[NFBWATLK] Tremendous Convention in Washington

Jim Portillo portillo.jim at gmail.com
Wed Nov 8 20:37:36 UTC 2017

You captured it well, Ben.  Thanks!
It was a great convention and very informative.
Marci, Corey, and the rest of the convention leadership did a fantastic job.
Friday night was also quite fun, on stage with Don and Les, and it was great
having Karla join in with some of the music.  It was also great having Julie
Deden give such great speeches, and also great seeing my old friend Dan
Best convention yet!

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Subject: [NFBWATLK] Tremendous Convention in Washington

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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