I want to welcome everyone to the 55th annual conference and convention of the American Council of the Blind, in beautiful Minneapolis, Minnesota. I am looking forward to presiding over my third convention as president of ACB, and to speak with so many members and guests from across the country and, in fact, from around the world.
The theme of the 2016 convention is "ACB: Land of 10,000 Dreams.” This is a great theme for this year's convention since dreams of today represent the realities for tomorrow, and that’s what our work in ACB is all about … turning dreams into realities for people who are blind or visually impaired.
You will hear much more about ACB’s successes during what should be our busiest and most information-packed convention ever.
Every ACB convention relies on scores of volunteers who work to make this event possible. I want to personally thank the members of the Convention Committee, ably chaired by Janet Dickelman; the Convention Program Committee, and the Minnesota Host Committee for their efforts. I know my fellow ACB board members also wish to express their appreciation to everyone who assisted in putting together this convention. Likewise, let me acknowledge the work of our Alexandria, VA and Minneapolis, MN staff. You are all fabulous!
Finally, a very warm welcome to those of you attending the ACB convention for the first time. Minnesota is a place that will leave a special spot in your heart. Whether this is your first trip to Minnesota, or a return visit, I can assure you that you will leave with many new friends and treasured memories.
From Brian and me, have a great convention and stop and say "Hello" when you see us dashing by during the week. I know your time in Minneapolis at the ACB convention will be an especially memorable and fun experience. Plan on joining us in 2017 and come to Reno, Nevada!
Kim Charlson, ACB President