by Edna Dixon
Convention time is fast approaching. Reservations have been made and many of you are now about to leave for Jacksonville, Florida, just as this issue of the Bulletin is delivered to you.
We, the BVA Auxiliary (BVAA) Board, could not be more excited. A wonderfully informative program has been planned. At press time still in the month of June, we must honestly confess that we can’t wait for mid-August!
As Pam mentioned in this column just two issues back, the convention represents a longevity of 40 years for the BVA Auxiliary dating back to our inauguration in 1977. We also look forward to being a part of this noteworthy milestone.
The BVAA theme at this year’s convention is “Be Aware and Be Prepared.”
Some of the topics we are planning are: How to Know When You Need Help, You Can’t Pour from an Empty Cup, and Be Aware and Be Safe. We also have four additional informative speakers.
Presentations will occur on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. After you have made sure that your blinded veteran is settled, please join these inspiring presentations. We will also have two sessions of fun and crafts. Check your program for times and locations.
All guests, caregivers, and spouses of blinded veterans in attendance are encouraged to come by the BVAA room to do some bidding on Silent Auction items. We will still accept donated items, so please bring them with you if you have not had a chance to send them to me in Alabama.
The proceeds from the auction provide the funding of scholarships for the spouses and children of blinded veterans. Lottie Davis will be back with us this year. She will chair the Silent Auction, but she will need volunteer assistance.
Our Renee Feldman Scholarship recipients for this year are Victoria Malisowski and Lauryn McGahee. They will each receive $2,000.
BVAA regional group presidents should be sure that all of their reports are up-to-date and that volunteer hours have been sent to Patti Hail at email@example.com.
BVAA National Secretary Ben Holmes will be chairing the 50/50 Raffle sales this year. The tickets will be sold at six for $5.00. Half of the money goes to the scholarship fund and the other half is given in three different prizes. Many of the convention attendees wait until Friday night to buy tickets so extra volunteers will be needed to help sell them, perhaps even at the banquet itself where we often sell them in abundance.
It is time for the renewal of membership dues for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Dues are $15 and may be mailed to Carl Hytinen, 14 Marehaven Drive, Seekonk, MA 02771, or you may renew and add new members at the convention. Visit the BVAA website, www.nbvaaux.org for forms.
If you know of a member who has passed away this year, please email the information to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be a short memorial at the opening session of BVAA.