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Each biennium Pi Phis gather for a very important meeting: Pi Beta Phi convention. Convention serves as a time to conduct the formal business of the Fraternity as well as a time to celebrate milestones and educate our membership. However, 2017 is a monumental year for Pi Beta Phi, as we celebrate our 150-year milestone! You will not want to miss this special celebratory event, with surprises and festivities offered throughout! The 2017 Convention will take place in St. Louis, June 23–27, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.
Some attendees will have been members for less than a year, and some attendees will have worn the golden arrow for more than 75 years! No matter how long you’ve been a Pi Phi, no matter your role in the Fraternity, you’re invited — in fact encouraged — to attend what is sure to be a once in a lifetime experience.
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As set forth in the Pi Beta Phi Constitution and Statutes (Article II), convention functions as the legislative body of the Fraternity. During convention, members of Grand Council and Directors are elected and important Fraternity legislation is considered. Each chapter and alumnae club in good standing is eligible to send one official voting delegate to convention to join Grand Council, Directors, Regional Specialists and Seated Delegates as the voting body of convention.
There is simply no Pi Beta Phi celebration like convention … unless it’s held in conjunction with a huge birthday celebration. Convention 2017 promises to be a spectacular celebration. You can expect an agenda full of our traditional convention activities, plus special additions worthy of celebrating 150 years of Pi Beta Phi.
Convention kicks off with a celebration of the local flair and flavor of the host city during Opening Dinner and closes with the final and most special recognitions at the Wine Carnation Banquet. Throughout convention, a number of awards are given by the Fraternity, Foundation and Fraternity Housing Corporation (FHC) including collegiate, alumnae and individual awards.
During meals and general sessions, the Fraternity will recognize Silver, Golden and Diamond Arrow members, legacies and past award winners. Dinner by Chapter is a special time to celebrate your own chapter and its accomplishments. In 2017, we will celebrate the Fraternity’s “birthday party" during Dinner by Chapter. You will not want to miss it!
Perhaps the most meaningful of all the convention celebrations is the model initiation where the Fraternity is honored to bring several special women into the membership through the Fraternity’s alumnae initiate program. Learn more about Pi Beta Phi’s alumnae initiate program on the Fraternity’s website.
Thanks in part to the generous financial support provided by Pi Beta Phi Foundation, the convention agenda is rounded out with opportunities for attendees to engage in outstanding educational programming. This year’s convention programming will focus on alumnae club leadership in the Alumnae Leadership Summit, strengthening our Chapter House Corporations in the FHC Housing Symposium and building strong, confident women leaders ready to lead Pi Phi into our next 150 years during the Lessons in Leadership series. Attendees will also be treated to a number of education programs honoring the heritage of Pi Beta Phi.