Positive Notes

October 18, 2021

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

From:  Jennifer Bazer, President


Positive Note 1836




Greetings Fellow Federationists:


This was a busy week in the NFB of SC. Tuesday, a small group gathered at the statehouse while the Lieutenant Governor read the White Cane Awareness proclamation which was signed by the governor. She seemed open to having a legislative day for SC in February after the Washington seminar. It was great meeting her!


The 60th   anniversary of the Federation Center of the Blind, the headquarters of the NFB of SC brought Federationists from all over  the state to celebrate sixty years of success at the Center on Friday. We appreciate Craig Capps, son of Donald and Betty Capps being the Master of ceremonies. We enjoyed hearing his stories as he grew up at the Center with his parents. We heard reflections by Jennifer Bazer, Frank Coppel and Ed Bible. We appreciate Darline Graham, Commissioner of the SC Commission for the Blind, Jim Barbare, District Governor of the Lions attending our special event. We couldn’t have done it without the support of our Federation family, our guests, and our sponsors. We enjoyed a meal from Blue Marlin catering and a delicious cake made by Donna Earley, member of our At Large Chapter. As Donna O’Neal texted, “Thank you for a nice celebration. It was great seeing folks I haven’t seen in over two years.” Thank you NFB of SC for making this event a success! I know another 60 years will bring more training, advocacy, public relations, education, and support to blind South Carolinians.


Blind Equality Achievement Month, BEAM

Remember history. Advance equality. Celebrate accomplishments. Formerly known as Meet the Blind Month, the National Federation of the Blind celebrates the organized blind movement during October. Throughout the month, our members conduct a variety of outreach activities in their local communities. Many of these activities center on White Cane Awareness Day which is October 15. What are your chapters doing to promote BEAM? Let’s have all BEAM events listed in the Positive Note!



The Cherokee chapter will be holding two community awareness events for BEAM. The first one will be on Friday, October 15th from 11am-1pm at the Jiggy Pig Restaurant in Gaffney. The second one will be at that same time frame  on Saturday, October 30th at Zakary’s Coffee Shop also in Gaffney. Members will be greeting customers, handing out national, state, and chapter literature and info, Braille alphabet cards, and will be doing Braille reading and writing demonstrations. Donations will also be accepted during the events as well. We are blessed with these two local businesses, both of which several members frequent, who are going to allow us to set up a table within their locations. The Jiggy Pig is an outdoor drive-in style setup but people do walk up to the building to order and pick up their food. We are hoping to garner some interest while people wait for their orders to be filled.



The Sumter Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina will observe “BEAM“ at the Sumter County Fair!!! Our fair booth is located inside the Sumter Civic Center, 700 W. Liberty Street, Sumter, SC 29150.

All are invited to visit us Tuesday, October 19-22nd (4:00 p.m.—8:00 p.m.) and Saturday, October 23, 2021 (10:00 a.m.—8:00 p.m.).

During “BEAM” our members will share information regarding blindness, distribute brochures, demonstrate blind paraphernalia and solicit fundraiser tickets for a drawing. These tickets are 3 for $5, a $25 gift card and the grand prize will be an Echo Dot!!! You may CASHAPP to $NFBSumterChapter or PayPal to 8039681018.

Please TEXT Andrew Adams, 803-269-3803 once you send the PayPal or CASHAPP so, you can get your ticket numbers. Alexa will choose a random number at 8:00 p.m. at the closing of the fair booth, Saturday, October 23rd.


NFB Sumter Chapter


Who are We? NFB of SC!


I am excited to continue to learn about each of you and share your interests, stories, goals, and your passion with our Federation family in the Palmetto State. In this section, I will ask a question each week to get to know you and for our Federation family to get to know you. Reflections will be shared in future issues of the Positive Note and the Palmetto Blind. I look forward to your contributions.


From Shannon Cook:

This speaks to the questions from the last two weeks. I am active in the Federation because the NFB philosophy has shaped who I am as a blind person, wife, dog mother (LOL), employee, and Christian.  My life is viewed through the lens of Federationism.  I have had a couple of times where I questioned my involvement, but I always came back because of what the NFB has done to build my confidence, instill a spirit of equality, and fostered a commitment to excellence.  I am active and stay involved to pass those things along to others to raise them up, as was done for me. In life, we are always growing and striving to be better.  The Federationist I was at 25 was not the same as when I was 33,  or now that I am 48.  The more knowledge we have, intertwined with the personal base of knowledge we gain from living our lives, gives us much different perspectives at different points along our path.


The question this week:

If the NFB of SC offered weekend trainings at least once a quarter, what type of trainings would be most helpful to you? Assistive technology, Braille, cooking, other. Please be a specific as possible.

Please email your responses to:


If you do not have email or not comfortable with technology, please call or text me at 803-960-9977 so that I may capture your responses as well.


