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Essential Details

The National Federation of the Blind of Virginia proudly welcomes you to its annual state convention. This year, as a result of the delta variant of COVID-19, the convention has been restructured for a virtual environment for your maximum comfort and safety. We are working hard to design the most dynamic programming ever. Whether you call Virginia home or not, you are cordially invited to join our family in what promises to be a memorable week-long program.

The program will feature evening sessions Sunday, October 24 through Friday, October 29. Saturday morning will feature our traditional general session, followed by breakout sessions Saturday afternoon, and a keynote presentation Saturday evening. Our autumn board meeting will take place Sunday afternoon, October 31. Please stay tuned for a copy of the agenda to be published on or about October 1.

A Welcome Message From Our Host Committee Chair

Christine Grassman, Potomac Chapter President and Host Committee Chair:

Calling All Sponsors

Are you interested in making a financial investment in this year’s convention? The convention can put your products and services directly in touch with the commonwealth’s largest collection of blind residents. Visit our Sponsorship page, and learn how you can get involved in making a difference in your community.

Door Prizes

Local chapters and state divisions are encouraged to submit financial contributions to the state treasurer for the purpose of door prizes. Please connect with Mark Roane for details. Door prizes that are not cash value should take the shape of electronic gift certificates that are not tied to specific local businesses for the sake of maximum usability. The door prize committee will ensure prizes are disseminated to winners no later than one week after the convention adjourns. Winners will be drawn from the online registration list.

Deadline for door prize submissions: Sunday, October 24

To submit a door prize, or for further information, please contact: doorprizes@nfbv.org.

Auctions

Laurie Wages will serve as this year’s auctioneer. For an explanation of the process, and to complete the auction submission form, please learn more about the auction.

The NFBV will be using 32Auctions as our site. Visit the 32Auctions site. We hope to start the auction on October 18 at 1:00 pm and finish October 31 at 5:00 PM. New items will be posted for auction as received. Most items will stay on as silent auction items, but a few will be removed for live bidding. (Note: Final bid on the silent auction will stand if no live bidder goes higher.) Please sign up as directed on the site and bid vigorously.

Remember there is an option to provide a range that you will pay, i.e., up to $ 100 for example, that the program will do for you so you do not have to keep entering overbids. This site works very much like the EBay bidding process.

Online Registration

Pre-registration will conclude on Sunday, October 17 at 11:59 PM. Pre-registration is required for any active member who would like to participate in the voting process at this year’s state convention. Anyone who registers during this period will also be entered into a drawing for $100. The registration form will remain active beyond October 17, but any entries received after this date will not be entered into the drawing, nor will they be eligible to vote during the convention. Visit the registration form now!

Principles of Engagement

As a result of the virtual environment, voting at this year’s convention will be handled differently. Please familiarize yourself with the procedures ahead of time to ensure your vote is counted. Learn more about the Principles of Engagement here.

The Convention Agenda is Here!

You will find the relevant Zoom links embedded throughout the agenda.