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California Connection

Welcome to the California Connection, the weekly news service provided in English and Spanish by the California Council of the Blind.

Remember that in order to have a message in on the next connection, please provide the message either to the office or to Gabe Griffith directly at (925) 768-8195 or Ca.connection@ccbnet.org by Wednesday before the connection is recorded, or it will need to be placed in the following connection.

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California Connection - Current Eddition
February 24, 2017

Welcome to the California connection for February 24.
In order to have a message in the connection, please provide the message either to the office or to Gabe Griffith directly at (925) 768-8195 or ca.connection@ccbnet.org by Wednesday before the connection is recorded.
Also, please make sure your message states in the subject line that it is for the connection or it may be missed.

CCB Board Of Directors Elections

At the 2017 Convention in April CCB will be electing a 2nd vice president, secretary, and five members to its board of directors.

We would like to provide perspective candidates an opportunity to give you some information on their qualifications for, and ideas about serving on, the CCB board. To accomplish this, we will again have a candidates page on our website. For those who cannot access information through our website or are not comfortable doing so, statements will be placed in the special announcements box. It is our goal to have this webpage up by March 10.

If you are a potential candidate, we would invite you to answer the four questions indicated below, with the answer to each question to be not more than 300 words, with the count to be determined by the word-count feature in MS Word on a PC. Entries for each answer will terminate at the end of the sentence containing the 300th word and there will be no editing, spell checks or grammar checks done.

The deadline for submission of your statements is March 1, 2017.
Submit them to the office in electronic format as a .txt, .rtf, or MS Word file.
Email them to jennifer.caldeira@ccbnet.org.

There is no requirement that a candidate submit answers to these questions.

The four questions are as follows:

  1. What office are you seeking, and what are your qualifications?

  2. What contributions have you made to CCB in the last year?

  3. How do you propose to support CCB during your term of office as we move ahead with our CEO Paul Shane?

  4. Because the primary mission of CCB is to advocate for persons who are blind or have low vision, discuss three issue areas you believe require our advocacy efforts.

Conference Announcement

Join us at the 2017 CCB Conference and Convention as we begin a new era for the California Council of the Blind. Our 2017 conference and convention theme, "New Challenges, New Opportunities" says it all and we hope to see you there on April 6-9 2017.

Hotel registration is now open for the 2017 Conference and Convention at the Hilton Woodland Hills/Los Angeles Hotel, located at: 6360 Canoga Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91367.

The hotel is accepting reservations at this time by phone (866-288-3310) or via the hotel website.

When calling, please mention the California Council of the Blind (CCB) SRP CODE: "CBL" in order to get the $105 all-inclusive room rate of guest room tax.

The room rate of $105 all-inclusive of guest room tax will be honored starting Wednesday April 5th and concluding on Monday April 10th, 2017 for a total of 5 nights.

For those considering coming to the convention on Wednesday, CCB will be holding a fundraiser at a nearby BJ's Restaurant and Brew house from 4 to 10 PM.

In order to assign specific room types to attendees, the hotel has requested that all room requests be received no later than March 22nd, 2017. After that date, We cannot guarantee that rooms will remain available.

Please share this information with chapters, statewide affiliates, and other interested parties.
We look forward to seeing you and making the 2017 CCB Conference and Convention the best ever!

Convention Roommate Request

Hello my name is Jordan Mirander and I am seeking a roommate for the 2017 California council of the blind convention in Woodland Hills.
I will be arriving on April 6 and departing on April 9.
Please get in touch with me as soon as possible by calling 95145475864 or by emailing me at Jordanmirander@icloud.com.
I have made my reservations already and I am going. Please contact me for more information.

Presidents Call

Presidents calls will be held monthly on the last Tuesday of the month.
Frank Welte, 1st vice-president will preside. Paul Shane will be on the call as well with updated information about ongoing information the office needs from chapters and affiliates.

The call will be recorded and a specific retrieval code will be sent shortly after completion of the call.
Remember we are still updating the Presidents List as your Officer Information data is received and entered into our database. So please forward this information to your president. And of course, all are welcome.

Dial-in number: 712-770-8014;
access code 127353.

Conference Calls

If you wish to request a CCB conference line for your meeting, contact Jennifer Caldeira in the CCB office at 800-221-6359.

If you wish your meeting to be recorded, contact President Judy Wilkinson at (510)357-1844.

CCB Scholarships

The CCB Scholarship Committee has placed the 2017-2018 scholarship application on the CCB website, thanks to the assistance of the TOG. It will be available and due no later than the close of business on Monday, May 15, 2017, with transcripts and letters due no later than July 1, 2017.

If you are a full time student, from in-coming freshman to graduate student, please apply at your earliest convenience.

For questions contact Christy at (909)800-7189 or ccrespin@att.net.

Please click on the link below for the application and instructions:

Glendale Burbank Chapter Fund Raiser

Come join us for a dinner, fundraiser on March 20th from 5pm to 8pm at Shakey's Pizza Parlor 1300 N San Fernando Blvd, Burbank.

For more information contact Jim Chamberlin at (818)445-2603.

Seize The Moment: Apply to be a 2017 Leadership Fellow

Why wait? Begin expanding your horizons this year.
In partnership with JP Morgan Chase, ACB has created a path to leadership which provides an opportunity for 5 ACB members with recognized leadership potential to participate in the 56th annual conference and convention in Reno. Join the previous Leadership Fellows on a quest to meet with other leaders around the nation.

In its second year, the Leadership Fellows Award will introduce additional leadership development modules that are sure to prepare you to serve well in future leadership roles within ACB, your local chapter, as well as, your state or special interest affiliate.

All recipients receive round-trip transportation; hotel accommodation (double occupancy), per diem stipend for meals and incidentals, convention registration fee and reception and banquet tickets.
Recipients are expected to attend the convention from the opening meeting, Saturday evening, July 1, through the Thursday evening banquet, July 6, and to participate actively in all convention activities including the daily general sessions, special-interest presentations, seminars and workshops.

For more information including requirements and how to apply contact CCB president Judy Wilkinson by phone at (510) 357-1844 or by email at jwilkins@panix.com

Thank you for reading,
Have a nice day

Gabe Griffith

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