[Tall-Corn] 2017 National Federation of the Blind of Iowa state convention Agenda

Jerad S. Nylin jerad.nfbi at gmail.com
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September 29–October 1, 2017


Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, Des Moines Northwest

4800 Merle Hay Road, Urbandale, IA 50322


Jerad S. Nylin, President

E-Mail:  <mailto:jerad.nfbi at gmail.com> jerad.nfbi at gmail.com

Cell: (319)535-3723

Website:  <http://www.nfbi.org> www.nfbi.org



The members of the planning committee welcome you to the 2017 National
Federation of the Blind of Iowa state convention!


Jerad S. Nylin, President, National Federation of the Blind of Iowa

Cindy Ray, President, Des Moines Chapter, Affiliate Board member

Katy Olsen, Chair, Student Committee

Michael Barber, President, Iowa Diabetes Action Network, Affiliate Board

Sam Claassen, President, Cedar Rapids Chapter 

Donna Prime, Affiliate Board member


Committee Chairs

Bob Ray, Nominating

Cindy Ray, Resolutions

Helen Stevens, Registration

Katy Olsen, Entertainment 

Karen Clayton, Auditing


If you have questions or need assistance with the hotel during the
convention, contact Mike Barber, Convention Coordinator: 515-771-8348.


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“I pledge to participate actively in the efforts 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








Friday, September 29, 2017


8:30-11:30 a.m.    Meals From the Heartland     Janae Burgmeier

Community Service Project - 

Start your convention experience off right! Join the Des Moines Chapter to
have fun and help those in need by participating in this community service
project. We need at least 10 members to participate; all are welcome.
Project time listed includes transportation time to and from the event.
contact Janae  <mailto:janaeburgmeier at gmail.com> janaeburgmeier at gmail.com to
sign up or for more information.


1:00-3:00 p.m.      Iowa Diabetes Action             Michael Barber,

                             Network Annual Meeting

Nebraska Room

Registration begins at 12:00 and costs $5.


3:00-5:00 p.m.      At Large Chapter Meeting     April Enderton, President
--Wisconsin Room

Registration begins at 2:30 and costs $5.


3:00-5:00 p.m.      Student Committee Meeting  Katy Olsen, Chair

                             --Indiana Room

Registration begins at 2:30 and costs $5.

Attention Iowa Students!!! Please join us for a great opportunity to network
with other blind students around the state. We will discuss our plans for
the upcoming year and details about the start of our Iowa Association of
Blind Students division. See you there!


3:00-7:00 p.m.      Convention Registration, Between Salons B and C, lobby


4:00-9:00 p.m.      Exhibit Hall, Salon D 


5:15-6:45 p.m.      BBQ Reception --Salon B

Potato Salad, Vegetable Crudités with Dip, Buffalo wings with Bleu Cheese
and Celery, Barbequed Pork Slider Sandwiches, Loaded Potato Skins with
cheddar, bacon, sour cream and chives. $20 if not pre-registered by
September 20.


7:00-8:00 p.m.      Resolutions Committee          Cindy Ray, Chair

                             Meeting--Wisconsin Room

Open to all. Here the resolutions before they come to the convention floor
for a vote. 


8:00-12:00 p.m.    Hospitality--Salon B               Student Committee

Students host hospitality night. Cash Bar available (Please drink


Saturday, September 30, 2017


7:00-8:00 a.m.      Convention Registration, Between Salons B and C, lobby


7:00-8:45 a.m.      Exhibit Hall, Salon D 


7:00-8:00 a.m.      President’s Breakfast, Salon B 


8:00-8:45 a.m.      Affiliate Board Meeting, Salon B

Open to all



9:00 a.m.    Call to Order 

9:05 a.m.    Opening Ceremonies 

Invocation: Cindy Ray, President, Des Moines Chapter

Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem: Terri Wilcox, Des Moines

National Federation of the Blind Pledge 

Welcome to the  Hotel 

Welcome to Urbandale: John Forbes, legislator—District 70, Owner, Medicap
Pharmacy, Urbandale

9:20 a.m.    Moving a Braille Bill Threw the Iowa Legislature: A resolution
on the revamped 1993 Braille Bill 

9:45 a.m.    National Report                               Kevan Worley,
National Representative, President--Worley Enterprises, Colorado Springs,

10:15 a.m.  O6: The ultimate life remote with Voiceover Support
demonstration: Nick wilcox, Des Moines

10:20 a.m.  Developing Accessible Technologies to Enhance Quality of Life:
Kyle Rector, PhD, Assistant Professor, Computer Science, University of Iowa 

10:35 A.m.  Why I Am a Federationist 

10:45 a.m. National Association of Blind Students Report Bryan Duarte, Board
member National association of blind Students,     


11:00 a.m.  Presentation from Vanda Pharmaceuticals Jay Blind, Account
Manager, Vanda Pharmaceuticals

11:15 a.m.  Department Report, Emily Wharton--Director Iowa Department for
the Blind, Des Moines

12:00 p.m.  Adjourn


12:15-1:45 p.m.    Networking Lunch, Salon B, Karly Prinds, Host

Do you know the people that make up the membership of the National
Federation of the Blind of Iowa? Come to this informal lunch, to meet new
people, and get to know the affiliate with group questions. 


