Welcome to the Fifth Annual Convention
of the National Federation of the Blind of Montana!
Friday-Saturday, September 22-23, 2017
Holiday Inn
5 East Baxter Lane
Bozeman, Montana 59715
Hotel Reservation Phone Number: 406-587-4561, or 877-859-5095

Joy Breslauer, President, National Federation of the Blind of Montana
Jeannie Massay, National Representative, National Federation of the Blind

STRIDING TOWARD OUR FUTURE

SOME THINGS TO KNOW

Hotel check-in time is 3:00 P.M. Check out time is 12:00 P.M.

The Three Rivers restaurant is open daily from 6:30 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. and from 5:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. They will stay open after 11:00 A.M. on Saturday with a limited menu so that we can have lunch.

You must be registered for the convention in order for your name to be drawn for door prizes! Please come to the registration table in the meeting room to pick up your registration packet.

You must be present in the meeting room when your name is drawn in order to collect your door prize!

You must be present in the banquet room when your name is drawn in order to collect the grand door prize.

Want to go to next year's convention absolutely free? At the banquet on Saturday evening, we will have a drawing for the grand door prize, an all-expenses paid trip to next year's NFB of Montana convention, plus two hundred dollars cash. To take advantage of this exciting opportunity, you must be present in the banquet room when your name is drawn in order to win the Grand Door Prize.

Friday morning, September 22, 2017

  • 7:30 A.M.: Chapter Presidents Breakfast with National Representative Jeannie Massay
  • 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.: NFB of Montana Board Meeting, the Montana State University Room. All are welcome.
  • 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.: Lunch on your own
  • Friday Afternoon, September 22, 2017

  • 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.: Registration, the Montana State University Room
  • 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.: Technology Seminar: Each One Teach One: Victor Reader Stream, KNFB Reader, how to use a thumb drive on an NLS Player, etc. Please bring your favorite toy.
  • 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.: Chapter Building; Membership Building
  • 5:00 P.M.: Dinner on your own
  • Friday Evening, September 22, 2017

  • 7:00 P.M.: Convention Call to Order: The Montana State University Room
  • Welcome to Bozeman: Mayor Carson Taylor
  • Welcome to the Fifth Annual Convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Montana: Joy Breslauer, President
  • Invocation: Travis Moses
  • Moment of Silence for those who have passed on from our midst
  • The Star Spangled Banner: All sing together
  • The Pledge of Allegiance:
  • The NFB Pledge:
    I pledge to participate actively in the effort 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.
  • The One Minute Message:
    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.
  • The NFB Brand Promise:
    Together with love, hope, and determination, we transform dreams into reality.
  • The NFB Tag Line: Live The Life You Want
  • Live The Life You Want (chorus): Live the life you want. Nobody can stop you. Shoot for the sun, and break on through. So you're blind, you'll be fine. We've got good news. You can live the life you want, 'cause we know the truth.
  • The PAC Plan in Montana: Ted Robbins, Montana PAC Plan Coordinator
  • The PAC Plan Song: (sing it twice) Get on the PAC Plan. Sign up today. We need your contributions right away. Funding our movement, it must be done, So that our battles can be won.
  • Welcome from Jeannie Massay, our National Representative
  • Panel Discussion: Why I Am A Federationist
  • 8:45 P.M.: Nominating Committee Meeting: Closed. This is the only meeting of the weekend not open to the general membership, but only to those appointed to the committee.
  • 9:00 P.M.: NFB of Montana Trivia
  • Birthday Party for Anna Robbins
  • Saturday morning, September 23, 2017

    General Session I: The Montana State University Room
  • 8:30 a.m.: Call to order
    Welcome, Joy Breslauer, President, NFB of Montana!
  • 8:30 A.M.: Invocation: Bruce Breslauer
  • 8:35 A.M.: NFB of Montana Presidential Report, Joy Breslauer
  • 8:45 A.M.: NFB National Report, Jeannie Massay, NFB National Representative
  • 9:15 A.M.: Montana Talking Book Library Report: Erin Harris, Director, Recording and Volunteer Programs
  • 9:30 A.M.: Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services Report: Beverly Berg, Regional Administrator
  • 9:50A.M.: First Reading of NFB of Montana 2017 Resolutions
  • 10:05 A.M.: First Reading of Proposed NFB of Montana 2017 Constitutional Changes
  • 10:15 A.M.: Election of two (2) Board Members
  • 10:30 A.M.: Tactile books for the blind Developed by NASA, Lynn Powers, President, S.W. Astronomy Club
  • 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.: Lunch on your own.
  • Saturday afternoon, September 23, 2017

