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NFB of Delaware 51ST Annual State Convention Agenda

Date: Friday, October 25, 2019 – Saturday, October 26, 2019
Location: Quality Inn, 190 Stadium Street, Smyrna, DE 19977
Phone: (302) 659-3635
Theme: Live the Life You Want; Placing Your Hands on the Future

NFB of Delaware Board of Directors

President: Kathryn Bottner, Newark, DE
First Vice-President: Gary Warren, Millsboro, DE
Second Vice-President: Darryl Garner, New Castle DE
Secretary: Sylvia Reid, Wilmington, DE
Treasurer: Jim Steele, New Castle, DE
Board Members: Art Cohen, Wilmington, DE
Sharon Thomas, Dover, DE
Vaughn Dashiell, Newark, DE
Verita Turner, Dover, DE

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.

NFB 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.

Please note, the NFB’s code of conduct will be in effect during this event. Have questions? See any member of the board.

Special Announcements

Breakfast will be served by the hotel from 6:30AM-9:30AM both on Friday, and Saturday.

Check out is 11:00AM. On Saturday, October 26, 2019
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM (Friday-Saturday)

During our state convention, we will have Free AIRA access.
Have questions? See Kat Bottner or Gary Warren.


Friday, October 25, 2019

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Introductions, opening remarks.
9:15 AM – 9:45 AM National Report, NFB of Colorado Board Member, Kevan Worley, National Representative
9:45 AM – 10:00AM Break
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative (DATI)
Karen Latimer
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM What is Free Matter for the Blind, and how does it work?
United States Postal Service
Mark Anderson>
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM 1st Vice District Governor (Lions)
Edward “Tony ” Lee
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Able Accounts presentation
Patrick Sullivan
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch on your own
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM Webmaster Brian Mackey
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Newsline presentation
Kathryn Bottner, NFB of DE Affiliate President
3:00 PM – 3:15 PM Break
3:15 – 3:30 PM Presidential Report
Kathryn Bottner, NFB of DE Affiliate President
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM What’s happening/ what’s the Future of Blindsight Delaware?
Loretta Harper- Brown
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM Effective Communication Tips.
Carol King- Ries
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM The Division for the Visually Impaired (DVI) Agency Update.
5:00 PM Adjourn
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Banquet
Banquet Address Kevan Worley.
Basket Raffle

Saturday, October 26, 2019

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Chapter Reports.
Jim Steele, Sharon Thomas
9:15 AM – 9:30 AM Affiliate Secretary’s Report
Sylvia Reid
9:30 AM – 9:45 AM Affiliate treasurer’s Report
Jim Steele
9:45 AM – 10:00 AM Break
10:00 AM Elections
Closing Remarks, Adjournment.
Kathryn Bottner, Kevan Worley.

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 one of our affiliates. Your legacy gift to the National Federation of the Blind or the National Federation of the Blind of Delaware 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, extension 2422 or at

Thank You!

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