[nfbwatlk] FW: [State-affiliate-leadership-list] Fwd: NFBU Annual State Convention-Less Than A Week Away-Agenda, Streaming, And Registration Information Included

Mike Freeman k7uij at panix.com
Wed May 7 21:17:09 UTC 2014

Here’s information on the upcoming NFB of Utah convention.


Mike Freeman



From: State-affiliate-leadership-list [mailto:state-affiliate-leadership-list-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Everette Bacon
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Subject: [State-affiliate-leadership-list] Fwd: NFBU Annual State Convention-Less Than A Week Away-Agenda, Streaming, And Registration Information Included



Everette bacon

"The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few" Spock

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From: Nfb Utah <nfbutah at gmail.com>
Date: May 3, 2014 at 3:27:38 PM EDT
To: Nfb Utah <nfbutah at gmail.com>
Subject: NFBU Annual State Convention-Less Than A Week Away-Agenda, Streaming, And Registration Information Included

Greetings Fellow Federationists and Friends,





101 West 100 North, Provo, Utah

MAY 8-10, 2014

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AT www.nfbutah.org OR 

Call our Hotline at 801-INFO-NFB (463-6632)

Use the Marriott Hotel link included on the online convention registration page

OR Call Marriott Hotel at 1 888 236 2427


James Bybee provides the following instructions for live streaming of the convention:

We plan to stream the 2014 state convention online!

There are two ways to listen to the live stream:

1. Use Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari or Google Chrome. Visit <https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/goog_251722476>  http://station.voscast.com/535a918bafcc3/. If we are broadcasting, the stream should automatically start playing. If you use an iOS device, such as an iPhone or an iPad with this first link, a play button needs to be pressed before the stream will start. Unfortunately, with Voice Over turned on, this button is not accessible with screen readers.


2. If you are using an iOS device, such as an iPhone, or an iPad, visit:  <https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/goog_251722473>  http://s8.voscast.com:9342/listen.pls the stream should start playing automatically, if we are broadcasting. If you use the second link on a computer, whether it is windows, or Mac, it will open your default music player program, and the stream should start playing if we are broadcasting live.


Co-Convention Chairpersons

Deja Powell and Laura Hathaway

Co-Door Prize Chairman: David Sarle and Mac Biggers

The Not a Raffle, Raffle!

Purchase NFB of Utah keychains and be entered into a drawing for 2 free tickets anywhere Jet Blue travels! 

1 ticket for $10, 3 tickets for $20!


Scott Labarre, Esq. Labarre Law, President of the NFB of Colorado

Scott C. LaBarre owns and operates LaBarre Law Offices p.c., (LLO). LLO specializes in employment law, disability rights, Social Security appeals, estate planning, Randolph-Sheppard Act cases, and business law. Even after establishing LLO, he remains very active in the NFB through his volunteer service in many leadership roles. In October of 2005, members of the NFB of Colorado elected LaBarre their President. He also serves as Chairman of the PAC Committee, one of the Federation’s major national fundraisers. Additionally, he is President of the National Association of Blind Lawyers and serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Colorado Center for the Blind. Scott is married to a lovely woman who originally hales from Armenia, Anahit Galechyan. Anahit and Scott have two small children, Alexander (born October, 2002) and Emily (born December, 2004). He currently serves as the president of the NFB of Colorado.


Special Guests

Greg DeWall, NOMC

Greg DeWall is from Northern California, where he also majored in Recreation Administration at CSU Chico. For more than five years Greg was a member of Team USA, participating on multiple Paralympic and World Judo teams. Currently Greg is a proud husband and father, as well as a Cane Travel instructor at the Society for the Blind, in Sacramento California.


Stacy Cervenka

Stacy Cervenka worked for five years as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas, where she specialized in adoption, foster care, labor, disability employment policy, vocational rehabilitation, NASA, commercial space, and North and South Korea issues. She has also worked in the California State Senate, handling issues related to education and disability. She currently works for the California Department of Rehabilitation and lives in Sacramento, CA with her husband Greg and son, Leo.


Thursday May 8th, 2014

6:30 pm: Olympiad Welcome Dinner (everyone’s invited) – Aspen Room

8:00pm: Board meeting, Aspen Room


Friday May 9th, 2014

Friday Morning Session

7:30-8:45 am: Convention Registration, Foyer

*Be sure to place brailled name card in door prize box.

7:30-8:45 am: Board of Directors Gold, Silver & Bronze Breakfast

*All Convention meals will be held in Arches Ballroom.

Invocation: Steven Phelps President, Utah County Chapter

Opening Ceremonies, Friday Morning Session

*All General Sessions will be held in Bryce and Zion Conference rooms.

