[Greater-Baltimore] October Minute Message: Convention Special

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Fri Oct 16 18:07:26 UTC 2015

Fellow Federationists,


State Convention is less than a month away.  If you have not reserved a room
at the Carousel Hotel, do it immediately by calling 410-524-1000.
Pre-registration closes on Monday, October 19.  Don't miss the discounts!
Go to www.nfbmd.org <http://www.nfbmd.org>   to pre-register.


During the convention, you will have the opportunity to influence the
development of Office Online and also make some money by participating in a
usability test. Here are the requirements:

-18 years and older

-Screen reader user unable to use screen magnification 

-A minimum of 5 years of experience with any screen reader

-A minimum 2 years of college 

-Previous experience using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint


You must have a laptop that you can bring to convention, which has the
Windows operating system (Version 7 or later) and Internet Explorer (version
9 or later) or Chrome web browser installed on the laptop. Any screen reader
can be used.


We ask that you be able to provide feedback on Office Online for up to 2
hours, and you will be paid $150 for your feedback.


If you meet the requirements and are interested, send me an email off list.
You will be contacted by the study administrators to work out a convenient
time and place for the study during the convention.


Would you like to learn how to use the KNFB Reader Mobile?  Would you like
to have the KNFB Reader Mobile for free?  For details about the KNFB Reader
activities at the convention, go to www.nfbmd.org <http://www.nfbmd.org>
and find the Current Newsletter link.


Would you like to be one of the first people to examine the prototype of the
new Transforming Braille Display?  If you do not know what this is, read the
Fall Spectator by going to www.nfbmd.org <http://www.nfbmd.org>  and find
the link for the Current Newsletter.


Friday, November 13 is jam packed with activities.  Here are some examples
that require action before you get to the convention:


BISM is conducting two workshops on how to use the iPhone and useful apps.
For the first workshop, from 2:30pm to 4:00pm you must bring your own
iPhone.  For the second workshop, which is from 4pm to 5pm, you will be
introduced to the iPhone and useful apps, but you do not have to have your
own phone.  Please register for these workshops by emailing sriffle at bism.org
<mailto:sriffle at bism.org>  , or call Page Trammell at BISM, 410-737-2674.
Read the latest issue of the Braille Spectator to find out which apps will
be demonstrated at these workshops. Go to www.nfbmd.org and select the
current newsletter link. 


Bring your best beach-bum attire for our Friday night Island Beach Party.
Be comfortable, wear flip-flops, Hawaiian shirts, etc.  We will have a
best-looking beach bum contest and live music from the MP Steel Band.  Start
practicing so that you can win the limbo dance contest.  Get ready for fun
with your Federation family.


Having trouble sitting through meetings?  Pack your bathing suit for water
aerobics on Friday at 5pm.  After the 2013 Convention, our blockey (blind
hockey) players went on strike. Don't panic since they are not available
this year, we have a new, fun activity.  Take part in our first NFBMD String
Baseball game.  The first pitch takes place at 5pm.  Anyone can play.  You
don't have to be Cal Ripkin.


Throughout the convention we will be conducting our annual bake auction.  We
use the money from this auction to pay our pledges to various National
Federation funds.  Please make sure that our auctioneer, Mike Bullis, has
all of your items by Saturday morning.  Be sure to put a label with your
name and a description on the item.


Would you like to win a door prize?  If you don't bring any door prizes,
there will be nothing to win!  Your chapter door-prize coordinator should
make sure that Darlene Barrett has all door prizes on or before Saturday


Don't miss the exhibit hall from 12:30 to 6:00 on Friday afternoon.  Get an
advance look at the new voting system that we will use for the 2016
Presidential Elections by visiting the Maryland State Board of Elections
booth at the exhibit hall. What is Hetlioz?  Find the right booth in the
exhibit hall and you will get the answer.


There will be many special-interest activities throughout the convention.
Don't miss the "Dominating Diabetes" seminar; parent lunch and activities;
the student information meeting on Friday and their Saturday lunch; and the
Deaf/Blind, Hard of Hearing Committee meeting.  Be sure to read the Braille
Spectator for more information about Friday activities.  Be looking for the
agenda on the web at the end of October.


Recipes Needed.  Gary Wunder, editor of the Braille Monitor, would like to
receive your favorite holiday recipes. Please email the recipes, with a
little description of any tradition surrounding the recipe, and a short note
about yourself and your Federation activity.  Send email to gwunder at nfb.org
<mailto:gwunder at nfb.org> . 


Would you like to win $300, $100 or $50? The drawing for these prizes will
take place at the banquet.  Be sure to bring money and stubs to the
convention.  Give them to Barry Hond.


Meet our National Representative, Jeannie Massay, the Treasurer of the
National Federation of the Blind, Chairman of the Membership Committee and
President of the NFB of Oklahoma. 


Although we will be streaming the convention, we would love to see you in
person.  Join us in Ocean City for a weekend of excitement, exploration and



Sharon Maneki, President

National Federation of the Blind of Maryland



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