[NFBOH-Cleveland] [NFB-Conventions] Regarding National Convention

Suzanne Turner smturner.234 at gmail.com
Sat Mar 28 18:15:33 UTC 2020

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Berggren, John via NFB-Conventions
Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 11:11 AM
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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

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. 

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From: NFB-Conventions <nfb-conventions-bounces at nfbnet.org> On Behalf Of
Candace Luther via NFB-Conventions
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2020 6:30 PM
To: NFB-Conventions at nfbnet.org
Subject: [NFB-Conventions] Regarding National's

Hey everyone, 
  I waited to register but since the registration did not work, and I am
glad that I did not register yet. I read the news article about Houston
being shut down. The governor deployed national guards. Also I do not want
to be penalized because the hotel will not have enough staff, and the
governor will not allow more than 10 people in the crowd. Houston is a
hotspot. Governor Greg also stated that everything will not reopen until
August or later. It is really bad there.  

Best Regards, 
Candace Luther 
candace.luther.186 at my.csun.edu
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