The Association of Togolese in Chicago (ATC) and the North American Convention for Togo (NACT) are pleased to invite you to join them in their 2003 Convention, which will be held in Chicago, Illinois from July 25 through July 27, 2003.
Although the three-day convention will primarily focus on some of major socio-economic issues facing the Togolese community in North America, it will not overlook the challenges that our country is still facing.
The convention has always been a very productive family reunion of the Togolese diaspora in North America. It is scheduled to cover formal presentations by notorious speakers on very exciting and relevant topics. An evening of dancing and various outings are also scheduled.
We have attached our detailed convention agenda for your reference.
The convention will be held at:
5649 North Sheridan
Chicago, IL 60660
We have identified the following motels or hotels where you can reserve a room at your convenience:
Summit Motel 5308 N. Lincoln Av 773-275-0092 $55.00
The Diplomat Motel 5230 N. Lincoln Av 773-271-5400 $60.00
Heart of Chicago 5990 N. Ridge Av 773-271-9181 $65.00
Chicago Lodge 920 W. Foster Av 773-334-5600 $87.00
Days Inn 644 W. Diversey Av 773-528-7010 $132.00
Note: For Days Inn, please ask for Cooperate Rate to take advantage of the discounted rate of $132.00
We will provide you with free transportation from the above hotels to the convention room and the party-room, and for the purpose of the outings.
The participation fee is $45.00 US per person, which does not cover the cost of your hotel room and the cost of the Friday Chicago by night outing.
For your convenience, please call the following numbers for any additional information:
Ayi Atayi 773-275-0224 (Fixed)
Hippolyte Lawson 847-882-2506 (Fixed)
Joachim Mekoum 708-444-2485 (Fixed)
We have also negotiated a 10% discount with ATA on their published fares. In order to obtain the discount, please call 877-726-0815 and mention NACT Group and code 072527/NACTTO.
We would like to thank you in advance for your time and we are looking forward to seeing you in the windy city of Chicago.
Chicago, USA, June 12, 2003
Ayi Atayi, President of ATC
Hippolyte Lawson, General Secretary of the Organizing Committee
Address: 5649 N. Sheridan Rd
Chicago, IL 60660
Friday, July 25
Welcome note from the President of the Association of Togolese in Chicago
Welcome note and official opening by the President of NACT
Welcome note from the official Representative of the Mayor of Chicago
3:00 PM Opening Ceremony
10 Minutes break
Introduction of delegations to the Convention(5 mn)
4:30 PM to 6:00 PM 1st Conference-Debate: "City Benefits available for Immigrant Communities in Chicago"
Guest-Speaker: a city rep
6:00 PM to 6:10 Break
6:10 PM to 8:10 PM 2nd Conference-Debate:"Education Opportunities in USA"
Guest-Speaker: Dr Nourou Yacoubou, Professor
8:10 PM to 8:20 PM Break
8:20 PM to 8:50 PM Registration of candidate cities for the NACT 2004 Convention
From 8:50 PM Chicago by night outing offered to those of our guests who are willing to discover Chicago
Saturday, July 26
9:30 AM to 11:30AM 3rd Conference-Debate:"Applicability of the Temporary Permanent Status (TPS) for the Togolese Community in US.
Guest-Speaker: Michele Neal, Immigration Lawyer
11:30 AM to 12:45 PM Lunch
12:45 PM to 2:45 PM 4th Conference-Debate: "Social and economic situation in Togo"
Guest-Speaker: To be announced
2:45 PM to 2:55 PM Break
2:55 PM to 4:25 PM Presentation of NACT's Annual Activity Report to the Assembly
Feedback of previous conventions
From 8:00 PM Dinner followed by dancing party until late in the evening
Sunday, July 27
9:00 AM Mass
From 11:00 AM Picnic followed by various games