October 2015 Bulletin

Greetings Fellow Federationists:

Have you made your hotel reservations?
Doubletree by Hilton in Newark, California. (510) 490-8390, group code NFC

Did you submit your pre-registration form?
There is still time! Go to: to Pre Register Now!

Did you find a winning costume for the Masquerade Ball and Costume Contest?

It will take place Friday, October 30 at 8:00 P.M. You wont want to miss out on all the fun!

Transportation Information
If you are pre-registered and wish to ride the bus from either northern or southern California, the following is schedule for pick up:

Bus 1- Southern California- San Diego, 8:00 A.M., October 29. Denny’s at 4365 University Avenue. Next stop is:
Escondido- 9:00 A.M. Casa Escondida Senior Apartments at 715 N. Broadway. Next stop:
Riverside- 10:30 A.M., Janet Goeske Center at 5257 Sierra Street. Next stop:
Ontario- 11:15 A.M., 9147 Central Avenue, Montclair.

The bus will not make any stops before getting to Newark.

Bus 2- Los Angeles – 10:00 A.M. at Green line Park and Ride, 11901 S. Crenshaw Blvd, Hawthorn.

Bus 3- Northern California bus: I am still working on pickup locations and times.

The National Federation of the Blind of California
Uniting Blind People through Love, Hope & Determination
To Live the Life We Want

The National Federation of the Blind of California will hold the annual state convention from Friday, October 30 through Sunday, November 1 at the Doubletree by Hilton, in Newark, California.

This convention promises to be action-packed and full of fun. For the first time, Wells Fargo will educate, train and interview perspective qualified blind people to apply for jobs at Wells Fargo.

In addition, Jerry Gibbens, Acting Chief Manager, Disability Management Program Office of Civil Rights California Department of Human Resources/CalHR. Will introduce attendees to the LEAP Program (Limited and Examination Appointment Programs) guidelines and tell attendees how to apply for jobs with the State of California.

The Social Security Administration will have a speaker who will explain how SSI and SSDI is affected when you become employed.

The Department of Rehabilitation will introduce program services and employment opportunities through DOR. Rehabilitation Counselors will be available to take down contact information and follow up with referrals after the convention.

From a masquerade ball to a room full of exhibitors, meetings by students, blind parents, guide dog users, and so much more—everyone will find something exciting and new!

For hotel reservations at the Doubletree by Hilton in Newark/Fremont, call:
(510) 490-8390
Press 2 to make your reservation with the front desk.
Group code: NFC
Room rates are $109 per room without breakfast buffet or $129 with breakfast buffet for 2 guests.

Pre-register now $20 to get the best hotel rates!
You will need your hotel confirmation number to complete convention pre-registration. You can find the form at . Pre Register now!

This year, bus transportation to convention will be provided to anyone who pre-registers, so hurry and pre-register to save your seat on the bus.

For more information and to learn about convention activities, please visit www.sixdots.org or call President Mary Willows, President of the National Federation of the Blind of California, at 925-462-8575.

President Mary Willows
3934 Kern court
Pleasanton Ca. 94588
Home: (925) 462-8575
Cell: (925) 895-2778


The National Federation of the Blind of of California
Uniting Blind People
Love, Hope and Determination
to Live the Life We Want

We are now accepting pre-registration forms for our 2015 State Convention.

The National Federation of the Blind of California will assemble in convention on October 30, 31 and November 1, 2015.

Where: The Doubletree by Hilton Newark/Fremont
39900 Balentine Drive
Newark, CA 94560

For hotel reservations call: (510) 490-8390. Press 2 on the option menu to make your reservation with staff at the front desk.
Group code: NFC.
Note: You will need your hotel confirmation number to complete the pre-registration form.

Room rates: $109.00 + tax – without breakfast buffet
$129.00 +tax – with breakfast buffet for two guests

The fun will begin on Thursday evening, October 29. So be sure to arrive early. The Exhibit Hall and Board of Directors meeting will begin on Friday, October 30 at 9:00 A.M. The Orientation Center for the Blind Alumni Association Inc. will meet over lunch at 12:00 noon ($20.00). Don’t forget to bring your best Halloween costume for the Masquerade Ball and contest at 8:00 P.M. on Friday evening.

