Braille Monitor                          June 2020

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Convention Memory Minute Contest: Share Your First Convention Experience

by Tracy Soforenko

Tracy SoforenkoFrom the Editor: Tracy Soforenko is the chairman of our Kenneth Jernigan Fund. He brings us news about an interesting contest that will help us get to know one another a little better and promote another fine program conducted in memory of an outstanding leader and former president of the National Federation of the Blind. Here is what Tracy says:

In 2005, I attended my first convention where I learned the Texas Two-Step while wearing learning shades…well, no, I wore a pair of black socks over my eyes. That experience taught me that I could do anything.

For many, our very first convention becomes a life-changing experience. During the May 2020 Presidential Release, President Mark Riccobono shared memories from his first convention: dodging the persistent Buna Dahal who wanted him to buy a candy bar, exploring Disneyland with students from the Louisiana Center for the Blind, and putting together all the pieces of Federation philosophy at the end of the convention.

As a means of encouraging others to register for this year’s convention, we ask that you share a video or audio message about a special memory of your first convention in less than sixty seconds. By tagging your social media post with #NFB20 or submitting the entry directly to us by email or phone, you will be entered to win a cash prize and have your story shared at this year’s convention.

Contest Rules

We are seeking entries that are heartwarming, funny, and creative. All entries must:

How to Submit

Contest submissions can be made in several ways:

Note: Submissions by phone or email may be used on National Federation of the Blind social media.

Prizes and Award Announcement

The Kenneth Jernigan Convention Scholarship Fund Committee will review submissions and award the top three winners based on the creativity and impact of their stories. Submissions will be played during convention, and winners will be announced at the banquet.

Be sure to register for national convention to get the latest updates and agenda. You can register and learn more at

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