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2020 Semiannual Convention Agenda

Saturday, May 2, 2020

The Convention Goes Virtual!

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be able to meet in person this year. However, our determination has not wavered, and our work has not slackened. We will hear updates, discuss our future, and conduct business…all from the comfort of our homes. 

Please remember that you must be a current member in order to cast a vote. Those wishing to renew their dues can do so at

Connection information will be sent in a separate email for those who have registered.

Accessing the Zoom Platform

Those wishing to join the convention via Zoom can do so in one of three ways:

  • By downloading the Windows or macOS Zoom app, found at
  • By downloading the mobile app from the App Store or Play Store
  • By dialing in via the provided phone number, meeting ID, and password

Practicing Zoom Etiquette

To help things run smoothly, please keep the following in mind:

  • When not speaking, please be sure you are muted so that your background noise isn’t audible to everyone. To mute or unmute yourself:
    • Press *6 on the telephone
    • Press ALT+A on the computer when inside the Zoom window
    • Double-tap the mute icon on your phone app
    • Press OPTION+COMMAND+A on a Mac
  • We will not be conducting business by raised hands.
  • For those wishing to seek the floor, please do the following:
    • Unmute yourself
    • Say your name
    • Mute yourself
    • Wait to be recognized by the facilitator.


8:50—Platform Opens

We expect to have a high number of people in attendance. In consideration of all the participants, please be respectful in conversation and share focus. During the business portion of the meeting, participants will be muted.

We apologize that the usual doughnuts and coffee will not be available, but participants are encouraged to prepare a delicious breakfast ahead of time.

General Session

9:00—Call to Order and Welcome from Host Chapter

Dave Andrews, President, At Large Chapter

9:05—Zoom Logistics

9:10—Pro Tip #1

9:15—Greetings from our National Office

Anil Lewis, Executive Director for Blindness Initiatives, National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, Baltimore, MD

9:55—Update from State Services for the Blind

Natasha Jerde, Director, Minnesota State Services for the Blind

10:10—Pro Tip #2

10:15—Mid-Year Treasurer’s Report

Jennifer Dunnam, Treasurer, National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota

10:25—Continuing to Build our Future; An Update from BLIND, Inc.

Jennifer Kennedy, Executive Director, Blindness: Learning in New Dimensions, Inc.

10:50—Pro Tip #3

10:55—Proposed Amendments to Bylaws

Jennifer Dunnam, Chair, Bylaws Task Force

11:20—Election of Delegates to the National Convention

11:30—Pro Tip #4

11:35—President’s Report

Ryan Strunk, President, National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota

11:50—Pledges to the tenBroek Fund


Special Thanks

In these unprecedented times, we owe our deepest gratitude to everyone who worked to bring this convention together. Thank you to those who coordinated electronic logistics, conducted our convention mailing while still respecting social distancing guidelines, offered suggestions and advice, and reached out to offer help and support to all our members.

Even as we are physically separate, we have come together in a new and inspiring way.

About Us

The National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota 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.

For more information about the National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota, visit our website at or call us at (612) 872-9363. You can also follow us on Twitter (@nfbmn) and find us on Facebook.

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