Letter from the President

March 2016
Looking Toward the Future

Good day, FCB members and friends:

It is hard to believe that 2 years ago, I was elected to serve FCB as its president. When I announced that I would seek the Presidency of FCB, I made it clear to the group that I was only seeking office for a 2-year term.

This 2-year term will expire this May. We have accomplished a lot, but there is still much to do.

Along the way, we have helped Florida vendors keep their vending machines, invested considerable energy in and received some great results in accessible voting, pushed forward on accessible prescription labeling, and worked with the accessibility of Publix and other websites. Internally, FCB has dealt with some significant internal issues, including replacing our CPA who passed away last year, selected a new WCB Editor, and we handled some challenging local chapter issues as well. We have seen a new chapter join the organization. We have also done some successful fundraising events, including the Florida Hurricanes team breaking records in raising money for the ACB Brenda Dillon Walk last summer, and our newest fundraising event – the Blind Bunny Ball Drop, which will take place at the end of March. We have significantly rewritten parts of our Policy Manual, and in compliance with the recently enacted requirements of state law, FCB has adopted a comprehensive conflict of interest policy. It’s been a busy and a full 2 years. Our success can only be attributed to the advocacy of you – our members, our actively involved and hardworking committees, and our Board and Executive Committee have given me tremendous efforts, support, assistance, and encouragement throughout my term. To all of you, I express my sincere appreciation and gratitude.

After careful reflection, and with my family's continued indulgence, support, and help, I will again run for the President's office of FCB in May 2016. I thank all of you for the opportunity to serve, and I hope I can count on the support of each and every one of you in the May election, and, if elected, throughout my next term as FCB's President. There is much work to do, and together I believe we can continue working to improve the quality of life for Floridians who are blind or have low vision.

Thank you.

Jim Kracht, President