Come to Phoenix & Enjoy the Convention!

The members of the Arizona Council of the Blind invite all of you down to Phoenix for our 37th annual convention. This year, the convention will take place May 2-3 at the Phoenix International Airport Hilton Hotel. Room rates are $105 per night, and a limited number of suites are available for $130 per night. We are planning an exciting program, lots of exhibitors, and as many meals as we can cram into the two-day program. We are also planning a couple of parties just for those of you who come in from out of town. To view the convention announcement and registration form, visit or contact Ron Brooks, (602) 722-3039, or by e-mail at [email protected]

Florida Council to Meet in Jacksonville

The 2008 Florida Council of the Blind convention will be held May 15- 18 at the Holiday Inn Airport Jacksonville, 14607 Duval Road, Jacksonville, FL 32218; phone (904) 741-4404. Room rates are $85 per night plus tax. Be sure to mention that you are with the Florida Council of the Blind to get the convention room rate.

The convention begins on Thursday evening with a barbecue/fund-raiser "done Mandarin style." On Friday morning, Guide Dog Users of Florida will hold its annual meeting. Becky Barnes, Director of Student Services at Guiding Eyes for the Blind, will talk about recognizing and coping with signs of stress in our guide dogs. In the afternoon, attendees can choose from two workshops: the annual legislative seminar or the employment committee workshop.

Saturday morning, we will learn from transportation experts how to work to improve transportation in your community and in our state. There will also be several workshops and seminars. Library users excited by the world of digital books will hear from Dr. Jane Karp, Library Program Administrator, about this important and innovative reading option. Nancy Folsom and Joyce Thornton, FCB members and Mary Kay consultants, will answer your makeup and fashion questions. Those interested in improving their advocacy skills should plan to attend the session led by Eric Bridges.

On Sunday morning, you will have the opportunity to participate in FCB's annual business meeting, during which we will elect officers.

Everyone is welcome to join us for what promises to be an informative and fun-filled time! To receive registration material, contact Sally Benjamin at 1-800-267-4448 or by e-mail at [email protected], or visit

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