GDUI Announcement, April 14, 2017

Dear GDUI Members and Friends,

Two Important Deadlines Rapidly Approaching This Coming Week End! The first is the last possible date for you to get your application in to be chosen as one of two to receive a substantial stipend to help you with expenses associated with attending the GDUI Convention. That deadline is Saturday, April 15! (This year, you won’t have to get your tax return in on April 15, but your application for the GDUI Convention First-Timers’ Award needs to be turned into the committee by the end of that day!) Find all of the details here:

http://guidedogusersinc.org/gdui-announcement-february-28-2017/,

and good luck! We can hardly wait to meet you in our GDUI Suite and hand you the money that so many generous GDUI members and friends raised to bring you to our convention!

The second deadline is the next day, April 16! That’s the last day for submitting questions for our GDUI Candidates’ Forums! You may email questions for the candidates, to the Nominating Committee Chairperson, Dixie Sanderson, by April 16, 2017, with the subject field, “candidate questions.” Her email is:

mailto:Director5@GuideDogUsersInc.org .

GDUI will hold two membership forums to interview the candidates running in this election, as well as hear about the proposed amendments to our bylaws. The first one will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017, beginning at 1:00 P. M. (EDT) and the second will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2017, beginning at 8:00 P. M. (EDT). The call-in number for both forums will be 712.432.0075, Access code: 919245#.

Each forum will be recorded for playback via telephone, Drop Box or Send Space. The playback number is 712.432.1085. The April 29 forum recording will be available only until the May 11 forum is recorded.

Learn all about our two excellent candidates, Brianna Murray and Maria Kristic, and about the four proposed bylaws amendments at the Candidates Forums, and via e-mail and postal mail which has been distributed to all GDUI members eligible to vote in our May election, and on our web site, gdui-election-news-2017/. Congratulations to Brianna and Maria, and thank you both for stepping up to run for a Director’s seat and for working so hard for GDUI and all the issues that are so close to all of our hearts.

Handling those dreadful times when we’re denied services because we’re traveling with our guide dogs can certainly be challenging. Even though most of us know that dissolving in a river of tears won’t alleviate the problem or counter the discrimination, it’s still hard when we’re taken by surprise and shock at an unanticipated refusal of service to know exactly what to do, where to complain, how to help ourselves and educate the ignorant! Pick up some valuable tips from Jenine Stanley and Nolan Crabb when you listen to this month’s GDUI Juno Report! The program is available every month on Friday evening at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on ACB Radio, and thereafter as a podcast! Check it out. The next time a restaurant manager or an Uber driver gives you a hard time, you’ll be better prepared, and better able to cope! Find the GDUI Juno Report podcasts on ACB Radio, here: http://acbradio.org/gdr.xml.

The GDUI Program Committee is dotting the last of the I’s and crossing the last of the t’s as they ready the final GDUI Convention Program to share with you! Many of us are already scanning the internet for affordable air fares and making our hotel reservations at the Nugget. Here are dates and times and preliminary information:

Sunday, July 2, 2017 – Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada. Don’t miss out on the fun! Make your hotel reservations today!  Room rates at the Nugget are $89 single or double; there is an additional $10.00 per night charge per person for up to four people per room.  Applicable state and local taxes are currently 13.4%.  When you make your reservation, one night’s stay will be charged to your credit card.

To make reservations via telephone call

1.800.648.1177, and ask for Group Code GACB17.

The hotel shuttle provides complimentary ground transportation from the Reno airport to the Nugget, and the airport will be staffed, as usual, by Margarine Beaman and her cadre of helpful volunteers. To assist airline personnel and Margarine and her volunteers please provide the following information:

Your name, the name of the airline you will be arriving on, your departure city, arrival Flight number, arrival date and time, departure airline, departure date, departure time, and your Cell phone number.

Send Margarine an e-mail with “airline information” in the subject line at

 mailto:Oleo50@hotmail.com  or  call her at 512.921.1625.

Convention highlights include our famous GDUI Suite, a live auction this year, a game night that combines poker and pups in unique ways, the ACB-GDUI walk, a mock trial where attendees serve as jurors, the GDUI Breakfast Club at Rosie’s Café, Carla’s famous canine massages, a nearly life-size plush Golden guide dog to bring home with you if yours is the winning raffle ticket, the always popular guide dog schools updates, and so much more! Keep track of all the convention information, including lists of auction items coming soon here: http://guidedogusersinc.org/2017-convention/.

