Place: Durham, North Carolina
Dates: June 20-23, 2019
Hosting Club: The Durham/Chapel Hill Torch Club
Costs: Per person, $350 before May 14. May 15 and later, $450 per person.
Hotel: The Hilton in Durham, Near Duke University
Durham is Easy to ReachThe hotel is about 1 mile from the country club and offers free transportation to and from the country club.
There is also a Lot to Do in Durham: Come Early, Stay Late
Where We Will be Meeting
Headquarters for the 2019 Torch convention will be the Croasdaile Country Club. The club
offers dining facilities, a gourmet kitchen and meeting rooms. The facility has just undergone a
$1.6 million renovation and now boasts built-in video equipment.
The Hilton Hotel for the Convention
We have reserved rooms at the Hilton in Durham, NC. The address is 3800 Hillsborough Road, Durham, NC 27705.
How to Register
In order to keep our registration fee at the very low price of $350, we ask you to register early and use the from available HERE This is a fill-in form you can fill out on the screen. Then print it out and send it in by mail. (You can also print the form out and fill it out by hand). This greatly simplifies our bookkeeping costs and allows us to keep the registration fee very affordable. PLEASE NOTE FOR ANY REGISTRATIONS RECEIVED AFTER MAY 15, 2019 THAT THE FEE IS $450.00.
On Friday, we will visit the Duke Lemur Center which houses nearly 240 rare and endangered prosimian primates and constitutes the world's largest and most diverse population of lemurs outside their native Madagascar Then we travel to the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Ellen Biddle Shipman, a pioneer in American landscape design, was chosen to create the garden, known as the Terraces, in the Italianate style. They are considered by many to be her greatest work.
On Saturday, we will tour the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh.
The Goal of a Torch Convention
At our conventions, we do conduct the business of running Torch. But a very important goal of all our conventions, besides having a good time, is to meet and talk with Torch members from different parts of the country and to share fellowship. Lifetime friendships develop from the conventions. So please come and enjoy Durham and the region, and enjoy meeting fellow Torch members from around the country.
For Friday night, we will be listening to a local band of six: piano, bass, drums, sax, guitar and a female vocalist. They pay selections by Charlie Parker, Wynton Kelly, Eddie Harris, Miles Davis, and Thelonious Monk. Vocal tunes include Misty, Love is Here to Stay, and Willow Weep for Me. The band calls itself Basement Jazz.
Here are Several Details
About What You Will be
Torch 2019 Amenities
By Rich Davis, Convention Chair
The Agenda for the 2019 IATC Convention hosted by the Durham/Chapel Hill Torch Club is still evolving, however, I’ve included an overview below.
For those planning their expenses for the Convention, we can share what is included in the $350 registration fee. The venue for the Convention is the beautiful Croasdaile Country Club, established 50 years ago, and recently renovated. Set in a dramatic North Carolina country setting, the Croasdaile meeting and banquet facilities (with its gourmet kitchen) are at our disposal from June 20th to June 23rd.
Included are the dinner on Thursday evening as the Convention kicks off, continental breakfasts and lunches for both Friday and Saturday, dinner on Friday and the very special Paxton Gala Banquet on Saturday.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday will also feature get-acquainted receptions with cash bars before dinner. The tours, which are also included, are the Duke Lemur Center, the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, and the North Carolina Museum of Art. Transportation from the hotel to Croasdaile and back and to and from the tours will be provided. There will be some time available on Friday and Saturday afternoon to explore the many nearby sites, or choose to arrive early or stay late at the modestly priced Hilton Durham.
Please join us at this important annual event and help to advance the Torch Mission!
Thursday, June 209:00-3:00 IATC Board Meeting
2:00-3:00 Panel: “Helping Your Torch Club Through the Use of Technology”
3:00-3:45 Welcome and Opening
4:00-5:00 Paper: "Artistry and Technology of Glass"
6:30-7:15 Reception and Cash Bar
Friday, June 217:30-8:15 Continental Breakfast
8:15-9:00 Panel: “Public Water Quality”
9:00-9:45 Panel: “IATC Roles and Responsibilities”
10:00-10:45 Business Meeting #1
11:00-12:00 Paper: "Public Broadcasting, Past, Present, and Future"
1:15 Tours: Duke Lemur Center and Sarah P. Duke Gardens
6:00-7:00 Reception and Cash Bar
Saturday, June 228:00-8:45 Continental Breakfast
8:00-8:45 Torch Foundation Membership Meeting
9:00-10:00 Business Meeting #2
10:30-11:30 Paper: "Economics of Growing Up in a Mountain Community 1920-1960"
12:45 Tour: North Carolina Museum of Art
6:00-7:00 Reception and Cash Bar
7:00-9:45 Paxton Gala Banquet
Sunday, June 239:00-9:30 Non-denominational Church Service
9:45-10:30 Installation of Officers and Closing Ceremony
10:45- IATC Board Meeting