Positive Notes

May 9, 2022

Positive Note 1865

President Jennifer Bazer

803-960-9977

Jennifer.H.Bazer@gmail.com

 

          Greetings Fellow Federationists:

I hope all of the ladies, the moms, the mama figures had a very nice Mothers’ Day this past weekend! Mothers’ Day can be a happy time and for others, can be challenging and hard. We love and appreciate all the moms in the Palmetto affiliate.

 

I just booked my room at the Marriott in New Orleans for the National convention. Rooms are getting scarce under the block room rate. Saturday, July 9 is completely sold out of the room group rate. If you haven’t made your hotel accommodations for the national convention and you wish to stay in the main Marriott hotel, you may consider booking your room sooner than later.

 

A few things to keep in mind. Register by May 31 for our state convention August 25-28 and have your name entered into a drawing for a $100. Make sure to register for the national convention which is held July 5-10. Our statewide picnic will be June 25 at the Center. Make your hotel reservations at the North Charleston Marriot for our state convention. Further information about all of these reminders can be found in the Positive Note.

 

We Care Prayer List

Please keep the following individuals and families in your thoughts and prayers.
Belinda Banks and family of the Spartanburg Chapter as Belinda’s father Leo Allen passed away due to a long time illness

Kimberly Williford, treasure of the Anderson chapter, also wife of president Demetrious Willerford of the Spartanburg Chapter, lost a relative on this
Gail Cummings of the Anderson chapter
Roosevelt Burgess of the At-Large Chapter
Dorothy Barksdale of the Columbia Chapter
Diane Haycraft of the Spartanburg Chapter
Betty Phillips of the Spartanburg Chapter

Eric Hilton on the passing of his father

Donna Fogle, longtime Columbia Chapter membr passed away today says Mike Sutton.
Wolthoff’s caregiver was cooking in the Wolthoff’s home today, left the room to speak with Dale and Pat, and a tree fell into the garage and kitchen.  No one got hurt.  Red Cross and homeowners policy should assist.
Alma Lee Doyle, longtime President of the Loris Chapter has lost her members to covid and she is on oxygen and is hard of hearing.
Affiliate members who most recently contracted COVID-19

 

Midlands’ Gives

On Tuesday, May 3, The NFB of SC and Rocky Bottom again participated in Midlands’ Gives. Thank you so much to the following who donated to advance programs in our affiliate.

NFB of SC
$466 by 13 donors

Jennifer Bazer

Thom Spittle

N K Ayers

Valerie  Warrington

Larry Warrington

David Bundy

David Hodges

FL Prickett

Justin Williams

Robin Price

Frank Coppel

Rebecca Love

David Houck

Rocky Bottom
$663 by 13 donors

Thom Spittle

Valerie Warrington

Larry Warrington

Newberry Chapter

David Bundy

Yvette Thompson

Brenda Hyatt

Ed Bible

Jennifer Bazer

Frank Coppel

Anonymous

Kerry Stubs

David Houck

Statewide Picnic

The NFB of SC will be having a statewide picnic free of charge to all who attend June 25 at the Federation Center in Columbia. We will have obstacle courses, adult water slides, dunking booths and a cookout. We will have fun seeing each other. Please mark it on your calendars and please plan to join us. If you plan to attend, please let me know by text, phone or email or let your chapter or division president know so we can estimate a head count for food. Thank you to our Sports and Rec division for assisting with this event.

 

Sports and Rec Asking for your Assistance with Statewide Picnic

AFFILIATE WIDE COOKOUT

The Sports and Recreation Division is hosting an affiliate wide Potluck Cookout. There is NO cost to attend. All families, friends, kid of all ages are all welcome.

We all have been stuck in our homes for literally years straight for many people. Let’s all take this opportunity and get together outdoors in the fresh air and laugh together.

