By Tom Burgunder, Conference Coordinator
The Pennsylvania Council of the Blind will hold its annual conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Harrisburg from October 17 through October 20, 2019. The location of this year’s conference suggests more people may attend. You are encouraged to make your hotel reservations and travel plans sooner rather than later. (See below for hotel reservation information.)
The planning committee has been meeting since January to develop a conference itinerary. A request for presentation proposals has been sent to the membership and blindness organizations. At the time of this writing, one response has been received which includes a general session presentation and a table in the exhibit area.
A collaborative all-day session with the Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services’ Harrisburg office is being discussed for Thursday October 17. The Board meeting will occur that afternoon. The first general session will open later that evening. Some form of entertainment will follow both the Thursday general session and the Saturday evening banquet.
Breakout learning sessions are being discussed for the Friday afternoon time block. Bring your cash or credit cards for the Friday evening auction. The likely exhibits will also be all-day Friday.
General Session programming will be scheduled for Saturday morning followed by our business meeting in the afternoon. The day will conclude with a pre-banquet cocktail hour, the banquet, and entertainment.
Sunday will begin with a plated breakfast followed by a short meeting.
Regarding hotel reservations, the hotel advises as follows: Guests can call us directly at 717-234-5021 and reference the PA Council of the Blind or block code PCB to reserve their rooms. The group rates include singles (1 King) at a rate of $94 and Doubles (2 Queens) at a rate of $104. Your block includes the nights of October 16, 2019 through October 19, 2019. These rates do not include applicable tax.
Keep October 17-20 in mind and plan to attend this year’s conference.