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Weekly Update - December 9, 2018

Greetings, fellow federationists,

Randi and I traveled to Rochester yesterday for their annual holiday party, where we were hosted in fine style over a prime rib dinner. We were able to see a few friends we hadn’t seen in … two weeks, and we got to catch up with others we hadn’t seen in a year. I offer my sincere thanks to the Rochester chapter for their warm hospitality, and I appreciate the time I was able to spend with our members there. In addition, Jan once again provided me with a stack of delicious recipes which you will find at the bottom of this update.

Teamwork is essential to what we do in the Federation, but so are the memorable moments that exist between the work we do. In that spirit, it would be irresponsible of me not to share the following…

Weekly Update: December 2, 2018

Greetings, fellow federationists,

On Friday at our convention, members met to discuss membership building and fundraising, and there they shared stories of how they got involved in our organization. One of the common themes that came up regularly was being asked to do something by a current member.

It feels good when someone asks me to do something. It might also feel intimidating or daunting at times, but my overall feeling is one of gratitude. When someone asks something of me, they are, in essence, saying to me “I need help with a thing, and I trust you enough to ask you.” Being trusted feels empowering, and empowerment, particularly for us, is crucial.

My first real exposure to the NFB was in Nebraska, when then president Carlos Servan asked me if I would run for president of the Nebraska Association of Blind Students. I had no leadership experience to that point, and I was barely a member of the organization. Carlos saw something in me, though, and he made sure I had the support I needed to help our student division grow. That was the first time I can remember a stranger ask me for a big favor, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

As you do the work of your chapters, I would encourage you to include other people in your efforts. Reach out to people you don’t see very often or to people who you know, but who don’t attend chapter meetings. Trust others to help us do the work of the Federation. You will be amazed at the impact you will have.

Weekly Update: November 11, 2018

Greetings, Fellow Federationists,

I want to offer my sincere thanks to everyone who has pre-registered for convention and to all those who are working to bring this event together. We’ll be meeting in just five days, and—in addition to being nervous—I’m getting excited! If you haven’t booked your room or pre-registered, and you are still looking to do so, please email me as soon as possible.

A few reminders as the convention approaches:


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