There will be an official tug of war set up, watering slide AND a dunk tank.  Which Steve Cook and myself David Rebocho have  volunteered to be the people you all try to dunk. While Steve and I have respectful fun with some good old fashion  trash talking. HAHAHAHA

The event will be at the Federation Center on Saturday June 25th from 10am till 4pm.

Below is a list of categories for people to pick from and to let us know what you can bring when they email their RSVP.

Categories:

Meat, poultry, fish

Salad of any type

Desserts, fruit

Beverages

Condiments

Paper goods

Here is the contact email for the Sports and Recreation  Division to send your RSVP and item or items you’ll be bringing.

srnfbsc21@yahoo.com

The preferred deadline to RSVP is June 20th,  so we will know what other food items may be needed.

Thank you to all and let’s all get together and have some fun!!!

Thank You

Sports and Recreation Division.

 

Sports and Rec Division Fundraiser 50/50 Drawing

The Sports and Rec Division is having a 50/50 Drawing  

What you can win:

  • First prize is half of the cash raised during the drawing. 
  • Second Prize is a gift basket.

The drawing will be held during the banquet at the NFB of SC State Convention August 25 – 28, 2022.  You do not have to be present to win.
Tickets: 1/$5, 3/$10, 7/$20.

To purchase in advance of the state convention, you can pay via our Sports and Rec PayPal. The info is below. Please put in the memo line the money is for the S & R 50/50 Drawing.

https://www.paypal.me/sportrecnfbsc

If you have any questions, please email the Sports and Rec Division at srnfbsc21@yahoo.com

Thank you all. 

Sports and Rec Division 

National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina 

 

 

Lee County Chapter Invites You to Bowl!

The Lee County Chapter of the national Federation of the blind of South Carolina Will be hosting it’s second “Bowling Day Outing ”  on Saturday, July 16 at 1:00 PM afterwords, we will gather together at a local restaurant to have a great Meal The cost of the bowling will be $10. which will include your shoes, bowling ball in two hours  of bowling   The meal is separate in order to reserve a room large enough to accommodate, please let me know or any member of the Lee County Chapter know if you are interested in attending. you may call 803-459-4585 or you may email Linda Dizzley at ldizzley@hotmail.com>

we hope to see you there!

 

NFB of SC State Convention Registration is Open

Exciting News!

Registration is now open for the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina’s 66th State Convention! This year’s state convention will be held at the North Charleston Marriott 4770 Goer Drive, North Charleston, SC 29406.  The phone number is 843-747-1900. The dates are August 25, 2022 through August 28, 2022. Below is the link to the registration form for the state Convention. Just a reminder that your registration is non-refundable and non-transferable. Once you fill out the 2022 NFB of SC state convention registration form. You will need to also submit your payment in order to complete your registration.

Acceptable payment methods include NFB of SC PayPal. Please  put in the message field “State convention registration” and include the names of those whose registration you are paying. You can also make a check payable to the NFB of SC and mail it to the Federation Center of the Blind (see below) and include the same info as stated above.

 

Registration Rates:

Standard Registration: Pre-register for $85 until July 15, 2022 at 11:59 PM EDT. Then the cost goes up to $100.

Student Registration: Pre-registration is 55 until July 15, 2022 at 11:59 PM EDT. Then the price goes up to $60.  This includes college, graduate or doctoral students.

Children’s and Youth Registration: Pre-register for $25 until July 15, 2022 at 11:59 PM EDT. Then the cost goes up to $30. This rate is for people 18 and under.

Click here for the 2022 State Registration Form

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Exhibit Hall Registration

Forms are available for exhibiting on August 25-28 at our 66th annual state convention in North Charleston. For non-members, agencies, businesses and other organizations, the cost is $125. The cost for members, chapters and divisions is $40. The forms are on our website, have been sent to the list serv, or can be obtain from me or David Houck. We look forward to many reserved tables in our exhibit hall at this convention.

