Minutes from our February 17, 2015

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 cherylandmaxx@hotmail.com.

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 aebaron@comcast.net.

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

Happy New Year 2015 and updates on the website

Happy New Year from the National Federation of the Blind’s Travel & Tourism Division.

We have updated our website from 2014, so make sure you register to get all updates. There is a place to subscribe to the website, you will need to add your first and last name; as well as, your e-mail address, we get to many spammers and junk robots, so please if you need help joining let us know by contacting us at cherylandmaxx@hotmail.com, President Cheryl Echevarria is our webmaster.

Also, if you wish to join the division, we know have a paypal button on the how to join the page. You will be charged $10 plus to processing fee with paypal.

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The NFB Travel & Tourism Division, a proud division of the National Federation of the Blind (www.nfb.org) This division was started in 2002 and we just celebrated our 12th year at the 74th Annual Convention of the National Federation of the Blind, which was held at the Rosen Center in Orlando, FL.

If you were not able to attend my husband Nelson, who is sighted took videos of our meeting and is posting on our National Convention Page.

We are not just about leisure travel. Our division wants to achieve equality, opportunity and security for the blind in all things in travel realm.

We work with people seeking to work the travel industry; as either travel agents, or to work with such suppliers as a hotel, resort, cruise line, tour operators, or being an entrepreneur.

That means education. The travel industry whether you just travel, advocate, or work in it, is over a multi-trillion dollar industry and there is a lot of opportunities for the blind.

We have an e-mail list on the www.nfbnet.org and the signup for that is:


Each month we have a monthly division teleconference call for all members and non-members who want to learn more, so please register for our talk list it is free to do so.

Announcements of these calls will be on the e-mail list, and the number and information will always be the information below.

So join us by calling (805) 360-1000 and the access code is 871517#

The purpose of the National Federation of the Blind Travel & Tourism Division is to aid the NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND. It is to serve as a vehicle for collective action by the blind of the nation. This division functions as a mechanism through which all interested blind and sighted persons can come together to plan and execute programs that improve the quality of life and travel for the blind. We promote vocational, cultural and social advancement of the blind; to achieve integration of the blind into society on the basis of equality with the sighted; to focus attention upon accessibility and problems facing blind travelers, to educate blind people interested in the travel and tourism industry; and to take any other action necessary to improve the overall condition and standard of living of the blind.

Cheryl Echevarria, President
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