“Gateway to the South” To Host Historic 70th
Louisville, Kentucky, viewed here from the Ohio River, has 1.2 million residents in its metropolitan area that encompasses portions of 12 counties, seven in Kentucky and five in Indiana. The region offers more than 2,500 restaurants. Photo by Rich Hoyer
courtesy of Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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 70th National Convention will be held at the Louisville Marriott Downtown Hotel, 280 West Jefferson Street, Louisville, Kentucky, from Monday, August 17, through Friday, August 21, 2015.
Periodic updates regarding the convention will be posted regularly to the Convention page on the BVA website, www.bva.org/convention
BVA National Headquarters will host the 70th National Convention.
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 70th National Convention. Because the convention’s opening day is August 17, the deadline for requesting a proxy form is July 3, 2015.
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 27, 2015.
“Possibility City” Issues Beckoning Call
In mid-August blinded veterans, their families, exhibitors, presenters, and friends will land in Possibility City, branded as such because of its rapid socioeconomic and cultural strides. Louisville’s Convention and Visitors Bureau has elaborated on the Possibility City label, claiming that the question in Louisville is not what to do but what to do first.
Louisville, largest city in the state of Kentucky, offers a host of attractions to 70th National Convention attendees, beginning with the pronunciation of the name of the city itself. Five accepted pronunciations are the following: Looavul, Luhvul, Loueville, Looaville, and Looeyville.
A suggested first stop may be the Visitors Center at the corner of 4th and Jefferson Streets for literature, souvenirs, discounted attraction tickets, and restaurant reservations, all with the help of travel counselors.
Popular daytime spots in the downtown area include galleries and museums along Museum Row. Sports lovers can see the world’s largest bat on display at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory or visit Teddy Roosevelt’s big stick at the Frazier History Museum. In all, Museum Row houses nine original attractions all within four walkable blocks.
Louisville’s Museum Row features ten original attractions within four walkable blocks, including the Frazier History Museum, the Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts, and the Kentucky Science Center. Photo courtesy of Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Evening attractions include Fourth Street Live!, the city’s premier dining and entertainment district, and the Belle of Louisville, the oldest operating steamboat in the country.
Louisville is known as the Gateway to Bourbon Country in addition to its description as Gateway to the South. The Urban Bourbon Trail is a collection of bars and restaurants boasting more than 50 unique bourbons on hand.
Outside the heart of downtown Louisville are the Kentucky Derby Museum and Churchill Downs, legendary home to the “two most exciting minutes in sports.” On the way are Old Louisville and the largest Victorian residential neighborhood in the United States.
Louisville also boasts of its renowned Louisville Zoo and a zipline tour that is completely underground. The tour, housed in a man-made cavern under a number of roadways and part of 17 miles of corridors beneath the city, is an adventure rich in history, geology, mining, recycling, and green building technology.
An original cuisine experience is possible by dining at an award-winning restaurant in one of four dining districts.
Critical Dates and Deadlines
The Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, part of Museum Row in the West Main District of downtown Louisville, showcases the history of the Louisville Slugger brand of baseball bats and of baseball in general. Outside the museum is a famous six-story bat that appears to lean against the museum but is completely free standing. The museum houses a mix of hands-on exhibits and memorabilia. Photo courtesy of Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau.
BVA National Headquarters distributed notices in January regarding nominations for Certificates of Appreciation, the Maas and Diener Awards, and the David L. Schnair Volunteer Service Award. These actions also occurred in compliance with articles within the BVA National Bylaws.
A reminder was mailed to regional group presidents and secretaries on March 20 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 1 and 2 also occurred on or before March 23 (150 days leading up to August 18). The mailing called for nominations for District Director.
Three copies of the credentials form will also be mailed on April 13 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.
1. March 20*
—National headquarters sends reminder to regional group presidents and secretaries that proposed bylaw amendments to be considered at the 70th National Convention must be postmarked no later than 90 days before the convention (May 20).