    General Session II: The Montana State University Room
  • 1:00 P.M.: Call to order
  • 1:00 P.M.: The PAC Plan in Montana: Ted Robbins, Montana PAC Plan Coordinator
  • The PAC Plan Song: (sing it twice) Get on the PAC Plan. Sign up today. We need your contributions right away. Funding our movement, it must be done, So that our battles can be won.
  • 1:05 P.M.: Deaf Blind Presentation: Sheila Leigland
  • 1:15 P.M.: Audio Description: CCB Senior Video
  • 1:45 P.M.: NFB Newsline Funding, Barb Varnum, MTAP
  • 2:00 P.M.: Bell Academy: Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning: Alison Steven, Idaho BELL Coordinator
  • 2:30 P.M.: Legislative: how to be a legislative advocate; National and State legislation
  • 3:00 P.M.: Break
  • 3:20 P.M.: The Real I.D.: What you need to know
  • 3:30 P.M.: Uber and Lyft testing
  • 3:45 P.M.: Panel Discussion: The NFB of Montana: Working for Changes in Education, Employment, Legislation, And Communication With Agencies Serving the Blind
  • 4:15 P.M.: Chapter Reports
  • 4:30 P.M.: Second reading of -- and voting on -- NFB of Montana 2017 Resolutions
  • 4:45 P.M.: Second reading of -- and voting on -- Proposed NfB of Montana 2017 Constitutional Changes
  • 4:55 P.M.: Where do we meet next year?
  • 5:00 P.M. Wrapup and Adjourn
  • Saturday evening, September 23 ,2017

    Banquet: The Montana State University Room
    Master of Ceremonies: Sheila Leigland, NFB of Montana vice President
  • 7:00 P.M.: Welcome to our Banquet: Joy Breslauer, President, NFB of Montana
  • Invocation: Ted Robbins
  • Banquet Speaker: Jeannie Massay, NFB National Representative
  • Awards
  • Afghan Raffle
  • 50/50 Raffle
  • Sharing Time
  • Drawing for grand door prize
  • A sincere Thank You to all who contributed time and effort to make this convention a success, including our National Representative Jeannie Massay, our sound man extraordinaire Sam Robbins, The NFB of Montana Convention Planning Committee, And all of the NFB of Montana chapters and members who work together to make this possible.

    SPEAKERS

    Mayor Carson Taylor, Bozeman, Term 2014-2018

    Born in Pennsylvania, raised in Rhode Island, schooled in Massachusetts and North Carolina, I have spent all of my adult life in California and Montana. I Moved to Montana in 1994, after "retiring" from the practice and teaching of law.

    I have been married to Dede Taylor, an adjunct professor of art history at MSU, since 1994. We have four children: a daughter and three sons. Our sons attended Bozeman schools, the youngest from Kindergarten through Bozeman High.

    While licensed to practice law in Montana, since 1994 my primary employment has been as a neutral (mediator, arbitrator and facilitator) in legal and public policy disputes or discussions. Work has taken me as far away as Sweden, but is mostly concentrated in Montana and Wyoming. My work has been mostly in areas of high conflict, such as family mediation. I have learned from my Mediation/arbitration/facilitation practice that the key to success in all consensus processes is to bring together a group of people who have different points of view and experiences, who are well informed, and who are able to listen to each other and to competently articulate their understanding of a situation. I believe that this is also one of the keys to good government.

    Jeannie Massay, NFb National Representative

    I am a native Oklahoman who has served as President of the National Federation of the Blind of Oklahoma since 2011. I was elected to the Board of Directors of the NFB in 2013, and was elected to serve as Treasurer at the 2015 national convention.

    I believe that the most important role that I serve within the Federation is as a member, because collectively, we members are the Federation.

    I earned my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Central Oklahoma University. I have been fully licensed to practice as a Professional Counselor in the state of Oklahoma since January of 2014. Later that year I opened a private practice, where I focus primarily on work with anxiety and depressive disorders.

    I have been happily married for 26 years to "the love of my life”, Mark Massay. We live in Norman Oklahoma, home of the Sooners!