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. Additionally, the event offers you the opportunity to enjoy a luncheon where we induct new members into the Order of Constantine, a banquet where we recognize the new class of Significant Sig Award winners, a reception and dance to celebrate the significant others and guests of Sigma Chis, as well as the to-be-introduced 2017 to 2019 International Sweetheart, and the inaugural Celebration of Giving back luncheon where we will recognize the donors and volunteers who have given back to the organizations. There is also a White Rose breakfast and outing for spouses, guests and children.
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.
A full list of a la carte pricing is available on the registration page.
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 delegates, the following applies:
- Delegates chapter are responsible for paying their registration fees for the event.
- Delegates must book and pay for their own travel to and from Grand Chapter
- Delegates pay for their lodging at the event.
For Grand Officers, the following applies:
- All Grand Officers must pay their own registration fees for the event.
- Blue and Gold Travel will book your flight.
- Your hotel stay will be direct billed to Headquarters.
- If you drive your own car, you can be reimbursed $ .35 per mile from your home to Providence, roundtrip. These expenses cannot exceed the cost of a 21-day advance airline ticket.
What should I wear?
Suggested attire for the welcome reception is business casual. All business sessions and daily lunches are also business casual. The sweetheart reception is a semi-formal event, so dress accordingly. The Significant Sig banquet requires formal attire.
What is the welcome reception?
Meet or become reacquainted with brothers and their guests with whom you will spend the week at this special kickoff celebration, complete with a local fife and drum corp. The musical ensemble will take attendees back in time as we recognize the local history. Members of the Newport Artillery Company, dressed in Revolutionary War-era uniforms, will also be part of the crowd, bringing with them what is said to be one of Paul Revere's original canons. Ever wonder about past local battles? Here's your opportunity to ask the experts all of your questions.
There will be a cash bar at the reception, with locally inspired Portuguese, Italian and Irish buffet items. Attire for the event is business casual.
What is the sweetheart reception?
Enjoy heavy appetizers and mingle with brothers and their significant others or guests, then dance to the sounds of a DJ in a celebration of the sweethearts in members' lives. The dancing will commence after we announce the 2017 to 2019 International Sweetheart, who will serve as the organization's female ambassador. Attire for the event is semi-formal. A jacket, with or without tie, is acceptable for men; cocktail dresses are suitable for women. A cash bar will be available.
What is the White Rose breakfast?
Guests, spouses and significant others of Sigma Chis attending Grand Chapter will have the opportunity to travel to and tour The Breakers, a 70-room mansion once owned by the Vanderbilt family in nearby Newport, Rhode Island. Cornelius Vanderbilt II, whose family rose to social and financial prominence in the turn of the century America, commissioned architect Richard Morris Hunt to design the villa that is a national historic landmark, according to the Preservation Society of Newport County. In addition to breakfast and the tour, White Rose breakfast attendees will enjoy shopping on the waterfront and lunch on their own. Attire for the event is summer casual.
What is the Celebration of Giving Back?
Sigma Chi would not be where it is today without the generous support of many individuals, whether they choose to give back through volunteerism or through donations that fund key programs. At this inaugural luncheon, the Foundation and Fraternity will honor those persons who have given selflessly. The buffet meal and program will highlight the winners of various Fraternity awards and key donors. Dress is business casual.
What is the Order of Constantine luncheon?
The Order of Constantine was created in 1948 to honor outstanding volunteers whose service would have made the Fraternity's seven Founders proud. Each year a new class is inducted into the Order of Constantine; this luncheon will honor those men. Watch their video acceptance speeches and be inspired by their words as they describe what leads them to give their time to Sigma Chi. This will be a great opportunity to help us recognize these men. Dress is business casual.
What is the Significant Sig Awards banquet?
The Significant Sig Awards banquet is a formal meal where the 2017 class of honorees is recognized. Significant Sigs are members whose professional accomplishments bring favor and distinction to the Fraternity; a new class is selected each year by a selection committee comprised of past Significant Sig winners. Attending the banquet is a perfect way to learn about the success of the honorees and how they have achieved it. Dress is formal. A dark-colored suit and tie is appropriate for men, tux is optional. Formal dress is suitable for women.
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