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Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America® 50th Anniversary Celebration

"Celebrating fifty years of achievement and advocacy"


RSVA® is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year at the 2018 American Council of the Blind Conference and Convention in St. Louis at the Union Station Hotel. RSVA® activities will include the 50th Anniversary Awards Luncheon where the featured speaker will be Jennings Randolph Jr. from St. Louis. He is a retired sports entertainer who often travelled with his father to vendor's sites after the Randolph-Sheppard Act was passed in 1936. His father Senator Jennings Randolph was one of the co-sponsors of the landmark bill giving the priority to blind persons to manage food service facilities in federal buildings. This Act soon led to state laws creating miniRandolph-Sheppard Acts giving priority for food service facilities in state and county buildings.


The 2018 RSVA® Conference Schedule includes the following events:

·       Friday, June 29: Members only mixer - this year we'll be using a meeting room 9-midnight.

·       Saturday, June 30: RSVA® Board meeting 10 am - 12 pm

·       Saturday, June 30: RSVA® 50th Anniversary Programming 1:30 pm - 5 pm

Celebrating fifty years of achievement and advocacy

1:30 pm "Welcome" Dan Sippl (WI), RSVA® President

1:35 pm Roll call of affiliates: Donna Seliger (IA), RSVA® Secretary

1:40 pm First reading of Constitutions and Bylaws and Resolutions

1:55 pm "Insights into the Missouri Business Enterprise Program"

Panel 1: Learning from Missouri BEP vendors

Panel 2: Learning from Brenda Manasco (MO), Assistant Supervisor, Missouri Business Enterprise Program

Speakers will outline how the Randolph-Sheppard Program works in Missouri. The following aspects will be highlighted:

How applicants are recruited and trained to be successful

Statistics of the program - number of vendors, number of facilities/satellites, and number of current trainees

How current trends in healthy vending and micromarkets have impacted their program

2:40 pm Thinking outside the box to grow your profits": Moderator Michael Talley (AL), RSVA® Convention Committee Member

Vendors will share their latest efforts in improving their business including adding extra services, healthier products, credit card access, micromarket technology, and reaching out to private companies.

3:10 pm Break

3:25 pm "History of Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America": Panel

This panel will focus on the national Challenges To Randolph Sheppard from its beginnings to now. Successful accomplishments will be outlined.

4:15 pm "Strategic plan To strengthen RSVA": Moderator Randy Hauth (OR), RSVA® Board Member

After providing an overview of the National issues impacting Randolph-Sheppard, this session would develop strategies to solve some of the current issues: threats of Rest Area Commercialization, proposed DOD changes in priority policy, GSA and FDA requirements, current issues and compliance matters including the backlog for Arbitration’s and other RSA matters, as well as the number of Blind entering the Program.

5 pm RSVA® nominating committee


·       Saturday June 30: RSVA®/IVIE Mixer 10 pm - 12 am

·       Sunday, July 1: RSVA® 50th Anniversary Awards Luncheon - "Celebrating fifty years of achievement and advocacy" 12:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Speaker: Jennings Randolph, JR, St. Louis, MO

·       Sunday, July 1: Business meeting 2:45 pm-5:30 pm

·       7:30 PM 9:00 PM 1st act "Enjoy some laughs with comedian David Graham and RSVA®!"

·       9:00 PM-12 am 2nd act Show your talent with RSVA® Karaoke!

·       Monday, July 2

RSVA® casino trip

6 pm - 11 pm

Enjoy visiting a St. Louis casino.


Registration is open for the 2018 American Council of the Blind Conference and Convention! The week-long conference takes place June 29 through July 6 at the Union Station Hotel in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. During the week, many informative workshops and seminars take place but there are many opportunities to step outside the hotel and have fun. ACB tours depart daily to local attractions, such as Mark Twain’s house, the Blues Museum, St. Louis Botanical Gardens, Anheuser-Busch Brewery, the St. Louis Arch and many more locations.

 Visit or call (800) 866-3242 to sign up for conference workshops, buy a raffle ticket in support of the ACB Braille Forum, become a conference and convention individual sponsor, and learn how you can earn ACVREP Continuing Education Credits (CEC’s) for select sessions. Preregistration is open now and closes June 15. Go to to read more convention information under the summer convention link. See you this summer.