Convention 2010, here we come!
Dear Friends and Members of FCB,
The Florida Council of the Blind, Inc. cordially invites you to attend our th – 57th annual convention. The convention will be held on May 20May
23rd, 2010 at the Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Airport, located at 14670 Duval Road in Jacksonville. There will be many exciting things for you to do at this convention. Make your plans to join us!
1. Dinner Cruise – 5:30 p.m. On Thursday evening, May 20th, enjoy a delightful dinner cruise aboard the Annabelle Lee, an authentic steam-wheeler. After dinner, dance under the stars or just relax with friends while feeling the peace of the beautiful north flowing St. Johns River. The cost for this event is $55.00 and includes dinner and transportation. This cruise promises to be a memorable event, so don’t miss it! We will depart
from the hotel lobby at 5:30 p.m. and return at approximately 10:00 p.m.
2. Guide Dog Users of Florida – 8:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. On Friday
morning, Guide Dog Users of Florida (GDUF) will hold its annual meeting and luncheon. Following the meeting at 9:30 a.m., Rita Princivalli, Admissions Coordinator from Southeastern Guide Dogs will once again present her very popular workshop in which she brings and describes the latest mainstream products that you may be unaware of. You will have the chance to see each product and every attendee leaves the event with one of the products presented by Rita. Although this program option is a part of the Convention of Guide Dog Users of Florida, a special interest affiliate of FCB, all convention attendees are welcome to participate in this exciting program. Be sure to pre-register and join GDUF for an informative program and boxed lunch.
As always, one of the highlights of convention will be our Exhibit Hall which will be open both Friday and Saturday. Come browse the hall, purchase goods or learn about new technology to assist you in living a more productive and independent life.
Speaking of Technology, this year, the Technology Committee is again pleased to offer a unique opportunity to convention attendees. Visit their suite for 1-on-1 assistance with your specific technology needs and questions. They will be available throughout the weekend. See Committee Chair, John Richards to schedule an appointment and speak with an adaptive technology expert.
There are two workshop options for your Friday afternoon consideration. They will both be held from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
3. Legislative Seminar – The FCB annual Legislative Seminar will once again be hosted by political expert and FCB Past President, Carl McCoy with Senator Stephen Wise as our special guest. Senator Wise will discuss strategies for working with the Legislative Vision Caucus as well as with legislators at home. There will also be a question and answer period.
4. Employment Committee – The FCB Employment Committee will hold
an open forum led by Suzy Hipple. You will have the opportunity to learn about and discuss such topics as; employment statistics among the visually impaired population, networking, putting potential employers at ease, preparing for the job interview, internet resources and participant questions. We invite both working and non-working attendees to come and share ideas.
5. First-timers Workshop – 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. Is this your first time
attending a FCB Convention? WELCOME! We have a special workshop
just for you, co-hosted by long-time members and FCB experts, Patti Land and Paul Edwards. This workshop will tell you who we are, what we do and what we have to offer. Come check it out and let us get to know you.
FCB is pleased to offer a unique package deal for your dining pleasure. Purchase tickets for both the Friday evening Awards Dinner and the Saturday night FCB Banquet for $55.00 and save five bucks. If you would like to attend only one of these meal events, the price is $30.00.
6. Awards and Scholarship Dinner – 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. Join us on Friday
evening for some celebrating and recognition at a special Awards Dinner hosted by FCB’s Miss Braille herself, Linda Jacobson. This is where FCB
leaders will be celebrated for their contributions to both local Chapters and to the State organization. Join in the recognition and presentation of scholarships to deserving students as well. The cost of this year’s Awards
Banquet is $30.00 or you may purchase tickets for this and the Saturday night Banquet for a total package price of $55.00.
7. Welcome to Jax Party – 9:30 – 11:30 p.m. The good times don’t stop
at dinner. Join us on Friday evening at the Welcome to Jacksonville party hosted by the Jacksonville and Clay County Council chapters. Meet, greet and be seen. This is an excellent event to end a busy day and a must for those who love spending time with friends, making new ones and who just want to have a great time and party down in Jax!
