Whether this is your first Grand Convention or you’re standing until the end during the Convention Song, Grand Convention is a memory making experience.
Alpha Delta Pi asked our current Grand Council some of their favorite memories from past conventions. This is part one of their responses.
Linda Ablard, Executive Director, first thought about our 150th Anniversary and autographing Sisters books with Virginia Stafford, which is pictured. She also talked about last Convention.
“At the 160th [Convention in 2011], we unveiled the first ever portrait of Founder Elizabeth Williams Mitchell. I was so worried that the family wouldn’t like it, but when we pulled the drape off, her great granddaughter said with tears in her eyes, “It looks like her.”
Stacy Bruton, International Vice President of Collegiate Membership, also thought about last Convention and Elizabeth Williams Mitchell’s relative.
“My favorite convention memory was from Convention 2011. At the final banquet during the chapter roll call when Beta chapter was called, Elizabeth Williams Mitchell’s relative stood and lit her penlight. I never thought that I would see a penlight for a chapter before Delta, and it brought tears to my eyes to see it”
Emily Erkel, International Vice President of Finance, thought of the people she was with that made her Grand Convention experiences special.
“I enjoy seeing and meeting sisters of all generations at Convention. What wonderful stories each person has to share about her ADPi experiences and special sisters.
One person who personifies loyalty and continuous involvement to me is Helen Burkhart Prehn, Omega. She has served Alpha Delta Pi at all levels, including Grand Council from 1975-1979. I know her best as my Province Director from the time when I was a collegiate member. I sent her so much mail as EVP that I still remember her mailing address by heart! She spoke about the many ways to be involved with ADPi, and her stories helped form my desire to serve as a Leadership Consultant and planted the seeds of one day serving on Grand Council It was a special treat to spend time with her at Convention 2009 in Orlando.”
Susan Matthews, International Vice President of Collegiate Membership, thought about her first convention in Naples, Florida.
“I attended as a Chapter Advisor and the thing that truly stood out in my mind was walking into the ballroom and the Diamond filled with silver. I roomed with the advisor of an award achieving chapter and had to help her carry the silver back to the room. My chapter received the legacy award. Until this time, I am not sure that I had given the attention to awards, but my President was so disappointed and we came back and started with a plan. Attending Grand Convention helps you understand that you are only a small part of a very large organization. The other advisors that I was able to get to know and share ideas with through the years have truly become sisters whose paths we may never have crossed. I remember the business meeting and the sweet lady sitting by me leaned over and told me that she did not know if I knew how to vote and she was glad to advise me!
Since that convention in the early 90’s, I have continued to advise, later becoming a Collegiate Province Director, District Team Director and now the honor of serving on Grand Council. As we work to compile awards, I am excited to see those who succeed at all levels. I am disappointed when chapters make poor decisions but hope that I always have an opportunity to help chapters understand the importance of that beautiful silver and bringing it home to your chapter!!!”
Be on the lookout for part two with more memories from Grand Council members next Friday!
What are your favorite memories of Grand Convention? Let us know in the comments!