You’re Invited to Join Us for Our First Virtual Semiannual Convention!
March 29, 2020
Dear Members and Friends of the NFB of Minnesota,
I’m writing to invite you to our 2020 spring convention, which will be held virtually rather than in-person, and to urge you to renew your membership in the National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota, as our membership year begins on June 1. Whether or not you are able to attend the convention, please renew your membership for the coming year by using our online registration form. Read on to learn about the likely bonus that will come with your membership renewal this year only!
The 2020 Semiannual Convention will take place on Saturday, May 2 from 9 AM to 12 PM.
In light of the current public health crisis, the Board of Directors opted to hold the business session with everyone connected by phone or computer instead of gathering at a physical space. The lunch and other breakout sessions typically held in the afternoon are being deferred until we meet in-person, and we’ll finalize plans for those as soon as possible.
Our agenda will include holding our annual election of delegates to our National Convention, calling for pledges to the tenBroek Fund, and voting on proposed amendments to our bylaws that will change our membership year to align with the calendar year. There will be other interesting activities and surprises as well that you won't want to miss, so stay tuned for the full agenda.
Registration for this virtual convention costs just $5! When we receive your registration, we will send you information about how to connect to the meeting, which you can do either by calling on a telephone, using your computer, or joining via a smartphone app. Please submit the online registration form no later than April 27.
This is also the time to pay membership dues.
You won’t want to miss the chance to vote on our policies and in our elections. Along with your registration, you can pay your dues online via the registration form even if you cannot attend the convention.
Here is an added bonus: if the convention votes to pass the bylaws amendment and the motion that accompanies it, everyone whose membership would normally expire in June 2021 (that's you if you renew your membership this year) will get an extra six months of membership. See the amendments and motion for more details; they have been sent to all members via email and postal mail.
Please join us for the 2020 Semiannual Convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota. We need your energy and your ideas. Together, we will continue to spread the truth that blindness is not what holds us back, and forge a bright future for blind people of all ages…in our state and everywhere.
Ryan Strunk, President
National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota