[NFB-NM] Transportation to our National Conventionin July 2019

Adelmo Vigil nfbnewmexicopresident at gmail.com
Tue Feb 26 02:08:02 UTC 2019

Greetings Federation Family:


>From July 7-12, blind people from all over the United States and other
countries will be at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada
to attend the largest gathering of blind people in the world. For the first
time in decades, our national convention will be closer to New Mexico than
it has been for a long time.


Since our national convention is going to be so close, we are thinking about
chartering a 55-passenger bus to take Federation members, their family
members, and other Federation friends to and from the convention.


We need at least 35 people to make the chartered bus worthwhile. Would you
be interested? Before saying "yes," here are some things to think about.


*	The cost for each person to charter a bus would be anywhere from
$100 to $125 for the round trip. The bus would leave Albuquerque on Sunday,
July 7 (arriving in Las Vegas Sunday night) and leave Las Vegas on Saturday,
July 13 (arriving in Albuquerque early Saturday night).


*	Compare this to the cost of a Greyhound bus or a round trip air
fare, both of which are estimated to be at least $225. Then, don't forget
the cost of ground transportation from the airport to the Mandalay Bay.


*	People would need six nights at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
At $99 per night (plus applicable taxes), the total hotel cost comes to
approximately $725. You can put as many people in the room as the hotel will
allow. This can be a significant saving for each person in the room.


*	In addition, registration for the convention (including the banquet)
will probably cost around $100, assuming that you take advantage of online
pre-registration (which runs from March 1 through May 31).


*	And of course, there is the cost for food.


These costs can be offset if you take advantage of our generous $300
stipend, available to members in good standing who meet the stipend
requirements. You might also consider raising funds through your chapter to
defray some of the costs.


Members who have traveled to conventions with fellow Federationists in
previous years know that going somewhere with a group of friends and
colleagues is much more enjoyable and fun than traveling in the usual way.
This is an exciting chance for blind New Mexicans to attend what promises to
be a very exciting and energizing convention. If you would like to take
advantage of a chartered bus to our national convention, please send an
email to Albert Chavez <albertamc at comcast.net> no later than March 22
letting him know of your interest in riding a chartered bus to and from the
national convention.




Adelmo Vigil, President

National Federation of the Blind of New Mexico



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