Prepare Now for 66th Convention
by Brigitte Jones and Christina Hitchcock
Pursuant to the provisions of Section 3b of Article IX (National Convention) of the BVA National Bylaws, all members of the Blinded Veterans Association in good standing are hereby notified that the BVA 66th National Convention will be held at the Golden Nugget Hotel, 129 East Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101, from Tuesday, August 16, through Saturday, August 20, 2011. Periodic updates regarding the convention will be posted regularly to the Convention page on the BVA website.
BVA members in good standing who wish to vote by proxy may request a form by writing or calling the Administrative Director at BVA National Headquarters no later than 45 days before the opening day of the 66th National Convention. Because the convention’s opening day is August 16, the deadline for requesting a proxy form is July 1, 2011.
In compliance with Section 2c of Article IX, the proxy form must be completed and returned to BVA National Headquarters (Attn: Administrative Director). To be considered valid, the envelope containing the form must be postmarked no later than 21 days before the opening date of the convention. The due date is therefore July 26, 2011.
The Fremont Street Experience features a permanent canopy covering the casino-lined street. Two million lights and a state-of-the-art sound system provide special shows on the canopy ceiling that last approximately seven minutes. Photo courtesy of Las Vegas News Bureau.
Significant Dates and Deadlines
BVA National Headquarters distributed notices in January regarding nominations for Certificates of Appreciation, the Maas and Diener Awards, the Wilburn H. Long Employment Award, and the David L. Schnair Volunteer Service Award. These actions also occurred in compliance with articles within the BVA National Bylaws.
A reminder will also be mailed to regional group presidents and secretaries on March 18 regarding the due date for submission of bylaw amendments for consideration at the convention. A mailing to all BVA members in good standing and residing in Districts 5 and 6 will also occur on or before March 18 (150 days leading up to August 16). The mailing will call for nominations for District Director.
Three copies of the credentials form will be also mailed on April 12 to all regional groups.
Both regional groups and individuals should refer to the following timeline in preparing for the convention. Items listed include actions required of the Association’s national headquarters, regional groups, and individuals. Questions can be addressed by calling BVA National Headquarters at 800-669-7079. Asterisks indicate actions required by the BVA National Bylaws.
- March 18*--National headquarters sends reminder to regional group presidents and secretaries that proposed bylaw amendments for consideration at the 66th National Convention must be postmarked no later than 90 days before the convention (May 18).
- March 18 (no later than 150 days before convention)--Mail call for nomination of Directors of Districts 5 and 6 to members in good standing from each of the two districts.
- April 12*--Mail credentials forms to regional group presidents, vice presidents, secretaries, and treasurers (3 copies each).
- April 22*--Nominations for BVA Certificates of Appreciation, the Maas and Diener Awards, the Long Employment Award, and the Schnair Service Award all due at national headquarters.
- Mid-April*--66th National Convention pre-registration package prepared and sent to printer.
- Mid-April*--66th National Convention proxy forms mailed.
- May 9 (no earlier than 100 days before convention, in this case 99 because May 8 is a Sunday)--Earliest date to mail pre-registration package and official convention notice to potential attendees.
- May 18 (no earlier than 90 days before convention)--Earliest date to distribute ballots for Districts 5 and 6 elections to district members.
- May 18 (no later than 90 days before convention)--Envelopes containing proposed bylaw amendments must be directed to national headquarters and postmarked.
- May 18 (no earlier than 90 days before convention)--Earliest date to mail proposed bylaw amendments to members in good standing.
- May 18 (90 days before convention and 60 days following original mail call referred to above)--Nominations for regular elections of Directors of Districts 5 and 6 due at national headquarters.
- June 2 (no later than 75 days before convention)--Latest date to mail pre-registration package and official convention notice from national headquarters.
- June 7 (no later than 70 days before convention)--Latest date for national headquarters to mail ballots for regular elections of Directors of Districts 5 and 6.
- June 15*--National headquarters mails annual financial report forms (three copies) to treasurers of regional groups.
- July 1 (no later than 45 days before convention)--Ballots for regular elections for Directors of Districts 5 and 6 must be postmarked no later than midnight.
- July 1 (no later than 45 days before convention)--Latest date to mail proposed bylaw amendments to members in good standing.
- July 7 (no later than 40 days before convention)--Regional group meeting notices to elect convention delegates must be mailed to group members. A copy of the notice must also be mailed to national headquarters at the same time it is mailed to the group membership.
- July 12 (35 days before convention)--National headquarters counts election ballots for regular election of Director of Districts 5 and 6.
- July 26 (21 days before convention)--Completed delegate credentials forms and proxy forms must be postmarked no later than midnight.
Reuniting from Far and Wide In “The City That Never Sleeps”
Frank Sinatra and Wall Street traders have put the label on New York City. Gamers and revelers have claimed that Las Vegas more aptly deserves the description. For BVA 66th National Convention attendees, “The City That Never Sleeps” phrase unquestionably belongs to Las Vegas.
Please join BVA at the Las Vegas Golden Nugget Hotel August 16-20, where the action will be nonstop. There will always be something to do throughout the five days, regardless of the time of day or night. Most importantly, the convention is an opportunity for BVA members to learn more about the organization and the opportunities it provides to serve fellow blinded veterans.
The Southern Nevada Regional group is excited to host this year’s convention and the events that will qualify it as an exhilarating gathering. Stay tuned for additional information on the BVA website and in the Bulletin’s spring issue.
The Golden Nugget was selected by the regional group because of its many amenities and proximity to the Fremont Experience, which typifies old style Vegas with ten classic casinos and free live entertainment in the heart of downtown. It is the only Las Vegas hotel to carry the AAA Four-Diamond Award for 29 consecutive years.
Quality accommodations fused with the best of entertainment and down-home hospitality are points of emphasis for the current Golden Nugget management. The aim is to draw visitors to a magnetic character and charming personality that places the guest at the center of attention.
The Golden Nugget's newest attraction is The Tank, a $20-million pool complete with a 200,000-gallon shark tank, a three-story waterslide, and beautifully designated covered areas. Swimmers can stroke to within inches of sharks and other marine life. Aquatic adventurers can take the plunge through the shark tank on the one-of-a-kind waterslide.
Onsite Golden Nugget restaurants include Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse, Chart House, Red Sushi, Lillie’s Asian Cuisine, Grotto, The Buffet, The Grille, Carson Street Café, and Starbucks. Bars and lounges include Rush Lounge, Dive Bar, Claude’s Bar, and the International Beer Bar.
BVA members should call the Golden Nugget reservation line, 800-634-3454, as soon as possible to make lodging arrangements. The convention rate is $42 per night Sunday through Thursday and $79 per night on Friday and Saturday. See the aforementioned webpage for additional details.
Unlike previous years, convention registration packets are available by request only. BVA will send a letter containing an RSVP card to every member. The letter will announce the convention and dates. A full registration packet will be mailed only to parties that return the RSVP card.
Please contact BVA Director of Membership Alyson Alt to check on membership status, renew a membership, or verify address information so that the RSVP cards will reach the appropriate blinded veterans and their families. BVA members can also receive the convention pre-registration packet via email by contacting Convention Manager Christina Hitchcock at email@example.com.