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2021 State Convention Agenda

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National Federation of the Blind of Arkansas
2021 State Convention

Welcome to the 67th Annual Arkansas State Convention 2021
October 28th, 29th, & 30th 2021

Virtually Here and Every Where

Introducing our State Board Members:

State President
Nena Chadwick

1st Vice President 2nd Vice President
Vacant Brent Philpot
Treasurer Secretary
David Henry Terry Sheeler
Board Member 1 Board Member 2
Vacant Donavon Cavender
Board Member 3 Board Member 4
Bettye Johnson Freddie Wilkey

Chapter Presidents

At Large Chapter - Tanya Van Houton Central Arkansas Chapter - Cindy Scott-Huisman
Northwest Arkansas Chapter - David Henry River Valley Chapter - Gary Hall
ARKABS Division - Elizabeth Sheeler

2021 Convention Agenda

Thursday, October 28, 2021
Vendor Night

6-8 PM

Vanda Non 24
Topic: Non-24 Educational Discussion

Shauna Jatho is inviting you to a scheduled RingCentral meeting. Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS —or Android: https://
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Arkansas State Affiliate joined by ARKABS
Topic: Don’t miss out, for a donation you can choose from a basket of Mystery Items.

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Hosting the 2021 National Federation of the Blind of Arkansas State Convention is the North West Arkansas Chapter (NWA)

Important Zoom Conference Commands and Tips

Important: Raising your hand is necessary when you wish to request to speak, win a door prize, and choose to vote for a candidate in the state elections. During convention, all persons other than presenters will be muted by default. To speak or ask a question, you must first raise your hand to request permission. We are asking for everyone to have your video on as a courtesy to our guests.

2021 Arkansas State Convention
Time: Oct 29 & 30, 2021 9:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Zoom iPhone Tips

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Voting will take place using zoom, anyone planning to call in by phone should send an email to to declare what number they will be calling from. When voting keep your hands raised, when the count is finished the host will lower them.

Door Prizes

Door prizes will be drawn during the whole convention, so to win you must be present, and either raise your hand, call, text, or email to the following:
Call 501-680-7007
Text 501-680-7007

Meet our National Representative

Ever Lee Hairston
Picture is of Ever Lee Hairston


Ever Lee Hairston is a past President of the National Federation of the Blind of California. She is filled with hope, energy and love by participating in the National Federation of the Blind. With every opportunity, her expectations are raised and her impact is felt broadly, as the dreams she has for herself and others are realized.

She was born on the Cooleemee Plantation in North Carolina, the third of seven children, and raised by sharecroppers. She walked three miles to a segregated school until the third grade, after which she was bused nineteen miles from home for grades four through twelve, passing several white schools along the way and using their hand-me-down books.

Immediately after high school Ever Lee went to New York to work as a live-in maid for a white family and was responsible for the care of an eight-year-old girl with a terminal illness and her five-year old brother. Ever Lee took her earnings back to North Carolina to pursue her dream of a nursing career. The dream was shattered when she failed the eye exam due to the early stages of retinitis pigmentosa. Refusing to give up, she enrolled in North Carolina's Central University in Durham.

While in college she passionately embraced the civil rights movement of the sixties. She joined Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in several sit-in demonstrations protesting Sears, Roebuck and Company's refusal to hire blacks. During one of these demonstrations she was arrested along with Dr. King and 2,000 other protesters. They spent a frightening night in jail not knowing what the morning would bring, but steadfast in their fight for civil rights.

After college her teaching career ended due to her impending blindness. She realized she needed new skills to live and work in a sighted world. Ever Lee pursued and received vigorous training at the Louisiana Center for the Blind, in Ruston, LA, which changed her life. Becoming efficient at Braille, cane traveling, independent living skills, and technology gave her the confidence to work for the state of New Jersey for 26 years. She is currently serving her twelfth year as a member of the National Federation of the Blind Board of Directors and is a recognized leader of the NFB movement.

