2020 Virtual State Convention

The National Federation of the Blind of Utah presents The

63rd Annual Convention
1st Ever Virtual Convention
The NFB of Utah is Anywhere and Everywhere!
October 9 – 10, 2020
If you are using social media during our convention:
#NFBU20
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 programs and policies of the Federation and to abide by its constitution.

All Convention Sessions will be held over the Zoom Platform
Join the Zoom Meting
https://zoom.us/j/8061136194#<https://zoom.us/j/8061136194>
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Meeting ID: 806-113-6194.
Registration closed on September 20th. Anyone can still view the convention sessions through Zoom, or You Tube
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXJU3pIPw9tcmE72GLauB1w

Door Prizes and Registration:
All who registered will have their name placed for drawings of door prizes. Registration closed on September 20th. Door prizes will be drawn during the General Sessions and Banquet. You must be present to win!

 

Proposed Voting Procedures
for the 2020 virtual convention
Because of the pandemic, the NFB of Utah will be holding a virtual convention. This will cause the convention to consider different ways to conduct business then we usually do when we are together in person. None of these proposed procedures are meant to alter our current constitution. The convention remains the supreme authority of the affiliate and the convention must consider and approve any proposed changes.

1. We have been authorized to use the Swift Balloting system by our National Headquarters. This will serve as the platform for how we will conduct our elections and any policy adoptions.
2. As stated in our constitution, in order to participate in voting, membership must be verified. This is being done by reviewing the registration list for proof of payment of affiliate dues, and/or verifying with chapter presidents of current chapter membership rosters
3. Members will have their phone information loaded into the Swift voting system and will be able to vote by text or phone call. Members must be present during the business meeting to participate in the elections
4. A nominating committee will be assigned by the President as in years past and the nominating committee will make recommendations. Nominations will also be taken from the floor during elections
5. Any questions regarding membership or voting will be referred to Cheralyn Creer and William Black who have been assigned the responsibility of handling any questions or issues that may occur during the elections process

NFB of Utah Welcomes our 2020 Convention Honored Guests
NFB National Representative: Anil Lewis
Currently employed as the executive director for Blindness Initiatives for the National Federation of the Blind, located in Baltimore, Maryland, he coordinates outreach, marketing, and fundraising activities for a national nonprofit organization. He leads a dynamic team of individuals responsible for the creation, development, implementation, and replication of innovative projects and programs throughout a nationwide network of affiliates that work to positively affect the education, employment, and quality of life of all blind people.

Lewis has dedicated his leadership skills to the development and growth of disability rights organizations that promote independence and improve quality of life. Lewis additionally volunteers as a teacher and mentor for blind kids, working with promising blind students who, because of limited resources and lack of trained professionals to teach them, are inappropriately encouraged to pursue special education diplomas. He wants blind students to set higher goals for themselves and to receive the training and tools they need to acquire the skills to reach their full potential.

Speaking of his personal life, Anil Lewis says that his proudest accomplishment is his bright, ambitious son Amari, born in 1997. Balancing his many civic responsibilities with his personal life as a father is undoubtedly his greatest challenge. His greatest success, he thinks, has been overcoming the temptation to subside into becoming an unmotivated, self-pitying person with a disability. He thinks his greatest contribution so far has been to encourage other people with disabilities to believe in themselves and to understand that they can make a difference.
All times are Mountain Standard Time
Friday Morning General Session
9:00 am CALL TO ORDER AND WELCOME
WELCOME: Everette Bacon, President, NFB of Utah
Invocation: Ken Duke, President, Salt Lake Chapter
National Anthem: Kenadi Dodds, America’s Got Talent Finalist and daughter of Chris and Brandy Dodds
Pledge of Allegiance: Nathan Ostergaard, President, Blind Veteran Association
NFB Pledge: Jerry Nealey, Vice President, Weber Davis Chapter

9:20 am WELCOME TO SALT LAKE CITY
Recording from the Honorable Erin Mendenhall, Mayor, Salt Lake City

9:40 am NFB NATIONAL REPORT:
COLLECTIVELY SHAPING OUR FUTURE
Anil Lewis, Executive Director for Blindness Initiatives,
National Federation of the Blind, Baltimore, MD

10:10 am HOW THE BLIND HAVE ADAPTED TO THE NEW NORMAL
An update from DSBVI
Steve Winn, Assistant Director DSBVI Utah

10:25 am THE BLIND MAKING UTAH EVEN BETTER
Ryan Boudwin, Candidate for District 42, United Utah Party

10:40 am LIBRARY SERVICES FOR THE BLIND:
What’s New With Bard, News Line, And More
Lisa Nelson, Director, Utah State Library for the Blind and Print
Disabled

10:50 am THE BLIND ON THE MOVE:
An Update From Utah Transit Authority
Cherissa Alldredge, PHD ADA Compliance Officer

11:00 am IDENTIFYING BLINDNESS ISSUES RELATED TO
BLINDNESS THROUGHOUT UTAH
Recorded message
The Honorable Spencer Cox, Lieutenant Governor, State of Utah 2020
GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE

