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GCSC State Convention 2017 - April 27th-29th

Garden Club of South Carolina

GCSC State Convention 2017 - April 27th-29th
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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Opening Luncheon/Design Program 8 days before event starts $55.00 $0.00
Awards Banquet/Patrick McMillan 8 days before event starts $85.00 $0.00
Awards Brunch/Installation 8 days before event starts $60.00 $0.00
VP Reception-04/27/17 5-6:30 8 days before event starts Free $0.00

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87th CONVENTION of The Garden Club of South Carolina, Inc.

 The Westin Poinsett Greenville

"Blooming and Growing in the Upstate"

April 27 – 29, 2017

  

2017 GCSC EIGHTY-SEVENTH CONVENTION

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

“Blooming and Growing in the Upstate”

 

Pre-Convention Thursday, April 27

12:00 – 1:00    Registration Open

1:00 – 2:30      GCSC Board Meeting (Joint for Outgoing and Incoming)

2:30 – 4:30      Vendors Open

5:00 – 6:30      Vice Presidents’ Reception at the Kilgore Lewis House


Convention Friday, April 28

7:30 – 9:00      Hospitality Room

8:00 – 9:00      Registration

8:30 – 6:30      Vendors Open

 

9:30 – 11:30    Opening Session and Business Meeting

12:00 – 2:00    Opening Luncheon and Design Program

 

2:00 – 5:00      Downtown Tour and/or Shopping

 

5:00 – 6:00      Registration

5:30 – 6:30      Cash Bar

6:30 – 9:30      Awards Banquet and Patrick McMillan, Keynote Speaker

 

Convention Saturday, April 29

7:30 – 8:30      Hospitality Room

8:00 – 10:00    Vendors Open

8:00 – 9:00    Registration

10:00 – 2:00    Memorial Service, Awards Brunch, NGC President Sandy Robinson, Speaker and

                        Installation of 2017-2019 Officers

  

Directions to the Convention and VP Reception

The Westin Poinsett Greenville – 120 South Main Street, Greenville, SC 29601

From Spartanburg – 33+ miles and 42 minutes

Take I-85 Bus S toward Greenville. I-85 Bus S becomes I-85 S. Take the I-385 exit, EXIT 51, toward Greenville/Columbia. Merge onto I-385 N via EXIT 51C toward Greenville/Downtown. I-385 N becomes E North St / SC-183. Keep right at the fork to go on Beattie Pl / SC-183. Take the 1st left onto N Church St / US-29 S. Turn right onto E Washington St. Turn left onto S Main St. 120 S MAIN ST is on the right. The City Garage is just behind the Hotel. You can enter on McBee Ave. or Court St.


From N. Augusta – 118+ miles and 2 hours 20 minutes

Take I-385 N toward Greenville. I-385 N becomes E North St./SC-183. Keep right at the fork to go on Beattie Pl / SC-183. Take the 3rd left onto N Main St. 120 S MAIN ST is on the right. The City Garage is just behind the Hotel. You can enter on McBee Ave. or Court St.


From Columbia – 104+ miles and 1 hour 36 minutes

Take I-26 W and keep left to take I-385 N via EXIT 51 toward Laurens/Greenville I-385 N becomes E North St./SC-183. Keep right at the fork to go on Beattie Pl/SC-183. Take the 3rd left onto N Main St. 120 S MAIN ST is on the right. The City Garage is just behind the Hotel. You can enter on McBee Ave. or Court St.

 

From Charleston – 213+ miles and 3 hours 18 minutes

Take I 26 W toward North Charleston/Columbia. Keep left to take I-385 N via EXIT 51 toward Laurens/Greenville. I-385 N becomes E North St./SC-183. Keep right at the fork to go on Beattie Pl./SC-183. Take the 3rd left onto N Main St. 120 S MAIN ST is on the right. The City Garage is just behind the Hotel. You can enter on McBee Ave. or Court St.


Trip to Kilgore-Lewis House – 560 N Academy St., Greenville, SC 29601 from The Westin Poinsett Hotel – 1.10 miles - about 6 minutes

Start out going north on S Main St toward E McBee Ave. Take the 1st left onto W McBee Ave. Take the 3rd right onto S Academy St / US-123 N / US-25 Bus N. Continue to follow S Academy St / US-123 N. 560 N ACADEMY ST is on the right.

Map of Downtown Greenville

Trip to the Kilgore-Lewis House from Convention Hotel

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)

Where can I contact the Registrar with any questions?

Most questions should be answered below. However, you may contact Registrar Dee LeMay at 864-328-9723 or dlemay98@aol.com with any questions not addressed below.

 

Who should attend this event?

All Garden Club Members will benefit from this event.

