The MCB First-Timer Program exists to make it possible for young adults who have not previously attended an MCB Convention to do so in order to give them the opportunity to learn about the resources and technology available to legally blind residents of Missouri, to meet other visually-impaired individuals, and to encourage them to get involved, or to increase their involvement, in MCB.
The First-Timer Program is an initiative of the Membership Committee, and while they may seek assistance from outside their committee, it is their responsibility to organize and execute the program each year.
The Membership Committee will seek First-Timer nominees by distributing applications for the program throughout the state each January.
First-Timers must be a resident of Missouri, be legally blind, at least 18 years of age, and they must have not previously attended an MCB convention.
The Membership Committee will select up to four First-Timers to attend the upcoming convention, (along with two runners-up in case one of the chosen First-Timers has a conflict).
The Membership Committee will provide three nights lodging for each First-Timer, as well as transportation to and from the convention, and seven meals three meals Friday, two meals Saturday plus the banquet, and one meal Sunday).
The members of the Membership Committee, and/or individuals appointed by the committee, are to act as ambassadors to the First-Timers during their time at convention. There cannot be more than two First-Timers assigned to each ambassador. This responsibility includes answering the First-Timer’s questions, introducing her or him to MCB members, providing guidance around the hotel, and teaching the First-Timer about MCB.
Approved by the MCB Board April 14, 2012
Revised as approved by the MCB Board 4/5/2014: Changed age between 18 and 50 to at least 18 years of age
Revised as approved by the MCB Board 1/28/2016: Changed font