[Nfbc-info] Agenda for 2014 CA State Convention

Lauren Merryfield lauren at catlines.com
Thu Jul 23 07:31:57 UTC 2015

Here is the agenda for last year's state convention. It was nice to meet you
on the deaf/blind call.
Lauren Merryfield

Hello All:

This month, our October 2014 Bulletin is the agenda for our upcoming
statewide convention.  I hope to see all of you at the Embassy Suites South
Hotel in El Segundo on October 9 through 12.  It is just about one mile from
the Los Angeles airport.  The hotel offers a free shuttle from the airport.
This one promises to be one of our largest and best in recent history.  It
will be a blast!



Mary Willows



National Federation of the Blind of California

2014 Convention presents CHANGE


October 9 - October 12, 2014

Embassy Suites South, El Segundo, CA 90245




Hope through

Advocacy and

New ideas with

Gratitude and



 <https://nfb.org/reflecting-the-nfb-brand> National Federation of the Blind
logo and tagline - Live the life you want.


The National Federation of the blind knows that blindness is not the
characteristic that defines you or your future.  Every day we raise the
expectations of blind people because low expectations create obstacles
between blind people and our dreams. 

You can live the life you want blindness is not what holds you back.


President, Mary Willows

3934 Kern Ct.

Pleasanton, CA 94588

Phone (925) 895-2778




2014 NFB of California Convention Agenda



Convention Information



Registration- $20.00

Banquet- $30.00

Diabetes Action Network Luncheon- $25.00

California Idol- $5.00 at the door

Monte Carlo Night- $10.00 at the door.

If you have not pre-registered, there will be a few meal tickets available
at the registration table which will be sold on a first come, first served,



Convention Exhibits


The Exhibit hall will be open on Friday, October 10, 2014, from 9:00 am to
6:00 pm. Exhibits are located in the Granada and La Palma Rooms. 



Hotel Layout


            Upon entering the main entrance of the hotel, the Registration
Desk is approximately 25    feet in front of you.  As you face the front
desk, the lounges, elevators, dining rooms,   meeting rooms, and gift shop
are to the left (east lobby area).   To the right of the front   desk (west
end of hotel) is another set of elevators and the pool area.



Dog Guide Relief Area


The dog guide relief area is located on Imperial Avenue, straight across
from the hotel front door. Follow the circular drive to the right, and cross
Imperial Avenue.


Thank you to all of the chairpersons and members of the committees that have
helped to make this convention a success. They are: Convention Coordinator -
Ever Lee Hairston, Resolutions Committee- Chairperson Robert Stigile and
Michael Hingson, Door Prize Committee- Chairperson- Rochelle Houston,
Exhibit Hall Chairperson - Chuy Vaca, Scholarship Committee -Shannon Dillon,
Hospitality-Cheryl Thurston, Auction-Karen Steele. Transportation Rick
Watson, Carmen Weatherly, Lisa Irving. Ambassadors-Cathy Gaten.

Thank you to all of the volunteers who have given of their time.  







2014 NFB of California Convention Agenda



Thursday, October 9, 2014


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm              Meet the Blind Month Walk at the Manhattan
Beach Pier.  

                                                Members will meet at the
Shade Hotel at 5 p.m. to stroll along the pier and to educate the public
about events happening at the convention.


7:00 pm - 9:00 P.M.          Hospitality

                                                Room 305A


Friday, October 10, 2014


8:15 am - noon                   Registration, East lobby



9:00 am - 10:30 am           National Federation of the Blind of California,
Board of Directors

                                                Semi-annual meeting 

                                                President, Mary Willows  

                                                First Vice-President, Ever
Lee Hairston

                                                Second Vice-President,
Robert Stigile

                                                Secretary, Shannon Dillon

                                                Treasurer, Melissa Sanders

                                                Board Members:

1.     Karen Steele

2.     Michael Hingson

3.     Henry (Hoby) Wedler

4.     Rochelle Houston

5.     Tim Elder

6.     Rick Watson

7.     Kia Vaca


            Valencia / Sevilla Rooms 

            Meetings of the Board of Directors are always open to the
public.  Please join us as                   we greet our scholarship
finalists, National Representative, and other distinguished guests.  Note:
Board Members are the only ones who can vote.








2014 NFB of California Convention Agenda



Friday, October 10, 2014 (continued)


10:30 am - noon                 Resolutions Committee Meeting: Chairpersons,
Robert Stigile,
Michael Hingson.

                                                Committee Members: Ever Lee
Hairston, Bryan Bashin, Jim Barbour, 

                                                Debbie Worstman, Lisa Maria
Martinez, Rochelle Houston.
Secretary, Jana Littrell

                                                Valencia / Sevilla Rooms   

The Resolutions Committee comes together once a year to decide on the
policies and direction of the affiliate for the upcoming year.  Resolutions
are an integral part of the National Federation of the Blind and are
determined by the philosophy and purpose of the National Federation of the



2:00 pm - 5:00 pm             Registration in the lobby

                                                East Lobby


2:00 pm - 3:30 pm             California Association of Guide Dog Users

                                                President, Tina Thomas

                                                Valencia / Sevilla Rooms


2:00 pm - 3:30 pm             NFB in Community Services

                                                President, Darian Smith

                                                Room 205A


3:30 pm - 5:00 pm             California Association of Blind Students
Annual Business Meeting 

                                                President, Joe Retherford  

                                                Elections and guest speakers

                                                Surprise performance by the
winner of "CABS Got Talent"

                                                Valencia / Sevilla Rooms


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm             California Idol Talent
Show-Coordinators-Rochelle Houston &              Charlotte Carroll.

