MICHIGAN COUNCIL OF THE BLIND
AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED
45TH ANNUAL CONVENTION
"Your Health and Safety: Part 2"
October 5 - 7, 2018
Four Points by Sheraton
3600 East Cork Street Kalamazoo, MI (off Sprinkle Road at I-94)
The Michigan Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired (MCBVI) will hold our 45th annual convention October 5 - 7 at the Four Points by Sheraton in Kalamazoo. The theme this year is "Your Health and Safety: Part 2". Sessions this year will be dealing with your health and safety during emergency situations as well as other health concerns.
The Thursday night meet and greet. This will give everyone a chance to get together and relax before meetings on Friday and Saturday.
Sessions on Friday morning (that will be announced in the convention program). Exhibits on Friday from 12 – 5pm. Included in the exhibits will be the accessible voting machines. Opening session Friday evening at 7 followed by the annual auction.
Health and safety sessions Saturday morning. Business meetings Saturday afternoon, we will have elections if needed.
Saturday evening banquet. This year the speaker will be a representative from the Gerald R Ford Presidential Museum. We will learn about the museum and the lives of President Ford and his wife Betty.
Sunday morning will conclude the convention with the annual Memorial service and a board presentation to be announced in the program.
All events will be listed in your convention program.
Again, this year we have on line registration! You can register and pay on line, or as before by phone or mail. See the registration section for details! Hotel rooms at the Four Points by Sheraton are $75 per night plus 11 percent tax. You must reserve your room by Tuesday, September 4 to guarantee this discounted price. Be sure to say that you are with the Michigan Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired convention to get this rate. Make reservations by calling 866-961-3003. MCBVI is not responsible for hotel reservations. Please consider staying all 3 nights as the guest room count affects our cost for meeting rooms.
The Four Points by Sheraton includes many amenities including deluxe guest rooms, free high-speed internet, indoor pool and much more. The pantry located around the corner to the right of the front desk offers snacks and soft drinks 24 hours, pay right there. Potter’s restaurant and lounge is open for breakfast and dinner. Note that almost all activities including meetings, exhibits, special meals, banquet, and hospitality area will be held in the Academy Ballroom which will make this convention easy to navigate.
Although there are other restaurants not far away we encourage you to participate in the meal plans as we have food and beverage minimums as well as needing 80 percent of our blocked rooms in order to avoid a much higher cost for our meeting rooms.
Convention registration is now open. Registration is $20 until Thursday, September 20 and $30 after September 20. The deadline for ordering the banquet or other meals is Thursday, September 20 as well. Those registering on site will not be able to order meals. This year you can register on line by visiting www.blindmi.org. From the convention page you can link to a form to register online and you have the option to pay online or print the form to mail. In order to cover PayPal fees, we need to charge a $3.00 fee for each registration completed online. You can also register by phone by calling the main MCBVI number, which is 888-95 MCBVI or 888-956-2284, and selecting option 2. You may also fill out the enclosed form and mail it to:
Sue Behler 3451 Navaho Dr. SW Grandville, MI 49418
Registration is not complete until all fees are paid. Make checks payable to MCBVI Convention.
In addition to the banquet, we are again offering options for lunch on Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday. You may choose the individual meals you like. Cost for each meal, except the banquet, is $15 and must be pre ordered when you register. You must come in during the hours listed to be served, no refunds if you miss it. Food will be ready at the beginning of the serving time. Note the hotel restaurant is not open for lunch. A vegetarian option will be available for all meals. If you have special dietary concerns, please indicate that when you register. Please also note that ordering these extra meals will help us reduce the cost of our meeting rooms.
Please note that absolutely no outside food or beverage, not purchased from the hotel, is allowed in any of the meeting rooms or public areas. If you bring in food or have it delivered, you must take it to your guest room. If this rule is violated too many times, it will greatly increase the cost of our meeting rooms.
If you need an assistive listening device, please indicate on the convention form.
All meals are $15 except for the banquet. We are pleased to offer a lower price for the banquet this year, only $27!
All meals come with a side salad and rolls with butter. Beverages included will be Ice water, Coffee, Hot Tea, Iced Tea and Lemonade. Assorted sodas will be available.
Friday lunch: 12:15 – 1:00
Your choice of either Fried or Baked Chicken served with au gratin potatoes, Caesar salad, and glazed carrots.
