Ever Lee Hairston ever.hairston at gmail.com
Fri Oct 27 18:02:23 UTC 2017



National Federation of the Blind of California, Ever Lee Hairston, President

18440 Oxnard St., Tarzana, C

A 91356  office:  818) 

217-8330  c: 323) 252-9188 ever.hairston at gmail.com


Welcome to the 2017 

National Federation of the Blind of California Convention 

November 2 - November 5, 2017

Embassy Suites 901 East Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas, CA 95035


Convention Hosts:

President, Ever Lee Hairston 

                                      First Vice-President, Bryan Bashin

                                      Second Vice-President, Robert Stigile

                                      Secretary, Shannon Dillon

                                      Treasurer, Rochelle Houston

                                      Board Members: Karen Steele, Jim
Barbour, Charlotte Carroll, 

Jana Littrell,Tim Elder, Carmen Weatherly, Carla Scroggins


The National Federation of the Blind is a community of members and friends
who believe in the hopes and dreams of the Nation's blind.  Every day we
work together to help blind people live the lives they want.

Convention Information

Thursday movie night with snacks; Friday begins with the Vendor Showcase and
Exhibit Hall; Friday night Federation Feud Game; Saturday luncheon and
Banquet are all included in the $75 fee.  If you prefer to attend only the
convention sessions, the fee is $35.


Vendors' Showcase

The Vendors' Showcase takes place in the Amalfi room from 8:30 am to 9:30 am
on Friday, November 3.  At the Showcase you will hear vendors describe the
current products and services which they will have on display in the Exhibit


Convention Exhibits

The Exhibit Hall will be open on Friday, November 3rd from 9:30 am to 3:30
pm. Exhibit tables are located in the Grand Ballroom.


Guide Dog Relief Area

Please take dogs to the rear of the hotel either through the side door or
the front door exit.  


Chapter & Division Presidents

Shasta Cascade - Debbie Worstman

San Joaquin - Ken Volonte

San Francisco - Christina Daniels

Tri-Valley - Carl Martin

River City - Tiffany Manosh

Bay Area - Shannon Dillon

At Large - Allison Depner

Inland Empire - Cheryl Thurston

San Fernando - Robert Stigile

Pathfinders of Los Angeles - Rochelle Houston

Escondido - Yvette Lee

Riverside/San Bernadino - Carmen Weatherly

San Diego - Lisa Irving

California Association of Guide Dog Users (CAGDU) - Tina Thomas

California Association of Blind Students (CABS) - Carla Scroggins

Senior Division - Charlotte Carroll

Diabetes Action Network - Joy Stigile


Please encourage every member to participate in all convention activities!


Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Platinum Level $10,000 plus

VOTEC Corporation 



votec logo bw for ad.png


2017 National Federation of the Blind of California Convention Agenda

Thursday, November 2


8:00 pm                          Movie and Snacks, "Do You Dream in Color?" 

                                      Cordoba  Room




Friday, November 3

7:30 am - 8:30 am           Registration Packet Pickup

                                      Area in front of the Grand Ballroom  


8:30 am - 9:30 am            Vendor Showcase

                                       Amalfi Room

                                      Coordinator, Cheryl Thurston 

                                      Listen to a brief description of
products and services


9:30 am - 3:30 pm            Exhibit Hall 

                                      Grand Ballroom


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm          Board of Directors meeting

                                      Amalfi Room


Meetings of the Board of Directors are open to the public.  Please join us
as we greet our scholarship finalists, and our National Representative,
Scott LaBarre, President of the National Federation of the Blind of



2:00 pm - 4:00 pm           Registration Packet Pickup

                                      Area in front of the Grand Ballroom


2:00 pm -  3:00 pm         Resolutions Committee

                                      Amalfi Room

                                      Chairperson, Bryan Bashin


The Resolutions Committee comes together once a year to decide on the
policies and direction of the affiliate for the upcoming year. 


