Welcome to the 112th 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 22 to June 25, 2016.

We will host the 112th Annual Convention at the beautiful Oglebay Resort & Conference Center in Wheeling, West Virginia. It is a first class facility. You can learn more about Oglebay by logging on to their website at http://www.oglebay-resort.com

In mid March an email will be sent to all ALCA members letting you know that the brochure is online with all details about the convention.  Voting for our Slate of Candidates will be done via email in late April.  The online convention registration form will be updated as soon as possible if you wish to print it out and use it.  Click here for a printable convention registration form.  Continue checking this website for new information and announcements about the 112th Annual Convention.

Prior to the official opening of the convention, the annual golf tournament will be held at the Speidel Golf Club, Palmer Course, beginning at 1 pm.  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 our online brochure available in mid-March 2016.   

The official opening of the convention will begin with Registration on Wednesday, June 22, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the Glessner Lobby followed by a Cocktail Reception from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at the West Terrace.  A buffet dinner and conversations with old and new associates of the leather industry will complete the evening. 

ALCA President Sarah Drayna will open the Technical Program at 9 am on Thursday, June 23.  This year’s technical program is being organized by Vice-President David Peters 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. The 57th John Arthur Wilson Lecture will feature Rachel Garwood, Director of the Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT) in Northampton, UK.  The technical sessions will end at 4:45 pm followed by the Fun Run at 5:15 pm.  Thursday’s activities will be capped off by a cocktail reception from 7:15 pm to 8 pm in the Courtyard followed by a buffet in Banquet 1-2 from 8 pm to 10 pm.  This will be an exciting evening that you won't want to miss.

Technical papers will resume Friday morning at 9 am with the Annual Business Meeting ending the morning sessions at 11:15 am.  At noon everyone is invited to attend the Activities Awards Luncheon in Banquet Rooms 1-2, where prizes will be awarded for the Fun Run and golf outing.   Technical papers will resume in the afternoon at 1:30 pm until 4:15 pm with the Awards Banquet Social Hour beginning at 6:30 pm in Banquet Rooms 1-2.  Dinner will follow at 7:30 with the awards presentations afterwards.  The convention will close with check out on Saturday.

Please make plans now to join us for a wonderful time at Oglebay!

Doug Morrison
Convention Chair