June Minute Message from the Movement

Fellow Federationist: Happy Father’s Day to all of the Dads and Granddads. It is not too late to buy that gift for Dad or for the graduate in your life or to commemorate an anniversary and help the NFBMD by using Amazon Smile. If you have not already set up your Amazon Smile account to benefit NFBMD, use this link to get started: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/52-1301033. Are you ready for the 75th Anniversary Convention of the National Federation of the Blind? If you have not signed up to participate in breaking the World Guinness Book Record at the Convention on July 8, please do so right away by going to https://www.nfb.org/gwr. If you need assistance, call me or send me an email offline and I will help you register. The best way to get from the airport to your convention hotel is to use SuperShuttle, The rates are $16.00 one way and $28 round trip to the Rosen Centre or the Rosen Plaza. Make your reservation by going to http://groups.supershuttle.com/nfb75.html or by calling 1-800-258-3826. You will not want to miss the Maryland Caucus. Date: Monday, July 6. Time: 9pm Location: Salon 4 at the Rosen Centre. Be sure to bring your banquet ticket for banquet exchange. We need lots of help at the Maryland table. Contact Darlene Barrett to let her know when you can work at the table in the exhibit hall. Our table number is B8. We have something for everyone. Need some cash? Buy our instant lottery tickets and you could win $2, $5, $10, or $20. Need a pick me up? We have snacks. For kids of all ages, we will be selling the hard-to-get braille card games Quibbler and 5 Crowns. Enjoy a challenge? Play Wooden Triangle Solitaire. Leave room in your suitcase for all of the great things you will find at the exhibit hall. The NFB of Maryland has a new local chapter. On June 6 the following officers for the Carroll County Chapter were elected: Cathy Orzolek-Kronner, President; Christopher Nusbaum, Vice-President; Brian Keseling, Secretary; Christine Day, Treasurer. I am sure we will hear more about this new chapter in the coming months. Welcome to the Federation family. Congratulations to Mark Durst who is the new President of the Greater Cumberland Chapter. We have a busy summer ahead. After Convention we move to our BELL programs at the end of July. The I C.A.N. Foundation helps blind students throughout the state get technology and much more. Support this foundation by purchasing tickets to the Frederick Keys baseball game on August 1. For more information, contact Chris Nusbaum or Wendy Cox at dotmom66@yahoo.com Start saving your pennies for the August 7 Crab Feast. Tickets are $55 on or before July 31. After that tickets are $60. Here is the calendar with more specifics. July 5-10. 75th Annual Convention of the National Federation of the Blind in Orlando. Florida. July 20-31, excluding weekends. NFB BELL program in Salisbury. July 27 thru August 7, excluding weekends. NFB BELL programs in Baltimore and Glendale. August 1. Frederick Keys baseball game to benefit the I C.A.N. Foundation August 7. Crab Feast to be held at Columbus Gardens, 4301 Klosterman Ave, Baltimore, MD 21236. For the benefit of the John T. McCraw Scholarship and Youth Empowerment Stipend program. August 20. Possibilities Fair to be held at BISM, 3345 Washington Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21227. October 3. Dinner and Auction at the Knights of Columbus, College Park for the benefit of the John T. McCraw Scholarship and Youth Empowerment Stipend program. November 13-15. NFBMD Annual State Convention, to be held in Ocean City, MD. Sharon Maneki, President National Federation of the Blind of Maryland 410-715-9596