The NFB Travel and Tourism Division held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 via conference call. The meeting was called to order by President Cheryl Echevarria at 8:05 P.M., EDT. There were 14 people on the call. All officers an all board members are present with the exception of the secretary.
Cheryl announced that Glenda Farnum, who had been our treasurer, has resigned due to personal reasons. The board elected Jo Taylor to serve in this position on an entermbasis until the national convention.
We talked about still having a table in the exhibit hall at national convention. We are still looking at selling an item at the table, possibly a water bottle, tote bag or something else. Cheryl went around the call to see who would be attending convention and seeing who would be willing to work the table.
Jo Taylor gave the treasurers report. Beginning balance on January 31 was $2,324.58. Income was $29.70, which was for three membership dues times $10 minus $1.80 for PayPal. Total expenses were $10 for our pac plan. The ending balance on February 17 is $2,344.28.
There is $1,833.36 in checking and $500.92 in savings. It was moved by Jamal Powell to accept the report as read, and was seconded by Jo Taylor . The motion carried.
John read the minutes from the January 22 meeting. Steve Hastalas moved the report be accepted as read, and it was seconded by Jamal. The motion carried.
Cheryl gave an update on when we will be having our division meeting at the national convention. It will be at 6:00 P.M. on July 7. The room that we will be in is TBD. We will have a table outside the room to take care of dues. If you want to help work our table in the exhibit hall, please email Cheryl. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cheryl announced that she has appointed Amy Baron as Chairperson of our fund-raising trip committee. We are now looking at charging around $1,000.00 per person. If anyone would like to be on the committee, they can contact Amy via email. Her email address is email@example.com.
Cheryl opened the floor for discussion on any topic. Dave Hutchens asked about how cruise lines do billing when it says the price is for double occupancy. Cheryl explained how the price is split between those in the room. You have to be careful about how it is worded. Cheryl had Dave talk about his tour he took to England. He talked about what type of assistance he received on the trip. He said that most people would ask him if he needed any help. He also told us where he went and what he enjoyed the most.
Cheryl let us know about a service that is provided through TSA, which is TSA cares, which is through tsa.gov. You would call TSA at least 72 to 48 hours before your flight, and give them your flight information and that you are going to need assistance at the airport. Someone would met you at the check-in desk and help you through security and to your gate. It is a free service through TSA.
The next division meeting will be on Tuesday, March 17 at 8:00 P.M. EDT.
There being no other business, a motion was made by Steve Hastalas and seconded by Jamal Powell and Amy Baron to adjourn the meeting. The meeting was adjourned at 9:02 P.M. EDT.
Respectfully submitted by,
John Tebockhorst – Acting secretary