Our Team

Cheryl Gajadhar
President & Treasurer
Email: clgajadhar@aol.com
Phone: (803) 397-0205

Gretchen Wilson
Vice President & Social Media

Agnes Jefferson
Secretary and Hospitality

Noah Love
Sergeant at Arms and Security

Dr. George Hallman
Chaplain

Resources

National Forms

National Reports

  1.  NEWSFLASH / NOTICE TO ALL MEMBERSHIP IN REGIONAL GROUP
    SEND OFF A NEWSFLASH/NOTICE (MINIMUM OF 14 DAYS) BEFORE MEETING – NOTICE TO INCLUDE WHEN AND WHERE MEETING.  ITINERARY TO INCLUDE: ELECTION OF OFFICERS/ VOTING FOR PRIMARY/SECONDARY DELEGATES AND OPTIONAL – DISCUSSION OF EVENTS FOR THE YEAR.

2.  CREDENTIAL FORM
FORM IS USUALLY A DIFFERENT COLOR EVERY YEAR.  THIS FOR IS TO BE SENT TO THE ADMINISTRATION DIRECTOR, PRIMARY DELEGATE, FILE (SECRETARY).  THIS FORM INCLUDES ALL NEWLY ELECTED OFFICERS, PRIMARY DELEGATE, AND INSTRUCTIONS ON BYLAWS/RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE.  THIS FORM SIGNED BY PRESIDENT AND SECRETARY.

3.  OFFICER REPORT
WITHIN 30 DAYS AFTER ANNUAL MEETING, THIS FORM IS TO BE FILLED OUT OF ALL ACTIVE OFFICERS.  THIS FORM IS TO BE SENT TO THE ADMINISTRATION DIRECTOR, MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR, DISTRICT DIRECTOR AND FILE/SECRETARY.

4.  CONVENTION AD /DONATE FORM
CONVENTION AD / DONATE FORM IS ATTACHED WITH REGIONAL GROUP AD FOR CONVENTION BOOKLET.  THIS IS A FUNDRAISER.  

5.  ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT
THIS FORM WILL COME FROM ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR AND IS TO BE FILLED OUT NO EARLIER THAN 1 JULY OF THE PREVIOUS YEAR UNTIL 30 JUNE OF THE PRESENT YEAR. THIS REPORT WILL  ALSO INCLUDE ALL BANK STATEMENTS.  THE REPORT WILL BE SENT TO THE ADMINISTRATION DIRECTOR AND A COPY FOR THE REGIONAL GROUP SECRETARY/TREASURER.  THIS REPORT IS TO BE SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT/TREASURER.

 

  • SAMPLE Credential Form (PDF)
  • SAMPLE Regional Group Officer Report (PDF)
  • SAMPLE Annual Financial Report (PDF)

Fund-raising Activities

Section 3. Fund-raising

A. Introduction

1. This section provides guidelines for regional group fund-raising, supplementing instructions contained in Article XIV, Sections E and F of the BVA National By-Laws. Materials in this section reflect National Board of Directors and National Headquarters policy, rules and experience in considering and approving regional group fund-raising projects.

2. Regional groups are encouraged to undertake fund-raising projects with a specific purpose or need in mind. For example, raising money to help defray extraordinary regional group expenditures, or raising money to collect funds to host a BVA National Convention, or raising funds to assist blinded veterans, VIST Coordinators, etc. are all sound reasons for fund-raising.

3. However, projects to be conducted for the primary purpose of raising funds to build up a regional group's bank account, particularly when a surplus already exists, or to make investments, or for a purpose not associated with the overall mission of BVA or the regional group will not be approved.

B. Restrictions

1. Regional groups must obtain approval for all fund-raising projects as described in BVA National By-Laws (Article XIV, Section 13e).

2. In carrying out any fund-raising project, regional group officers are responsible for protecting the good name of the Blinded Veterans Association from wrongful use or misrepresentation.

3. Regional groups may NOT engage in any direct-mail fund-raising projects, i.e., mailing solicitations or appeal letters to the public at large. A nation-wide direct-mail fund-raising program is conducted by BVA National Headquarters.

4. Regional groups are asked not to solicit bequests from members or individuals. Regional groups may accept such gifts as they occur.

5. Regional groups may apply for grants from local organizations to meet specific needs. BVA National Headquarters should be provided a copy of the grant application. Depending on the type of grant Grants often require a Regional Group to be a §501(C)(3), possess an administrative staff to handle reporting duties, and partnering with other organizations with various professionals, like Social Workers and Rehab Specialists, to execute the grant.

Administrative note: Please mail or email a copy of to the Executive Director. National organizations such as Wal-Mart, Home Depot and other major chains often authorize their regional affiliates to support state and local organizations. If you have examples or organizations please contact the BVA Administrative Director and we will compile a list of such entities and attempt to determine the procedure for requesting their support.

