Rise Up: The 2020 NFB of Maryland State Convention is Coming!

Rise Up!

 

Get ready for a weekend of fun and fellowship.  Come and be part of celebrating our accomplishments and planning for the future!

 

  • Date: November 6 to 8, 2020
  • Place: Anywhere and Everywhere!
  • Meet our keynote speaker, Pam Allen, President of the National Federation of the Blind of Louisiana, Chairman and First Vice President of the National Federation of the Blind Board of Directors, and Executive Director of the Louisiana Center for the Blind.
  • Explore opportunities through special workshops for parents and teachers of blind children, blind merchants and entrepreneurs, and students. Check out our technology workshops and more.
  • Examine new products at the exhibit hall on Friday.
  • Help us raise expectations for ourselves and for officials who manage services for the blind.

 

Registration

2020 NFB of Maryland state convention online registration           

Maryland Parents of Blind Children Registration - Coming Soon!

 

NFB of Maryland State Convention Agenda

The 2020 NFB of Maryland state convention agenda in Web (HTML), Microsoft Word, and PDF formats will be posted here and found on the agenda page when available.

 

The Maryland Parents of Blind Children Conference agenda will be posted here and found on the agenda web page When available.

 

NFB Maryland state convention Information

  • Date: November 6 to 8, 2020
  • Place: Anywhere and Everywhere (100% Virtual)
  • Registration on or before October 16, 2020 = $20 per adult and free for kids 16 and under
  • Registration after October 16, 2020 = $25 per adult and free for kids 16 and under
  • Note: Individuals who register after October 16, 2020 may not be eligible to participate in certain Convention activities such as voting and door prizes that use separate platforms.

 

Voting at the 2020 NFBMD state convention

Those wishing to vote at the NFB of Maryland State Convention must enroll in our voting system prior to October 16, 2020.  In order to be eligible to vote, you need to both:

  1. be a member in good standing of an NFB of Maryland chapter or division for the 2020 calendar year (this means you paid your 2020 dues prior to September 30, 2020 – visit https://nfbmd.org/dues to pay online); and
  2. Enroll in our online voting system on or before October 16, 2020 using the link https://www.nfbvote.org/.

 

If you need assistance enrolling in the voting system, please reach out to your chapter president or a member of the NFB of Maryland Board of Directors.

 

We are using the same voting system as the NFB National Convention.  Enrolled voters must register the phone number they intend to use via the online link above.  They will vote by either sending a text message to a unique number that will be provided closer to the convention or by calling a unique phone number that will be provided closer to the convention.  Individuals should register one phone per person in the household, meaning each person should have a different enrolled phone number.  The rule is one vote per phone number.  Individuals should also use a phone for voting they can manage simultaneously while listening to the convention, or otherwise understand that they may miss parts of the convention while casting their votes if a single device is used for voting and listening. 

 

Please be sure to select “Maryland” when enrolling to vote.

 

State convention scholarship and awards

Bernard F. Turner Award - Seeking Nominations

We are seeking nominations for the Bernard F. Turner Award. This award will be given at the Annual Convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland. The recipient will receive $200. The deadline to apply is October 16, 2020. 

Read more about the award and application process here.

 

Seeking nominations for the 2020 Distinguished Educator of Blind Children Award

The National Federation of the Blind of Maryland is seeking nominations for the 2020 Distinguished Educator of Blind Children Award. Please tell us how your child’s teacher works to help his or her students live the life they want with high expectations and strong skill development. Nominations can be sent to Committee Chairperson Teresa Graham. Download and fill out this nomination form and send it to the email address teresagraham3@gmail.com. if you need assistance completing the form, please call Teresa Graham at (443) 557-8696.

Read more abut this award and the application process here.

 

Seeking Resolutions for the State Convention

The Convention is the supreme authority of the National Federation of the Blind, and this too is true of the affiliates.  One of the most important charges of the Convention is to consider and vote on resolutions that come before it; those resolutions become the policy of the organization.  To that end, individuals interested in submitting resolutions should send them to NFBMD Resolutions Chairman Jesse Hartle by email at jesse.hartle63@gmail.com by October 16, 2020.

 

Sponsors

Those interested in sponsoring the NFB of Maryland 2020 Convention are encouraged to contact Anil Lewis and Jen White at NFBMD.Outreach@gmail.com.  the deadline to submit sponsorship forms is September 15, 2020.

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Convention Exhibitors

Those interested in having a table at the NFB of Maryland 2020 Convention Virtual Exhibit Hall are encouraged to contact Anil Lewis and Jen White at NFBMD.Outreach@gmail.com.  the deadline to submit Exhibitor forms is September 15, 2020.  Exhibitor tables cost $250 each.

 

Seeking Door Prizes

We are seeking donations of door prizes to give away at the NFB of Maryland Annual Convention.  Door prizes should have a cash value of a minimum of $25 each.  Given the virtual nature of the Convention, we would prefer to recieve monetary contributions (checks payable to NFB of Maryland).  Please do not send parishables.  Please mail door prize donations by October 23, 2020 to:

NFB of Maryland - Door Prizes

1800 Johnson Street, Suite N1

Baltimore, MD 21230

 

Convention social media options

 

We will be using the hashtag #NFBMD.  Please use this hashtag when posting about the NFB of Maryland 2020 Convention on Twitter or Facebook.  Please send any pictures you take of Convention activities to Social Media Chairman Karen Anderson at Kanderson@nfb.org or via text to 402-319-7645.  Please be sure to describe any pictures you post and send to Karen.