[Nfbaz-talk] NFB of California Convention
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National Federation of the Blind of California
Annual Convention Agenda
October 21-24, 2010
Crowne Plaza, Irvine, CA
Six Dots Can Illuminate the World
A Campaign for Braille Education
Mission Statement: The goal of the National
Federation of the Blind is the complete
integration of the blind into society on a basis
of equality. This objective includes the removal
of legal, economic, and social discrimination and
the education of the public to new, and more
accurate, concepts concerning blindness. It
means the right of the blind to work along with
their sighted peers in the professions, skilled
trades, and regular occupations.
Mary Willows, President
National Federation of the Blind of California
39481 Gallaudet Dr. Apt # 127
Fremont, CA 94538
Phone: (510) 248-0100
Toll Free: (877) 558-6524
Web Site - www.sixdots.org
Registration (Mezzanine Level ) Fee - $15.00.
Co-chairpersons: Tiffany Manosh and Ever Lee Hairston.
All those attending their first NFB of California
convention are invited to stop at the literature
table in the registration area Friday afternoon
to pick up a first-timer's ribbon and to have
their names entered for a special door prize drawing.
Door prizes should be labeled in Braille and
print on a 3 x 5 card stating the value, the
donor or chapter. Turn in door prizes to either
Robert Stigile or Jana Littrell.
Banquet Catalina I, II, and III - $35
Diabetes Action Network Luncheon Avalon III - $25
Chapter Interaction Breakfast Avalon Ballroom - $15
Blind, Sealed, and Delivered, Im Yours A play
presented by the Diamond Club -
Catalina III - $10
Kids Camp - San Clemente - $10
There will be a few meal tickets available at the
Registration Table for those who did not purchase
one in advance. They will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.
The Crowne Plaza front door faces Von Karman
Avenue. When you walk in the front door, the
gift shop is on the right. The front desk is on
the left. From the front door, walk straight,
about twenty feet to find the elevators. From
the front door, walk forward approximately five
feet and make a right, enter the hallway that
leads to the Paradise Restaurant. Go straight
ahead for approximately 30 feet, and on the left
will be the restrooms, and on the right side just
before the restaurant, will be a doorway to the
Parking lot. Dog guide users, exit this door for
the relief areathe grassy area is on the
right. The receptacle will be at the end of the
grassy area before entering the parking lot. To
use the stairs to get to the mezzanine level,
turn into the restaurant hallway for about
fifteen feet and the stairs are on the
right. Once at the top of the stairs, convention
registration is on the right. Walk straight
ahead to the meeting rooms. Catalina III comes
first where the board of directors will
meet. Next, Catalina II is the exhibit
room. From the elevator alcove, turn left to the
registration area, then left again to the meeting
rooms. Avalon and San Clemente rooms are to the
right when you exit the elevator alcove.
The Exhibit Hall (Catalina II) will be open
Friday October 22, 2010 from 9:00 A.M. to 9:00
P.M. Please stop by. Visit with the vendors and
see their products which are designed to assist
blind people to be independent. There will be a
table in the Exhibit Hall where you can purchase
Whozit Polo Shirts and Socks. Free NFB
Literature will also be available at the table.
Drawing tickets will be available for purchase
throughout the convention. The drawings that will
be held at the banquet are: Parents of Blind
Children - ($5.00 apiece or 3 for $10.00) for a
gourmet food basket, tactile quilt with Braille
dots on it, and a spa basket; Netbook - ($5.00 apiece or 3 for $10.00).
Thursday October 21, 2010
4:00 P.M. 5:30 P.M. NFB of California
convention registration Mezzanine Level
6:00 P.M. 7:30 P.M. Board of Directors
Meeting Open to the public - Catalina III
7:30 P.M. 9:00 P.M. - WII Nintendo Game Tournament. Come join the
fun. Catalina III Federationists
will attempt to outscore each other
in virtual games such as bowling, golf, and other sports.