 

Sponsorships for State Convention

It is time again to seek sponsorships for our NFB of SC state convention held August 25-28 at the North Charleston Marriot. The chapter or division with the most money in sponsorships will receive 10% of the total sponsorship money raised. Last year, we raised over $6,200, the largest amount of sponsorships for one convention. Let’s see if we can reach $15,000! All funds raised will help defray the cost of a $25,000 to $30,000 convention. Thank you to the Sumter chapter who obtained the first sponsorship.

You may obtain an electronic sponsorship letter from the convention planning committee by contacting Melinda Jones or Andrew Adams or contacting me directly. If you need printed copies mailed, please contact David Houck at the Federation Center. Sponsorships should be paid using our NFB of SC pay pal link on our site.  Individuals or companies may also mail a check made payable to NFB of SC with “state convention sponsorship” in the memo line and mailed to the Federation Center. We had a large number of White Cane level sponsors last year at $100 from individuals in our own affiliate, chapters, divisions and other individuals in the community. Let’s work together to exceed last year’s goal!

 

Scholarship Announcement 2022

Students are nearly through their spring semester.  That means it is time to apply for a 2022 NFB of SC Scholarship.  With the state convention being August 25 – 28, 2022, the deadline for scholarship applications is 11:59 p.m. June 20, 2022.  The committee will select the top three applicants, and they will be notified approximately one month prior to the state convention. The updated scholarship application is now available at www.nfbofsc.org.  Please also remember that the scholarship program operates on donations exclusively.  If you or your chapter would like to contribute a scholarship or make a donation to the Metro Fund, please get in touch with me, Shannon Cook, (coffeequeensc1@sc.rr.com or (803) 605-4250).  I will notify  Valerie Warrington, NFB of SC Treasurer of the scholarship donation.  Also, please help us get the word out about the program.  If you or someone you know is in school full time, please encourage them to apply for a scholarship!  Thank you.

 

Convention Planning Committee Seeks Donations for DJ and Other Convention Expenses

Melinda Jones and Andrew Adams, co-chairs of the Convention Planning Committee,  would like to thank the chapters and divisions who have donated to help offset the cost of the DJ for the Friday night reception. Once the DJ fee of $350 has been raised, the overflow will go to offset other costs of the state convention. If you, your chapter, or division would like to contribute to the DJ, please mail a check made to NFB of SC and write DJ in the memo line and send to the Federation Center, or pay using the NFB of SC PayPal button.  (See below.) Thank you all for your support of our state convention this year!  By the way, so far $125 of the $350 has been raised.

 

The Convention Planning Committee is also asking each Chapter and Division to donate at least $25 for a different statewide fundraiser, which will help offset some of the cost of our State Convention and hopefully help more of our members be able to attend in person.  You may send checks to the Federation Center, or use the NFB of SC PayPal link. Please note “State convention funds” in your memo.

 

Talking           Medical Device (TMD) Program

More talking medical devices have been awarded.  For anyone who has submitted an application, but not heard back from the committee, it is either because we are still waiting on the doctor’s statement, or the review committee has not met since receiving all documents.  We appreciate your cooperation and interest in this program.  The application is available on www.nfbofsc.org, by email, or by postal mail.  Please call me if you have questions.  (803) 605-4250.   We will also be accepting applications and doctor’s statements occasionally at in-person meetings.  More opportunities will be announced soon.  Shannon Cook

 

New Dues Policy:

On Thursday, February 24, 2022, the NFB of SC Board met in executive session to discuss dues due dates as they relate to being eligible to vote at the state convention August 25-28, 2022.  .  The Board voted on the following policy.

For current and new NFB of SC members, dues must be paid by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31, 2022.  That means that your state dues must be paid and received, and the NFB of SC membership form must be completed by the deadline.  If both of those two things are not done, you will not be able to vote in the elections at the August convention.  With just under two months to go, everyone has lots of time to ensure both  components of the membership process are complete by then. If anyone needs assistance paying their dues online and/or filling out the membership form, please get in touch with either Steve or Shannon Cook.  If anyone else has good technology skills and is willing to help too, please let Steve Cook know.

