And Braille 2015 state convention september 17-20, 2015 Holiday Inn, 5032 Market Street Wilmington, North Carolina Convention Information

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Sunshine, Seashells

And Braille

September 17-20, 2015
Holiday Inn, 5032 Market Street

Wilmington, North Carolina

Convention Information
Happy 75th Anniversary to the

National Federation of the Blind!

To celebrate our anniversary we are dedicating this convention to building the Federation. We are about to charter 2 new chapters and 1 new division, so there will be people experiencing the federation for the first time at this convention. Take time to meet them and welcome them to the National Federation of the Blind of NC.

You may leave door prizes at registration table or give to President Sharon Weddington.

If there is any emergencies during the convention please notify: President Sharon Weddington 704-302-7308


Tim Jones First VP 704-491-1486.

Thursday, September 17, 2015
On your own
Friday, September 18, 2015
Take the morning to enjoy yourself. Maybe visit the River walk. While there take a horse drawn carriage tour, enjoy lunch and don’t forget to try the ice cream. Wrightsville Beach is only a short ride if you want to put your toes in the sand and enjoy the sunshine and seashells.
12:00PM – 1:30PM: Registration

12:00PM – 1:30PM: Hospitality Room in the Aquarius

12:00PM – 1:30PM: Silent Auction in Apollo 2

2:00PM – 3:30PM: National Seminar Anil Lewis, M.P.A

Executive Director NFB Jernigan Institute

4:00PM Vender Hall Set-up in Apollo 2

3:30PM – 4:30PM: Forming new chapters and divisions

President Sharon Weddington and Anil

Lewis, M.P.A. Executive Director NFB

Jernigan Institute

4:00PM – 5:00PM: Registration

5:00PM – 9:00PM: Vendor Hall in Apollo 2

Saturday, September 19, 2015

7:00AM – 8:30AM:

8:00AM – 8:45AM:



General Business Sessions (at Apollo 1)

9:00 – 9:05 AM

Call to Order by President Sharon Weddington

9:05 – 9:10 AM


9:10 – 9:20 AM

Welcome by Tim Jones- First Vice President BOD

9:20 – 9:30 AM

Welcome from the City of Wilmington

9:30 – 10:30 AM

Political Speakers (To Be Announced)

10:30 – 10:45 AM

President’s Report- Sharon Weddington

10:45 – 11:15 AM

National Update by Anil Lewis, M.P.A. Executive Director, NFB of Jernigan Institute

11:15 - 11:30 AM

Election slate, Nominating Committee Report

11:30 AM


11:30– Noon

Chapter secretaries and treasurers workshop by Boyce Locklear and Pat Yarbrough

12:00PM – 1:30PM: Silent Auction in Apollo 2

12:00PM - 1:30 PM: Hospitality Room in Aquarius

2:00PM: Reports

3:30PM – 4:30PM: Technology Q&A with Johnna Simmons

in Apollo 2. Johnna will answer

questions for challenges with IOS, JAWS,

Victor Stream Reader and more.

-Division of Services for the Blind, Eddie Weaver Director.

-NC Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Carl Keehn Regional Librarian.


(Apollo 1 Ballroom)

  • Welcome - Sharon Weddington, President

  • Invocation - Robert Parrish

  • Introduction of Head Table - Tim Jones, VP

  • Announce winners of Silent Auction

  • Award Staley Scholarship - Julius Locklear

  • Address - Anil Lewis, M.P.A. Executive Director

NFB Jernigan Institute

  • Announce winners of State Drawing

  • Pledge drive - Anil Lewis, M.P.A. Executive

Director of NFB Jernigan Institute

Post Banquet
Dance with DJ (TBA) in Apollo One

Hospitality after banquet until 10:00PM

Sunday, September 20, 2015
All Sunday Sessions Will Be Held in Apollo One

7:00 – 8:30 AM


8:00 – 8:45 AM

Worship Service by the Rev. Robert Parrish

NFB of NC Business Meeting

9:00 AM

Call to Order by President Sharon Weddington


Secretary’s Report by Pat Yarbrough

Treasurer’s Report by Boyce Locklear

Chapter Report’s by Chapter Reps

Membership Report

Fund Raising Report

PAC Report

Sun Report

BELL Report

Old Business

New Business



“Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination and dedication. All things are possible for those who believe.”

Gail Devers

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