NFB of WI 2022 State Convention Agenda
Resilience, Adapting to Change & Defining Our Future!
April 1st, 2nd, & 3rd, 2022
Our special guest will be Amy Buresh, President NFB of Nebraska, National Board Member
Stoney Creek Hotel
3060 S. Kinney Coulee Rd.
Onalaska, WI 54650
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.
NFB OF WISCONSIN BOARD OF DIRECTORS OFFICERS:
President: John Fritz
First Vice President: Dave Hyde
Second Vice President: William Meeker
Secretary: Chelsea Dallin
Treasurer: Ben Dallin
Board Members: Denise Charlier, Laurie Holzmann, Tom Jeray, Heather Olson, Karen Riccobono, and Nicole Wolf
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
Convention Arrangements: If you have any questions about convention arrangements, contact Dave Hyde, 608-774-5557.
Registration: Registration will be open in the Watering Hole on Friday, April 1, from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm, and Saturday, April 2, from 8:00 am to 9:00 am. If you have any questions contact Heather Fritz, 608-387-1865. Onsite registration is $20, Saturday Box Lunch is $20, Saturday Banquet is $40. Meals will be available on a first come basis until sold out.
Presidential Suite: Anyone who wants to meet with John Fritz or wants to visit is welcome to come to the Presidential Suite. Call John at 608-387-0494.
Childcare Room: Childcare will be open during the general convention sessions. Children may be dropped off no earlier than 30 minutes prior to the start of the session and must be picked up no later than 15 minutes after. Childcare will be in Room 154 for all children. Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact Debi Meng at 608-558-1589. (Before and during the convention).
Door Prizes: You may be the lucky winner of a great door prize. Names will be drawn throughout the convention sessions and banquet. To be eligible to win, you need only to be registered and to be present in the meeting room when your name is drawn, unless you are in childcare. All donations of door prizes should be clearly labeled in braille and print and turned in to the door prize table, Northwoods Salon A-B.
NFBW Auction: You may be the lucky high bidder of a great auction item! All donations of auction items should be clearly labeled in Braille and print and turned in to the door prize table located in Northwoods Salon A-B.
Dog Relief Area Information: When you walk out of the front doors of the hotel, walk straight across the drive-up lane to the curb in front of the Acoya Pond. Turn right and follow the curb around, keeping the curb and pond on your left as it turns to the left, walking across the parking lot, towards the street which is perpendicular to you. You will come to a curb and a sidewalk with grass on either side before the street. You will be nearly straight out in front of the flagpole in front of the hotel. The trash can is outside the front door of the hotel. A reminder to please pick up after your dogs. The relief area is a sidewalk area used by pedestrian traffic so leave a good impression. If anyone has questions, feel free to contact Lynzie Ashley at 715-660-0952.
Meet Amy Buresh:
In 1993 the NFB of Nebraska established a scholarship program, and Amy won that first scholarship. The very next year, in October of 1994, Amy and a handful of other concerned blind Nebraska students were granted the charter for the Nebraska Association of Blind Students within the Nebraska affiliate. She was elected president of the student division, an office she held for two years.
Friday, April 1, 2022
3:30-5:00 pm Registration, Watering Hole
5:00-9:00 pm Exhibits, Northwoods Salon C
6:00-10:00 pm Hospitality, Room 154 The Fishing Shack
La Crosse County Chapter
7:00 pm Resolutions Committee Meeting, Northwoods Salon A-B
Dave Hyde, Chairperson
8:00 pm – Midnight WABS, Northwoods Salon A-B
8:00 pm WPOBC Ice Breaker, Room 154, The Fishing Shack
Saturday, April 2, 2022
7:00 am – 8:45 am Breakfast, Lobby Galley, (included if you stay at the hotel)
7:00 am Annual Meeting: Wisconsin Association of Guide Dog Users WAGDU, Lobby Galley– Lynzie Ashley, President
7:30 am - 9:00 am Exhibits, Northwoods Salon C
8:00 am - 9:00 am Registration, Watering Hole
Registration is $20, Saturday Box Lunch is $20, Saturday Banquet is $40. Meals will be available on a first come basis until sold out.
