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STATE CONVENTION

The National Federation of the Blind 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.

2019 State Convention

Boca Raton, Florida

May 24 to May 27, 2019
Embassy Suites by Hilton Boca Raton
661 N.W. 53rd Street
Boca Raton, Florida 33487
telephone: 561-994-8200

The members of the host chapter welcome you to the 49th Annual State Convention of the National Federation of the blind of Florida.

Ron Brown
National Federation of the Blind, 2nd Vice President
National Federation of the Blind of Indiana, President

Denise Valkema, President
National Federation of the Blind of Florida
11551 S.W. 90th Street
Miami, Florida 33176
telephone: (305) 972-8529
Email: president@nfbflorida.org

Miranda Kilby
Convention Organization and Activities

Tekisha Saffold, President
Palm Beach Chapter

INCLUSIVITY, DIVERSITY, AND SOCIAL CONDUCT

As an attendee at our convention, you not only represent yourself but also represent our organization. We want you to enjoy our time together and to make new friends and renew old acquaintances. Although we encourage members to socialize and have fun, the convention also provides a valuable opportunity to come together to continue the work of our organization, to learn about the important initiatives that we are involved with on local and national levels, and to plan our work for the future.

The National Federation of the Blind of Florida seeks to provide a convention environment in which diverse participants, including members, speakers, exhibitors, staff, and volunteers, may learn, network, and enjoy the company of friends and colleagues in an environment of mutual respect. We recognize a shared responsibility to create and uphold that atmosphere for the benefit of all. Some behaviors are therefore specifically prohibited:

Participants are expected to observe these rules and behaviors in all convention venues, including online arenas, social media, and convention social events. Participants who are asked to stop a behavior that the recipient considers hostile or harassing are expected to comply immediately.

We are committed to diversity, equity, and the free expression of ideas. These principles have been delineated in our recently adopted code of conduct found at https://nfb.org/code-conduct.

PREREGISTRATION AND ON-SITE REGISTRATION

Preregistration for the 2019 National Federation of the Blind of Florida has started. Use the link below:
Buy tickets for the National Federation of the Blind of Florida 2019 State Convention

On-site registration: To Be Announce

EXHIBIT HALL

Rafael Fernandez, Coordinator

The Exhibit Hall is located in Aruba Room.

Exhibit Hall hours of operation are:

SPECIAL ATTENTION ITEMS

To Be Announced

General Sessions

Friday, May 24th

4:00 pm to 6:30 pm NFB of Florida Convention Registration

Merry Schoch, Treasurer, NFB of Florida
Lobby

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm Exhibit Hall Aruba Room

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm Meet and Greet
Bermuda Room

7:00 pm to 7:50 pm NFB of Florida Resolutions Committee

Camille Tate, Chair, NFB of Florida Resolutions Committee
Caribbean Ballroom

8:00 pm to 9:00 pm NFB of Florida Board Meeting

Denise Valkema, President, NFB of Florida
Caribbean Ballroom

Join us for our open board meeting and meet our NFB of Florida 2019 Scholarship Winners!

9:00 pm to 10:00 pm NFB Trivia & Treats

Tekesha Saffold, President
Palm Beach Chapter
Bermuda Room

Everyone is invited to attend and enjoy an evening full of fun, diverse & challenging questions, and of course lots of treats! Come share and learn interesting facts about the NFB!

Saturday, May 25th

7:00 am Presidents and Vice Presidents Meeting

Denise Valkema, President, NFB of Florida
Bermuda Room

8:15 am - 9:15 am NFB of Florida Convention Registration

Merry Schoch, Treasurer, NFB of Florida
Lobby

8:45 am - 9:15 am Devotional by Communities of Faith Group

Marilyn Baldwin, Chair
St. Croix Room

General Session

9:30 am to 12:00 Noon
Caribbean Ballroom

9:30 am Call to Order

Denise Valkema, President, NFB of Florida

9:35 am Invocation

Pastor Charles Ricks
Calvary Community Church
West Palm Beach, Florida

9:40 am NFB Pledge and the Pledge of Allegiance

John Crossley, Treasurer, Palm Beach Chapter

9:45 am Greeting from the Host Chapter

Tekesha Saffold, President
Palm Beach Chapter

9:50 am Official Greeting

Todd J. Bonlarron,
Palm Beach Assistant County Administrator

10:00 am Roll Call of Chapters & Pledges

NFB of Florida Chapter Presidents or Delegates

10:20 am President's Report

Denise Valkema, President, NFB of Florida

10:30 am Report from our National Movement

Ron Brown, Board of Directors, National Federation of the Blind, President, NFB of Indiana

10:55 am Community Outreach

Sarah Smedley,
Palm Beach Talking Books Manager

11:05 am Know Our Services

Carlos Montas
Disability Rights Florida

11:20 am Cane Traveler Solutions

Jodi Jainchill, Physical Therapist

11:30 am Goddess Johnson, Vice President of the Community Service Division
National Federation of the Blind

11:35 am Spotlight on Adaptive Technology

Exhibitor’s Showcase 2019!

