News for February 2018

Two men smiling. One holding a baby boy. One holding a cane
"Owner Rob Sides and son (left) pose with
Kevin Daniel (right) at the Scoreboard Bar and Grill in
Federal Way. Our chapter gave large print and braille menus
to the restaurant at our Super Bowl Party.

Pumped in 2018

We are the host chapter!

A big thank you to Denise Colley for speaking with us. Denise is president of the Washington Council of the Blind. She also serves on the American Council of the Blind board. She wants to get more people involved and improve our internal / external communication. She announced that our chapter will serve as host to the state convention November 1-3 at SeaTac.

Our next regular meeting is Saturday, February 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the backroom. The address is 2132 S. 320th Street. The restaurant is just around the corner from the Federal Way Transit Center and across the street from The Commons Mall.

We will hear from the Federal Way Parks Dept. at our March 10 meeting.

April 14 Jeffrey Gerhardstein from Sight Connection will speak.

Puget Sound Braille Challenge

Are you fast and accurate with Unified English Braille? Volunteers are needed March 3, 9:30 to 4 p.m. at WTBBL Call the WCB Buzzline if interested at (800) 255-1147.

Leadership Training

Apply by March 31 to participate in the Washington Council of the Blind leadership training. The dates are May 4 and 5 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Seatac. Contact Kevin Daniel about how submit your applicaton letter.

State convention news

The 2018 WCB Convention will be November 1-3. The convention will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in SeaTac. The address is 17338 International Blvd, SeaTac, WA 98188-3530

If you have a speaker or program idea for convention, contact Cindy VanWinkle at cindy.vw@gmail.com by March 31.

Room rates will be $99 plus tax, double occupancy
Handicap accessible rooms on each floor
Mini-fridges and coffee makers in each room
Free Wi-Fi and parking
This hotel offers 24 hour shuttle service to and from the airport
There is also a shuttle to the Westfield Mall (South Center)
Crowne Plaza Hotel is within easy walking distance from the lite rail.

The WCB convention registration form will be online by August 31.

Early bird registration is September 1 through 15
$35 Registration only
$65 Registration plus Friday only, Saturday only w/o banquet, or banquet only
$110 Full meal package

Registration from September 16 through October 15
$50 Registration only
$75 Registration plus Friday only, Saturday only w/o banquet, or banquet only
$125 Full meal package

Registration after October 15 and at convention
$75 Registration only
$100 Registration plus Friday only, Saturday only w/o banquet, or banquet only
$150 Full meal package

Exhibits will close during the lunch hour
No charge for power. Vendors will need to bring their own power strip.
$100 per table

Lori Allison will facilitate registration
Holli Turry will manage volunteers
Carol Brame will coordinate exhibits

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This chapter is a very proud founding sponsor of King County's first baseball team for the blind: the Seattle South King Sluggers

We are looking forward to our sixth season with a new a field in Kent.

The Beep Baseball World Series was in West Palm Beach, Florida. Our Sluggers improved in the standings. With the number of teams expanding in Washington State we hope to host the World Series in 20201..

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To donate or volunteer go to the Sluggers website.