NFBF State Board Meeting

April 24, 2016

8:05 PM

Present:  Denise Valkema - President,  1st Vice President - Paul Martinez, 2nd Vice President - Miranda Kilby, Secretary - Sylvia Young, Treasurer - Gloria Mills, board members: 2 Jorge Hernandez, and 3 Tekesha  Saffold

 Secretary Report:  A motion was made by Miranda to accept minutes sent via email; it was second by Tekesha.  Motion approved.

President report:  Denise sent fourteen president letters for national student scholarship and thirteen president letters for Kenneth Jernigan convention scholarship after interviewing each applicant. We will not be hosting a mini bell program prior to national this year but Carlton hopes we have a Florida bell program in 2017.  Wendy Wilson will have an exhibit table with Newsline information and KNFB reader brochures during DBS 75 year celebration.  Daytona chapter members and other NFB members will be present. This celebration will be held in other areas of our state.  She spoke with Jeannie Massey regarding Florida responsibilities for national. We are asked to provide restaurant guides in print and Braille and we will be asked to sign up to help the host states in the hospitality suite and the agenda table. We are all NFB family. This gives us flexibility to help when and where we want.  She will be invited to attend the next convention planning committee call.  She had the pleasure to attend the Broward chapter meeting, statewide chapter meeting, and the Daytona chapter meeting.  Other updates will be given during reports.

 Treasurer Report:  Bank of America Ending Balance: Operations Account: $2,342.36; Newsline Account: $43,275.59; A motion was made by Miranda to accept the report as given; it was second by Paul.  Motion approved.

Division/committee/chapter reports:

Paul reported that Daytona chapter has good attendance at their meetings.  Amendment to their constitution was discussed.  A motion was made by Miranda to table the request to amend until further clarification is made; it was second by Gloria.  Motion passed. Central Florida chapter has an upcoming fundraiser at Five Guys.  Scholarship committee is still receiving requests. May 7th is the deadline for applications.  Newsline contract is still pending.  Joe invited board members to attend the Newsline meeting.  Statewide chapter will be raffling wallet.  The National office wants to use the National membership cards in the future which contain a bar code.

 Tekesha reported sales for their baseball fundraiser are going well.  They will be having yard sale also.  Marylyn will be reschedule a meeting soon for the Empowerment committee.

 Sylvia spoke with Marita, Jacksonville Chapter president who says they have several fundraisers in progress including a Pancake Breakfast in May.  They have a Facebook page and starting a newsletter.  They are also planning to have a table at the Vision 5K Walk.  They have established monthly meetings held at Bob Evans.  The Tallahassee Chapter did receive funds from the partnership with the X-it Foundation. They had a great time participating in the annual Springtime Tallahassee Parade. Tallahassee voted on the amendment to their constitution which was resubmit this past week to the board to approve.  A motion was made by Paul to accept the amendment for the Tallahassee constitution; it was second by Gloria.  Motion approved.

 Miranda reported Tampa chapter is growing strong.  The supervisor of elections is to come to their meeting in June or July about audible voting machines.  The Deaf/Blind Division 1st vice president, Brooke Evans resigned but will continue to work with the division’s grant funding.  The President’s committee has developed interest topics to be discussed in upcoming meetings.  The Convention committee has met and have divided hotels among the committee members to research.  No official proposals yet but soon.

 Gloria complimented Denise on her liaison idea.  It is a working well.

 Jorge reported Apple Trio sales was going very well.  Already have over $400.  He mailed tickets to the presidents with self-addressed envelopes to return funds and tickets.  The Legislative committee is asking us to reach out to our legislature about the Space Act. 

Denise reported Broward had 30 people in attendance at their meeting and a Freedom Scientific rep spoke on technology. Jorge did a great job demonstrating the KNFB reader at both Broward and Miami Chapter meetings.   Miami has lots of new members and things are going very well there. 

Next meeting May 22, 2016

Gloria asked board members to send her the dates we will be arriving and leaving the convention, along with registration hotel number as soon as possible.

Paul made a motion that the meeting be adjourned; second by Jorge.  All approved.  Meeting adjourned at 9:29 pm.

Respectfully submitted by Sylvia Young, NFBF Secretary


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