Our Parental Rights legislation has now been introduced in the House, H.B. 253
and in the Senate, S.B. 202. We are planning for a Columbus Seminar on September 20 and 21. The Board of Directors will meet in the afternoon of September 19. We are also planning a short job seekers seminar for the morning of September 20.
As a member of a chapter or division of the National Federation of the Blind of Ohio, you are an integral part of who we are as an organization, and we are relying on you to help us make these events successful. Use these opportunities to build your chapter and therefore to build the affiliate.
Please read carefully the outline for the three days beginning on September 19, as presented below. Talk with your chapter president and let him/her know if you want to be a part of these events and how much time you have to commit. The Board of Directors is committed to making these events all inclusive. This means that we will do what we can to assist with transportation, meals, and lodging, though we will be deeply grateful for personal support for the events.
We expect anyone who agrees to participate in any or all of the events to do
so in a way that is in accordance with the code of conduct of the National Federation of the Blind and is also engaging, respectful, consistent with the brand and values of the National Federation of the Blind, and that will help participants grow as members of this organization. This is true regardless of whether or not we are providing you with financial assistance.
The Board of Directors will meet at 1:00 PM on Sunday, September 19. This of course is an open meeting, and we urge as many members who can do so to attend. If for travel scheduling or other logistical reasons members need to stay at the hotel Saturday night, we will work out the details if we know of the situation in advance. We will gather for a relaxing dinner at a local restaurant shortly after the conclusion of the meeting.
Monday begins our legislative work. The entire day of Monday, September 20, is devoted to legislative training if that is what you are interested in. But if you are looking for a job, there will be a job seekers seminar that will run from 9:00 to noon, and at the same time We will offer a tour of the Ohio State House as a part of our legislative work. Lunch is on your own unless you are a part of the job seekers seminar, but once again, if you need financial assistance please be sure to discuss the matter with me in advance.
In the afternoon you can be sure that we will have inspirational and motivational speakers. You will get training on how to work in the Ohio General Assembly all year long. Monday evening will be our great Gathering In. This will include a meal appropriate for the occasion. If for any reason you have been unable to join us for the earlier activities we want you there in time for the evening activities. Again we will do what we can to break down financial barriers to participation.
Those of you who have been a part of the Washington Seminar understand the importance of participating in the Great Gathering In. Although we want to be as inclusive as possible, you should also understand that by the time Tuesday morning is here, we have to be organized and ready to hit Capitol Square running. This means that all the training has to take place the night before.
Chapters please assist your members as much as possible. I will again say that The affiliate will also work with anyone who needs assistance. To the degree that it is needed, we will help with the cost of transportation and lodging. We will do so in compliance with current affiliate policies. This means that anyone who is requesting assistance with lodging should be prepared to share a hotel room with one to three other people. Transportation expenses will be reimbursed if discussed with me in advance and provided that the appropriate receipts are included with a signed expense reimbursement form.
Complete the form below with the information we need from all members who wish to participate in this exciting opportunity. Please begin discussing this with your Chapter or Division president as soon as possible. Email special requests directly to Richard Payne, President: Rchpay7@gmail.com
Thank you in advance for your dedication and continued service to the National Federation of the Blind of Ohio! I hope to see each and every one of you in Columbus. Let’s go build the Federation!
Richard Payne, President
National Federation of the Blind of Ohio | 937-396-5573or 937/829/3368