National Federation of the Blind of Florida
Board Meeting Minutes
August 16, 2009
Dan Hicks called the meeting to order at 8:14 PM.
Dan Hicks - President
Joe Minichiello - Second Vice President
Sherri Brun - Secretary
Gloria Hicks - Treasurer
Betty McNally - Board Member
Gina Minichiello – Board Member
Sherrill O'Brien - Board Member
Dwight Sayer - First Vice President – Absent.
Kathy Davis – Board Member – Absent.
The minutes for the meeting of July 21, 2009 were approved as read.
Gloria Hicks then gave the treasurer’s report. Balance for all accounts is: Wachovia $152,421.72, Newsline® 18,382.50, operations account $15,876.57. The total is $186,680.79. We have made some money this time, some from Wachovia account and some from Newsline®. $10,000 of that money was put in the Wachovia account from Newsline®, because we borrowed from Wachovia when we did not have money allocated to pay our Newsline® bills to the National Office. $67,000 was sent to National for Newsline® because no bills had been submitted from National for some time. Sherrill O’Brien suggested that we put the other two accounts into money market funds, but Gloria said we spend the money so fast that it would not be worth it, because money markets are very low interest-bearing. Gloria explained how the Excel file is set up. For our convention Netbook fundraiser, we collected a total before expenses of $955. For Newsline®, we have received $123,214.00 year to date. Newsline® year-to-date expenses are marketing hours $3,997 year to date. Service fees: $26,879 for July, but total for year-to-date is $80,527.50. The treasurer’s report was accepted as given.
Dan gave the president’s report. Most of the items will be covered in the agenda. The NFB of Florida has sent out 2130 letters and brochures to Martendale-Hubbelllist. We have gotten approximately 100 back with incorrect addresses. It was suggested that the envelopes with incorrect addresses be kept to see if we can correct the address at the next issuing of the Martendale-Hubbell CD.
Committee reports were given. Sherrill said that the Florida Association of Dog Guide Users (FLAGDU) website has been updated with correct information. The site now has a link to The National Association of Dog Guide Users, (NAGDU). When information is added to a website, it must be done through the webmaster. NAGDU currently has 43 members. The site and the remainder of this year is being dedicated to Dave Anspach. Dan said that items could be added if we set up a blog which could be accessed from the website. He will look into that.
Joe Minichiello gave the report for the Parents’ Division. Lenora Marten, the Florida Organization of Parents of Blind Children president is trying to get the constitution corrected and approved. Dan said to send us the most up-to-date version. Sherri suggested an e-mail vote. We should get the latest draft, send corrections and then approve it. They have done Saturday parent events throughout the state. They received a thousand dollar donation from someone who had asked about the group. Larry Marten is working on trying to get the parents and children a free day at Disney World the day before the parents seminar at convention.
No student division report was given. Dan has updated the student division website and has heard from Toni Clavie, the student division president.
Gina Minichiello has been talking
with Georgia Kellog who is somewhat interested in taking on the responsibilities
of the merchants’ division. It was suggested that Dan give her a call to refer
her to someone at National. Gloria said because it is set up as a division, a
board must be elected. Gloria suggested that Paul Prescott might be involved.
Sherri Brun, the NFBF Newsline®
coordinator gave the Newsline® report. Newsline® statistics both in usage and
sign-ups are good with
Fund-raising is doing well. Gina
Minichiello said she is looking for someone who can write grants. She asked if
anyone on the board could write grants. Most grants have guidelines for each
specific grant. Betty suggested talking to Barbara in the PR office. Pam Allen
who is at the
Sherrill says that chapter
building has a core committee, but she is trying to include in the committee a
representative from each chapter. Sherrill suggested that for the newer
chapters, the president should probably serve. Gina Minichiello suggested a
meeting for North Florida with
Betty said that the legislative
committee met last week, but only half the committee was available and there
were technical problems with the telephone, but once we were able to get good
communication, we dealt with several issues which included: the White Cane Law, Funding for
Newsline®, which there is definite interest in the legislation. There is also
definite interest in creating a bill for the Florida Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The initiative to improve
The Martendale-Hubbell list was discussed. We are charging 20 cents per name. It was difficult to search and modify the names. Gina informed us that we received a total for July for sales of names of $130, but have received a total of roughly $270 in total invoices. Gloria moved that we offer the attorney’s list for 50 cents per name. The motion carried. Dan said he would again send something to the president’s list and will call state presidents. Other board members will contact state presidents.
The board decided to send a copy of the brochure if requested and will sell the PDF file of the brochure for $50 per file.
The up-coming NFBF Leadership Seminar was discussed. We talked about how many people we should send. Dan had a question about the contract about the Act of God clause. Betty went over her proposal she created to give us some idea of the cost of this seminar. For two nights at the hotel, the room cost will come to $4100. Food will probably come up to $1750. Transportation of $50 per person will be given. When figuring out other costs, expenses totaled $8, 600. The motion was made that those invited should include all chapter and division presidents, other leaders and spouses or significant others if involved. The hotel contract will be signed upon the approval of the president and the treasurer. Betty will send her proposal to Dan and to Gloria.
Gina Minichiello, Joe Minichiello, Lenora Marten and Kathy Davis will work on the Parents grant and Sherri Brun, Gloria Hicks, Sherrill O’Brien and Betty McNally will work on the Leadership Seminar grant.
Dan then explained the
circumstances of the upcoming meeting to take place between Scott White, the
national director of Newsline® and Joyce Hildreth, the director of The Florida
Division of Blind Services. Dan was contacted by Scott White. He suggested a
month ago that Dan and he meet with Joyce Hildreth. On Wednesday August 26, Dan
will fly to
A conference call was held about
the Louis Braille coin. As of last Tuesday, we sold just short of 178,000, which
is far short of the necessary goal. John Paré, director of strategic initiatives
for the National Federation of the Blind has devised a 10-week plan for each
affiliate to sell coins.
Gina has become aware of a company selling individualized table covers and thinks the purchase of these by our chapters would help make our chapters look professional at events. She will check further into prices for purchasing in bulk.
Gina also suggested it would be a great incentive if every March 15 after all dues have been sent into Gloria, we have a drawing and expenses will be paid to the winner for state convention. We could take this further by also paying the expenses to National Convention by drawing a registrants’ name.
We need to encourage chapters to submit scholarships. This will be discussed with Kathy Davis, THE SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON.
Joe stated he would like to serve on the budget committee. As second vice-president, he will serve on the committee.
The meeting adjourned at 11:17 P.M.
Sherri Brun, Secretary
National Federation of the Blind
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