[Nfbmo] Applications for 2014 Rittgers National Convention Award now being accepted

DanFlasar at aol.com DanFlasar at aol.com
Sun Apr 13 05:51:18 UTC 2014

Greetings fellow  Federationists!
      National Convention is just around  the corner!  The convention runs 
from Tuesday, July 1st, through  Sunday, July 6th, being held at the Rosen 
Center Hotel in Orlando Florida.   See the link below for more information:
     The 2014 Rittgers  Committee will be accepting applications for 
financial assistance to attend the  convention until 5 pm, Thursday, May 15th.  
First time attendees have  priority on Rittgers funding.  If funding is still 
available, members who  have attended a national convention before can be 
considered if financial need  and/or strong convention participation is 
demonstrated.   The  Committee will evaluate all applications and notify awardees 
by 10 pm Sunday,  May 18th by phone or email.
 Following is  the 2014 Rittgers application.  Emailing forms is preferred 
but  applications can also be taken by phone (see contact information 
following  the application form below.
2014 Rittgers Award Application Form
Please answer all questions.   If a  question is not applicable, enter n/a. 
 Incomplete applications will  be returned.  It is a good idea to apply 
well before the 5pm May 15th  deadline - we cannot accept applications received 
after that  time/date.   If you do not receive an acknowledgement from the  
Committee within 2 days after sending your application, please contact Dan  
Flasar at _danflasar at aol.com_ (mailto:danflasar at aol.com)   or phone 
(314)646-7128 (note:  Because of the high number of spam  calls clogging the phone 
lines, I generally do not answer calls from unfamiliar  numbers.  Please 
leave a voicemail stating your name, reason you're  calling, phone # and best 
time to return your call and I will get  back to you.  Phone calls made 
without leaving a message will not be  returned).
Last Name: 
First Name: 
Street Address 1: 
Street Address 2: 
Apartment/unit #:  
Home Phone: 
Cell Phone: 
email address: 
Are you a member of the Nfb of Missouri (Y/N): 
    If so, what chapter do you  belong to: 
    If not, do you intend to join soon (Y/N/Not  Sure):  
Have you ever attended a National Convention  (Y/N) ? 
    Were you a member of the NFB  of Missouri at that time (Y/N)? 
Why do you wish to attend the 2014 NFB national  Convention?
   Please note that all awardees are  expected to fully participate in 
convention each day and attend the banquet on  Saturday night.   Awardees may be 
asked to provide a written or oral  description of their convention 
     At the end of this  note, I have included the opening page of the 
NFB's convention  information.
So, get your applications in ASAP!    Pre-registration for convention must 
be postmarked or received by May  31st.  Awards are based on 
pre-registration costs  and (at least)  double occupancy.  
Good luck!
Dan Flasar, Chair, 2014 Rittgers  Committee
email:  _danflasar at aol.com_ (mailto:danflasar at aol.com) 
Phone:  (314)646-7128 (leave voice mail - calls without  messages will not 
be returned)
2014 Rittgers Committee  Members:
Dan Flasar, Chair  - Lewis & Clark 
Penny  Perr           St.  Louis
Rita Lynch - Jefferson City
Laura Rios - Springfield
Gene Coulter - Columbia
Jeremiah Wells - Kansas City
Below is some Convention from the NFB  website:
2014 NFB Convention:
When:   07/01/14 - 07/06/14
Rosen Centre Hotel
9840 International Drive
Orlando, Florida  32819
Reservations: The hotel is now accepting reservations.  Call (800) 
Preregistration is now open! Please go to http://www.nfb.org/registration 
to  preregister online. 
Hotel Information and Room Rates:
The 2014 convention of the National Federation of the Blind will take place 
 in Orlando, Florida, July 1-6, at the Rosen Centre Hotel at 9840 
International  Drive, Orlando, Florida 32819. The hotel is now accepting 
reservations. Call  (800) 204-7234 to make a reservation. The 2014 room rates are 
singles, doubles,  and twins, $82; and triples and quads, $88. In addition to the 
room rates there  will be a tax, which at present is 13.5 percent. 
