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55th Annual Convention

National Federation of the Blind of Missouri

Adams Mark Hotel

9103 E 39th street; Kansas City, MO 64133


April 7-9, 2017


Dear Missouri Federationist,


What a convention! Despite the challenges with the hotel, it flowed smoothly and the evidence of our accomplishments  for the year were reflected so eloquently in President Wunder's annual report. It was a privilege to have Ron and Jean Brown with us at this year's convention and Ron did an outstanding job as our 2017 National representative. We were also blessed to have the Maurers, the Allens, Sandy Halverson (a former president of the Kansas City Chapter), and representatives from all three of our NFB Centers.  Federationist from seven other states were on hand for our Missouri convention and each of them  cheered us on and witnessed this historic
convention for our Missouri Affiliate.


This convention was special as we had an opportunity to express our appreciation and love for Gary Wunder, who has served as president of the Missouri, affiliate 36 of the last 38 years. What a tremendous leader, mentor, advocate, and friend he has been to all of us and we celebrated with him as he retires as our president. However, we are very fortunate that Gary will continue to be our colleague in the Federation.


I'd like to thank each of you for your vote of confidence by electing me as president of the Missouri affiliate. What an honor to have an opportunity to serve as your president. I pledge to do my very best. The transition will not occur over night and I am thankful that Gary will be able to help make the transition smooth.


Congratulations to those elected to new positions on our Board of Directors.  I feel really good about the composition of our board and look forward to working with each of you. I believe the election results have already been posted but I would like to recognize each of my newly elected colleagues on the board here. They are: Julie McGinnity - First Vice President, Gene Fleeman - Second Vice President, Dacia Cole - Recording Secretary, Erin Magoon - Corresponding Secretary, Carol Coulter - Treasurer, and board positions - gene coulter, Amy Plumlee, and Jenny Carmack. Congratulations to each of you. Those who were not up for election this year who serve on the board are Roger Crome, Daniel Garcia, Melissa Smith, and Chris Tisdal. While I will be talking with each of you very soon, I look forward to our first board meeting on June 17, 2017 in St. Louis. Chris Tisdal is already working
on the arrangements.


The National Federation of the Blind of Missouri needs each of you to be engaged in our organization as we move forward. Please think about your strengths and where you would like to serve.  Let's continue to build the Federation.


Commendations to the Kansas City Chapter and the Old Drum Chapter on a great convention. Stay Tune to the Blind Missourian and our social media for other convention highlights.


Thanks again to all!
Shelia Wright, President
National Federation of the Blind of Missouri