August 17, 2019 Meeting Agenda

Nashville Chapter Agenda August 17, 2019


Please note: While the best experience you will have is by attending our meetings in person, we understand that sometimes due to illness, business, transportation barriers that attending in person is not always possible. Thus, we want to provide alternatives so that you can still join us and participate with either our chapter meeting line or Facebook Live Feed. Here are the details:


Meeting Line Details:

 857-232-0158; Access code 253955

Facebook page and “live” feed:




I pledge to participate actively in the effort 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.
Presidential Report

President Riccobono discusses the 2019 National Convention (#NFB19), including the 2019 resolutions, and talks about plans for 2020. He also discusses the introduction of the GAIN Act in the U.S. House of Representatives, Meet the Blind Month, Braille calendars, and Pedro and the Octopus. The President also provides updates from our PAC program and Dream Makers Circle.


NFB Trivia

Winner gets a door prize!


What year NFB formed


Center in Baltimore-ask James what it is  


Roll call and comments to the following quote for thought:

“People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.” —Edmund Hillary

Tune That name- Guess 2 hit songs played backwards.


Approval of Last Month’s Minutes

Approval of Current Agenda 



Committee Reports:


Treasurer’s Report

Public Relations Report/Social Media 

Fund Raising Report


Tickets available at today’s meeting.

Membership Report

Great job by committee in calling, checking on folks, as well as sharing info on upcoming meetings.

Legislative report

Old Business

One Ticket Challenge- Chili Cook Off


New Business

BYOB-Bring Your Own Buddy


Board Member of the month


State affiliate news-new president, strategic planning

Affiliate Fantasy football-Wanna join? Let James know!

Tool or Technique

What technique or tool  do you use to achieve independence in daily tasks?

Demo Pen Friend


Delivery service apps for our area

Adjustment to blindness:

How did you overcome the feelings of isolation , if ever?Did you ever feel hesitant to use your cane? Why or why not?

What challenges have you faced as you and your family adjusted to your blindness?


Guest speaker: Ned Solomon-Partners in Policy Making



Birthdays or anniversaries

Tyler Butler


Future Guests:

  • Apple in September
  • Vanda Pharmaceuticals
  • Vanderbilt Eye Institute


Stay tuned to emails regarding upcoming meetings and schedule

Adjourn Meeting




- Be sure to welcome everyone at our meetings, including old and new faces.

- Make a call, send an email, mail a card to individuals not present at the meeting.

- Let’s go build the federation with love, hope, and determination-turning dreams into realities!


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The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back. 

Together with love, hope, and determination, we transform dreams into reality.