12:15-1:45 p.m.    Exhibit Hall, Salon D


2:00 p.m.    General Session Resumes, Salon C

2:05 p.m.    Presidential Report: “A Year of Learning, Reflecting and New
Opportunities in the National Federation of the blind of Iowa,” Jerad S.
Nylin, President

2:30 p.m.    “Newfound Confidence in Myself,” Katy Olsen, Recent graduate,
Louisiana Center for the Blind 

2:45 p.m.    “Skydiving to Raise Expectations for Blind Students,” Danny
Grimes, North Liberty

3:00 p.m.    Why I Am a Federationist

3:15 p.m.    “Finding My Way to the National Federation of the Blind: Help
with   The Massage &Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx),” Kristen Steele,

3:30 p.m.    Parental Rights Bill and Resolution 

3:55 p.m.    Newsline Demonstration and Funding, Mike Barber, NEWSLINE

4:10 p.m.    Partnering with the Delta Gammas to Raise Expectations, Sarah
Gornik, President, Tau Chapter, Delta Gamma Sorrority, Iowa City

4:25  p.m.   Building the Federation: It Starts with Us

5:00 p.m.    Adjourn


6:00-7:00 p.m.      Pre-Banquet Reception and Cash Bar, Prefunction lobby B
and C


7:00 p.m.    Annual Banquet, Salon B

Master of Ceremonies: Scott Van Gorp – NFBI Secretary

          Invocation: Cindy Ray – President, Des Moines Chapter

            Banquet Address: Kevan Worley – National Representative

PAC Plan


Auction and Raffles


Sunday, October 1, 2017

8:15 a.m.              Morning Devotions, Salon B, Katy Olsen, Leader

Start your morning off right with inspiring discussion and a positive
message. Members of all denominations are welcome.


Business Session, Salon C

9:00 a.m.    Call to Order

9:05 a.m.    Business Meeting

                   2016 Meeting Minutes – Scott Van Gorp, Secretary

                   Treasurer’s Report – David Hammel, Treasurer

                   Auditing Committee Report – Karen Clayton, Chair

                   Resolutions Committee Report – Cindy Ray, Chair

10:30 a.m.  Chapter and Division Reports

10:45 a.m.  Elections – Bob Ray, Nominating Committee Chair

Election of Delegate and Alternate to the 2018 National Convention

                   Old Business

                   New Business

11:30 a.m.  Final Remarks – Jerad S. Nylin, President and Kevan Worley,
National Representative

12:00 p.m.  Adjourn




Jerad S. Nylin, President, Cedar Rapids,  jerad.nfbi at gmail.com 

Karen Clayton, First Vice President, Sioux City,  <mailto:Karen at simpco.org>
Karen at simpco.org

Darrel Kirby , Second Vice President, Iowa City,  <mailto:dkirby at mchsi.com>
dkirby at mchsi.com

Scott Van Gorp, Secretary, Des Moines,  <mailto:Scott.nfbi at gmail.com>
Scott.nfbi at gmail.com

David Hammel, Treasurer, Urbandale,  dhammelia at aol.com

Cindy Ray, Board Member, Urbandale,  <mailto:cindyray at gmail.com>
cindyray at gmail.com

Tai Tomasi, Board Member, Des Moines,  <mailto:tai.tomasi8 at gmail.com>
tai.tomasi8 at gmail.com  

Donna Prime, Board Member, Iowa City,  <mailto:dprime27 at gmail.com>
dprime27 at gmail.com  

Michael Barber, Board Member, Des Moines,  <mailto:m.barber817 at gmail.com>
m.barber817 at gmail.com




Thank you to this year’s convention sponsors!

Vanda Pharmaceuticals:  Vanda is a global biopharmaceutical company focused
on the development and commercialization of innovative therapies to address
high unmet medical needs and improve the lives of patients.  It's first
innovative therapy is Hetlioz (tasimelteon) for the treatment of Non-24-Hour
Sleep Wake Disorder.


Kyle Rector, PhD: Kyle Rector will present her research in designing,
developing, and evaluating accessible technologies that enhance quality of
life. She will discuss her previous work relating to yoga and art
exploration, and talk about her current research at the University of Iowa.
To participate in her research project go to:

to learn more, visit  <http://kyle-rector.com> http://kyle-rector.com or
email her at  <mailto:kyle-rector at uiowa.edu> kyle-rector at uiowa.edu.  


The National Federation of the Blind of Iowa knows that blindness is not the
characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the
expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles
between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want;
blindness is not what holds you back.

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