Beginning in 2023, and for each subsequent year thereafter,  for current members, dues will be due no later than 11:59 p.m. January 31.  If dues are not received by January 31 along with the requisite membership form, you will be delinquent and ineligible to vote at that year’s state convention. For new members who have not been a member in two or more years, or who are brand new members, their dues will be due by 11:59 p.m. on May 31 of that year.  The same rules apply.  If the new member’s dues are not paid by then, they cannot vote in that year’s state convention elections.

Members know that dues are due usually in January, so there is plenty of time to make sure they have been taken care of by the deadline.

 

         2022 NFB of SC Membership Form

The National Federation of the Blind of SC has had our 2022 Membership Form on our website at www.nfbofsc.org since October 1, 2021. When you fill out this form, you will receive an email 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 cookcafe@sc.rr.com in the Email field. Once you click on the submit button, you will be 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. Remember you must fill out the new form and pay the $10 state dues in order to complete the process for your 2022 membership!  https://nfbofsc.org/2022-membership-form/ If you have any questions or need assistance with the above process, please call Steve Cook at 803 260 1292. If he is unable to take your call, he will call you back when available. Also, if you sign up on the NFB website, www.nfb.org, that is awesome, you will receive your welcome coin and packet, but please remember, you must also sign up on www.nfbofsc.org as a member of our Palmetto affiliate. I want to thank you all for being willing to assist those who are not familiar with online registration or payment so that their membership can be completed. Please remember, all dues and membership forms must be completed and submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern on May 31 in order to vote in our state convention election during the weekend of August 25-28.

 

          NFB of SC Jackets

Note, this is a project of Frank Loza personally and 25% of the proceeds benefit the Federation Center in Columbia.  From Frank Loza:

Get your National Federation of the Blind jackets.  There are two styles available.

One is a micro fiber that comes in black or blue, in sizes small to 4x.  The other one is polyester blend that comes in black, blue and gray, in sizes small to 5x.  On the back of the jacket it has our national NFB logo.  Under that it has National Federation of the Blind written out.  Below that it has, “Live the life you want.”  On the front left chest, it has NFB of SC.  If there are any other states that would like to order these jackets, they can be customized for your state.  The logo and lettering is embroidered, so it can be felt.  The micro fiber style is eighty dollars and the polyester blend is seventy five dollars.  If you have any questions, you can call Frank Loza at, 803-617-8016. He can explain more detail about the jackets and their design.  Payments can be made by check, money order, PayPal or Zelle.  To pay by PayPal or Zelle, you can look my account up on either platform by searching for my email, which is, floza58@bellsouth.net.  Join all the other Federationists who wear their jackets with pride.  Please help us spread the word to other states, so they don’t miss out.    Thank you so very much.

 

          NFB of SC Bags, Shirts, hoodies, and crew neck sweatshirts

The NFB of SC is selling bags with the NFB of SC logo and Live the Life you Want printed on the front. The bag is black, the bottom is red, and the straps are white. The top is open with a draw string closure. There is a zipper around the bottom, that expands the bag. There is a zippered pocket on the front where the NFB of SC logo is located. The bags are great for a gift or for sporting the NFB of SC logo and tag line. The bags sell for $25 each. You can pay pal the money on our website  www.nfbofsc.org or send cash or check made payable to NFB of SC to the Federation Center.

We are also selling short sleeve T-shirts. They are gray with the logo and tag line in black on the right side if looking at the shirt. On the back, you will find the state of SC  shaded in black. These shirts are $25. You can purchase two bags for $40 or two shirts for $40, or, one bag and one shirt for $40. If you just want one or the other, the price is $25 each. We are hoping to get in some sweatshirts and hoodies and will let you know the cost of these once they are secured. All funds will go to the NFB of SC.

