Positive Notes



January 25, 2021

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

From:  Jennifer Bazer, President



Positive Note 1798

Greetings Fellow Federationists:


This past Saturday afternoon was  a perfect day to walk the neighborhood and sell Girl Scout cookies. As I stood at the end of the driveway listening to my daughter Kaylin as she knocked on each door and recited her sales pitch, I thought about our interaction with perspective members and how it relates to Kaylin’s dialogue with neighbors about cookies. Most folks will support Kaylin and the Girl Scouts; however, there are times when folks will say, “I don’t have the money”, and Kaylin quickly thinks on her feet, “you can pay when the cookies come in.” Or, if they say, “I only have a credit card”, she says, “we take cards.” Other folks may say, “I am not interested”, and Kaylin promptly says, “Just one box to help me reach my goal?” Do we make the best effort to ask individuals to join our NFB family? What happens when they give us reasons why they cannot or don’t want to? Do we just let the moment pass, instead of, delving deeper? do we try to fully answer all their questions so they can make an informed decision? Do we ever revisit the person to find out if they have changed their mind? do we make excuses as to why we do not ask them to be a part of our family? What holds us back? Just like Kaylin’s enthusiastic attitude about asking everyone to purchase cookies to meet her goal, let’s each one of us have that same fearless approach and speak to everyone about joining the NFB and being a member of our family. If they are  hesitant about joining, find out the reason and try to answer all their questions and direct them to someone who can help them. If they decide they do not want to join at this time, ask them again later and maybe, just maybe, the answer will be yes. If they join our family, do not forget about them. Mentor them, reach out to them, be a friend to them and help them along the way. Just like Kaylin, once the cookie sale has been closed, she will deliver with a smile and thank them for supporting her goal, Girl Scouts, and Troop 3395!


Speaking of members, if you have not paid for your 2021 state dues, January 31 is approaching fast and will be here super soon! You may pay by sending a check made to the NFB of SC and mailed to the Federation Center, 119 S. Kilbourne Road, Columbia, SC 29205 or you may pay with our online membership form by visiting


If you need assistance with paying online using Pay Pal, please call Steve Cook at 803-254-0222 or email him at


The NFB of SC must have this information to the national office very soon after January 31 so please make a huge effort to get these dues to our sate office as soon as possible.

If you are a chapter or division president or serve on the Federation Board, NFB of SC board, or Rocky Bottom board and these dues are not paid by the end of January, you will not be able to serve in that capacity. This also goes for other elected offices in chapters and divisions around the state.


2020 State Convention Pledges

If you have not fulfilled your 2020 state convention pledge, please get those pledges met by January 31 by sending a check to the Federation Center and made out to NFB of SC and 2020 pledge in the memo line, 119 S. Kilbourne Road, Columbia, SC 29205, or, you can pay through Pay Pal on our site at


You may call Steve Cook at 803-254-0222 or email him at


if you need assistance using Pay Pal on the NFB of SC site.


SC/Palmetto Connects

We will have our next SC connects meeting on Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Please encourage your chapters, divisions, committees to attend to learn about the latest happenings in the NFB of SC!


Leadership Seminar:

Our next leadership seminar will be April 10, 2021 at the Federation Center. All presidents of divisions and chapters along with Federation Center board members, Rocky Bottom board members and NFB of SC board members are required to attend in-person or through zoom. Others who are interested are welcome to attend via zoom or in-person as well.

If you notify David Houck by April 5, 2021 whether you plan to attend on zoom or in-person, your name will be entered into a $50 gift card drawing. You must be present to win. There will be additional door prizes throughout the seminar; only individuals who notify David by calling 803-254-3777 or emailing nfbsc@sc.rr.com about your zoom or in-person attendance will be entered into the $50 gift card drawing.


The following meetings are scheduled on the Zoom platform this week. You are welcome to attend any of these meetings, even if you are not a member of the chapter or committee.  All Committee meetings are open to the public for listening. Contact President Bazer if you would like to be added to any NFB of SC committee so that information stays current on our website and membership list.  Here is what is coming up on Zoom for the next two weeks. All meetings are on the main Federation ID of 803-254-3777, unless noted.

