2010 NATC CONVENTION HELD IN LISBON AND BADAJOZ IN JUNE
The National Association of Taurine Clubs of America of the United States---NATC---is an umbrella organization that includes most of the American taurine clubs. Since 1963, the NATC has held an annual congress in different cities of the United States, Mexico, France or Spain, such as Los Angeles, Aguascalientes, Tlaxcala, Zacatecas, Mont-de-Marsan, Nimes, Salamanca, Seville, Bilbao, Jerez, Logroño and Malaga, in 2009.
The goals of the annual convention are to deal with business matters related to the organization; to offer members and guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in multiple taurine events; and to promote the connection and rapport among its members, as well as between them and the aficionados and taurinos from the place where the convention is taking place.
It is customary that each year one club among the NATC member clubs takes the responsibility for organizing the congress. The NATC 2010 Congress was hosted by the Club Taurino of Chicago with the assistance of matador Victor Mendes. It was held in Badajoz, Spain, with a prelude in Lisbon, Portugal, from June 17 to June 24.
Regarding the New York City Club Taurino magazine, attendance at the convention this year was smaller than usual, since only twelve members were present. The activities included attendance at a Portuguese style corrida in Lisbon and to several corridas of the Feria de San Juan in Badajoz, in addition to visiting several ganaderias.
There was also a business meeting in which it was approved that the 2011 NATC Congress would be held in Aguascalientes, Mexico, during the taurine Feria de San Marcos, from April 30 to May 7, and that it will be sponsored by the taurine club Los Aficionados de los Angeles. At the meeting, the prestigious 2010 NATC O.P. Houston Award for was given to Jim Verner, aficionado practico, writer and promoter of the Fiesta Brava. Since the honoree could not be present in person, Lore Monnig, President of the New York City Club Taurino, accepted the prize and read his thank note. It was approved that the 2011 recipient of this important award will be the renown American taurine author Muriel Feiner, and the prize will be presented to Muriel at the next convention in Aguascalientes.
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