Convention 2013 Recap!

This year Convention was held July 26 – 28, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. We were happy to be in the windy city, home of our Delta Chapter at the University of Illinois at Chicago! Our theme for the weekend was “A Taste of Delta Xi Phi in Chicago,” in homage to the city’s rich history, culture, and food!

“I want to say thank you to all sisters who attended convention for their understanding during the change in lodging location,” says National President Jen Petsche.

In case you didn’t attend, the National Board had everything planned and ready to go for the actives and alumnae until an issue came up a few days before Convention….  the dorms we were to be staying in would not have hot water the entire weekend! Faced with this issue, the Board quickly pulled together and found lodging accommodations at a hotel near the O’Hare Airport, nearly an hour away from campus.

“I was very frustrated that we were unable to use the dorms and had to switch to a hotel all the way out by O’Hare airport at the last minute … But I was truly touched by how understanding and eager to help our sisters were during this stressful time for the National Board,” adds Petsche.

What we thought could be a pain (hour long transit rides from the hotel to campus) turned into a beautiful opportunity…

“Our daily ride on the subway gave us a chance to get to know women from other chapters and bond with one another,” says Kelsey Hall, a sister of the Omega Associate Chapter at Samford University in Alabama.

Some programming and events had to be cut due to travel time, but the remaining programming still served our actives and alumnae in a beneficial way.

Convention kicked off with registration followed by the multicultural workshop led by Megan Carney, Director of theGender & Sexuality Center at UIC. Megan discussed the LGBTQ community and how we could serve as allies. Her advice was to embrace the ally role in our personal and professional lives, take action in our communities, and pursue knowledge and information in order to stay current. We also talked about signs, symbols, and vocabulary associated with the LGBTQ community, how to support someone when they identify or ‘come out’ as LGBTQ, policies that effect the community, and much more.

Overall we learned a lot from Megan! Sisters really enjoyed her fun personality and ability to host candid discussion on all sorts of questions and comments related to the topic at hand.
After a break for lunch, actives had the opportunity to hear workshops led by our National Board members. Regional Advisors Jeanette Pavlik and Amanda Goldman-Petri led a recruitment workshop, followed by a risk management / chapter judicial board session hosted by the tribunals, Vicki Nelson and Cassy Collier.

During this time alumnae were able to site see around Chicago and they had a blast! Sisters visited Daley Plaza, saw the Picasso and Miro statues, traveled to Millennium Park and took photos by the “bean”, and even walked along Lake Michigan.

Wrapping up Friday was the general meeting – a chance for the general chapter to meet and vote on important issues and topics. Actives headed to dinner on their own that evening and alumnae participated in the alumnae ceremony. They later ate dinner at FlatTop Grill, an opportunity that was open to all alum sisters in/near the Chicago area! Sisters enjoyed spending Friday evening together in friendship.

The weekend event also featured a number of workshops and typical Convention activities, such as time for the rose shop, officer training, regional roundtables / bonding, chapter meetings, and a step/stroll session. Vice President of Membership Amanda Mason lead an AME process overview for the general body as well as a networking / professional development workshop, and National Secretary Brittany Savko led a social media presentation.

“I truly enjoyed all the workshops this year!,” said Sarah Scisson, a sister from Phi Chapter in Columbus, Ohio. “It was really great to see how cohesive our National Board is as a team while learning new skills and strategies that will help develop our chapters and ourselves as women.”

Saturday afternoon D-XI ladies were given a few hours of free time after the workshops and before the banquet; some traveled back to the hotel to freshen up while a group of sisters decided to check out Navy Pier. After a short while sisters met back up at Athena – a restaurant in the heart of Chicago’s Greek Town – for a night of delicious dishes and recognition.
Interested in learning what awards were given and which sisters / chapters were recognized for their hard work and dedication to Delta Xi Phi’s pillars? Check out the list here.
We wrapped Convention on Sunday morning by holding a Delta Xi Phi ritual, taking a group picture, and spending time together as we traveled back to the hotel, cars, and the airport.

Thanks to all for another successful Convention! 

Here’s to next year in Baltimore, MD!

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