Convention 2017

MAKE COTTON GREAT AGAIN

The Texas Cotton Association 
President Raymond Faus of OMNICOTTON, Inc., 
invites YOU to be a part of the movement at the 106th Convention!
TOGETHER, let's make cotton great again!
TOGETHER, let's make cotton greater than it's ever been before!

“MAKE COTTON GREAT AGAIN", will be held on April 24, 25 & 26, 2017, at the OMNI Barton Creek Resort, located at  8212 Barton Club Drive, Austin, Texas. Nestled among 4,000 acres of rolling hills and scenic vistas, this fabulous property is known as the #1 golf resort in Texas. 
 
WHAT WE HAVE PLANNED FOR YOU TO DO! - April 24, 25, 26, 2017!

MONDAY, April 24, 2017

SIGN-UP TO PLAY GOLF!...The 2017 TCA GOLF SCRAMBLE will be held at Barton Creek's Palmer Lakeside, one of four championship golf courses at the resort. Overlooking Lake Travis from elevated hill tops, Palmer Lakeside is a hidden retreat designed by Arnold Palmer. 
 
The golf scramble is scheduled for a 
shot gun start at noon on Monday, April 24, 2017. Play to WIN prizes on your registration form by signing up for the TCA 2017 Golf Scramble. Transportation from the hotel will be provided. You are asked to check-in thirty minutes prior to start. Limited to the first 90 players, who must also be registered to attend the Convention, teams will consist of A-B-C-D players. Prizes will be awarded for 1st place team, 2nd place team, 3rd place team, longest drive and closest to the hole... and more! The fee to play is $100.00/per player, and includes green fee, cart and range balls. Beverages will be complimentary. Please register to play golf by the April 4, 2017, deadline. To assist us in setting up the tournament fairly and correctly, please indicate on the registration form your handicap, score and requested teams/pairings. Learn how YOU can sponsor a hole on the sponsorship form! Several opportunities to win prizes and cash in! Prizes will be awarded at the President's Dinner on Tuesday night.
 

WELCOME TO TEXAS RECEPTION ... Featuring cocktails and hors d'oeurves in the Pavillion! The welcome reception lasts from 6-8:00 p.m! 
 
TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017

POLICY MEETINGS!...Committee Meetings will take place on Tuesday morning. If you are not already involved in a Standing Committee of the TCA, we invite you to sit in on those of interest to you and become involved in the policy making decisions affecting our cotton industry! If you are a merchant/primary buyer member of this association, please volunteer as a voting member to serve on the committee of your choice. If you are an Associate member of this association, please let us know where you would like to serve in a non-voting, advisory position. A List of Committee Members are posted on our website in the left-hand margin. Please send all committee requests to tca@tca-cotton.org. The Texas Cotton Association policy meetings are designed to begin discussion and adopt resolutions ultimately used to establish cotton industry standards and procedures. Find your place to serve! Get involved!

SHOOTING SPORTS... Excercise your 2nd Amendment right! The bus will depart the hotel entrance for the shooting range at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $100 per player and includes transportation and refreshments on your way to the range prior to and after the shoot. We will return around 4:00 p.m. Top guns awarded on Tuesday night at the President’s Dinner.

"MAKE COTTON GREAT AGAIN" Transportation Reception, featuring cocktails and light hors d'oeurves will be held on the Governor's Terrace from 6-7 p.m.
 

"MAKE COTTON GREAT AGAIN" Dinner, Entertainment & Awards,  honoring President and Mrs. Raymond Faus, will be held in the Governor's Ballroom from 7-9:30 p.m. President Faus is bringing in his favorite Austin band for entertainment! You will NOT want to miss "MEMPHIS TRAIN REVUE" of Austin, Texas, performing this one night only as "TEXAS TRAIN REVUE"!
 
Cash in!… Market, Golf, Shooting Sports, Cotton Club, and Raffle drawing winners will be awarded cash and prizes! This will surely be a night to remember! Be sure to thank TCA President, Raymond Faus, for the excellent job he has done in guiding the TCA this past year!