11:55 am Announcements & Adjournment

12:00 noon - 1:00 pm Lunch Break – On your own

12:00 noon - 12:50 pm NFB of Florida Convention Registration

Merry Schoch, Treasurer, NFB of Florida
Lobby

Sunday, May 26th

7:00 am Nominating Committee

Delegates only
Paul Martinez, Nominating Committee Chair
Bermuda Room

8:25 am - 8:50 am Registration (Final Opportunity!) ,

Merry Schoch, Treasurer, NFB of Florida
Lobby

8:45 am - 9:15 am Devotional by Communities of Faith Group
Marilyn Baldwin, Chair

St. Croix Room

General Business Session

9:30 am to 12:00 am
Caribbean Ballrooms

9:30 am Call to Order Denise Valkema, President, NFB of Florida

9:35 am Invocation

Elder Manes Pacius
Beer-Sheba Seventh Day Adventist Church, Deerfield Beach, Florida

9:40 am NFB Pledge

Patricia Moore, Palm Beach Chapter

9:45 am Legislation Update

Merry Schoch and Camille Tate, Co-Chairs, NFB of Florida Legislation Committee

9:55 am Turning Dreams into Reality

Jorge Hernandez, NFB of Florida Board of Directors, President, Miami Dade Chapter

10:00 am "Bell Ringers"

Bella Liborio
2018 Orlando BELL participant

10:05 am 2019 BELL Academy

Placing Hands on the Future
Miranda Kilby, Second Vice President, NFB of Florida

10:15 am Resolutions Committee Report

Camille Tate, Committee Chair

10:25 am Division of Blind Services Report

Robert Doyle, Director, Florida Division of Blind Services

10:40 am The Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Jeff Whitehead, Program Manager Florida Department of Education
Division of Blind Services

10:50 am NFB of Florida Fundraising Report

Paul Martinez, Fundraising Chair

11:00 am Nominating Committee Report

Paul Martinez, Committee, First Vice President, NFB of Florida

11:05 am Elections

Denise Valkema, President, NFB of Florida

11:55 am Announcements & Adjournment

12:00 noon - 1:00 pm Lunch Break – On your own

Convention Banquet

Sunday, May 26, 2019
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Caribbean Ballroom

7:00 pm Call to Order and Remarks

Denise Valkema, President, NFB of Florida

7:05 pm Welcome and Introductions

Jorge Hernandez and Camille Tate, Masters of Ceremonies

7:10 pm Invocation

James E. Young, Tallahassee Chapter Board of Directors

7:15 pm Introduction of Head Tables

Tekesha Saffold, Convention Host Chair President, Palm Beach Chapter

7:30 pm “Transforming Dreams into Reality”

Scott Wilson, Statewide Chapter

7:40 pm Keynote Address

Ron Brown, Board of Directors, National Federation of the Blind, President, NFB of Indiana

8:30 pm Presentation of 2019 Scholarship Winners

Merry Schoch, Chair, NFB of Florida 2019 Scholarship Committee Chair

8:50 pm Special Recognition Awards

Sylvia Young, Committee Chair

9:30 pm Announcements & Adjournment

Monday, May 27th

General Session

9:00 am to 11:00 am
Caribbean Ballrooms

9:00 am Call to Order

Denise Valkema, President, NFB of Florida

9:05 am Invocation

Rev Joan LeRoy, Pastor
First Presbyterian Church
Lake Worth, Florida

9:10 am NFB Pledge

Tasha Lee, Palm Beach Chapter

9:15 am Memorial Day Observance TBA

9:20 am Treasurer’s Report

Merry Schoch, Treasurer, NFB of Florida

9:30 am Guide Dog Uber Project Report

Merry Schoch, President, FLAGDU

9:35 am Deaf-Blind Division Report

Alicia Betancourt, President

9:40 am Florida Parents of Blind Children Division Report

9:45 am NFB of Florida Communications Committee Update

Miranda Kilby, Committee Chair

9:50 am NFB of Florida Diversity & Inclusion Committee Report

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Marilyn Baldwin, Committee Chair

9:55 am NFB-Newsline® Report

Russ Davis, Newsline® Chair

10:00 am KNFB Reader Update

Jorge Hernandez, NFB of Florida Board of Directors

10:05 am NFB of Florida PAC Plan Report

Jorge Hernandez, Committee Chair

10:10 am 2020 History Project

Dan Hicks, Treasurer, Tampa Bay Chapter

10:20 am Final Remarks

Ron Brown, Board of Directors, National Federation of the Blind, President, NFB of Indiana

10:25 am Announcements & Adjournment.

Sponsors / Exhibitors

We invite you to partner with us by serving as a sponsor or exhibitor for our 49th National Federation of the Blind of Florida state convention. Being held May 24 - 27, 2019 in Boca Raton, Florida.


Download the sponsor / exhibitorformhere.