November 11-13, 2004

Hosted by: The United Blind of Whatcom County

All WCB meetings are open to members and non-members. Please refer to this
program for room assignments.


Thursday, November 11, 2004

4:00-8:00 p.m. Information desk open

4:00-6:00 p.m. Pre-registration packets available

7:00 p.m. Pre-convention board meeting (Sehome-Fairhaven)

7:00-9:00 p.m. Meet and greet: A time to make new acquaintances and rekindle
old friendships (President’s Suite #115)

9:30 p.m. Resolutions Committee meeting (Cascade)

9:30 p.m. Hospitality (Terrace and President’s Suite #115)


Friday, November 12, 2004

7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Information desk open

7:30 a.m. General breakfast (Whatcom)

7:30 a.m. First-timer breakfast (Mount Baker)

7:30 a.m. Presidents breakfast (Shuksan)

8:30-10:00 a.m. Registration

9:00 a.m. Youth Conference (San Juan-Nooksak)

10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Exhibits (Terrace)

9:00-11:45 a.m. General Session (Sehome-Fairhaven)

9:00 a.m. Call to order: Cindy Burgett, President, Washington Council of the
Blind; presentation of the colors: Boy Scouts of America Troop #20, Garden
Street Methodist Church; invocation: Father Vu Tran, St. Joseph’s Catholic
Church; welcome to Bellingham: Mark Osmandson, Mayor, City of Bellingham, and
Na-Y-Yah Yvonne Miller, President, United Blind of Whatcom County

9:15 a.m. President’s report: Cindy Burgett, President, WCB

9:35 a.m. Nominating Committee report: Berl Colley, Chair, WCB Nominating

9:45 a.m. How to Get Accessible Pedestrian Signals in Your Community—Four
Cities, Four Stories: WCB Environmental Access Committee panel: Lynette Romero,
Chair; Rebecca Bell, Susan Kamrass, and Sally Mayo, Committee Members

10:15 a.m. Break

10:35 a.m. About Raffles and More: Bill Kesel, Special Agent, Washington
State Gambling Commission, Everett, WA

11:00 a.m. Distance Learning the Hadley Way: Gary Everhart, Instructor,
Hadley School for the Blind

11:45 a.m. Adjourn

12:00 p.m. Sit-down luncheon with presentation by Vi Hilbert, Tribal
Historian, Storyteller and Author (Whatcom)

1:30 p.m. Break-outs:

Calling All Seniors, It’s Time to Share the Good News: Carl Jarvis, Chair,
WCB Aging and Blindness Committee (Sehome-Fairhaven)

Creativity and Participation in the Arts, Discussion and Work Presentations:
facilitated by Bill Smedley, President, Yakima Valley Council of the Blind;
Rebecca Bell (pottery); Stan Clark (woodworking); Sally Mayo (martial arts);
Yvonne Miller (multi-media); Lynette Romero (painting); Bill Smedley (basket
weaving); Cheryl Stewart (knitting) (Mount Baker)

2:45 p.m. Break

3:15 p.m. Break-outs:

Creativity and Participation in the Arts (continuation of work presentations
as available) (Mt. Baker)

Chiropractic Care for Your Animals: Karen Mueller, D.V.M. (Whatcom)

Information Access Without a Computer, You Can Learn a Lot with the Internet
Radio and Over the Phone: Barry Scheuer, J.D., President, Talking Solutions;
Peggy Shoel, Editor, WCB Newsline (Sehome-Fairhaven)

4:30 p.m. Adjourn

5:00 p.m. Bus leaves for Silver Reef Casino (approximate return time 8:00

5:00 p.m. Bus leaves for Olive Garden Restaurant

7:30 p.m. Talent show (Sehome-Fairhaven)

9:00 p.m. Bop-It tournament sponsored by All in Play (Shuksan)

9:00 p.m. Roundtable discussion of WCB history: facilitated by Berl Colley,
Chair, WCB History Committee (Cascade)

9:30 p.m. Hospitality (Terrace and President’s Suite #115)


Saturday, November 13, 2004

7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Information desk open

7:00 a.m. Guide Dog Users of Washington State breakfast and business meeting
(Mt. Baker)

7:30 a.m. General breakfast (Whatcom)

8:45 a.m. Youth Conference (San Juan-Nooksak)

8:45-11:45 a.m. General Session (Sehome-Fairhaven)

8:45 a.m. Call to order and announcements

8:55 a.m. Report from the American Council of the Blind: Dr. Ed Bradley, ACB
Board of Directors


9:15 a.m. Employment panel: moderated by Sue Ammeter, Board Member, WCB;
panel: Dr. Ed Bradley, Chiropractor, Dr. B.’s Chiropractics, Houston, TX; Nancy
Lind, Assembly Worker/Advocate, Work Opportunities, Inc., Lynnwood, WA; Ron
Owen, Cosmetologist, Sheri’s Hair and Body Salon, Bellingham, WA

10:00 a.m. Break

10:20 a.m. "On the Home Front," Blindness and Independence Inside and Outside
the Home: moderated by Cindy Burgett; panel: Eric Hunter, Peninsula Council of
the Blind; Carl Jarvis, Jefferson County Council of the Blind; Janice Squires,
United Blind of the Tri-Cities; Pat Whitlow, Peninsula Council of the Blind

11:00 a.m. Updates in Programs for Blind and Visually Impaired
Washingtonians: presenters: Gloria Leonard, Director, Washington Talking Book
and Braille Library; Bill Palmer, Director, Washington State Department of
Services for the Blind; Dr. Dean O. Stenehjem, Superintendent, Washington State
School for the Blind

11:45 a.m. Adjourn

12:00 p.m. General box lunch (Whatcom)

12:00 p.m. GDUWS box lunch and program (Mt. Baker)

1:30 p.m. WCB business meeting: In memoriam; elections; budget; resolutions;
constitutional amendments; old business; new business (Sehome-Fairhaven)

4:30 p.m. Adjourn

5:30 p.m. Scholarship reception (Mt. Baker)

6:00 p.m. No host social hour (Ballroom)

7:00 p.m. WCB annual banquet: Mistress of Ceremonies: Denise Colley, First
Vice-President, WCB; singing of our National Anthem: Meka White, President,
Peninsula Council of the Blind; invocation: Cindy Burgett, President, WCB;
scholarship presentations: Alan Bentson, Co-Chair, WCB Scholarship Committee;
award presentations: Marlaina Lieberg, Chair, WCB Awards Committee; banquet
address: Jeff Thom, President, California Council of the Blind (Ballroom)

10:00 p.m. Hospitality (Terrace and President’s Suite #115)


Hotel Information:

Meeting rooms listed in this program are all on the second floor, with the
exception of Mt. Baker, which is on the first floor. The WCB information desk
and registration table are located to the right of the elevator on the second

Telephone Extensions:

Front desk: 0

Housekeeping: 517

Messages: top right button on phone

Room service: 512

Room to room: dial room number

WCB information desk: 534