BVA 70th National Convention

Louisville Marriott Downtown Hotel
Louisville, Kentucky

Preliminary Schedule of Events

Sunday, August 16

12:00 pm - 6:00 pm....Registration and Information
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm.....Welcome and Orientation

Monday, August 17

8:30 am - 9:00 pm.....Welcome Session: BVA—Who We Are, What We Do
8:30 am - 5:00 pm.....Board of Directors Meeting
8:30 am - 5:00 pm.....BVA Auxiliary Silent Auction Setup 
8:30 am - 5:00 pm.....Field Service and Volunteer Training

(Monday-Tuesday)

8:30 am - 5:00 pm.....Registration and Information
9:00 am - 10:15 am....Education Session 1A, Smart Phone Basics
9:00 am - 10:15 am....Education Session 1B, Mobile Phone Basics (low tech)
9:00 am - 11:45 am....Introduction to Service Officer 1
10:30 am - 11:45 am...Education Session 2A, iPhone Fundamentals
10:30 am - 11:45 am...Education Session 2B, Android Fundamentals
1:00 pm - 3:45 pm.....Education Session 3A, iPhone Hands-On Workshop
1:00 pm - 3:45 pm.....Education Session 3B, Way Finding and GPS
1:00 pm - 3:45 pm.....Introduction to Service Officer 2
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm.....Exhibitor Setup 
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm.....APH Museum and Factory Tour (additional fee) 
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm.....Review and Questions 
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm....Baseball Game: Louisville Bats vs Durham Bulls (additional fee)

Tuesday, August 18

8:30 am - 9:00 am.....Welcome Agenda Review
8:30 am - 5:00 pm.....Board of Directors Meeting
8:30 am – 5:00 pm.....BVA Auxiliary Silent Auction 
8:30 am - 5:00 pm.....Field Service and Volunteer Service Officer Training 
8:30 am - 5:00 pm.....Registration and Information
8:30 am – 5:00 pm.....Field Service and Volunteer Training 
9:00 am – 10:15 am....Education Session 1A, Voiceye 
9:00 am - 10:15 am....Education Session 1B, What APH Can Do For You
10:00 am - 12:00 pm...BVA Auxiliary National Board Meeting 
10:30 am - 11:45 pm ..Education Session 2A, iPhone & iPad 
10:30 am - 11:45 am...Education Session 2B, GPS 
10:30 am - 6:30 pm....Exhibit Hall Open to All 
1:00 pm - 3:45 pm.....Education Session 3A, To Be Determined
1:00 pm - 3:45 pm.....Education Sessions 3B, To Be Determined
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm.....Rules Committee Meeting
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm.....Credentials Committee Meeting
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm.....National President’s Reception (sponsored by America’s Vet Dogs and American Printing House for the Blind—included in the convention registration fee)

Wednesday, August 19

8:00 am - 9:30 am.....Opening Session, Keynote Address
9:45 am - 11:30 am....Opening Business Meeting 
10:00 am - 12:00 pm...BVA Auxiliary Membership Meeting
10:00 am - 5:00 pm....Field Service and Volunteer Training 
10:00 am - 5:00 pm....Exhibit Hall 
11:30 am - 1:00 pm....Lunch Break
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm.....Presentations 
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm.....Field Service Update by Edward Eckroth 
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm.....BVAA Caregiver Discussion 
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm.....Legislative Update by Glenn Minney 
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm.....Bylaws & Resolutions Meeting
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm.....Bowling (additional fee)
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm.....Guide Dog Users Special Interest Group

Thursday, August 20

8:15 am - 12:00 pm....BVA Forum
8:30 am - 9:45 am.....VA Prosthetics 
9:00 am - 5:00 pm.....BVAA Silent Auction (item pickup time to be determined)
10:00 am - 11:00 am...Vision Research Presentation 
11:00 am - 12:00 pm...Toastmasters, Effective Meetings Presentation 
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm.....Father Carroll Luncheon (included in registration fee)
2:30 pm - 5:00 pm......Field Service and Volunteer Training 
2:30 pm - 3:20 pm......Officer Candidate Speeches
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm......BVAA Caregiver Discussion
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm......District Caucus Meetings
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm......Toastmasters Meeting (not confirmed)

Friday, August 21

9:00 am - 12:00 pm....Closing Business Meeting: Bylaws and Resolutions, Elections, Updates on Future Conventions
9:00 am - 12:00 pm....BVA Auxiliary Closing Business Meeting 
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm.....Assistance Technology Group Wrap-Up
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.....APH Museum and Factory Tour (additional fee)
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.....Caregiver Support 
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm.....Leadership Training 
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm.....Awards Banquet (included in registration fee)

Saturday, August 22

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm....APH Museum (transportation not provided)
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm...APH Film Festival