Local chapters of the National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota meet monthly to address issues of importance to blind people. These include such topics as transportation, public awareness of blind people, and access to services and technology. Local chapters also serve as a support group. People who lose their sight later in life desperately need the help and encouragement of others to return to the lives they knew when they could see. Most people, when they become blind, do not know of any other blind person in their city or family. They have no role model or mentor to assist them in their adjustment to blindness and their quest to return to a fulfilling life. Chapter members provide the essential links to help, encouragement, and services.
Below is a listing of our local chapters, their meeting times and locations, and their President's contact information.
Central Minnesota Chapter -- St.
meets at 12:00 on the second Saturday of every month (with an optional lunch at 11:00)
at Pizza Ranch, 110 2nd street south Suite 119 in St Cloud.
President: Bev Stavrum
Metro Chapter -- Twin Cities area
meets at 10:00 a.m. on the third Saturday of every month
at NFB of Minnesota Headquarters, 100 East 22nd Street in Minneapolis
President: Sharon Monthei
Riverbend Chapter -- Mankato
meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month
by teleconference call. The telephone number for the call is 1-712-432-0926 with access code 1005345#.
President: Chris Murphy
Rochester Chapter -- Rochester
meets at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month
at Peace United Church of Christ in Rochester
President: Jan Bailey
Phone: (507) 288-5335
At Large Chapter -- statewide, consisting of those who live
outside a chapter area and/or cannot attend a meeting in person
meets at 7:00 p.m. on the third Sunday of every month by teleconference call. The telephone number for the call is 1-605-475-6700 with access code 9458023.
President: Dave Andrews