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The 2019 Convention for the

International Association of Torch Clubs

Updated May 8, 2019
See the Updates: Basement Jazz Band



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 Reach
  • The Raleigh Durham Airport (RDU) has direct flights to many cities.  The airport serves over 10 million customers per year. 

  • By road, Durham is easily reached from the North by I-85.  The club is about 1 mile from the Interstate I85 and the Hotel (see below) is also closeby. From the South or West, I40 will lead to Durham. 
  • Amtrak offers direct service from New York City by train (The Carolinian).  There is also an additional train from New York City  (The Silver Star) to Cary, NC, a nearby town. 
There is also a Lot to Do in Durham: Come Early, Stay Late
  • The Torch convention will include the Sarah P. Duke Gardens and the Duke Lemur Center on Friday and the North Carolina Museum of Art on Saturday. 

  • There are many dozens of  sites you can visit before or after the convention.  Check out 30 things to do in Raleigh then even more places to visit in Durham.
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.

The hotel is about 1 mile from the country club and offers free transportation to and from the country club.
  • Rooms are $109 a night + 13.5% tax.
  • Free shuttle to and from the Croasdaile Club on a first come first served basis.
  • Cancellation Policy: 48 hours before checkin.
  • To make reservations by telephone call 1-800-445-8667.  (Reference Group Code: TORCH) or to make reservations on-line follow this LINK. Stop.  You must right click on the word "Link."  Wait until new instructions appear.  Use "Open Link in New Window."  Click on that option.

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.

Our Tours

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.

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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!

Agenda Summary

Thursday, June 20
9:00-3:00    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
7:15-9:00    Dinner

Friday, June 21
7:30-8:15    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"
12:00-12:45    Lunch
1:15                Tours: Duke Lemur Center and Sarah P. Duke Gardens
6:00-7:00    Reception and Cash Bar
7:00-9:45    Dinner

Saturday, June 22
8:00-8:45    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"
11:30-12:30    Lunch
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 23
9:00-9:30    Non-denominational Church Service
9:45-10:30    Installation of Officers and Closing Ceremony
10:45-           IATC Board Meeting