What is Grand Chapter?
Grand Chapter is the supreme legislative body of the Fraternity and convenes every two years. It is composed of one delegate from each undergraduate and alumni chapter, the Grand Consul and the past Grand Consuls. The Grand Chapter has the power to alter or amend the Constitution, Statutes, and Executive Committee Regulations, and to enact, subject to the Governing Laws, any legislation to promote the general welfare of the Fraternity.
Who should attend Grand Chapter?
All Sigma Chis and their families are invited to attend Grand Chapter. However, only one certified delegate from each undergraduate and alumni chapter is eligible to vote. Remember, undergraduate chapters have paid the registration costs for one delegate through their annual fees. Therefore, each undergraduate chapter should send one voting delegate.
Why should I attend?
There are many important reasons: to elect the Grand Officers and the next International Sweetheart: to vote on General Fraternity policy; to represent your chapter before the entire Fraternity; to learn more about Sigma Chi; and to help influence the future of the Fraternity.
How much does it cost?
Grand Chapter registration options include both a full package and an a la carte selection. Full package registration is $499 until April 30 and $599 thereafter. A la carte pricing is dependent upon the selections you make and prices also increase after April 30.
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For undergraduate delegates, the following applies:
* Each undergraduate chapter has already paid the registration fee for one delegate through its Grand Chapter deposits, which are included in each chapter’s annual fees to International Headquarters. Delegates or their chapter will, however, be responsible for the cost of accommodations, transportation and meals that are not already included in the Grand Chapter package.
* Remember, each delegate will be eligible for a travel stipend based on 100 percent attendance at business sessions. The stipend is calculated at 8 cents per-mile for the first 1,000 miles; and 10 cents per-mile for every mile thereafter, round-trip. All travel stipends will be posted as a credit to the chapter’s account with the General Fraternity, after the conclusion of Grand Chapter.
For alumni chapter delegates, the following applies:
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For members of the Grand Chapter, the following applies:
What should I wear?
Suggested attire for all business sessions and daily lunches is business casual. For the sweetheart reception, summer evening attire is suggested WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?, and the the banquet is business formal attire.
What is the White Rose breakfast?
The White Rose breakfast is a morning meal for female Grand Chapter guests of Sigma Chis. Following breakfast will be a tour of the local area that is host to Grand Chapter.
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