National Federation of the Blind
Board Meeting Minutes
July 29, 2007
Meeting was called to order at 8:07 PM.
Kathy Davis - President
Dwight Sayer - First Vice President
Dan Hicks - Second Vice President
Sherri Brun - Secretary
Gloria Hicks - Treasurer
Sabrina Deaton - Board Member
Betty McNally - Board Member
Joe Minichiello - Board Member
Sherrill O'Brien - Board Member.
The minutes were approved as corrected. Sherri Brun encouraged board members to get corrections to her via e-mail before the meeting so that time is not taken up during the meeting explaining corrections to be made.
The treasure's report was given. Gloria explained the way the reports are organized. Investment fund: One year ago 138,950.74 and currently 145,281.59. The operating account June 1st: 40,623.46. June 30 22,023.44. Money spent in June is $850 per person to go to convention. Three chapters requested grants of $300 each. Last year, we had $18,408.80.
The Newsline account has
$20,793.80. At the end $13,113.08. A year ago $50,570.85. We are missing the
money from DBS. We are supposed to receive it tis week. Gloria asked for
$29,300. The check from
The national leadership seminar was discussed. Kathy said she will recommend those who have not attended to go to one.
The sudden death of rick Brown's
mother was discussed. We should send flowers to the service in the
Committee chairs and board
liaisons was discussed. Kathy said she will keep us informed. The budget
committee will consist of Kathy Davis, Dan Hicks, Dwight Sayer and Gloria Hicks.
Each committee should get an idea of its budget and send it to Gloria, which she
should in turn send to each member of the budget committee. Merry Schoch and
Gloria are going to co-chair events committee. Merry cannot attend either the
Sabrina wondered if she could sit in on issues of committees pertinent to PR, such as legislation? Kathy recommended she be a member of that committee.
Kathy said that we need to be thinking of bids for 2008 convention. Still has no bids. Gloria sent contract from Wyndham and notes RE changes. She will also send the revised guidelines. Also make sure we can sell items from chapters such as water. We should also get bids ahead of time so we know years in advance. More than one chapter can sponsor a convention. Gloria will also send out the guidelines for hosting a convention again.
Grant committees were discussed.
Need to keep the budget in mind when considering funds allocated for these
grants. The parents need to work collectively to grow their division. Parents
need to be involved with this as well. Sherrill will chair Parents' committee
grant. Gloria talked to the Wingate
RE rooms for
Betty discussed our involvement in SUN. We only have one chapter and two people contributing. Chapter's can make one-time donation. •Betty will send out appeal on the list. Kathy advised Betty send it out mid-week before the third Saturday in August.
The cruise was discussed. Kirk is lessening his activity regarding the cruise. Kathy encouraged us to send out the glossy pamphlets to Allen Bornstein. Dwight and Sherri will serve on the fundraising committee. The fundraising committee should try to meet after next weekend. •Sherri Brun will have Ralph Ingram send glossy pamphlets to each chapter president. Chapters should pay attention to civic activities where the cruise could be discussed. We can also market the cruise at our meet-the-blind month activities.
We need to work with the library
It was suggested that we need to
organize a Leadership retreat for NFBF. We also need to build chapters. There
are interested people in Brevard, in
Sabrina asked how we feel about
the school for the blind in
Marketing the cruise was again briefly discussed. It was suggested that the cruise could be marketed to homeowners associations and retirement communities. Sherrill O'Brien mentioned that she has a contact with a pastor who works with a retirement community. She will check with him. We can also market the cruise at outreach activities. •Kathy will get a message regarding the cruise out to the NFB presidents list. Kathy said that we don't have to limit ourselves just to the cruise in regards to fundraising.
NAC accreditation of
The meeting adjourned at 10:40 P.M.
Sherri Brun, Secretary
National Federation of the Blind
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