[nfbwatlk] Convention Wrap up
robertsellers500 at comcast.net
Sat Nov 14 22:13:21 UTC 2015
Yes, it was a very good convention. I enjoyed the subject matter of the
Thank you for the effort you put into making it such a success.
From: nfbwatlk [mailto:nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Marci
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Cc: Marci Carpenter; Karl Smith; Everette Bacon; Sean Whalen
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
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
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.
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