[nfbwatlk] Convention Wrap up

Julie Warrington jdwtlc at frontier.com
Mon Nov 9 17:52:41 UTC 2015

Excellent report!
It was an excellent convention over all!
thanks everyone!
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From: "Marci Carpenter via nfbwatlk" <nfbwatlk at nfbnet.org>
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Cc: "Marci Carpenter" <mjc59 at comcast.net>; "Karl Smith" <karl at axistech.net>; 
"Everette Bacon" <baconev at yahoo.com>; "Sean Whalen" 
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Sent: Saturday, November 07, 2015 12:02 PM
Subject: [nfbwatlk] Convention Wrap up

>I want to thank everyone who attended our 2015 NFBW Convention. All of you 
>made this a successful convention. As was noted earlier we had 90 in 
>attendance. 75 people attended our banquet. It was great to get to know 
>Everette Bacon, our national representative, who gave a wonderful banquet 
>address and landed his voice to the singing in the Hospitality Room. Thanks 
>to our Greater Seattle chapter for providing food, beverages and fun. 
>Thanks also to Don Mitchell and Karl Smith for playing lots of fun music. 
>Karl gave an inspiring talk on Saturday afternoon.
> Congratulations to Betty Watson and Gary Mackenstadt on their re-election 
> to the NFBW Board of Directors for 2 year terms. The experience which Gary 
> and Betty bring to our board has great value. Congratulations to Andrea 
> Travis for her election as Alternate Delegate to our national convention. 
> I look forward to working with her in Orlando next year. Andrea also did 
> an excellent  job with registration!
> Our Student Division is now organized with Hannah Werbel, NFB national 
> scholarship winner and a Freshman at the University of Washington, as its 
> President and a capable board to assist her. Thanks also to NABS President 
> Sean Whalen for helping in this effort and for joining us for the weekend. 
> Congratulations to Tracey Tonasket and Abby Griffith, our NFBW scholarship 
> winners!
> The Washington Organization of Parents of Blind Children, led by Jennifer 
> Gandarias, had a good meeting with several new parents in attendance. Many 
> Federationists were there to lend support.
> The Washington State Association of Guide Dog Users held a good meeting on 
> Friday afternoon. President Debby Phillips now has an able board to help 
> the group move forward.
> Mike Mello did an excellent job organizing our Friday afternoon exhibit 
> room. We had 8 exhibitors. We will continue to have an exhibit room at 
> future conventions. 3D Photoworks provided tactile art pieces and a 
> tactile map of Washington for attendees to check out. Luc Gandarias and 
> President Riccobono are working closely with the company. KING5 aired a 
> story on its 5:00 newscast on Friday about the exhibit which included 
> information about our convention.
> We adopted an important resolution concerning the provision of intensive 
> blindness skills training for blind youth. More information, including the 
> text of the resolution, will be posted soon.
> This was my first state convention as your President. I was very pleased 
> with all of our presenters and the engagement of everyone at the 
> convention. I will work to make our 2016 state convention even better and 
> I hope to see even more of you at that convention. President Riccobono 
> says the with love, hope and determination we build the Federation and 
> improve opportunities for blind children and adults. I witnessed all 3 
> qualities at our 2015 convention and I look forward to the year ahead.
> Marci Carpenter
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