Year Award and Larry Warrington, of Newberry as the recipient of the Associate Member of the Year Award. The NFB of SC also recognized Dr. Marvin Efron, a longtime friend, for his many years of dedication and commitment providing quality low vision services to the blind of the state as he was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. Another highlight of the banquet was the awarding of scholarships totaling over $5,000 to three outstanding college students. I also like to thank the membership of the NFB of SC for their awesome generosity which was demonstrated during the Banquet fundraiser. We were able to quickly raise over $9,600 which will be used to promote the programs of the NFB of SC. Elections were held Sunday morning and the following individuals were elected as officers; president, Frank Coppel, first vice president, Lenora Robertson, second vice president, Debra Canty, secretary, Shannon Cook, and treasurer, Valerie Warrington. Individuals elected to board positions were; District two, Steve Cook, of Columbia, District four, JW Smith, of Greenville , District six, Garrett Mosely of Darlington, and the two members-at-large Jamie Allison of Cherokee and Tiffiny Mitchell of Columbia. One of the most exciting aspects of this convention was the large contingent of students who were in attendance. Their energy and enthusiasm was felt by everyone throughout the weekend. I am extremely proud to announce the NFB of SC has a new addition to our Federation family as he South Carolina Association of Blind Students was organized Friday evening. As all of you know, many details need to be considered when planning and presiding over a state convention. I would like to thank David Houck who did a great job coordinating registration, the exhibit hall, and taking care of many other details of the convention. Finally, I would like to thank Director Jennifer Bazer and the staff of Successful Transitions who were very instrumental assisting students to the convention as well as organizing our new division.

In approximately two weeks, 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 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.

Information I have received concerning last weekend’s NFB of SC convention was unquestionably an outstanding event. Congratulations to President Frank Coppel and others who put together a very good agenda. Also I want to congratulate David Houck and the home office on their usual convention activity. Now we turn our attention to the annual Rocky Bottom Labor Day Fun Day Festival which is just around the corner or two weeks from now. I trust that we will have a great turnout for the Fun Day Festival which needs our support. Let’s review a little history. We acquired the Rocky Bottom property from Pickens County in October 1978. We promised to develop this old 4-H Club Camp to Pickens County and we have done just that. The late Jerry Whittle was the first Rocky Bottom Resident Manager who provided this service without charge. Jerry stayed in what is now known as room 5 in Osterneck Cottage. While Jerry was Resident Manager, room 5 became known as the “Oconee Room” because Jerry was from that area. Incidentally, several years ago Rocky Bottom hosted political events with politicians using what is now the Conference Center. Among political leaders using Rocky Bottom was Lyndon Banes Johnson who was Vice President at that time. Others included Sen. Strom Thurman and Gov. Carroll Campbell who gave the dedication speech in July 1991 when the beautiful new Conference Center facility was completed. When we acquired the property in the fall of 1978, no facility was deemed livable. The only building that offered promise was then known as the Chastain Cottage but it had not been used in a long time. It was necessary to have a well drilled for water and this was coordinated with a Greenville well drilling business. When the Conference Center was built it was necessary to have another well drilled. In early 1979 several of us went up in January when it was freezing cold. We did what we could to improve the cottage as we were raising funds as early as 1979 as we recognized we needed to expand the cottage. Following the success of the statewide fundraiser, we concentrated on a much larger attempt to provide rest rooms and a downstairs Resident Manager’s apartment, and a Dining Hall which would accommodate up to 60. Osterneck Cottage was named after a blind gentleman, David Osterneck who contributed the first $5,000. Mr. Osterneck who was from Myrtle Beach and in Columbia receiving training at the Commission, attended a Columbia Chapter meeting and after hearing a presentation of this project, Mr. Osterneck promptly made his financial commitment. The first Federation board meeting held at Rocky Bottom was in December of 1980 where the board met and was accommodated. The first Fun Day Festival was held on October 24, 1981 where 400 attended, netting a profit of $1,259.72. Hopefully this gives you some interesting information.

 

Final Thought:   To live the life you want is to realize it is all about “we: and not just about “me”.

 

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