Ever Lee lives in Los Angeles and has a great son, loving daughter-in-law, and four beautiful grandchildren.

2021 Arkansas State Convention Agenda

Friday October 29, 2021
General Session

9:00-9:05 am: Call to order, announcements
State President Nena Chadwick
9:05-9:15 am: Welcome
Mayor Orman, City of Bentonville
9:15-9:45 am: Dan Parker, Blind Driver Challenge Driver
9:45-10:00 am: Eric Hughes, IFB Solutions, Recruiting, Employment and Events
10:00-10:20 am: Break
10:20-10:40 am: Natasha Aymami, Helen Keller National Center
10:40-11:00 am: Toni Frazier, IFB Solutions, Community Low Vision Center
11:00-11:20 am: Sharla Glass, Envision America
11:20-11:40 am: Steven Long, ICAN
11:40-12:00 pm: Sharon Giovinazzo, World Services for the Blind
12:00-2:00 pm: Lunch

12:30 pm - Central Arkansas Chapter Meeting pwd=T2tMZk81SzlaR2s1WkYrUW1JVFlYZz09
Meeting ID: 733 3702 2039
Passcode: NFBCAC

Friday October 29,2021
General Session

2:00-2:30 pm: Raul Gallegos, NAGDU
2:30-3:00 pm: Elizabeth Whitaker, Vispero
3:00-3:20 pm: Calvin Churchwell, Nano Pac
3:20-3:40 pm: Break
3:40-4:00 pm: Daniel Martinez, NFB Coordinator for Spanish Interpretation
4:00-4:30 pm: Jimmy Boehm, You can give
4:30-4:50 pm: Shauna Jatho, Vanda Non 24
4:50-5:00 pm: Announcements, Adjourn
5:00-6:00 pm Nomination Committee Meeting (Closed )
Conference Line: 310-372-7549
Code: 744800
6:00-7:00 pm Resolution Committee Meeting (open to all) pwd=Q1BXUGJIRWxaeE1YV3EzZWFuVDcwdz09
Meeting ID: 632 272 6273
Passcode: Arzoom2020
7:00-9:00 pm: Blind Bid Auction

Gifts galore, fun, practical, yummy and mysterious!!

Come and participate in our Blind Bid Auction. This is a fundraiser for the National Federation of the Blind of Arkansas. Seek the most wanted valuable treasures and place your winning bids. If you are the highest bidder, then the treasures will be yours.
Join Us: pwd=Q1BXUGJIRWxaeE1YV3EzZWFuVDcwdz09
Meeting ID: 632 272 6273
Passcode: Arzoom2020

The link to be able to pay

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Saturday, October 30, 2021
General Session

9:00-9:05 am: Call to order
NFB Pledge - Terry Sheeler
9:05-9:30 am: Donavon Cavender, Leadership/Priorities
9:30-10:00 am: Sabrina Simmons, Jacob Bolotin Award Winner 2021
10:00-10:15 am: Chair, Donna Walker, Pac Plan
10:15-10:30 am: Break
10:30-11:00 am: Cassondra Williams-Stokes, Director Division of Services for the Blind
Division of Services for the Blind Agency Update
11:00- 11:20 am: Tom Masseau, Disability Rights Arkansas
11:20-11:40 am: Laura Legendary, Elegant Insights Braille Creations Jewelry
11:40-12:00 pm: Carlton Anne Cook Walker, National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC)
12:00-2:00 pm: Lunch

At Large Chapter Meeting at 12:30 pm on conference line 310-372-7549 Code: 744800

