State Convention announcement

Fellow Federationists:

I am excited to announce our annual NFB of Washington State Convention November 1-3 in Olympia, WA at the Hotel RL Olympia. We are excited to gather together as a federation family and celebrate the accomplishments made by blind people throughout the State of Washington, as well as learn about new opportunities afforded to blind Washingtonians. Our convention agenda is packed full of many different sessions, including a Job Seekers seminar, A UEB Re-certification professional development opportunity for Teachers of the Blind, training for posting on social media, legislative updates and meet-up, our annual banquet(at which we will award $5000 in scholarships to deserving blind students), etc. We have also partnered with the Department of Services for the Blind to ensure blind youth have the opportunity to join us at this year's convention. We are delighted to have as our national representative this year, Pam Allen, The Director of the Louisiana Center for the Blind and the First Vice President of the National federation of the Blind. We are excited about the wisdom Ms. Allen will bring to our convention. Please find our convention agenda, which is subject to change, attached. In addition, please find details regarding the convention below:

When: November 1-3, 2019
Where: Hotel RL Olympia, 2300 Evergreen Park DR SW, Olympia, WA 98502

Hotel information: Hotel rooms will be $103 per night plus tax and will include a free hot breakfast in the Hotel RL Restaurant. You must book your hotel room to get this special rate by October 15. To book a hotel room, contact the hotel directly at 360-943-4000 and mention you are with the NFB of Washington or complete a booking online at Online Hotel Reservations &type=group&code=NATI1031&redirect=property&start=2019-10-31&end=2019-11-03

Shuttle Service to and from Amtrak Train Station in Olympia: If you are in need of shuttle service to and from the Olympia-Lacey Amtrak train station, please e-mail Corey Grandstaff at Corey Grandstaff with the following information: names of all individuals in your party requiring shuttle service, date/time of arrival, date/time of departure, train numbers for both your departure and arrival. Please turn in all train details by midnight on October 27, 2019. If you do not provide your information to Corey before October 27, the Hotel RL cannot guarantee you shuttle service.

Convention Registration: The registration fee for the 2019 NFBW convention is $20, with a banquet price of $40. Banquet meal options include steak, salmon, or vegetarian parmesan. We will also be offering a Taco buffet Student Lunch on Saturday at an additional $25. The NFB of Washington does accept online payments for registration costs. Registration closes Sunday October 27, 2019 at midnight. To register, please complete the following form: Register Online Convention Form

UEB Re-Certification Professional development:b We will be offering a UEB re-certification Professional development session on Friday November 1, 2019. If a person is interested in this opportunity they must complete a UEB re-certification application with the Ogden Resource Center at the Washington State School for the Blind(WSSB), please make sure to put NFBW convention as your proctor on the form. In order to take the re-certification test at the end of the training, this form with WSSB must be completed. In addition, you must complete a NFBW UEB Re-Certification registration form so we can reserve you a space and boxed lunch for the class.

WSSB UEB Re-Certification Form: See attached PDF form. NFBW UEB Re-Certification Form

Exhibitor/sponsor Registration: Are you interested in being an exhibitor/sponsor at the NFB of Washington convention? Please find attached our sponsorship packages, please contact Corey Grandstaff via e-mail at Corey Grandstaff for more details. In addition, here is a link to the exhibitor/sponsor registration form.

I am very excited about this year's agenda and am looking forward to gathering together as a federation family once again. If there are any questions regarding state convention, please contact Corey Grandstaff at Corey Grandstaff or President Marci Carpenter at Marci Carpenter

Lets Go Build the Federation,

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Updated on Saturday, September 21, 2019