On Saturday, October 31 The general session will begin promptly at 9:00 A.M. The afternoon sessions will break out into “Round Table” discussion groups. The highlight of our convention will be the banquet on Saturday evening when we will get to hear the keynote address from our national representative, Pamela Allen, First Vice-president, National Federation of the Blind and the Director of the Louisiana Center for the Blind.

Sunday morning will wrap up the event with elections, resolutions and other Federation traditions.

Please note: If you would like to take advantage of bus transportation to the convention on Thursday, October 29 you will need to pre-register soon so we can reserve the buses. More information about locations and times will follow. There will be two buses coming up from southern California and one bus from northern California.

Register now for the NFB of California 2015 convention


The 2016 Washington Seminar Application is now available on our web site. All interested participants should complete the Washington Seminar Application form. The deadline to submit your request is Thursday October 15th, 2015.


NFBC Grant Application Now Available

The National Federation of the Blind of California is pleased to announce that the 2015 National Convention grant application is now available. The deadline to submit your application is April 15th,2015.

Grant Application: http://ulwxastpyh.formstack.com/forms/2015_nfbc_national_convention_grants


Dear Fellow Federationists,

I start this March Bulletin with our new branding. The following is the essence of the 75 years of love, hope and determination. Commit it to memory. It will get you through all kinds of situations.
“The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.”

2015 Summer Internship Application Deadline
If you or someone you know has a desire to learn about current legislation, education, technology, civil rights, public relations, and much more, applications and accompanying documentation should be submitted to Anil Lewis at jerniganinstitute@nfb.org by March 13, 2015. The program runs from June 1 to August 7 and includes a trip to the 75th anniversary convention of the National Federation of the Blind. This opportunity is being made available through the Jernigan Institute located in Baltimore, Maryland. More information can be found at: https://nfb.org/blog/vonb-blog/national-federation-blind-2015-summer-internship-program

The U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing Money Reader is Still Available
If you did not attend the National Convention in 2014 and receive a free money reader, you can still apply for one at the web site: www.moneyfactory.gov/uscurrencyreaderform.html. You must be a qualified patron of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS). On a personal note, I would like to tell everybody these very helpful, portable readers have been very handy for sorting and organizing paper currency when I did not have sighted assistance readily available. I recommend that everyone apply now.

Chapter Development in California
Two of our NFB of California Board Members, Rochelle Houston and Ever Lee Hairston travelled to our Riverside / San Bernardino Chapter to build membership in California. Rochelle told of her journey into blindness and shared tips on fundraising ideas for building the organization.
The Pathfinders Chapter held the annual membership recruitment reception. Ever Lee Hairston spoke to the group about her experiences learning to become an independent blind adult. The reception was a success resulting in four new members.

Viejas Casino Trip
If you want to try your luck at the role of the dice on your way to the pot of gold, join the Pathfinders and San Fernando Valley Chapters on Saturday April 4, 2015.
If you live in the Los Angeles Area, lucky participants will meet at the
Greenline Park & Ride at 8 a.m. which is located at 11901 South Crenshaw Blvd, Hawthorne, CA.
If you live in the San Fernando Valley Area, meet at 7 a.m. at the home of Robert Stigile located at 19831 Friar Street, Woodland Hills, CA 91367.
Donation $2. This fun filled event will help raise money to get people to the 75th Anniversary Convention of the National Federation of the Blind in Orlando, Florida this summer.
For reservations and more information, contact Rochelle Houston at
323-807-0300 or email rhouston58@gmail.com or Robert Stigile at 818-381-9568 or email rstigile@gmail.com

First Annual Senior Division Seminar Saturday, April 11, 2015
The National Federation of the Blind of California Senior Division is inviting you to join us for a seminar in knowledge, information, & methods of living with blindness. We are planning on door prizes and lots of fun!

WHEN: Saturday, April 11, 2015
TIME: Noon – 3pm
WHERE: Hometown Buffet
12139 Hawthorne Blvd. Hawthorne, CA 90230

RSVP by March 31st, CONTACT:
Charlotte Carroll – (310) 625-6558, email mizzcharlotte@sbcglobal.net
Cheryl Thurston – (909) 821-9589, email cthurston74@gmail.com

Mary Willows, President
National Federation of the Blind of California
3934 Kern Court
Pleasanton, CA 94588
925) 895-2778