C. Some Good Reasons for Fund-Raising

1. Strengthening the Regional Group

1a. Increasingly, BVA regional groups are using funds to increase attendance at meetings and to support efforts to make the regional group an effective, viable organization. Regional groups are using funds to help pay travel costs of regional group members, such as renting vans and hiring drivers, and to make sure that blinded veterans can get to meetings. Transportation problems are often the main reason for poor attendance.

1b. Purchasing equipment for regional group volunteer offices is another good reason for fund-raising. For many regional groups, volunteer offices at VA Medical Centers are becoming the focal point of regional group activity where day-to-day work is done on regional group programs, and contact is maintained with members.

1c. Using funds to pay for editing and publication of a regional group newsletter is certainly appropriate, and also an appropriate reason for fund-raising. A quality, timely newsletter can do much to strengthen the regional group, as well as to bring in new members.

2. Helping Blinded Veterans

2a. More and more, regional groups are using funds to directly assist needy blinded veterans. At times, a blinded veteran may approach the regional group for help, or the group may learn of a blinded veteran in a desperate situation. For example, some regional groups have paid cab fares so blinded veterans could get to doctors' offices or VA Medical Centers. Some blinded veterans have been helped with emergency rent and food assistance, and others with clothing needed when attending Blind Rehabilitation. Many regional groups also buy canteen coupons to distribute to hospitalized blinded veterans. Projects to raise funds for these purposes find broad appeal and support among members and the public.

2b. Some regional groups are hosting Christmas parties and other events at Blind Rehabilitation Centers. Local companies and community groups often are willing to contribute to these projects.

3. Supporting the VIST Coordinator

3a. Many regional groups are now making direct grants to VIST Coordinators. This is an excellent use of regional group funds, since VIST coordinators are constantly approached by non-prosthetics-eligible blinded veterans needing help.

3b.The VIST Coordinator can provide small, relatively inexpensive items and equipment such as white canes, talking watches, and insulin measuring devices, if money for this purpose is available in the VIST Post Fund. Projects to raise money for this purpose also have broad appeal.

4. Supporting National Programs

4a. Regional groups may also raise funds to help support specific National Programs, or to provide special equipment to facilitate National Office operations. For example, the BVA National Office is often asked to help pay costs of blinded veterans desiring to attend blind sports clinics such as skiing or bowling. Funds for these purposes are often not immediately available at the National Office.

4b. Regional groups may also help other regional groups hosting BVA National Conventions. This is a worthwhile fund-raising purpose in that smaller, newer regional groups may lack the resources and/or experience to conduct a fully adequate convention fund-raising campaign.

D. Some Suggested Fund-Raising Projects

1. Regional groups are urged to develop fund raising projects that are creative, yet practical, that is, easily accomplished and involve few or no parties other than the regional group itself. Regional groups should ask other regional groups for ideas on what types of fund-raising projects have been most successful.

2. Note too, the types of fund-raising projects that have worked well for other veterans' organizations and community groups, and adopt and tailor good points to the regional group's capabilities. The following are some fund-raising ideas that have worked well for BVA regional groups:

2a. Selling raffle tickets at regional group meetings for items donated by members or Auxiliary members.

2b. Auctions of items donated by regional group members.

2c. Soliciting the regional group membership for cash and equipment donations to support regional group activities.

2d. Arranging dances or special holiday celebrations for members and charging admission.

2e. Conducting talent shows or contests featuring blinded veterans.

2f. Selling tickets to regional group picnics with food donated by members.

2g. Yard sales or garage sales of donated items.

2h. Operating concession stands or tents at fairs and selling food and soft drinks.

2i. Hosting a special dinner or banquet with special invited guests or celebrities.

2j. Arranging or sponsoring a local sports event for blind and other disabled individuals, and soliciting community and public support.

E. Obtaining Approval For Fund-Raising Projects

1. The BVA National Office needs to be advised of ALL fund-raising projects undertaken by the regional group.

2. Fund-raising projects conducted within the regional group, involving no outside group or organization need only the approval of the BVA Executive Director or Administrative Director. This approval may be obtained by submitting a letter by email or regular mail.

3. More complex fund-raising projects where the regional group is participating or working jointly with another organization such as a veterans' organization or a local community organization must have prior approval by the BVA National Board of Directors. Section 13f of Article XIV of the BVA By-Laws requires that regional groups obtain National Board of Directors' approval for fund-raising projects not falling within the fund-raising project type described above.

4. A question often arises concerning the public--is the public a party other than the regional group? For example, if a regional group conducts a yard sale, and the public at large is welcome to stop by and purchase items, does this sort of fund-raising project need formal Board of Directors' approval? In most cases, it would be required. Regional group officers should discuss the matter with the BVA Executive Director or the BVA Administrative Director for a final determination.

5. The regional group should seek the advice and assistance of the BVA Executive Director or Administrative Director in considering any fund-raising project, as well as in preparing a letter to obtain formal Board of Directors' approval when needed.

6. Obtaining approval for a fund-raising project is not difficult. The Regional Group President should send an email or letter to the BVA National President, c/o BVA National Headquarters at least 60 days in advance of the beginning of the proposed project.

