164th Anniversary Convention and 39th School of Fraternity Practices

July 17, 2020 : 4:00pm - July 21, 2020 - 11:00am

164th Anniversary Convention and 39th School of Fraternity Practices

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and regulations on large group meetings in Kentucky, the Grand Chapter has decided the 164th Anniversary Convention and 39th School of Fraternity Practices will not occur in Lexington this summer. We advise anyone who has made travel arrangements to cancel them.

A memo has been sent to Chapter Presidents, Chapter Advisers, and Alumni Corporation Presidents with additional information about this change.

The Grand Chapter and International Headquarters staff are preparing several online components for the 164th Anniversary Convention which will be open to collegiate and alumnus members as well as colony members. All online Convention sessions will be offered with no registration fee. We encourage you to take a look at the schedule below, mark your calendars, and register to attend.

164th Anniversary Convention Online Session Schedule

Tuesday, July 14, 2020
8:00 p.m. EDT – Chapter/Colony Operations and Chapter Housing during COVID-19
This session may be attended by Collegiate and Alumnus leaders:
Join Chief Housing Officer Bill Russo and Director of Health & Safety Rebecca Easterling to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on chapter housing and chapter/colony operations as well as ways to ensure a safe and successful semester.

Friday, July 17, 2020
5:00 p.m. EDT – State of the Fraternity Address & Remote Panel Discussion with Grand Chapter and CEO
This session may be attended by one Collegiate and one Alumnus Representative per chapter and Official Family:
Members of the Grand Chapter and the Fraternity’s Chief Executive Officer will provide critical updates about the State of the Fraternity and important announcements for the upcoming 2020/2021 academic year.

Saturday, July 18, 2020
4:00 p.m. EDT – 2019/2020 Online Chapter Awards Ceremony
This session is open to all Collegiate and Alumnus brothers, pledges, and colony members. Registration is not necessary for this session.
Join Theta Chi brothers around the world for the premiere of a special video hosted by International President Tait Martin which will announce and recognize our 2019/2020 award recipients. You will be able to find this video on the Fraternity’s official Facebook Fan Page at facebook.com/thetachi.

Thursday, July 23, 2020
6:00 p.m. EDT – Brotherhood in Action: Theta Chi Promotes Equity and Diversity
This session may be attended by Collegiate brothers and pledges: 
As our country—and the whole world—recalibrated the role of race in our society and the impacts of discrimination, Theta Chi is conducting a webinar to help begin discussions and thinking about equity and diversity in your chapters and to develop cooperative programs on your campuses.

Please click here to access the registration page for the virtual sessions for Theta Chi Fraternity’s 164th Anniversary Convention. Registrants will be emailed links to our online sessions.

Other Important 164th Anniversary Convention Updates

Temporary modifications have been made to The Constitution and Bylaws to allow for the continued governance of the Fraternity. The 164th Anniversary Convention will be held at the International Headquarters on July 18, 2020, in a limited fashion, to elect members to the Grand Chapter and the International President and International Vice President. The current (2018/2020) Grand Chapter will serve as the voting delegates to this limited Convention. Chapters and Colonies are relieved of obligations to send representatives to the 164th Anniversary Convention. Due to social distancing guidelines and regulations, in-person attendance at the 164th Anniversary Convention in Carmel, IN, will be limited to essential Convention personnel only at this point in time. The Fraternity will evaluate circumstances between now and July 18 and will explore options to permit attendance by non-essential Convention personnel if prudence and regulations allow. Please monitor this page (thetachi.org/convention) and social media for future announcements.

The 39th School of Fraternity Practices will be rescheduled to July 30-August 2, 2021 in Lexington, KY. Additional information about next summer’s event in Lexington will be published later this year.

The Fraternity appreciates your patience and understanding. The Fraternity hopes you attend the online sessions this summer and save the date for next summer’s 39th School of Fraternity Practices.

Canceling Your 164th Anniversary Convention Registration and Hotel Accommodations

Those who have registered for this summer’s convention utilizing their Chapter’s Convention Discount Code need not take any action. Your registration and associated hotel reservation will automatically be canceled.

Those who have completed paid registrations for this summer’s convention will receive a separate email next week for refund/credit options.

Hotel reservations made under the official Theta Chi room block will be automatically canceled. Attendees who have made reservations outside of the official room block are responsible for making their own hotel cancellations.

Questions regarding registration and hotel cancellation may be directed to events@thetachi.org