FLORIDA REGIONAL GROUP
Blinded Veterans Association
FRG NEWSLETTER • FEBRARY 2019

FRG-BVA web site:  www.frgbva.org

• President’s Message:
To all FRG BVA members, please attempt to attend and support the FRG State Convention, where important information is shared along with great food and great company. We are making some changes for the betterment of FRG and its members. There will be three versions of the FRG Newsletter published every month, Talking Books (must be subscribed), Standard Mail, and Electronically. For electronic version, send a request with name and email address to: frgbva.email@gmail.com

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• Southeast District Luncheon: March 2, 2019

Tropical Acres • 2500 Griffin Road, Ft. Lauderdale 33312
Time: 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Southeast Florida Contacts:
John Getz • VIST - WPB • 561-422-86April Barnes • VIST - Broward • 954-475-5500 X8730
Wendy Briand • VIST – Miami-Dade • 305-575-7000 X3607
Carlos Pere’ • President FRG • 813-486-4817
*Cost: Veteran and immediate family or caregiver $5.00.
No more than two extra guests, $10.00 each. Cash only please.
*When you register, indicate your choice of beef, chicken or vegetarian.


- CONVENTION NEWS -





The Florida State Convention will be April 11 – 13 at the Florida Hotel and Conference Center, 1500 Sand Lake Road, Orlando 32809. The room rate is $112.00 nightly, excluding tax. Call (800) 588-4656 for reservations and mention Blinded Veteran Association for special rate. There are days available at this rate before and after the convention if desired. Please mail your $50.00 check for registration, including banquet to FRG-BVA, 2525 Liberty Park Drive #2403, Cape Coral, Fl 33909. If you utilize Para-Transit in your area, you can make arrangements for reciprocity with the Orlando Para-Transit system by contacting your local provider. 
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• Scholarship Applications 

Last Days to submit your Scholarship Application! You can still receive an application, simply Email your request to Anna Clarke at:  annafrgbva@gmail.com along with your name, the name of the blinded Veteran and the academic institution that you will be attending. Remember, the deadline for turning in applications is fast approaching. February 18, 2019 will be here before you know it!









Our Vice President Interns in Washihgton...

       As the new year begins, I remain excited to be a part of the Florida Regional Group’s leadership and remain positive and optimistic about the group’s future.  Many long-time members continue to faithfully serve and dedicate themselves to the organization and their fellow blinded veterans.  Many others remain actively engaged in discussion and decision making.  The FRG has also encouraged several new members to become involved and assume leadership roles.

Additionally, as many of you are aware, I had the honor of serving as an extern at the BVA national office last summer.  Seeing firsthand the advocacy work of this organization is inspiring.  BVA works closely with other Veterans’ Service Organizations, as well as other organizations dedicated to the blind and visually impaired community, to educate and promote issues that directly impact each of us as members.  The national office also provides assistance to members with their VA claims and other issues.  I mention this experience because working within the office reinforced my appreciation of the fact that there is strength in numbers, and that our organization is stronger with your support and participation.

As Vice President, I call upon the less active and inactive members to reach out to their respective District Director and simply talk with them about FRG, BVA, meetings and socials, and issues affecting the blinded-veteran community.  The FRG Board wants to hear from the members to gain a sense of the issues with which you are concerned.  The Board needs to know how it can best serve its members.  Further, even if you believe that the FRG has your contact information, I implore members to reach out to their District Director and check if it is correct.  Members can find their District Director’s contact details on the website at frgbva.org.  

I stand by the motto of blinded veterans helping blinded veterans, and I look forward to working with you to find solutions that make a difference.
                                              ~Nate Gorham


• CONGRATULATIONS: Congratulations to our Immediate Past President, Terry King and Mrs. Joanne King for both receiving The Florida Regional Group Lifetime Service Award. Thank you for your dedication and the many years of serving Blinded Veterans.

Historical Facts:

 • February 2, 1901 - Female Army Nurse Corps established as a
   permanent organization. 
February 2, 1974 - Fighting Falcon flies for the first time.
February 21, 1925, The New Yorker publishes its first issue.

Blinded Veterans that are no longer with us:
Dr. George Stocking
Bobby J. Bennett
Carol Ganey
John H. Kearns
Joseph Stevens
George J. Bradley
George J. Lining
Frank Hansen
Gordon Caswell
Thomas Keyes
Newsletter Editor:  Anna Clark

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Blinded Veterans Association Florida Regional Group Official Website