National Federation of the Blind of Michigan 2020 STATE CONVENTION
The 2020 state convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Michigan will be held virtually on the weekend of November 5-7. Registration will be free! Look below to register.
Our virtual convention still promises to be jam-packed with sessions, meetings, and information that you won't want to miss. Plus, bring your own food to our virtual banquet featuring a speech from our national rep and NFB board member, Shawn Callaway. We'll still have our popular annual auction and plenty of door prizes.
This year, convention activities begin the evening of Thursday, November 5 with our opening session. Breakout sessions, resolutions, and opportunities to speak with exhibitors will take place on Friday, with more sessions, breakouts, and the banquet on Saturday. Whether you are able to join us for the entire program or just a few sessions, we look forward to meeting or reconnecting with you.
Registration is now available. Click here to register for convention. Please register by October 15 to be eligible to vote during convention.
2020 Convention Sponsorship
The NFB of Michigan promotes independence through our advocacy, programs, and outreach. Your sponsorship of our convention will help further our efforts, and also recognize your company or organization as a leading supporter of our work. We are a registered 501(c)(3) organization. Thank you for your support of the NFB of Michigan. Please go here for sponsorship information.
Important Notes on Voting
This year, voting for resolutions and executive officers will occur via text message or phone. As always, voting is open to any current member of the NFB of Michigan. If you are a current, paid member of a local chapter or division, then you will be eligible to vote.
In order to ensure you are able to vote, you must preregister for convention by October 15. The registration form will ask for a phone number which you will use to text or call in with your vote. This number cannot be changed, so please be sure to submit an accurate phone number. We will hold test votes at convention to help you get used to the voting process. Thank you for your flexibility as we adapt to our virtual format.
If you are unsure of your current membership status, please connect with your local chapter or Email email@example.com.
MI-ABS fundraising events at the 2020 NFB of Michigan Virtual State Convention
The Michigan Association of Blind Students is hosting a Trivia Night on November 6th as part of convention programming. MI-ABS members receive complimentary access to the trivia game. There will be many valuable door prizes available for anyone in attendance, and it will be a fun night of trivia and entertainment, not to mention competing for bragging rights amongst your friends!
To participate in this event, all you have to do is become a MI-ABS member. Please visit the following link for registration, and more information:
The Michigan Association of Blind Students is also raising funds to support scholarships. Support your favorite Crab (NFB state or national member representative) and you may win a prize!
Visit the following link to find out more and purchase shares in support of your favorite Crab.
2020 State Scholarship Program
The National Federation of the Blind of Michigan is pleased to announce its 2020 scholarship program benefiting blind college students. This year, we will offer three scholarships, one for $1000, one for $500, and one for $250. These awards are earned by outstanding blind students who currently live in Michigan, or are attending college in the state of Michigan during the Spring 2021 term. The scholarship application deadline is September 30.
Code of Conduct
As an attendee at our convention, you not only represent yourself but also represent our greater organization. We want you to enjoy our time together and to make new friends and renew old acquaintances. Although we encourage members to socialize and have fun, the convention also provides a valuable opportunity to come together to continue the work of our organization, to learn about the important initiatives that we are involved with on local and national levels, and to plan our work for the future.
The National Federation of the Blind seeks to provide a convention environment in which diverse participants, including members, speakers, exhibitors, staff, and volunteers, may learn, network, and enjoy the company of friends and colleagues in an environment of mutual respect and professionalism. We recognize a shared responsibility to create and uphold that atmosphere for the benefit of all. Some behaviors are therefore specifically prohibited:
- harassment or intimidation based on race, religion, ethnicity, language, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, physical appearance, or other group identity
- harassment or intimidation, including unwelcome sexual attention, stalking (physical or virtual), or unsolicited physical contact
- public drunkenness and associated behaviors (e.g., belligerence, yelling, hostility, destruction of property)
Participants are expected to abide by these rules and behaviors in all convention venues, including online arenas, social media, and social events. Participants who are asked to stop a behavior that the recipient considers hostile or harassing are expected to comply immediately. We are committed to diversity, equity, and the free expression of ideas. Please visit https://nfb.org/code-conduct for more information.
Additional information will be posted as soon as it becomes available. Check back often.
For more information, please contact the following:
J.J. Meddaugh, State Convention Coordinator