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First Vice President, Committee S...

National Federation of the Blind of Florida Inc
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National Federation of the Blind incorporated
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Baltimore, Maryland 21230
United States

Company Description: About the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) With more than 50,000 members, the NFB is considered the largest and most influential membership organization of...   more
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NFBF Constitution page
www.nfbflorida.org, 22 July 2013 [cached]
NFBF First Vice President Dan Hicks (Committee Secretary)
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Present were the following committee members: Wayne Davis (Chairperson), Dan Hicks (Secretary), Sherri Brun, Kathy Davis, Carol Feazell, Dwight Sayer, and J. D. Townsend.
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Dan cited technological changes which might cause problems with the current constitution, particularly the section stating that a meeting can be scheduled on written call of three board members. The ubiquity of fax machines and e-mail were not considered when this language was adopted. He mentioned the reported scheduling of a board meeting which had resulted in the removal of a president in another state. This is said to be the result of a board meeting arranged by fax, at a time the disgruntled board members knew it would be virtually impossible for the president to attend and defend her position.
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Dan Hicks, Committee Secretary
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committee Secretary, Dan Hicks, at 7:40 PM.
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Tom Hartig, Dan Hicks, Carolyn Lapp, Dwight Sayer, and J. D. Townsend.
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Dan said that it is clear that a Member-at-Large is an active member, as is a member of a chapter.
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Dan said that this is not likely to happen.
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Dan reminded the committee that he has suggested redrafting these articles to read:
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Dan said that it definitely would change which officers would be elected when, but most of the language would remain. He asked if, being as we were about to discuss the rotation amendment, was there at this point a consensus on the wording of articles IV and V as he had drafted them, with the phrase
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Carol, J. D., and Dan all said they favored electing the entire slate of
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Dan said that, on the other hand, it could pose a threat the e continuity that she hoped to preserve.
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Dan said this is not likely to happen. However, if the members voting
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Wayne, Sherri, Carol, and Dan all said that National would not approve a
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Dan said that this had originally started out as referring to "no two board members shall be related..." but that it had been modified. He said that language like this would have caused our affiliate great problems in years past. and that he felt that this should not be in the constitution. The
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Dan suggested that the word "fixed" should be changed to "selected",
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Dan objected to the use of "...electronic mail, or facsimile mail."
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Dan suggested "...it may be polled on any question in person, by mail
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Dan opposed the wording: "...provided notice is given via written or
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Brenda and Dan said that this should be regarded as a given.
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Dan mentioned that, in a sense this is already taken care of, because the president is already an ex-officio member of all committees. He admitted
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Dan said that he would like to see the noun "chair" changed to
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Dan will get the minutes out to the members as soon as possible.
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Dan Hicks, Committee Secretary
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Committee Secretary Dan Hicks called the roll.
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Kathy Davis, Carol Feazell, Brenda-Ann Gillis, Tom Hartig, Dan Hicks,
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Carol and Dan felt that "Federation" was just a good a word and decreased
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Dan said that he felt this revision would be more specific.
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Dan mentioned that this is a bit redundant.
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Dan did not feel this needed to be addresses as the NFB's definition of
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Dan said that he thought the board should meet on a regular basis, but that
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to get it to Dan to get it placed on the website.
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Dan said that Ramona Walhof had once said that you need at least three
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Dan pointed out that e-mail is a form of writing.
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Dan suggested cutting the rest of the paragraph following: "...written authorization of the President."
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Dan said that, for any large expenditures, there would almost certainly have been some kind of prerequisite communications, such as dialogue at a board meeting. He also said that signatures can be forged in snail-mail, so that nothing is totally safe.
J. D. said that most security procedures the board might want to employ would be outside the scope of the Constitution.
Dan asked the rest of the committee members if they were in agreement that
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Dan mentioned that the NFB Model Constitution for Affiliates and Chapters as well as previous versions of the NFBF Constitution have included language requiring the Treasurer to be bonded. In the 1989 Constitution meeting, Dr.
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Dan said it is not required in current versions of the NFBF Model Chapter Constitution.
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Dan did not like the idea of being required to make the membership mailing list available, even for seemingly official purposes such as constitutional amendments. He said there could also be questions of what format the
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Dan said that he felt that all general sessions are, in reality, business sessions. For instance, Resolutions can be read at any session and still be valid. He then read the version of this article which is contained in the
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Dan said that this is required so that members cannot propose random
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Dan said that we were running low on time. Although he did not feel this needs to be part of the constitution, it was apparent that some committee members do think that it should be. He suggested that language be drafted
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Dan said that he wants the ultimate outcome of the meetings of this
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Dan said that having one's chapter reorganized was not necessarily a
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Kathy suggested that Dan do it.
