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January 2014 Bulletin

by NFBCal

Greetings Fellow Federationists,

“Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and the thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see greatness within you, even when you don’t see it in yourself.”- anonymous

First Annual Crab Feed
Happy New Year! We are starting off 2014 hitting the ground running. The Davis Canes & Tails Chapter is hosting a Crab Feed to beat all crab feeds on January 5. Everyone is invited to attend an evening of fun and food. We will be serving all you can eat crab, salad, bread, and enjoy musical entertainment from a live band. In addition, there will be a raffle for a round trip ticket on United Airlines. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online by going to or by phone by calling Therese Retherford (707) 290-1517 or Lisa Hilas (415) 606-8775.

At-Large Chapter
The purpose of the At-Large Chapter is to give blind people the opportunity to attend a regular monthly chapter meeting if they live in a location where there is not an in-person meeting. Every month on the second Thursday at 7 p.m. the At-Large Chapter meets by conference call to discuss current issues dealing with blindness in the state of California. We invite everyone to attend the call and ask that you encourage any blind people you know who do not attend regular meetings to give it a try. The conference all in number is 712) 432-0175 and the code is 184220. This month we will talk about the 2014 Washington Seminar agenda topics.

To All Chapter Presidents
On the second Monday of each month all Chapter Presidents come together on a conference call to talk about issues concerning leadership; fundraising; and planning agendas. This informal meeting will be chaired each month by one of our members of the Board of Directors. This month Rick Watson, President Davis-Canes and Tails Chapter, will facilitate the discussion concerning ways to bring more members to the state convention in October. Rick attended his first NFB meeting at a state convention and has never looked back. He shares his passion for our organization with all the chapter presidents. Please join him on January 13 at 7 p.m. The dial-in number is 605-475-4700. The access code is 405682#.

2014 Chemistry Camp
Would you like to learn how blind people tackle the very visual subject of organic chemistry successfully? Do you have a general love for science? Do you want to learn how you can do chemistry as a blind person just as successfully as your sighted peers? Do you want to apply the chemistry you learned to food such as olive oil? Are you interested in how blind professionals use science in their careers every day? Then the 2014 California Chemistry Camp is for you!

Come join Accessible Science for an Educational, exciting, and Fun-Filled weekend of hands-on science!

When: Friday, May 2, 2014 through Sunday, May 4, 2014.
Where: Enchanted Hills Camp near Napa, California.
Who: Up to fifteen blind high school students ages 14-18 will be selected to participate.
Cost: There is no cost to apply for the program.

We hope to see you this spring at Enchanted Hills!
If you have any questions, contact:
Angela Fowler
Director of planning, Accessible Science

Phone: 530-902-0987

Mary Willows, President
3934 Kern Court
Pleasanton, CA 94588
(925) 462-8575

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