Convention Preview

Convention Preview - Summer 2011.

June 15, 2011

IMAGINE HUNDREDS OF PHI SIGS GATHERING in one place, with one purpose in mind: to make our beloved sorority even stronger and better – and poised not just for our first Centennial in 2013, but for even greater success in the Centennial beyond!


That’s what Phi Sig leaders - volunteers, collegians and chapter advisors - will be focused on during our upcoming biennial Convention, July 28-31, held at Walt Disney World’s Hilton hotel in Orlando.


This year’s theme, “IMAGINE,” is meant to inspire Phi Sigs of every age and at every stage of life, to consider ways they can help take our nearly 100-year-old sorority to the next level, says Executive Director Michelle Ardern.


“We’ve achieved so much since 1913, and we owe a debt of gratitude to our Founders and our predecessors for the Phi Sigma Sigma we know and love today,” she says. “As we approach 2013, it’s time to envision – literally, permit ourselves to IMAGINE – a future worthy of those women while embracing new ideas and exploring fresh, exciting opportunities to make Phi Sig continually relevant and beloved to current members and upcoming generations of women.”


Convention highlights


Among the events and activities taking place:

Supreme Council elections and installation. Collegiate delegates and dues-paying alumnae attendees in good standing will vote for the Grand Archon, Grand Vice Archon, Grand Vice Archon-Finance, and 4 Director positions from a total of 16 candidates.


Other Plenary business (i.e., our sorority’s governing sessions). Among other things, delegates will vote on proposed Constitutional changes.


Motivational speakers. We’re honored to welcome the President of the North American Interfraternity Council, Pete Smithhisler, who will address the importance of ritual in a thought-provoking way.


Future planning and ritual sessions. Sisters will meet with Fraternity leaders to discuss today’s Phi Sig and the sorority we envision going forward – especially as we approach our Centennial.


Foundation dinner and auction. A Convention favorite, this event raises significant funds permitting Phi Sig to contribute toward worthy causes, including the National Kidney Foundation and the Twin Ideals Fund (providing aid to victims of the Japanese tsunami and other recent natural disasters). Learn more about the dinner and auction here (especially how you can participate, even if you aren’t able to attend Convention).


Sphinx Banquet. This glittering celebration of sisterhood is where we highlight accomplishments of the past biennium, welcome the newly installed Supreme Council and honor women with the Fraternity’s top awards.


Announcement of Fraternity awards and Foundation scholarships/grants. Click here for a complete list of awards and honors, and here for scholarships and grants. We’ll update you on recipients in the special post-Convention issue of Connections, as well as through social media!


Congratulations to the following collegiate sisters who’ve been selected to serve as Convention staffers this year:

  • Diane Casper – Theta Chi at California State University, Sacramento
  • Elise Diamond – Iota Xi at Sonoma State University
  • Katie Raderchak – Theta Chi at California State University, Sacramento
  • Simonne Yet Kwong Horman – Iota Iota at Grand Valley State University