Remember, April is the month for scheduling a free eye exam for your guide dog! The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) will again be conducting free eye exams for qualifying service dogs during the month of May, 2017. Registration is open from April 1 through April 30, 2017 athttps://www.acvoeyeexam.org/.

Here’s an “inspiring” message from GDUI Board Member, Charlie Crawford, and his Seeing Eye Dog, Razen: Enjoy Charlie’s message, and then go to the web address he provides and either sign up as a GDUI Mushers Walker or donate in the name of Charlie or Deanna or Willow and me or anyone else who has joined the team! And thank you!

Hello GDUI!

Yup, it’s time to hup hup and make some money for GDUI to go forward on our activities and goals!  This time, Charlie Crawford, that’s me, registered as a virtual walker in the ACB Brenda Dillon memorial walk coming up this summer at the ACB convention.  We’ve created a team called the GDUI Mushers and I need to ask you huskies to join up on the sled team and let’s get moving on the trail to a much brighter future for both ACB and GDUI! 

I have set a hefty goal for fund raising since it will take some gold for the GDUI Mushers to bring home!  Yukon King and I were talking with Razen and we figure ten thousand for ACB and ten thousand for GDUI is what we will need to bring in a total of twenty thousand! Are you thinking I am going out of my mind and we can’t do that! Of course we can! Look at it this way: Bill Gates goes to the GDUI Mushers page and writes a donation of $40,000.  No big deal to him and we get twice what we wanted.  Now being serious, we could get a thousand people to donate $20 each or maybe two thousand people to donate ten bucks each, or even four thousand people to donate five dollars each and tada, we got it!!!

Lastly, let me say two things.  First, if a whole bunch of people check out the GDUI Mushers page and donate a whole bunch of loot, then we will go beyond the goal and wouldn’t that be cool!  Second, here’s what you need to do.

Bring up your favorite internet browser and go to:

https://acb.donorpages.com/2017ACBWalk/GDUIMushers

and hit the donate button to make your donation!  That’s it!  No muss, no fuss.  Only one more thing: share this message with everyone you know because together we go places and alone it is a whole lot harder.

So big woof woofs from my little Razen in the sun and she says you get a million wags for every $20 you give!  Of course you are free to donate any amount and whether big or small, it comes from your heart and it is really appreciated! 

I’d ask you to get busy and go to the page, but naaah, that Ain’t right and your dogs would not understand it, big smile.  So I’ll just say see you at

https://acb.donorpages.com/2017ACBWalk/GDUIMushers

and please give what you feel you can do for ACB and GDUI!

Charlie Crawford, GDUI Mushers Captain and my little Razen in the sun whose sending lots of wags and wiggles out to you and your pups!  

BookShare needs your help! If you, like me and so many others who are blind or visually impaired, rely on BookShare for an amazing, constantly updating selection of reading materials, please answer this call to action and contact your Congresspersons to tell them what a valuable service BookShare provides, not only to all of us grown-ups who love to read, but also to thousands and thousands of school-age print-disabled children who rely on BookShare for accessible textbooks. BookShare’s funding is in grave jeopardy. Please help by going to this web site and writing to your Representatives and Senators: http://cqrcengage.com/bookshare/.

Finally, we want to announce a Survey Request for which your input as guide dog users will be particularly helpful. researchers are studying the experiences of people who have had a vision impairment for at least 5 years and rely on technologies that provide sound output (e.g., GPS, talking watches, VoiceOver on iPhone, sonic canes, crosswalks with sounds) when they are out and about in their communities. We are most concerned with how easy or difficult it is to hear the sounds from these technologies. We are recruiting adults who:  are 18 years or older • have had vision impairment for at least 5 years • use sound output technologies to independently get around in their communities multiple times during a week; and • can understand and speak/read/write English without any difficulty. To complete our survey, please go to the following link:

http://sgiz.mobi/s3/cece772ce8d3 If you prefer an alternative to the electronic survey or have questions about participating in this research project, please contact Dr. Carrie Bruce at 404.385.6916 or mailto:carrie.bruce@gatech.edu

Carrie Bruce, PhD, CCC-SLP Senior Research Scientist, School of Interactive Computing Research Director, Master’s Program in Human-Computer Interaction Georgia Institute of Technology 85 Fifth St. NW – Room 346 | Atlanta, GA 30318 Office: 404.385.6916, Web: http://mshci.gatech.edu  

Until we arrive in your In Box again with more information about GDUI events and concerns, enjoy the beautiful springtime weather, and thank you for your friendship and support.

