Welcome to the 110th 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 18 to June 20, 2014.


We will host the 110th Annual Convention at the beautiful Gideon Putnam Resort at Saratoga Spring, New York. It is a first class facility that you can learn more about by logging on to their website at http://www.gideonputnam.com.

Again this year will be an email around mid March containing all details about the convention.  Also voting for our Slate of Candidates will be done via email in late April.  The online convention registration form has been updated and 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 110th Annual Convention.

The schedule this year is entirely new.  Prior to the official opening of the convention, the annual golf tournament will be held Wednesday, June 18, at the Saratoga Spa Golf Course 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 the golf tab under this section.

The official opening of the convention will begin with Registration on Wednesday, June 18, from 5 to 7 pm in the Lobby followed by a Cocktail Reception and Dinner on the Gideon Patio.  It will be a great time to have conservations with old and new associates in the leather industry. 

ALCA President Steve Lange will open the Technical Program at 8 am on Thursday, June 19.  This year's technical program is being organized by Vice-President Sarah Drayna and will offer 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 under Technical Program.  The John Arthur Wilson Lecture will feature Jakov Buljan of Croatia.  The title of his presentation is "Some Considerations about International Technical Cooperation in the Tanning Sector."  The technical sessions will end at 4:30 pm followed by the Annual Fun Run at 5:30 pm.  Thursday's activities will be capped off by a cocktail party at Portico from 7:15 to 8 pm followed by the Awards Banquet from 8 to 10 pm at the Arches.  This will be an exciting evening that you won't want to miss.

Technical papers will resume Friday morning at 8 am with the Annual Business Meeting ending the morning sessions.  At noon everyone is invited to attend the Sports Activities Awards Luncheon at the Arches from 12:00 to 1:00 pm.  Prizes will be awarded for the Fun Run and golf outing as well as door prizes.  The convention will close after the Sports Activities Awards Luncheon. 

Please make plans now to join us for a wonderful time at Gideon Putnam.

Doug Morrison
Convention Chair