7. The fund-raising project should be described in detail--why the funds are being raised, how the regional group will conduct the project, what resources the regional group is committing, who other than the regional group is involved and what is their role, who is controlling the funds and who is accounting for the funds being raised.

8. BVA National Board of Directors' approval of the project will be provided by letter. Regional group officers planning fund-raising events should also refer to Article XIV, Sections 12e and f of the BVA By-Laws.

Simple Fundraising Submission

1. Sample Newsflash to Membership (DOC)
2. Sample Annual Meeting with fund-raiser notes (DOC)
3. Sample submission to Executive or Administrative Director (DOC)

Complex Fundraising Submission

1. Sample Newsflash to Membership (DOC)
2. Sample Annual Meeting with Fundraiser notes (DOC)
3. Sample Submission to Executive or Administrative Director (DOC)

Calendar of Events

October 2020

November 2020

December 2020

Meeting Times

Presently, all meetings are on hold.

VA Services

VIST / BROS

VISUAL IMPAIRMENT COORDINATOR TEAM (VIST) - JEANA BROWN

6439 Garners Ferry Road Columbia, SC 29209-1639 

BLDG:  100A, 2D FLOOR 

ROOM 2D-157

Email: jeana.brown2@va.gov

Phone Number:  

803-776-4000 ext. 7195 

VA CELL:  803-465-4842

VISUAL IMPAIRMENT COORDINATOR TEAM (VIST) - MONICA GROTE

Email: monica.grote@va.gov

AND

BLIND REHABILITATION OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALIST (BROS)- CHARLES "ALEX" SMITH

Email: charles.smith3@va.gov

109 Bee St, 

Charleston, SC 29401-5799

Phone Number:  

(843) 789-7575 

VISUAL IMPAIRMENT COORDINATOR TEAM (VIST) - TODD TURANSKY

1 FREEDOM WAY

AUGUSTA, GA  30904

Email: todd.turansky@va.gov 

Phone Number:  

(706) 733-0188 ext 7573

Blind Rehabilitation

 

  • Central Blind Rehabilitation Center
    Hines, IL
    First BRC program started in the U.S.
    Established in 1948
  • Western Blind Rehabilitation Center
    Palo Alto, CA
    Established in 1967
  • Eastern Blind Rehabilitation Center
    West Haven, CT
    Established in 1969
  • American Lake Blind Rehabilitation Center
    Tacoma, WA
    Established in 1971
  • Waco Blind Rehabilitation Center
    Waco, TX
    Established in 1974
  • Southeastern Blind Rehabilitation Center
    Birmingham, AL
    Established in 1982
  • Puerto Rico Blind Rehabilitation Center
    San Juan, PR
    Established in 1986
  • Southwestern Blind Rehabilitation Center
    Tucson, AZ
    Established in 1994
  • Augusta Blind Rehabilitation Center
    Augusta, GA
    Established in 1996
  • West Palm Beach Blind Rehabilitation Center
    West Palm Beach, FL
    Established in 2000
  • Long Beach Blind Rehabilitation CenterCenter
    Long Beach, CA
    Established in 2010
  • Biloxi Blind Rehabilitation Center
    Biloxi, MS
    Established in 2010
  • Louis Stokes Cleveland Blind Rehabilitation Center
    Cleveland, OH
    Established in 2010 

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Testimonials

Regional Group Bylaws

SOUTH CAROLINA REGIONAL GROUP
OF
BLINDED VETERANS ASSOCIATION

CONSTITUTION/BYLAWS

 

PREAMBLE

 

We, the members of the SOUTH CAROLINA Regional Group of the Blinded Veterans Association, in order to develop a closer relationship among the blinded veterans of our Nation; to assist in their rehabilitation; to hasten their acceptance into the community; and to promote peace with liberty, do adopt and establish this Constitution/Bylaws.

 

Article I

 

(Name and Duration)

 

Section 1. The name of the organization, by which it shall be known, is and shall be the SOUTH CAROLINA Regional Group of the Blinded Veterans Association, and its duration shall be perpetual, unless its Charter be withdrawn by the Blinded Veterans Association for good cause shown.

 

Article 11


(Affiliation)

 

Section 1. The Regional Group is and shall be a subordinate group of a National Association known as the Blinded Veterans Assocation, as attested to by a Charter issued by said Association. The Regional Group shall at all times be subject to the jurisdiction of the National Association and to the provisions of that corporation's Charter and Bylaws. Any provision in this Constitution/Bylaws inconsistent with the Charter or Bylaws of the Blinded Veterans Association shall be null and void.

 

Section 2. The Regional Group shall not participate in any way in the promotion of partisan politics or of candidates for political office. Its name, insignia, and membership lists shall be restricted to use by the Regional Group and by its parent body, the Blinded Veterans Association. The Group shall not join or federate with any veterans' organizations or agency for the blind.

 

Article III

 

(Supreme Authority)

 

Section 1. The supreme authority of the Regional Group shall be vested in its members*, whether expressed in convention, in a regularly-called meeting, or by a duly authorized mail ballot.

