"Your Health and Safety"

October 6 - 8, 2017
Four Points by Sheraton
3600 East Cork Street
Kalamazoo, MI
(off Sprinkle Road at I-94)

The Michigan Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired (MCBVI) will hold our 44th annual convention October 6 - 8 at the Four Points by Sheraton in Kalamazoo. The theme this year is "Your Health and Safety". Sessions this year will be dealing with your health and safety during emergency situations as well as other health concerns.

Events include:

The Thursday night meet and greet. This will give everyone a chance to get together and relax before meetings on Friday and Saturday.

Sessions on Friday morning (that will be announced in the convention program). Exhibits on Friday from 12 5pm. Opening session Friday evening at 7 followed by the annual auction.

Health and safety sessions Saturday morning. Business meetings Saturday afternoon, we will have elections if needed.

Saturday evening banquet. This year the speaker will be Dr. Bill Robinson, Director of Bureau of Services for Blind Persons. He will be speaking about an illness that changed his life, the struggles during this illness and how he was able to recover to where he is today.

Sunday morning will conclude the convention with the annual Memorial service followed by a presentation on the topic of weather awareness including differences in watches and warnings as well as other topics.

All events will be listed in your convention program.

Again, this year we have on line registration! You can register and pay on line, or as before by phone or mail. See the registration section for details!


Hotel rooms at the Four Points by Sheraton are $75 per night plus 11 percent tax. You must reserve your room by Tuesday, September 5 to guarantee this discounted price. Be sure to say that you are with the Michigan Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired convention to get this rate. Make reservations by calling 866-961-3003. MCBVI is not responsible for hotel reservations. Please consider staying all 3 nights as the guest room count affects our cost for meeting rooms.

The Four Points by Sheraton includes many amenities including deluxe guest rooms, free high-speed internet, indoor pool and much more. The pantry located around the corner to the right of the front desk offers snacks and soft drinks 24 hours, pay right there. Potter's restaurant and lounge is open for breakfast and dinner. Note that almost all activities including meetings, exhibits, special meals, banquet, and hospitality area will be held in the Academy Ballroom which will make this convention easy to navigate.

Although there are other restaurants not far away we encourage you to participate in the meal plans as we have food and beverage minimums as well as needing 80 percent of our blocked rooms in order to avoid a much higher cost for our meeting rooms.


Convention registration is now open. Registration is $20 until Friday, September 15 and $30 after September 15. The deadline for ordering the banquet or other meals is Friday, September 15 as well. Those registering on site will not be able to order meals. This year you can register on line using the 2017 Convention Registration Form and you have the option to pay online or print the form to mail. In order to cover PayPal fees, we need to charge a $3.00 fee for each registration completed online. You can also register by phone by calling the main MCBVI number, which is 888-95 MCBVI or 888-956-2284, and selecting option 2. You may also fill out the enclosed form and mail it to:

1761 Sunvale DR SW
Wyoming MI 49519

Registration is not complete until all fees are paid. Make checks payable to MCBVI Convention.

Other Meals

In addition to the banquet, we are again offering options for lunch on Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday. You may choose the individual meals you like. Cost for each meal, except the banquet, is $15 and must be pre ordered when you register. You must come in during the hours listed to be served, no refunds if you miss it. Food will be ready at the beginning of the serving time. Note the hotel restaurant is not open for lunch. A vegetarian option will be available for all meals. If you have special dietary concerns, please indicate that when you register. Please also note that ordering these extra meals will help us reduce the cost of our meeting rooms.

Please note that absolutely no outside food or beverage, not purchased from the hotel, is allowed in any of the meeting rooms or public areas. If you bring in food or have it delivered you must take it to your guest room. If this rule is violated too many times it will greatly increase the cost of our meeting rooms.

Convention Menus

All meals are $15 except for the banquet. We are pleased to offer a lower price for the banquet this year, only $27!

Friday lunch: 12:15 - 1:00

Choice 1: Fried or Baked Chicken served with Macaroni and Cheese and Green Beans

Choice 2: Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy and Green Beans

All meals come with a side salad and rolls with butter.

Beverages included will be Ice water, Coffee, Hot Tea, Iced Tea and Lemonade. Assorted sodas will be available.

Saturday morning: 7:00 - 8:00 American Breakfast including eggs, bacon, fresh fruit, fresh baked biscuit, juice and coffee.

