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19th Biennial Convention — June 19-22, 2023

NATCA’s 19th Biennial Convention will be held at The Diplomat in Hollywood, Fla. from June 19-22. We will kick off the Convention with an opening reception on the evening of June 19. Three days of Convention business and other NATCA events will take place all day on June 20-22.

NATCA’s Convention will be live streamed here beginning on Wednesday, June 21, at approximately 9 a.m. EDT. The live stream will continue Thursday, June 22, at approximately 9 a.m. EDT. 

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Agenda

The agenda for NATCA’s 19th Biennial Convention is the following:

Mon., June 19
2 – 5 p.m.: Registration Open at Great Hall Foyer
5 – 7 p.m.: Opening Ceremony at The Diplomat South Pool Deck

Tues., June 20
7:45 – 8:50 a.m.: Breakfast in the Grand Ballroom
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Registration Open at Great Hall Foyer
8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Regional Meetings
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Lunch in the Grand Ballroom
1 – 5 p.m.: Classes
7 – 11 p.m.: NCF Solidarity Night at The Backyard (buses start leaving the hotel at 6:30 p.m.)

Wed., June 21
7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Registration Open at Great Hall Foyer
7:45 – 8:50 a.m.: Breakfast in the Grand Ballroom
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.: General Session** in the Great Hall
12 – 1 p.m.: Lunch in the Grand Ballroom
1 – 5:30 p.m.: General Session** in the Great Hall
7 – 11 p.m.: Regional Dinners

Thurs., June 22

7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Registration Open at Great Hall Foyer
7:45 – 8:50 a.m.: Breakfast in the Grand Ballroom
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: General Session** in the Great Hall
12:00 – 1 p.m.: Lunch in the Grand Ballroom (Subject to Convention Business)
1 – 5:30 p.m.: General Session** in the Great Hall
7 – 11 p.m.: Closing Banquet at The Carousel Club (buses start leaving the hotel at 6:30 p.m.)

** – Times for the General Sessions are tentative, pending adoption of the Convention Rules by the Convention delegates.

19th Biennial Proposed Amendments to the NATCA Constitution, Resolutions, and Policy and Position statements

The National Constitution Committee (NCC) is responsible for creating the biennial convention package, containing all the proposed amendments to the NATCA constitution, resolutions, and policy and position statements. A convention package of these materials has been mailed to members in advance of the convention and should arrive by mail to members in the next few weeks. The booklet is also available electronically on the NATCA Convention resource web page.

For more information, please email [email protected]. View the NCC webpage.

Proposed Amendments and Resolutions | NATCA National Executive Board Report on Policies/Position Statements

Resolutions/Untimely Amendments Here

Untimely amendments and resolutions submitted by 7 a.m. EDT on Thursday, June 22, 2023, may be downloaded here.

Whova App Instructions

During NATCA’s 19th Biennial Convention, attendees can see the Convention agenda, access the class and meeting schedule, view maps of the hotel, get the latest updates from Convention organizers, and more by using the Whova event app.

You can download the Whova app in the Apple App store or Google Play store. You can also go to this link to download the app. After downloading, search for NATCA on the events list and enter the event invitation code: NATCAFLL2023

You can also access the class schedule, without downloading the app or signing in, by using this link from desktop or mobile.

For any questions you may have about the app, send an email to [email protected].

Convention Subsidy Information for Locals

Convention subsidies are available to any NATCA Local that received dues rebates of $4500 or less annually.

NATCA Locals who wish to apply for a Convention subsidy should fill out the form below and attach copies of itemized receipts for actual expenses (up to the reimbursed subsidy amount) incurred by the Local’s primary delegate to attend the 2023 Fort Lauderdale Convention for the following expenses: transportation (including reasonable taxi or shuttle service to and from the airport and home/facility/hotel), parking at the departure airport, hotel, and meals.

A subsidy will be disbursed to locals that receive the following annual dues amounts:

  • $1500 or less annually – $525
  • $1501 to $3000 annually – $500
  • $3001 to $4500 annually – $300

To access the subsidy form, click here.

To be valid, the National Office must receive the subsidy form no later than June 22, 2024.

Hotel Maps

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Other Hotel & Travel Information

The Diplomat

A grand re-imagining of a legendary Florida resort, The Diplomat Beach Resort brings iconic hospitality back to South Florida’s premier meeting destination. Ranked within CVENT’s Top-10 US Meeting Venues, the Resort is located beachfront between Fort Lauderdale and Miami.

Learn more about The Diplomat, including dining options, photos, and amenities. | Map | The NATCA Convention Rate is $249/per night, plus tax.

