by Carl McCoy

The McDaniel Fund Committee is searching for two leaders who would like an all-expense-paid trip to the ACB convention in Jacksonville in July. It's not a raffle or a lottery, and there are no coupons to send in. So what's the deal?

Well, back in the beginning of ACB, there was Durward McDaniel, who more than anyone else led the formation and growth of ACB. Durward understood the life of any organization was membership, and much of his energy went into building membership. He also understood that leadership was key to building membership.

The committee raises the funds and selects two members with leadership ability to bring to the national convention each year, one from each side of the Mississippi. So think of it: do you have leadership ability? Have you ever been to a national convention? Think about what you have done to help your chapter or affiliate, and write it up. Get your affiliate president to write you a letter of recommendation, too, and send it to the committee before April 15, 2006. (Mail it to: McDaniel First-Timers, c/o American Council of the Blind, 1155 15th St. NW, Suite 1004, Washington, DC 20005.) You will be considered for that trip, and a great time and wonderful educational experience in Jacksonville this year.

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