2020 NFBMT Convention Agenda

Welcome to the Eighth Annual Convention of the National Federation of the Blind of Montana!
Saturday, September 19, 2020, 9:00AM--5:00PM
Zoom Video Conferencing
Zoom Directions to Join 2020 Convention Jim Marks, President, National Federation of the Blind of Montana
Norma Crosby, National Representative, National Federation of the Blind
THEME: V for Victory and Virtual

About the National Federation of the Blind of Montana

The National Federation of the Blind of Montana is a consumer civil rights organization in which the blind and interested sighted persons come together in monthly local chapter meetings and annual statewide conventions to improve the lives of blind people through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence. The NFB of Montana works toward the removal of legal, economic, and social barriers to full participation by blind people in all aspects of community life. We are not an organization speaking for the blind; we are the blind speaking for ourselves.


  • Convention Registration is Free.
  • In order to win a door prize at the convention, you must be registered an in attendance when your name is drawn!
  • In order to vote at Convention, you must be registered, in attendance, and have paid your 2020 membership dues.
  • Registrations must be completed by Tuesday, September 15, 2020. After September 15, registrations will be closed.
  • 2020 Online Registration Form

    The 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.

    The 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. You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.

    The NFB Brand Promise: Together with love, hope, and determination, we transform dreams into reality.

    The NFB Tag Line: Live The Life You Want

    Saturday morning, September 19, 2020

  • 9:00 AM-Noon
  • Drawings for door prizes will take place during the morning when you least expect it. You must be present to win when your name is drawn.
  • Call to Order and Welcome: Jim Marks
  • National Anthem: Sheila Leigland
  • Pledge of Allegiance: Jim Aldrich
  • Pledge of the National Federation of the Blind: Bruce Breslauer
  • Invocation: Edward Robbins
  • Introduction of the NFB-MT Board of Directors: President Jim Marks, First Vice-President Joy Breslauer, Second Vice-President Sheila Leigland, Secretary Robert Jaquiss, Treasurer Edward Robbins, and Board Members Jim Aldrich, Bruce Breslauer, Linda Hurlock and Travis Moses
  • National Report: Norma Crosby, NFB Board Member and president of the NFB of Texas
  • President Report: Jim Marks
  • Treasurer's Report, Ted Robbins
  • Resolutions: Resolutions Committee Chair Joy Breslauer
  • Elections: Nominations Committee Chairman Rik James
  • Appointment of Delegate and Alternate Delegate to 2021 Washington Seminar: Jim Marks
  • Appointment of Delegate and Alternate Delegate to 2021 National Convention: Jim Marks
  • Chapter and Committee Reports: Great Falls Chapter President Sheila Leigland, Treasure State Chapter President Rik James, Yellowstone County Chapter Jim Marks, and Committee Reports by Committee Chairpersons as Time Allows
  • Noon-1:00 PM: Lunch on your Own. Note that the Zoom conference line will remain open during lunch, but no content or monitoring will occur during the lunch hour.
  • Saturday Afternoon, 1:00PM-5:00PM

  • Drawings for door prizes will take place during the afternoon when you least expect it. You must be present to win when your name is drawn.
  • 1:00-2:00 PM: Panel Discussion: Transitioning from High School to College and Work, A Youth Perspective. Panelists: University of Montana students Samantha Chase, Hannah Clemenson, and Zach Harshbarger
  • 2:00-2:20 PM: Presentation from Dan Burke from the Colorado Center for the Blind in Littleton, CO., and Jennifer Wenzel from Blindness: Learning In New Dimentions (BLIND, INC. in Minneapolis, MN.)
  • 2:20-2:40 PM: Blind and Low Vision Services Update: BLVS Administrator Beverly Berg
  • 2:40-3:00 PM: Montana Talking Books Library Update: Marilyn Bennett, Outreach and Digital Resources Librarian, Montana State Library
  • 3:00-3:15 PM: Break
  • 3:15-3:16 PM: PAC Plan, Ted Robbins
  • 3:16-3:40 PM: Accessible Vote-by-Mail and Absentee Voting for the Blind: Lou Ann Blake, J.D., Director of Research Programs, Blindness Initiatives, National Federation of the Blind
  • 3:40-4:00 PM: Ideas for Reaching Out and Bringing Blind Children, Their Families, and Their Educators into the Federation: Carlton Ann Cook-Walker, President, National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC)
  • 4:00-4:30 PM: Keynote Address, Norma Crosby, NFB National Representative
  • 4:30-5:00 PM: Closing Remarks and Unfinished Business: NFB of MT President Jim Marks
  • Next Year's NFB-MT Convention Location
  • Auction for a Humanware Victor Reader Stream, Donated by Duane and Marjorie Gregg*See below for description*
  • Grand Door Prize Drawing for an all-expenses-paid trip to next year's Treasure State convention if it is not virtual, plus $200.00 spending money.
  • Adjourn
  • Victor Reader Stream (Second Generation): A multimedia library in your pocket.

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    A sincere Thank You to all who contributed time and effort to make this convention a success, including our speakers and presenters, our affiliate President Jim Marks, our National Representative Norma Crosby, our Zoom Hosts extraordinaire Rik James and Sam Robbins, the NFB of Montana Convention Planning Committee, And all of the NFB of Montana chapters and members who work together, some behind the scenes, to make this convention possible.