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2017

GENERAL SESSION!... On Wednesday, April 26, 2017 during a seated breakfast General Session, TCA President, Raymond Faus of Omnicotton Inc., Plano, Texas, will preside and will present his President’s address to members. We are pleased to announce that President & CEO of the National Cotton Council, Memphis, TN., Dr. Gary Adams, will address the convention.TCA Immediate Past President, David Edwards of ECOM U.S.A., Inc., Dallas, Texas, will provide the invocation. TCA Vice President, Angie Goodman of ACG Cotton Marketing, Lubbock, Texas, will conduct introductions. We will also hear from industry experts including ASCA Chairman, Hope Brooks of Cargill Cotton Co., Memphis. As other speakers are confirmed we will notfy you!
 
EXECUTIVE SESSION!...Merchant and Primary Buyer voting members are encouraged to designate at least one member from your firm to attend the Executive Session immediately following the General Session to cast your firm's vote in order for TCA policy to be adopted. It is imperative that we have a quorum for this meeting. Please R.S.V.P. to the Executive Session located on the registration forms so that we can count on your presence.


REGISTER / MAKE YOUR HOTEL RESERVATIONS / SPONSOR & GET  F R E E  ADVERTISEMENT!

CONVENTION REGISTRATION!...Registering to attend the 106th Annual Convention is a breeze when you use our secure auto pay feature! Follow the quick links here for the online registration form or forms to fax and mail. These forms are also located under "Convention 2017" in the drop down menu located in the header on our website as well as links in the right hand margin on the convention page. The convention TCA member registration fee is $295.00 for each member firm representative - TCA Merchants, Primary Buyers and Associate members. The non-TCA member rate is $395 per firm representative. Spouse registration is waived unless your spouse is a firm representative. Guests are complimentary and include those from Press, government, affiliated cotton organizations and executive leadership from other cotton organizations, honorary members, and retired from industry. Registrations received after the April 4th deadline will be increased by $25 per registered guest. Our pre-registration procedure is designed to make it easy for you to pick-up your convention materials and your name badge when you arrive. It will also help us to guarantee meal functions and meeting room set-ups. Your registration entitles you to a name badge which will serve as your ticket to all functions, including the Golf Scramble! Our secure credit card processor accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. Be watching your ebox for updates... "Look who's coming!"...for a list of registered guests!

COTTON FUTURES MARKET GUESS GAME!...It's F R E E to play! Be sure to enter your market guess for MAY/17 NYF, April 24th close! The deadline to enter is April 4, 2017. All time stamped registrations received after midnight on April 4th will not be entered into the contest. Don't delay! Top three guesses nearest to the close will be awarded cash at the President's Dinner!

TEXAS COTTON RAFFLE!... Be sure to buy raffle tickets to enter to play in the Texas Cotton raffle game! Here's how it works: Winners will be announced Tuesday night, April 25, 2017, at the President's Dinner. We are offering a great e-opportunity to purchase to play right on the online registration form. You may also buy tickets at the door. Buy raffle tickets priced at $5.00 per ticket. For each increment of 5 tickets that you buy, you will receive one ticket absolutely F R E E! You may buy one ticket or as many as you like to increase your chances to win. Your ticket(s) will be placed in your badge holder that you will pick up at the registration desk. Winners must be present to win. The Texas Cotton raffle begins today and will end promptly at 6:00 p.m., on April 25th. Go straight to the online registration form and enter for your chance to win!

THE TEXAS COTTON CLUB!... You will also find a place on the registration form to contribute $10 to the Texas Cotton Club for 2017 annual convention. The Texas Cotton Club was established as an integral part of providing an exceptional organization for members. Since meeting registration fees don't cover the full cost of TCA meetings, these extra dollars create opportunities for industry cohesiveness and growth that may not otherwise exist. Participation in the annual meeting fund by members and other interested parties is important, because it indicates the depth and breadth of confidence by those closest to the association and our Texas cotton industry. Every donor and every gift is vital to maintaining the ongoing strength of The Texas Cotton Association, year after year. Simply contribute to the Texas Cotton Club and join the m
ovement to MAKE COTTON GREAT AGAIN! Your contribution will entitle you to enjoy extra membership benefits during this meeting and be eligible to be included in an extra drawing during the awards ceremony for prizes and gifts. Texas Cotton Club members will also be recognized in the printed materials at our convention. Look for your badge ribbon designating your membership when you pick up your registration materials!
 

