The 62nd Annual State Convention of the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina is drawing near. The 2018 NFB of SC state Convention will be held the weekend of August 10, 11, and 12 at the Marriott Hotel in Columbia SC. We have not held a state convention in Columbia since 2015 and I hope you will be making plans to attend! This will be our best Convention to date.
General Convention registration and pre-registration pick-up will begin at 1:00 pm Friday, August 10, in the hotel lobby. The total registration package is $100 (if you do not pre-register by August 3). This includes the Luncheon and the Banquet as part of the total registration package. If you pre-register, the cost will be $80 for the entire Convention. The NFB of SC board of directors again voted to offer a discount for families with children regarding the pre-registration fee. Parents will pay the $80 pre-registration fee and each child eighteen years of age and younger will pay $20. The board also voted to offer a discount to college students in the amount of $50 during the preregistration period.
Information about the pre-registration process is enclosed in this letter. There is also a pre-registration form provided for your convenience. Simply complete the form and mail it to the State Office with your check or money order for $80 per person, and pick up your packet at the Convention. Look on the Upcoming Events page for the preregistration form.
It will be necessary to register for the convention to be eligible for the special room rate of $109 per night. In addition to the room rates there will be a tax, which at present is 14 percent.
Exhibit tables will be set up by 10:00 am on Friday. Should you want exhibit space, there will be a $125 charge ($50 for NFB of SC chapters and divisions) and an application to complete. David Houck is in charge of all exhibits. Any questions pertaining to exhibits should be directed to him at (803) 254-3777. The Reception and party will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, August 10.
Division and Committee meetings will be held on Friday as well as the third quarter meetings of the Rocky Bottom Board of Directors and the NFB of SC Board of Directors. We will have a free continental breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings which this year will be in the convention session meeting room.
The Convention will be called to order at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, August 11. As usual, there will be a Saturday noontime Luncheon. The Banquet will be held Saturday evening at 7:00 pm. We will begin precisely at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 12, and adjourn around 12:00 noon.
Please make your reservations by calling the Marriott Hotel reservations at (800) 593-6465 or (803) 771-7000 and inform the reservationist you are reserving a room for the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina state convention. The Marriott hotel has also made available a reservation link to book your room online. The link is: Book your group rate for National Federation of the Blind of SC 2018 . Book your group rate for National Federation of the Blind of SC 2018
Be sure to make your reservations as soon as possible, but no later than July 15. While this is the cut-off date for the NFB of SC room block, rooms will not last that long. For those who are arriving Thursday, August 9, the same room rates will apply. It is strongly recommended that you immediately make your reservations to be assured of room accommodations.
The Hotel is obligated to retain the block of rooms reserved by the NFB of SC until July 15. After that time, reservations will be honored if there are still available accommodations.
Please be sure to be clear on the type of reservation you want–one, two, three or four person rooms, etc.–and be sure to specify that this is for the NFB of SC Convention to get these special rates.
If you pay in advance, your reservation will be guaranteed; however, you will not have to pay as long as you arrive by 6:00 p.m. Any amount you pay, of course, will be applied toward your bill.
We will have door prize drawings as usual. Lenora Robertson of Rock Hill is the Chairperson of the Door Prize Committee. All door prizes should be given to Lenora at the State Convention. See you in Columbia on August 10!