 

Section 2. At all times when the membership is not assembled, the supreme authority of the Regional Group shall be vested in an Executive Committee (see Article VIII below).

SOUTH CAROLINA Regional Group Constitution/Bylaws (Con't.)

 

Article IV


(Membership)

 

Section 1. Membership shall be limited to Members (service-connected) and Associate Members (non-service-connected) of the Blinded Veterans Association in good standing residing in the State of SOUTH CAROLINA.

 

Section 2. The definitions of the aforementioned categories of membership in the SOUTH CAROLINA Regional Group, and the rights, privileges, responsi­bilities and restrictions of each category shall be as outlined in the current edition of the BVA National Bylaws, as amended.

 

Section 3. All of the above-mentioned members, provided they remain in good standing with the National Association and with the SOUTH CAROLINA Regional Group, shall have and retain full rights of membership in the Group, including the right to vote and hold office.

 

Article V

 

(Membership Meetings)

 

Section 1. Regular meetings of the membership shall be called, and such meetings shall have authority to make laws and bylaws, rules and regulations, and generally to conduct all business which may properly come before the Group.

 

Section 2. Every member in good standing of the SOUTH CAROLINA Regional Group shall be eligible to attend and assist in all meetings of the membership, and shall be entitled to one (1) vote when present.

 

Section 3. A quorum at membership meetings shall consist of five (5) members in good standing, two (2) of which must be elected officers of the Regional Group. One of the two officers must be either the President or the Vice President.

 

Section 4. All members in good standing, as well as the National Head­quarters (Attn: Administrative Director), shall be notified, in writing, of each meeting of the Regional Group at least ten (10) days before the date of such meeting. The notification letter will include the date, time, location and purpose(s) of the meeting. Address labels from BVA National Headquarters must be used for all such notification letter mailings.

 

 

 

 

 

*Admin note: Unless otherwise indicated, hereinafter the word "members col­lectively refers to "Members and Associate Member.

 

 

SOUTH CAROLINA Regional Group Constitution/Bylaws (Con't.)

 

Article VI

 

(Officers)

 

Section 1. The Regional Group shall elect officers each year at a meeting of the membership, and all members in good standing shall be notified, in writing, in advance for the purpose for which the meeting is called (see Section 4 of Article V above).

 

Section 2. The officers elected shall be a President, Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer, provided that the members, in their discretion, may also elect a Judge Advocate, Chaplain, and/or Sergeant-at-Arms as considered necessary for the Group's operation.

 

Section 3. Officers shall serve until their successors have qualified, provided that no officer shall serve a period exceeding eighteen (18) months without reelection.

 

Article VII

 

(Duties of Officers)

 

Section 1. The President shall be the executive head of the Regional Group with full power to enforce the provisions of this Constitution/Bylaws and the policies adopted by the membership. He/she shall preside at meetings of the membership.

He/she shall have and exercise all of the functions especially entrusted to him/her by the membership and shall perform all of the duties usually performed by such executive officer, including appointment of such committees as he/she may feel are necessary to the successful operation of the Group, with full authority to dissolve such committees.

 

Section 2. The Vice President shall perform such duties as are assigned to him/her by the President and/or the membership, and shall serve as Acting President during the absence or disability of the President.

 

Section 3. The Secretary/Treasurer shall:

 

  1. Keep written minutes of all meetings of the membership and of the Executive Committee, and shall furnish a copy of all such written minutes to the National Secretary at the National Headquarters (Attn: Administrative Director) within two months of such meetings.

 

  1. Notify all members in good standing and National Headquarters (Attn: Administrative Director), in writing, of all regional group meetings, in­cluding the purpose(s) for which they are called.

 

 

SOUTH CAROLINA Regional Group Constitution/Bylaws (Con't.)

 

  1. Maintain true and complete books of account reflecting all of the income and expenditures of the Regional Group.

 

  1. Report regularly to the membership on the finances of the Group.

 

  1. File budgets and financial reports with the National Association as requested and/or as required by the current edition of the BVA National Bylaws, as amended.

 

  1. Perform such other duties as are assigned by the President and/or the membership.

 

Section 4. The Judge Advocate serves as the Legal Advisor to the SOUTH CAROLINA Regional Group President and Executive Committee. He/she shall serve as parliamentarian at all Regional Group and Executive Committee meetings and other meetings called by the President, and shall be governed in the performance of his/her duties by the current edition of Robert's "Rules of Order, Newly Revised". He/she shall be well versed on the BVA National Bylaws and the SOUTH CAROLINA Regional Group bylaws, and shall give the President legal advice and assistance to that office. He/she shall perform such other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the President and/or the membership, or the Vice President in the absence or disability of the President.

 

Section 5. The Chaplain shall be charged with the spiritual welfare of the Group, and will be responsible for the opening invocation and closing benediction for each Regional Group meeting. At the discretion of the President, he/she may be charged with the same reponsibilities for each Executive Committee meeting. He/she is responsible for offering memorial prayers for deceased blinded veterans and checking on the welfare of those sick and infirm Group members. He/she shall perform such other duties consistent with the office of Chaplain and/or as may be assigned from time to time by the President and/or the membership, or the Vice President in the absence or disability of the President.

