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HOTEL RESERVATIONS - Hyatt Lost Pines Resort & Spa, Bastrop Texas near the Austin airport!

The 100th Anniversary Convention of the Texas Cotton Association will be held in Austin, Texas at the beautiful Hyatt Lost Pines Resort & Spa, on April 19, 20 & 21, 2011!

The Texas Cotton Association. Proud Legend. Promising Future.

T C A ... 100 years ago these three letters were embossed in gold on black leather briefcases carried by the men who pioneered this Association. They carried a mission to unify a merchant community statewide, to represent cotton policy in our state legislature and in the US Congress, and to develop strong alliances with customers abroad. Because of their grit and determination, they built a legend of trade that is our past, present and future. In Texas, our land offered hope and promise, and the cotton seed grew in our rich, fertile soil and became a vibrant and dynamic cotton industry.

A century later, as the T.C.A. celebrates its 100-year anniversary, Texas cotton leads the nation in production. We grow more proud as our cotton continues to become more promising as a world leader in cotton production. Without a doubt, you can count on Texas to provide whatever cotton the world needs.

The past century has been a century of change, a century of success and a century of great promise and huge accomplishment. But as impressive as our past is, it is not as exciting as our future. And just like those early pioneers, our mission is to build on our past with pride and to look forward to a promising new century of progress.
******************** Resort reservations may be made by calling 512.308.1234
for a special TCA rate of $129.00 + tax and no resort fee by specifying a room
in the TCA room block. The resort has offered this fabulous rate to the TCA
for three days prior and post convention dates. What a great venue to bring
the family and spend Easter week at Lost Pines! You may also make, modify or
cancel reservations on our website through the hotel's electronic passkey web
based reservation interface especially customized for the TCA 100th
Anniversary Convention. The link is provided below. Secure your room fast
before the block sells out.


Online Hotel Reservations

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Details and Activities of Day 1, 2 and 3...
The 100th Anniversary of The Texas Cotton Association will kick-off at "Cotton Day at the Capitol 2011". We are very excited that we have been able to coordinate this event in conjunction with our 100th year! We would like to invite you to sign up to visit legislative offices at our Texas State Capitol to provide them with cotton gifts and tell them about our industry and its pressing issues. We will be joined by others representing the cotton industry in Texas. This event is always a big hit at the Capitol and your participation will be greatly appreciated. Transportation will leave the resort at 7:05 a.m. and arrive The Association of Counties building by 7:45 a.m. for an orientation meeting to discuss the purpose of the event and provide instructions for the day. For those of you not participating in the golf outing at the resort, please plan on joining us at the State Capitol of Texas for "Cotton Day at the Capitol", a special event you will always remember!

Seasoned cotton merchants will vie again to be one of the top three to predict the Cotton Futures Market on May NYF, April 19th close. Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place predictions made closest to the close. Don't forget to provide your guess on the registration form. Your entry must be received no later than April 15 in order to play.

Golf participants will practice their game early at a FREE Putting Contest at the resort course, Wolfdance Golf Club, prior to the golf scramble on Tuesday. Play to WIN CASH prizes on your registration form by signing up for the TCA Century 2011 Golf Scramble.

After the golf scramble on Tuesday, meet TCA attendees back at the Stories Fine Dining Restaurant to enjoy cocktails, and a sampling of hors d'oerves at the Century 2011 Welcome Reception.

Beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning, there will be a cooking demonstration by the hotel chef, assisted by Betty Patranella in Stories Fine Dining Restaurant.

Committee Meetings will be staggered on Wednesday morning in order for you to sit in on those of interest to you or those in which you serve, as we take a look forward in the development and improvement of policies affecting our business.

After the planning sessions, a special Century 2011 Lunch, featuring Betty Patranella's seafood gumbo, will be served, as we enjoy entertainment by the famous Singing Cadets of A & M University.

For all you renegades and renegadettes, a skeet shoot has been planned at the resort. For the rest of you, check the Concierge desk located in the main lobby to inquire about the many other recreational activities at Hyatt Lost Pines Resort & Spa.

Later that evening, strategic logistic partners will underwrite the Century 2011 Transportation Reception, a highlight of the TCA Convention each year. Immediately following, the President's Dinner, honoring President Michael J. Patranella and Mrs. Patranella, will be a white table cloth affair, featuring the Blue Mist Band from Austin. Coat & Tie are recommended. Market, Golf, Skeet and other prizes will be awarded during the dinner gala.

The next morning, join us at the General Session and hear from the speakers! Special appearances and speakers will be announced soon.

Voting members are encouraged to attend the Executive Session immediately following the General Session where policy will be voted into action.

In the meantime, make your room reservations, get pre-registered to attend and sponsor an event or advertise in our Century of Trade Convention Edition Magazine. Stay connected and keep your browser pointed toward www.tca-cotton.org, save us to your favorites list and come back and see us often!

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EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION!...
Registering to attend the 100th Anniversary Convention is a breeze! For your convenience, You may register, sponsor and sign-up to advertise online by using our secure auto pay feature. The online forms are located in the blue box on this page. The convention registration fee is $275.00 for each firm representative. Spouse registration is complimentary unless your spouse is a firm representative. Registrations received after the April 15, 2011 deadline will be $300.00 per firm representative. 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!