                                                Valencia / Sevilla Rooms


9:00 pm - midnight            Monte Carlo Night.  

                                                Hosted by the California
Association of Blind Students. (CABS)

                                                Come and try your hand at
the card tables. $10 for a bag of casino playing chips.  Join us for a night
of prizes, fun, and friendship!

                                                Madrid Room



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Saturday, October 11, 2014


7:00 am - 8:30 am                         Chapter on Aging Breakfast

Dennis Russak

                                                            Join us for an
informal discussion of possibilities for seniors

blindness.  Election of officers will be held.

                                                            Waterfall Patio


9:00 am                                             General Session Call to

                                                            President, Mary

                                                            Granada / La
Palma / Madrid


9:05 am                                             Pledge of Allegiance

                                                            Lisa Irving,
President San Diego Chapter


9:05 am                                             NFB Pledge

Houston, President Pathfinders Chapter


9:05 am                                             National Anthem

                                                            Sung by Rob
Kaiser, President Orange County Chapter


9:15 am                                             Welcoming remarks


9:20 am                                             National Report

                                                            Anil Lewis,
Executive Director, Jernigan Institute, Baltimore, MD


10:00 am - 10:15 am                      75 in 75, Let's Go Build the

                                                  Kevan Worley, Worley
Enterprises, Colorado Springs, CO


10:15 am - 10:40 am                  "Federationism Everywhere"

                                                  Bryan Bashin, CEO,
Lighthouse for the Blind, San Francisco, CA


10:40 am - 11:00 am                  "Changing What it Means to be Blind in
Update on legal action.

                                                  Panel-Moderator, Timothy
Elder, Attorney, TRE Legal Practice

                                                  Fremont, CA; Michael Nunez
and Karen Janssen, Staff Attorneys, Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) Legal
Berkeley, CA                                                           




2014 NFB of California Convention Agenda


Saturday, October 11, 2014 (continued)


11:00 am - 11:05 am                  Questions from the audience.


11:05 am - 11:40 am                  "California Report"

                                                    Joe Xavier, Director,
California Department of Rehabilitation, 

                                                    Sacramento, CA 

11:40 am - 11:45 am                  Questions from the audience


11:45 am - noon                          Sports and Recreation

                                                  Lisamaria Martinez,
President, Sports and Recreation Division.        


Noon                                         Adjourn


12:15 pm - 1:45 pm                   Diabetes Action Network (DAN) Lunch

                                                  Joy Stigile, President


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm                     iPhone for Newbies. "Want to know how
to navigate an
iPhone?  Want to learn all the gestures that work with Voice Over?  Then
this session is for you!"

                                                  Tiffany Manosh, Assistive
Technology Instructional Assistant,

                                                  American River College,


3:15 pm - 4:15 pm                     iPhone round table.  Bring your apps
and questions as we share

                                                  tips and tricks with each

                                                  Tiffany Manosh, Assistive
Technology Instructional Assistant,

                                                  American River College,


2:00pm-4:15pm                          Grant Writing, as a Fundraising
Instrument Mike Kawalek, Associate Director of Development for Sempervirons
Fund. Board Room 205A  


 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm                    Reconvene general session.  

                                                  Employment Panel.
Moderator, Paul Howard, 

                                                  Teacher of the Visually
Impaired, Riverside, CA.

                                                  Panelists:  Shannon
Dillon, Staff Attorney, California Department of Public Health; Michael
Richardson, Independent

                                                  Entrepreneur, Kyle
Woodard, Department of Veteran Affairs.

                                                  Mona Longoria, Contract
Specialist, The Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind, San Diego, CA.


5:00 pm                                      Adjourn



2014 NFB of California Convention Agenda



6:00 pm - 6:45 pm                     Social Hour, Cash bar



7:00 pm - midnight                    Banquet

                                                  Master of Ceremonies,
Robert Stigile 

                                                    Invocation-Mary Willows,

                                                    Introduction of Head

                                                  Keynote Speaker, Anil
Lewis, National Representative, Baltimore Maryland




                                                  Auction of Chapter Gift
Baskets, Henry (Hoby) Wedler

                                                  Presentation of NFBC
Scholarships, Shannon Dillon, Chair-


                                                  Presentation of Charters

                                                  BestBuy drawing-$500.00
gift card


Sunday, October 12, 2014


7:00am-8:45am                          Senior Breakfast, Waterfall Patio


9:00 am                                             General Session Call to

                                                            President, Mary

                                                            Granada / La
Palma / Madrid


9:10 am - 9:40 am                         Elections: Report from Nominating


9:40 am - 10:00 am                       Resolutions. Chairperson, Robert
Stigile, Second Vice
President & Mike Hingson.


10:00am-                                    Presidential Report, Mary
Willows, President



10:15 am - 10:20 am                     Financial Report


10:20-10:30am                          Philosophy Corner-skit by Ever Lee
Hairston, Rochelle Houston & Jana Littrell.


10:30 am - 10:45 am                     "Why I am a Federationist?" Kia
Vaca-NFBC Board Member, Sun Valley, California



10:45 am - 11:00 am                     Newsline for the Blind, Robert
Stigile, Second Vice-President


11:00 am                              Chapter Reports-Pledges and
Donations,Chaper Presidents or Representatives should be prepared to submit
checks or pledges at this time.  Please make checks payable to NFB of
California.  Be prepared to give a 90 second chapter report on events and
activities. Raffles, Drawings


Noon                                                  Adjourn





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