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2020 State Convention Agenda

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND OF IOWA
2020 STATE CONVENTION
October 30–October 31, 2020

Anywhere and Everywhere on Zoom

Scott Van Gorp, President
E-Mail: svangorp@nfbi.org
Cell: (515)720-5282
Website: www.nfbi.org

If you have questions or need assistance during the convention, contact Convention Coordinator Cindy Ray (Cell: 515-208-2351)

If you need assistance with using Zoom please contact the following:
David Hammel: 515-822-4236
Mike Harvey: 615-554-0695
Joe Goode: 720-339-1501
Sharonda Goode: 602-281-5955

The members of the planning committee welcome you to the 2020 National Federation of the Blind of Iowa state convention!

Scott Van Gorp, President, National Federation of the Blind of Iowa

Cindy Ray, Convention Coordinator, Secretary; National Federation of the Blind of Iowa

Chelsea Page, Door Prize Coordinator and Fund raising chair, Des Moines Chapter; National Federation of the Blind of Iowa

Joe Goode, Des Moines Chapter; National Federation of the Blind of Iowa

Sharonda Goode, des Moines Chapter; National Federation of the Blind of Iowa

Bob Ray, Des Moines Chapter; National Federation of the Blind of Iowa

Committee Chairs

  • Bob Ray, Nominating
  • Sharonda Goode, Resolutions
  • Karen Clayton, Auditing
  • Chelsea Page, Door Prizes
  • Terrie Wilcox and Cindy Ray, Outreach
  • 2019-2020 OFFICERS AND BOARD

    AGENDA

    Friday, October 30, 2020

    Exhibits and Presentations

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    9:00-10:00 A.m. Pat Fischer – Nanopac
    10:00-11:00 A.M. Chris Grabowski and Kim Loftis – Mystic Access
    11:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.

    Video presentations

    • Norma Boge – Lifetech Iowa
    • National Federation of the Blind Independence Market
    1:00-1:30 P.M. Jennifer Lyman – Vanda Pharmaseuticals
    2:00-3:00 P.M. Jeff Gardner – Irie AT

    Meetings

    1:00-3:00 p.m. At Large Chapter Meeting - April Enderton, President

    Abbie Taylor, a blind author, will be the guest speaker for this year’s convention meeting. Annual chapter elections will also be held. Of course, there’s much more in store, so make plans to be there!

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    3:30-5:30 p.m. Iowa Association of Blind Students - Katy Olsen, President

    See separate agenda for details on the student meeting

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    5:45-6:30 p.m. Resolutions Committee Meeting - Sharonda Goode, Chair

    Open to all. Hear the resolutions before they come to the convention floor for a vote.

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    7:00 P.m.-9 P.m - General Session

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    7:00 P.m. Call to Order: Scott Van Gorp, President, National Federation of the Blind of Iowa
    7:05 P.m. Opening Ceremonies
    Invocation: Cindy Ray, Secretary, National Federation of the Blind of Iowa
    Pledge of Allegiance

    National Anthem: Terri Wilcox, Board Member, National Federation of the Blind of Iowa; David Hammel, Treasurer, National Federation of the Blind of Iowa; Cindy Ray, Secretary, National Federation of the Blind of Iowa; Sharonda Goode, Des Moines Chapter

    National Federation of the Blind Pledge
    Welcome (TBD)
    7:20 P.M. Convention Arrangements: Cindy Ray, Convention Coordinator and Secretary, National Federation of the Blind of Iowa
    7:25 P.m. National Report: What’s Happening in the Federation?
    Adelmo Vigil, National representative; National board member and president, National Federation of the Blind of New Mexico
    8:15 P.M. NABS Report: What has NABS been up to this year?
    Kenia Flores, First Vice President, National Association of Blind Students
    8:30 P.M. Building the National Federation of the Blind – an open discussion on how we can add more members to the family and how to support the ones we already have? – Scott van Gorp, President, National Federation of the Blind of Iowa
    9:00 P.M. Adjourn

    9:05 P.M. - Hospitality – Convention planning committee

    Come join us for some Karaoke!

