[Radio-announce] President's Meeting, Legislative Seminar, Good energy Mix - On ACB Radio!

Debbie Hazelton iam at debbiehazelton.com
Fri Feb 26 18:24:19 EST 2016


	Hi Everyone,

To view these events and to listen online, go to:
http://acbradio.org/live

Thanks to Brian Charlson and Rick Morin for doing the work of streaming these events. Thanks to everyone in ACB who will be there, who is working both on the front line and behind the scenes to make all of this possible. I look forward to listening and learning a lot.

Here is the schedule for both days.

2016 President's Meeting and Legislative Seminar
Be sure to catch the coverage of the 2016 President's Meeting and Legislative Seminar here on ACBRadio Live Event!

The agendas for both presentations are below.
Please note all times listed are in the Eastern Time Zone.

American Council of the Blind
2016 Presidents' Meeting Agenda

Sunday, February 28

9:00 AM: Opening Remarks – Kim Charlson, ACB President, Watertown, MA; & Meeting Logistics: Eric Bridges, ACB Executive Director, Alexandria, VA

9:10 AM: Self-Introduction of Attendees

9:30 AM: ACB Communication Channels: Spreading the Word to Our Membership 

Live on ACB Radio: Jeff Bishop, Chair, ACB Radio Management Team and ACB Board of Directors, Tucson, AZ
www.acbradio.org <http://www.acbradio.org/> or (605) 475-8130

ACB Social Media:
Twitter: John McCann, ACB Second Vice President and Twitter Team Leader, Tucson, AZ
www.twitter.com/acbnational(link is external) <http://www.twitter.com/acbnational>
Facebook: Carla Ruschival, ACB Treasurer and Facebook Team Leader, Louisville, KY
www.facebook.com/americancounciloftheblindofficial(link is external) <http://www.facebook.com/americancounciloftheblindofficial>
Board of Publications Update: The Editorial Policy Manual, New Day and Time for the Candidates Forum, and the Transition to Digital Cartridge for the ACB Braille Forum: Denise Colley, BOP Chair, Lacey, WA

ACB Link: ACB’s New iPhone App
Jeff Bishop, ACB Board of Directors, Tucson, AZ

10:15 AM: Break

10:30 AM: Protecting Specialized Services for People Who are Blind or Visually Impaired: Strategies for Battling Threats of Consolidation, Mergers, or Elimination of Services: Moderator: Paul Edwards, President, Braille Revival League, Miami, FL; John Jarzyna, President, Michigan Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired, Ray, MI; Brian Charlson, President, Bay State Council of the Blind, Watertown, MA; and Lori Scharff, President, American Council of the Blind of New York Inc., Malverne, NY 

11:30 AM: Keeping Your Affiliate Legal, and Protecting its 501(C)(3), Filing IRS 990 or 990EZ, and State Reporting Requirements: Lane Waters, Controller, and Nancy Becker, Chief Accountant, American Council of the Blind Enterprises and Services, Brooklyn Center, MN

12:00 PM: Convention Update for 2016, 2017, and 2018 and Convention Shortening Plans: Janet Dickelman, ACB Convention Coordinator, St. Paul, MN

12:15 PM: Lunch

Lunch Presentation: Stories from the Legal Trenches: Matthew K. Handley, Director of Litigation, Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, Washington, DC

1:30 PM: ACB Fund-Raising and Development Initiatives, Partnerships and Opportunities – Annual Giving Societies, Direct Mail and Legacy Giving Program, Tom Tobin, ACB Director of Development, Cleveland, OH

1:45 PM: Affiliate Grant Writing Assistance Program: How ACB Can Help – Jo Lynn Bailey-Page, ACB Grant Writer, Washington, DC

2:00 PM: ACB Fund-Raising Programs and Affiliate Sharing Opportunities: Overview

ACB Braille Forum Drawing, Angel Memorial Tribute, Opening Night Roll Call, and Volunteer Hours, Dan Spoone, Co-Chair, ACB Resource Development Committee and ACB Board of Directors, Orlando, FL; and Dan Dillon, Co-Chair, ACB Resource Development Committee, Hermitage, TN 

MMS (Monthly Monetary Support): Mike Godino, Chair, MMS Committee, Malverne, NY

ACB Convention Summer Auction and Special Events: Leslie Spoone, Convention Auction Committee Chair, and Special Events Sub-Committee Chair, Orlando, FL

