83rd Biennial Convention – June 18-21, 2020
The Westin Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Biennial Convention offers a unique opportunity for Phis of all ages from many parts of the world to meet in the true spirit of the Bond. Since 1880, the General Convention has held all supreme and legislative powers of the Fraternity. The Convention has three main responsibilities and powers. They include:
- Electing the General Council
- Consideration of judicial matters
- Enacting laws for the regulation of the Fraternity, since only the General Convention may amend the Ritual, Constitution, and General Statutes of the Fraternity.
The 2020 Convention is located in the heart of the Downtown Pittsburgh Cultural District. The Steel City is booming and will offer plenty of entertainment and events that will allow brothers to reconnect with old acquaintances while connecting for the first time with other “Brothers in the Bond.” Registration will open through MyPhiDeltaTheta on Saturday, February 1, 2020.
One of the more important decisions a chapter makes is the selection of its delegate to the General Convention, because all formal action taken at the General Convention is the result of democratic voting, and it is typical for chapter delegates to constitute 65 to 75 percent of the total vote. Those with voting privileges at the Convention include:
- Undergraduate chapter delegates
- Members of the General Council
- Past Presidents of the General Council
- Province Presidents
- Survey Commissioners
- The Executive Vice President
- The Housing Commissioner
- Other commissioners that the General Council may appoint
- Alumni club delegates
The General Convention begins at 7:30 PM on Thursday, June 18 with the Opening Session, and concludes at 10:00 PM on Saturday, June 20. The schedule will be available soon.
Please note that special educational programming will be occurring for undergraduates, chapter advisory board members, house corporation officers, and alumni club delegates starts Thursday afternoon. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.
Determining if you are a Delegate or a Visitor
Phi Delta Theta Conventions are widely attended by Phi Delts of all ages. Approximately half of all attendees are voting delegates, both alumni and undergraduate. However, many other attendees are chapter advisory board members, visiting alumni and undergraduates, non-Phis, spouses, children, or guests. Your role at the convention, as well as your registration fee and schedule of activities, will vary depending upon your registration classification.
Below are three classifications of Phis who have voting privileges on the convention floor. They will vote on important legislative business, as well as the election of the General Council. If you are a voting delegate, you will be expected to attend all business sessions and answer roll call at these sessions. You will have voting privileges if you are one of the following:
Undergraduate Chapter Delegate
(One voting delegate per chapter)
- A chapter delegate will receive an allowance check toward his room and travel expenses at the convention.
- He does not pay the registration fee for his convention meal events.
(General Council Member, Past President General Council, Province President, Commissioner, Trustee)
- A general officer receives an allowance toward his room and travel expenses at the convention.
- He does not pay the registration fee for his convention meal events.
Alumni Club Delegate
(One voting delegate per alumni club – Certify your club here)
- No expenses are covered by the Fraternity for an alumni club delegate to the convention.
- He must pay the registration fee to attend convention meal events.
- It is suggested that his respective club sponsor his attendance as he is voting on their behalf.
Non Voting Attendees
Chapter Advisory Board Representatives:
Chapter Advisory Board (CAB) members are encouraged to attend the convention. They do not have voting privileges, however:
- One CAB representative per chapter will receive a room allowance check from the Fraternity for one-half of a double room for three nights when he registers for the convention.
- This same CAB representative does not pay the registration fee for his convention meal events. He must simply provide his own travel expenses.
- Additional members of the Chapter Advisory Board for the same chapter may attend at their own expense.
Visiting Undergraduates and Alumni:
Any number of additional undergraduate chapter members are welcome to attend the convention. This includes the business sessions. They are responsible for their own expenses and registration/meal fees, and are considered visitors. Visiting Phi Delta Theta alumni are welcome to attend all convention business sessions or meal events at their own expense.
Families & Non-Phi Guests:
Alumni and officers of the Fraternity are often accompanied by their spouses and/or children to the General Convention. You can easily register your family members or guests along with your convention registration in MyPhiDeltaTheta.
The Opening Session, as well as the Memorial Ceremony, are open to our non-Phi guests. Individual convention meal events, or full registration, may be purchased for family members/guests. No registration fee for meal events will be charged for children under 12 years of age.
Registration will open through myPDT on Wednesday, February 19, 2020.
Registration can be completed by calling Renée Crist Lefter at General Headquarters at 513-523-6345, ext. 242. View the Registration Classification section to determine if you are a delegate or a visitor and to determine if you are eligible to be reimbursed for some of your Convention expenses.
Important Registration Policies
Undergraduate Chapter (Voting) Delegates – The deadline for your registration is April 30!
Hotel reservations and travel arrangements, including air reservations, are the responsibility of individual participants, including delegates.
Registration/meal fees do not cover any portion of hotel room costs.
Registration fees do not cover any portion of meals which are not part of the official convention program.
All applicable fees are due by April 30.
Cancellations received after June 1 are non-refundable.
The fees listed below are for individual meal events that you may purchase individually, or as a package for the total of $225. True Blue Society members can purchase the entire registration package at a discounted price of $200.
Please refer to the section regarding your registration classification before making payment. Your registration/meal fees may be covered by the Fraternity if you are a voting chapter delegate, general officer, or the CABC/representative for your chapter advisory board.
Visiting undergraduates and alumni, family members, and guests, must pay the fees for the events in which they choose to participate.
Alumni Club Delegates must also pay the fees for the events in which they choose to participate.
Foundation Campaign 2030 Luncheon – $65
Awards Luncheon – $65
Grand Banquet – $95
Full Registration – $225
The General Statutes of the Fraternity require that each chapter send an official delegate to the Biennial Convention. (See General Statutes, Section 30.) The delegate selected by the chapter must be an individual who will return to college as a regularly enrolled student following the convention. Failure to attend will result in a $1,000.00 assessment toward your chapter.
