Welcome to the Sixth Annual Convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Montana!

Friday-Saturday, September 21-22, 2018
Jorgenson's Inn & Suites
1714 11th Avenue
Helena, Montana 59601
Hotel Reservation Phone Numbers: 406-442-1770, or toll-free 800-272-1770

Joy Breslauer, President, National Federation of the Blind of Montana
Amy Buresh, National Representative, National Federation of the Blind

THEME: NEW ADVENTURES

About the National Federation of the Blind of Montana

The National Federation of the Blind of Montana is a consumer civil rights organization in which the blind and interested sighted persons come together in monthly local chapter meetings and annual statewide conventions to improve the lives of blind people through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence. The NFB of Montana works toward the removal of legal, economic, and social barriers to full participation by blind people in all aspects of community life. We are not an organization speaking for the blind; we are the blind speaking for ourselves.

SOME THINGS TO KNOW

Helena's Largest Independent, Locally Owned and Operated Hotel
Comfortable rooms, lots of amenities, nothing pretentious.

Jorgenson's has been a Montana tradition for over 60 years, and in all that time our hometown hospitality has never changed. You'll appreciate our mid-town location, just a few blocks from the Capitol building campus, and a free shuttle service to anywhere in town. Everyone enjoys the convenience of our free high speed Wi-Fi Internet access, and our free hot breakfast served daily in Jorgenson's Restaurant from 6:30am to 10:30am. Our newly renovated guest rooms offer queen sized beds, microwaves and refrigerators, and flat screen TV's. Our new indoor pool and hot tub is a great place to hang out, too.

For our convention, you will have two locations of rooms from which to choose: one in the main hotel building, with either one or two queen sized beds, for $92.00 plus tax per night, and one in a separate building across the parking lot, with two queen sized beds, for $69.99 per night. The rooms across the parking lot are upstairs, and there is no elevator. Please let the reservation agent know which location you would prefer when making your reservation. Also let the agent know that you are with the National Federation of the Blind of Montana.

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

Up to two adults from each room will receive a coupon each day entitling them to free hot breakfast from 6:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. in Jorgenson's Restaurant.

You must be registered for the convention in order for your name to be drawn for door prizes! Please come to the registration table to pick up your registration packet. Registration will be open from 1:00 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. Friday afternoon outside the meeting room, and 9:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. on Saturday morning inside the meeting room.

Please bring door prizes to the Registration Table.

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

Want to go to next year's convention absolutely free? At the banquet 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 afternoon, September 21, 2018

  • 1:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.: vendors
  • 1:00 P.M. to 6:30 P.M.: Registration. Please pick up your packet at the registration table.
  • Friday Evening, September 21, 2018

  • 7:00 P.M.: Convention Call to Order: The Mount Helena Room
  • Welcome to Helena:
  • Welcome to the Sixth Annual Convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Montana: Joy Breslauer, President
  • Invocation: Harold Leigland
  • Moment of Silence for those who have passed on from our midst
  • Color Guard
  • The Star Spangled Banner: All sing together Click Here
  • 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
  • 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 our National Representative, Amy Buresh
  • 7:55 P.M.: Introduction of Vendors
  • 8:00 P.M.: Barber shop singing: the Helena Express Singers
  • 8:30 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.
  • 8:30 P.M.: Hospitality. Refreshments sponsored by Montana State Library.
  • Saturday morning, September 22, 2018

    General Session I: The Mount Helena Room
  • 8:30 A.M.: Board meeting -- all are welcome
  • 9:00 A.M. to 12:15 P.M.: Registration.
  • 9:50 A.M. to 10:05 A.M., 12:15 P.M. to 1:45 P.M., and 3:10 P.M. to 3:25 P.M.: Vendors are open.
  • 9:00 A.M.: Call to order and Welcome, Joy Breslauer, President, NFB of Montana!
  • 9:00 A.M.: Invocation: Bruce Breslauer
  • 9:05 A.M.: Introduction of Vendors.
  • 9:10 A.M.: NFB of Montana Presidential Report, Joy Breslauer
  • 9:20 A.M.: NFB National Report, Amy Buresh, NFB National Representative
  • 9:50 A.M.: Break
  • 10:05 A.M.: Montana State Library Report: Jessica Edwards, Outreach and Electronic Resources Librarian
  • 10:25 A.M.: Message from Senator Jon Tester Click Here
  • 10:30 A.M.: Tactile books for the blind Developed by NASA, Lynn Powers, President, S.W. Astronomy Club
  • 10:55 A.M.: First Reading of 2018 Resolutions
  • 11:25 A.M.: Estate Planning: Kay Lovell, Legal Services Development Program
  • 12:15 P.M. to 1:45 P.M.: Lunch on your own.
  • Saturday afternoon, September 22, 2018

    General Session II: The Mount Helena Room
  • 1:45 P.M.: Call to order
  • 1:45 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.
  • 1:50 P.M.: Leading Edge Vision, Optelec and VFO: Aileen Zaken
  • 2:10 P.M.: Cyber Eyez: Sean Tibbetts from Cyber Timez
  • 2:30 P.M.: OverHere Consulting: Ed Worrell and Travis Stevenson
  • 2:50 P.M.: The Bell Academy: Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning, Lily House and SarahDawn Tienhaara
  • 3:10 P.M.: Break
  • 3:25 P.M.: Elections for President, First Vice President, second Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Two Board Members
  • 3:40 P.M.: Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services Report: Beverly Berg, Regional Administrator
  • 4:00 P.M.: Disability Rights Montana, Roberta Zenker
  • 4:20 P.M.: Montana Business Enterprise Program, Ted Robbins
  • 4:40 P.M.: Second Reading of and voting on NFB of Montana 2018 Resolutions
  • 5:10 P.M.: Chapter Reports
  • 5:20 P.M.: Where do we meet next year?
  • 5:30 P.M.: Adjourn
  • Saturday evening, September 22 ,2018

    Banquet: Banquet Room
    Master of Ceremonies: Sheila Leigland
  • 7:00 P.M.: Welcome to our Banquet: Joy Breslauer, President, NFB of Montana
  • Invocation: Ted Robbins
  • Banquet Speaker: Amy Buresh, NFB National Representative
  • Awards
  • Sharing Time: Ted Robbins
  • 50/50 Raffle
  • Drawing for Grand Door Prize
  • Adjourn
  • A sincere Thank You to all who contributed time and effort to make this convention a success, including our National Representative Amy Buresh, 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.