Sincerely,

Penny Reeder, President
Guide Dog Users, Inc.
mailto:President@GuideDogUsersInc.org

Deanna Noriega, First Vice President
Guide Dog Users, Inc.
mailto:vp1@GuideDogUsersInc.org

GDUI: http://www.guidedogusersinc.org/

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A recording of each GDUI announcement is available here: 712.432.1281. Enter the Access Code 488062 followed by the number sign. When prompted, enter the Reference Code, No. 1. The recording will remain available until it is replaced by a recording of the next GDUI Announcement. Please share this information with friends who may not have access to the internet. Thank you. We look forward to sharing information with all of our GDUI members and friends.

April 10, 2017

Announcing the GDUI 2017 Elections

In our upcoming election, you will have the opportunity to both vote on filling two Board positions as well as on the amendments of GDUI Bylaws.

The Board of Directors of Guide Dog Users, Inc. (GDUI) is asking GDUI members to vote for two open Director seats (term ending in 2020).

The candidates for these positions are:

Candidates for Director:

Brianna Murray, incumbent from South Carolina                

Maria Kristic, from New York                                                     

The 2017 GDUI Elections will commence Saturday, May 27, 2017 12:00 AM (EDT) and conclude on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 11:59 PM (EDT).

GDUI members who have paid their dues and are members in good standing by the record date of April 7, 2017 are eligible to vote in this election. Each member has one vote.

GDUI must receive the votes of fifteen percent of the members entitled to vote in this election, or at least seventy-five votes, for this election to be valid.

The two open director positions will be filled by the two   candidates who receive the largest and second-largest number of votes for director.

Any current GDUI member may request a copy of the candidate biographies from the Nominations Committee Chair at the following address: director5@guidedogusersinc.org.

In order for the proposed bylaw amendments to be considered for adoption, the Organization must receive the votes of 15% of the members entitled to vote on this question, or at least 75 votes. The bylaw amendments will be adopted if 2/3rds of the members voting on each proposal vote yes.

Voting System

Once again this year VoteNow will be handling our election.  GDUI members will have the option of voting either telephonically or online.

Your old voter ID number will no longer be valid.   In a few weeks, members will receive new voter ID numbers.  either by e-mail or postcard directly from VoteNow.  Please watch your inboxes and mailboxes for this important information.  No one else at GDUI will have access to your personal ID number so, if you misplace that new number, you may call a designated person at VoteNow to retrieve that information. You will also receive the number for telephonic voting and the link to the online ballot.

GDUI will hold two membership forums to interview the candidates running in this election. The first one will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017, beginning at 1:00 P. M. (EDT) and the second will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2017 beginning at 8:00 P. M. (EDT). The call-in number for both forums will be (712) 432-0075; access code: 919245.

Each forum will be recorded for playback via telephone, Drop Box or Send Space. The playback number is (712) 432-1085. The April 29 forum recording will be available only until the May 11 forum is recorded; after that the May 11 forum recording will be available on the playback number.

You may email questions for the candidates, to the Nominating Committee Chairperson, Dixie Sanderson, by April 16, 2017, with the subject field, “candidate questions.” Her email is: Director5@GuideDogUsersInc.org.

GDUI has elected to proceed under Section 29.405.20(f) of the Nonprofit Code. If a member who is entitled to vote on these matters wishes to communicate with the membership about the subject matter of the vote, the member should contact the Nominations Chair. 

Dixie Sanderson

GDUI Nominations Committee Chair

Director5@GuideDogUsersInc.org

Proposed Amendments to the GDUI Bylaws April 2017

The GDUI Bylaws and Resolutions Committee submits the following four (4) proposed amendments for consideration during the May 2017 Annual election.

In order to achieve a quorum, at least 75 members, which represents 15% of the membership, must vote.  Further, a two-thirds affirmative vote is required in order to adopt an amendment.

Members will have opportunities to ask questions about the proposed amendments during the Candidates/Amendments Forums which are scheduled on two separate dates prior to the elections.  The first will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017, beginning at 1:00 P. M. (EDT) and the second will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2017 beginning at 8:00 P. M. (EDT). The call-in number for both forums is (712) 432-0075; access code: 919245 followed by the pound sign.

AMENDMENT 1: Non-discrimination and Freedom of Speech

Purpose: To acknowledge the principles of Freedom of Speech and non-discrimination.  Although technically not required because it is already included within the context of the existing provision, GDUI wishes to underscore its commitment to the principles of non-discrimination and freedom of speech with the additional proposed language in the last sentence below.