Guest-room amenities include cable television; in-room safe; coffeemaker;  
hairdryer; and high-speed Internet access. Guests can also enjoy a swimming  
pool, fitness center, and on-site spa. The Rosen Centre Hotel offers fine 
dining  at Executive Chef Michael Rumplik’s award-winning Everglades 
Restaurant. In  addition, there is an array of dining options from sushi to tapas to 
a 24-hour  deli. The hotel has first-rate amenities.
Hotel Restaurant Menus:
    *   _98Forty  Tapas and Tequilla (BRF)_ 
_98Forty Tapas  and Tequila (Word)_ 
    *   _Banshoo  Sushi Bar (BRF)_ 
_B_ (https://nfb.org/images/nfb/documents/word/banshoo%20sushi%20bar.docx) 
_anshoo  Sushi Bar (Word)_ 
    *   _Cafe  Gauguin (BRF)_ 
_C_ (https://nfb.org/images/nfb/documents/word/cafe%20gauguin.docx) _afe  
Gauguin (Word)_ 
    *   _Cafe  Gauguin Daily Specials (Word)_ 
    *   _Everglades  Restaurant (BRF)_ 
(https://nfb.org/images/nfb/documents/word/everglades%20restaurant.docx) _verglades  Restaurant (Word)_ 
    *   _Everglades  Daily Specials (Word)_ 
    *   _Everglades  In-Room Dining (Word)_ 
    *   _Red's  Deli (Word)_ 
    *   _Rosen  Centre In-Room Dining (Word)_ 
Tuesday, July 1            Seminar  Day                        
    *   Seminar for parents of blind children sponsored by the National  
Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC) 
    *   Access technology seminars sponsored by specialized vendors and 
experts in  the field 
    *   Orientation and Mobility Seminar sponsored by the National 
Blindness  Professional Certification Board and the Institute on Blindness of 
Louisiana  Technological University
Wednesday, July 2            Registration Day 
    *   9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall open (9:00–11:00 a.m., open to 
sponsors  only) 
    *   1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Resolutions Committee
Thursday, July 3        Board Meeting and  Division Day 
    *   8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall open 
    *   9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. NFB Board of Directors Meeting 
    *   1:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Division and other meetings, concurrent  
Friday, July 4           Opening  Session 
    *   9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. General Session begins, opening ceremony, and 
roll  call of states 
    *   12:00 p.m.–1:45 p.m. Exhibit Hall open 
    *   2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. General Session, Presidential Report, and guest 
    *   7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall open 
    *   8:00 p.m. Social activities and committee meetings
Saturday, July 5                Business Session
    *   9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. General Session 
    *   12:00 p.m.–1:45 p.m. Exhibit Hall open 
    *   2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. General Session 
    *   6:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall open
Sunday, July 6           Banquet Day and  Adjournment 
    *   9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. General Session 
    *   2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. General Session 
    *   7:00 p.m. Banquet
First Timer's Guide to the NFB National Convention:
View our beginner's guide to the NFB National Convention, intended to give  
the first-time convention attendee some important information about 
national  conventions of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB). 
    *   _First Timer's Guide to  the National Convention_ 
    *   _First-Timer's  Guide to the National Convention (Audio)_ 
_Sponsorship and Exhibitor Information_ 
Listening Device Arrangements:
The NFB Amateur Radio Division and the NFB Deaf-Blind Division will again  
offer special arrangements for severely hearing-impaired people attending  
convention sessions and the banquet. This will consist of transmission of the 
 public address system signal over a special short-range radio transmitter 
for  the severely hearing-impaired. Spanish-language translation of 
convention  proceedings in general sessions and the banquet will also be provided 
using a  similar arrangement. The special receivers required for these 
services will also  be provided.  For additional information on these arrangements, 
please read  the April issue of the _Braille Monitor_ 
(https://nfb.org/images/nfb/publications/bm/bm14/bm1404/bm140420.htm) . 
More Information:
Additional information as to meetings, schedule, hotel, etc., may be 
obtained  as it becomes available by contacting the National Federation of the 
Blind at  200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place, Baltimore, Maryland 21230,  
telephone (410) 659-9314. 
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