Future Reflections Convention Report 2004
The 2005 convention of the National Federation of the Blind will take place in Louisville, Kentucky, July 2-9, at the Galt House and Galt House East Tower. The Galt House West is at 140 N. Fourth Street, and the Galt House East Tower, or Galt House East, is at 141 N. Fourth Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202. A covered pedestrian walkway connects the two hotel towers. Our overflow hotel is the Hyatt Regency at 320 W.
Jefferson Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202.
The 2005 room rates are singles, doubles, and twins $59 a night, plus tax; and triples and quads $64 a night, plus tax. The hotel is accepting reservations now. A $60-per-room deposit is required to make a reservation. Fifty percent of the deposit will be refunded if notice is given to the hotel of a reservation cancellation before June 1, 2005. The other 50 percent is not refundable. For reservations call the Galt House at (502) 589-5200 or the Hyatt Regency at (502) 587-3434.
Rooms will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations may be made before June 1, 2005, assuming that rooms are still available. After that time the hotels will not hold their blocks of rooms for the convention. In other words, you should get your reservation in soon.
Those who attended the 2003 convention can testify to the gracious hospitality of both the Hyatt and the Galt House. Our headquarters hotel has excellent restaurants, first-rate meeting space, and other top-notch facilities. It is in downtown Louisville, close to the Ohio River and only seven miles from the Louisville Airport.
The 2005 convention will follow what many think of as our usual schedule:
Day 1: Saturday, July 2 Seminar Day
Day 2: Sunday, July 3 Registration Day
Day 3: Monday, July 4 Board Meeting and Division Day
Day 4: Tuesday, July 5 Opening Session
Day 5: Wednesday, July 6 Tour Day
Day 6: Thursday, July 7 Banquet Day
Day 7: Friday, July 8 Business Session
*Note: The NFB offers childcare ( NFB Camp) all day on seminar day and for other convention sessions throughout the week for children six weeks through ten years of age. NFB Camp preregistration packets are available from NFB Camp director, Carla McQuillan, at NFB of Oregon, 5005 Main Street, Springfield, Oregon 97478, (541) 726-6924. Preregistration for NFB Camp is required.
8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Family Seminar
Session (kids and adults)
10:00 a.m. - Noon Braille Carnival (ages 5 and up)
Seminar session (adults)
2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Workshops (adults)
Youth Activities (ages 8 and up)
7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Family Hospitality
Teen Talks (or other youth activities)
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Cane Walk (2 sessions; adults and kids)
1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Teen Get-Acquainted Party
Day 3: Monday, July 4
12:45 - 4:15 p.m. Teen Hospitality
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. NOPBC Annual Meeting and Program
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Workshop
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Book Flea Market and Reunion for
Braille Readers are Leaders
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. NOPBC Board Meeting (open to all)
Lunch break Teen Hospitality
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Workshops (IEPs and other topics)
1:45 - 6:15 p.m. Teen Hospitality
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Special family recreational/learning
To be announced.
7:00 - 9:30 p.m. Family
Night at the Movies
(audio described movie)
Lunch break Teen Hospitality
Banquet NOPBC 50/50 Raffle Drawing
announces contributions to the White Cane Fund, tenBroek Fund, Kenneth Jernigan
Memorial Fund, and the Imagination Fund 2005