Archive for October, 2011

Last Day of Indiana NFB State Confrence

This was the last day of the NFB Conference.  It was a state Board meeting.  I really enjoyed it.  The order was excellent.  I do think that having the state conference only in Indianapolis will hurt the state affiliate as a whole.  This was brought up…it is a state wide affiliate  and should  have the conference every other year at a location some ware else in the state not only to gain support in those areas, but to let the presence of the NFB be felt across the state.     I do understand the financial dilemma   and that the cost of having it in other areas of the state is costly.    That only means that there is more fund raising to do. 


I was working on a prayer shawl today as well.  Yes, I can listen, participate, and crochet at the same time.  I was glad to see someone else knitting as well.  Yarn craft is alive and well in the NFB!





Day 2 at NFB Confrence

Today was much better at the NFB Convention.  I learned a lot about the organization. I am very interested in  advocacy.  I was impressed with Mayor Tom Henry’s proclamation and speech.  There is still a lot to do here in Fort Wayne.  I personally have been looking for 2 years for a job.  I have a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and an Associate degree in Accounting.  I still get denied work opportunities because of the vision impairment.


Ah, yes, I did continue working on my crochet during this segment of the NFB conference.  It is almost finished now.

NFB Confrence First Day

Today was the first day of the National Federation of the Blind of Indiana State Confrence in Fort Wayne.   It was interesting to “see” how it was run.  I am a person for lists and times that things need to be done.  I just assumed that because it was for the Blind, that there would be a lot of order to the day.  Not in this instance.  Do not get me wrong, I enjoyed the information and hearing the stories of others.  I just like a lot more order to my life and this setting  has me wanting a drink really bad.


Today was also I Love Yarn Day! Yes I love my yarn and brought a project with me to the NFB conference.  Good thing I did.  One of the vendors that was there also had one going.  Great fun when I ran, literally, into her.  Today I was working with Caron Simply Soft on a shrug for my Aunt.  I just love the texture, it is so silky soft.  My Aunt loves blue…I love green all shades of it, color is blue though.    Ah well, I can work with other colors… its just that I Love Irelend and all things green as well.


Feeling a bit Irish today, wanted to stop in to the Pub close to the Conference center called J K O’Donnels.  Ah, well, no money took care of that.    We came home to Irish stew instead.  Grand altogether!

One day to go!

In one day I will be attending my first NFB State Confrence in Fort Wayne, IN.

State Convention 2011

October 14-16


Hilton Hotel

1020 S. Calhoun St.

Fort Wayne IN.

(260) 420-1100




Registration 25.00 

Banquet 35.00





NFB Pledge


I pledge to participate actively in the efforts of the National Federation of the Blind to achieve equality, opportunity, and security for the blind; to support the policies and programs of the Federation; and to abide by its constitution.



Friday Oct. 14, 2011


9:00 A.M.  Orientation to the hotel. Anyone needing orientation to the hotel please see Ron Brown.


Childcare will be provided in the suite (TBA) and  Sunday child care will be in the suite only.


Hotel staff asks that you take your dog guides out anywhere there is a grassy area.


12:30 P.M. Parents Division:

Amber Hall, President. Harrison

Room B.


All other Division meetings will

be held in Harrison A.


Registration will be held from 12:30 – 2:00 P.M. and again from 4:00 – 5:00 P.M. Registration: Will be in the foyer in front of Harrison Rooms A-B.



1:00–2:00 P.M. Performing Arts Division meeting. Jordy Stringer President. 


2:00-3:00–P.M. Seniors Division: Mamie Mason President.



3:00-4:00 P.M. Merchants

Division. Joe Higdon, President.


4:00-5:00 P.M. Diabetics Division. Jean Brown President. All interested parties welcome.


12:00 P.M. Until 5:00 P.M. Exhibits, Harrison A. Hospitality: will also be held in the same room. from 4:00-5:00 P.M.


We would like to thank our Exhibitors Bob Roe, Bosma Enterprises; Sara Croft, Crossroads Rehabilitation Center; Autumn Gonzalez, Indiana State Library. Bill Sparks, Old Time Radio. G. W. Micro.  Make sure to visit and thank them for taking the time to come show their wares.


Sign up for News Line. See Lee Martin at the Registration table.