 

Section 6. The Sergeant-at-Arms shall be responsible, under the direction of the President, for maintaining peace, harmony and order at all meetings of the membership and/or Executive Committee. He/she shall ensure that all Regional Group meetings are conducted in accordance with the BVA National Bylaws, as amended, the SOUTH CAROLINA Regional Group Bylaws, and Robert's "Rules of Order, Newly Revised". He/she shall be responsible for those present at any meetings as to their eligibility for participation therein, and shall maintain a sign-in list, and must report any visitors to the President. He/she shall perform such other duties as may be assigned from time to time

by the President and/or the membership, or the Vice President in the absence or disability of the President.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOUTH CAROLINA Regional Group Constitution/Bylaws (Con't.)

 

Article VIII

 

(Executive Committee)

 

Section 1. Between membership meetings, supreme authority of the Regional Group will be vested in an Executive Committee consisting of the President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, Sergeant-at-Arms, Chaplain, and Chapter President(s).

 

Section 2. The Executive Committee shall have full power to act for the Group between membership meetings, provided that the Executive Committee shall take no action contrary to policies established by the membership, and all of its actions shall be reported to the next membership meeting for approval, rejection or modification.

 

Section 3. Three (3) members of the Executive Committee, one of which will be either the President or the Vice President, shall constitute a quorum at all Executive Committee meetings.

 

Section 4. Vacancies occurring among the officer personnel of the Regional Group shall be filled temporarily by members appointed by the Executive Committee.

 

Article IX

 

(Chapters)

 

Section 1. Each subordinate Chapter is, and will always be, under the direction and control of the SOUTH CAROLINA Regional Group.

 

  1. Each subordinate Chapter will have no official standing outside of the parent Regional Group.

Each subordinate Chapter shall have an identifiable name (example: Lizard Thicket Chapter of the SOUTH CAROLINA Regional Group).

members must be BVA members in good standing.

 

Section 3. Chapters may have and elect their own officers, subject to the following restrictions:

 

  1. Chapter officers will be titled as specified in the SOUTH CAROLINA Regional Group Bylaws.

 

  1. Terms of Chapter officers shall be consistent with the terms of the respective

 

  1. Chapter officers may not serve simultaneously as Regional Group officers, with the exception that a Chapter President may serve on the SOUTH CAROLINA Regional Group Executive Committee.

 

 

SOUTH CAROLINA Regional Group Constitution/Bylaws (Con't.)

 

Section 4. Chapters may schedule and hold their own meetings.

 

  1. Written minutes of each Chapter meeting must be prepared and forwarded to the Regional Group Secretary/Treasurer within 60 days of such meeting, and will be read at the next Regional Group meeting.

 

  1. The Regional Group may hold meetings in Chapter locations on a rotating basis.

 

  1. A Chapter representative should attend each Regional Group meeting.

 

Section 5. Chapter officers may request, through the Regional Group, name labels and printouts from BVA National Headquarters in order to send out Chapter meeting notices, notify members of Chapter activities, and to recruit BVA members.

 

Section 6. Chapters may not incorporate.

 

Section 7. A quorum at Chapter meetings shall be five (5) BVA members in good standing residing in the Chapter area, of which two (2) must be Chapter officers (one will be either the Chapter President or the Vice President).

 

Section 8. Chapters may not engage in fund-raising activities unless the Regional Group has sought and obtained approval from the BVA National Board of Directors.

 

Section 9. Chapters may not open separate bank accounts.

 

  1. Funds earmarked for each Chapter should be maintained by the Regional Group, and distributed, upon approval, as requested.

 

  1. Funds for distribution to a Chapter must be approved at a Regional Group meeting, or by the Executive Committee for approval at the following membership meeting.

 

  1. Monies retained at the Chapter level shall be maintained as a petty cash fund, not to exceed $75.00; the Chapter shall forward a Treasurer's report to the Regional Group Secretary/Treasurer by June 30 of each year.

When a Chapter is established, the SOUTH CAROLINA Regional Group will provide a one-time allocation of $75.00 to start the Chapter petty cash fund.

 

Section 10. A Chapter may be approved or dissolved by a majority vote of a properly convened Regional Group meeting.

 

  1. A Chapter may be dissolved for failure to comply with the Regional Group Bylaws, or for other compelling reason(s) as determined by the Regional Group Executive Committee and/or the membership.

 

 

SOUTH CAROLINA Regional Group Constitution/Bylaws (Con't.)

 

  1. A Chapter which has been dissolved shall immediately turn over all of its assets, including books, records, property and funds, to the Regional Group.

 

Section 11. Each Chapter shall have a specific geographical description in its title, and the geographical area it encompasses within the Regional Group area will be specified (i.e., counties included in the area), keeping in mind that a Chapter should have a local focus.