Saturday morning: 7:00 – 8:00
American Breakfast including scrambled eggs, bacon, fresh fruit, fresh baked biscuit, juice and coffee.
Saturday lunch: 12:00 – 1:00
Choice 1: Turkey Chipotle Wrap Grab and Go Includes thinly sliced smoked turkey breast, crisp lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayo wrapped in a flour tortilla. Comes with a bag of chips, cookie, and a bottled water or pepsi product.
Choice 2: Chicken Salad Wrap Grab and Go Includes homemade chicken salad and crisp lettuce wrapped in a flour tortilla. Comes with a bag of chips, cookie, and a bottled water or pepsi product.
Choice 3: Mediterranean Wrap Grab and Go Includes crisp romaine lettuce, tomato, cucumber, Kalamata olives, shredded carrots, feta cheese, greek dressing, salt and pepper. Comes with a bag of chips, cookie, and a bottled water or Pepsi product.
Reminder hotel restaurant is not open for lunch.
Saturday banquet choices:
Choice 1: Char Grilled Sirloin. Includes 6oz house cut grilled sirloin (medium temperature) topped with caramelized mushrooms and onions served with garlic mashed potatoes and vegetable du jour.
Choice 2: Vegetarian Lasagna served with California blend vegetables.
All meals come with a house salad, rolls, and Chef’s choice dessert.
Sunday morning: 7:00 – 8:00
American breakfast including scrambled eggs, bacon, fresh fruit, fresh baked biscuit, juice and coffee.
The exhibit area will be open to the public on Friday October 6 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. Come and enjoy technology, a variety of products and services, and much more. If you or your chapter is interested in exhibiting your products or services, call Charis Austin at 616-532-4737 or email email@example.com. A limited number of spaces are still available.
THURSDAY October 4:
7:00 - 9:00: Meet and Greet
FRIDAY October 5:
- Sessions to be announced
- 12:15pm – 1:00pm: Optional plated lunch
- 12:00pm – 5:00pm: Exhibits open to all.
- 7:00pm: Opening session followed by the annual auction (presentations to be announced). Our hospitality area will open after the auction serving light snacks, and soft drinks. Come and relax with your friends.
SATURDAY October 6:
- 7:00am – 8:00am: Breakfast – if ordered
- 9:00am: Saturday morning the action begins. We will take care of business, then enjoy a variety of presentations concerning your health and safety.
- 12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch.
- 12:45 – 1:45: Elections will be held in the Davis room.
- Saturday afternoon we will hold our annual business meeting.
- 6:00pm – 7:00pm: Social hour with entertainment by the legendary Tyrone Hamilton and friends, a cash bar will be available.
- 7:00pm: The banquet begins followed by our special guest, a Representative from the Gerald R Ford Presidential Museum. The hospitality area will open after the banquet with light snacks and soft drinks.
SUNDAY October 7:
- 7:00am – 8:00am: Breakfast.
- 8:30am: Annual memorial service, remembering members we have lost during the year. Please submit names of members who have passed, or that are having serious health issues to Kyle Austin at 616-532-4737.
- 9:00am: MCBVI Board Presentation.
You too can participate in the 2018 convention. If you, your organization, or your business would like to be a convention sponsor we have opportunities available! Contact Charis Austin at 616-532-4737 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are also seeking donations of auction items and door prizes. To learn more contact Kyle Austin at 616-532-4737 or email email@example.com.
To keep up with the latest convention information check the convention page on the MCBVI website at www.blindmi.org, or follow MCBVI on Facebook. Search for Michigan Council of the Blind to find our Facebook page.
Most convention proceedings and other programs will be broadcast on MCBVI Radio! That’s right, MCBVI has it’s own internet radio station broadcasting 24 hours a day every day. We offer many specialized music programs, talk, album features and more. Check us out during the convention and after. Go to www.mcbviradio.com to find different options for listening! MCBVI Radio is your radio station as an MCBVI member! Check it out!
MCBVI is not required under the ADA to provide personal care assistants or round-the-clock services of any kind. MCBVI, hotel staff and volunteers cannot administer medications or provide transportation, other than what is listed. We will attempt to provide transportation to and from the bus, train, or airport if arrangements are made when you register. A limited number of volunteers will be available to assist at the convention but will not be able to provide extensive guide service or personal care assistance.
We look forward to seeing you in October! If you have convention questions contact Kyle Austin at 616-532-4737 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.