The cutoff date to book your room with the NATCA rate was June 7th. To ask about the possibility of getting a room with the NATCA rate after the deadline, please send an email to [email protected].

If you have any questions, or if you’d like assistance changing or canceling an existing reservation, you can call the hotel at (855) 689-2911.

Hilton Honors – Enjoy Perks in Hollywood, Fla.: Hilton Honors members get more value from stays with exclusive member rates and perks like free WiFi. Plus, Hilton Honors members earn points on every stay that can be used toward free nights at Hilton brand hotels around the world or redeemed with Hilton’s partners. Learn more about the Hilton Honors program and join for free here.

Airport Info

  • FLL (Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport) – 8 Miles (about 20 minutes) from Hotel
  • MIA (Miami International Airport) – 22 Miles (about 30 minutes) from Hotel
Convention 2023 Charities

NATCA Charitable Foundation

The NATCA Charitable Foundation (NCF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation that works to make a difference in the lives of many. NCF has no paid employees and continues to be a 100% volunteer organization of all ages and professions. This keeps costs down and helps ensure donations make a difference to those most in need. NCF’s philanthropic efforts stretch across the country. NCF seeks out areas of need that go un-funded or are missed through other donor drives. It seeks out smaller charities that help the underserved in the communities where NATCA members live and work. Across the country, through NCF, NATCA members and their family and friends give and volunteer to make a big impact and help bring smiles to those in need.

NCF is supporting four charities and sponsoring events in Fort Lauderdale in honor of NATCA’s 19th Biennial Convention:

Citizens for a Better South Florida

Citizens for a Better South Florida is dedicated to providing environmental education, particularly to the underserved community, which inspires active stewardship and the preservation of the South Florida environment.

CITIZENS’ Organizational Values and Guiding Principles

  • Providing experiential and hands on learning
  • Providing balanced and fact-based information on environmental issues
  • Focusing efforts on education and not advocacy
  • Respecting individuals and communities
  • Cultural competency in organizational and programming practices

Fish With a Hero

Fish With a Hero, Inc. is a public charity and Florida not-for-profit corporation qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Each year, Fish With a Hero provides world class fishing experiences and sponsors programs designed to assist participants in dealing with the effects of PTSD, traumatic brain injury, and other disabilities and wounds of war.

SafeSpace

Mission:
SafeSpace empowers the safety and well-being of adult victims of domestic violence and their children by providing intervention, prevention and advocacy services.

Vision:
SafeSpace envisions communities unified in achieving freedom from domestic violence.

SafeSpace, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, is the only state certified domestic violence center saving lives 24/7 and preventing domestic violence throughout the Treasure Coast of Indian River, Martin and St. Lucie counties. It is the local area expert in providing domestic violence services and offers a safe haven to victims and their children as they seek refuge from physical and emotional abuse.

SafeSpace is much more than just a crisis hotline and an emergency shelter. It empowers victims to become survivors by providing an extensive array of other programs and services, including legal assistance, financial literacy training, emotional and mental health counseling, advocacy, community outreach, and prevention education.

Thorn

We build technology to defend children from sexual abuse.

Thorn was born in 2012. Our co-founders Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore had learned about the issue of child sex trafficking from a documentary highlighting what was happening to children in Cambodia. They describe it as this moment where you learn something about the world that you can’t un-know. As they started learning more, they realized that it is just as prolific of a problem here in the United States as it is overseas.

Watch these videos to learn more:

Learn more about Thorn’s work and strategy to eliminate child sexual abuse material at https://www.thorn.org/csam-strategy/. Join the NATCA Charitable Foundation in supporting Thorn to give vulnerable children a voice.

NCF Activities at Convention

While in Fort Lauderdale for our Union’s Convention, join the NATCA Charitable Foundation (NCF) in raising money and awareness for charities locally and across the country. NCF will host a number of fundraisers over the week.

NCF is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and we invite you to come and learn what we do to make a difference. NCF has no paid employees and continues to be a 100% volunteer organization. For the past two years, NCF has donated $275,000 to charities across the country, chosen by our Union’s members.

This year, NCF is supporting four charities and sponsoring events in Fort Lauderdale in honor of NATCA’s 19th Biennial Convention: Citizens for a Better South Florida, Fish With a Hero, Safespace, and Thorn. Read more about each charity here.

NCF is hosting several events to raise money for these organizations. Information about each of these events can be found below.

Silent Auction

NCF will once again host its famous silent auction in the foyer outside of the Convention Hall. Join us in bidding on one of our many great items.

