Board Meeting

April 22, 2018

Meeting called to order at 8.31 PM

 Present:  President - Denise Valkema, 1st Vice President - Paul Martinez, 2nd Vice President - Miranda Kilby, Secretary - Sylvia Young, Treasurer - Gloria Mills-Hicks, Board members:1 Tekesha Saffold, 2 Jorge Hernandez, 3 Camille Tate and 4 Rafael Fernandez.

 Secretary Report:  A motion was made by Martinez to accept the March 25, 2018 minutes as sent via email; second by Fernandez.  Motion approved by all and passed.

 President report:  I completed more president letters for national student scholarships (10 letters total) and four president letters for Kenneth Jernigan convention scholarships. I attended the host committee meeting and had a hospitality committee meeting, I attended our agenda meeting, Deaf/Blind, and seniors meetings. We held our leaders teleconference with Pam Allen on the code of conduct.

 Treasurer Report:  Bank balances for March:

              Operations Account March 1, 2018:              $19,062.21

              Operations Account March 31, 2018:            $15,190.35


              NFB-Newsline® Account March 1, 2018         $28,403.00

              NFB-Newsline® Account March 31, 2018       $32,134.00

I have attached the Profit and Loss report for March.

 Division/Committee/Chapter reports:

Valkema reported:  Suncoast chapter is working to host convention and get members to convention.

Broward Chapter has at least six attending state convention.

 Martinez reported: Daytona Beach:  Daytona is renting a 15-passenger van to take members to Tampa for state convention.

State Wide:  State Wide has designed their basket and is very excited to present it at the state convention. The chapter will not be holding their meeting in May due to state convention but will meet up during the meet and greet time.

Scholarship Committee:  The student scholarship concluded on April 17th and the committee is

currently reviewing all applicants. The committee will meet during the first week of May to decide who our 2018 student scholarship winners will be. In addition, the 2018 national sponsorship has been sent out to the list twice and is now available on our

Fundraising Committee:  The Amazing Trio Bundle is in process, and The Tampa Chapter has

requested more tickets. So, the friendly competition is underway.  Suggestions for fundraising during the convention were: a 50/50 raffle or win a free room for State Convention 2019.  Hernandez motioned to have a fundraiser during the convention for a free stay at the 2019 State Convention, to finalized at year’s National Convention.  Second by Kilby.  Motion approved by all and passed.

 Kilby reported: Tampa:  The Chapter has been busy this last month with meetings with a

representative from Marco Rubio on April 16th, and on April 18th the chapter was able to speak with the independent living class at the Tampa Lighthouse. The chapter finalized their spirit days/nights on Friday, April 20th during their chapter meeting. They voted in one new member and met a potential member due to the spirit night. The board has decided to donate $375 towards the student scholarship program this year. Also, starting in July the chapter will alternate where they meet to serve the entire county of Hillsborough. So, on odd months they will be meeting out in Brandon at O’Brien’s.

Parents:  The division is planning a workshop for state convention with a few different guest speakers. They have been working hard towards BELL academy by raising funds and organizing everything in-between.

Communications:  The committee will meet on Tuesday April 24th and will discuss advertising state convention.

State convention:  The agenda will be ready to be release May 1st, and the 2 host chapters are planning a few surprises for our members at state convention.  Vendors have been contacted by phone and email regarding our exhibit hall, and between Lauren and Miranda they are contacting individuals that attended the convention the last time it was in Tampa.

NFB411:  The next meeting will be set sometime in June.

 Young reported:  The Tallahassee Chapter is excited about building our basket for the State convention auction.  We know that everyone will want our basket.  We are collecting food items to assist a local church to restock their food pantry as our community service activity in May.  We will be traveling to the State Convention by van and still plan to bring 6 members one of which will be a 1st timer.  Jada and Sylvia met with both Senator’s Regional Directors about out legislative agenda.

The Jacksonville Chapter had a successful yard sale this month and have a Flapjack Breakfast at Applebee’s planned for April 28th.   They have applied to Kohls for the grant and volunteers.  They plan to bring 5 or 6 members to the convention and have already sent in their registrations.

The Next Breaking Newsletter will be published June1st.   I was so pleased with the number of submissions for our last edition.  Thanks to everyone.  Please continue to encourage your chapters and liaison chapters to submit articles.