 

Section 12. Chapters should be organized in major metropolitan areas, preferably those areas with a VA Medical Center or Outpatient Clinic.

 

Section 13. Chapters are not authorized to apply to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for chapter tax-exempt status.

 

Article X

 

(Discipline of members)

 

Section 1. Discipline of officers and members of the SOUTH CAROLINA Regional Group shall be in accordance with the provisions of Article XV (Discipline of Members and Associate Members) and Article XVI (Trial Procedure) of the current edition of the BVA National Bylaws, as amended.

 

Article XI

 

(Finance)

 

Section 1. Membership dues for members of the Regional Group, and the regulations governing payment of such dues, are as specified in Article X (Dues) of the current edition of the BVA National Bylaws, as amended.

 

Section 2. All sums received by the Treasurer shall be placed by him/her in a bank designated by members of the Executive Committee or the membership. The bank account shall be in the name of the SOUTH CAROLINA Regional Group.

 

Section 3. Funds of the Regional Group shall be dispensed only by checks drawn by the Treasurer in conformity with a budget adopted by the membership.

 

Section 4. No fund-raising endeavor involving an appeal for funds to the general public shall be undertaken without authorization by a Regional Group meeting and prior approval of the National Board of Directors (refer to

Section 13e of Article XIV (Regional Groups) of the current edition of the BVA SOUTH CAROLINA Regional Group Constitution/Bylaws (Con't.)

National Bylaws, as amended).

 

 

 

SOUTH CAROLINA Regional Group Constitution/Bylaws (Con't.)

 

Article XII

 

(Procedure for Amending)

 

Section 1. This Constitution/Bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of those voting at any meeting of the membership, a quorum being present, provided that thirty (30) days' written notice of such proposed amendment(s) shall have been given to all members in good standing.

 

Section 2. Any amendment of this Constitution/Bylaws, inconsistent with the National Charter or Bylaws of the Blinded Veterans Association, shall be null and void.

 

Article XIII

 

(Rules of Order)

 

Section 1. All points of parliamentary procedure not covered by this Constitution/Bylaws and the BVA National Charter and Bylaws, shall be governed by Robert's "Rules of Order, Newly Revised".

 

Article XIV

 

(Dissolution)

 

Section 1. In the event of the dissolution of the SOUTH CAROLINA Regional Group, all assets, real or personal, shall become subject to the provisions of Section 8 of Article XIV (Regional Groups) of the current edition of the BVA National Bylaws, as amended.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOUTH CAROLINA Regional Group Constitution/Bylaws (Con't.)

 

CERTIFICATION:

 

  • In accordance with the provisions of Article XII (Procedure for Amending), this

revised/updated edition of the SOUTH CAROLINA Regional Group Constitution/Bylaws was ratified/approved by the requisite two-thirds (2/3rds) vote of those Group members in good standing present and voting at a meeting, the membership called for this purpose, said meeting held at Columbia, South Carolina on the 15th dday of February, 2002.

 

SIGNED:

 

 

 

 

 

AUTHENTICATED:

 

 

LOUIS C. WATSON

SECRETARY/TREASURER

                                                                                        

 

 

 

                                                              

                                                         

                                                           Dated Mar 21 2002

                                                            J.K. Williams

                                                            Administrative Director

 

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Revised: 12/18/01

Newsletters

Night Owl Patrol October - December 2019

NIGHT OWL PATROL NEWSLETTER

VOLUME 1               10/2019

      WELCOME!  SOUTH CAROLINA BVA MEMBERS, FAMILIES, AND FRIENDS.  We have finally evolved!  It has been a while since I have ‘ve sent out a newsletter.  Tentatively, I have scheduled to send out a quarterly newsletter and hopefully, we will be finding great things to do and share.  All suggestions are always welcome. 

     On the top left ow this newsletter, we have adopted “Hootie”, the Night Owl.  He is always on patrol with magnifying glass in hand, patrolling for new devices and places to go.  By the way, Hootie is visually impaired. 

 

TOPICS IN ISSUE

  • NEWS FROM NATIONAL BVA
  • AUGUSTA BLIND REHAB NEWS
  • SCRIPTALK MOBILE APP HAS ARRIVED!
  • WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK REVISIONS
  • HOLIDAY GREETINGS
  • NOTES FROM THE AUTHOR

 

NEWS FROM NATIONAL BVA

         Hey there Blinded Veterans, BVA family, and friends. Unfortunately, I am starting this newsletter out on a sad note; as some of you have heard, our BVA immediate Past President, Chief Joe Parker, passed away on August 27th. He called me just a few days before and, in some of his last words, expressed three proud career choices he had made during his life: his career in the U.S. Navy, his career as a Civil Servant, and serving as President of the Blinded Veterans Association. Sail on Chief, we have the watch.

 

August was a very busy month for the BVA, thanks to a very successful 74th convention that we all prepared for, conducted, and are currently recovering and refitting from. With all the great things that happened in Tulsa, one was a big hit: our first ever Caregivers Discussion Panel with Gary Barg. We are already preparing to improve this event for our caregivers next year. Normally, September is where the Headquarters Team can catch their collective breaths but, this year, we are still running to get ready for our move into our new home.

