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52nd Anniversary Nashville Convention Blog - #LCCANashville

With our Scranton convention cancelled (hopefully to be rescheduled in Scranton in the near future) our focus is now on Nashville in 2022 (July 24-30, 2022).  Much has already been done on events, tours and commemorative products.  This blog will document updates to and will follow Nashville Convention developments.  #LCCANashville

1/15/2022 - Nashville Hotel Optional Room Upgrades - For those attending the LCCA Nashville Convention, we will be staying at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville (777 McGavock Pike, Nashville TN, 37214). The hotel will be releasing its booking block to coincide with the release of the February TLR allowing us to book our rooms directly on the Host Hotel website developed exclusively for the LCCA. This site will provide hotel information and will allow our members to register directly on the site at the club contracted book rate of $149.00 per night (plus tax).

As in past years, this attractive room rate is available for the three days prior (as early as July 19) and the three days post-convention (as late as August 3) for members who would like to come early or stay in Nashville for their own personal activities.

For the first time, members will HAVE THE OPTION of getting the same standard size rooms facing the interior courtyard (for an additional $5.00 per night - $154 total per night) or of a considerable room size upgrade to a much larger junior suite for an additional $50.00 per night ($199 total per night). THIS CHOICE IS ENTIRELY AT THE DISCRETION OF THE MEMBER. THE CLUB STILL OFFERS THE STANDARD HOTEL ROOM FOR ALL MEMBERS AT THE CONTRACTED PRICE OF $149. THE CLUB DOES NOT BENEFIT IN ANY WAY IF A MEMBER ELECTS TO GET AN UPGRADED ROOM. The hotel will continue to offer the $149 rate up to the full extent of the contracted booking with the LCCA to those members who do not select the upgrades. Read More on this - The full story including photograph images is available - Click Here  #LCCANashville

1/14/2022 - The LCCA Nashville Convention Logo pin has been received. This pin, in the shape of a guitar pick proudly shows the LCCA logo on the front of a Tennessee Central Diesel, complete with city backdrop and the year as the engine number. The pin in the back was to be placed offset to prevent rotation, and it was well placed on the pin. Each of the first 400 members who register for the convention will receive a pin in their convention packet at registration.  #LCCANashville

pin in hand pin back



12/16/2021 - The LCCA Nashville Convention Trading Hall will again be open EXCLUSIVELY to ALL CONVENTION MEMBER ATTENDEES on Friday evening and again for one-hour early Saturday Morning.  During this time, entry to the hall will be allowed ONLY with a convention registration pass. These two opportunities to be among the first to enter the hall and start trading are a Direct Benefit of Convention Registration. Of course, immediately at 9:00 on Saturday morning, any LCCA member is invited and welcome to attend the trading hall along with the general public. Should a member who did not register for the Convention show up during this exclusive period and want to attend, they MUST register for the convention.  Doing so might make them eligible for the convention gift. Be sure to register for Nashville early and be among the first 400 members who might qualify for the exciting, unique and valuable Convention Gift and be among the first to visit the hall.    #LCCANashville


12/15/2021
 - Reminder - Save the Dates - July 24-30, 2022 for the LCCA Nashville convention.  The hotel is located near the airport with free airport shuttle.   A beautiful hotel, two pools (one indoor), great views, wonderful space for events, for the modulars, for the trading hall and one of the largest ballrooms in the area - plenty of space for all our activities. For Nashville, our convention starts on Sunday, one day earlier than in the past, giving us more opportunity to see the town. Do Nashville right, check out the 16 tours, and be ready to make your reservations.   
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12/12/2021 - The LCCA Nashville Convention tour calendar and definitions are now finalized. This detail will be the headline of the February issue of The Lion Roars. Stay tuned on an extended Sunday train ride and multiple layout tours.  #LCCANashville


12/09/2021 - One of the most well attended events of the LCCA Convention is the Lionel Seminar, a 2-hour exclusive presentation to Convention attendees by Lionel. Lionel is again planning on attending the Nashville convention in July presenting another engaging seminar to attendees. Wonder what they will surprise us with in July?  #LCCANashville


11-23-2021 - The 2022 Nashville convention tours are being finalized. Dienzel has suggested there will be something for everyone.  City tours, special tours, Music tours, Historic tours, and of course the Sunday special train ride.  And a few EXTRA special tours yet to be announced. Dienzel said to expect 16 tours consisting of 28 venues for your entertainment, enjoyment and education. #LCCANashville


11-22-2021 - Discussions are being finalized on details of the modular layouts. An exceptionally large area has been reserved in Nashville for the layout. There are expectations of 60 or more modules, with the target of 85!  Can it be achieved? The prior known largest single modular was 54 modules (set in Chicago).  Will there be one HUGE layout? Will there be a number of smaller layouts? Will there be a mid-week transformation?  So many possibilities.  #LCCANashville

11-10-2021 - The pre-convention activity is picking up.  Today the convention pin order was released and will be ready in time for registration.  The pin is in the shape of a guitar pick and carries the LCCA 20212 Nashville Convention Logo.  The pin manufacturer did suggest the stick pin be raised off center so the pin will not rotate on a shirt or badge - a great idea that was implemented.  We were advised the option to prevent pin rotation would be to have two stick pins, something that would work, but not easy to mount.  #LCCANashville