8:30 am - 5:15 pm Childcare, Room 154 The Fishing Shack
GENERAL SESSION 1
(All general sessions will be held in the Northwoods Salon A-B)
9:00 am Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance
9:20 am National Association of Blind Students
Kinshuk Tella, Board Member National Association of Blind Students
Amy Buresh, President NFB of Nebraska, National Board of Directors
Kathleen Enders, DVR Administrator
10:20 am Vision Forward, Babies Count & AB 490.
Jaclyn Borchardt, Director of Operations
Colleen Kickbush, Teacher of the Visually Impaired
10:40 am Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Dan Wenzel, Director
10:55 am Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library
Katie Malloy, Outreach Librarian
11:10 am This is What Blind Looks Like.
Angie Castro, Host & Producer
Kimberly Kiser, Co-Host & Writer
11:30 am Wisconsin Elections Commission
Regina Hein, Elections Specialist
11:50 am Beyond Vision
Jennifer Wenzel, Talent Acquisition Coordinator
Lunch All Lunches will be available at the registration table outside of the Northwoods Salon C. Please only take a box lunch if you purchased one and have a ticket in hand.
Division Meetings and Annual Meetings:
Wisconsin Association of Blind Merchants WABM
Tom Jeray, President, Northwoods Salon A-B
Annual Meeting: Wisconsin Association of Blind Students WABS, Craig Duffeck, President, Room 154 The Fishing Shack
Luncheon and Annual Meeting: Wisconsin Parents of Blind Children WOPBC, Debi Meng, President, Northwoods Salon A-B
General Session 2
(All general sessions will be held in the Northwoods Salon A-B)
2:00 pm Call to Order
2:05 pm The National Federation of the Blind of Wisconsin Presidential Report
John Fritz, President, National Federation of the Blind of Wisconsin, Board Member, National Federation of the Blind
2:20 pm North American Squirrel Association
George Wilson, President
Dr. Virginia Wintersteen, Committee Chair
2:40 pm Diversity and Inclusion
Cheryl Orgas, LCSW, Executive Director, Audio Braille Literacy Enhancement
Chelsea Dallin, College & Career Readiness Teacher, Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Breakout Session 1, Northwoods Salon C
Wisconsin Parents of Blind Children
Debi Meng, President
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Breakout Session 2, Northwoods Salon A-B
Structured Discovery, BLIND Inc.
Jennifer Kennedy, Executive Director
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Breakout Session 3, Northwoods Salon A-B
Stacy Fuerher, Newsline Coordinator
Ben Dallin, iOS Tips and Tricks, Best Practices
Braille and Technology, A Powerful Partnership
Question & Answers
5:00 pm Adjourn
6:45 pm until the End of Banquet: Childcare, Room 154 The Fishing Shack
7:00 pm Resilience, Adapting to Change & Defining Our Future! Annual Banquet, Northwoods Salon A-B, Master of Ceremonies: Ben Dallin
Banquet Address: Amy Buresh, President, National Federation of the Blind of Nebraska, Board Member National Federation of the Blind.
Pledging Our Way to the Future!
9:30 pm Fund Raising Auction, Northwoods Salon A-B
Sunday, April 3, 2022
6:30 am – 8:45 am Breakfast, Lobby, (included if you stay at the hotel)
(All general sessions will be held in the Northwoods Salon A-B)
8:00 am Annual Business Meeting
Nominating Committee Report
Chapter & Division Reports
Resolutions Committee Report
11:00 am Adjourn
Special Thanks from the State President:
I am honored to take the opportunity to thank our members, our families, guest speakers, and special guests for showing strong dedication to the blind by not only attending the NFB of Wisconsin’s 47th Annual Convention, but by everything they are doing each and every day of the year. Your presence at state and national events and your willingness to help and share, has truly made this convention special. A very special thank you to Amy Buresh for joining us all the way from Nebraska to share her expertise, wisdom, and experience with us. This convention has truly been a memorable experience. Everyone, please have a safe journey back to your homes and we hope to see you all very soon. Go in peace.
Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) Academy: BELL: We are once again excited to be offering our NFB BELL Academy, In-Home Edition for the summer of 2022. This year, students will be organized into classes based on their prior knowledge of the Braille code, which means we will be better able to offer challenging and fun content for Braille learners of all levels. The NFB BELL Academy is appropriate for students ages four through twelve; applications for this year’s program opened in late February. Learn more about the NFB BELL Academy.
INCLUSIVITY, DIVERSITY, AND SOCIAL CONDUCT
As an attendee at our convention, you not only represent yourself, but also represent our greater organization. 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.
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.
For assistance or to report an incident, please call 504-621-4162. All formal reports will be fully investigated according to the steps outlined in the National Federation of the Blind Code of Conduct. Based on the information found in the investigation, appropriate action will be taken and may involve staff, organization leaders, and legal counsel. Based on the circumstances, hotel security and/or law enforcement may become involved, when appropriate.
PAC Plan: You can be a part of our mission to help blind people live the lives we want. Make recurring monthly donations through direct withdrawals from a checking account or charges to a credit card by signing up for our Pre-Authorized Contribution (PAC) program. In addition to the traditional method of establishing pre-authorized contributions from a checking account, we now can accept PAC Plan donations via credit card. And, if you need to take a minimum distribution from an IRA, you can designate that to PAC and avoid paying taxes on the money.
Vehicle Donations: The National Federation of the Blind uses car donations to improve the education of blind children, distribute free white canes, help veterans, and so much more. We have partnered with Vehicles for Charity to process donated vehicles. Please call toll-free (855) 659-9314, and a representative can make arrangements, or you can donate online by visiting www.nfb.org/vehicledonations.
Leaving A Legacy: Dream Makers Circle: You can help build a future of opportunity for the blind by becoming a member of our Dream Makers Circle. It is easier than you think. Just visit your bank and convert an account to a P.O.D. (payable on death) bank account which is payable after your passing to the National Federation of the Blind or the National Federation of the Blind of Wisconsin. Your legacy gift to the National Federation of the Blind or the National Federation of the Blind of Wisconsin can be made in the form of a will or living trust, an income generating gift, or by naming us as the beneficiary of a retirement plan, IRA, pension, or a life insurance policy. You can designate a specific amount, a percentage, or list NFB as one of several beneficiaries. For additional information, please contact Patti Chang at 410-659-9314, ext. 2422 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to these Wisconsin Dream Makers: John & Heather Fritz, Linda Pennell
Free Slate and Stylus Program: The National Federation of the Blind will distribute a plastic, four-line, twenty-eight cell slate along with a saddle stylus to those that need them. That includes those that are blind and low vision who know Braille or want to learn Braille. The slate and stylus have long been and continue to be valuable tools for writing Braille, which is vital to literacy for the blind. It is the only Braille-writing device that has the same portability, flexibility, and affordability as a pen and pencil. Please visit our free slate and stylus program online application to request your slate and stylus, https://freeslates.nfb.org//.
Free White Cane Program: The National Federation of the Blind has distributed more than 64,000 free white canes since 2008. The white cane gives blind people the ability to achieve a full and independent life, allowing us to travel freely and safely. We started our free white cane program because we believe that no blind person should be without a white cane, regardless of his or her ability to pay for it. For more information, please go to https://www.nfb.org/programs-services/free-white-cane-program.
Help America Vote Act Training & Technical Assistance (HAVA T/TA) Project: Casting a secret ballot is a right most Americans take for granted. Speech-output-technology voting machines and accessible absentee ballot-marking tools make it possible for blind and deaf-blind people to cast a secret ballot privately and independently. The goal of the HAVA T/TA effort is to increase the participation of blind voters in the election process by providing training and technical assistance to protection and advocacy personnel, state and local elections officials, developers of accessible voting technology, and blind advocates.