9:00 am: Call to Order: Let the Games be declared, Open!

Everette Bacon, MA, CVRT, President of the National Federation of the Blind of Utah. Field Services Coordinator at DSBVI.

Prayer: Bill Clapp Board member, Weber/Davis Chapter

National Anthem: Tara Briggs, NCLB, Braille Instructor, DSBVI

NFB Pledge: Jerry Nealey, MA, NOMC, Vice President of Weber/Davis Chapter, Field Services Trainer, DSBVI

9:10 am: Welcome the NFBU Games to Provo!

9:20 am: Going for Gold for the Blind of Utah

Presentation to U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch. Presented by: Sachin Pavithran

9:30 am: The National “Team” Report

Scott Labarre Esq., Member, National Board of Directors, President, NFB of Colorado

10:00 am: The State “Team” Report

Everette Bacon, President, NFB of Utah

10:20 am: Lighting the Torch Early at Project STRIVE

Adam Rushforth, MBA, Director of Project STRIVE, Treasurer of the NFB of Utah

10:25 am: A Commitment to Accessibility in State Government

Representative Angela Romero (D), member of the Utah House of Representatives, District 26

Representative Johnny Anderson (R), member of the Utah House of Representatives, District 34

10:50 am: A Blind Olympian, Bringing Home Bronze

Greg DeWall, NOMC, Bronze medalist in U.S. Para-Olympic Judo

11:05 am: Why Chapter and Division Teamwork are the Foundation of the Federation

Karl Smith, 2nd Vice President, NFB of Utah, President of Axis Technology

11:20 am: Get in the Spirit of Reading, NFB Library Cards

Norman Gardner, PhD. Professor, Utah Valley University.

11:35 am: Faster and Stronger at the Utah State Library for the Blind

Lisa Nelson, Program Manager, Utah State Library for the Blind and Disabled

11:40 am: Winning with NFB Newsline

Michael Harris, Readers Advisor and Braille Proofreader, Utah State Library for the Blind and Disabled.

11:50am: Golden Ideas in Low Vision

Brenda Pierce, CLVT, Low Vision Specialist, DSBVI

12:00 pm: Adjourn for Lunch


Five Rings Luncheon, Arches Ballroom

Music: Ron Roberts

Invocation: Cheralyn Creer, 1st Vice President of the NFB of Utah

Olympic Runway Fashion, NFB of Utah Annual Descriptive Fashion Show

Learn about the best in sports and Olympic fashion through this fun, descriptive fashion show starring the sassy models of the NFB of Utah Olympic team.


Friday Afternoon Session

2:00pm: Academic Olympians, Meeting the 2014 NFBU Scholarship Class

Sachin Pavithran, Program Director and Disability Policy Analyst, Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University, 

Presidential Appointee, 

U.S. Access Board

2:10pm: The Real Heroes of the Red, White and Blue, Blind Veterans.

Inside the Veteran’s Administration

Arnold Thomas, Blind Native American, counselor to the Veteran’s Administration and Owner of White Buffalo Knife, LLC.V

Blind Veterans Support Club,

Nathan Ostergaard, United States Navy (Seabees) Retired.

What’s new in Services for the Blind at the V.A.? Darren Lindsay, Low Vision Therapist, George E. Wahlen Veteran Affairs Hospital

Blind Veterans: How to be an Advocate.

Bill Clapp, Ed.D, Retired U.S. Air Force Reserve Colonel.

3:00 pm: Passing the Torch at DSBVI

Bill Gibson, Director of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Adam Rushforth, MBA, Coordinator, Professional Services at DSBVI

Brian Dulude, PhD, CRC, NOMC, Coordinator of Vocational Rehabilitation at DSBVI.

3:30 pm: Training Time at DSBVI

Gloria Phillips, Graduate DSBVI Training Program

3:40 pm: Coach (VR Counselor) and Athletes (VR Client) Working Together

Marnie West, MA, CRC, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, DSBVI

3:50 pm: Teaching Blind Students, a Winning Profession

Dr. Chris Bischke, Director of the Multi-University Consortium, Teacher Preparation Program in Sensory Impairments and a faculty member in the Visual Impairments program in the Department of Special Education at the University of Utah.

4:00 pm: The Technology Team: What’s the Latest?

The wonderful world of Android, Quintin Williams, Assistive Technology Specialist, USDB

HIMS Inc., Dave Wilkinson, Business Development Manager at HIMS Inc.

E.A.S.Y. LLC. Joshua Coffee, Vice President of E.A.S.Y., LLC

HumanWare, Jamison Hensley, Regional Account Manager Southwest/Rockies

4:30 pm: Adjourn

*Check the agenda for evening activities.