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Dan said he would rather not do it, because he did not really think the
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Dan asked who felt the most strongly about the necessity for new language.
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Dan Hicks, Committee Secretary
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Committee Secretary Dan Hicks called the roll. Present were: Sherri Brun, Wayne Davis, Kathy Davis, Carol Feazell, Brenda-Ann Gillis, Tom Hartig, Dan Hicks, Carolyn Lapp, Dwight Sayer, and J. D. Townsend.
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Dan proposed that, when the Committee finishes its work, the finished Constitution be sent to the NFBF Board for approval.
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Dan asked if everyone was pleased so far with the draft of the constitution as it now stands.
The committee agreed that it was.
We then moved on to discussion of the proposed article on chapter reorganization and dissolution.
Dan asked if we even need to have this article. He said that, if we keep the version that we have now, the constitution is almost certain to be approved by national. He said that he did not feel that the proposed article was necessary.
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Dan said that Brenda's version of the Article was so restrictive that, speaking as a board member, he would be hesitant to form any new chapters because it is so difficult to reorganize or dissolve them if something goes wrong.
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Dan said that, although we have agreed to discuss this article, if we approve it and include some version of it in our constitution, he feels it is most likely to be the article that causes National to disapprove the constitution as a whole.
Brenda said that, although she agreed with Dan on this, she thought we should go forward and include the article. She said she thought it was work a chance.
Dan said that he had proposed language for this article, it it was decided that it should be needed. He read his draft and other drafts were read.
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Dan asked the committee if they thought communication was perceived to be a problem in the affiliate.
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Dan said that there was no policy against that and that they will be posted. He has just not completed the task of posting them.
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Dan agreed and said that it he thought what it came down to was that an affiliate had to trust its board to some extent or the board should have not been elected in the first place.
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Dan said that he didn't think the term "revitalization" needed to be included in the actual language of the constitution as long as the idea was conveyed that a reorganization was not necessarily the result of a chapter's wrongdoing.
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Dan said that he thought the language in some of the drafts which read: "Whereas the Board-mandated reorganization or dissolution of a chapter is a serious undertaking..." should be removed, as reorganizations and dissolutions are not necessarily any more serious than other things the board deals with.
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Minutes of the NFBF Board of Directors August 16, 2009
www.nfbflorida.org, 22 July 2013 [cached]
President Dan Hicks called the meeting to order at 8:09 PM.
Present were:
Dan Hicks - President
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Dan gave the president's report and is working on an article about fun things to do in Florida at the time of the NFB convention.
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Dan felt that once expenses were calculated, this would come to approximately $11,000.
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Dan will talk to the Tallahassee chapter president about having his chapter members attend.
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Dan discussed the conference call with the consumer groups regarding the possible reorganization of DBS into another agency.
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The west coast Florida team will be lead by Dan and Dwight will lead the Central Florida team.
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Dan has not heard any updates from the Manasota chapter. He has not heard from Reagan either.
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Dan assured Denise that NFBF is working on this issue.
Minutes of the NFBF Board of Directors July 20, 2009
www.nfbflorida.org, 10 Aug 2011 [cached]
President Dan Hicks called the meeting to order at 8:18 PM. Present were: Dan Hicks - President
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Dan discussed the purpose of the NFBF Leader's list.
Minutes of the NFBF Board of Directors
www.nfbflorida.org, 10 Aug 2011 [cached]
Dan Hicks - Second Vice President
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Dan Hicks read through the contract and made appropriate changes.
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Dan discussed the way the master account was set up.
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Dan suggested that we ask for free Internet since we are actually paying more for the rooms, because of the involvement of Helms-Briscow.
Minutes of the NFBF Board of Directors February 19, 2009
www.nfbflorida.org, 10 Aug 2011 [cached]
Dan Hicks - Second Vice President
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Dan mentioned the reason that NFB is so successful in legislative efforts is that the people educating and consulting are blind and they know everyone on the hill.
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Dan suggested we tell Mr. Hebrock we are not interested in his advocacy services.
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Dan Hicks will make a followup call to In-Vision.
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