We have added hoodies and crew neck sweatshirts to our NFB of SC apparel.  Blue crew neck sweatshirt, With yellow logo, and NFB of SC Live the life you want. Written below.  Blue hoodie sweatshirt, with front pockets. Has the NFB logo in yellow with NFB of SC, Live the life you want, written below the logo.  Prices are as follows:  Sweatshirt or hoodie:  Adult small to adult extra-large is 35 each or 2 for 60, 2x to 5x is 40 each or 2 for 70.  T shirt and bags 25 each or 2 for 40 Same price for Bags. You can mix and match. Make money orders or checks payable to NFB of SC and note what you are purchasing and your preferred size. You may also pay through PayPal at www.nfbofsc.org.  Please note in the comments section exactly what you wish to purchase. Questions, call President Jennifer Bazer at 803-960-9977. Thank you for your support of the NFB of SC!

 

          New Orleans Fundraiser

WHAT? New Orleans Here We Come!!!

WHO? The National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina!!!

WHAT? Offering an opportunity to win a 6-day 7-night stay during our National Convention!!!

WHEN? July 4th through July 10th at the Marriot located at 555 Canal Street, New Orleans.

WHAT SHOULD I DO? Purchase tickets which are 1 for five-dollars and 3 for ten-dollars. For every thirty-dollars you donate, then you will have a chance to win one-hundred dollars in CASH! The winner will either win a room or funds will be applied to your previously reserved room.

WHAT DO I GET? Hotel accommodations for the room. If the convention is cancelled the winner will take home the cash.

HOW will I win? You can send your donation to NFB of SC PayPal at www.nfbofsc.org. You may also mail a check, cash or money order to NFB of SC and mail to 119 S. Kilbourne Road, Columbia, SC 29205 and please make sure to put Hotel Tickets in the for/memo field. To have your information placed into the drawing please send us an email with your name and best reached phone number to, nfbofscfundraiser@gmail.com.

WHAT SHOULD I KNOW? In order for the winner to have enough time to cancel previous reservations, WHEN IS THE DRAWING? The drawing will take place on Monday May 30, 2022 at 5:30 pm on the Federation zoom platform.

Easy way to add to your contacts for a quick connection…

9292056099,,,8032543777#

Thank you for your support to the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina-Fundraising Committee!!!  For more information please contact either

Andrew Adams at (803)269-3803 or

Debra Canty at (803)775-5792 or

Co-chairs of the Fundraising Committee.

 

Speaking of the 2022 National Convention …

 

          National NFB Convention New Orleans, LA July 5-10, 2022

New Orleans Site of 2022 Convention  by John Berggren

An aerial view of the New Orleans Marriott.  The 2022 Convention of the National Federation of the Blind will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana, July 5 to July 10, at the New Orleans Marriott at 555 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70130. You can reserve a room now at the Marriott by calling 800-654-3990 ensuring you’ll be in our headquarters hotel. If you wish to stay in our overflow hotel directly across Canal Street, call 855-516-1090 to book a room at the Sheraton New Orleans.

The nightly rate for both the Marriott and the Sheraton is $109 for singles and doubles. Triples and quads can be booked for $119 per night. You should also anticipate the combined sales tax and tourism support rate of 16.2 percent, and note there is a hotel occupancy fee of $3.00 per night.

Both hotels will take a deposit of the first night’s room rate, taxes, and fees and will require a credit card or a personal check. If you use a credit card, the deposit will be charged against your card immediately. If a reservation is cancelled before Monday, June 1, 2022, half of the deposit will be returned. Refunds will not be issued for cancellations made beyond that date.

The hotels sit astride the storied Canal Street at 555 and 500 Canal Street respectively, only blocks from the mighty Mississippi River and even closer to the historic French Quarter. Both hotels offer a range of dining options as well as twenty-four-hour fitness centers. You’ll find a rooftop pool at the Marriott while the Sheraton features a Starbucks in its atrium lobby.

