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The National Federation of the Blind of Oregon
2022 State Convention

The National Federation of the Blind of Oregon celebrates 51 years of education and advocacy for blind Oregonians. Join us for the 2022 State Convention October 28, 29 and 30. The convention hotel is Rogue Regency Inn and Suites, 2300 Biddle Road, Medford Oregon. Room rates are singles $86, doubles, triples and quads are $106 per night plus fees and local taxes.

Our national representative for state convention this year is Terri Rupp President, National Federation of the Blind of Nevada.

2022 NFB of Oregon State Convention COVID protocol:
All attendees are welcome to bring and wear masks, but not required to do so. A limited number of masks will be available at convention. We encourage everyone to practice good hygiene. Hand sanitizer will be provided and its location announced throughout the convention. There is no vaccination requirement for this event. Regardless of vaccination status, we ask that if you are experiencing COVID-like symptoms or have tested positive in the past five days, please stay home.

To help promote an inclusive and enjoyable experience, we will be offering those attendees who are new or need special assistance to be paired with a mentor. The mentor will serve to help answer any questions, offer orientation, and be a contact throughout convention.

Motor Coach departure schedule and locations

- Bus arrives at 7:30 departure 7:45 - Doubletree Lloyd Center 1000 NE Multnomah Blvd.
Salem - arrives 8:30 - McDonalds 1598 Hawthorne Ave N.E.
Albany - arrival 9:15 - McDonald’s 3232 E Pacific
Eugene - arrival 10:00 - 3405 Gateway St. (actually a Springfield address)
Anticipated arrival at the convention hotel 1:00 PM
Departure from the convention hotel is Sunday, October 30 at 12:00 noon.

Payment of registration $10, meal package (includes Friday evening, two breakfasts, two lunches and the banquet) $40 or individual meals and transportation $60 must be paid at the convention registration table at the hotel. Hotel charges should be paid at the hotel registration counter.

Deadline to register for the hotel and state convention was extended through Wednesday, October 19, 2022.

Agenda - Friday, October 28
Agenda - Saturday, October 29
Agenda - Sunday, October 30

Questions? Please contact Carla McQuillan, email or by phone 541.653.9153.

Agenda - Friday October 28

2:00 - 3:15
Divisions meet

3:30 - 4:45
Chapter reorganization and revitalization

5:15 - 6:15
Fall Harvest - Join in for a fun and festive fall get together. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes or other decor to celebrate the season. We ask each participant bring a treat bag or bucket and bring goodies to share with the group (estimate approximately 50). Some ideas are: candy, stickers, etc. During this event, we will walk around the room, filling everyone’s treat bag with the goodies we brought to share.

6:15 - 7:00
Friday taco bar

7:00 - 9:00
Fund raiser auction, NFB of Oregon

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Agenda - Saturday October 29

9:00 - 11:30

General session
  • Greeting and announcements - Carla McQuillan, President, National Federation of the Blind of Oregon
  • National report - Terri Rupp, President, National Federation of the Blind of Nevada
  • Talking Book and Braille Library
  • Oregon Commission for the Blind
  • Parental Rights Legislation: Why it is Important and what we need to do - Carla McQuillan
  • Voting workshop - Ryan McBee and Justin Harford

12:00 - 1:15
  • Kaynote address; Natalie Charbonneau
  • Announcements

Break out sessions
1:30 - Break out 1
  • Health Care for All, Oregon - educate about and advocate for an equitable, affordable, comprehensive, high-quality, publicly funded universal healthcare system which will improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities across Oregon and throughout the United States. Lauri Hoagland, Southern Oregon Chapter Chair and retired social worker
  • Terri Rupp is a certified health coach with Dr. seers wellness Institute. She is an accomplished marathon and ultramarathon runner, and long distance endurance tandem cyclist. She shares her passion and practice of living a healthy and active lifestyle through the four pillars of health: lifestyle, exercise, attitude, and nutrition. Learn tips and tricks on how easy and simple living an active and healthy lifestyle can be as a blind person.
  • NaviLens: Empowering the Visually Impaired in Public and Personal Spaces - Come to this session to experience examples of public NaviLens codes and learn how to create your own free personal NaviLens codes to share with friends and family for use in the home and workspaces. NaviLens codes, sometimes called "QR codes on steroids", can be scanned using the free NaviLens app without the need to focus and from distances of 20 to 30 feet or more. NaviLens makes transit more accessible to the blind and visually impaired in many cities like New York and LA but will also soon be found in grocery stores in the US on some Kellogg's cereals. You'll also be given a set of free personal NaviLens codes and learn how to personalize and add these to items around your home to make them speak for themselves and/or link to accessible resources like videos, etc. Tim Fahlberg, Math teacher and NaviLens Evangelist

2:45 - Break out 2

  • Financial planning; Ed Lindbloom
  • Tactile Printing; "I will bring along a ViewPlus Columbia embosser and will create and pass around a few simple graphics, including a US map. If anybody sends me some graphic, I'll print it at the meeting. Only thing I cannot use is something that belongs to some application I do not have. But I can print PDF, SVG, Word files. If you send me a jpg, png or other bit map file I will insert it in Word and print from Word. I can add braille to Word before printing." Dr. John Gardner
  • The 10 minute presentation: How to turn terror into terrific. You have been asked to present at the conference. You have 10 minutes. This workshop will cover the basic format for a 10 minute presentation. Be prepared to share stories of what the NFB has meant to you, and the blind community. At the end of the workshop workshop, participants will have a general outline to use as a start for a terrific 10 minute talk. Lucas McQuillan

4:00 - Breakout 3

  • Disaster Preparedness for the Low Vision: Disaster preparedness is different for those with limitations and different abilities. It is not one size fits all, all or nothing and does not need to be expensive. This presentation will include general disaster preparedness, food storage on a budget and "go Bags"; Andrea Barnhurst
  • Navigation Aps; Nik Petersson
  • Disability Rights of Oregon - Mission statement: We envision a society in which persons with disabilities have equality of opportunity, full participation, and the ability to exercise meaningful choice. Disability rights and other civil rights laws are rooted in a fundamental ideal: that every person, irrespective of their inherent differences, is equal—regardless of where we come from, how we worship, how we look, who we love, or whether we have a disability. Honoring our common humanity is a foundation for our vision of the world. - Presenter Justice Chukwu, Advocate

  • Social

  • Banquet
  • Banquet speech, Terri Rupp, President, National Federation of the Blind of Nevada
  • Scholarships
Suggested banquet attire: Although it is not required, many people dress in their finery for the banquet. It adds to the festivity of the event.

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Agenda - Sunday October 30

9:00 - 11:00
Business meeting
  • Minutes of 2021 business meeting
  • Financial report
  • Legislative Seminar, March, 2023
  • Other business
  • Elections - Five officer and two board member positions are due for election in 2022. President Carla McQuillan, First Vice President Kristen Jocums, Second Vice President Justin Harford, Secretary Carina Comer, Treasurer Kirk Wagner, Board member Ryan McBee and Board Member Mary Anne Mendez
  • Announcements

Motor coach departs for points north

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National Federation of the Blind
of Oregon. Since 1971, an affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind.

State President Carla McQuillan.

Affiliate office telephone, voice or text, 541.653.9153.
Office hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, pacific time.

Send Carla an email

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