 

While all this is going on, the next steps for the Blind Appalachian Trail occur in September. The Ladies of the BVA wrapped up the Georgia portion in May, and now the Gentlemen will be hitting the next leg to strive to conquer the North Carolina and Tennessee stretch. Hike strong BAT!

 

For those that answered the surveys, thank you for your valuable input. During the first week of September, we will be working on our new Strategic Plan to take us to the next level of performance, service and success. I’m very excited to see where we go to with our service to our Blinded Veterans and families; this is why I am humbled to serve as YOUR Executive Director, Joseph Bogart!

 

CONVENTION RESULTS

OUR NEW NATIONAL OFFICERS OF BVA

President:  Dr Thomas Zampieri

Vice President:  Joseph D. McNeil Sr.

Secretary:  Danny Wallace

Treasurer:  Elizabeth Holmes

 

OUR NEW DISTRICT DIRECTOR

Monica Gilmore

 

OUR STATE OFFICERS

President:  Cheryl Gajadhar

Vice President:  Agnes Jefferson

Secretary:  Gretchen Wilson

Sergeant of Arms:  Noah Love

Chaplain:  George Hallman

 

 

 

BYLAW AMENDMENT PASSED:

Added 20190816 Section 13. b (2)(c),(d) and (e)

(c)     If a Regional Group remains in "NOT IN GOOD

STANDING" status for three (3) consecutive years, the charter will automatically be revoked.  Any associated Treasury Funds and ledgers will be forwarded to BVA National HQ and the apportionment held in the Life Membership fund from the respective Regional Group shall be maintained within the Life Membership Fund for normal distribution to Group’s “in good standing”. The membership assigned to that Regional Group shall be provided with an option to join another regional group or become a part of the Membership-at-Large status.

                          (d)    If the membership of a revoked Regional Group applies to the National Board of Directors within two (2) years of revocation, the newly formed Regional Group shall be entitled to receive the charter, associated Treasury Funds, ledgers, less the apportionment held in the Life Membership fund from the prior Regional Group.

                           (e)   At the end of this five-year period all funds within the treasury associated to that respective regional group will remain within the National General Fund, and any new regional group forming within the territorial boundaries of that respective regional group will not have access or rights to regaining such funds.      

 

AUGUSTA BLIND REHABILITATION CENTER NEWS

By Herman Jefferson (Director of Computer Technology)

  1. MONTH OF SEPTEMBER – WAS PRESENTED A BRAILLE FLAG ON THE BRC
  2. PROGRAM FOR RECOGNIZING WHITE CANE SAFETY DAY – 15 OCT –

TODD TURANSKY, VIST COORDINATOR, WILL BE MASTER OF CEREMONY.

TIME 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM – FOR STAFF, FAMILY AND FRIENDS (LIGHT HORS D’OEUVRES WILL BE SERVED)

  1. NEW DEVICES AVAILABLE

NOTE:  Some of these devices are not new this year but they should be mentioned to each veteran as being available at your local VA or by the Blind Rehabilitation Center (s)(Augusta, GA or Birmingham, AL). This is not a complete listing of devices offered.  Ask your VIST Coordinator, Jeana Brown, Monica Grote, or Todd Turansky.  Each product is under area of interest.  View our website (www.scbva.org) for more details on each item.

Head-Mounted Devices

E-Sight, Cyber Eyes, Victor ViewPoint; Aira; Orcam; NuEyes

Synapptic Phones; Blind Vision/Spot (Phone)(Presently Under Evaluation)    

 

WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK REVISIONS

      Our website, https://scbva.org has got a huge uplift from what it use to look like.  We also now have a facebook page – https://facebook.com/scbva.  I will try to be more active as I learn how to get your attention on what you want/need.

 

JUST IN:  SCRIPTALK MOBILE APP HAS ARRIVED!

We're excited to announce the long awaited arrival of the ScripTalk mobile app for iPhone.  The ScripTalk Mobile app was designed for mobility and convenience; perfect for iPhone users who travel.  The ScripTalk app is available for download with minimal training required. 

To successfully install and run the app, you need:

  • iOS 13
  • iPhone 7 or Higher;
  • Please Note: iPhone 11 is still in beta
  • Visit the Help Section inside the app to find directions on how to use.

NOTE:

Download and Register your app now!

Users of the app may receive SMS and Push Notifications announcing new updates and new products.  The ScripTalk app does not replace the ScripTalk reader and should only be downloaded as a backup.

 

Here are the steps on how to get the free app:

  1. Go to the App Store
  2. Search for ScripTalk Mobile App
  3. Select it
  4. You might receive a dialog box to ask for you Apple ID password
  5. Select GET /Download App (which indicates the app is free)
  6. When OPEN appears Click on it
  7. Register with you first name, last name, Phone and Email
  8. On the top are the Selections SCAN and QUICK SCAN.
  9. This app also finds stores that accept ScripTalk, History of meds ordered, and Help for more instructions.

