Nebraska’s State Convention

The American Council of the Blind of Nebraska will hold its 2009 state convention April 17-19 at the Quality Hotel and Convention Center, 2205 Osborne Dr. E. in Hastings. For more information, call 1-888-218-8061 or visit

Louisiana Convention in Metairie

The Louisiana Council of the Blind convention will be held at the Best Western Landmark Hotel, 2601 Severn Ave. in Metairie June 4-6. Louisiana and the Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of Louisiana hold their conventions together. Room rates are $79.99 per night. To reserve a room, call (504) 888-9500.

The Older, The Better!

Just think about which affiliate in ACB has had so many of the established leaders, the movers and the shakers, as members. Yes, if you look at the membership lists of all the many affiliates in our great organization, you would be amazed to recognize the names of the most famous belonging to AAVL. The cream of the crop, those folks you have counted on for great ideas and interesting programming, are a part of AAVL. We want you to join us and find out why we are the affiliate that has the best programming! When you make out your convention schedule this year, check out AAVL for fun, information, and just plain enjoyment.

It’s AAVL’s habit to start convention week with an event to make you laugh. So, we will be starting our programming with a fun-filled luncheon starring the silly original parodies of Michael Byington. This will be on Monday at 12:30; afterward is our business meeting. We hope you will stay and meet our president, Ed Bradley, and our vice president, Oral Miller, and learn that we do have a serious side.

On Wednesday afternoon at 1:30, we will present a panel that asks the question, “Which life are you living now?” On the panel will be program co-chairs Nola McKinney and M.J. Schmitt, along with Billie Jean Keith and Pat Beattie and one more speaker (yet to be confirmed). This will be touching on the many life problems we face and how we coped with them. After that serious discussion we kick up our heels again at 4 with the wine and cheese musical mixer. There will be wine, cheese, sing-along music and the drawing of the cash raffle prizes. Three great money prizes to the winners! See any AAVL board member or officer for tickets.

Please keep us in mind. Remember, you are not getting older; you are getting better in AAVL.

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