[NFBOK-Talk] Washington Seminar 2019

Jeanie Massay jeannie.massay at nfbok.org
Mon Dec 17 23:13:15 UTC 2018

Greetings leaders and members of the NFB of Oklahoma,


It is time to start planning for the 2019 Washington Seminar!


The Washington Seminar is an annual event of the National Federation of the
Blind to introduce the agenda of blind Americans--the priority issues
requiring congressional attention over the coming year. The issues are
selected from official positions of the Federation and may address concerns
in the following areas: relevant civil rights issues; educational programs
and services; rehabilitation of the blind for competitive employment; the
operation of vending facilities by blind persons on public property;
specialized library services for the blind; the organization and funding of
federal programs; Social Security and Supplemental Income programs; and
other timely topics. Approximately three legislative initiatives are chosen
for priority attention during the Washington Seminar.


Seminar Details:


PLACE: Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20024


DATES: Monday, January 28, 2019 through Thursday, January 31, 2019.
Oklahoma's congressional visits will be scheduled on Tuesday, January 29 and
Wednesday morning, January 30. . 



Monday, January 28, 2:00 p.m. - Legislative Seminar 

Monday, January 28, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Great Gathering In 

Tuesday, January 29, and Wednesday, January 30, Oklahoma Hill visits


Financial Assistance: The NFB of Oklahoma Board of Directors has allocated
$600.00 from the Live the Life You Want Fund for up to 3 first time
attendees of Washington Seminar to receive a $200.00 stipend. Recipients of
these stipends are responsible for all expenses above and beyond the amount
of the stipend.  The Oklahoma Affiliate may contribute to shared hotel rooms
for those who apply for the stipend to attend. Stipends will be provided to
recipients at the Great Gathering In on January 30th.  Stipend recipients
are required to attend all of the meetings listed above in addition to a
meeting with the Oklahoma delegation to review our meeting schedule and
practice our presentation to our representatives. 


Selected applicants can reduce cost by room sharing and cab sharing. You
will receive assistance in coordinating opportunities to reduce your cost at
the time of selection. 


Application Process: All persons who wish to attend Washington Seminar must
complete the brief application that will be reviewed by the Legislative
Director & Affiliate President. Applications are to be submitted on or
before Thursday, December 27, 2018 Selected applicants will be notified by
e-mail on January 2, 2019.


Please note all persons wishing to attend Washington Seminar need to
complete the application form. It is necessary for us to have the names of
all persons who will be making Hill visits to send to legislators when
scheduling appointments. 


If you have any questions or are interested in attending Washington Seminar
this year please fill out the short form below and send back to me at the
contact information in my signature. 






Jeannie M. Massay, President

National Federation of the Blind 

Of Oklahoma


president at nfbok.org <mailto:president at nfbok.org>  

www.nfbok.org <http://www.nfbok.org/> 



Live the life you want!


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.




Application Form



City, State, Zip:




1.   Are you a member of the National Federation of the Blind of Oklahoma?
If you are a member of a chapter or division please list which one.

2.   Describe any leadership roles you hold in your chapter, division,
affiliate or at the National level.

3.   Have you attended National or State Conventions?

4.   Have you attended Washington Seminar before?

5.   If you are a first-time attendee, are you applying for a stipend?   

6.   Describe your involvement in advocacy activities.

7.    Why do you want to attend Washington Seminar, what do you hope to gain
from attendance and what do you hope to do with what you gain?


I understand that I am responsible for all expenses related to attending
Washington Seminar. I understand that I can seek additional support for
Washington Seminar from my local chapter or division and that the chapter or
division is under no obligation to provide funding for Washington Seminar. 


I understand that if I am selected to attend Washington Seminar that I am to
attend all meetings and Congressional appointments.


My typed signature constitutes that I have read and understand my
responsibilities related to attending Washington Seminar.


Name and date: 






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