NATIONAL JUNIOR HORTICULTURAL ASSOCIATION CONVENTION
October 11 – 14, 2019
The following pages give information about this year’s convention. Included are:
· General Information
· Convention Registration Form. Also available on web site www.njha.org
· Contest registration forms are available on web site www.njha.org
NOTE: Registration deadline for convention is Saturday, October 11, 2019.
Registration deadline for contests is Sunday, September 15, 2019.
REGISTRATIONS AND MONEY DUE NEEDS TO BE INTO THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY ON A TIMELY MATTER.
PLEASE READ THIS LETTER CAREFULLY.
The 2019 convention hotel is the Marriott Cornhusker Hotel, 333 S 13th Street, Lincoln, NE 68505.
For Convention Hotel Information visit:
Reservations must be made by Thursday, September 26, 2019. The hotel prefers all registrations must be made online. Rates in effect October 10–15, 2019.
Room rate for up to 4 in each room is $99.00 plus tax of 16.74% for a total of $115.58. Room rates are in effect October 10–15, 2019 for single through quad.
RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE BY Monday September 23, 2019, TO RECEIVE THE GROUP RATE. RESERVATIONS MUST BE GUARANTEED AT TIME OF BOOKING. CHECK-IN TIME IS 3:00 PM and CHECK-OUT TIME IS 12:00 NOON. Phone number for reservations is 1 866 706-7706. Identify yourself as with the National Junior Horticultural Association.
Registration is $240 for single, $230 ea. for 2 members of same family, 220 for 3 or more member’s same family.
FULL REGISTRATION INCLUDES 3 banquets (Friday, Saturday, and Monday plus lunch on Monday), 2 Breakfasts (Sunday and Monday). Sunday will be States Night Out. Fees are payable by check or credit card. We encourage attendance and participation in the entire convention activities, but individual meals may be purchased by family members accompanying youth delegates.
NOTE: ANY YOUTH UNDER 15 YEARS OLD MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT OR RESPONSIBLE ADULT CHAPERONE. REGISTRATIONS SHOULD BE POSTMARKED BY Friday SEPTEMBER 27, 2019. Payment should be included with registration either by check or online.
We would appreciate receiving registration money (by check along with registration form if you can as we have to pay credit card charges of approximately 4% on all online payments. Also many expenses have to be paid before convention
Late registration fees after September 27, 2019 are $265, $255, $245, respectively, unless Carole has been notified the registration will be coming by October 8. Registration refunds will be made up to Tuesday, October 8, less $25 each by notifying Carole. IF PARTICIPATING ONLY IN THE SATURDAY CONTESTS, THE FEE IS $60 PER PERSON.
If you are a student coming to convention to participate in contests, you need to pre-register for the contest online at www.njha.org. Please register by September 15, 2019. These forms will automatically go to the project chair in charge of that contest. These forms A to and including I can be found under the link contests. We prefer all forms be completed by an advisor, coach, or parent. If a team is registering, only one form should be completed with all team members listed.
Form A – Horticulture Identification and Judging
Form B – Demonstrations in Horticulture
Form C – Speaking in Horticulture
Form D – Horticultural Connections
Form E – Writing in Horticulture
Form F – NJHA’s Next Top Chef
Form G – Horticulture ID and Judging – Junior Div
Form H – Floral Arranging
Form I – Promotion in Horticulture
1. If you are entering as a team (i.e. demonstration or Hort ID), only one person should submit the information (names, addresses and birthdates). Only one 4-H team per state is allowed.
2. Make sure you type all the information that is requested.
3. Give the name of your coach or advisor.
4. Entries are due by September 15.
5. All demonstration and speech contests are conducted on Saturday morning. The specific time the delegate is scheduled for will be posted by the officers in the hotel.
6. The horticulture judging and identification contest is held on Saturday afternoon. A horticulture identification study session will be held on Friday night after the banquet.
7. If you need more information about the contests (rules, divisions, etc.), please go to the web site (www.njha.org) and/or contact the contest chairperson.
8. Open flames are prohibited for any part of your demonstration.
9. ALL AREAS ON FORMS MUST BE FILLED IN.
IF ANYONE HAS ANY QUESTIONS ON THEIR CONTESTS, YOU CAN SEND AN E MAIL DIRECTLY TO THE PROJECT CHAIR. AT THE END OF EACH CONTEST, THERE IS A BLOCK WHERE ONE CAN SUBMIT AN EMAIL DIRECTLY.
