Future Reflections                                                                                Convention Report 2004

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2005 NFB Convention Bulletin

The 2005 convention of the National Federation of the Blind will take place in Louisville, Kentucky, July 2-9, at the Galt House and Galt House East Tower. The Galt House West is at 140 N. Fourth Street, and the Galt House East Tower, or Galt House East, is at 141 N. Fourth Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202. A covered pedestrian walkway connects the two hotel towers. Our overflow hotel is the Hyatt Regency at 320 W.

Jefferson Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202.

The 2005 room rates are singles, doubles, and twins $59 a night, plus tax; and triples and quads $64 a night, plus tax. The hotel is accepting reservations now. A $60-per-room deposit is required to make a reservation. Fifty percent of the deposit will be refunded if notice is given to the hotel of a reservation cancellation before June 1, 2005. The other 50 percent is not refundable. For reservations call the Galt House at (502) 589-5200 or the Hyatt Regency at (502) 587-3434.

Rooms will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations may be made before June 1, 2005, assuming that rooms are still available. After that time the hotels will not hold their blocks of rooms for the convention. In other words, you should get your reservation in soon.

Those who attended the 2003 convention can testify to the gracious hospitality of both the Hyatt and the Galt House. Our headquarters hotel has excellent restaurants, first-rate meeting space, and other top-notch facilities. It is in downtown Louisville, close to the Ohio River and only seven miles from the Louisville Airport.

The 2005 convention will follow what many think of as our usual schedule:

Day 1: Saturday, July 2              Seminar Day

Day 2: Sunday, July 3                Registration Day

Day 3: Monday, July 4               Board Meeting and Division Day

Day 4: Tuesday, July 5               Opening Session

Day 5: Wednesday, July 6          Tour Day

Day 6: Thursday, July 7             Banquet Day

Day 7: Friday, July 8                  Business Session

Preregister for NOPBC events

National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC) Schedule of Events

Day 1: Saturday, July 2

*Note:  The NFB offers childcare ( NFB Camp)  all day on seminar day and for other convention sessions throughout the week for children six weeks through ten years of age. NFB Camp preregistration packets are available from NFB Camp director, Carla McQuillan, at NFB of Oregon, 5005 Main Street, Springfield, Oregon 97478, (541) 726-6924.   Preregistration for NFB Camp is required.

8:00 - 10:00 a.m.                    Family Seminar

                                              Session (kids and adults)

10:00 a.m. - Noon                  Braille Carnival  (ages 5 and up)

                                              Seminar session (adults)

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.                     Workshops (adults)

                                              Youth Activities (ages 8 and up)

7:00 - 10:00 p.m.                    Family Hospitality

                                              Teen Talks (or other youth activities)

Day 2: Sunday, July 3

8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.              Cane Walk (2 sessions; adults and kids)

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.                      Teen Get-Acquainted Party

Day 3: Monday, July 4

12:45 - 4:15 p.m.                     Teen Hospitality

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.                       NOPBC Annual Meeting and Program

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.                       Workshop

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.                        Braille Book Flea Market and Reunion for
                                                Braille Readers are Leaders

Day 4: Tuesday, July 5

7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.                NOPBC Board Meeting (open to all)

Lunch break                            Teen Hospitality

7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.             Workshops (IEPs and other topics)

Day 5: Wednesday, July 6

1:45 - 6:15 p.m.                       Teen Hospitality

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.                       Special family recreational/learning activity.
              To be announced.

7:00 - 9:30 p.m.                       Family Night at the Movies
(audio described movie)

Day 6: Thursday, July 7

Lunch break                           Teen Hospitality

Banquet                                  NOPBC 50/50 Raffle Drawing

Day 7: Friday, July 8

General Session                       

     NOPBC announces contributions to the White Cane Fund, tenBroek Fund, Kenneth Jernigan
Memorial Fund, and the Imagination Fund 2005

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