[NFBMO] Two messages from the convention mailing list you should read

Daniel Garcia dangarcia3 at hotmail.com
Sat Mar 28 21:14:18 UTC 2020

Dear Missouri Federationists:

Since some of you may not be subscribed to the conventions mailing list, I wanted to direct your attention to 2 important messages with regards to our national convention.


Daniel Garcia, Corresponding Secretary
National Federation of the Blind of Missouri
dangarcia3 at hotmail.com
(816) 621-0902
Live the life you want

-----Original Message-----
From: NFB-Conventions <nfb-conventions-bounces at nfbnet.org> On Behalf Of Berggren, John via NFB-Conventions
Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 10:11 AM
To: 'nfb-conventions at nfbnet.org' <nfb-conventions at nfbnet.org>
Subject: Re: [NFB-Conventions] Regarding National Convention

Good morning Federationists,

I want to thank Ms. Luther for expressing the concerns that I'm certain many of us are feeling. The daily headlines are filled with constantly changing news about the spread of the Coronavirus and the work being done to contain and minimize its impact. Here is what I can tell you about national convention.

As of right now with July still several months away, we remain committed to holding convention in Houston as scheduled. I have been speaking with the folks at the Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau as well as the staff at the Hilton Americas hotel on a weekly basis to get their feedback. President Riccobono is evaluating the circumstances on an ongoing basis with the leadership of our organization. Our National Convention is our most important event of the year, but of course the health and safety of our membership is of the utmost concern. 

An increasing number of state governors across the country, Texas included, have issued executive orders closing non-essential businesses and encouraging residents to limit their travel. Many states have also deployed their national guards to assist with the COVID-19 response at hospitals and testing centers. If these strategies are successful in "flattening the curve," we may find that the environment across the country becomes more hospitable to holding our convention as scheduled.

I can assure you that should National Convention take place this July the hotel will be fully staffed and ready to host us with a level of service that is consistent with our expectations. We are planning for an outstanding convention and intend to deliver exactly that.

I do expect that before this week is out our online registration form will be back up and running. The hiccups we initially encountered with our new web platform appear to have been ironed out. Stay tuned for confirmation that registration is indeed again available. Please also make your hotel reservations with the confidence that, should convention dates change in any way, we will ensure that room deposits can be fully refunded.

The landscape is changing every day. The National Federation of the Blind will remain flexible and respond to these changes in ways that make sense for our organization and our fellow members. Continue to look for updates on our website, our email lists, and through social media.

Kind regards,

John Berggren
Executive Director, Operations
200 East Wells Street, Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314, extension 2329 | jberggren at nfb.org 

The National Federation of the Blind is a community of members and friends who believe in the hopes and dreams of the nation's blind. Every day we work together to help blind people live the lives they want. 

-----Original Message-----
From: NFB-Conventions <nfb-conventions-bounces at nfbnet.org> On Behalf Of Norma Crosby via NFB-Conventions
Sent: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 8:04 PM
To: Candace Luther <candace.luther.186 at my.csun.edu>
Cc: NFB-Conventions at nfbnet.org
Subject: Re: [NFB-Conventions] Regarding National's

hello everyone,

I read the post regarding Houston, and I wanted to take a moment to say that things here are not really as terrible as they sounded in the post. It is true that the city is currently on a stay at home order. That is also true in several cities across the country, but but just as it is not likely to last for long in those places, Houston will be Open for business again soon.

Please come. We are planning to show you as much hospitality as we can, and the convention just won't be the same if you guys aren't here. We want to have an 80th anniversary celebration like no one has ever seen. You can help us make that happen.

I look forward to seeing everyone in Houston, in July. Be sure to come and say hello. I will be so happy to see you.

Best regards,

Norma Crosby, President
National Federation of the Blind of Texas
1600 E Highway 6, Suite 215
Alvin, TX 77511
(281) 968-7733

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