[nfbwatlk] 2016 NFB of Washington convention agenda
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National Federation of the Blind
Marci Carpenter, President
October 14 - 16, 2016
Best Western Plus Tacoma Dome Hotel
2611 East E Street
Tacoma, WA 98421
The National Federation of the Blind of Washington knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.
Important Information and Announcements
Unless otherwise noted, all meetings and exhibits will take place in the Seahawk Room. Exhibits will be in the Mariner Room. All meeting rooms, along with the hotel restaurant, and the lounge, are located on the main lobby level.
The guide dog relief area is straight across the parking lot from the front entrance of the hotel. The hotel has established it as a pet relief area so it has a garbage can and baggies.
The Hospitality Suite will open Friday evening and immediately after the banquet on Saturday evening. The Greater Seattle chapter will welcome you with snacks and beverages.
The hotel restaurant provides a free, full breakfast to all guests which includes a chef preparing fresh omelets. The restaurant is also open for dinner from 5:00 pm-10:00 pm. This restaurant is not open for lunch. There is a sit down restaurant called Ammar’s Mediterranean Grill at 400 E. 26th St (directly across 26th St from the hotel). They serve Italian and Greek food, but also have hamburgers and steak. It is open from 11:00 am-9 pm every day. There are also several places to eat at Freighthouse Square one block from the hotel at 2501 E. D St. (See the information below about a special lunch event on Saturday).
White Cane Walk & Independence Lunch - Saturday, October 15 is White Cane Day. The white cane is a tool used by many blind people and is also a symbol of our independence. We will be walking as a group to Freighthouse Square for lunch on Saturday. This is a former train station building circa 1909. It has a number of food venues with plenty of seating, and also some unique retail shops and an art gallery. Upon adjournment at noon on Saturday we will walk as a group to Freighthouse Square and eat lunch.
Friday, October 14
1:00 pm Registration opens
1:00 pm-6:00 pm Exhibits
2:15 pm-3:45 pm Convention First Timers Session Meet NNFBW leaders and mentors, learn how the convention works and participate in a fun activity.
4:00 pm-5:00pm NFB of Washington Board of Directors meeting
7:00 pm-8:00 pm Resolutions Committee meeting
8:00 pm-10:00 pm Icebreaker Activity and Mingling
(No alcohol will be sold here)
10:00 pm Hospitality Suite opens with beer, wine and snacks
Saturday, October 15
8:00 am Convention Registration
9:00 am Welcome and Opening Announcements
9:15 am NFB National Report
Ever Lee Hairston, Board member, National Federation of the Blind
9:45 am NFBW State Report
Marci Carpenter, President, NFB of Washington
10:05 pm Chapter Reports
10:25 am Break
10:40 am Sports and Recreation Help Us Live The Lives We Want
Goalball- Jacob Struiksma, 2nd Vice President, Greater Seattle Chapter
10:50 am Volunteering at the General Assembly of the World Blind Union-Buna Dahal, Owner, Dynamic Buna
11:00 am New Youth Priorities in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; Directions and Ramifications
11:25 am Lessons of Entrepreneurship
Peggy Martinez, Owner, Creative Inclusions
11:35 am News from the National Association of Blind Students
Kathryn Webster, President, NABS
11:50 am Reports and Resolutions
Noon – 1:45 pm White Cane Walk & Independence Lunch
2:00 pm Afternoon Breakout Sessions-concurrent sessions. Choose one.
*Washington Association of Parents of Blind Children
Jennifer Gandarias, President
*Washington Association of Blind Students
Hannah Werbel, President
*Membership Engagement and Fundraising
3:15 pm Break
3:30 pm Meet-Ups & Mini Sessions-concurrent sessions. Attend as many as you like.
*Tacoma Chapter Reorganization
*Trends in the Workforce Job-Seekers Must Know
*Blind Parents Meetup
*Washington Association of Guide Dog Users Meetup
*Diabetes Action Network Meetup
4:30 pm Reconvene and Debrief
4:40 pm Elections
5:00 pm Adjourn
6:00 pm Reception and Cash Bar
7:00 pm Convention Banquet
Gary Mackenstadt, Master of Ceremonies
Banquet Address, Ever Lee Hairston, National Representative
Presentation of Scholarships
9:30 pm After Party
Sunday, October 16
9:30 am Announcements
9:35 am Special Surprise Guest
9:50 am Roundtable Philosophy Discussions-topics TBA
10:20 am Legislative Issues Affecting Blind People in Washington State - Discussion and Action
11:00 am Adjourn
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