Indiana Presidents’ Message for May 2022

I just wanted to update you all on recent happenings in ACBI. We held our 2nd quarter board meeting on Sat., April 30 with an in-person meeting. We met at the Hilton Gardens Inn where our convention will be this fall. We had a couple of board members and a few guests join us via Zoom which we plugged into the sound system in the room. We dealt with some technical difficulties, but we made it through.
Some highlights from the meeting were:
*plans for the joint convention are moving along nicely especially for it to be so early in the year. Nine vendors have committed to coming, we have a gold sponsor, a silver sponsor (or two), possibly three mini sessions by vendors, entertainment is being booked and much more.

*ACBI now has an Investment Policy Statement with our financial advisor at Baird and we expect this financial plan to help us grow so we can do more for blind & visually impaired Hoosiers
*We approved an appointed a board member to fill a position recently vacated due to a resignation. David Rosenkoetter from Ft. Wayne graciously agreed to fill this position until the end of this year.

*Our Legislative & Advocacy committee members have been contacting our Indiana congress people in Washington, DC to tell them about the legislative imperatives ACB covered during the Leadership Conference. This committee is doing a great job encouraging our legislators to help pass those bills.

*The budget committee is still working on our two-year budget and hope to have it finalized soon.

*A quick update was given about the ACB National Conference & Convention. There will be stipulations for in-person attendees to follow due to Covid. We have turned in our delegate, alternate delegate and nomination committee representative to ACB. Voting will be different this year, which will be discussed on our upcoming call Thursday May 5.

The board adjourned and had a tasty box lunch that we furnished.
I was very happy to have 12 out of 15 officers, board members & chapter representatives at our meeting at the hotel. Two other board members were on Zoom so we only had one absent. I couldn’t ask for much more.
You will start seeing some ACB convention announcements coming out before long and if you’re not able to go to Omaha in person, I hope you’ll register to attend virtually. We will be working on a plan for our ACBI members to help us determine how to vote so stay tuned to this list for more on that.

If you have a submission for the Focus newsletter, please get it to Mary Stores before June 1.
Rita Kersh, President
ACB of Indiana