photo by Thomas S. Mann
2018 ΦΗΣ National Convention
October 12-14, 2018
HYATT REGENCY CRYSTAL CITY
in Arlington, Virginia
2799 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, Virginia, USA, 22202
TEL: +1 703 418 1234
Make plans now to join other Phi Eta Sigma chapter advisers and members in Washington, DC, this October for the 2018 National Convention and Leadership Workshops. The Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia, will be the host hotel for this exciting event.
Student members will have the opportunity to participate in the governance of the Society through committees and general business sessions. Students and advisers alike will enjoy sharing ideas and learning about other chapters’ practices and procedures. Speakers and workshop discussions will address the convention theme, “Operation: Opportunity.”
In addition to the Distinguished Service Awards, the convention awards ceremony will include the presentation of the Pyramid and Capstone Awards (see newsletter for more details). Also for the first time, the 2018 Phi Eta Sigma convention will conduct a service project in conjunction with our national philanthropy, the American Red Cross (more details in another section of this newsletter). We are also working on arrangements for a Washington tour and other Saturday evening activities.
As usual, Phi Eta Sigma oversees all arrangements for convention housing, meeting space, and group meals. Chapter advisers and student delegates (one adviser and one delegate from each chapter) do not pay a registration fee to attend, but they must register with the national office. For each alternate delegate who attends the convention, the chapter or individual must pay a registration fee of $150 (due at time of registration) and will be responsible for the cost of housing for that individual. All convention attendees (or their chapters) are responsible for their own transportation to Washington, DC. (Hotel provides complimentary airport shuttle service.) Registration for the convention will open in April 2017, with details provided in the April chapter newsletter.
Phi Eta Sigma has contracted with the Hyatt Regency Crystal City for a block of rooms to be reserved for convention attendees. The revised procedure for housing reservations, which was initiated for the 2016 convention, allows more flexibility and customization for advisers and students who attend. Each chapter will be responsible for making hotel reservations for its attendees at the Hyatt Regency and for covering the costs initially (approximately $170 per room per night). In keeping with its tradition of covering housing costs for advisers and delegates, Phi Eta Sigma will pay each chapter represented a housing stipend for one adviser and/or student delegate attending the convention.
Advisers and officers, please share this information with your chapter members and begin making plans now for your chapter to be represented at the 2018 convention. Complete details about registration and event logistics will be provided later in the spring, but advance planning is key for you and your chapter members to be able to attend. So be sure to designate chapter funds this year toward convention travel expenses for October (or solicit financial assistance from your university), then determine which of your chapter members are available to experience “Operation: Opportunity” with you. Mark your calendars now!
In keeping with Phi Eta Sigma’s recent tradition of philanthropy, the 2018 philanthropy project will benefit the American Red Cross. Nationally based in Washington, DC, the Red Cross is the ideal non-profit charity for Phi Eta Sigma to support in conjunction with the 2018 national convention theme “Operation: Opportunity.” Society chapters will have the opportunity to raise funds for the Red Cross in advance of the convention, and Phi Eta Sigma members attending the convention in Washington next October will participate in a special service project directed by Red Cross staff.
From the organization’s mission statement: “The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.” Red Cross services have been in great demand during the past year, providing relief for victims of hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, tornadoes, and floods. The organization also trains emergency response workers, collects and supplies lifesaving blood, and supports members of the military, veterans, and their families.
The American Red Cross has granted Phi Eta Sigma limited permission to use its name and marketing materials for the purpose of holding fundraising events on behalf of the Red Cross. The organization also granted permission for Phi Eta Sigma chapters to raise funds individually and submit the funds collected to the Society’s national office for a lump-sum contribution during the convention next October. You will find fundraising ideas on the Red Cross website by clicking the link above.
Begin brainstorming now about how your chapter can support this worthwhile organization that touches so many lives across the U.S. and around the globe. Be sure to document your efforts with photos, newsletters, local media coverage, etc. Submit a brief description of your efforts, along with photos and documentation, to the Phi Eta Sigma national office by the fall deadline (to be announced later) in order to be entered in the competition for “Best Philanthropy” at the 2018 convention. The documentation form, along with detailed guidelines from the Red Cross, will be sent to advisers.
In 2016, Phi Eta Sigma was privileged to donate $5,000 to Give Kids The World Village in Florida for its national philanthropy. We hope to exceed that amount for the American Red Cross in 2018 with your efforts. Phi Eta Sigma chapters and their members may participate in this philanthropy project regardless of whether or not they will attend the national convention. But those who attend will also experience the satisfaction and fulfillment of giving and volunteering in order to fill a need and touch lives through the American Red Cross.