SPONSORS! Get your F R E E color ad, article, logo or slogan, published in our Convention Edition Magazine - "MAKE COTTON GREAT AGAIN". Get your name out in front of attendees. How? Commit to sponsor at any of the levels listed below and then submit full color program ads, articles, logos, or slogans and we will run your ad at no additional cost! Follow the quick link to our sponsor page at online sponsorship form or forms to fax and mail.

SPONSOR PACKAGES INCLUDE...

$10,000 - TEXAS COTTON UNDERWRITING SPONSOR

‚ÄčA SPECIAL THANK YOU to PCCA and Bayer CropScience e3
for agreeing to support this year’s convention as UNDERWRITING SPONSORS!
(This level has been secured and no longer available. However, there are still GREAT ways to get noticed listed below!)

 $5,000 - TEXAS COTTON BENEFACTOR(All opportunities taken - but you can still sponsor at this level!)

Benefactor sponsorship to include your choice of the one of the following (5) events/offerings

  • Exclusive breakfast event on Tuesday morning April 25 - “Networking Breakfast Lounge” prior to and during the committee meetings
  • Exclusive seated “General Session Breakfast” and half day program April 26.
  • Publishing and Printing of our Convention Edition Magazine, “MAKE COTTON GREAT AGAIN”, a TCA historical tabletop issue containing everything about this year’s convention and the primary issues we face as well as an exclusive opportunity for a “Technology Titan” to host the mobile event app and sole provider of all other on-site technology required to produce a successful convention. Available in one easy to download mobile event app, attendees are provided with everything from enhanced personal profiles, lasting connections with sponsor-rich portal profiles, private in-app chat, maps, polls and surveys, easy to access files and documents, and staying connected with on-site staff by requesting information and receiving notifications.
  • Exclusive opportunity to sponsor MAKE COTTON GREAT AGAIN caps & totes! …as well as other registration giveaways! We are also throwing in  your firm’s recognition for providing TCA GOLF 2017, SKEET & MARKET GUESS prizes! 

A sponsorship at this level include your full color 2 page inside ad and article in our special "MAKE COTTON GREAT AGAIN" Convention Edition Magazine. Your logo will be sized in proportion to donation on a Texas sized BALE of SPONSORS sign, website and social media advertising, mobile event app promotion, 3 registration passes, special public recognition at the exclusive event. Also included is your choice of golf hole to sponsor at the TCA Golf Scramble, availability based on a first come, first serve basis. We will discuss the benefit/deliverable you expect to receive from us in order to achieve your satisfaction and anticipated ROI.

$3,000 - TEXAS COTTON CHAMPION

Includes your full color 2 page inside ad and article in our special "MAKE COTTON GREAT AGAIN” Convention Edition Magazine. Your logo will be sized in proportion to donation on a Texas sized BALE of SPONSORS sign, website and social media advertising, mobile event app promotion, 2 registration passes, and special public recognition. Included is your choice of golf hole to sponsor at the TCA Golf Scramble, availability based on a first come, first serve basis. We will discuss the benefit/deliverable you expect to receive from us in order to achieve your satisfaction and anticipated ROI.

$2,000 - TEXAS COTTON ADVOCATE

Includes your full color 1 page ad or full page article in our special "MAKE COTTON GREAT AGAIN” Convention Edition Magazine. Your logo will be sized in proportion to donation on a Texas sized BALE of SPONSORS sign, website and social media advertising, mobile event app promotion, and 1 registration pass. We will discuss the benefit/deliverable you expect to receive from us in order to achieve your satisfaction and anticipated ROI. (See golf hole sponsor eligibility below.)
 

