The North Carolina Jewelers Association (NCJA) and South Carolina Jewelers Association (SCJA) will convene May 18-20, 2012 at the Marriott Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for their annual convention. Convention goers will have an opportunity to have a great beach weekend retreat at a 4-diamond oceanfront resort while networking with jewelers from across the two states. This year’s theme, “Be A Fan” invites all attendees to show their support for their favorite team – Collegiate, NHL, NBA, NFL, NASCAR or other.Located near the border of the two states, Myrtle Beach offers long stretches of beach, over 100 golf courses, shopping, and more. The resort is a beautifully appointed Marriott property, offering fabulous pools, spa and fitness center. Bulova Watch is sponsor to the annual golf tournament to be played at the Grande Dunes resort course.
Friday evening fellowship will be found in the Hospitality Room. It is a casual floating gathering as guests begin to arrive at the hotel. Registration packets will contain discounts/gift cards to Rioz Brazilian and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse for those arriving in time for dinner.
Saturday activities include breakfast, annual meetings, followed by roundtable discussions. After roundtables, golfers will fight for top honors in the Bulova Tournament. Non-golfers may join the bocce ball tournament Saturday afternoon on the beach, visit Ripley’s Aquarium, tour Brookgreen Gardens, shop or simply sip something cool poolside.
Remember to sport your favorite team attire during the day as your hosts will be tallying points for the “Biggest Fan” Award. Bring your foam finger, jersey, favorite libation cup, pom poms and more to vie for the grand prize awarded Saturday night.
Saturday Evening’s reception and Discovery Room will be followed by dinner and entertainment. This coat/tie event will feature Gary Conrad – Hypnotist showing the wild and crazy things people will do under hypnosis. Sunday morning brunch is followed by an educational seminar with Mike Buley - Jewelry Ads That Work. Design Contest winners will be announced following the seminar; winners at the state level are eligible to advance to the Jewelers of America and SJTA Torch Award competitions.
Save the Date! NCJA and SCJA members should look for registration materials and Design Contest entry forms in the mail. Make your reservations at Grande Dunes early by calling 800-228-9290 and reference NC/SC Jewelers Association to receive the group rate of $155 per night per room. You must be booked no later than April 17, 2012 to receive this rate. Staying elsewhere in Myrtle Beach with friends or another hotel? No problem. Just complete a convention registration and we’ll see you there for the meetings and fun!
Not a member? Visit the association websites for membership, registration and sponsorship information. For more details visit www.scjewelers.org or www.ncjewelers.org. You may also call Suzi Bevacqua at 919-789-7979.