MICHIGAN COUNCIL OF THE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED (MCBVI) 46th ANNUAL 2019 STATE CONVENTION, HOSTED BY THE BLUE WATER LEAGUE OF THE BLIND (BWL)
This year's theme is Disability in the 21st Century: Reflection back and Looking Forward
Date: Thursday, October 24th through Sunday October 27, 2019 Place: Blue Water Convention Center & Double-Tree by Hilton 800 Harker Street Port Huron, MI 48060 Cost: of Hotel $75 per night with 11% tax which comes to $83.25
To make your Reservation please use the code word: LOB The number to call: Hotel # 810-984-8000 Reservation Line: 1-855-610-8733
The Convention Center and Hotel overlooks the Saint Clair River and Lake Huro. It is right next to the Blue Water Bridges. The Convention Center and Hotel is all inside. there is a gift shop that sells Michigan products. There is also a great restaurant named Freighters which has good food. There will be a relief area for your service dogs., The hotel has a health club and an indoor pool. There is also wifi throughout the hotel and convention center.
For the Convention, we will have speakers and break-out sessions through Friday & Saturday and a program on Sunday. Of course, we will have our annual Auction and Kyle Austin said he would be our Auctioneer again this year. We will also have our banquet on Saturday night.
As time goes along we will update this page for you to check out. You don't have to be low-vision or blind to join us at the convention. All you need is to keep watching this page for more updates.
MICHIGAN COUNCIL of the BLIND and VISUALLY IMPAIRED
46th ANNUAL 2019 STATE CONVENTION
OCTOBER 24th -27th 2019
"Disability in the 21st Century, Reflecting Back and Looking
Hosted By The Blue Water League of the Blind
DoubleTree by Hilton
800 Harker ST.
Port Huron MI. 48060
Reservation line: 1-855-610-8733
If you haven't made your reservation yet please do so and when you call in please use the code word (LAB) or say you are with the MCBVI, Your reservation must be made by September 3rd 2019 for you to get the special rate of $75 per night with 11% tax. After that date you will have to pay a higher price for your room. If you get your reservation in by this date, the cost of the room with taxes is $83.75 per night and if you share a room it will save you some money.
The DoubleTree Hotel and The Blue Water Convention Center is located on the mouth of the beautiful Lake Huron and the Saint Clair River south of the Blue Water Bridges. The hotel has only 2 floors it easy to navigate from the hotel to the Convention Center, When you go through the lobby of the hotel go straight to the hallway and turn right down a short hall, then turn left, go down the hall the Grand Ballroom is on. The left side of the hall there is a sign on the wall next to the door. It has raised letters and braille on it. The hotel also has great sleeping rooms and a pool, also an Exercise Room. The hotel has Wi-Fi through out the Hotel and Convention Center. There is a Gift Shop and a Restaurant, Freighters has great food and it also has a Bar.
At the hotel there will be doors to take your dogs out. We will show you what doors to use when you get there. There will also will be bags at the front desk if you forget your bags. Please clean up after your dogs. It isn't up to the hotel staff to clean up after your dogs and it isn't fair for other people to step in your dog’s mess. Thank you for your understanding on this matter.
Registration fees is $20 per members or $30 per non-members. All registration forms must be in by September 20th 2019. If your registration form isn't in by this date the cost goes up. Will cost you $30 per members and $40 per non-members. See Registration Form for further details
You can send your registration forms out in the mail or print it out or email, or Phone it in. We are sending an addressed envelope with a stamp on it. It will be on the MCBVI and the BWL Websites. Go to www.michigancounciloftheblind.org or www.bwlblind.org
Or you can phone it in at 1-206-666-3696. Please send your form back by 9-20-19. You can send your registration form back with your payment of a Check or Money Order or you can pay by PayPal just go on the BWL Website, click on PayPal ,and if you have any problem please contact Wayne LePiors at; 810-982-2378 or Email; email@example.com,
There will be over 10 Breakout Session you may want to attend. All Sessions will be in the Grand Ballroom. The room will be divided into two rooms. The Ballroom will be for all our meetings and meals. The other room will be for our breakout room and exhibit area. The sessions will have Experts in their fields. From Advocacy, Michigan Protection and Advocacy, Assistive Technology, The U.S. Department of Justice, College Disability Resource. Cooking with Adaptive Devices, Dealing with Depression and Anxiety, and also an Officers Training Session. Don't miss this opportunity to expand your knowledge on the American with Disabilities Act. It's also a great way for MCBVI members to exchange ideas, and for non-members to know what our Organization is all about.
All breakout sessions will be held in the ballroom. If you can’t attend one of the breakout session on Friday you can attend the next day on Saturday. There also will be a general Business Meeting held on Saturday afternoon. Also the Hospitality room will be in the Grand Ballroom after all the Activities. The Hospitality Room will be open until 10pm there will be Snacks and Drinks.
EXHIBIT AREA: The exhibit area will be open on both Friday and Saturday from 9am to 4pm. If you would like to exhibit your products or if you know of anybody else that would like to be an exhibiter. Please contact; Phyllis Magbanua at 810-966-9185 or email at; firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>. Their isn't any cost for to setup in the exhibit area.
