Welcome to the 111th Annual Convention of the American Leather Chemists Association
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Welcome to an exciting venue of events that will be unfolding for us from June 10 to June 13, 2015.

We will host the 111th Annual Convention at the beautiful Pinehurst Resort at the Village of Pinehurst, North Carolina. It is a first class facility that you can learn more about by logging on to their website at http://www.pinehurst.com.

Again this year will be an email to all members around the end of March letting them know that the brochure is online with full details about the convention.  Also voting for our Slate of Candidates will be done via email in late April.  The online convention registration form is ready to use or you can print out a form and send it to us.  Click here for a printable convention registration form.  Continue checking this website for new information and announcements about the 111th Annual Convention.

The schedule this year is similar to that of 2013 at Pinehurst, but we are moving things up by one day.  We are kicking off the convention on Wednesday, June 10, with the Opening Address in the Ross/Tufts/Olmsted Room.  Dr. Dietrich Tegtmeyer of LANXESS Corporation will give the John Arthur Wilson Memorial Lecture from 1:15 pm to 2:15 pm followed by a short break and then Session 1 of the technical program.  The technical program will conclude at 5 pm followed by the Fun Run on the Spa Lawn from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.  That evening we will have a cocktail reception at the Carolina Terrace followed by dinner there.  From 8:30 to 9:30 pm that evening you will enjoy Chipping into the Fountain, something new for our group to do.  The entire evening will be a great time to have conversations with old and new associates in the leather industry.

The second day of the Technical Program will start at 8:00 am on Thursday, June 11.  This year's technical program is being organized by Vice President, David Peters, and will offer a focus on Sustainability including topics such as waste water technology, improved tanning systems and auto trends plus a wide array of leather technologies covering tanning to finishing to environmental issues and can be viewed in the coming months under this section of our website.  Technical sessions will conclude at 11:45 am followed by lunch in the Carolina Dining Room for non-golfers.

Thursday afternoon will be open for a variety of fun activities.  The annual golf tournament will be held at Golf Course No. 1 beginning at noon.  Pre-registration for golfers is a must to facilitate the start of the tournament.  Further information on the golf outing can be found under this section as well as the brochure available in late-March.  Other activities will be announced as details develop under the entertainment section of this website.  That evening we will again have Golf Pro Larry Shaver with his golf swing analyzer from 7:00 to 10:00 pm along with a cocktail reception at 7:00 pm at the Resort Club Veranda followed at 8:00 pm by dinner at the Donald Ross Grill.  During the evening from 8:30 to 9:30 pm, you can do Nite Light Putting on the Resort Putting Green.

Technical papers will resume Friday morning at 8:00 am with the Annual Business Meeting following the technical program at 11:45 am.  At noon everyone is invited to attend the Activities Awards Luncheon in the Cardinal Ballroom where prizes will be awarded for the Fun Run and golf outing.  Friday afternoon will be open for activities that will be announced soon including a Tennis Tournament/lessons.  Friday evening from 6:00 to 7:00 pm will be a social hour in the Cardinal Ballroom followed by the Annual Awards Banquet at 7:00 pm.  The convention will close with check out on Saturday morning after breakfast.

Please make plans now to join us for a wonderful return to Pinehurst.

Doug Morrison
Convention Chair