The schedule for the 2022 convention is:

Tuesday, July 5 Seminar Day

Wednesday, July 6 Registration and Resolutions Day

Thursday, July 7 Board Meeting and Division Day

Friday, July 8 Opening Session

Saturday, July 9 Business Session

Sunday, July 10 Banquet Day and Adjournment

The health of our members is of paramount importance as we plan for our first in-person convention in three years. Both of our convention hotels are committed to ensuring the safety of guests and have implemented cleaning protocols and elevated practices to deliver on this commitment. The National Federation of the Blind will continually monitor masking policies, vaccination requirements, and other health guidelines that may apply to our convention. Updates will be shared with members throughout the months leading up to convention, so members can plan accordingly.

 

Register for the Premier Event in the Blind Community

National Federation of the Blind 2022 National Convention

July 5 through July 10, 2022

New Orleans, LA

#NFB22

The National Federation of the Blind is the transformative membership and advocacy organization of blind people. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. Each year we come together for important discussions, decisions, and information sharing.

As an attendee, take advantage of the opportunity to:

  • Network with thousands of blind role models
  • Connect with leaders in the field of blindness
  • Attend presentations on a variety of empowering topics
  • Learn about the latest in technology and innovation
  • And more!

The convention is open to all. Important note: Our constitution states that only members of the Federation have the right to participate in decision-making when it comes to organizational policy. If you are not already a member, please connect with your state affiliate.

Is this your first convention or do you need a review of what to expect? Mark your calendar for the Rookie Roundup meeting scheduled for Tuesday, July 5, at 8:00 p.m. central time, which will go over all the things you need to know about the convention. Also available for first-time attendees, learn about the Kenneth Jernigan Convention Scholarship.

Register Today

Registration is now open. Get access to the latest information as it is made available and more.

Register for the 2022 National Convention now!

For more information and hotel details, visit https://nfb.org/convention. We look forward to your participation in this important event.

Coming Soon: NFB22 Virtual Experience Registration

We are excited to offer opportunities for engagement and connection to participants who are unable to attend the convention in-person. Details and registration for the 2022 National Convention Virtual Experience, a dedicated online space for exclusive convention activities, are coming soon. Registration for the virtual experience will be separate and at no cost.

 

Rideshare Discrimination Survey

The National Federation of the Blind is seeking feedback from Uber and Lyft customers who have been discriminated against by either rideshare company because of disability, including but not limited to a rider’s use of a service animal or white cane, or inaccessible rideshare app technology. Please take time to report all instances of discrimination. Though NFB’s agreements with both Uber and Lyft expired in 2020, we are gathering information about ongoing discrimination for legal advocacy.

You are not required to be a member of the NFB in order to fill out this survey. Below is a link to the survey.

https://nfb.org/programs-services/legal-program/rideshare-discrimination-survey

 

          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 serve before your meeting. Also, starting now, chairs and co-chairs of committees along with presidents of chapters and divisions will be responsible for sending out meting reminders to the listserv along with the agenda. Thank you! Someone will need to send out the daily reminder, agenda and Zoom information for the meeting.

 

Do you have a smart phone or tablet? How would you like to be able to look at your calendar on your smart device for upcoming events for the NFB of SC? Well, we have something that you will really like! Below is a link to the NFB of SC Google Calendar that you can subscribe to for upcoming events without having to visit our fabulous NFB of SC website to check the Events Calendar. Below is the link in which you will need to subscribe to the Events Calendar on your smart phone or computer.