2. March 23
(no later than 150 days before convention)—Mail call for nomination of Directors of Districts 1 and 2 to members in good standing from each of the two districts.
3. April 13*
—Mail credentials forms to regional group presidents, vice presidents, secretaries, and treasurers (three copies each).
4. April 24*
—Nominations for BVA Certificates of Appreciation, the Melvin J. Maas and Irving Diener Awards, and the David L. Schnair Service Award all due at national headquarters.
—70th National Convention pre-registration package prepared and sent to printer.
—70th National Convention proxy forms mailed but only by request of national headquarters Administrative Director.
7. May 8
(no earlier than 100 days before convention)—Earliest date to mail pre-registration package and official convention notice to potential attendees.
8. May 20
(no earlier than 90 days before convention) — Earliest date to distribute ballots to Districts 1 and 2.
9. May 20
(no later than 90 days before convention) — Envelopes containing proposed bylaw amendments must be directed to national headquarters and postmarked.
10. May 20
(no earlier than 90 days before convention) — Earliest date to mail proposed bylaw amendments to members in good standing.
11. May 20
(90 days before convention and 60 days following original mail call referred to above) — Nominations for regular elections of Directors of Districts 1 and 2.
12. June 4
(no later than 75 days before convention) — Latest date to mail pre-registration package and official convention notice from national headquarters.
13. June 9
(no later than 70 days before convention) — Latest date for national headquarters to mail ballots for regular elections of Directors of Districts 1 and 2.
14. June 15
* — National headquarters mails annual financial report forms (three copies) to treasurers of regional groups.
15. July 3
(no later than 45 days before convention) — Ballots for regular elections for Directors of Districts 1 and 2.
16. July 3
(no later than 45 days before convention) — Latest date to mail proposed bylaw amendments to members in good standing.
17. July 9
(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.
18. July 14
(35 days before convention) — National headquarters counts election ballots for regular election of Directors of Districts 1 and 2.
19. July 28
(21 days before convention) — Completed delegate credentials forms and proxy forms must be postmarked no later than midnight.
BVA 70th National Convention
August 17-21, 2015
Preliminary Schedule of Major Events
The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts is home to Louisville’s nationally renowned arts scene, including The Louisville Orchestra, Kentucky Opera, and the Louisville Ballet. With three theaters housed within the Center, entertainment of one variety or another occurs almost every night of the year. Photo courtesy of Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Please note that education and training sessions will occur August 17-18. The Exhibit Hall will be open August 18-19. Business meetings will be conducted August 19-21. Registration materials with an updated schedule will be mailed to BVA members in May.
Sunday, August 16
8:30 am – 5:00 pm ……………. Board of Directors Meetings
12:30 pm – 6:00 pm ……….… Early Check-In
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm ………….… Orientation and Information Sessions
Monday, August 17
8:30 am – 10:00 am ……………..Board of Directors Meeting
8:30 am – 5:00 pm ……………….Field Service Training
8:30 am – 5:00 pm ……………….Education Sessions
9:30 am – 6:00 pm ……………….Registration and Information
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm …………….. Tour at American Printing House for the Blind
Thursday, August 20
8:15 am – 12:00 pm ………………..BVA Forum
8:30 am – 12:00 pm ………………..BVAA Silent Auction
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm ………………..Father Carroll Memorial Luncheon
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm ………………… Officer Candidate Speeches
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm ………………… District Caucus Meetings
Friday, August 21
8:30 am – 12:00 pm …………….. Closing Business Meeting
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm ………………… Field Service Program Update
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm ………………… Leadership Training
1:30 pm – 4:00 pm ………………… Tour of APH Production Facility and Museum
6:00 pm – 9:30 p m ………………… Awards Banquet
Saturday, August 22
8:30 am – 12:30 pm ……………….. Louisville Tour (To Be Determined, Possibly Fort Knox)