From the We Care Committee

Please keep Dorothy Barksdale in your thoughts and prayers. She lost her stepmother which was like her mother to Dorothy. Also, Dorothy is going through some significant medical challenges at this time.

From Shannon Cook and Shelley Coppel, Senior Camp

Due to a low number of applicants this fall, Shelley Coppel and Shannon Cook, Co-Directors of SC Senior Camp have decided to Cancel the upcoming fall session.  There also will not be a virtual SC Senior Camp Day.  Plans are already in the works to hold a fantastic relaunch of in-person session of senior camp in spring 2022.  Stay tuned for more information.


2022 NFB of SC Membership Dues

The National Federation of the Blind of SC now has our 2022 Membership Form on our website at www.nfbofsc.org. When you fill out this form, you will receive a copy of the information you entered if you provided your personal Email address. If you are assisting someone with the form that does not have an Email address, feel free to use steve@nfbsc.onmicrosoft.com in the Email field. Once you click on the submit button, you are taken to the Donations page in which you can choose to pay your $10 state dues using the NFB of South Carolina State Affiliate secure Pay Pal button.


If you have any questions or need assistance with the above process, please call Steve Cook at 803 260 1292. If I am unable to take your call, I will call you back when I am available.

Please remember dues should be received by December 31, 2021.

Thank you to those that have submitted their membership form and dues for 2022.


Submissions Wanted for The Palmetto Blind

The Palmetto Blind will be released in December. If you wish to contribute an article, submissions are due no later than November 30, 2021. Please note submissions may be edited for brevity. Please submit submissions to


If you have a suggestion for the Palmetto Blind, please let me know.


Fundraiser Columbia Chapter

Thank you to Andrew Adams who donated the iPad to the Columbia Chapter to use for a fund raiser.

Would you like a chance to win an 9th generation, 10.2 64 gig iPad? Well here is your opportunity! The Columbia Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of SC is having a fund raiser! This would make a great Christmas gift for someone or yourself!

We will draw the winners name at our December 9, 2021 Chapter meeting. Tickets are only $5 each or 3 for $10! When purchasing tickets via secure Pay Pal at the below link. Be sure to include your name and phone number. You will need to use the Pay Pal button for the NFB of South Carolina State Affiliate.



Bingo Fundraiser Postponed Until next Year!

The fundraising committee has postponed the Bingo fundraiser until next year. Stay tuned for more fundraisers by this awesome committee!

Palmetto Connects, Thursday, October 14,


Palmetto Connects will be held Thursday, October 28 at 6:00 PM Eastern on the Federation zoom platform. I look forward to seeing all of you for happenings in the NFB of SC!


October Friday Night Schedule of Events for the NFB of SC


In October, Friday night turns into Fright Night Friday! Below is a schedule of the events for Friday night. All movies will be audio described! Please share with others that do not have access to the NFB of SC list serve!

Friday, October 22, 2021 at 8:00 PM Eastern It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

Friday, October 29, 2021 at 8:00 PM Eastern Hocus Pocus


Marriott Fundraiser Update

NFB of SC Fund-raiser, Marriott Raffle

Ten tickets were sent to all chapter and division presidents for our NFB of SC fund-raiser for the Marriott. Two nights and breakfast for two valued at $500 to be used by September 1, 2022. The drawing will be held during Palmetto Connects on November 18. One ticket for $10 or three tickets for $25. Please call David Houck at the Center at 803-254-3777 if you need tickets. You may send a check to the Center at 119 S. Kilbourne Road, Columbia, SC 29205 or pay using Pay Pal on our site.


Put it on Face book, ask your friends and family to purchase, sell to places you go.

Let’s work together to make this a successful fund-raiser for the Palmetto affiliate. This was a generous offer the Marriott gave to the NFB of SC for a fund-raiser valued at $500. This is a drawing a lot of individuals in our community will enjoy!

29          Sumter Chapter

10          Columbia Chapter

12          At Large Chapter

6           Grand Strand Chapter

3          Lancaster Chapter

11          Belvedere Chapter

18          Sports & Rec

3          Sheila Wright – MO

3          Rock Hill Chapter

3          Anderson Chapter

6          Greenville Chapter

10        Cherokee

110 total

Please call David Houck at 803-254-3777 for additional tickets.


RBRCCB Fall Festival Ticket Sales and Online Auction

We will be having our annual online auction to raise money for Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center of the Blind RBRCCB beginning Saturday October 30, 2021 and will conclude a week later. We would love your help and collecting new items to donate to our online auction. We raised over $9,000 last year. We are hoping to increase those proceeds this fall! Please mail and drop off new items at the Federation Center, 119 S. Kilbourne Road, Columbia, SC 29205. Please include a description of the item(s), value of the item and the contributor.

