NDAB Board Meeting Minutes – Oct. 20, 2019

President Zelda called the meeting to order at 6:32 P.M. Present were Trampes, Mickey, Shereen, Gretchen, Zelda, Allan, Rebecca, Mary and Mark. Guest was Michelle Zentz.

President’s Report

Zelda answered a survey that was sent out to the ACB affiliates from Cindy Van Winkle, ACB Membership Services Coordinator. The survey will hopefully reveal things affiliates need to strengthen their membership like leadership training and building energy and excitement.

Lions Convention will be Oct. 25-26 in Dickinson. NDAB will have a booth at the convention.

Allan wrote a proclamation which was signed by the mayor of Fargo, Tim Mahoney, and the governor of North Dakota, Doug Burgum, proclaiming Oct. 15 as White Cane Safety Day. Zelda sent articles about the proclamations to all the newspapers in North Dakota.

E-mails were sent to the board, members of the ND Disability Advocacy Consortium, DVR, ND Assistive, NFB and interested individuals concerning ScripTalk asking for their support of a letter to be sent to all the pharmacies in ND.

A thank you was received from Ethin Probst for his scholarship. It will be passed on to Karlyn for the scrapbook.

Secretary’s Report

Approved by email since the last board meeting were:
Approval of the September board meeting minutes.

Treasurer’s Report

Donation checks have been returned. Rebecca is going to check to see if the mail can be forwarded to the post office box if it is addressed to NDAB. It was recommended that our mailing address be put on Dial NDAB under Contact Us. Shereen made a motion to accept the treasurer’s report, Mickey 2nd. MSC.

Development Director

Walk for Vision was Oct. 15th. WDAY from Fargo did cover the event.
School for the Blind will be doing their walk Oct. 24th.

Giving Hearts Day is Feb. 13th. Kickoff will be soon.


There were three membership applications presented:
Miguel Adrover, Fargo
Melissa Snyder, Fargo
Donna Kress, Minot

Allan made a motion to approve the new members, Mickey 2nd. MSC. The board thanked Mary for her dedication.


Robert, Lexee, Brant, Whitney, Karlyn, Zelda and Allan met and set some goals. Projects include guidelines, font, letters, and cohesiveness. New style template will be done by Brant and Robert. The committee is hoping to get DIALNDAB off the ground. Doug has the app downloaded to his phone to record information.

Sports and Recreation

Recreation Retreat went well. The weather was cool but everyone still enjoyed the event. The directors of the facilities were fantastic. There were 15 individuals that signed up, 12 individuals actually attended. Individuals did the zip line the first day. Second day was moved inside due to weather. We will be billed for 15 participants but we are not sure if we have to pay the full amount.

Nothing else is specifically planned for sports and rec at this time. They are looking at different dates for the recreational retreat with the possibility of having more than one a year. The committee was complimented on their planning for the event. As Cole Roberts is no longer on the committee, they could use some additional members.

The committee will also be writing up an equipment loan agreement for groups or individuals to sign if they want to use our sports equipment.

Discussion was held about bowling at Sunset Lanes in Moorhead. Notice will be sent to members living in the area. Some individuals expressed that they would like the event moved to West Acres due to lighting.

Unfinished Business

Life Enrichment Committee has not yet met.

Regional training by NDVS staff will be held at NDSU Lutheran Center. There are eight people planning on participating.

Optometric Conference – NDVS/SB shared their table with us with Allan in attendance.

New Business

The 2020 ACB Leadership Meetings are in Washington, D.C. Feb. 22-25. Expenditures are approximately $1,000 for an extra person to attend. Helen and Carol have previously attended and were very helpful. Rebecca made a motion to add a third person, Mark 2nd, MSC. Trampes has been asked to attend.

Gretchen reported that all the volunteer hour recording sites she looked at have a cost. She offered to keep track of everyone’s hours. It was decided that starting November 1st all board members and committee members would keep track of their hours and send them in to Gretchen at the end of the month.

Allan made a motion to adjourn. Shereen seconded. MSC. Meeting was adjourned at 8:14 p.m.

The next meeting will be Dec. 15th at 6:30.

Respectfully submitted,
Gretchen Campbell, Secretary

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