Friday, October 22, 2010
8:00 A.M. 12:00 P.M. Registration Mezzanine Level
9:00 A.M. 9:00 P.M. Exhibits Catalina II
9:00 A.M. 10:30 A.M. Resolutions Committee,
Chairperson, Jim Willows Catalina III
10:30 A.M. 12:00 P.M. Chapter on Aging, President, Patricia Munson
Avalon II and Avalon III
10:30 A.M. 12:00 P.M. California Association of Guide Dog Users, (CAGDU)
President, Shannon Dillon Avalon I
1:00 P.M. 2:00 P.M. Education Committee,
Chairperson, Karen Steele Avalon I
1:00 P.M. 2:30 P.M. Legislation Committee, Co-chairpersons, Angela Fowler
and Shannon Dillon Catalina III
2:00 P.M. 6:00 P.M. Registration Mezzanine Level
2:00 P.M. 3:00 P.M. Library Committee,
Chairperson, Joy Stigile Avalon II and III
2:30 P.M. California Association of Blind
Students (CABS) Registration Catalina III
3:00 P.M. 5:00 P.M. CABS Business Seminar and Business Meeting,
President, Angela Fowler Catalina III
4:45 P.M. 9:15 P.M. NFB Kids Camp (Child Care) San Clemente
5:00 P.M. California Parents of Blind Children
Registration Avalon II and III
5:00 P.M. 7:00 P.M. Parents of Blind Children Meet and Greet,
President, Kathleen Church Avalon II and III
5:00 P.M. 6:00 P.M. California Orientation
Center for the Blind Alumni Association Inc., a
statewide chapter of the NFB of California.
President, David Chan Avalon I
7:00 P.M. 8:30 P.M. Diamond Club presents Blind, Sealed, and
Delivered, Im Yours, an original play written and directed by
Rochelle Houston. A young blind woman, recently divorced,
looking for love again Catalina III
8:30 P.M. 10:00 P.M. California Parents of Blind Children Business Meeting
President, Kathleen Church Avalon II and III
Saturday, October 23, 2010
8:00 A.M. 8:45 A.M. Registration Mezzanine Level
8:30 A.M. 12:15 P.M. and 1:45 P.M. 5:15 P.M. and 6:15 P.M. 9:15 P.M.
Kids Camp San Clemente
9:00 A.M. General Session call to order,
President, Mary Willows, Catalina II and III
9:05 A.M. Invocation Rochelle Houston, President The Pathfinder Chapter
Pledge of Allegiance Pam Chase,
President, North Riverside County Chapter
9:10 A.M. National Anthem Nancy Angwin, member, Central Valley Chapter
NFB Pledge Angela Fowler, President,
California Association of Blind Students.
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 constitution.
9:15 A.M. Welcoming Comments Mayor Sukhee Kang, Mayor, Irvine, California
9:20 A.M. National Report Dr. Fredric Schroeder, First Vice President,
National Federation of the Blind
9:45 A.M. The Education of Blind Children in
America, a National Perspective,
Stuart Wittenstein, Ed.D., President, Council of Schools for the Blind (COSB).
10:10 A.M. Pre-Authorize Check (PAC) Plan Report Geraldine Croom,
Co-Chairperson, PAC Plan Committee
10:15 A.M. Youth Panel The Fifth Generation
Benefits from NFB Youth Programs, Moderator:
Ever Lee Hairston, Second Vice President, NFB of California.
Panelists: Henry (Hoby) Wedler, Instructor,
Junior Science Academy, 2010; Serena Olsen,
California Youth Slam Coordinator; Kia Vaca,
Counselor/Instructor, Summer Training and
Employment Program (STEP) Louisiana Center for the Blind.
10:55 A.M. Questions from the Audience
11:00 A.M. Turning the Page on Library Services, Henry C. Chang, Ph.D.,
Director of Library Services, Braille
Institute, Library Services, Recipient
National Medal for Museum and Library Services.
11:20 A.M. Challenging America to learn Braille
Leslie E. Stocker, President
Braille Institute of America.
11:40 A.M. Having Fun at Junior Blind Jay
Allen, Executive Vice President and Chief
Operating Officer, Junior Blind, Los Angeles.
12:00 P.M. Adjourn
12:15 P.M. 1:45 P.M. Registration, Mezzanine Level
12:15 P.M. 1:45 P.M. Diabetes Action Network Lunch and Business Meeting,
President, Joy Stigile Avalon II and III
2:00 P.M. Call to Order Catalina II and III
2:05 P.M. Presidential Report; President, Mary Willows, NFB of California
2:30 P.M. Washington Seminar 2011, Tiffany Manosh, Coordinator,
Washington Seminar, Member Board of Directors, NFB of California.
2:40 P.M. Educating our Blind Children in California with a Full Continuum
Of Program Options, Linda Wyatt, Ed.D,
Consultant, Special Education Division, California Department of Education.
