[NFBWATLK] Tremendous Convention in Washington

Prows, Bennett (HHS/OCR) Bennett.Prows at HHS.GOV
Wed Nov 8 15:46:18 UTC 2017

Fellow Listers,

President Carpenter  has completed running a   tremendous NFB of Washington convention last weekend. The convention, held in Olympia and the Hotel RL was really worth the time, effort and money. All the responsible people at the convention did a great job of moving things along, enthusiastically showing that we are living the lives we want, and promoting the programs and activities of the National Federation of the Blind. Julie Deden was our national representative, and she brought her husband, Dan Burke to partake of the festivities as well. Julie gave a tremendous national report, and inspired us with her story during the keynote speech at the Saturday night banquet. It was very interesting and amazingly inspiring to hear her talk about our training center in Boulder, Colorado. Another Julie, Julie  Brannon came from DSB to talk about the Orientation and Training Center here in Washington State as well.

Elections were held on Sunday morning, and Gary Mackenstadt was reelected to the board, and Les Fitzpatrick was elected to the position formerly held by Betty Watson who did not stand for reelection this year. Thanks to Betty for all the work she has done over the many  years, and looking forward to continuing to work with you on many future activities.

Cindy Bennett and I co-chaired the scholarship committee, and Cindy presented the actual awards. Jennifer Rotz who will be continuing her college degree program with WSU Vancouver after obtaining her AA degree at Clark College in the spring received the $2000 award. Janelle Langraf received the $3000 award. She's at the University of Washington in the masters program for social work.

The entire convention was full of great events, and we were joined by Carla and Lucas McQuillan from the Oregon affiliate as well.

Looking forward to other reactions to the convention on the list.



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