The 2013 NFB of Kentucky
President, National Federation of the Blind of
I hope you have circled the dates of October 4, 5 and 6 on
your calendar because this is the weekend we will call the 66th annual state
convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Kentucky to order.
Although the agenda has not been put to bed just yet, I can give you plenty of
preliminary information so that you can plan ahead.
Let the party begin!
Our NFB of Greater Louisville is hosting the 2013 NFBK convention. Melanie
Peskoe, President, is working with the NFBGL Board and the members to plan our
Friday evening social. It’s a great way to have fun with old friends and new
You can begin making your room reservations at the Ramada
Inn, 9700 Bluegrass Parkway, Louisville, KY, by calling (502) 491-4830. Our
room rates are $89.95 per night, per room, plus tax. You are strongly
encouraged to make your reservations on or before September 13. As usual, the
hotel is under no obligation to hold our block of rooms after this cut-off
date. You are taking a gamble by waiting. I also want to remind you to let the
operator know you are with the NFBK so you are assured of receiving our hotel
Again this year we would like to offer first-timers the opportunity
to apply for a financial scholarship. George Stokes chairs this committee and
he can be contacted for an application and additional information. His email
address and phone number are: firstname.lastname@example.org, (502) 330-2344.
The deadline for assistance is September 15. The amount of assistance given
will be determined on an individual basis.
Any time we are working with a
hotel and using their catering services, meals tend to be a bit more expensive
than eating in a restaurant. We try to keep expenses at a minimum, but we can’t
afford to loose money either. We will charge a $10 registration fee. This
money helps defray convention expenses such as printing agendas, banquet tickets
for invited guests, rooms for scholarship finalists and our National
Representative. The silver lining is your registration fee makes you eligible
for door prizes. Our open board meeting and luncheon are once again on the
agenda. The cost per person is $20. Our traditional Saturday evening banquet
is $32. A pre-registration form is included as an attachment to this email.
Please complete the form and include your check or money order payable to the
NFB of Kentucky and mail it directly to Mike Freholm, 2012 Harris Way, Russell,
KY 41169. Mike needs to have your payment no later than September 22nd.
gives us plenty of time to get accurate head counts for the number of
meals we need and to be able to work with the hotel on room setup. Don’t forget
to include the names of all persons for whom you are registering and purchasing
Mike Freholm will man the registration table in the lobby
of the hotel from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM Friday afternoon and again on Saturday
morning from 8:00 AM until 8:45 AM. You should stop by and pick up your badge
and meal tickets during these times. Those who have not pre-registered can
register during the hours of operation. Make note: for those who register at
convention there will be an additional $5 added to the cost of registration and
to each meal ticket purchased.
Included on the registration form is
information you must complete if you plan to take advantage of child-care.
Every effort is made to insure that your children are well taken care of, so we
need plenty of time to prepare. We would like for parents to let us know as
soon as possible if we can expect your child(ren). Please get in touch with
Melanie Peskoe at (502) 380-3700. If we haven’t heard from you by Friday,
September 27 we will make provisions based on the number of children who have
confirmed. Child-care will be open all day Saturday, October 5 from 8:30 AM
until after the banquet. Lunch and snacks will be provided.
reverse raffle tickets are back by popular demand. Please, please help us sell
a record number of these tickets. One major expense each year is our college
scholarships. The proceeds from this fundraising event go a long way to help a
worthy student meet the financial burden of tuition, books and other expenses.
You can contact me personally to obtain tickets by calling, (502) 366-2317.
Pamela Glisson will chair our resolutions committee. If you have a
resolution to submit, or a proposal you should contact Pamela at, email@example.com, or by
phone at, (859) 335-9282.
Denise Franklin has been appointed to chair
the awards committee. Please give serious thought to those individuals you
believe deserve recognition. Individuals are eligible to receive the: Susan B.
Rarick, Harold L. Reagan, and T. V. Cranmer awards. Our chapters and divisions
doing outstanding work in the organization can be nominated for the Robert E.
Whitehead award. If you have any thoughts about awards please contact Denise
ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone
at (502) 499-0759. She will appreciate your input.
Tressie Smith, a
member of the NFBGL board, is in charge of door prizes. You should contact
Tressie when you arrive at the hotel. She will be more than happy to relieve
you of your packages. New items for both men and women are requested, and some
of that green folding stuff too.
Our Technology Assistance Division
(TAD) is planning another technology seminar. Last year’s session went so well
that the division thought it would be a splendid idea to try again at the 2013
convention. Todd Stephens, President of the division, is working on a program
that will present information and hands-on-experience with the iPad. There is
also going to be an update on NFB NEWSLINE. Pamela and John Glisson will have a
wealth of information to share. A little bird told me there would be a couple
of surprise guests in the house. This session will begin at 3:00 PM Friday
Our Kentucky Association of Blind Students, (KABS) will
gather for their annual meeting and election of officers at 6:00 PM on Friday.
Katie Adkins, president, is working on the agenda. The focus will be on
transition from college to a career. Katie wants to invite all students, high
school and college to attend. There are issues unique to students, so don’t be
shy about opening up to your comrades. Networking is the name of the game.
The convention will be gaveled to order on Saturday morning promptly at
9:00 AM. We will have the affiliate report along with guest speakers during the
morning session. Then at noon we will have the open board meeting and
luncheon. I hope you will decide to dine with us. This is your chance to meet
the NFBK board and watch us in action. We will go back into general session at
2:00 PM. We start with the report from our National Office. Patti Chang, the
President of our Illinois Affiliate and Member of the National Board of
Directors is our representative. The afternoon is devoted primarily to
business, which includes: a legislative report, resolutions, funding the
movement, election of officers, and any other business that needs to be brought
before the assembly.
We wrap up our Saturday in a neat little package we
call the banquet. It’s time to let our hair down and bask in the glory, which
is the National Federation of the Blind of Kentucky. We will enjoy a meal,
which symbolizes a family coming together. Patti Chang will deliver our banquet
address. Patti and I have gotten to be good friends over the years and I was
excited when Dr. Maurer assigned her to be our national representative.
It is only fitting to honor our scholarship winners at this most
auspicious occasion. We should be proud of them, for They deserve all of the
accolades and applause we can give them. I for one, am delighted that we are
able to continue with our scholarship program. Education is such a big part of
what we do to help blind students realize a better future.
We save the
presentation of awards until the banquet because those who are being honored
deserve to have the spotlight shining on them, even if it is just for a few
minutes. They are being recognized because of their commitment to our
We won’t adjourn the banquet until all of our drawings have taken
place. You can’t win if you don’t participate. Bring a few extra bucks and
support our affiliate, chapters, and divisions. Melanie Peskoe, will MC the
banquet. Melanie, are you up to the challenge? I think so.
National Association to Promote the use of Braille in Kentucky meets on Sunday
morning. Michael Freholm, President would like to get started at 9:00 AM. He
wants to encourage all of you to attend, even if you aren’t a Braille reader.
He says we need new and innovative ideas from every corner of the state and
everywhere in-between to keep this division alive.
I can always be
reached for questions and suggestions at email@example.com or (502) 366-2317.
I hope to see your smiling face at convention. Remember, we wouldn’t be who we
are--the National Federation of the Blind of Kentucky without you.