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    Saturday, October 31, 2020

    8:00-8:45 a.m. - Affiliate Board Meeting - Scott Van Gorp, President

    Open to all

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    h4>GENERAL SESSION
    9:00 A.M. Call to Order
    9:05 A.M. Presidential Report
    9:35 A.M. Iowa Department for the Blind Report - Emily Wharton, Director, Iowa Department for the Blind
    10:05 a.m. Report from Iowa Educational Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (IESBVI) - Steve Gettel, Superintendent, IESBVI
    10:40 A.M. Accessible Absentee voting update in Iowa from the perspective of the National Federation of the Blind of Iowa – Scott van Gorp, President, National Federation of the Blind of Iowa
    10:50 A.M. Disability Rights Iowa’s work on accessible absentee voting and other initiatives of interest – Jane Hudson, Executive Director, Disability Rights Iowa
    11:20 A.M. Why I’m a Federationist – Members from around the National Federation of the Blind of Iowa share what draws them to the Federation and why it is important to them.
    11:40 A.M. How can I prepare for an emergency and how can I help as a blind person when one strikes? - Richard Webb, Secretary/Treasurer, Southeast Iowa chapter
    12:00 p.m. Recess

    12:05-1:15 P.M. - Parent meetup

    Open discussion time for educators and parents of blind children to discuss issues in education and other settings and possibly form a parents division in Iowa – Chelsea Page, Des Moines chapter

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    Business Session

    2:00 P.M. Call to Order
    2:05 P.m.

    Business Meeting

    • 2019 Meeting Minutes – Cindy Ray, Secretary, National Federation of the Blind of Iowa
    • Treasurer’s Report – David Hammel, Treasurer
    • Auditing Committee Report – Karen Clayton, Chair
    • Resolutions Committee Report – Sharonda Goode, Chair
    3:00 P.m. Report from the Friends of the Library
    3:10 P.M. Chapter, Division, and Committee Reports
    3:30 P.m.

    Elections – Bob Ray, Nominating Committee Chair

    Election of 5 2-year terms for officers, and 2 2-year terms for board members. Election of Delegate and Alternate to the 2021 National Convention

    • Old Business
    • New Business
    4:30 P.m. Final Remarks –Adelmo Vigil, National Representative, Kenia Flores, First Vice President, National Association of Blind Students and Scott Van Gorp, President, National Federation of the Blind of Iowa
    5:00 P.M. Adjourn

    6:30 p.m. - Annual Banquet

    • Master of Ceremonies: Mike Harvey – First Vice-President, National Federation of the Blind of Iowa
    • Invocation: Cindy Ray – Secretary, National Federation of the Blind of Iowa
    • Banquet Address: Adelmo Vigil, – National Representative
    • PAC Plan: Adelmo Vigil, – National Representative and Chelsea Page, Pac Chair for Iowa
    • Awards – Scott Van Gorp, President, National Federation of the Blind of Iowa

    Following Banquet: Convention Planning Committee host hospitality

    After the banquet, stop by for some karaoke!

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    Convention Notes:

    We will be having a 50-50 drawing through the convention. Below is a note from Joe Goode, Des Moines Chapter, National Federation of the Blind of Iowa

    CASH for the CAUSE:

    Play 50/50 during the Convention to support the National Federation of the Blind of Iowa and win some cash. Tickets will be sold for $2 a piece during all general sessions and banquet throughout the 2020 NFBI Convention. Once the pot is up to $200, a drawing will occur, with half of those funds going to the affiliate and the other half to the winner. This drawing resets the 50/50, thus the process begins again. Tickets can then be purchased for a new 50/50 game, and every time the total reaches $200, we reset!

    The more games you play and the more tickets you buy for each game contributes to our cause and increases your chance to win cash!

    Tickets can be purchased on cashapp by sending funds to Sharonda Goode, (cashtag $ShariRockz) and her phone number is 602-281-5955. Feel free to text with questions about the game.

    Life is nifty when you play 50/50!

    MISSION OF THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND OF IOWA

    The National Federation of the Blind of Iowa 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.

    THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND PLEDGE

    I pledge to participate actively in the efforts of The National Federation of the Blind to achieve equality, opportunity, and security for the blind; to support the policies and programs of the federation; and to abide by its constitution.

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