On Saturday morning, Dianne Ketts, an O&M Specialist with Lighthouse Central Florida will present an interesting and informative workshop on all aspects of community access. She will discuss the latest trends in intersection design and accessible pedestrian signals. Helpful information regarding working with municipal officials will be offered as well as hints for moving about independently with cane or guide dog.
From 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., you’ll have a choice of four concurrent, two-
hour workshops from which to choose. So, something is sure to capture everyone’s interest and prove helpful.
8. Library Users Workshop – Jane Karp from the Bureau of Braille and
Talking Book Library Services will bring you the latest news from the Library that so enriches all of our lives. You will hear about the current status of the digital book program and receive hands-on tutoring on downloading books from the digital book website.
9. Grant Writing, Publicity, Outreach and More Workshop – Barbara
Ross, Executive Director of Lighthouse of the Big Bend, experienced grant writer and volunteer recruiter, and Jeff Thom, President of the California Council of the Blind, with much expertise in grant writing and resource development in terms of funding and in-kind services and volunteer recruitment, will teach you about grant writing, volunteer recruitment, publicity, local advocacy and outreach opportunities.
10. Exercise Made Fun Workshop – If you would like to exercise but hate
the idea of visiting a gym, visit Leslie Spoone. Leslie, the ultimate motivator will teach you a fun, simple but effective program of exercises that you can do in the privacy of your own home. If you're interested in yoga or pilates, she can assist you with those as well. You’ll leave with an
exercise band and other little goody bag surprises as well as a new way to look at the “E” word.
11. Guide Dog Users Workshop – There will be a special program
presented by Lukas Franck from The Seeing Eye during which you will have the opportunity to learn about and discuss many aspects of working a guide dog. Some of the issues to be covered in this presentation are: reading your dog, responding to what your dog is telling you, habits that long time guide dog users discover they've gotten into once they return to guide dog school, signs that retirement of a beloved guide dog is in your future and working with your successor dog. There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion and questions.
After lunch, in the continued spirit and effort of open communication and discourse, FCB will once again hold its annual DBS Town Hall Meeting. Join us for an update and question and answer period with key staff from the Division of Blind Services.
On Saturday afternoon, several of FCB's special interest affiliates will bring you meaningful programs. There will be something for people with no sight, low vision and much, much more.
12. Florida Council of Citizens with Low Vision (FCCLV) – Come have
fun after the seriousness of the morning sessions with a trivia contest with “wacky” prizes. Don’t miss out on FCCLV’s raffle of some very nice donated devices. See a FCCLV member to purchase your tickets throughout the convention for $1 each. The drawing will be held during the FCB business meeting on Sunday.
13. Coalition for the Concerns of the Totally Blind (CCTB) – Join CCTB
for their annual business meeting and keynote speaker, Paul Kurtz who will speak about challenges, employment, retirement, and other aspects of daily life as a totally blind person.
14. Annual FCB Banquet – Our banquet will be hosted by Paul Edwards, FCB Immediate Past President. Jeff Thom, President of the California Council of the Blind will deliver the keynote speech. He will talk to us about where he thinks we as people who are blind and visually impaired will be in thirty years.
Directly following the banquet, you won’t want to miss Class Act, Jacksonville's best 6-piece jazz and easy listening band. The band will blow you away with their renditions of numbers like Margeritaville, In the Mood, It Had to be You, Lay Down Sally, and Campton. Best of all, one of our own, Paul Kurtz is one of the band’s members. Come and enjoy.
Wait! It doesn’t stop there, during intermission; we will hold our annual
FCB raffle drawing for money and other exciting prizes. After a full day like this, you’ll sleep like a baby if you’re not up spending all the raffle prize money you win, that is!
On Sunday morning, FCB members will have the opportunity to participate in the organization's annual business meeting where we will elect officers who will guide us for the next two years. This is “your” organization so come and take part in helping make important decisions that affect us all.
FCB conventions are famous for having wonderful volunteers and staff at our hotels is great. However, please be reminded that volunteers and hotel staff are NOT personal care attendants, nor can they serve as full-time personal guides. If you require this type of assistance, please bring someone to assist you.
If you have any questions, or require the use of assistive listening devices,