Wyoming Council of the Blind 2018 State Convention
Friday, June 22       4 - 8pm  
Saturday, June 23     8:30 - 5:30
3030 South Poplar      Casper, WY
“Independence Despite Vision Loss”

Please plan to join us for our WyCB State Convention being held in Casper on June 22 and 23. This year will kick off Friday from 4 - 8pm with a Vendor Expo where you’ll have a chance to do hands on trials of various low vision equipment and other adaptive aids.  Saturday will be informative as well as interactive, with folks having the opportunity to experience learning to travel safely with a Sighted Guide as well as experiencing what it’s like to use a “white travel cane”.  You could be amazed at how helpful this training can be and hopefully it will alleviate some fears that some people think they might encounter.
* NOTE:  The trainers have asked that you bring your cane if you currently use one or if you have one that you think isn’t the right “fit”.
The highlight of the convention is our keynote speaker, Vince Ulstad, who was recommended as a highly inspirational and motivational speaker.  A brief biography is included in with this material.
During our annual business meeting, you will have the opportunity to elect some new Officers and Directors.  A ballot is enclosed in this packet in the event that you are unable to attend the convention and would consider submitting an absentee ballot, as provided for in our by-laws.
Lunch will immediately follow the business meeting and the awards will be presented during this time.  Please mark your lunch selection on the registration form.
This year’s event will be held in the fellowship hall of Bethel Baptist Church, located at 3030 South Poplar.  We plan to have a sign and/or balloons for easy identification but if you need directions, please call Jacquie at 307-359-8045.  We have some volunteers who are willing to provide rides if you need transportation. To sign up, please contact Jacquie for that as well.
For those traveling from out of town who need lodging, we have made arrangements for special pricing at two different hotels, the Quality Inn and the Holiday Inn.  An information page provides more detail.
Fundraising is a very important aspect of this organization in order to continue to grow and provide support to individuals with low vision, along with their family, support members, caregivers, and service providers.
This year we will be raffling several different packages rather than having a live auction.  We ask your participation in purchasing raffle tickets and would appreciate you sharing the word amongst friends and family; the winning tickets will be drawn on Saturday, June 23. The convention and the raffles are open to EVERYONE.  Adding to the fun of the convention will be lots of door prizes to be given away throughout the day.
Members are vital to this organization; without members, we wouldn’t exist!  One of the benefits to being a member of an organization is that people feel more of a connectedness and feel more secure when they know that they have others around them who share their goals and care about their progress.  If you are already a member, we thank you. If you are not yet a member, would you consider joining us today? Dues are just $20 a year. Please find a membership application enclosed.
Finally…. the registration form.  Please fill it out and complete all items that apply, including preferred print format and menu selection.  Completed registration forms and payment of $25 per person are due to treasurer, Ilene Whiteley, by June 6. Late registrations will be accepted until June 19 but the registration fee then increases to $40.  
We look forward to seeing you in Casper on June 22-23!
* * Select from the below links for the rest of the registration materials.