Get the Scoop in the Gateway Gazette

Are you coming to convention? Do you like helping out where needed? The Marcia Nigro Dresser Communication Center is now seeking volunteers to help collate and staple papers, take ads and announcements, and staff the room. Sharon Lovering is the operations manager. She is seeking volunteers to fill two-hour shifts throughout the day (8-10 a.m., 10 a.m.-noon, noon-2 p.m., and 2-4 p.m.). The communication center will be open Friday through Wednesday, and be taken down Thursday morning; it will open daily at 8 a.m. and close to the public at 5 p.m. To sign up for a shift, contact Sharon at the ACB national office, 1-800-424-8666, or via e-mail,
This year’s convention newspaper will be called “The Gateway Gazette.” It will run from Friday through Wednesday in braille and large print. Ads and other items intended for publication must be in the center’s hands by 2 p.m. each day. Ads should be 75 words or less. By a directive from the board of publications, ads will be allowed to run for three days maximum – no exceptions.  If you wish to advertise in the newspaper, please contact Margarine Beaman, advertising and sponsorship coordinator, at (512) 921-1625   or by email, The BOP’s editorial policy manual prohibits us from producing or distributing campaign materials.
During the evenings, we will need people to help collate and staple the braille papers. Thanks to HumanWare, we will have three braille printers this year. Are you a night owl?  Are you good at separating braille copies from each other, separating the pages, collating and stapling?  Drop by and see if the communication center needs help.
If you have signed up for home delivery of “The Gateway Gazette,” drop by the information desk and give them your name, room number, and format preference once you arrive. This will ensure that you don’t miss an issue. Hold onto your Friday issue; it will include all the suite numbers, phone numbers, and room changes.
If your committee or affiliate needs something brailled, we will be able to do that. Make certain you label your thumb drive or memory card before bringing them down to the communication center, and tell us how many copies you will need, by what time, as well as how we can reach you (room number, cell phone, etc.). Please make sure that your document(s) are on the drive or memory card before you come down. Bring your items down in the morning before the general session to help us fit them in.
Affiliates, if you know who your delegate, alternate, and nominating committee representative will be, please let Ray Campbell,, and Sharon Lovering,, know as soon as possible.