Additional Minutes from NFBF State Convention General Sessions

January 16 - 18, 2016

 

The following will serve on the nominating committee: Fred Haynes, Tom Ryan, Tekesha Saffold, Joe King, Larry Ball, Miranda Kilby, Judy Hamilton, Marita Winston, Jada Michael, Scott Larson, Sherri Brun, Joe Naulty, Lauren Blum, and Paul Martinez as Chair.

 

The current Article IV and proposed constitutional amendment for was read Sunday morning, and again on Monday morning prior to elections.

Now reads:

ARTICLE IV:  ELECTIONS

Elections shall be conducted by a majority vote of the active members present and voting at an annually held business meeting.  Election shall be by voice vote, standing vote, show of hands, roll call vote, or secret ballot.  Secret marked ballots shall be required upon the request of an active member present and voting.  There shall be no proxy voting.  If no nominee receives a majority vote on the first ballot, the name of the person receiving the fewest votes shall be dropped from the list of nominees, and a second ballot shall be taken.  This procedure shall continue until one of the nominees has received a majority vote from the active members present and voting.

Proposed Change:

ARTICLE IV:  ELECTIONS

Elections shall be conducted by a majority vote of the active members present and voting at an annually held business meeting.  Election shall be by voice vote, standing vote, show of hands, roll call vote, or secret ballot.  Secret marked ballots shall be required upon the request of a majority of the active member present and voting.  There shall be no proxy voting.  If no nominee receives a majority vote on the first ballot, the name of the person receiving the fewest votes shall be dropped from the list of nominees, and a second ballot shall be taken.  This procedure shall continue until one of the nominees has received a majority vote from the active members present and voting.

Motion was approved to accept the amendment.

 

Motion approved to accept audit committee report.

 

Motion approved for the treasurer report.

 

Paul Martinez gave the nominating committee report which was: “First Vice President - Paul Martinez, second Vice President - Miranda Kilby (1 year), Treasurer - Gloria Hicks, Secretary -Jorge Hernandez (1 year), board member one- Sylvia Young (2 years), board member two - Lauren Blum (1 year), board member three - Larry Ball (1 year), board member four - Marita Winston (2 years)

Results of elections were:

 1st Vice President - Paul Martinez, 2nd Vice President - Miranda Kilby, (1 year), Treasurer - Gloria Mills Hicks, Secretary  -Sylvia Young (1 year), board member one - Lauren Blum (2 years), board member three - Tekesha  Saffold (1 year), and board member four - Rafael Fernandez (2 years)

 

Motion approved to give discretion to board for when and where the convention is.

 

Dan Hicks, resolution committee chair, read the following NAC resolution and this resolution was not passed.

 

Resolution

 Regarding Florida Division of Blind Services’ Requiring accreditation by the National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services (NAC)

 

Proponent: Marion Gwizdala

 

WHEREAS, the National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services (NAC) states that its mission is “To promote and recognize high quality rehabilitation and education services for people who are blind or have low vision through a comprehensive accreditation process guided by contemporary service standards”; and

WHEREAS, NAC’s accreditation standards are consistently demonstrated to be substandard in the contemporary standards employed by quality rehabilitation services for the blind to which NAC’S mission statement alludes; and

WHEREAS, the vast majority of agencies in the United States eligible to receive NAC accreditation refuse such accreditation, illustrating the irrelevant, meaningless, insulting, offensive and worthless accreditation NAC provides; and

WHEREAS, the Florida Department of Education, Division of Blind Services requires all Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRPs) to be accredited by NAC or some other accrediting body as a contractual condition to receive funding from the state of Florida; and

WHEREAS, the Florida Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation makes no such accreditation requirements as a contractual condition for funding, illustrating inconsistency in the practices within this state department; and

WHEREAS, Florida is the only state that requires NAC accreditation as a contractual condition for its CRPs to receive funding; and

WHEREAS, NAC’s worthless, irrelevant standards should not be the gateway to funds, since agencies for the blind receiving public money already account for this money through the political process; and

WHEREAS, the process of accreditation by NAC is an irresponsible waste of the CRP’s revenue and time which could be utilized to deliver direct services to consumers; and

 WHEREAS, organizations of the blind, which are run by consumers who know full-well what constitutes good and bad service and can make their voices heard by their elected officials and those who work for them, are perfectly able to judge excellent or less than passable services and with no drain on state coffers: Now,

Therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED by the National Federation of the Blind of Florida in convention assembled in Tampa, Florida this ____ day of January, 2016, that this organization demand the Florida Division of Blind Services rescind its mandatory contractual requirement that community rehabilitation programs in the state of Florida be accredited by the National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services or any other accrediting body as a condition for state funding.

Submitted by Sylvia Young, NFBF Secretary

        

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