We strongly encourage all GCSC Board Members, District Directors and Co-directors, Council and Club Presidents, officers, members and other representatives/delegates to attend.

Space is limited so please register early.


How do I know if I am a delegate?


ONLY DELEGATES MAY VOTE DURING GENERAL ASSEMBLY. IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW IF YOU HAVE THIS PRIVILEGE.

Delegates are voting members of an organization. According to Article XII Section 1 of the GCSC Bylaws you are a delegate if:

•You are a member of the GCSC Board of Directors – including all officers, chairmen, District Directors and Co-Directors.

•You are a CLUB PRESIDENT of a GCSC member club – or the Alternate representative for the President.

You may also be considered a delegate if appointed by your club president. The number of club member delegates each president may appoint is determined by the size of the club as follows:

 

•20-29 members - President/Alternate + 1 club delegate

•30-44 members - President/Alternate + 2 club delegates

•45-69 members - President/Alternate + 3 club delegates

•70-99 members - President/Alternate + 4 club delegates

•100-500 members - President/Alternate + 4 club delegates + 1 per every 50 additional members over 10

CLUB MEMBERS, PLEASE BE SURE TO INDICATE IF YOU ARE A CLUB DELEGATE. – YOUR VOTE COUNTS!


What should I bring to the event?

Please bring your confirmation email with you to the Registration Table when you check in.

Cameras are also welcome. This is a gorgeous space and there will be ample opportunities for group photos in the gardens and after the awards luncheon.


What shouldn't I bring to the event?

Pets are not allowed at the hotel, with the exception of registered service animals.


Is there a dress code for each event?

Weather permitting, the April 27th evening event will be both inside and outside at the Kilgore-Lewis House. Casual evening attire would be appropriate. You will also be able to tour the garden during that event so please wear accommodating footwear.

The Convention will be mostly indoors. Business/Luncheon attire is appropriate. During breaks or after the meeting, you may wish to stroll through the streets touring downtown Greenville so please wear accommodating footwear. The Poinsett is located in the heart of vibrant downtown Greenville just steps from shopping and other attractions such as Falls Park on the Reedy River.

 

What if I have dietary restrictions?

 * The Vice Presidents' Reception will include complimentary wine, non-alcoholic drinks and light hors d'oeuvres.

 ** Morning registration refreshments in the Hospitality Room will include regular and decaffeinated coffees, tea and water with light snacks.

 ***Opening Luncheon, Awards Banquet, and Awards Brunch will be traditional sit-down southern-style meals.

Any dietary restrictions due to allergies or medical reasons should be addressed directly with the Registrar prior to completing your online registration.

 

Is there a preferred hotel with group rates for attendees of this event? 


Convention Hotel

The Westin Poinsett, Greenville – 120 South Main Street, Greenville, SC 29601 864-421-9700 westinpoinsettgreenville.com

For GCSC Members only $195.00 while Rooms last – ask for GCSC Convention Rate

 

Other Downtown Greenville Hotels

GCSC does not have a rate arrangement with these hotels; however, most hotels have special rates if you ask for them. The list below is arranged in the order of distance from our Convention Hotel.

 

0.16 Miles

Courtyard Marriot Greenville Downtown – 50 W. Broad St., Greenville, SC 29601 864-451-5700

 

0.20 Miles

Aloft Greenville Downtown – 5 N. Laurens St., Greenville, SC 29601 864-297-6100

Reservations: 866-716-8142

 

0.33 Miles

Hyatt Regency Greenville – 220 N. Main St., Greenville, SC 29601 864-235-1234

 

1.40 Miles

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Greenville Downtown – 171 River Place, Greenville, SC 29601 864-271-8700    Reservations: 800-426-7866

 

1.41 Miles

Home2 Suites by Hilton Greenville Downtown – 350 N. Main St., Greenville, SC 29601 864-626-3700

 

1.42 Miles

Embassy Suites by Hilton Greenville Downtown Riverplace – 250 Riverplace, Greenville, SC 29601 864-263-4800

 

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

No. We create your registration packet based on your specific registration information. Please contact the registrar if you have any further questions about this issue.

 

Can I update my registration information?

 Yes until ticket sales have ended.

 

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

 Yes. Please do – it will speed up the registration process at the Convention when you pick up your registration packet.

 

What is the refund policy?

 Online refunds are not available. Refunds will only be issued if canceled before April 14. Please contact the registrar Dee LeMay at 864-328-9723.

 

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

 No. Please contact the registrar.

 

Have questions about GCSC State Convention 2017 - April 27th-29th? Contact Garden Club of South Carolina

When & Where


The Westin Poinsett Greenville
120 South Main Street
Greenville, SC 29601

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