Friday Evening Activities

4:40-7:00 pm: Olympic Village Vendor Fair

Vendors include:

Karl Smith, Axis Technology

Adam Reynolds, Rocky Mountain Low Vision

Jameson Hensley, HumanWare

Dave Wilkinson and Brett Murdoch, HIMS Inc.

Joshua Coffee, E.A.S.Y. LLC

Traci McDonald, Blind Author

Dave Sarle, Precision Body, Therapy and Massage

Ray Cloward – Inventive Options

Norm Gardner, NFB Library and Bible Cards

Michael Harris, Utah State Library for the Blind

Suzette Heater, Etch4U

White Buffalo Knife, LLC., Arnold Thomas

DSBVI Utah, Low Vision Clinic, Brenda Pierce


7:30-9 pm: Project STRIVE Play

Join the Project STRIVE Players for a night of audience driven Improv, hilarious skits, and a scene from a famous play. Aspen Room.

9:00-10:00 pm: Open Cast Party and Ice Cream Social

Meet and mingle with the Project STRIVE Players at our Ice Cream Social. All are welcome! Aspen Room.


Saturday May 10th, 2014

7:45am: Gold and Silver Chapter Breakfast

Prelude and Postlude music: Jerry Nealey

Invocation: Mark Turley, President, SLC Chapter

Reports from Chapter and Division Presidents:

Mark Turley, SLC Chapter

Steve Phelps, Utah County

Barbie Elliot, Weber/Davis

Aaron Timm, Cache Valley

Robert Olsen, Red Rocks

Julie Ledford, UPBC Division

Tina Haskin, UABS Division

David Pavlus, Senior Division

Ken Duke, NFB Book Club

Stacy Cervenka, Sacramento Chapter

9:00-9:50 am: Lighting the Torch for Technology, Breakout Sessions

HIMS Inc., Dave Wilkinson and Brett Murdock,

Birch Room

Android Demonstration, Quintin Williams,

Juniper Room

Apple iPhone Apps, Jerry Nealey,

Elm Room

E.A.S.Y. Inc., Joshua Coffee,

Cedar Room

10-10:55 am: A Spirited Spouses Panel, Angela Peters, MD, Salt Lake Chapter, Lucas Atkinson, MA, Red Rocks Chapter and Judy Olsen, Red Rocks Chapter

Amphitheater Room

10-11:45 am: Lighting the Flame for your Blind Child, Utah Parents of Blind Children meeting, Cedar Room

Julie Ledford, President

Presentations by Glenna Gallo, State Director of Special Education at USOE, the new SAGE testing program

Joshua Coffee, E.A.S.Y. LLC.

Board Elections

11-11:55 pm: Android Demo, Quintin Williams, Juniper Room

11-11:55 am: Seniors Share the Spirit of the Federation, NFBU Senior Division, Elm Room

David Pavlus, President

Brenda Pierce, Low Vision Clinic Demonstration and

Greg DeWall, Teacher of Blind Seniors in California

Board Elections

11-11:55 am: Apple iPhone Apps, Jerry Nealey, Juniper Room

11-11:55 am: Utah Association of Blind Students, Birch Room

Tina Haskin, President

Presentation by Stacy Cervenka, blind Master’s student.

Presentation by Justin Salisbury, member of the National Association of Blind Students

Board Elections


12-1:30 pm: Olympic Dream Luncheon and NFB Auction

Invocation: Willie Black, Weber/Davis Chapter

NFB Auction: Michael Harvey, Willie Black, auctioneers

*The auction will include many great prizes including, chapter baskets, a Victor Reader Stream, a handheld video magnifier and more


Closing Ceremonies/Saturday Afternoon Session

1:45 pm: Call to Order, Everette Bacon

1:50 pm: How a Blind Woman Hurdled through the U.S. Senate, Stacy Cervenka, California State Senate and 5 years as a Legislative Assistant to US Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas

2:05 pm: Winning at Washington Seminar

Sachin Pavithran, MA, Board Member NFB of Utah, Utah Legislative Director

Michael Harvey, MA, NOMC Cane Travel Instructor DSBVI

Ken Duke, Salt Lake Chapter, Moderator of NFB Utah Book Club

Madelyn Stafford, Secretary of UABS

2:20 pm: Championing as a Blind Author

Traci McDonald, member Red Rocks Chapter

2:30 pm: Succeeding is Science, a Blind Physicist

Dr. Bonnie Andersen, an Associate Professor of Physics at Utah Valley University. She received her PhD in Physics from the University of Utah in 2008 and received her bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in 2004. Her research is in the area of thermoacoustics, where heat energy is converted into sound energy.

