Braille Monitor                                                                           December 1986

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Spring Merchants Conference

by Ramona Walhof

(The Blind Merchants Division of the National Federation of the Blind has for a number of years held a meeting somewhere in the nation each spring. In view of the problems which are now occurring in the vending program throughout the country, it is especially important that blind vendors attend these meetings and inform themselves so that they may take collective action.)

Begin planning now for the spring Merchants Conference! It will be April 3-5, 1987, at the Day's Inn in Detroit. In many ways Michigan has the best program for blind vending facility operators anywhere in the country. Larry Posont, President of the NFB Merchants Division, is also Chairman of the Michigan Vendors Committee and has been for a number of years. Al Harris, President of the NFB of Michigan, is on the Board of the Michigan Commission for the Blind. Others have made contributions, and it has taken time, but the Randolph-Sheppard program in Michigan leads the nation, and both agency staff and vendors would tell you they are planning many improvements still to come.

Friday, April 3, we will tour several different types of vending facilities in the downtown Detroit area. Saturday's program will deal with many business concerns with a banquet in the evening. Sunday morning will be our business meeting. Adjournment will be no later than 1:00 p.m.

This is the best chance blind business people will have during 1987 to share experiences and ideas. In addition, it is a chance to see how a strong vendors committee works. Spring merchants conferences have been getting more exciting every year, but 1987 will undoubtedly be better than ever before.

If you cannot come, make sure someone from your state does come and brings back a report. If you miss this meeting and run into trouble at home, you probably would have got some of the answers at the conference. Make your plans now to come.

Hotel rates are $40.00 for single rooms and $45.00 for doubles. Address reservations to: The Day's Inn, 313 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48226; or phone (313) 965-4646.