It is time to begin planning for the 2011 convention of the National Federation of the Blind. This year we are going to Orlando and the beautiful Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, July 3 through 8. Remember we have recently made a significant change in our schedule, so please pay close attention to the dates and schedule so that you are not taken by surprise.
Once again our hotel rates are the envy of all. For the 2011 convention they are singles and doubles, $63; and for triples and quads, $67. In addition to the room rates there will be a tax, which at present is 12.5 percent. No charge will be made for children under seventeen in the room with parents as long as no extra bed is requested. Please note that the hotel is a no-smoking facility.
For 2011 convention room reservations you should write directly to the Rosen Shingle Creek, 9939 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, Florida 32819-9357. You can call the hotel at (866) 996-6338 after January 1. The hotel will want a deposit of $75 for each room and will want a credit card number or a personal check. If you use a credit card, the deposit will be charged against your card immediately, just as would be the case with a $75 check. If a reservation is cancelled before June 1, 2011, half of the deposit will be returned. Otherwise refunds will not be made.
Guest-room amenities include a thirty-two-inch flat-screen television with NXTV; two telephones; laptop safe; coffee maker; hairdryer; and, for a fee, high-speed Internet access. Guests can also enjoy a swimming pool and a golf course. The Rosen Shingle Creek has two fine-dining establishments: A Land Remembered and the Cala Bella Italian Bistro. Both received the AAA Four Diamond Rating. See later issues of the Monitor for details and information about other attractions in the Greater Orlando area.
The 2011 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. Remember that the schedule this year is the same as last year's in that it is a full day shorter than our longtime convention schedule. Preconvention seminars for parents of blind children and other groups and set-up of the exhibit hall will take place on Sunday, July 3, and adjournment will be Friday, July 8, following the banquet. Convention registration and registration packet pick-up for those who preregistered will begin on Monday, July 4, and both Monday and Tuesday will be filled with meetings of divisions and committees, including the Tuesday morning annual meeting, open to all, of the board of directors of the National Federation of the Blind.
General convention sessions will begin on Wednesday, July 6, and continue through the banquet on Friday, July 8. Note that Thursday, July 7, will include both morning and afternoon convention sessions. Saturday, July 9, will be available for tours for those who enjoy getting to know something about our convention city. 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 1.
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 include alcohol. Drawings will occur steadily throughout the convention sessions, and you can anticipate a grand prize of truly impressive 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 Dwight Sayer, 259 Regal Downs Circle, Winter Garden, Florida 34787; phone (407) 877-8668.
The best collection of exhibits featuring new technology; meetings of our special interest groups, committees, and divisions; memorable tours suggested by the Florida 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 2011 national convention. We'll see you in Orlando in July.