Meeting Minutes 9/16/2013 |

Charles County, Maryland

Meeting Minutes 9/16/2013

Monday, September 16, 2013

Meeting Minutes for the Charles County Commission on Individuals with Disabilities

Monday, September 16, 2013

County Government Building, Rm. B125


In Attendance:                        Excused:                          Guests:

Linda Clem                              Amy Blandford                 Tonya Kay Speer

Emily Ferren                            Sandra Dent                      

Joane Gulvas                            Bonnie Hampton

Tony Silva                                Jim Howard

                                                  Elaine Lancaster              

                                                  Robin Lincoln


Meeting called to order at 3:00 p.m. by Chair, Tony Silva. The attendance roster was checked for today’s mtg.   Tonya Kay Speer was a guest today and potential member.                                                                                                                   


Minutes Approved Tony Silva moved that the August minutes be approved.  Emily Ferren seconded. The August minutes were approved.  

For your information

Our schedule of meetings for the rest of the calendar year is as follows:

October 21, 2013

November 18, 2013

December 16, 2013

All meetings are held at 3 p.m. in Room B125 at the County Government Building.

All postings have been made to the Charles County website. We are listed under Boards and Commissions.

Membership Updates

We are enlisting/encouraging membership for individuals with disabilities on the Commission.


By email, we received two requests for assistance---responses have been sent regarding the inquiries and follow ups will be made.


Website Update

For an active, user-friendly website, and also to let people know that we are available for assistance, a website will be developed: as the possible site. It will include a link to other sites, our annual report, by-laws, and calendar information on events in the community. The suggested website was Host Gator for a cost of $194.64 per year. Tonya has offered to develop the website and keep it updated.

New Business

A suggestion was made to incorporate field trips into our meeting dates---for a growth and learning experience for Commission members---the ideas would include People on the Go (now under the direction of Dwayne Ross) and Southern Maryland Center for Independent Living in Hughesville. We plan on inviting Dwayne Ross to our October meeting to tell us more about his program.

Upcoming Events:

The 2013 Sprout Film Festival October 5, 2013

The Arc of Southern Maryland, Co-Sponsored by The College of Southern Maryland

Presents The 2013 Sprout Film Festival on the Prince Frederick Campus with show times

At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Ticket prices: $10 per show. For ticket information call: 410-535-2413 ext. 113 or visit: The festival showcases films by, for, and about people with developmental disabilities. Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to enjoy films that will inspire, inform, encourage and touch the heart.

Disability Awareness Day

Sandra Dent was unable to attend today’s meeting. However, she sent information on the upcoming Disability Awareness Day sponsored by Southern Maryland Center for Independent Living and the St. Mary’s Commission for Individuals with Disabilities. The theme is “Seen and Unseen Disabilities”. It will be held at the American Legion in Hughesville, Maryland on September 26th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Providers and consumers will be invited from all three counties in Southern Maryland.

We will be participating at the event.

Meeting Adjourned

The meeting was adjourned at 3:54 p.m.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Next Meeting

The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 21 at 3 p.m. at the County Govt. Bldg. (office of Joane Gulvas---B125).

Respectfully submitted,

Emily Ferren

Emily Ferren, Acting Secretary