Fort Lauderdale Scenic Sunset Cruise

Join us and escape the madness of the crowds on land and experience the breathtaking view from the water on this private Fort Lauderdale Sunset Cruise. Climb aboard a sleek 64-foot catamaran boat with space to stretch out as you enjoy the scenery of the Fort Lauderdale intercoastal waterway. Enjoy your time aboard with a gourmet charcuterie spread, unlimited alcohol and drinks, and an informative narration of the local landmarks that you are floating by.

Enjoy Florida’s world-renowned sunset while the boat travels 1.5 hours north to Las Olas Blvd, a vibrant street filled with unique bars and incredible restaurants, or stay on board for another 1.5 hours back to the hotel to enjoy the incredible amenities the Diplomat has to offer. There will also be the option to disembark on the return trip at Margaritaville in Hollywood which is 2 miles south of The Diplomat. The Hollywood Boardwalk is filled with family-run restaurants and bars and is located right on the beach, allowing you to experience all that South Florida has to offer.

**Note: If you disembark at Las Olas or Margaritaville, you will be responsible for your return transportation.

When: Monday, June 19, at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Diplomat Landing and Marina
Cost: $140 per person

Sign up here.

Opening Reception / Great Rubber Duck Derby Splash

At NATCA’s Opening Reception, NCF will be hosting The Great Rubber Duck Derby Splash where you have a chance to win $100,000. There will also be guaranteed prizes for the top three ducks that cross the finish line first.

When: Monday, June 19. Ducks can be purchased from 2-6 p.m. Race will be at 6 p.m.
Where: The Diplomat South Pool Deck
Cost: 1 duck is a $10 donation, 3 ducks requires a $20 donation

Ducks can be purchased from 2-5 p.m. at the NCF booth in the Diplomat and from 5-6 p.m. on site at the opening reception on the Diplomat’s South Pool Deck.

Half Shell 5K Beach Fun Run/Walk

Join the NATCA Charitable Foundation for the Convention Half Shell 5K Beach Fun Run/Walk on the beach behind the Diplomat Hotel and Resort. Water & snacks will be provided. Each participant will receive a 26 oz reusable water bottle with the Half Shell 5K logo.

When: Tuesday, June 20, at 7 a.m.
Where: Beach behind the Diplomat Hotel and Resort
Cost: $25 per person

Sign up here.

Cocktails for Charity: A Mixology Experience

Join the NATCA Charitable Foundation for Solidarity Night’s Cocktails for Charity: A Mixology Experience. Participants will have a VIP mixology experience. Participants will be the first to arrive at the NCF’s Solidarity Night through a separate entrance. Participants will depart from The Diplomat at 6 p.m. on a separate VIP Access Motorcoach.

When: Tuesday, June 20, departing at 6 p.m.
Where: Stache Drinking Den at The Backyard for NCF Solidarity Night
Cost: $150
Limited Access: Only 54 Seats Available

Sign up here.

Stache Drinking Den at The Backyard

Or join NCF later in the Stache Drinking Den for our VIP Elevated Alcohol Experience, including a night of top shelf alcohol access that is only served in the NCF VIP area in the Stache Drinking Den at The Backyard for NCF Solidarity Night.

When: Tuesday, June 20
Where: Stache Drinking Den at The Backyard for NCF Solidarity Night
Cost: Start a tax-deductible payroll contribution for $10 or more or increase your current donation by $5 and receive a wristband and exclusive access to the Stache Drinking Den for elevated alcohol options.

Convention 101: NATCA Constitution

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Convention Subsidy Request Information

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Convention Video Archive
Convention Photo Albums
Convention Past Coverage

2023 Fort Lauderdale

Full Coverage, NATCA Update: Part 1 | Part 2
Remarks, President Rich Santa and regional roll call by RVPs: Click here
Remarks, Executive Vice President Andrew LeBovidge: Click here


Convention Business: Click here
Awards: Click here
Complete Video Library: Click here

Preview Issue, The Delegate: E-version

2021 Houston

Full Coverage, NATCA Update: Part 1 | Part 2
Remarks, President Rich Santa and regional roll call by RVPs: Click here
Remarks, Executive Vice President Andrew LeBovidge: Click here
Convention Business: Click here
Awards: Click here
Complete Video Library: Click here

Preview Issue, The Delegate: E-version

2018 Philadelphia

Full Coverage, The Delegate: Click here

Preview Issue, The Delegate: E-version

2016 San Diego

The Delegate, Day 1 issue: E-version

The Delegate, Day 3 issue: E-version

2014 Minneapolis

The Delegate, Day 1 issue: E-version

The Delegate, Day 2 issue: E-version

The Delegate, Day 3 issue: E-version

2012 Denver

The Delegate, Day 2 issue:

The Delegate, Day 3 issue:

2010 Honolulu

Convention guide:

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