11:15 am LITERACY ANYWHERE & EVERYWHERE
Wendy Bybee, Coordinator Utah BELL Academy

11:30 am NEW BEGINNINGS AND CONTINUED SUCCESS IN
EDUCATION FOR BLIND AND LOW VISION
STUDENTS
Susan Patten Associate Superintendent of the Blind USDB

11:45 am PROJECT S.T.R.I.V.E. BROADENING THE
HORIZONS OF BLIND YOUTH IN UTAH
Cheralyn Creer, Coordinator and 1st Vice President, NFB of Utah

12:00 pm ADJOURN

Friday Afternoon Session Tracks open to everyone

2:00 pm RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE MEETING
Come and hear what resolutions will be considered by the convention
on Saturday
Karl Smith, Chair, 2nd Vice President, NFB of Utah

3:05 pm VANDA PHARMACEUTICALS
: Do you have difficulty with a routine schedule sleeping at night or
staying awake during the day? Come learn about a rare/chronic
condition called Non-24 affecting totally blind and visually impaired individuals.
Moderator Shauna Jatho at 202-538-0396 to learn more.

3:40 pm WHAT IS GOING ON WITH BLIND STUDENTS IN THE NEW
NORMAL
Moderator, David Carillo, President UABS and Johna Wright, Board
Member, NABS

4:45 pm Parenting during a pandemic! How Parents of Blind Children and
Blind parents are adapting and flourishing
Moderator Sarah Erb, President UPBC

6:00 pm Q&A with Anil Lewis!
Come and get to know our National Representative. Come with
questions about NFB philosophy and more!

7:30 pm. SHOWCASE OF KARAOKE AND TALENT NIGHT.
Presented by the National Federation of the Blind of Utah’s Project
STRIVE and friends.
There are a lot of talented members of our affiliate. We will have a fun
night of karaoke singing and talent. Audio and video performances
should have been submitted before October 4, 2020. For those wishing
to sing karaoke, come with your music and let’s have a great time. For
those who just want some great federation fun and laughter, bring your
favorite refreshments and let’s have a great time celebrating the talent of . our fellow federationists

Saturday Morning General Session:

9:00 am CALL TO ORDER

BUILDING OUR FUTURE: PRESENTATION OF THE 2020 NFBU
SCHOLARSHIP FINALISTS
Marnie West, Chairperson, NFB of Utah Scholarship Committee

9:15 am STATE OF THE STATE
Everette Bacon, President, NFB of Utah

9:35 am WHY I’M A FEDERATIONIST: AUTHENTIC TO MYSELF
A STRONG, BLIND LATINA MOTHER
Ulvia Guadelerama, Founder, NFB of Utah Spanish Division

9:50 am Utah Valley Chapter and Spanish Division Update
Laura Vincent, President

 

10:05 am ADVOCACY IN ACTION: A SPOTLIGHT ON WASHINGTON
SEMINAR AND FIRST-TIMERS PERSPECTIVE
Moderator: Sachin Pavithran, PhD, Legislative Director, NFB of UT
Panel: Katie Nelson, Member, Utah Valley Chapter and Valentino
Jaurigue, Board Member, Red Rocks Chapter

10:30 am RED ROCKS CHAPTER UPDATE
Helen Eckman, President

10:40 am LEADERSHIP SEMINAR: LEADING BY EXAMPLE –
IT’S ELEMENTAL
Ned Lindholm PHD, 2nd Vice President, Salt Lake Chapter

10:55 am GUIDE DOG GROUP UPDATE
Tina Reisner, Chair

11:10 am SALT LAKE CHAPTER UPDATE
Ken Duke, President

11:25 am WHY I’M A FEDERATIONIST: FROM HAWAII TO UTAH
AND EVERYWHERE IN-BETWEEN
Danielle Frampton, 1st Vice President, Salt Lake Chapter

11:40 am Weber/Davis Chapter Update
William Black, President

11:55 am At Large Group update
Aaron Timm, Chair

12:10 am ADJOURN

Saturday Afternoon Business Meeting

2:00 pm CALL TO ORDER AND BIG DOOR PRIZE

2:05 pm NFB OF UTAH TREASURER’S REPORT
Mark Turley, Treasurer, NFB of Utah

2:30 pm 2020 NFB OF UTAH RESOLUTIONS
Karl Smith, 2nd Vice President NFB of Utah

3:15 pm NFB OF UTAH BOARD ELECTIONS

3:40 pm BANQUET AND AUCTION PREVIEW
Tara Pursle, Auction Chair

4:00 pm ADJOURN

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
SATURDAY EVENING BANQUET

MASTER OF CEREMONIES
Everette Bacon

KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Anil Lewis

NFB OF UTAH SCHOLARSHIP PRESENTATION
Marnie West

NFB of Utah Pac Plan Chair
Chris Wycoff

NFB OF UTAH AUCTION
Tara Pursel

The National Federation of the Blind of Utah would like to wish a special Thank you to our many members and friends who provide us support in many ways! 2020 has brought so many new challenges to our affiliate but we are stronger than ever! The Board of Directors, Chapter leaders, Division leaders, programs and groups are excited and hopeful for all of us to be together again live and in person in 2021!