5:00 P.M  Meeting of Blind Parents,  If you are a blind parent and wish to share ideas or want support from other parents. Please join us for this meeting. Harrison B.


8:00 P.M. Board Meeting:

Harrison B.


9:00 P.M. Scholarship Committee:

Tami Jones’s Room.


9:00 P.M.–11:30 P.M. Fort Wayne Chapter entertainment



Saturday, October 15, 2011


7:00 A.M. Breakfast and Resolution writing with Tami Jones. Location TBA. 



8:00-9:00 A.M. Registration:

The following Sessions will be held in Harrison A-B.


9:00 A.M. Convention called 

to order by Ron Brown, (President NFB of Indiana)   


9:05 A.M. Invocation.


9:10 A.M. Welcoming remarks from, representative from the Mayor’s office.


9:20 A.M. Welcoming remarks

from Patrick Robinson Fort Wayne Chapter President.


9:30 A.M. Dr. Fred Schroeder.

National Report from our National Representative


10:00 A.M. Students Will talk about their experiences at the National Convention.


10:30 A.M. David Nelson, Executive Director, From Allen County League for the Blind. Advocacy is Independence.


11:00 A.M. G. W. Micro, Technology in the workplace.


11:30 A.M. Alex Gilliaum, Living our philosophy Through Quality Training.  


Noon Lunch. On your own.


Students Division: Luncheon,

Mika Baugh President Location to be announced.


1:30 P.M. Panel discussion.  

Youth Slam. Dr. Mat Maurer, Mika

Baugh and Ashley Ritter.


2:30 P.M. Rebecca Huebley, Kids are people too. Advocating for kid’s Rights. 


3:00 P.M. Dr. Fred Schroeder,

Back to Basic Philosophy.


4:00 P.M. Tammy Hollingsworth, NFB Trivia.


5:00 P.M. Adjourn.


7:00 P.M. NFB Banquet: MC; Pam Schnurr. Key Note Speaker, Dr. Fred Schroeder. Progressive auction.  



Sunday October 16, 2011


The following Sessions will be held in the Harrison A-B.

8:00 A.M. Worship and Devotions, Led by Fort Wayne Chapter.


9:00 A.M. Convention called to

order By President Ron Brown.


9:05 A.M. Invocation.     


9:10 A.M. Nominating committee



9:15 A.M. Elections.


10:00 A.M. Audit committee Report


10:05 A.M. Tami Jones,

Treasurer’s report.


10:15 A.M. Dr. Fred Schroeder Closing remarks from our National Representative


10:30 A.M. Ron Brown, Presidential report.


11:00 A.M. Chapter and Division



11:30 A.M. Resolution committee



Noon Adjourn


Thanks to all of our committee’s

We couldn’t do this without all

Of your help. 


Thanks to our Ad Book contributors.

En-Vision 800-890-1180

Easter Seals Crossroads


CareGivers 317-252-5958

Low Vision Store 800-765-7483





NFB of Indiana

Executive Board

Contact Information


Ron Brown, President           ­        (317) 205-9226


Pam Schnurr, Vice President    (317) 322-0901


Mike Dixon, Second Vice President

        (317) 536-2933


Diane Graves,  Secretary           (317) 359-3140   


Tami Jones, Treasurer          (219)  548-0076



I am very hopefull that it will be informative.  I also attend the monthly NFB Fort Wayne Chapter meetings on the 2nd Wednesday of every month.

A little about me.

My very first blog…  I am so happy to be able to do this.  I want to let everyone know, I am vision impaired and have very celtic views. 

Music for me is oldies or Celtic.  Most of the cd’s I have are in the Celtic area.  I also like classical, jazz, country and rock.  I am a mutt and so are my musical tastes.

My ethnic background:  Mothers side is German and Dutch.  Dad’s side is French, German, and Scottish.  I think my Scottish side has more dominance on my heart.  My cooking though… is all over the globe.

I crochet.  It has become my favorite pastime.  My grandmother knit and crocheted but I did not learn until I lost  a lot of vision and the Church I go to asked for people to help make prayer shawls.  I said I would if someone would teach me.  Carol was very helpful and patient with me.  She tried to teach me knitting first, I am very bad at holding tension.  Crochet was easier and I picked it up quickly.

Well, how was my first post?


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