Monday, January 25, Anderson Chapter Meeting, 6:00 p.m. Rocky Bottom ID 864-878-9090

Monday, January 25, Doing Our Fair Share Committee, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 26, Merchants Division, 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 26, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 28, Social Media Committee, 7:30 p.m.

January 29, Spartanburg chapter Meeting, 4:00 p.m.

Monday, February 1, We Care Committee, 6:00 p.m.

Monday, February 1, Fund Raising Committee, 8:00 p.m.

Monday, February 1, 8:00 p.m. Presidential Release see listserv or Positive Note for zoom info

Tuesday, February 2, Legislative Committee, 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 4, Palmetto Connects, 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 4, Darlington County Chapter, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, February 5, Meet the Blind Committee, 6:00 p.m.

Friday, February 5, Movie night with the NFB of SC, Ground Hog Day, 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 6, Greenville Chapter Meeting, 11:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 6, Student Division Meeting, 8:00 p.m.

NFB of SC Federation Center is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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Cooper River Bridge 5K

The Cooper River Bridge 5K will be held September 27, 2021 in Charleston, SC. This is one of the largest runs in the country. If this is on your bucket list, please contact President Bazer at 803-960-9977 or email her at jhipp25@sc.rr.com if you wish to participate. Cost is $60 to enter and participate in the race plus the cost of housing the night before. We would love the NFB of SC to have a team and race with team shirts showing our unity. The Sports and Rec division will be heading this project up for the Palmetto state!


SUN Shares

Shares Unlimited NFB helps the NFB during a rainy day. It is $10 per share. We raised 69 shares or $690 during our statewide seminar this month. If you made a pledge for SUN, please have those donations in to our state office by January 31. You may mail a check to the NFB of SC and include SUN in the memo line and send to the Federation Center, 119 S. Kilbourne Road, Columbia, SC 29205. You may also pay online at


using Pay Pal. Call Steve Cook at 803-254-0222 or email him at


if you need assistance. Successful Transitions will match any donations that arrive at the center or via Pay Pal dollar for dollar by January 31. Let’s put SC back in the top 10 for SUN!


Washington Seminar

We are getting ready for the Washington Seminar 2021 which will be virtual this year February 8-11. The great gathering in will be February 8 at 5:00 p.m. We are currently scheduling appointments with our legislators. We will have zoom meetings regarding NFB of SC at Washington Seminar during the week of February 1.


Fun Friday Nights

Our  Name that Tune night on January 15, was a huge success. We had 35 participants including members from NC, HI, NM, FL, SC and other affiliates. We will be having a fun Friday night twice per month hosted by the NFB of SC to include: audio described movie on the first Friday and an interactive activity like Family Feud, Trivia, and more on the third Friday of each month.. Our next fun Friday night will be Friday,  February 5, at 8:00 eastern as we watch Ground Hog Day in audio description! All are welcome, come join your Palmetto affiliate!


From Thom Spittle, Chairman of Rocky Bottom:

Do you remember your days as a camper or councilor at Children’s camp?

Do you have fond memories of visiting Rocky Bottom with your Chapter or family?

If so, come spend a weekend with some of those same people, both sighted and blind, as we put together a reunion weekend at Rocky Bottom during Memorial Day weekend in May 2021. This will be a great time to catch up with others, and hear some stories of other’s experiences from camp.

If you are interested, please contact Thom Spittle via email RockyBottomInfo@gmail.com, or call 803-331-3344.

We will try to get a transportation plan in place if you can not get to the camp on your own.

There will be a $100 per person cost for food and other entertainment expenses.

If you would like to bring a spouse or your immediate family, we should be able to accommodate that.

I hope to hear from you,

Thom Spittle


Board of Directors

Rocky Bottom Retreat & Conference Center of the blind


PAC Plan Challenge:

We will be running a contest from December 5, 2020  through May 31, 2021 for our NFB of SC affiliate. We are currently 13 and would like to be in the top 10 or higher. One of our members would like to see us as an affiliate contribute $1,500 to PAC each month between chapters, divisions, individuals and our NFB of SC affiliate. If you join PAC, your name will be entered into a drawing for a $100 visa gift card. If you increase your PAC donation, your name will be entered into a different $100 visa gift card drawing. I have a list of chapters, divisions, and individuals who are on PAC at this time. On June 1, I will ask the national office for another list which I will use to have the two drawings on June 1. There are many ways to give. Below, is a little about PAC.