We are asking all chapters and divisions along with the Rocky Bottom Board members to contribute at least $25.00 so that items can be purchased. You may mail a check made to RBRCCB and send to the center at 119 S. Kilbourne Road, Columbia, SC 29205 or pay pal on the Rocky Bottom site at


Thank you to those chapters, divisions and board members who have made their donations.

18          Columbia

21          Anderson

84         Suzanne Bryant – RB Resident Manager

100        Sumter Chapter

20        Tom Bowen

20        John Todd

160        Lancaster Chapter

90        At Large Chapter

10        Greenville Chapter

96       Cherokee Chapter

77        Rock Hill Chapter


696        Total

Please call David Houck at 803-254-3777 for additional tickets.


Committees 2021-2022

A new schedule of committees on our zoom platform will be released very soon. These committee meetings should start in October and notes of each meeting should be sent to me so that I can share with the affiliate what is happening around our Palmetto state.

All committees should release to the list serv an agenda for each meeting so that we know what will be discussed.

2021-2022 Committees

We Care: Dorothy Barksdale Chair

Fundraising: Debra Canty and Andrew Adams, Co-chairs

Legislative and Advocacy: anna Price and Elizabeth Rouse, Co-chairs

Public Relations and Social Media: John Williams and Steve Cook, Co-Chairs

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI): Kris Crawley and Derique Simon, Co-Chairs

Diabetes Action Network (DAN): Melanie Torrance, chair

Grant: Jennifer Bazer, chair

Scholarship: Shannon Coo, Chair

Palmetto Convention Grant: Shannon Cook, chair

Convention Planning: Melinda Jones and Andrew Adams, Co-Chairs

Resolutions: Valerie Warrington and Elizabeth Rouse, Co-Chairs

Employer of the Year: Steve Cook, Chair

Educator of the Year: Marty McKenzie, Chair

Donald C. Capps: David Houck, Chair

Membership and Outreach: David Rebocho and Steve Cook, Co-Chairs

Blind Equality Achievement Month (BEAM) formally known as Meet the Blind: Demetrius Williford and Roxie Reed, Co-Chairs

Braille Literacy: Shelley Coppel and Jamie Allison, Co-Chairs

Doing Our Fair Share including PAC, SUN and Dream Circle: Frank Coppel, Chair

Finance: Jennifer Bazer, Chair


Contributing to Banquet Fundraiser


We raised just over $10,000 at our annual banquet fundraiser at the state convention! I want to thank chapters, divisions and individuals for making this a success! We could not do it without all of us working together. Names of those who have contributed and pledged will be listed in future Positive Notes. If you would like to donate, please make checks payable to NFB of SC with banquet fundraiser in the memo line and mail to the Federation Center, 119 S. Kilbourne Road, Columbia, SC 29205. You may also contribute using Pay Pal on our


website. We appreciate you supporting NFB of SC and its programs and services!


Zoom Events for the upcoming week!

Below are the events scheduled this week for the NFB of SC. Chairs and co-chairs, please make sure your agenda for the committee is on the list serv before your meeting. If you are interested in a committee, please feel free to join the meeting. Final committee members for each committee will be released after November’s meetings to give everyone an idea of what committees they are passionate about and willing to commit time and effort to build the NFB of SC.


Monday, October 18, 2021

Membership & Outreach 8:00 PM Federation Center Zoom

Steve Cook & David Rebocho


Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Sports & Rec Get Fit Session 5:30 PM Rocky Bottom Zoom

Diabetes Action Network 7:00 PM Federation Center Zoom

Melanie Torrance


Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Public Relations and Social Media 8:00 PM Federation Center Zoom

John Williams & Steve Cook


Thursday, October 21, 2021

Florence Chapter 7:00 PM Federation Center Zoom


Friday, October 22, 2021

It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown Movie Night 8:00 PM Federation Center Zoom


Saturday, October 23, 2021

Sports & Rec Get Fit Session 9:00 AM Rocky Bottom Zoom


Federation Center



Meeting ID: 803 254 3777 Passcode: 124578

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Rocky Bottom



Meeting ID: 864 878 9090 Passcode: 124578

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NFB Trivia

What year was the NFB formed and where did they meet?

    • Answer: 1940, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Fascinating Facts

The fastest insect on earth is the Australian tiger beetle, Cicindela hudsoni. Clocking in at 5.6 mph, this incredible insect runs so fast, it has to slow down to see anything.

Joke of the Week

Why can you never gossip about a cornfield?
Too many ears.

Final Thought

Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

NFB Pledge


I pledge to participate actively in the effort of the National Federation of the Blind to achieve equality, opportunity, and security for the blind; to support the policies and programs of the Federation; and to abide by its constitution.


NFB One Minute Message


“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.”


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