The registration/credentials (online registration) for the chapter delegate should be submitted as soon as he is elected. Credentials will be declared in order, provided the chapter is free of outstanding reports or money payments to the General Fraternity at the time the convention convenes. If there are no financial payments due the General Fraternity, the delegate will receive his check for travel, room at convention. (See General Statutes, Section 31.)
Each chapter is required to elect an alternate who must meet the same requirements as those set forth for the delegate. If, for some reason, the delegate is unable to attend the convention, the alternate will become the official delegate and all information outlined above applies.
If both the delegate and the alternate attend the convention, the alternate will be expected to pay the registration fee and his other expenses, and should register as a visitor. The alternate is responsible for making his room reservations at the hotel if he will be attending the convention. The delegate and alternate, or other visiting members, may room together. Any delegate changes should be reported to Headquarters as soon as possible, by contacting Renée Crist Lefter at firstname.lastname@example.org, 513-523-6345, Ext. 242.
Refer to the previous sections on how to register. It is important that a chapter delegate is registered by April 30.
Chapter Delegate Expenses
Please Review Before Registering Your Voting Undergraduate Chapter Delegate!
Meals – The official voting chapter delegate does not pay the $<to be announced soon> convention registration fee for his convention meal events He should bring extra funds for any extra meals outside the set convention meal events.
Travel – The General Fraternity will help provide partial travel expenses of the official delegate at the rate of 7 cents per mile, round trip, from the site of his chapter to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This means, of course, that any additional travel costs must be borne by the individual, or the chapter, if the members approve. The delegate may use his travel allowance toward whatever means of travel he chooses, whether flying or driving.
Room – A room allowance for the cost of half of a hotel room for three nights’ lodging ($278.73 U.S., including tax), and board expenses, for the official chapter delegate will be provided. The travel, room, and board allowance will be provided for the dates of the convention while the delegate is in attendance at the meeting. One check for his total allowance amount will be issued in the delegate’s name and will be provided to him at the convention.
Each delegate is responsible for making his room reservation at the Westin Pittsburgh by 5:00pm (EST), May 16, 2020. After that date, the hotel may be sold out.
Important – If the chapter owes any outstanding payments to General Headquarters after April 30, this amount will be deducted from their delegate’s check and applied to the chapter’s outstanding account. The chapter treasurer should then reimburse the delegate for the amount deducted.
For questions about the specific allowance amount for your chapter’s voting delegate, or help with pairing of other delegates to share a room, please contact Renée Crist Lefter at email@example.com or 513-523-6345, ext. 242.
Call 412-281-3700 or visit this link (coming soon) to make your room reservation at the Westin Pittsburgh.
All attendees, including delegates, are responsible for making their own room reservations at the Westin Pittsburgh. Phi Delta Theta Headquarters will not make your room reservation for you, even though you have registered with us for the convention.
Please note that you will not be able to check into your room until 3 PM or you may be subject to an early check-in fee. Check out time is Noon.
If you encounter any problems contacting hotel reservations, or need assistance, contact Renée Crist Lefter at General Headquarters: firstname.lastname@example.org, (513) 523-6345, ext. 242.
Delegates are welcome and encouraged to share a room with other attendees of their choice. A roommate could be another member from the chapter, or a delegate from a different chapter, etc.
Whether you are an alumnus or an undergraduate, are attending the convention alone, and would like to reduce your expenses by sharing a room, please indicate on your convention registration that you need a roommate. Please include your email address and phone number. We will assist you in matching up with another attendee(s).
Flying to Pittsburgh
If you are flying to the convention, you should fly into the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT), which is about 18 miles from the Westin Pittsburgh.
Once you have booked your flight, return to your online registration within MyPhiDeltaTheta to update your registration with your travel information. Or, you may email, fax, or mail your travel itinerary to Renée Crist Lefter at General Headquarters. It is suggested that all flight reservations be made no later than May 20, 2020.
General Officers – Please contact Renee Crist Lefter to book your flight and have the expense paid for directly. If your flight is below $500, feel free to pay for it yourself and submit a voucher to be reimbursed.
Ground Transportation from the Airport to the Hotel
No shuttle is available, but you may wish to share a taxi or Uber with other Phis who are arriving together.
Driving to Pittsburgh
If you are driving to the convention, please indicate this on your registration, including your arrival and departure dates.
The Opening Session and the Grand Banquet are coat and tie. The Grand Banquet is a black tie (optional) event. During all other Business Sessions business casual is acceptable attire, however a collared shirt, dress slacks or khakis, and closed-toe shoes are required for entrance into the Convention Hall.
Suggestions for Family Members
Casual wear and comfortable shoes would be appropriate for family members. During the evening, the men will be in coat and tie for the opening business session, so a summer dress or skirt and blouse would be appropriate.
Casual attire would be appropriate for family members.
Family members would be welcome to dress in casual wear for sightseeing, shopping, or relaxing by the pool. The Grand Banquet on Saturday evening is the most formal event of the entire convention and is promoted as black tie (optional) for the men. Accordingly, a cocktail dress, tea-length dress, or even a long, formal gown would be appropriate for the banquet. Children participating in the Children’s Banquet would be welcome to wear casual clothing.
The family program schedule will be available soon.
The Fraternity will provide a continental breakfast for family members on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings where they can meet others in attendance and plan any activities.
Family members are welcome to register and attend the opening session on Thursday evening, as well as the luncheons on Friday and Saturday, the Saturday afternoon Memorial Ceremony, and the Grand Banquet on Saturday evening. A children’s banquet is also available for young children on Saturday evening at no charge.
Families are encouraged to explore the numerous area activities on the Visit Pittsburgh website. Area alumni will attend the convention and offer suggestions on local attractions.