The Braille Monitor December 2005
The Wyndham Anatole Hotel in Dallas
It is time to plan for the 2006 convention of the National Federation of the Blind. This year we will return to Dallas, Texas, deep in the heart of the LoneStar State.
We will again experience the hospitality of the Big D, but this time we are going to the stunningly beautiful Wyndham Anatole Hotel. Once again our hotel rates are the envy of all. For the 2006 convention they are singles, doubles, and twins $60 and triples and quads $65. In addition to the room rates there will be a tax, which at present is 15 percent. No charge will be made for children fifteen and under in the room with parents as long as no extra bed is requested.
For 2006 convention room reservations you should write directly to the Wyndham Anatole Hotel, 2201 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75207, or call (800) 996-3426. Online use the link from the NFB Web site, <www.nfb.org>, or go directly to <www.anatole.wyndham-hotels.com> to make reservations. The hotel will want a deposit of $60 or a credit card number. If you use a credit card, the deposit will be charged against your card immediately, just as would be the case with a $60 check. If a reservation is cancelled prior to June 1, 2006, $30 of the $60 deposit will be returned. Otherwise refunds will not be made.
Guest-room amenities include cable television, coffee pot, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, and high-speed Internet access.
The Wyndham Anatole has several
restaurants and bars and even a disco. Nana offers a five-star dining experience
with panoramic views of the city and prices to match. La Esquina Restaurant
and Tequila Bar offers south-of-the-border lunches and dinners with a Texas
flair. At Common Ground in the atrium you will find light breakfast and lunch
fare. The Rathskeller Sports Bar provides a basement hideaway for dinner. At
the Crocodile Disco you will find cocktails, a disk jockey, and dancing. All
restaurants are nonsmoking. See later issues of the Monitor for information
about tours and other attractions in the Greater Dallas/Ft. Worth area.
The 2006 convention of the National Federation of the Blind will be a truly exciting and memorable event, with an unparalleled program and rededication to the goals and work of our movement. Make plans now to be a part of it. The schedule this year is our usual one. Preconvention seminars for parents of blind children and other groups and set-up of the exhibit hall will take place on Saturday, July 1, and adjournment will be Friday, July 7, at 5:00 p.m. Convention registration will begin on Sunday, July 2, and both Sunday and Monday will be filled with meetings of divisions and committees, including the Monday morning annual meeting of the board of directors of the National Federation of the Blind, which is open to all.
General convention sessions begin on Tuesday, July 4, and continue through the afternoon of Friday, July 7. The annual banquet will take place on Thursday evening, July 6. To assure yourself a room in the headquarters hotel at convention rates, you must make reservations early. The hotel will be ready to take your call or deal with your written request by January 2.
Remember that as usual we need door prizes from state affiliates, local chapters, and individuals. Once again prizes should be small in size but large in value. Cash, of course, is always appropriate and welcome. As a general rule we ask that prizes of all kinds have a value of at least $25 and not be alcoholic. Drawings will occur steadily throughout the convention sessions, and you can anticipate a grand prize of truly Texas proportions to be drawn at the banquet. You may bring door prizes with you or send them ahead of time (identifying the item and donor and listing the value in print and Braille) to Denice Hopper, 3726 Dutton Drive, Dallas, Texas 75211, phone (214) 339-3697.
The best collection of exhibits, featuring new technology; meetings of our special interest groups, committees, and divisions; memorable tours arranged by the Texas affiliate; the most stimulating and provocative program items of any meeting of the blind in the world; the chance to renew friendships in our Federation family; and the unparalleled opportunity to be where the real action is and where decisions are being made--all of these mean you will not want to miss being a part of the 2006 national convention. We'll see you in Dallas in 2006!