ACB Conference and Convention
ACB Conference and Convention

20230701 1900 Opening General Session, July 1, 2023, ACB 2023 Conference and Convention

Hybrid event originating from Schaumburg, IL, Zoom and ACB Media

August 9, 2023

2023 American Council of the Blind 62nd Annual Conference and Convention

Renaissance Hotel and Conference Center, Schaumburg, IL and, via Zoom and ACB Media

Opening General Session, July 1, 2023, Schaumburg Ballroom

  • Call to Order, Moment of Reflection
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • National Anthem: Sharon Howerton, Illinois Host Committee member, Chicago IL
  • Welcome to Convention: Ray Campbell, President, Illinois Council of the Blind, Springfield, IL, and Rachel Schroeder, Immediate Past President, Illinois Council of the Blind, Springfield, IL
  • ACB President's Report: Deb Cook Lewis
  • Executive Director's Report: Interim Executive Director, Dan Spoone, Orlando, FL
  • Life Member Presentations: Deb Cook Lewis and Nancy Marks-Becker, ACB CFO, Brooklyn Center, MN
  • ACB Angels Presentations: Warren Toyama, Waipahu, HI; Camille Caffarelli, Lake in the Hills, IL; Billie Jean Keith; Ridgeland, MS
  • ACB First-Timers: Gema Ceniceros, El Paso, TX; Janae Miller, Columbus, OH
  • ACB JPMorgan Chase Leadership Fellows: Benjamin Wright, Henderson, KY; Malaina Vanderwal, Caledonia, MI; Terrie (Mary Theresa) Terlau, Louisville, KY; Liz Bottner, Washington, DC; Cheryl Cumings, Seattle, WA
  • Nominating Report: Brian Charlson, Watertown, MA
  • Credentials Committee Report: Ralph Smitherman, Jackson, MS
  • Roll Call of Affiliates: Denise Colley, Richmond, TX
  • Elections

Video of the session can be viewed at 2023 ACB Conference & Convention: General Session July 1, 2023 - YouTube

The full CART Transcript can be downloaded at Download the Saturday July 1 Opening Session CART file