[Nfbmo] Agenda

Gary Wunder gwunder at earthlink.net
Fri Mar 19 02:35:43 UTC 2010

Hello folks. Here is our 2010 Convention Agenda. My gratitude to Shelia and Jeff for putting it together.

I look forward to seeing all of you in just over a week.



P.S. I am sending this as a Word attachment and in the body of this message for those who cannot use Word.






Forty-Eighth Annual State Convention

March 26 thru March 28, 2010


The Clarion Hotel

Springfield, Missouri



The Springfield Chapter welcomes everyone to the beautiful rolling hills of Southwest Missouri and the forty-eighth annual state convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Missouri.


Members of our Springfield Chapter cordially invite you to drop by Hospitality in Conference Room A and B which will be open from 5:00 to 10:00 Friday evening. 


The hotel features two dining establishments on the property. The Newsroom Café serves delicious breakfasts and the Classic Sports Cafe offers a delicious dinner menu. Guests are invited to enjoy many superior amenities including free airport transportation, free coffee in the lobby, and free high speed internet access.


This year's hotel convention room rates are $71.95 plus taxes. However, the hotel is not obligated to honor these rates if proof of registration for the convention is not available when you check-out. 


The check-out time for the hotel on Sunday is at 12:00 noon. Those who can check-out prior to the morning sessions will help us avoid congestion at the front desk upon adjournment.


On Friday afternoon, there will be a Technology Help Lab from 2:00 to 5:00 pm offering hands on instruction of several popular applications. Stop by Ballroom 2 and learn how to accomplish that computer task that slows you down.  


Registration will be held Friday evening in the Ballroom Foyer from 5:00 until 8:00 and again on Saturday morning from 8:00 to 10:00. Registration at the convention will cost $15.00 per person and banquet tickets will cost $25.00. Please register so you will be eligible for door prizes and other convention activities.  Even if you have pre-registered, you should come to this area to pick up your registration packet. Also, remember to check out the exhibits which will be near the registration table.  


This year's luncheon on Saturday will be at noon in Ballroom 1. Tickets are $13.00 and may be purchased at the registration table. 


A prayer breakfast led by Rev. Paul Weingartner will be held on Sunday morning at 7:00 in Ballroom 2. Breakfast tickets are available at the registration table for $5.00.  


Door prizes will be given throughout the convention and each chapter is encouraged to bring their donations to the Springfield Chapter table in the exhibit area. You must be in the room or must be working on convention business to win.


The General Sessions on Saturday and Sunday will be held in Ballroom 3-4. The Reception and Banquet will be held in Ballroom 1-2. All Federation meetings and convention events are smoke free. 





5:30       Take Charge with Confidence and self-reliance - Colorado Center for the Blind Video - Conference Room E


6:00 Missouri Association of Blind Merchants, Jeremiah Wells, President - Conference Room C


6:00 Dog Guide Division, Stephanie McDowell, Chair - Conference Room D


7:00 Membership Committee, Debbie Wunder, Chair - Conference Room E


8:00 Resolutions Committee, James Moynihan, Chair - Conference Room C 


9:00 Ways & Means Committee, Shelia Wright, Chair - Conference Room D


9:00 Blind Students Committee, Shirley Grauel, Chair - Conference Room E


10:00     Nominating Committee, Shelia Wright, Chair - Room To Be Announced





6:30 Scholarship Breakfast (Scholarship Recipients and Committee Members) Carol Coulter, Chair - Conference Room C 


8:00 National Federation of the Blind of Missouri Board of Directors Meeting - Ballroom 3-4


GENERAL SESSION - Ballroom 3-4


8:45       Call To Order


8:50       Introduction from Springfield - Gary Horchem, Chapter President


9:00       Convention Logistics - Gene Coulter, Convention Coordinator 


9:05       Report of the Nominating Committee - Shelia Wright, Chair


9:10       Going Digital: The Show Me State Is Number One - Richard Smith, Director, Wolfner Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped


9:35       Questions from the Floor


9:45       The Apex of Independence - Dave Bode, Envision America


9:55       Philosophy and Commitment in Action from a National Perspective - Patti Chang, Board of Directors, National Federation of the Blind


10:30     Presidential Report - Gary Wunder


10:55     Memories of John and Rhoda Dower - Ruth and Ron Schubert


11:10     Report from the Resolutions Committee - James Moynihan, Chair


11:25     Time Management - How Do I Get It All Done - Gary Wunder, Patti Chang


12:00     Adjourn for lunch


Saturday Afternoon Session


1:30       Chapter King and Queen Candidates


1:40       The New Vision for Service Delivery - Tabitha Haynes, Assistant Director, Disability Services, Missouri State University


2:10       The Role of the Blindness Skills Specialist - Aundrayah Shermer, Blindness Skills Specialist, Springfield Missouri

2:40       Rehabilitation Services for the Blind: How our Budget is Made, what the Stimulus will do for us, and a General Update on the Agency - Mark Laird, Deputy Director, Rehabilitation Services for the Blind, Family Support Division, Department of Social Services


3:10       Questions


3:20       More From the Resolutions Committee - James Moynihan, Chair 


3:30       My Long and Winding Road - Dr. Denise Cunningham, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of Early Childhood Education, Missouri State University 


3:50       Without Our Youth, There Is No Future - Meghan Whalen, Regional Representative, National Association of Blind Students


4:10       Tributes to Ed Bryant - Dacia Luck, Tom Stevens, Vickey Traylor, Bill Neal, Jim Bryatt, Gail Bryant



Saturday Evening


6:30 Banquet of the National Federation of the Blind of Missouri - Ballroom 1-2

              Larry Arnold, Master of Ceremonies


              Crowning of the King and Queen

              Introduction of Guests

              Presentation of Awards

Other Business at the direction of the Master of Ceremonies

Banquet Address: Patti Chang, President,

National Federation of the Blind of Illinois

              Auction by the Ways and Means Committee


9:00 Come and dance to the Music; Presented by the Springfield Chapter. If dancing is not for you, just sit back and enjoy the music, visit with old friends, and get to know someone new. 



Sunday Morning


8:30 Call to Order


8:35       How Did I Live So Long Without Knowing, and Is Anyone Brave Enough to Tell Me - Debbie Wunder, Shelia Wright,


9:00       Report of the Audit Committee - Dan Flasar


9:10       Reading of the Treasurer's Report - Carol Coulter


9:30       Governmental Affairs Report - Brian Wekamp, Chairman


9:45       There Is Opportunity in the Business Enterprise Program - Gene Fleeman


10:05     Show Me the Money: An Informative Discussion of Vocational Opportunities and Your Responsibility for Becoming Self-sufficient - Brenda Mosby, Vocational Specialist, Colorado Center for the Blind, and Jennifer Stevens, Director of Community Development


10:30     Elections - Shelia Wright, Chair, Nominating Committee


10:55     Old Business


11:25     New Business

Appropriation of Funds to tenBroek, the National Treasury, etc.

National Convention Stipend

Matters Presented from the Floor


12:00     Adjourn






I pledge to participate actively in the effort of the National Federation of the Blind to achieve equality, opportunity, and security for the blind: to support the policies and programs of the Federation and to abide by its Constitution.
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