 

https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/nfbsouthcarolina%40gmail.com/private-4df60c862f41a1d9bf2e25ed4a6af1f2/basic.ics

May2022

 

Monday, May 9, 2022

Convention Planning Committee 8:00 PM Federation Center Zoom

 

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Get Fit with the Sports & Rec Division 5:30 PM Rocky Bottom Zoom

At Large Chapter 7:00 PM Federation Center Zoom

 

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Sports & Rec Division 6:00 PM Rocky Bottom Zoom

Blind Equality Achievement Month 7:00 PM Federation Center Zoom

 

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Clarendon Chapter 8:00 PM Federation Center Zoom

 

Saturday, May 14, 2022

SC Tech Talk 3:00 PM Federation Center Zoom

 

 

 

          Federation Center Zoom Info

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8032543777?pwd=QTVQd2RzN3l6QnNmZ0FmSnp6NG8vQT09

Meeting ID: 803 254 3777 Passcode: 124578

One tap mobile +19292056099,,8032543777# US (New York)

 

          Rocky Bottom Zoom Info

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8648789090?pwd=QTVQd2RzN3l6QnNmZ0FmSnp6NG8vQT09

Meeting ID: 864 878 9090 Passcode: 124578

One tap mobile +19292056099,,8648789090# US (New York)

 

FCB Address:

Federation Center of the Blind

119 S Kilbourne Road

Columbia, SC 29205

 

NFB of SC PayPal:

Go to www.nfbofsc.org and  click on the “Donate with PayPal” button.  Enter the required info.  PayPal charges a 3% fee.  To ensure that the total amount you are paying is received, kindly add 3 cents for every dollar that is being paid.  We thank you for your support.

 

The following information was voted on and approved by the NFB of SC board on April 9, 2022:

State Convention Registration Rates:

Registration rates for this year’s convention are the same as last year’s.  They follow.

Registration: Pre-register for $85 until July 15, 2022 at 11:59 PM EDT. Then the cost goes up to $100.

Student Registration: Pre-registration is 55 until July 15, 2022 at 11:59 PM EDT. Then the price goes up to $60.  This includes college, graduate or doctoral students.

Children’s and Youth Registration: Pre-register for $25 until July 15, 2022 at 11:59 PM EDT. Then the cost goes up to $30. This rate is for people 18 and under.

 

The deadline to pre-register for the state convention, with both the registration form and the payment being received, is July 15, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

 

Early registration drawings:

The board voted to have two drawings as was done last year.  Anyone who pre-registers between now and May 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. EDT, will be entered into a drawing for $100.  Those pre-registering between June 1, 2022 at 12:00 a.m. EDT and   June 30, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. EDT, will be entered into a drawing for $50. There will not be a drawing for making reservations at the hotel.

 

State Convention Badges:

This year, name badges at the state convention will be very clear as to who is able to vote and who is not.  The colors chosen for the badges will be noticeably different, such as blue and yellow, purple and green, black and white, etc.  Colors have not been decided.  This will make it much easier for counters to know who to give voting cards to and those to skip when voting takes place.

 

NFB of SC State Convention Board Meeting:

Because of the increase in the number of divisions and committees, it is much harder to fit everything in on Friday, and still include time for the reception.  The board decided to have its meeting on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

 

State Convention Voting:

Voting for the state convention will be in person only.  If someone wants to register and arrive at the hotel on Sunday for voting, the board decided that will be acceptable.  This will keep the spirit of the in person voting intact, and will help to accommodate those who may wish to lessen their face-to-face interactions.   As a side benefit, it could give more transportation options to members across the state for returning to their respective homes.

 

Voting Cards:

Everyone who votes at the state convention will receive one index card in an envelope. Once they make their selection, and tear the card accordingly, they will put the card back in the envelope for it to be collected.  This will give a higher level of secrecy to the votes.  Only the counters will be allowed to see the cards.  They will not know who gave which card.

 

          Joke of the Week –

What runs but cannot walk?

The faucet

          Fascinating Fact of the Week –

May is pretty exclusive when it comes to days of the week. No other month in one single year starts or finishes on the same weekday as May. Basically, if the first of May is on a Friday, and the 31st of May is on a Sunday, no other months in the year will start or end on a Friday or a Sunday!

 

       Final Thought –

“It takes nothing to join the crowd. It takes everything to stand alone.” – Hans F. Hansen

      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.”

 

NFB of SC PSA

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