Minutes State Committee of Vendors Meeting

Altamonte Springs, Florida: February 7 - 8, 2003

The State Committee of Vendors' Vice-Chairperson, Mr. James Lover called the meeting to order at 1:00 pm Friday, February 7, 2003: 

Roll Call

SLA Staff


Michael Elliott reported on the changes in the structure of the Division of Blind services. The Bureau of Business Enterprises was changed to be a Program under the Bureau Chief Client Services and Program Services. The Division of Blind Services is looking at becoming a Commission in the Department of Education. A discussion followed centered on:

An Overview of the Sunshine and Public Records Laws was presented by Patricia R. Gleason via telephone conference. A discussion followed centering on the following topics:

Ms. Kathy Murphey presented a Financial overview with a discussion following as to current projects, anticipated projects, and facilities operated by FIRE.

It was announced that we currently have six students in the training program in Daytona Beach. Mr. Lawrence Batterton reported that a Vending Repair Training Seminar is planed to start in March (information to be sent out as plans come together) to be conducted by Crane National.

Meeting was adjourned until 8:30am Saturday, February 8th.

8:30am Saturday, February 8, 2003 meeting was called to order by the Vice-Chairperson.

Selection Panel needs permanent member. Discussion followed:

Ms. Gyorke Alger made a motion "Motion made to confirm John Klindtworth for a 3 year term (from 12/31/02) to serve as a permanent member of the Selection Panel". Seconded by Don Weitzel. Discussion. Call for Question.

Motion passed.

A need for a Pool of Selection Alternates for the Selection Panel is needed. District Representatives are asked to go back to their districts and to solicit names then E-mail them to Mr.Tom Spiliotis. A Rule change will be needed to set this pool up. Mr. Gene Newcomb is working on this. Mr. Michael Elliott brought up that he was looking into streamlining the Selection Process so that less time would be required of everyone.

Don Tuell has resigned this seat on the "Committee" Effective December 1, 2002. Don (Seminar Chairperson) has also been working on the Seminar and has informed Tom Spiliotis that he is unable to continue and hopes that a replacement can be found.

Mr. Jim Gaudette expressed interest and was appointed Seminar Chairperson. Ms. Gyorke Alger volunteered to assist Jim.

Ms. Gyorke Alger made a motion that "District Elections for 2003 to the "Committee" be held before the Seminar". Seconded by Ms. Debby Malmberg. Discussion followed. Call for Question.

Motion Passed

Floor was opened for a discussion on establishing levels of qualifications required by each facility in our program relative to the experience required to be successful in the operation of the facility. After a lengthy discussion the Vice-Chairperson Set up a Sub-Committee made up of Mr. Jim Lover, Mr. Tom Spiliotis, Mr. Lee Nernenberg, and Mr. Gene Newcomb to evaluate establish various levels.

Ms. Gyorke Alger reported that Mr. David Newton inquired as to the willingness of the Committee to help with Family Achievement Event to be held at the St. Augustine School for the Blind. The Vice-Chairperson requested that Ms. Alger get back with Mr. David Newton and see what his needs will be.

Round Table

Meeting was adjourned at 11:30 am on February 8, 2003.

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