After hosting and moderating the Leadership Training and Discussion Teleconference for the last three years, its with heavy heart we announce the termination of these calls for the foreseeable future. The original goal for the calls aimed to increase the knowledge of and provide a location for regional group leaders and members to learn more about operating the BVA’s mission for regional groups and living the motto of assisting our fellow blinded Veterans. We do not feel that this mission has been fulfilled, but acknowledge its fallen way short over recent months in achieving this goal. Secondly, its difficult to provide an open forum for professional and insightful discussions, when participants often feel attacked by their fellow blinded Veterans.
Please note that the decision for this does not stem from any requests by the BVA’s board of directors, though we fully understand several feel this call creates discontent amongst the membership. Rather the decision originated after an after action review of the recent calls by those of us who have managed and executed the Leadership Training and Discussion Teleconference. This makes September 11th’s call our last Leadership Training and Discussion Teleconference, which will not be archived.
Archived Leadership Training and Discussion Sessions
July 10th at 1300 Central Time
- This session allowed participants to learn about the 29 proposed resolutions and by-law amendments to be presented to the membership at the BVA’s National Convention. A thorough review resolved many questions about the merits of each item.
June 12th at 1300 Central Time
- Ed, Wade, and Hollie from the BVA’s FSP led this session on the FSP, appealing VA decisions, and obtaining VA prosthetics. Additionally we learned about the BVA’s advocacy approach related to enforcing Section 504 and 508 ensuring visually impaired Veterans may access VA resources, information, and decisions.
May 8th at 1300 Central Time
- We reviewed different methods regional groups may conduct fund raising activities. Discussions highlighted successful campaigns, ineffective strategies, and BVA reporting requirements.
April 10th at 1300 Central Time
- This continued the discussion from March’s call, focusing on BVA’s regional groups and national’s status as non-profits and by-laws. This was a very engaging session with participants sharing their questions and thoughts on these topics.
March 13, 2017
- This call provided us a chance to review and exchange knowledge about incorporation of regional groups, tax exempt requirements and status, and the business side of regional groups. John Carter explained these items from his experiences and research on this topic.
February 13, 2017
- Bridget Jones, BVA Administration Director, discusses upcoming due dates and deadlines for Regional Group to submit their requirements to remain in good standing and for the National Convention. The second part of the call allows participants to share their planning efforts for March 28’s National Blinded Veterans Day celebrations.
January 9th, 2017
- BVA Legislative Director, Melanie Brunson, and BVA Legislative Committee Chair, Tom Zampieri, discuss the 115th US Congress, BVA legislative priorities, and actions individuals to BVA leaders must pursue to aid in achieving the BVA’s legislative priorities.
November 14th, 2016
October 10, 2016
September 12, 2016