 

NEW PROGRAM – ADAPTIVE SPORTS

A new program is being developed.  Adaptive Sports!  What is that you ask..  Simply, a new way in playing sports.  Tentatively, we will start slow, “Bowling”.  If you are interested please don’t hesitate to call, write or email me.  Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.  Be looking out for the Newsflash of When, Where, and What Time.  It’s going to be a blast!  For further information, look it up on the web – https://scasausa.org

 

HOLIDAY GREETINGS

 

WHITE CANE SAFETY DAY – 15 OCTOBER

(By Timothy Hornick (District 2 Director)

When walking the blind place more than their best foot forwards, rather we proudly lead with our’ iconic symbol, the white cane. Each white cane represents the dignity, freedom, and possibilities accrued through generations of trail blazing blinded individuals fighting for equality to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. These emotions arise with every tap of the white cane or step from a guide dog. Without our devices and service dogs for guidance, those of us with a visual impairment would be left in the dark. However, through our adaptive solutions, we proudly and independently conquer the world around us. Nothing else comes close to replicating what the white cane means, thus every October 15th, communities to international organizations celebrate White Cane Safety Day.

 

 VETERAN’S DAY - 11 November

(from Military.com)

     This holiday started as a day to reflect upon the heroism of those who died in our country's service and was originally called Armistice Day. It fell on Nov. 11 because that is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. However, in 1954, the holiday was changed to "Veterans Day" in order to account for all veterans in all wars.

     We celebrate and honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

     Every year for the past 4 years, SCRG BVA has participated in the City of Columbia’s Veteran’s Day Parade.  If you want to join in and represent BVA – contact me no later than 1 November 2019.

 

Popular Veterans Day Restaurant Discounts

Golden Corral: Military Appreciation Night November 11

Applebee's Offers Free Meal on Veterans Day

Manhattan Bagel Company Offers Free Veterans Day Bagel

 

Popular Veterans Day Travel & Recreation Discounts

LEGOLAND Florida Offers Free Admission in November

Colonial Williamsburg: Free Veterans Day Admission

Harley-Davidson Museum: Veterans Day Offer

 

Popular Veterans Day Retail Discounts

Home Depot Offers Veterans Discounts on Veterans Day

Rack Room Shoes: 10% Military Discount on Veterans Day

 

All of the discounts have been confirmed, either through press release or direct communication with the company.

 

Keep in mind that most businesses require proof of military service. What identification do you need to prove that you're a veteran? A few common options are: 

  1. Retiree or Military Identification Card
  2. VA Benefits Card
  3. Veterans ID Card

In 2017, the Department of Veterans Affairs rolled out a new ID program to all honorably discharged veterans. Ordered by Congress in 2015, the new veteran ID card is to be mailed free of charge to any veteran who applies.

  1. DD-214
  2. State Identification Card

 

Note: Not all franchise locations participate in their national chain's Veterans Day programs -- be sure contact your nearest establishment to make sure.

 

THANKSGIVING BLESSINGS

This year, if possible, buy a stranger’s meal and ask if possible, for them to reciprocate the same gesture of kindness to someone else.   To your family and friends - Have a great Thanksgiving…  

 

 

 

HOLIDAY GREETINGS

May the glow of this holiday season enlighten your home and warm your heart.  Have a Great Holiday and A Happy New Year!! From all the staff of the South Carolina Regional Group of the Blinded Veterans Association!!

 

 

 

HOLIDAY LUNCHEONS

     Hey, it’s been a while since we’ve got together.  This year we are blessed with a VIST Coordinator (Jeana Brown) of the Wm Jennings Bryan Dorn VAMC.  She will be hosting a luncheon for our Blinded Veterans.  Come out and join us in this holiday celebration.

 

GREENVILLE - 12 Dec / 12 pm

     SAVE THE DATE:  December 12th we will have our holiday party at Inside Mental Health Suite, Rm K29. The VA will be providing main dishes and some sides but those who would like to contribute can feel free!  RSVP by the 1st of December to Ms Brown or myself for a headcount. 

 COLUMBIA - 19 Dec / 3 pm

          SAVE THE DATE:  December 19th we will have our holiday party at the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA at 3 pm in Building 106 Room D100. The VA will be providing main dishes and some sides but those who would like to contribute can feel free!  RSVP by the 10th of December to Ms Brown or myself for a headcount. 

 

NOTES FROM THE EDITOR….

Hi everyone!  I really enjoyed creating this newsletter for you.  I’ve tried not to forget anything.  I am on a lot of committees for the veterans – so I feel it is my job to inform you.  If you have any suggestions, comments or questions on any of the information contained within this newsletter – please don’t hesitate to write/call or email me.  I am an advocate for blinded veterans everywhere.  Keep it real…  Happy trails….. ….. ……. ……

 

Cheryl Gajadhar

SCRG BVA, President

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheryl Gajadhar                                             Free Matter for the Blind

3830 Davies Drive                                        And Pysically Handicapped

Columbia, SC  29223