8-7-2021 - The LCCA holds its Annual Business Meeting virtually. This meeting discussed the convention, talked about the need for volunteers but most excitingly spoke about the many tours planned for convention week!  From train rides to the Corvette museum, from Nashville music events to plantations, from Honky Tonk to museums, Riverboats and Opry, the LCCA 2022 Nashville convention will touch so many different places.  Read below for more info. Included in multiple segments on the Nashville 2022 Convention is that our traditional train ride will be held Sunday - July 24th, a day earlier than normal.  This Sunday trip allows for a much longer, much better trip on rail that is not available during the week.  To ensure a superior tour and extended ride, Sunday was the only viable option.  Read more about this and much more in the stories below.  #LCCANashville

 - Convention Report from August 7 Business Meeting - presented by Dennis DeVito (HM6758) - Click Here

 - Convention Tour Director Report - presented by Dienzel Dennis (RM6713) - Click Here

 - Convention Volunteer Coordinator Report - presented by Tim Fuhrmann (RM25937) - Click Here

Of course you can view the entire business meeting by Clicking Here.


7-15-2021 -  The 2022 LCCA Nashville logo has been released.  It is in the shape of a guitar pick with Nashville over its skyline and a Tennessee Central diesel.  The nose of F-Unit shows 2022 on the number board and 50+2 (a reference to our rescheduled 50th anniversary convention in Omaha).  This 2022 Convention logo will appear in all publications and the website, all convention badges and signage and of course made into a commemorative pin.  Goal is to place the pin stick high on the pin so it does not rotate when worn. #LCCANashville



6-2-2021
-  The logo and the pin design for the Nashville Convention has been approved and will soon be on LCCA correspondence and print work.  In honor our host city, this logo will be in the shape of a guitar pick representing the music history of Nashville.    As Nashville is more than just music and has so much more to offer, the logo will have a train on it (of course) and highlight Nashville in 2022.  Speaking of trains, Nashville will offer convention attendees an opportunity for an EXCEPTIONAL train ride.  And to see Nashville from every viewpoint, a riverboat offering will take us downtown and then some - lets expect good cruising weather!  This and much more await members attending in 2022. #LCCANashville 


5-28-2021 - This is Memorial Day Weekend, remembering our Fallen Heroes,  it is also the time when our final Nashville logo and pin designs were selected and submitted for final approval.  During the past month, Dienzel, our Convention Tour Director, has been working to select the best Nashville has to offer for our tours.  A few areas have been locked in with contracts, but there are a number of sites still under consideration.  #LCCANashville 

5-18-2021 - The entertainment for the Get Acquainted Party has been contacted and they have agreed to perform not only for the GAP, but also may be available for other events and venues during the week.  More on this in upcoming blog postings.  

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5-10-2021 - Work has begun to design and prepare the Nashville Convention logo.  As in prior years, there will be a logo created that will be used for all print, publication and web site references to the convention.  And as in past years, a pin with the logo will be created for members who would like a small, but permanent memento from the convention.  These pins have become quite collectable over time and with the expectation of a large attendance as the country opens up and everyone would like to travel, this year will be no exception.  #LCCANashville

4-22-2021 - The preconvention site inspection team is back home, but in many ways work has just started.  Certainly, the site selection has been completed, as well as the hotel contracts back in 2018.  Now that the convention clock has started running, venues are being considered, day and night tours looked at, and notes are being reviewed to decide which venues will make the final cut.  GAP entertainment, banquet menus, location in the hotel of various activities, (registration, modular layouts, store, etc) are being finalized.  We have moved from a forward looking posture to now starting to establish the details and specifics that make the convention special.  #LCCANashville

4-15-2021  After 2 days, it was confirmed that there are far more exciting things to see and to tour in Nashville that can fit into a 6 day convention.   Nashville claims about itself "Nashville’s connection to music is unequaled, and its reputation as Music City has been consistently proven for over 200 years. Welcome to the city where music is written, recorded and performed every single day. Welcome to Music City".  This may be true, but the recent trip to Nashville also determined that there is so much more to see in Nashville that is independent of its claim as the Music City!  There is So Much More in Nashville than Music.  Members attending will not be disappointed.  #LCCANashville

4-13-2021 - The LCCA sent a preconvention site inspection team to the 2022 Nashville hotel.  Goal was to review scheduled hotel lobby renovations.  A solid was was removed that separated the hotel lobby from the hotel restaurant. The removal of this wall opened up the sight lines from the entrance where you can now view past the lobby and restaurant right into the pool area.  A second task was to  the readiness of the hotel and its staff in light of Covid and the resulting disruption in the leisure industry and in particular this hotel.  The team reported that the hotel is still at somewhat normal operations and is expected to be ready in July 2022.  All reserved rooms for events and actives were confirmed.  A third purpose was to start the tour selection process, to find what was available, how to select the venues to tour and how to schedule the many alternatives in a meaningful way.  Multiple sites in the Nashville area were reviewed with local county officials. #LCCANashville

2-9-2021 - LCCA announces that after the cancellation of the anticipated 51th Anniversary Convention in Scranton, Pennsylvania, our next convention will be held in Nashville, Tennessee,  The celebration of the 52th Convention will be a major event in the history of the club as for the first time it will be 3 years since we last met .  All members are encouraged to "save the dates" (July 25-30, 2022) and meet in Nashville in 2022!  Reminder, the 2022 Nashville convention dates returns to the fourth full week in July.  To read more about the Scranton cancellation - Click Here.  #LCCANashville