Michigan Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired 48th Agenda

Thursday: October 14

9:00 AM Opening Ceremonies 9:10 AM Welcome and introduction to the convention: Casey Dutmer, chair
9:30 AM Welcome from the president: Becky Kooistra, President
9:35 AM Welcome from state representative: Tommy Brann, 77th State District Representative
9:40 AM Welcome from ACB: Mark Richert, Executive Director Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired
9:50 AM Diamond Sponsor Presentation: Democracy Live
10:00 AM Nominations report: Rhonda Stogner, Chair
10:15 AM MCBVI informational Interview between Casey Dutmer and Michael Smith
10:35 AM Door prizes
10:40 AM Diamond sponsor presentation: Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP) Juan Ortiz Director, BSBP Training Center
10:50 AM Reading of proposed bylaw changes: Casey Dutmer, Chair
11:00 AM En-Visioning Health Equity for the Visually Impaired and Blind at the Pharmacy Counter, Sharla Glass, Public Policy & Community Outreach, En-Vision America
11:30 AM Resolutions: Merisa Musemic, Chair
11:50 AM Diamond Sponsor Presentation: St. Lucy’s Guide, Robert Furtado
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Door prizes
1:05 PM Diamond Sponsor presentation: Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Jennifer Lyman R.N., B.S.
1:15 PM Connecting, Cultivating, and Collaborating body and mind: Laura Armenta, Founder and Creative Director, Armentality Movement Art Center
2:00 PM Building a stronger relationship with the MCBVI technology committee, Presenters: Jackie Boomstra Chair, Malaina VanderWal, Joe Todd, Marcia Moses, and Merisa Musemic
2:40 PM Rereading of the proposed Bylaw changes, Casey Dutmer, Chair
3:00 PM Door prizes
3:10 PM Connecting, Cultivating, and Collaborating more with the BRAILLE AND TALKING BOOK LIBRARY: Scott Norris, Manager, Michigan Braille and Talking Book Library
3:50 - 4:35 PM Audio Description Presentation: Dr. Joel Snyder, Dr. Snyder will discuss the audio description project at American Council of the Blind.
8:00 PM Hospitality Hour: Lucy Edmonds
Please join us for a Virtual MCBVI Social! It has been a year since we were all together virtually, so come in and say hello.

Friday: October 15

9:00 AM Diamond Sponsor Presentation: Michigan Department of Education Low Incidents Outreach (MDELIO)
9:15 AM Invocation: Pastor Rev. Fr. Bradley Forintos
9:25 AM Bylaws: Casey Dutmer, Chair
10:15 AM In Recognition of White Cane Safety Day, Casey Dutmer
10:35 AM Diamond Sponsor Presentation: Dr. Joe L. Todd, PLC
10:40 AM Bylaws Continued: Casey Dutmer, Chair
11:30 AM Resolutions: Merisa Musemic, Chair
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Connecting, Cultivating and Collaborating with Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP): William Robinson, Director of Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons, Mark Richert Interim Executive Director Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, and Casey Dutmer, president, Visually Impaired Persons for Progress
2:15 PM Connecting, Cultivating and Collaborating with ADA Great Lakes Technical Center: Peter Berg
3:00 PM Diamond Sponsor Presentation: Leader Dogs for the Blind, Leslie Hoskins
3:15 PM Connecting, Cultivating, and Collaborating with Recreational Resources: Sara Galik, Special Olympics
4:00 PM Centers for Independent Living Presentations: Christine Cook, Disability Network Oakland, Macomb, and the Thumb, Mark Pierce, Capital Area Center for Independent Living, Max Hornick, Community Education Specialist, Certified ADA Coordinator (ADAC), Disability Networks of Southwest Michigan
8:00 PM MCBVI Game Night: Lucy Edmonds
Join us for MCBVI Virtual Fun and Games! We will play a couple of games to see how well we know each other!

Saturday: October 16

8:30 AM Memorial Service: Pastor Russ Zimmerman
9:00 AM Mental Health Presentation: Adjusting to Life After Covid 19, Dr. Jessie Rayl
9:45 - 10:15 AM Navigating Mental Health Services and Supports: Adrian Luckenbacher, MA, LLPC, Hospital Liaison, Community Relations and Outreach Coordinator, St. Claire County Community Mental Health
10:30 AM Diamond Sponsor Presentation: Literacy Project, Pet Tusing
10:40 AM Connecting, Cultivating, and Collaborating with Our Members: Cindy Hollis, Membership Services Coordinator, American Council of the Blind
12:00 PM Elections and Lunch
2:00 - 4:00 PM MCBVI Business Meeting
4:05 PM Break
6:00 PM Virtual Cash Bar: Mike Smith will play clips from Tyrone Hamilton’s past shows
7:00 PM Virtual Banquet
7:00 Welcome and Invocation, Casey Dutmer Chair
7:05 PM Interview with the younger women of MCBVI, presented by Mike Smith
7:50 PM Election Results, Rhonda Stogner, Chair
7:55 PM Keynote Speaker Mark Richert, Interim Executive Director Association for Education and Rehabilitation for the Blind and Visually Impaired
8:30 PM Awards and Door prizes

MCBVI Convention Sponsors:

Diamond Level:
Democracy Live Inc.
Dr. Joe Todd PLC
Michigan Department of Education Low Incidence Outreach (MDELIO)
Vanda Pharma
Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP)
Leader Dogs for the Blind
Literacy Project
St. Lucy's Guide
Charis and Kyle Austin

Gold Level:
Malaina VanderWal
Lindsey LaVere
Phyllis Magbanua
Casey Dutmer

Silver Level:
Merisa Musemic
Rhonda Stogner