Thank you for your interest in the National Federation of the Blind’s Pre-Authorized Contribution (PAC) program. This program allows you to contribute to the NFB through recurring monthly donations. These can be direct withdrawals from a checking account or charges to a credit card. Please contact pac@nfb.org with any questions. Thank you for your generosity.

You can go to https://www.nfb.org/pac to complete the online form.

You may also call the national office at 410-659-9314 extension 2622 or email PAC@nfb.org with questions.

There are several chapters and divisions within our state who are on PAC and we are grateful for those contributions. There are individuals who are on PAC and we are appreciative of those members who give each month. As an affiliate, we are averaging $17.41 per person and less than 10% of our members are on PAC. Let’s see if we can increase those percentages to over $20 per month and have at least 20% of our members on PAC. I appreciate you considering to get on the PAC plan or increasing your donation each month!


Support A Local Vender

Would you like to support a local vender and the National Federation of the Blind of SC (NFB of SC) at the same time? Well, here is your opportunity to do both! When you purchase items from any of the below venders, be sure to mention the NFB of SC in order for a percentage to be donated to the NFB of SC.

If you know of any venders that are willing to donate a percentage of each purchase to the NFB of SC and have their information listed on www.NFBofSC.org, have them contact Jennifer Bazer and Steve Cook at the below Email addresses.



To access a list of venders, please go to www.nfbofsc.org and then click on the support a local vender link. Your support of the local vender and the NFB of SC is greatly appreciated!


From Steve Cook

The upcoming weekly Zoom events can now be found on Newsline! The article list the date, name of the event and the time. Also, listed is the information you will need to call in using your phone. Thank you to MS. Cummings for speaking out about a challenge she was having knowing when all the zoom events took place. Since she does not use a computer and used Newsline on her phone, we created a solution that will hopefully assist others.


Recipe Group via Email  From Steve Cook

Do you have a favorite recipe that people always ask you for? Do you enjoy learning about new recipes? Do you enjoying trying new food? Here is your opportunity to all of the above an more! I have created a group for people to Exchange Recipes and the discussion of recipes. Below is the Email address for you to subscribe To this new group. Just a friendly reminder to also put the word subscribe in the subject line.



From Frank Loza

Support the Federation Center by buying a jacket with our national logo on the back of the jacket and under that it says National Federation of the Blind and under that it says, live the life you want.  On the left upper part of the front it says, NFB of SC.  There is two kinds of material you can get them in.  One is microfiber and the other one is polyester blend.  The microfiber costs $80.00 and the polyester blend cost’s $75.00.  The microfiber comes in blue or black and the polyester comes in blue, black and gray.  If you can call Frank Loza at 803-617-8016, with your information, such as color and size.  Join  your fellow Federationists and get your jacket.  It will show unity when your chapter has a function.




Scholarship Program–Applications Open:

Every year, the National Federation of the Blind awards more than $120,000 to blind scholars across the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico in recognition of their achievements and professional aspirations. Each scholarship winner is awarded based on their academic excellence, community service, and leadership. The application process is open and we encourage students to start the process now. Review the scholarship application checklist and the scholarship program FAQs. Share this opportunity that invests in the future of blind people. Learn about the eligibility and requirements of the 2021 scholarship program


From John Olson, 3-DPhotoWorks

Tactile Images and its parent company 3DPhotoWorks, are proud to announce their partnership with Getty Images and the National Federation of the Blind. Our goal is to make a vast variety of tactile image displays available to the blind community. To help us, please join the movement and provide your feedback! Please take a moment to fill out the survey at the link below to vote for the people, places, and historical events that you’d be most interested in seeing as traveling tactile exhibitions.




Final Thought:

With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable. ~ Thomas Foxwell Buxton


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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