Again you can listen to the Convention on the MCBVI Radio if you can't make it to this year Convention you can tune in to listen to the Convention on the radio. Just go to the website at; www.mcbviradio.com <http://www.mcbviradio.com> an listen to our own Mike Smith broadcast it on the radio all through most of the Convention. You also can tune in all the programs they have from all kind of music to all the activities they have 24 hours a day. Tune in and you won't be disappointed in what you hear.
Thursday October 24th if you can make it on this day we will meet about 5:30 pm to take a Trolley Ride through the down town Port HUron area and hear about the history of Port Huron and Thomas Edison home town where he lived and worked. Then we will come back to the Convention Center and meet in the Ballroom for Meet and Greet and have some pizza and drinks and meet up with old friends and new friends.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 25th;
Breakfast from 7 to 8 am. First session will start at 8:30 am. Lunch from 12 to 1pm. After lunch the second session will start at 1pm until 4pm. You are on your own for dinner. There is Freighters Restaurant in the Hotel or if you know a place where you would like to go we can try to get the Blue Water Transit to come pick you up and take you and back to the hotel.
FRIDAY OPENING CONVENTION:
Friday we will start at 7pm, we will have a Speaker. City of Port Huron City Mayer Pauline Rapp.
Then we will have an update on this year's Election, with Resolutions followed by this year annual auction. Coming back this year as our Auctioneer is Kyle Austin. If you wish to bring a auction item please do so. The more auction items we have the more money that the MCBVI will make.
This money helps this Organization keep on going. If you wish to please bring a door prize, every little thing helps. And if you wish to be a sponsor or if you know anybody that would like to be a sponsor please contact Wayne LePiors Phone; 810-982-2378 or email; firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help we appreciated it. Thank you for your support of this organization.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 26th:
We will start with breakfast at 7Am. First sessions will start at 8;30am. Lunch from 12 to 1pm. After lunch we will have voting for our New Board Members. Then at 2pm will be our Annual General Business Meeting until 4pm.
Saturday Night we will start off with cocktails starting at 6pm there will be a open Cash Bar until 10pm.
During cocktail hour our own Tyrone Hamilton will keep us entertain us with great music. At 7pm Dinner will be served and after dinner we have a speaker. David Russell will talk about growing up and learning about how to be a writer. He is a author he has written a few books. He also plays the piano.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 27th.
Starting breakfast at 7am. After breakfast at 8;30am we will have our Annual Memorial Service. If you know of anybody that has passed away or if you know of anybody that has been sick, please let us know. After the memorial service we will have a presentation from our President Rosemarie Facilla on the goals for the future of MCBVI then the closing of the Convention.
MEALS; Friday Breakfast you have the option to choose one. $15 per person;
Breakfast Burritos with (egg, bacon, potato and cheese) with a side of Salsa serve with Fruit yogurt Parfait or an Crapes with cheese filling serve with fresh fruit this is a (Vegetarian option)
Friday's Lunch $13 or $15 with a can of pop which is $2 (choose one)
Box Lunches, Turkey and Bacon, Grill Chicken, Roast Beef all serve on a Crescent Roll all box lunches comes with a small salad, bag of chip and a cookie or Grill Vegetable this is a (Vegetarian option).
Saturday Breakfast $15 per person (choose one).
Cheesy Scramble eggs with bacon, hash brown potato serve with Fresh Fruit (Vegetarian option without Bacon).
Saturday Lunch $13 or $15 with a can of pop $2 (choose one)
Boxs lunch, Ham and Swiss, or Turkey and Bacon serve on a Crescent roll or a Michigan Cherry
Chicken Salad or A House Salad (Vegetarian option)
Saturday night Dinner $27 per person (choose one)
Roasted Sirloin serve with Garlic Parsley Redskins Potato, spring mix Salad with Homemade Vinaigrette or Vegetarian Lasagna a (Vegetarian option) all of it comes with California Blend Vegetable, Homemade Rolls and Butter .
Sunday Breakfast $15 per person (choose One)
Waffles serve with Sausage or a Breakfast Casserole (Vegetarian option).
Please consider staying for the meals that are being served in the ballroom. The cost of the meals will keep the cost of the room rate down.
Please note, absolutely no outside food or beverages in any of the meeting rooms or any public area. You may have food or beverages in your sleeping rooms.
There will be an all-day Coffee, hot Tea and water service in the ball room on Friday and Saturday.
Michigan Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired (MCBVI) and The Blue Water League of the Blind (BWL) is not required under the ADA to provide personal care assistants around the clock. Or Service of any kind. The MCBVI and The BWL and the Hotel and Convention staff and volunteer's cannot administer medication or provide transportation other than what is listed. Attempt to provide transportation to and from on Bus, Train, or Airport. If arrangement are made when you register.
A limited of number of volunteer will available to assist you around the Convention but not able not to provide extensive guide service or personal care assistance.
We look forward to seeing you in October at this year's MCBVI State Convention. If you need any more information please contact Phyllis or Bob our information is Phyllis ph: 810-966-9185 or email: email@example.com or Bob at ph: 810-385-5357 email: firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com> or you contact Wayne LePiors