NFBF State Board Meeting

January 22, 2017

Meeting called to order at 8:01 PM

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

Secretary Report:  A motion was made by Tekesha to accept the amended November minutes as sent via email; second by Gloria.  Motion approved by all and passed.

President report: On Jan. 3rd, the Florida Bell call was canceled. On the 5th we had our senior committee call. On the 7th, I returned calls and email communication. On Jan. 8 and 22rd, I attended chapter president university calls. Also, on the 8th, we had our interest topic call on branding. We had events committee on the 11th. We held fundraising committee calls on the 12th and 18th. On the 15th, I attended FABS and Miami board meeting. On the 17th, we held Washington seminar delegate meeting. On the 18th, a member supported a parent at an IEP meeting. On the 19th, I spoke on behalf of the Miami Dade chapter on how we used the donation and expressed appreciation with Jorge, chapter president, and attended the chapter meeting. On the 21st, we had a showing of “Bottom Dollars” in Tampa that I did not attend. We had some great news regarding Miranda that she can share with the board.  Miranda was contacted by our national office to attend a communication seminar in Baltimore February 16th to 19th.  Pat Maurer also requested her assistance at a leadership seminar on March 1st.

Treasurer Report:  Gloria sent out the December Profit and Loss Statement. The December Bank Statement totals:  Operations Account:  $10,247.18 and NFB-Newsline Account:  $49,428.27 were sent via email.  A motion was made by Miranda to accept treasurer’s report; second by Paul.  Motion approved by all and passed.  We discussed the need to have a budget meeting to establish our 2017 budget, which will be scheduled sometime after our Orlando board meeting.

Division/committee/chapter reports:

Paul reported the Central Florida Chapter is working hard on gaining new members and had a guest speaker to discussed the Non24 and they are excited to see the board in February.   The Statewide Chapter is raffling a gift card from 1800flowers for $5.  The Student Scholarship application is out now and we should encourage you members to apply.  We are excited about the Washington Seminar and we have a great group going, including Janette Torres who paying her own expenses to attend.

Miranda reported the Tampa Chapter is excited about their goals for the new year and are creating duties within the chapter to involved more member with each other and the chapter.  The Pinellas Chapter postponed elections until next Saturday because Larry is in the hospital.  The Deaf Blind Division wants to create a page on the NFBF website and will be working with Dan to get this done.   The next President’s meeting in will be February 12th and will be chaired by Jorge. The NFB 411 meeting on branding was well attended and we will send out the recording next week.  The next one will be March 12th on NFB philosophy.

Sylvia reported the Tallahassee Chapter had elections and gained 2 new board members. They are sponsoring a Valentines Basket raffle and working on community activities.

Gloria reported the Senior Concerns had a meeting January 5th and are gaining more participation.  They are working on having a meeting during the state convention.   The next meeting will be February 2nd.  The Events Committee meeting was very productive and have establish multiple subcommittees.  The next meeting will be February 8th at 8pm.  She spoke with Joe and Kitty and they are well and chapter is doing well.

Jorge reported the Miami Dade Chapter attended the City of Virginia Gardens League of Commissioners meeting and the league donated $500 to their chapter.  They continue to build their membership and is planning to send out a notice though the Library.  He met with the Space Coast Chapter along with President Valkema.  The Fundraising Committee brought the following suggestions for fundraising: 1. NFB lapel pens sales for $8.  We plan to offer them on the Florida list serve, then on the national list.  2.  Sell 100 envelops (lottery type) daily with a prize of $200 total with largest amount of $50.  3.  Sell fleeces with NFB Logo.  4.  Ask for pledges from the chapters at the state convention.

A motion was made by Paul that we start informing the chapter presidents that we will be collecting pledges at our state convention; second by Miranda.  Motion approved by all and passed.  A motion was made by Paul that we start selling the lapel pens that say NFB for $8 for 1st week on state of Florida list sever, then on the national list serve; second by Miranda. Motion approved by all and passed.  A motion was made by Miranda that we sell the 100 envelops daily for a total of $200; second by Gloria.  After discussion, the question was tabled until we meet in Orlando in February.

Tekesha reported the Palm Beach Chapter was excited to start the new year.  They played the presidential release during their meeting. They discussed having a Mother’s Day raffle and will have they elections next month.  They also talked about and went over the Washington Seminar fact sheets.  The Empowerment Committee meeting was postponed until January 23rd and are encouraging input from the membership to meet everyone’s concerns.

Old Business:

State Convention:

A motion was made by Jorge to increase the registration and banquet fees by $5 each for a total of $60; second by Miranda.  Motion approved by all and passed.

We agreed to discuss state convention exhibitor fees at our board meeting in February.

A motion was made by Paul to reimburse transportation cost to Orlando for each board member upon presentation of receipts; second by Gloria.  Motion approved by all and passed.

New Business:

The board discussed possibly establishing something like the TIME Act in Florida.

­­­­­­Miranda made a motion that the meeting be adjourned; second by Jorge.  All approved.  Meeting adjourned at 10pm.

Respectfully submitted by Sylvia Young, NFBF Secretary


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