Alpha Delta Pi sisters have been travelling near and far for Grand Convention since the first Convention was held in 1906 in the home of Mrs. E.J. Willingham in Macon, Georgia. We have hosted Convention on a steamboat, at the famous Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, multiple times in Canada and even in the Bahamas!
We trove through the archives to find some pictures and artifacts from past Grand Conventions. We hope this gets you excited for the pictures we will take in Arizona this summer!
These two items are a name tag and a program from the second National Convention in New Orleans. We were still Alpha Delta Phi. The sorority changed its name to Alpha Delta Pi at the 1913 Convention in Chicago.
These pictures are from our Convention in 1927 on the steamboat the S.S. Trinity. Delegates enjoyed the “floating Convention” and traveled along the St. Lawrence river. Delegates boarding in Niagara Falls and then disembarked in both Montreal and Quebec City to see the sights.
At this Convention, the idea for international expansion was born. That dream was realized when Beta Zeta was colonized at the University of Toronto in 1929.
Alpha Delta Pi has hosted Convention in Canada six times starting in 1938. We went to the Banff Springs Hotels in Banff Springs, Alberta, Canada twice. Once in 1953 (above) and in 1975 (below). We took our Convention picture in the same spot during both years. The pictures look almost identical with the 1975 picture having a few more sisters than in 1953!
We’re still jealous of the sisters who attended the 1971 Grand Convention at The King’s Inn Country Club in Freeport on the Grand Bahama Island. More than 500 sisters headed to the Bahamas to celebrate our sisterhood.
Our 150th Anniversary Grand Convention brought Alpha Delta Pi sisters to the state of our Sorority’s founding, Georgia. Though the Convention was hosted in Atlanta, the Sorority made the short trip to Macon to visit Wesleyan College and sites of significance for Alpha Delta Pi including the Cannonball House and Eugenia Tucker Fitzgerald’s Grave. Members who visited Macon were greeted by hostesses in Antebellum costumes.
It was during this Convention that we dedicated the gates given to the college by Alpha Delta Pi and Phi Mu. International President Chris Dickey and 150th Anniversary Chair Jane Maddio cut the ribbon!
Did you attend Grand Convention in a cool location? Tell us about it in the comments!