National Federation of the Blind Board Meeting Minutes
November 16, 2008
The meeting was called to order at 8:14 PM. Present were Kathy Davis, Dan Hicks, Dwight Sayer, Sherri Brun, Gloria Hicks, Sabrina Deaton, Gina Minichiello, Sherrill OíBrien, and Betty McNally, The minutes will be approved by e-mail.
The treasurerís report was given. Gloria has sent out a detailed treasurerís report. Operations account: $25,828.22. Newsline $45,351. There is still confusion RE distribution the Newsline funds, so they were paid out of Jenny Montgomery funds and we will return the check upon receipt of Newsline funds from DBS. Gloria read the itemization of the check book.
Gina Minichiello suggested that someone be trained to work with Gloria to learn the treasury. Gloria said that this is quite a time-consuming job and that some states pay accountants.
Gloria said that we received the Higgins foundation grant for $13,750. We do not know how much money we will get from the Imagination fund for our chapter, but will receive the check upon payment of all outstanding bills to NFB. We have not received a check from Carnival Cruise Lines for our fundraising. Sherrill said that Imagination fund said that we had more expenses for 2008 for the walk. 36 grants are being given out of $135,000 to 33 states. This would amount to approximately $2,596.15 per state. The National Office called Saturday and the 990 tax form was signed off and sent Saturday. This was the last possible day that it could be signed off.
Kathy gave the Presidentís
Betty gave the legislative report. The legislative committee met October 26. David Anspach is going to try to get ahold of Rep. Christman for pedestrian information and bill. Betty will meet with Fredericka Wilson from education committee and will take IDEA and Braille Bill legislation to her. Will also meet with Dwight Bullard, who is also on education committee and has gotten his fatherís seat. She is also seeking appointment with the governor. Will also work on Silent Cars bill and find someone appropriate to take bill. Also look at public services division for additional funding for Newsline. Hopefully, all contacts will be made by December 14. Names of those attending the Tallahassee Seminar must be submitted by March 1. Gloria has heard there may be a quick session in December for 2 weeks to work on budget. May want someone to go there at that time to get bills sponsored. Betty McNally is keeping track of the Callender.
Washington Seminar was discussed. Those attending will be Dan and Gloria, Dwight and Joe, Carlos and Mark, Sherrill and Kathy, Sherri and Judy Hamilton, Denise and Betty. Mark and Judy are not definites. A motion was made and carried to approve $850 for all 12 people who would be attending. Southwest Airlines is running specials through the end of November.
The events committee met and the
Windgate Hotel was approved for
We are getting $1000 from the
Palm Beach County Visitorís Bureau.
Sabrina gave the Newsline report.
For the month of November, we have had 488 people using Newsline. New
subscribers are 58. Closest competitor is
The planned giving brochure was
discussed. PDQ quoted us $1,381.25 for 3500 brochures. This does not include
postage. We need to get an updated lawyerís list. Should also reach out to
financial planners. We will check out the cost of the
Sherrill OíBrien discussed fund
raising meeting on 23rd. She would like to divide committee members so they are
working in their sub-committee of choice.
Sherrill will participate in a national call with Dr. Fred Schroeder for the Louis Braille event, which will give suggestions. Sherrill has a friend who owns a company who will put logos on everything. This would be for Braille literacy. She gave some suggestions for a design that could be put on a T-shirt or some other item.
Dwight told us that Dan Goldstein called and said NFB has a class action suit for the Federal Government where blind people have been passed over for promotions. 410-962-1030.
The vision caucus was discussed. Dan and Betty have participated in the teleconference calls. They want stories of blind people who have been helped by DBS. Success stories of various people of various ages who have gotten help from DBS. Gloria will give her story if necessary.
The meeting adjourned at 11:05 PM.
Sherri Brun, Secretary
National Federation of the Blind
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