2:45 pm: Striving for Excellence, Project STRIVE Presentation

Moderator, Barbie Elliott

Bidding for the Bell Program,

Wendy Bybee, Director of the BELL Program

4:00 pm: Why I have Dedication to the Federation?

Macedonia Damian, Cache Valley Chapter

Tara Purcell, Board member Weber/Davis Chapter

Ulvia Guadarrama, Cache Valley Chapter

Deja Powell, MA, NOMC, Red Rocks Chapter

4:30 pm: The Olympic Resolutions Committee

Cheralyn Creer, Chairperson

4:35 pm: NFBU Treasurers Report

Adam Rushforth

4:40 pm: Board Elections

5:00 pm: Declare the Games, Closed! Adjourn.


The Banquet of the National Federation of the Blind of Utah

Light the Fire Within

6:00 pm in the Arches Ballroom

"We have the idea; we have the leaders; and we have the drive to work together, to support each other, and to advance our movement. 


We have reached the kindling point, and we intend to reflect the flame."

-Dr. Mark Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind

Master of Ceremonies

Everette Bacon, President of the NFB of Utah

Prelude and Postlude Music

Barbie Elliott, Secretary of the NFB of Utah


Dr. Norman Gardner, Board Member, NFB of Utah

Banquet Address

Scott Labarre

PAC Plan Chairperson

Michael Harvey, MA, NOMC

Presentation of Annual Scholarship Winners

Sachin Pavithran, MA, Scholarship Committee Chairperson

Five Scholarships Awarded by the Grainger Foundation totaling $10,000!

Drawing for a free trip to the 2014 National Convention in Orlando, FL


The NFB of Utah Team

NFB of Utah, President

Everette Bacon

Phone 801-463-6632

Email: nfbofutah at gmail.com <http://nfbofutah@gmail.com> 

Website: www.nfbutah.org

NFBU Hotline: 801-INFO-NFB (463-6632)


The Six Chapters in the State Affiliate of Utah:


Cache Valley Chapter

Aaron Timm, President


Email: ireneatimm at gmail.com <http://ireneatimm@gmail.com> 

The Cache Valley Chapter of the NFB of Utah regularly meets on the3rd

Wednesday of every month at 6:00 PM.


Weber/Davis Chapter

Barbie Elliott, President


Email: barbieelliott at msn.com <mailto:barbieelliott at msn.com> 

The Weber/Davis Chapter of the NFB of Utah regularly meets on the3rd

Saturday of every month at 11:00 AM. at the Pleasant Valley Branch

Library at 5568 S Adams Ave in Ogden.


Salt Lake Chapter

Mark Turley, President


Email: blindsquid at yahoo.com <http://blindsquid@yahoo.com> 

*The Salt Lake Chapter of the NFB of Utah regularly meets on the 4th

Saturday of every month, usually from 10 am to Noon. At the

Downtown Salt Lake Library on the red TRAX line on 400 south.


Utah Valley Chapter

Steven Phelps, President


Email: nfbu.uvc.president at gmail.com

The Utah Valley Chapter of the NFB of Utah regularly meets on the 4th

Saturday of every month at 10:00 a.m. in the Storytelling Wing of the

Orem Public Library.


Iron County Chapter

Tara Cotterill, President


Email: TaraCotterill at yahoo.com

The Iron County Chapter meetings are being held at the Cedar City

Library on the 3rd Saturday of the month at noon.


Red Rocks Chapter

Robert Olsen, President


Email: rolsen5999 at aol.com

The Red Rocks Chapter normally meets on the 3rd Saturday of the

month at The Red Rock Center for Independence at 168 North 100 East,

Suite 101 in St. George, Utah.


Divisions of the NFB of Utah


Senior Division

David Pavlus, President


Utah Parents of Blind Children

Julie Ledford, President

477 East Truman Avenue

South Salt Lake, Utah 84115

Email: upbcmail at gmail.com <mailto:upbcmail at gmail.com> 

Website: http://upobc.blogspot.com/ <http://upobc.blogspot.com/> 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/upbc2011/


Utah Association of Blind Student (UABS)

Tina Haskin, President

Phone: 630-335-2280

Email: shaskin2 at ldsbc.edu


Other Important Contacts


Project STRIVE

Program Director, Adam Rushforth

Phone: 801-367-7881

Email: adam at rushforth.org

Blog: http://www.projectstrive.blogspot.com/



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Mark Turley

Brian Dulude, PhD

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Norman Gardner, PhD



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