ACB Online Tupperware Party: Brian Charlson, Watertown, MA

ACB Walk: Donna Brown, Chair, Walk Committee, Romney, WV

Holiday Auction: Carla Ruschival, Chair, Holiday Auction Committee, Louisville, KY

Online Donations: John McCann, Chair, Online Giving Committee, Tucson, AZ

3:00 PM: Remote Voting: Potential Practice and Process: Mitch Pomerantz, Immediate Past President and member of the Voting Task Force, Pasadena, CA; John McCann, ACB Second Vice President and member of the Voting Task Force, Tucson, AZ; Pat Sheehan, ACB Board of Directors and Member of the Voting Task Force, Silver Spring, MD; and Jeff Thom, ACB First Vice President and Chair, ACB Voting Task Force, Sacramento, CA

3:30 PM: Break

3:45 PM: 2016 Leadership Training Institute: A New Approach, Berl Colley, Chair, Leadership Training Committee and ACB Board of Directors, Lacey, WA

4:00 PM: The Importance of Your Affiliates Using AMMS: Rick Morin, Treasurer, Bay State Council of the Blind, Waltham, MA; and Lane Waters, Controller, American Council of the Blind Enterprises and Services, Brooklyn Center, MN 

4:20 PM: Membership Update: Ardis Bazyn, ACB Membership Committee, Burbank, CA

4:30 PM: DKM Leadership Fellowship Award for 2016: Steve Fiksdal, President, Washington Council of the Blind, and Member of the DKM First-Timers Committee, Auburn, WA

4:45 PM: Audio Description Project Update and More! Joel Snyder, Director, ACB Audio Description Project, Takoma Park, MD; and Dan Spoone, Chair, Audio Description Project Steering Committee, Orlando, FL 

5:20 PM: Wrap-Up – Kim Charlson, ACB President, Watertown, MA; and Eric Bridges, ACB Executive Director, Alexandria, VA

5:30 PM: Adjournment

American Council of the Blind
2016 Legislative Seminar
Agenda

Monday, February 29, 2016
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. Introductions and Teeing Up the Day’s Events
Kim Charlson, President, American Council of the Blind (ACB)
Eric Bridges, Executive Director, ACB
Anthony Stephens, Director of Advocacy & Governmental Affairs, ACB

9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Legislative Imperatives I and II: Coverage for Low Vision Devices Act of 2015 and
The Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act
Anthony Stephens, Director of Advocacy & Governmental Affairs, ACB
Mark Richert, Director of Public Policy, American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) 

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Break 

11:00 – 11:30 a.m. Bridging State Advocacy with National Imperatives
Anthony Stephens, Director of Advocacy & Governmental Affairs, ACB
Mark Richert, Director of Public Policy, AFB
Rebecca Sheffield, Ph.D., Senior Policy Researcher, AFB

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. FCC Update
Karen Peltz Strauss, Deputy Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 

12:00 – 1:15 p.m. Luncheon
Speaker: Carl Augusto, President & CEO, AFB 

1:15 – 2:00 p.m. Department of Transportation Update
Anne Hammond, Disability Issues Team Leader, Aviation Consumer Protection Division, U.S. Department of Transportation
Livaughn Chapman Jr., Chief, Aviation Civil Rights Compliance Branch, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Transportation

2:00 – 2:15 Break

2:15 – 3:00 p.m. Imperatives III & IV
Kim Charlson, President, ACB
Eric Bridges, Executive Director, ACB
Anthony Stephens, Director of Advocacy & Governmental Affairs, ACB

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. From Here to Home – Practicing Messaging for the Hill and Beyond
Anthony Stephens, Director of Advocacy & Governmental Affairs, ACB 

3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Logistics for Hill Visits and Wrap-Up
Eric Bridges, Executive Director, ACB
Anthony Stephens, Director of Advocacy & 

Governmental Affairs,


I will be tuned in to both events and hope you will be too. I’ll be prerecording the Good Energy Mix for Monday tomorrow afternoon so that I can devote my full attention Monday morning. 
Those of you who don’t want to miss either will find my Monday show available on demand when Larry has it  posted at:
http://acbradio.org/interactive look for the heading that begins with “On Demand.”

Happy listening!

Debbie Hazelton
ACB Radio Assistant Managing Director

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