$1,000 - TEXAS COTTON PARTNER

Includes your full color half page ad (7.5" x 4.875") in our special “MAKE COTTON GREAT AGAIN” Convention Edition Magazine, logo sized in proportion to donation on a Texas sized BALE of SPONSORS sign, website and social media advertising prior to the event, and mobile event app promotion. We will discuss the benefit/deliverable you expect to receive from us in order to achieve your satisfaction and anticipated ROI. (See golf hole sponsor eligibility below.)

$500 - TEXAS COTTON FRIEND

Includes your full color fourth page ad (3.7" x 4.875") in our special “MAKE COTTON GREAT AGAIN” Convention Edition Magazine, logo sized in proportion to donation on a Texas sized BALE of SPONSORS sign, website and social media advertising prior to the event, and mobile event app promotion. We will discuss the benefit/deliverable you expect to receive from us in order to achieve your satisfaction and anticipated ROI.
  
*** TCA 2017 GOLF SCRAMBLE HOLE SPONSORS!
Please note that your firm will receive additional recognition at the golf scramble as a hole sponsor:
·           $2000 ADVOCATE level for an additional $100
·           $1,000 PARTNER level for an additional $200
·           UNDERWRITING, BENEFACTOR & CHAMPION levels are not subject to additional fees
Pick your golf hole is available on a first come first serve basis. In order to sponsor a hole, you must commit to one of the above sponsor levels in order to be eligible.

HOTEL RESERVATIONS!... Hotel room reservations may be made by calling OMNI reservations at  512.329.4616, referring to The Texas Cotton Association's room block or by making your reservations through the hotel designated webpage by clicking on this link: TCA ONLINE HOTEL RESERVATION. We have secured an excellent TCA rate at this luxury hotel of $179 + tax + 10% resort fee for standard room accommodations. For double room accomodations the rate is $189 + tax +10% resort fee. Based upon availability, guest rooms in our block are available three days prior to our meeting and three days after our meeting. Check-in is 4:00 p.m., and check-out is 11:00 a.m. The 10% resort fee applied per registered room (not individual) includes toll free, credit card and local calls, basic internet service, fitness center and steam room access, in-room coffee and tea, self-parking, on-property transportation to nature trails, miniature golf, gratuities for golf bag handling and housekeeping personnel. The hotel requires one night's deposit at time of booking. Any guaranteed reservation not cancelled seven days prior to arrival, will be subject to one night room and cancellation fee. No shows will be subject to the same.The deadline to secure your room is April 4, 2017, no later than 5:00 p.m., CST!  Rooms will go fast! At cutoff, all rooms in our block will be automatically reeleased for general sale. Act now in order to get this special TCA rate! Don't delay!

Our agenda will follow the usual 3 day schedule opening with the 2017 Golf Scramble on Monday, April 24, followed by the Welcome Reception on Monday night. Tuesday morning, April 25, a networking breakfast lounge will be provided for attendees prior to and during committee meeting breaks. Following policy meetings, join planned activities - Yoga Class in the Spa with the First Lady, Kristy Faus or SKEET at Cooperhead Creek or an afternoon on your own. The Transportation reception on the Governor's Terrace will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by the President's seated dinner in the Governor's Ballroom from 7-9:30 p.m. Get onboard and party with our entertainment at the President's Dinner provided by "MEMPHIS TRAIN REVUE" of Austin, Texas, performing this one night only as "TEXAS TRAIN REVUE"On Wednesday morning, April 26, we will convene the General Session in a seated breakfast. Immediately following, the Executive Session for voting merchants and Primary Buyer members will meet to consider proposed convention resolutions. The new board of directors will briefly meet following the convention. We expect to conclude the General Session by noon and the Executive Session by 1:30 p.m. Remember room rates are good three days before and after the convention, so come early, stay and play! 
 
More updates pertaining to this year's convention will be published here and live updates will be sent to you as soon as available. We hope that YOU will join us at the beautiful OMNI Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin!
TOGETHER, let's MAKE COTTON GREAT AGAIN!