SIGN-UP TO PLAY GOLF!...
The TCA GOLF SCRAMBLE 2011, on April 19, 2011, will be held at the resort course just out the back door. Paying tribute to the Tonkawa Native American Indians of Central Texas who celebrated life through their wolf dance, Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa has named this outstanding course Wolfdancer Golf Club. This very scenic course takes advantage of the natural terrain and beauty as it traverses three distinct terrains - rolling prairie, heavily wooded ridgeline, and the Colorado River valley. Golf participants will practice their game early at a FREE Putting Contest at 11:00 a.m., prior to the golf scramble scheduled shot gun start at noon on Tuesday. Play to WIN CASH prizes on your registration form by signing up for the TCA Century 2011 Golf Scramble. You are asked to check-in thirty minutes prior to start. Limited to the first 80 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. The fee 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 15, 2011, deadline. All fees will need to be paid prior to the tournament. To assist us in setting up the tournament fairly and correctly, please indicate on the registration form your handicap and score and contact Ross Barber, golf chairman, at 806.763.5278, for requested teams or pairing.

PLAY THE MARKET GUESS GAME!...
Guess the Cotton Futures Market on May NYF, April 15th close! Everyone is invited to participate, including spouses! Play without risk and play for F R E E ! Remember to put your lucky number on your registration form before you send it in. In order to be eligible to play, you must return your guess prior to the April 15, 2011, deadline.

SKEET SHOOTING!...
Whether you are a first time shooter or an experienced one, this skeet shoot is for you! 12-gauge and 20-gauge shotguns and all the safety equipment will be provided. Shoot at clay targets and test your accuracy. There will be automated launchers as well as manual launchers for those of you that want to push your skills with various direction. Sign-up to shoot on the registration form and select your preferred time slot for team one at 2:30 p.m., or team two at 3:30 p.m. Ray Ragsdale, Skeet Shoot chairman, will be coordinating this event. You may contact him at 512.431.6307.

SPONSORS! SHOWCASE YOUR FIRM WITH ONE OF OUR ADVERTISEMENT OFFERS!...
Get your F R E E color ad, logo or slogun, included in your sponsorship, in our Convention Edition Magazine Program Guide - "Century of Trade"! Advertise your company name to convention friends and potential business associates in our event program. How? Submit full color program ads, logos, slogans and your firm will be recognized in the convention "BEYOND" edition for FREE! Camera-Ready Art Requirements: We can accept camera-ready art on a disk to the correct size of the ad requested, 4C or b&w. Preprinted color screened ads are not acceptable. Disks acceptable should be CD-Rom or DVD. Artwork must be saved as a PDF, EPS, TIF, or JPG. Quark 6.5, Illustrator 10 or Photoshop 7 documents are acceptable. Include or embed all fonts and all supporting art, photos and logos. Line Screen: 300 DPI. Art and/or questions may also be emailed directly to: jencie@comcast.net. If by mail: J. Escue, 3719 Brunswick, Memphis, TN 38133, 901.299.5436. Camera Ready Deadline is April 8. Custom written ad submission is due by April 8 (add $50 design fee, you will be emailed proof for approval). Don't forget to include ad materials!

SPONSOR PACKAGES INCLUDE...

$10,000 CENTURY UNDERWRITER
Full 2 Page Ad in the Century of Trade Convention Edition Magazine, 4 registration passes, special public recognition and 2 reserved head tables at the sponsored event, website advertising and other print material recognition

$5,000 LEGEND UNDERWRITER
Full Page Ad in the Century of Trade Convention Edition Magazine, 2 registration passes, special recognition and 1 reserved head table at the sponsored event, website advertising and other print material recognition

$2,000 CHAMPION UNDERWRITER
Half Page Ad - (7.5" x 4.875") in the Century of Trade Convention Edition Magazine, 4 reserved seats at the Century Lunch and Century Dinner & Gala, website advertising and other print material recognition

$1,000 ADVOCATE SPONSOR
Third Page Ad - (3.7" x7.375")in the Century of Trade Convention Edition Magazine, 2 reserved seats at the Century Lunch and Century Dinner & Gala, other print material recognition

$ 500 PARTNER SPONSOR
Fourth Page Ad - (3.7" x 4.875")in the Century of Trade Convention Edition Magazine, and other print material recognition

The online sponsorship link is located on the video and under "Forms" on our website. Be watching your ebox for updates... "Look who's sponsoring!"...for a list of advertising firms!

COTTON MERCHANTS ! PRIMARY BUYERS !
This is your opportunity to also be featured by purchasing an ad in our Convention Edition Program Magazine Guide - CENTURY OF TRADE! Go to the Advertising Submission Form link provided on the video or under "Forms" on our website to submit your ad in our full page, 4 color Convention Edition Program Magazine Guide! Thank you for making the 100th Anniversary Convention an event that will always be remembered!

More about the CENTURY OF TRADE CONVENTION 1911 - 2011...The 100th Anniversary Convention is live online at our website. We hope that you will join us at Lost Pines! Be watching your ebox for updates. Stay connected and keep your browser pointed toward www.tca-cotton.org, save us to your favorites and come back and see us often!
Video invitation from President Patranella...

Video invitation from President Patranella...

Maps and Directions

Maps and Directions