AADB Today Pre-Symposium 2011 Issue

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In This Issue

  • A Letter from President Jackson on Proposed Bylaws Changes

Symposium News

  • National Public Radio (NPR) Captioned Radio Project
  • Symposium Registration Continues
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Raffle First Drawing Winners Announced
  • Talent Show on Wednesday night
  • Gallaudet Club for Alumni!
  • Our Walk-A-Thon
  • Silent Auction
  • Kings Island Day - Friday, June 25

A Letter from President Jackson on Proposed Bylaws Changes

Hello AADB Members,

The AADB Bylaws Committee (Tim Jackson chair, Maricar Marquez and Randy Pope) has been working for several months to update and simplify our Bylaws. Recently the Board of Directors voted to accept the proposed changes. Members will be asked to vote on them at our symposium in June.

Here is a summary of proposed changes:

  1. Changes in the Mission Statement and Values Statement.
  2. Duties of board members are detailed.
  3. The addition of a Nominations Committee.
  4. Removal of Home Office, Multimedia, and SSP Committees.
  5. Changes in election dates. Intent to run materials deadline is May 1st. Ballots are mailed to members by August 25th. Deadline to return ballots is November 1st.
  6. The addition of a requirement for all board candidates to submit biography and resume with their intent to run letter.
  7. The number of board members drops from 8 to 6 not including officers.
  8. A requirement that at least 51 percent of the board must be Deaf-Blind.
  9. The addition of a requirement that President and Vice President have at least one term on the board before running for office.
  10. Clarification of the process for elections at a conference (or symposium) and between conferences.

Discussion and voting on the proposed changes is on the agenda for our business meeting in June.

Hope to see you there.
Tim Jackson
President, AADB

Exciting News! National Public Radio (NPR) Captioned Radio Project at AADB’s Symposium

Symposium participants will have an opportunity to work with NPR’s braille captioned radio project. There will be private meetings for skilled braille users to evaluate and test a prototype. Ten participants will each receive $40. Potential testers can apply on Sunday June 19th at the registration table and Monday June 20th at NPR’s table in the exhibit area.

Symposium Registration Continues Symposium registration, banquet tickets, raffle tickets, T-shirts and Kings Island tickets are still available at our online AADB Store

Keynote Speaker

Our keynote speaker will be Greg Hlibok, Chief of the United States Federal Communications Commission’s Disability Rights. He will be speaking to us during the dinner/dance on Thursday evening.

Raffle First Drawing Winners Announced!

Hear ye, Hear ye.... AADB's raffle winners for the free luxury suite at the Drawbridge Inn Hotel and for the free banquet/dance ticket are … Mr. David Conroy for the free room and Ms. Jennifer Briggs for the banquet ticket. Congratulations to these two winners.

It is not too late!! Purchase your raffle tickets for the free cash prizes and free HKNC seminar. Raffle tickets will be sold in the registration area from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 19th, but it is strongly recommended that anyone wanting to purchase tickets to do so now through the our online AADB Store. Drawings will take place on June 20th.

Again, Congratulations to David and Jennifer.

Jack Wright Memorial Fund Recipients

The family of the late Jack Wright are pleased to announce the recipients of financial awards from the Jack Wright Memorial Fund to enable deaf-blind people to attend the AADB national symposium for the first time. The three lucky recipients are: Richard Frantz (MN), Tanisha Gallegos (NM), and John May (OK). Congratulations to them!

AADB is accepting donations for the Jack Wright Memorial Fund to be used for the next symposium in 2013. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to this fund, please mail your gift to:

JW Fund
8630 Fenton St., Suite 121
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Talent Show on Wednesday Night

Our Talent Show will be Wednesday evening, June 22nd. Sign-ups will be Monday. The time and place to meet will be listed in the program book you will receive on arrival day at the symposium.

Gallaudet Club for Alumni!

Come and get updates on Gallaudet, mingle with alumni on Wednesday, June 22 from 4-6 p.m. For more information, please see the flyer at the registration booth and to sign up to attend.

AADB’s First Walk-A-Thon!

Come on out and get some exercise and help AADB at the same time. We are looking for real walkers and virtual walkers for our Walk-A-Thon. This year in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky in conjunction with the 2011 symposium, AADB will be launching its first annual Walk-A-Thon on Thursday morning, June 23rd. This event is a .8 mile walk to a local park and a .8 mile walk back to the Drawbridge Inn Hotel.

Come join us and help raise money for the AADB Symposium. It requires a large amount of money to fund the Volunteer Support Service Providers (SSP)/Interpreters’ meals and lodging in exchange for their services to help all the Deaf-Blind Delegates attending the week-long American Association of the Deaf-Blind (AADB) National Symposium (Conference).

The cost to participate is either $20 per walker, $30 per family or at least $50 worth of pledges. Hats will be given to all walkers. The three people bringing in the highest amount of pledges will receive a prize.

For more information, please feel free to contact anyone on the Walk-A-Thon Committee:

Look for us at the Walk-A-Thon table in the Symposium registration area or at AADB’s exhibit table.

Silent Auction

The Silent Auction will have over 110 items! We’ve got lot of awesome product donations. While you’re at the symposium come on out to see these items. There will be viewing and bidding on Sunday from 1 to 5 pm and Monday from 10 am to 7 pm. On Monday evening, join in the fun to win door prizes, listen to light music with a cash bar, and turn in your last bids on the auction items. Bids will close at 7 pm. We will re-open from 7:30 pm to 10 pm to pick up your items and pay at the door. AADB will accept cash, check, or credit card at the door to pay for your items. Funds raised will support AADB to help pay for the SSP's meals and lodging.

Kings Island Day - Friday, June 25

Deaf-Blind Explorers has organized a day at Kings Island. This amusement and water park has something for everyone, from thrill-seekers to kick-back-and-relax, featuring world-class rides, live shows and attractions. For $105 ticket price, you will get transportation to/from the park, all-day entry pass, dinner, and SSP services. You must have a ticket. Tickets can be purchased in advance Monday through Thursday at the Deaf-Blind Explorers’ Exhibit Table. Tickets must be purchased by Thursday at 3:00 pm.

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