Georgia Council of the Blind

GCB board - taken at the 2018 Convention Conference


Georgia Council of the Blind

Georgia Council of the Blind

May 2020

Please Save the Date for May 8-9, 2020 for our Annual Conference and Convention.

There will be lots of exciting things going on! Hotel reservations may be made at $84 per night plus tax at the Ramada by Wyndham 400 E. E. Butler Parkway Gainesville, GA 30501. To make a reservation, please call 770-531-0907 and tell them you are with the Georgia Council of the Blind.
If you have any questions, please contact convention committee co-chairs Steve Longmire (404-234-5820) and Cecily Nipper (470-218-7885).

May 2019

2019 GCB State Convention-Conference

Courage to empower your dreams!!


The GCB 2019 State Conference and Convention committee have been very busy planning the upcoming conference and convention on May 2-4, 2019. You can reserve a room at the hotel for $63.00 per night plus tax. Please call the Days Inn in Madison at 706-342-2121 to reserve your room. Tell them you are with the Georgia Council of the Blind. Our meeting location for the conference and convention will be held about a 10-minute drive from the hotel at Philadelphia Baptist Church in Rutledge, Georgia. Transportation will be provided to and from the hotel if you do not have a driver with you. The theme for the 2019 Conference and Convention that was chosen was given to us from the Athens chapter. The theme is “Courage to Empower Your Dreams”. We are planning on sending out regular announcements about the Conference and Convention beginning in January. Please spread the word. The addresses for the two locations are: Philadelphia Baptist Church, 4031 Davis Academy Road, Rutledge, Georgia 30663; Days Inn, 2020 Eatonton Road, Madison, Georgia 30250. If you have any further questions please call Betsy Grenevitch, at 678-862-3876 or via email at We hope to see all of you in May. At the Georgia Council of the Blind annual Conference and Convention, which will be held in Madison, Georgia, there will be exciting and educational events each day of the convention.

Some of the events that will be occurring during the GCB Convention-Conference

  • Welcome Reception
  • Musical Entertainment-Timothy Jones Pianist
  • Exhibit Hall
  • Ray Campbell, ACB Board Secretary Keynote Speaker
  • Zelma Murray Education of Vision Students
  • “Deaf-Blind” Karyn Campbell, and other Presenters.
  • LIONS Awards Banquet
  • Annual GCB Awards Banquet, sponsored by Advent Church and prepared by Father Dan and congregation. Followed by speaker Dr. Dede DeMarks, LIONS District I Governor.
  • Fundraising Auction
  • Together We Grow Children’s Carnival with Cecily Nipper
  • Prepared for Success: Tweens, Teens, and Young Adults with Marsha Farrow
  • Courage Through Aging to Continue to Empower Your Dreams!
  • Fall Prevention with Elizabeth Head
  • Technology Round Table for Seniors with GCB Techie Group
  • Update on Project Independence with Kay McGill
  • Angel Eyes Fitness with Dawn Wells
  • Employment, Eechnology and Adaptive Sports.

Madison Cultural Center Tour

Come tour the Madison Cultural Center. The tour will be audio described with items that we can touch along the way. The cost of the tour is $10.00 per person and will be from 2-4 on Friday, May 3. The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center is a multi-disciplinary non-profit institution that endeavors to enrich the lives of the residents of its immediate community and the broader region. The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center is located in Madison's 1895 Romanesque Revival style public graded school building. Romanesque Revival reflects the popularity of the ancient and exotic style popular at the end of the eighteenth century. Constructed of red brick with slate roof, electricity, and interior finishes of heart pine and plaster, the building stands as a monument to the creative ingenuity prevalent at the turn of the century. In the course of carrying out its mission the Center will present programming and museum exhibits which appeal to a wide variety of audiences. Madison-Morgan Cultural Center 434 South Main St. Madison, GA 30650

Saturday's Youth Carnival

On Saturday, May 4 from 12:45-5PM we will be having a children’s carnival as well as activities for the youth. We would like to invite Teachers of the Visually Impaired, blind and visually impaired children and youth and their parents to come enjoy these exciting activities geared especially toward the blind and visually impaired. There will be games and prizes and a bouncy castle. Lunch will be provided. These events will be held at Philadelphia Baptist Church, 4031 Davis Academy Road, Rutledge, Georgia 30663. Online registration for the 2019 GCB State Convention-Conference. Hope to see you there!

Transportation from Atlanta:

If you live in the Atlanta metro area, there are seats available for those needing door to door transportation to the conference-convention. The van will leave Atlanta on Friday morning going to Madison GA. For more details, call Bernard at 678.698.2820 or Roderick Parker at 404.202.5213.

Auction Item Teasers:

  • surge protector
  • Color identifier
  • Smartlux digital electronic magnifier
  • hand held reader
  • Hand Magnifier 16D 150
  • DigiScan Infrared Talking Thermometer
  • Talking Bath Scale
  • Talking Calendar Clock
  • Talking U.S. Map
  • 15 min Massage Saturday

2019 GCB State Convention-Conference Documents

2019 GCB State Conference-Convention Registration Form In Microsoft Word Format
2019 GCB State Conference-Convention Registration Form In PDF Format
2019 GCB Exhibitor Letter In Microsoft Word Format
2019 GCB Exhibitor Letter In PDF Format
2019 GCB Exhibitor Form In Microsoft Word Format
2019 GCB Exhibitor Form In PDF Format
2019 GCB Conference-Convention Guest Speakers’ Bios.
2019 GCB State Convention-Conference Program
2019 GCB State Convention-Conference Fund Raisers
2019 GCB State Convention-Conference Exhibitors