DON’T FORGET TO SUPPORT THE ALUMNI AUCTION THIS YEAR. IF YOU ARE THINKING OF SOMETHING THAT YOU COULD BRING FOR THE AUCTION, THINK ABOUT A GIFT CARD. THEY ARE GREAT FOR THE DELEGATES AS MANY ARE FLYING AND DO NOT HAVE ROOM FOR THINGS IN THEIR SUITCASES. A GIFT CARD IS GREAT.
SPECIAL NOTICE REGARDING ON LINE PAYMENT
REGISTRATIONS CAN BE SENT ELECTRONICALLY USING CREDIT CARDS ONLY. THOSE CARDS ACCEPTED ARE VISA, MASTERCARD, AND AMEX. THIS IS COMPLETELY SECURE AND SAFE ONLINE SYSTEM TO USE. WE ALSO WELCOME YOUR CHECK MAILED WITH REGISTRATION FORM. CONTEST FORMS SHOULD BE FILLED OUT ON LINE AND SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY.
Workshops will be posted under Convention/2019 Workshops link on the website.
Excellent, interesting and educational tours on Sunday afternoon and Monday.
Additional Details will be posted on the Convention/2019 Tours link on the website.
SPECIAL NOTICE FOR STATE FLAGS*** YOU DO NOT NEED TO BRING YOUR STATE FLAG FOR THE FLAG CEREMONY. Flag practice is at 5:30 PM on Friday and Monday. The person carrying the flag should come to the practices dressed for the banquet.
STATE EXHIBITS – States are encouraged to bring a display that showcases their state. Give-away items are strongly encouraged. Exhibits may be set up in the hospitality area after 2:00 PM on Friday and must be properly maintained during the convention. Exhibits are judged for their educational value. Exhibits should be removed after the awards banquet on Monday night. Tables will be covered and skirted.
DRESS CODE – As a delegate representing your state at a national convention, you are encouraged to dress appropriately during the convention. While jeans are not frowned upon, they should not be ripped, torn or shabby. Youth participating in speeches and demonstrations generally dress up for their presentation. Likewise, everyone is encouraged to wear business attire (shirt/tie, skirt/pantsuit) for the banquets. Saturday and Sunday dinners will be casual – please dress comfortably. The weather can be variable. Plan on bringing a sweater and/or light jacket along with comfortable walking shoes. Average day temps are 70 and nights at 65.
CONDUCT – State Leaders/chaperones/advisors/coaches/parents are responsible for insuring that the behavior of the delegates does not have a negative reputation at the hotel. There will be other guests in the hotel the same time as we are, so it is imperative to maintain proper conduct
1. Delegates will not run, yell, or hang out in the halls
2. Delegates must be out of the halls and quiet 30 minutes after the last activity is completed.
3. Violators will be sent home at family expense.
CONVENTION DIRECTORY –If you want a copy, please call Carole Carney 724 479-3254 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org and one will be sent out after convention. Board members will receive a directory after convention via e mail.
EXCHANGE ITEMS – Bring pins to exchange with other delegates.
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
HOTEL RESERVATIONS ARE DUE BY THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2019
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2019 REGISTRATION FORMS AND PAYMENT ARE DUE FOR YOUTH AND ADULTS. CONTEST FORMS FOR YOUTH ARE DUE SEPTEMBER 15, 2019
PLEASE SEND ALL ITEMS TO:
CAROLE S. CARNEY
15 RAILROAD AVENUE
HOMER CITY, PA. 15748
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 5:00 PM LAST DAY TO REQUEST REGISTRATION REFUND.
NO REFUNDS AFTER TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2019
(LESS $25 EACH) CALL, WRITE, OR E MAIL
15 RAILROAD AVENUE
HOMER CITY, PA. 15748
email@example.com PHONE 724 479-3254
MEDICAL FORMS ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED BY NJHA, THEREFORE CHAPERONES, LEADERS, COACHES, ADVISORS, AND ADULTS, ETC., WILL BE RESPONSIBLE TO CARRY FORMS ON THEM AT ALL TIMES.
DO NOT SEND REGISTRATIONS VIA EXPRESS MAIL OR CERTIFIED MAIL BECAUSE YOUR EXECUTIVE SECRETARY IS NOT HOME DURING THE DAYTIME HOURS TO SIGN FOR THEM.
LOOK FOR NJHA OFFICERS' EXCELLENT ARTICLES ABOUT THE CONVENTION IN THE GOING AND GROWING NEWSLETTER ON THE WEBSITE.