Join Us for Our 2021 Annual Convention!

Join Us for Our 2021 Annual Convention!

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

FROM:            Ryan Strunk, President

SUBJECT:      2021 Annual Convention

DATE:            September 22, 2021

We of the National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota are delighted to announce plans for our 2021 annual state convention. This is also an opportunity for members to renew their annual membership in the NFB of Minnesota in plenty of time for the coming membership year, which begins on January 1, 2022.

When and Where:

The two-and-a-half-day convention will be held from November 5-7, 2021. We will again convene virtually this year because of the pandemic, so you can participate from the comfort of your own home, or anywhere you like. This year we are pleased to have as our national representative Ron Brown, Second Vice President of the National Federation of the Blind, who also serves as president of our affiliate in Indiana.

Registration:

Everyone who registers for the convention will be eligible for door prizes, and this year there is no cost to register, and you can register online. Please register as soon as possible but no later than October 29.

Membership Dues:

This is also the time to pay annual membership dues. You can pay dues online via the registration form even if you cannot attend the convention. After you register, you will soon receive an email with a link for payment. Only members may vote on our policies or in our elections, so don't miss your chance to be part of shaping our movement.

Convention Activities:

The convention will be filled with as much information, community, and fun as ever. Some of our typical events will be conducted in modified form again this year, and there will be many special activities to share our positive message about blindness. There will still be an auction, as well as division and committee meetings, resolutions, conversation with government officials, thought-provoking presentations and discussions, and times for just having fun! The banquet will be virtual, but it will still include an exciting program featuring an inspiring address from our national representative, Ron Brown. This year the positions of President, Secretary, and three board members will be up for election. Stay tuned for complete details about the schedule.

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 before October 29 .  Check out our resolutions from previous years.

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 Contact the president as soon as possible. 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 31, 2021.

One More Thing:

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 2021 Annual Convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota and be part of the excitement!