Join Us for Our 2022 Annual Convention!

Join Us for Our 2022 Annual Convention!

TO:              National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota members and friends

FROM:         Steve Jacobson, President

SUBJECT:    2022 Annual Convention

DATE:          September 28, 2022

We of the National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota are pleased to announce plans for our upcoming annual state convention. We also encourage members to take this opportunity to renew annual membership in the NFB of Minnesota in plenty of time for the coming membership year, which begins on January 1, 2023.

When and Where:

The two-and-1/2 day convention will be held from November 4-6, 2022, at the Hilton Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport at 3800 American Blvd. East, Bloomington, Minnesota, 55425. This year we are pleased to have as our national representative Everette Bacon, Secretary of the National Federation of the Blind and President of the National Federation of the Blind of Utah.

Hotel arrangements:

Room rates are $89.00 per night, plus tax, for singles, doubles, triples, and quads. Hotel reservations must be made by October 14. To reserve your hotel room, you can either

  1.  make your room reservation through our special convention link

Or

2) Call Hilton Reservations at 1-800-774-1500 and give them our group code "FEDCI" when making your reservation

Registration and Meals:

Everyone who registers for the convention will be eligible for door prizes. Please register online as soon as possible but no later than October 28.

Convention registration is $10 in advance, and $15 on site. The senior breakfast is $20, the BLIND Inc. lunch costs $25, and the banquet is $45.

This year, there will again be an affordable, casual dinner on Friday night, which will take place between our afternoon business sessions and our evening division meetings and will cost $20. This dinner will give you the opportunity to socialize with friends and catch up with those you may not have seen in a while. The dinner will be structured so that you will be able to get to all meetings without getting caught in the restaurant rush.

If you would like vegetarian meals, please mark that option on the form.

If you do not register in advance for the convention but plan to attend, please still contact Judy Sanders at (612) 872-9363 or jsanders.nfb@comcast.net to make breakfast, lunch, casual dinner, and banquet reservations so that we can give the hotel an accurate count.

Dues:

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. You can pay membership dues along with your convention registration. You can also renew membership here if you are unable to attend the convention. Only members may vote on our policies or in our elections, so don't miss your chance to be part of shaping our movement.

COVID Testing and Protocols:

Included with this notice is our policy to maintain a COVID-safe convention. We will be testing everybody upon arrival and providing a wrist band to all who test negative.  Even so, it would be a very good idea to test yourself in advance so you don’t travel to the convention only to have a surprise positive test.  We also strongly urge that masks be worn when together in public places except when eating. Please see the COVID policy for full details.

Resolutions:

Jennifer Dunnam, chair of the Resolutions Committee, asks that you submit proposed resolutions in advance of the convention and then come participate in the discussion. You may email your draft resolutions to Jennifer at jennifer.dunnam1829@gmail.com before October 28. To see the resolutions we have passed during the past twenty years, visit www.nfbmn.org/about/resolutions.

Requests for Accommodations Based on Disability:

The convention is designed and implemented to be accessible especially to blind people in that materials are offered in accessible formats and other nonvisual aids are provided (therefore special requests for these items are not required). If you need specific accommodations based on your disability other than the blindness-related accommodations mentioned above in order to participate fully and equally in the convention, we urge you to let us know as soon as possible by emailing president@nfbmn.org. Due to the size and complexity of this convention, as well as the need to appropriately plan for additional human and other resources, requests for specific accommodations must be submitted no later than Sunday, October 30, 2022.

Childcare:

Childcare will be provided during scheduled meetings and during the banquet. A donation of $25 per child per day is requested to help cover childcare costs; if this will create a barrier to your attending the convention, please let us know and we will work with you. To sign up, please complete the childcare section on the convention registration form; and you may also reach childcare coordinator Briley O'Connor by phone at (703) 380-8876 if you have questions.

Cash Prizes for Essays:

The Metro Chapter invites all Minnesota Federationists to participate in its annual essay contest. Although there is not a specific essay question, the essay should be focused on experiences as a blind person and highlight a positive message or outcome. The length of the essay should be about 2-3 pages. The winning essay will be published in the Minnesota Bulletin, and the writer will receive $75. Another $50 will be awarded in a random drawing from the rest of the essays, which will also be considered for publication. Both winners will be announced at the banquet on Saturday evening. All entries must be received by October 22, 2022. Email them to Kayde Rieken at kayde.dawn@gmail.com.

Convention SCHEDULE

We will hold an auction on Friday evening, with a few items reserved for auctioning off at the banquet on Saturday. Door prizes will be given during the Saturday and Sunday general sessions and the Saturday evening banquet. You must register and be present in the room to win.

Some events will be added to this schedule, and more details about the schedule will be made available as they are finalized.

Friday, November 4:

1:00PM COVID Testing

2:00-5:00 p.m.: Registration will be open. Registration will also be open at other times during the convention. All who registered online should be sure to stop by registration to pick up your meal tickets and the convention agenda.

2:00-5:00 P.M.: Exhibits and Meetings

•         Exhibits and demonstrations (open throughout the evening);

•         Resolutions committee meeting

5:00-7:00 P.M.: Casual dinner with friends—beat the dinner rush and enjoy an affordable meal in a relaxed environment

7:00-9:00 P.M.: Annual meeting of the Minnesota Association of Blind Students

7:00-11:00 P.M.: Hospitality and Auction

Saturday, November 5:

7:00 A.M.: Breakfast and Annual Meeting of the NFB of Minnesota Seniors Division.

8:15 a.m.: Registration opens, and coffee and pastries will be available.

9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.: General session packed with a variety of information and discussion on current issues related to blindness. Among other items, we will talk to Minnesota agencies for the blind and elected officials, learn from the stories of our members and friends of all ages, and discuss our current activities and plans for the future.

12:00 p.m.: BLIND, Inc. Lunch: Enjoy a delicious lunch with opportunity to hear from the executive director and celebrate the progress and accomplishments of our consumer-directed training center!

6:00 p.m.: Social hour with cash bar prior to our banquet. Come and join us for more hospitality.

7:00 p.m.: Banquet. The banquet will feature a keynote address from our national representative, Everette Bacon, who will inspire us with his own stories about the National Federation of the Blind. Following the banquet, stick around with fellow Federationists for an after-banquet party!

Sunday, November 6:

9:00 a.m.-Noon: Business session. We will hear reports, deal with any remaining resolutions, and much more. The following positions will be up for election: President (so that the membership can elect the officer to complete the second half of the term), Vice President, Treasurer, and Two board members.

See You There!

Our convention each year is an opportunity for the blind of our state to come together for a common cause, to educate ourselves and others, and to strengthen our bonds of friendship. We will share public services and other resources for the blind, exchange ideas, and formulate plans and policies for the coming year. Please join us for the 2022 Annual Convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota and be part of the excitement!