My wonderful experience at the 71st BVA National Convention, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, exceeded my dreams of grandeur.
The hotel lobby decor was very ritzy. The beautiful southern style pattern on the wingback chairs, with soft lights glistening off the dark smoked mirrors, gave way for a relaxing atmosphere. The large spacious session areas, with the many grand ballrooms and one in particular with an elegant staircase, were definitely breath taking. The staircase reminded me of a scene from the movie Gone with the Wind.
The edifying speeches made by the Governor, the Senator, the Mayor, the Congresswoman, and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs were very informative and spirited.
The vendors’ Exhibit Hall was exciting. It had many new instruments and devices for the visually impaired to cope with their everyday challenges. I had no personal reading device with me so one of the vendors provided me with an Eschenbach hand-held reading device to complete my mission at hand. I engaged myself with many demonstrations to further my knowledge of what I need to meet my daily challenges.
The workshops were plentiful and engaging, especially the legislative session. I improved my awareness of the workings of the governing boards of the regional groups by attending the officers’ session. We discussed many possible new incentives for increasing the membership. We also discussed the treasury funds.
The President’s Reception and Father Carroll Luncheon were upbeat and enthusiastic. The banquet, our grand finale, was magnificent and the food was superb. The table arrangements were set with such elegance, suitable for the men and women who have served this country. The service was professional, second to none.
I enjoyed myself immensely at this, my second national convention. I encourage wholeheartedly my BVA comrades to attend one soon, perhaps even next year. It is an event to remember for a lifetime. The New York Regional Group thanks the Project Manager, Ms. Christina Hitchcock, for all she did to make the week memorable for us.
New York, New York
I am a 2016-17 Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship recipient and wish to express my great appreciation for this gift.
Words honestly cannot deliver the magnitude of my thanks. I can only hope that my future contributions to the community and rehabilitation field will make BVA proud.
I promise to put the education from these funds to great use and promote the BVA mission to the best of my abilities.
Student of Physical Therapy
Class of 2019
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