Saturday October 30, 2021
General Session

2:00-5:00 pm: Business Meeting/Reports
2:05-2:35 pm: Ever Lee Hairston, National Report
2:35-3:00 pm: Nena Chadwick, State Report
3:00-3:30 pm : Business Meeting
Business Meeting Minutes, Terry Sheeler, State Secretary
Annual Treasurers Report, David Henry, State Treasurer
Affiliate Constitution Revision, Donavon Cavender
3:30-3:45 pm: Break
3:45-4:00 pm: Resolution Committee
Chair: David Henry
Brent Philpot, Donavon Cavender, Freddie Wilkey
4:00-4:10 pm: Nominations Committee Chair: Nena Chadwick
Brent Philpot, Bryson Jones, Donavon Cavender, Jimmy Sparks, Freddie Wilkey
4:10-4:30 pm: Elections
NFBAR Board Positions 3 and 4 (2021-2023)
4:30-5:00 pm: Chapter Reports
At Large, Tanya VanHouton, President
Arkabs, Elizabeth Sheeler, President
Central, Cindy Scott-Housman, President
NWA, David Henry, President
River Valley, Freddie Wilkey, Vice President
5:00pm: Announcements, Adjourn


Here’s to another great year and an even better one to come! So bring your favorite drink/snacks, and join us for our annual banquet. Stay with us through the evening as the NFBAR Host Committee will be having drawings and a grand prize.

7:00-7:05 pm: Welcome and Introductions
Nena Chadwick NFBAR State President
7:05-7:30 pm: Banquet Address, Ever Lee Hairston, National Representative, National Federation of the Blind Board of Directors
7:30-9:00 pm: ARKABS Game Night:

Special Recognition

The National Federation of the Blind of Arkansas would like to give our appreciation to:

  • Ever Lee Hairston, our National Rep, and National Board Member, for giving her time and experience.
  • To all of our great speakers who have made our convention a great success.
  • To the vendors for attending and showing your products.
  • To all of our members who have given their time, in getting together donations, door prizes, being on committees, but best of all: Doing all of this TOGETHER!! Blind and Sighted everyone counts.

Let’s go build the National Federation of the Blind of Arkansas bigger and better

See you all at our Spring Convention 2022

Arkansas List Serve

Hello fellow federationists, I am in charge of helping to sign people up for the Arkansas NFB list serve.

So, what is a list serve?

A List serve is a method of communicating with a group of people via email. One email message is sent to the list serve and everyone on that list serve receives the same e-mail.

This method of communication is free, accurate and reliable. Our affiliate president would like for all of the Arkansas affiliate members to enroll to avoid missing important and timely e- mails.

How do you sign up?

  1. Open your internet browser
  2. Copy and paste this link into the address bar:
  3. Fill in the information to sign up for the list.
  4. You will receive an e-mail that will instruct you to reply and leave the subject intact. That's right, hit reply and send.

Once you submit the e-mail, you are enrolled and in touch with the NFB of Arkansas. We very strongly encourage you to sign up for the list serve so you will be in the know.

If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to call me at (501) 680-7007 or e-mail me at

Thank you for taking the time to do this. We don't want any of our affiliate members to be left out from receiving news and updates about the NFB and NFB of Arkansas.

Tanya VanHouten
You can live the life you want

Dream Makers Circle

You can help build a future of opportunity for the blind by becoming a member of our Dream Makers Circle. It is easier than you think. You can visit your bank and convert an account to a P.O.D. (payable on death) bank account which is payable after your passing to the National Federation of the blind or one of our affiliates. Your legacy gift to the National Federation of the Blind or the National Federation of the Blind of Arkansas can be made in the form of a will or living trust, an income generating gift, or by naming us as the beneficiary of a retirement plan, IRA, pension, or a life insurance policy. You can designate a specific amount, a percentage, or list NFB as one of several beneficiaries. For additional information, please contact Patti Chang at (410) 659-9314, extension 2422 or at

Vehicle Donations

The National Federation of the Blind uses car donations to improve the education of blind children, distribute free white canes, help veterans, and so much more. We have partnered with Vehicles for Charity to process donated vehicles. Please call toll-free (855) 659-9314, and a representative can make arrangements, or you can donate online by visiting

Vanda Pharmaceuticals

To learn more about Non-24, please contact Shauna Jatho RN, clinical nurse educator at 202-538

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