ARTICLE 1.00:  NAME; GOVERNANCE; AFFILIATION

Section 1.03:  Affiliation

This Organization shall be a chartered special interest affiliate of the American Council of the Blind, and shall hence be subject to all requirements and obligations applicable to affiliates  of that organization.  GDUI embraces the principles of non-discrimination and freedom of speech.

AMENDMENT 2: Clarification of Affiliate Voting

Purpose:  to amend the language of subsection 4.06 (1), which deals with Affiliate Voting, in order to eliminate ambiguity and to conform with related sections 4.06(4) and 7.02.

Below is the proposed revision of 4.06 (1) followed by the current 4.06 (1).

Proposed revision of 4.06 (1):

4.06(1) Affiliate voting shall be limited to caucuses and business sessions taking place at the annual convention  where such business shall be strictly limited to matters coming before the ACB convention on which GDUI may wish to adopt positions or take specific actions.  At such a meeting, the membership may, by majority vote of those present and voting, call for a roll call vote on a specific matter of business.  When affiliate voting is authorized, each affiliate shall be entitled to one (1) vote for each seven (7) affiliate members, or major fraction thereof; however, no affiliate may have more than twenty-five (25) affiliate votes.

The current language of 4.06(1) is:

Affiliate voting shall be limited to caucuses and other activities authorized by the Board of Directors, with the exception that the membership at a properly called meeting, may, by majority vote of those present and voting, call for a roll call vote  on a  specific matter of business.  When affiliate voting is authorized, each affiliate shall be entitled to one (1) vote in any annual or special  meeting of the membership  or properly called telephonic or electronic election/meeting for each seven (7) affiliate members, or major fraction thereof; however, no affiliate may have more than twenty-five (25) affiliate members.

AMENDMENT 3: Designating a Seat on the Board for Immediate Past President

Purpose: designate the position of Immediate Past President as a seat on the Board.  This would involve the following changes.

5.03:  Immediate Past President 

The position of Immediate Past President shall be designated as a seat on the Board. 

  (1)The Immediate Past President shall have full voting privileges and shall serve until there is another Immediate Past President.

  (2) The designated position of Immediate Past President shall become available when the person serving as President in June of 2017 shall be duly qualified to succeed  to that office.

The present section 5.04 shall become 5.05 and read as follows:

5.05:  Board Of Directors

The Officers, Directors, Immediate Past President, and the three (3) additional members who are elected or appointed to the Board shall constitute the Board of Directors of this Organization, (hereinafter the Board).  All Officers shall be considered to be Directors as that term is used in the DC Nonprofit Code.

The current section 5.05 shall become 5.06 and shall read:

Section 5.06:  Locales of Directors

Of those Director positions that are elected to the Board, no more than three (3) members occupying those positions shall be from the same state, district, or possession.  For the avoidance of doubt, the Publications Editor, the Affiliate Liaison, the Guide Dog School Liaison, and the Immediate Past President are not elected positions on the Board.

AMENDMENT 4:  Eliminating Provisions for Run-off Elections

Purpose: Due to the costs of conducting elections, propose eliminating the provision for run-off elections (second elections).

The proposal involves eliminating sub-section 5.09 (3), which deals with second elections, and merging sub-sections 5.09 (2) and 5.09 (4), which deal with majority and plurality voting.

Changes to 5.09 Election and Tenure.  Propose elimination of sub-section 5.09(3) which reads: “In the event there are more than two candidates for any Officer position  and following the election, no candidate has received more than fifty percent of the votes cast for such office, a second election will be held immediately following the conclusion of the first election.  The two candidates receiving the most votes in the first election shall be candidates in the second election.  If either of the top two candidates elects not to stand for the second election, the candidate with the next highest vote total shall be a candidate for office in the second vote.  No additional nominees will be accepted for such office.”

5.09(2) reads “Officers will be elected by a majority  of the members present at the meeting.”  and

5.09(4) reads “Directors will be elected by a plurality of the members present at the meeting.”

Propose combining both into a new 5.09(2) to read, “Officers and Directors will be elected by a plurality of the members present at the meeting.”

End of proposed Amendments

GDUI has elected to proceed under Section 29.405.20(f) of the Nonprofit Code. If a member who is entitled to vote on these matters has any questions, please feel free to contact your Bylaws Committee members at Bylaws@guidedogusersinc.org .

Respectfully submitted,

Maria Hansen, Chair, Bylaws and Resolutions Committee

Lynn Merrill, Member

Ellen Telker, Member

Rick Roderick, Member

Maria Kristic, Member

Penny Reeder, Member