President Maurer takes
a box handed
Mr. Cheadle inspects a partly loaded truck trying to decide how to pack it more tightly.
Mr. Cheadle and David Maurer walk past the boxes that are ready for loading into trucks in the courtyard at the National Center for the Blind.
On June 28 two twenty-four-foot
moving vans will pull away from the loading docks at the National Center for
the Blind to head for the Philadelphia Marriott Hotel and the sixty-first convention
of the National Federation of the Blind. One truck will be filled with the equipment,
literature, and aids and appliances needed in the exhibit hall during the convention.
Any leftovers that did not fit in that truck will be packed in the second truck.
But mostly that onewill carry the materials for constructing the dog-relief
area, equipment and material needed for NFB Camp and the seminars on
July 1, and the things necessary to conduct the suites, the NFB convention office, and convention registration. All boxes are numbered and coded with various-colored dots denoting which staffmember should take responsibility for them in Philadelphia.
As soon as the vans arrive at the convention hotel, available staff members begin unloading them. The suites and the relief areas are set up first. Then seminar materials are delivered and unpacked foruse Sunday. Seminar day is also the time when as many staff members and volunteers as possible do the bulk of the unloading so that the exhibit hall canbe set up. The rental trucks are turned in as soon as they are both empty, and one isrented again at the close of theconvention to return everything to Baltimore that hasn't been used up, sold, or given away. NFB conventions are complex undertakings, and organizing, packing, and moving materials is one of the most complicated parts of the operation.