Georgia Council of the Blind

GCB board - taken at the 2018 Convention Conference

2019 GCB Conference-Convention Schedule

Georgia Council of the Blind

Annual Conference and Convention 2019

Courage to Empower Your Dreams

Hotel:

Days Inn 2020 Eatonton Rd Madison, GA 30650 Meetings held at: Philadelphia Baptist Church 4031 Davis Academy Rd Rutledge, GA 30663
Thank you Office Max Office Depot of Loganville for printing this year’s program


The Georgia Council of the Blind Conference and Convention host committee wishes to welcome you to the Madison / Rutledge area for our Annual Conference and Convention. Thank you for joining us. We hope you enjoy this time of fun, friendship, and learning.


During this conference and convention, we look forward to keynote speeches by Ray and Karyn Campbell of the American Council of the Blind as well as Lions District Governor Dede deMarks and others. There will be a Bingo Night Thursday. On Friday, we will have the opportunity to visit the exhibit hall and go on a tour of the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center. Saturday’s events will include our business meeting, Senior Lunch and Learn followed by workshops and a Children’s Carnival.


We look forward to sharing this conference and convention with you. If there is anything we can do to make your experience better, please let us know.
Enjoy the Conference and Convention!


2019 Host Committee

Thursday May 2, 2019

2 PM - 4 PM Hospitality Room Open, Kitchen
3 PM - 5 PM Georgia Guide Dog Users Meeting, Blue Room
5 PM - 7 PM Conference Registration, Hallway
7 PM - 8:15 PM Welcome Reception, Gym
Music Entertainment by Timothy Jones, Pianist
8 PM - 9 PM Hospitality Room Open
8:30 PM - 10 PM Bingo, Blue Room
Hosted by East Georgia GCB Chapter

Friday May 3, 2019

6 AM - 9 AM Hotel Breakfast
8 AM - 9 AM Exhibitor set-up
9 AM – 5 PM Exhibit Hall Open, Hallway
9 AM - 10 AM Registration, Hallway
9 AM – 10 AM Hospitality Room Open, Kitchen
10 AM – 12 PM Conference Opening Ceremony, Gym
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch, Gym
Ray Campbell, ACB Board Secretary Keynote Speaker
1:30 PM – 5:30 PM Hospitality Room Open, Kitchen
2 PM - 4 PM Tour Madison-Morgan Cultural Center
2:30 PM -3:30 PM Zelma Murray, Education of Vision Students, Blue Room
3:15 PM - 4:45 PM Overcoming the Challenge of Dual Sensory Loss with Facilitators: Karyn Campbell, Phil Jones, and Amanda Wilson. Other Presenters: Dana Tarter, President of Georgia Association of the Deaf-Blind; Rebecca COWAN-STORY Director Dual Sensory Unit of Vocational Rehabilitation , Gym
5:30 PM- 7 PM Annual GCB Awards Banquet, Gym; sponsored by the GA Lions; followed by speaker Dr. Dede deMarks, Lions District I Governor.
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM Hospitality Room Open, Kitchen
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Fundraising Auction, Gym
9 PM -10 PM Game Night, Blue Room

Saturday May 4, 2019

6 AM – 9 AM Hotel Breakfast
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Hospitality Room Open, Kitchen
10 AM - 12:30 PM GCB Annual Membership Business Meeting, Gym
12:45 PM – 4:00 PM Hospitality Room Open, Kitchen
12:45 PM - 5:00 PM Together We Grow Children’s Carnival with Cecily Nipper, Classroom West Hallway
12:45 PM - 5:00 PM Prepared for Success: Tweens, Teens, and Young Adults with Marsha Farrow, Blue Room
12:45 PM - 5:00 PM Senior Programming- Courage Through Aging to Continue to Empower Your Dreams, Gym
5:15 PM – 5:45 PM GCB Quarterly Board of Directors Meeting, Blue Room

Friday Information

Opening Ceremony
10 AM - 10:30 AM Welcome
American Legion Color Guard Presentation of Colors
Welcome by Host Committee
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Meet our Exhibitors
Tour
2 PM – 4 PM Tour Madison-Morgan County Cultural Center. The center houses several permanent collections: a history exhibit, a restored c. 1895 classroom, a permanent installation of period furniture dating from 1850, and more.
Afternoon Sessions
2:30 - 3:30 PM Zelma Murray Education of Vision Students
3:15 PM – 4: 15 PM Overcoming the Challenge of Dual Sensory Loss Facilitators: Karyn Campbell, Phil Jones, and Amanda Wilson. Other Presenters: Dana Tarter, President of Georgia Association of the Deaf-Blind; Rebecca COWAN-STORY Director Dual Sensory Unit of Vocational Rehabilitation

Saturday Tracks

10 AM- 12:30 PM Annual Business Meeting
1. Call to order- President Alice Ritchhart
2. Invocation- GCB Chaplin Fred McDade
3. Roll call Introduction of Members and Guest- Secretary, Betsy Grenevitch
4. Secretary Report- Secretary, Betsy Grenevitch
5. Treasurer’s and Finance Report- Treasurer, Marsha Farrow
6. President’s report- President, Alice Ritchhart
7. Legislative report- Co-chairs Teresa Brenner & Tonia Clayton
8. Technology Report- Chair, Steve Longmire
9. Guest Angel Eyes proposal- Dawn Wells
10. New Business
11. Guest Client Assistance Program (CAP)- Stephanie Woods
12. Guest Mailing Free Matter for the Blind- Madison Post Office
13. Discussion on next conference/ convention
14. Adjourn

Together We Grow Children’s Carnival: Cecily Nipper Facilitator

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch: pizza, garlic bread
1:15 PM - 1:45 PM "Dirt dessert"
1:45 PM - 2:15 PM Tomato gardening activity provided by avid home gardener, Marj Schneider. Each child will go home with their own tomato plant.
2:15 PM - 2:30 PM rest break, wash hands, etc.
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM bean bag toss game to earn prizes, card and board games
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM bouncy house
4:30 PM – PM 5:00 wrap up, meet with parents

Prepared for Success!: Marsha Farrow Facilitator

12:45 PM – 1:30 PM Pizza Lunch
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM Sports and Fitness: Hal Simpson, CEO Georgia Blind Sports
2:35 PM - 3:15 PM Technology: Ray Campbell, United Airlines Employee
3:25 PM - 4:15 PM Jack Gilson, Employment Specialist Retired

Senior Lunch and Learn- Courage Through Aging to Continue to Empower Your Dreams

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch: Fall Prevention with Elizabeth Head
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM Technology Round Table for Seniors with GCB Techie Group
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM Update on Project Independence with Kay McGill
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM Angel Eyes Fitness with Dawn Wells