 Mills-Hicks reported: Polk Chapter:   I spoke to Joe and Kitty King. They are both planning to attend the NFBF State Convention, along with one other chapter member, Judy Black. Their chapter is doing fine, but there will not be a pancake breakfast as planned.

FLAGDU:  FLAGDU had a board meeting on March 15th, which I was not able to attend. Much of the meeting was devoted to the baskets that FLAGDU will present at the State Convention. Their division meeting at convention will feature a speaker from FEMA, to address the topic of persons who have guide dogs and need to go to a shelter because of a hurricane or other impending weather. The speaker will also present at the general session Saturday morning at the State Convention

Other meetings:  Denise, Dan and I plan to visit Embassy Suites in Boca Raton.

March 18th, we had a well-attended Events Committee meeting. Wednesday, May 16th, will be our last Events Committee meeting before the State Convention.

The next meeting of the Senior Concerns Committee will be Thursday, May 10th, at 8:00 PM.

 Saffold reported:

 Hernandez reportedMiami-Dade Chapter - The chapter is finalizing arrangements for state convention and 15 – 20 members are traveling to Tampa. We are forming a fundraising committee to establish events for the rest of the year.  The second annual “Walk in the Park” is scheduled for June 9th and county officials have been contacted to participate in the event.

Several members are applying for the National Sponsorship offered by the State Affiliate.

The chapter continues to grow, and we have gained three new members in the month of April.

Treasure Coast Chapter - I have spoken on several occasions with the newly elected President to assure the chapter is adjusting with the new board.  The chapter is working to add the new treasurer to the checking account.  The chapter had a Spirit night for fundraising.  Four members are traveling to the State Convention. Hernandez suggested we get matching polos with the logo.  Those that would like one will contact him with number and sizes.

 Tate reported: Melbourne: The chapter leaders met with Congressman Posey on March 27th; he signed on as a co-sponsor of AIM HE and ATAA.  They will send six members to state convention and have nearly finished their auction basket. Due to issues with transit, Melbourne has cut off several members from transit list that live in outlying areas of the county.   The chapter is working on a pancake breakfast in the fall and the car show in October as fundraisers.  The chapter adopted the code of conduct on April 9th.

Florida Deaf/Blind Division: The division has found a speaker for the seminar at state convention, Emily Taylor-Snell.  The will give each board member attending state convention for the entire convention a stipend of $250.  They are considering changing the board by moving 2nd vice president to a board position, instead of removing two board positions.  They are reviewing their constitution for typos and grammatical errors. Nest meeting will be Tuesday, May 8th, at 8 p.m.

Legislation: The Committee is planning a skit on how a bill is passed through the House and Senate to become law for state convention.  H.R. 620 may not make it to a vote on the Senate floor because Sen. Duckworth's letter obtained the necessary signatures to halt it.  Merry is working on the Space Available bill and Camille is working on the Parent's Rights bill.  The committee will meet next at state convention, no meeting in May.

Resolutions: The committee met on April 15th.  Merry is working on accessible absentee ballots. Jorge and Camille are working on a "unified" paratransit resolution for the state convention.  Dan corrected last year's resolutions, that had minor errors.  The committee will meet on April 30th at 8 p.m., which is the deadline to submit resolutions to the committee.

 Saffold reported:  Palm Beach Chapter:  The Palm Beach Chapter is working on our basket for the State convention auction.  Currently, we have about 4 members who plan to attend state convention. I helped a member with her Kenneth Jernigan scholarship letter, so she can attend the national convention for the first time. We are currently selling tickets for our spaghetti sale to assist members to the National convention. We are planning to have another chapter engagement activity to go bowling again. We are continuing to sell tickets for the Amazing Trio Bundle and every member has received their membership card.

 Empowerment Committee:  We are scheduled to have a meeting on Monday April 30th at 8 pm. We are working on a guest speaker during our workshop on mental health and are looking into selling candy during the state convention as a fundraiser.

 Action items:

National Convention:  We discussed the request from the Host committee asking that all host affiliates donate $500 to the cost of the convention.  Martinez motioned to send $500 to the host committee in support of the National Convention.  Second by Mills.  Approved by all and passed.

 State Convention:

 Our next board meeting will be an open board meeting at the convention.

 Martinez made a motion that the meeting be adjourned; second by Kilby. Approved by all and passed.

 Respectfully submitted by Sylvia Young, NFBF Secretary