Saturday lunch: 12:00 - 1:00

Choice 1: Turkey Chipotle Wrap Grab and Go

Includes thinly sliced smoked turkey breast, crisp lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayo wrapped in a flour tortilla. Comes with a bag of chips, cookie, and a bottled water or coke product.

Choice 2: Chicken Salad Wrap Grab and Go

Includes homemade chicken salad and crisp lettuce wrapped in a flour tortilla. Comes with a bag of chips, cookie, and a bottled water or coke product.

Choice 3: Mediterranean Wrap Grab and Go

Includes crisp romaine lettuce, tomato, cucumber, Kalamata olives, shredded carrots, feta cheese, greek dressing, salt and pepper. Comes with a bag of chips, cookie, and a bottled water or coke product.

Reminder hotel restaurant is not open for lunch.

Saturday banquet choices:

Choice 1: Char Grilled Sirloin. Includes 6oz house cut grilled sirloin (medium temperature) topped with caramelized mushrooms and onions served with garlic mashed potatoes and vegetable du jour.

Choice 2: Vegetarian Lasagna served with California blend vegetables.

All meals come with a house salad, rolls, and Chef's choice dessert.

Sunday morning: 7:00 - 8:00 American breakfast with eggs, sausage, hash browns, pancakes, fresh fruit juice, and coffee.


The exhibit area will be open to the public on Friday October 6 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. Come and enjoy technology, a variety of products and services, and much more. If you or your chapter is interested in exhibiting your products or services, call Charis Austin at 616-532-4737 or email charis533@gmail.com. A limited number of spaces are still available.


THURSDAY October 5:

7:00 - 9:00: Meet and Greet

FRIDAY October 6:

Sessions to be announced

2:15pm - 1:00pm: Optional plated lunch

12:00pm - 5:00pm: Exhibits open to all.

7:00pm: Opening session followed by the annual auction (presentations to be announced). Our hospitality area will open after the auction serving light snacks, and soft drinks. Come and relax with your friends.

SATURDAY October 7:

7:00am - 8:00am: Breakfast - if ordered

9:00am: Saturday morning the action begins. We will take care of business, then enjoy a variety of presentations concerning your health and safety.

12:00pm - 1:00pm: Lunch.

12:45 - 1:45: Elections will be held in the Davis room.

Saturday afternoon we will hold our annual business meeting.

Saturday evening it's the banquet!

6:00pm - 7:00pm: Social hour with entertainment by the legendary Tyrone Hamilton and friends, a cash bar will be available.

7:00pm: The banquet begins followed by our special guest, Dr. Bill Robinson, Director of Bureau of Services for Blind Persons.

The hospitality area will open after the banquet with light snacks and soft drinks.

SUNDAY October 8:

7:00am - 8:00am: Breakfast.

8:30am: Annual memorial service, remembering members we have lost during the year. Please submit names of members who have passed, or that are having serious health issues to Faith Meadows at 269-254-1988.

9:00am: Sunday Speaker - to be announced.

Other Notes

You too can participate in the 2017 convention. If you, your organization, or your business would like to be a convention sponsor we have opportunities available! Contact Charis Austin at 616-532-4737 or by email charis533@gmail.com.

We are also seeking donations of auction items and door prizes. To learn more contact Kyle Austin at 616-532-4737 or email kyle533@comcast.net.

To keep up with the latest convention information check the convention page on the MCBVI website at www.blindmi.org, or follow MCBVI on Facebook. Search for Michigan Council of the Blind to find our Facebook page.

This year we are pleased to announce that our convention will again be streamed live on ACB Radio on the Live Events Channel! Visit www.acbradio.org and select ACB Radio Live Events to listen at home or in your hotel room. The link will be sent out prior to the convention.

MCBVI is not required under the ADA to provide personal care assistants or round-the-clock services of any kind. MCBVI, hotel staff and volunteers cannot administer medications or provide transportation, other than what is listed. We will attempt to provide transportation to and from the bus, train, or airport if arrangements are made when you register. A limited number of volunteers will be available to assist at the convention but will not be able to provide extensive guide service or personal care assistance.

We look forward to seeing you in October! If you have convention questions contact Kyle Austin at 616-532-4737 or by email at kyle533@comcast.net.

2017 Convention Registration Form