3:00 P.M. California Department of
Rehabilitation Panel Beyond SB 105, Where Do
We Go From Here?. Panel Moderator, Bryan
Bashin, Member Blind Advisory
Committee. Panelists: Joe Zavier, Deputy
Director, Specialized Services Division;
Catharine Bailes, District Administrator, Blind
Field Services; Deb Meyer, Program Manager,
Business Enterprise Program and all Supervising
Staff from the Blind Field Services
Division. This topic will be presented in a
respectful and yet questioning forum. Clients are
invited to submit questions in advance so the
Supervisors can address the needs of clients.
3:55 P.M. Reports and Resolutions
4:00 P.M. Living in the Working World
Panel. Moderator: Robert Stigile, First Vice
President, NFB of California. Panelists: Bryan
Quintana, Middle School Teacher, San Jose,
California; Adam Shaible, National Orientation
and Mobility Certification (NOMC) World Access
for the Blind, Long Beach, California; Jason
Holloway, Collections Representative, Internal
Revenue Service, Oakland, California; Melissa Haney, Rehabilitation Counselor.
5:00 P.M. Adjourn
BANQUET EVENT and SCHOLARSHIPS
6:30 P.M. No host bar Mezzanine Level
Foyer. Visit with old friends and make some new
ones while you wait for the Catalina Ballroom to be opened for the banquet.
7:00 P.M. - Mistress of Ceremonies Ms. Ever Lee
Hairston, Second Vice-President, NFB of
California and recently elected member of the National Board of Directors.
Invocation Kia Vaca.
Keynote Speaker Dr. Fredric Schroeder, First
Vice-President, National Federation of the Blind.
Presentation of Charters President, Mary Willows
Presentation of Scholarships.- Chairperson, Karen Steele
After the banquet party. The California
Association of Blind Students will host a Karaoke
party until 10:30 P.M. All are invited to join the fun.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
7:30 A.M. Chapter Interaction breakfast
Robert Stigile, First Vice-President, National
Federation of the Blind of California Avalon Ballroom
9:00 A.M. Call to Order President, Mary Willows Catalina II and III
9:05 A.M. Invocation Geraldine Croom, Member
Board of Directors, NFB of California, President, Guiding Lights Chapter.
9:10 A.M. The Future is Ours Michael
Hingson, President, The Michael Hingson
Group Inc., Speaking With Vision.
9:30 A.M. Why the NFB? meet Rick Watson,
Nancy Angwin and Veshon Khan and
hear their stories about how they
found the NFB of California.
9:45 A.M. Braille Literacy Through Tactile
Maps Lisamaria Martinez, Director,
Community Affairs, San Francisco, Lighthouse for the Blind.
10:00 A.M. Resolutions Chairperson, Jim Willows
10:15 A.M. Elections This year the five
Officer positions are up for election.
They are: President, Mary Willows;
First Vice President, Robert Stigile;
Second Vice President, Ever Lee Hairston; Secretary, Shannon Dillon;
Treasurer, Gail Paulson; and three
members of the Board of Directors.
Lisamaria Martinez, Tiffany Manosh, and Melissa Haney.
10:35 A.M. The Blind Driver Challenge On to
Daytona Ever Lee Hairston, Member Board of
Directors, National Federation of the Blind.
10:50 A.M. Newsline for the Blind Jason
Holloway, California Newsline Coordinator,
Member Board of Directors NFB of California.
11:05 A.M. Financial Report
11:30 A.M. Adjourn
Thank you to all of the people who helped make this convention a success.
A special thanks to our sponsors: the Michael Hingson Group Inc.
2010 Committee Chairpersons
Convention Coordinator: Robert Stigile
Registration: Tiffany Manosh and Ever Lee Hairston
Scholarship Committee: Karen Steele
Exhibits: Joy Stigile
Race for Independence: Tina Thomas
Fundraising: Gail Paulson
Library: Joy Stigile
Education: Karen Steele
Legislation: Shannon Dillon and Angela Fowler
Resolutions: Jim Willows
Pre-Authorized Check Plan: Geraldine Croom and Jim Willows
Washington Seminar: Tiffany Manosh
Membership: Lisamaria Martinez
Door Prizes: Jana Littrell and Robert Stigile
Youth Slam: Serena Olsen
Newsline: Jason Holloway
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