3:00 pm - 4:15 pm          California Association of Blind Students (CABS) 

                                      Amalfi Room

                                      President, Carla Scroggins


4:15 pm - 5:30 pm          California Association of Guide Dog Users (CAGDU)

                                      Amalfi Room

                                      President, Tina Thomas   


5:30 pm - 6:15 pm            Orientation Center for the Blind 

                                      Amalfi Room

                                      President, David Chan


6:00 pm - 7:30 pm           Registration Packet Pickup                 

                                      Area in front of the Grand Ballroom


8:00 pm - 10:00 pm         Federation Feud

                                      Amalfi  Room

Emcee, Michael Richardson

Saturday, November 4


9:00 am                           General Session Call to Order

                                      Grand Ballroom

                                      President, Ever Lee Hairston


                                      Opening Ceremony

2017 Convention Coordinators, Jim Barbour, Christina Daniels, Rochelle
Houston and the California Association of Blind Students


                             Pledge of Allegiance

                                      Jim Barbour


                             NFB Pledge

                                      Denise Bravell


Invocation, Carlos Miyares        


                             "God Bless America"

                                      Rachel Elizabeth Grider


9:15 am - 9:45 am            National Report

National Representative, Scott LaBarre, National Federation of the Blind of
Colorado President


9:45 am - 10:00 am Douglas G. Towne

Chairman, Disability Relations Group


10:00 am - 10:20 am        Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning
(BELL) Academy                                         Northern California
Coordinator, Debbie Worstman

10:20 am - 10:50 am        Why I am a Federationist?

                                      Tim Elder, Tiffany Manosh, Rochelle


10:50 am - 11:05 am          Mike L. Marlin, Director

Braille and Talking Book Library

California State Library


11:05 am - 11:35  am       Employment Panel

Moderator, Robert Stigile

                                      Shannon Dillon

                                     Ahmet Ustunel

Elizabeth Campos


11:35 am - 11:50 am        Philosophy Skit


11:50 am - 11:55 am        Senior Division Skit


11:55 am                        Shout out to First Time Attendees


Noon                              Adjourn


12:00 pm - 2:00 pm         Luncheon

                                      Special Presentation, Ruth Sager,
National Senior Division President

                                      Speaker, Christina Daniels, San
Francisco Chapter President



2:00 pm                          General Session resumes

                                      Grand Ballroom


2:00 pm - 2:10 pm           President's Report

                                      President, Ever Lee Hairston

2:10 pm - 2:20 pm           Vanda Pharmaceutical


2:20 pm - 2:30 pm           California Association of Guide Dog Users Skit


2:30 pm - 2:35 pm           Exploring Round Table Options


2:35 pm - 3:45 pm          Round Table Discussions




KNFB Reader - Michael Richardson

iPhone for Beginners - Ed Davis

iPhone Apps including News Line and BARD - Christina Daniels

California Dept. of Rehabilitation (DOR) - Joe Xavier, Director/ Elena Gomez

Interview Preparation - Jannette Stewart

Parents of Blind Children - Debbie Worstman 

How to Become a Leader - Scott LaBarre, National Representative

VOTEC, Disability Relations Group - Douglas G. Towne

California Association of Guide Dog Users - Tina Thomas

Legal Issues - Tim Elder


3:45 pm - 4:30 pm          General Session resumes

                                      "No Boundaries:  Release What Holds
You Back"

                                      Grand Ballroom


4:30 pm                          Adjourn


7:00 pm                          Banquet

                                      Emcee, Bryan Bashin, NFBA First Vice

                                      Banquet Address, Scott LaBarre,
National Representative

                                      Scholarship Presentation, Jana

                                      Auctioneers, Michael Richardson &
Michael Hingson

                                      Grand Ballroom


Sunday, November 5


9:00 am                           General Session 

                                      President, Ever Lee Hairston

                                      Grand Ballroom


9:10 am - 9:25 am           Elections: Report from Nominating Committee, 

Chairperson, Robert Stigile


9:25 am - 9:40 am           Resolutions

Chairperson, Bryan Bashin


9:40 am - 9:50 am           Financial Report

Treasurer, Rochelle Houston


9:50 am - 10:50 am         Chapter Reports - Pledges and Donations 


11:00 am                         Adjourn



Thank you to all of our Vendors and the generous donations from:

VOTEC, Douglas G. Towne

San Diego Foundation

Charitable Grant Rosen Bien Galvan and Grunfeld, LLP

Vanda Pharmaceuticals


Thank you to all of the chairpersons and members of the committees that have
helped to make this convention a success.


Convention Coordinators - Christina Daniels, Rochelle Houston and Jim

Resolutions Committee - Chairperson Bryan Bashin

Door Prize Committee - Chairperson Carmen Weatherly 

Exhibit Hall Committee - Chairperson Cheryl Thurston 

Scholarship Committee - Chairperson Jana Littrell

Auction  -  Chairperson Karen Steele 

PAC Committee - Chairperson Michael Hingson

Ambassador Committee - Chairperson Michael Richardson


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