Omega Phi Alpha’s National Convention is the annual* gathering of delegates from each active university chapter, national officers and alumnae representatives. The delegation makes decisions that will guide the future of the national sorority. Although day-to-day administrative decisions are made during the year by the national officers, all of the sorority’s important national issues are decided by the convention delegation. In addition, a large part of convention is devoted to exchanging ideas, networking and developing skills that chapter leaders will use in maintaining a healthy chapter.
OPA’s 50th anniversary as a national organization is quickly approaching! Convention 2017 will take place near Bowling Green, OH, our founding location, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 6165 Levis Commons Boulevard, Perrysburg, OH.
All OPA members are invited to join in on the celebration. Tell your OPA friends, find lost sisters and plan to celebrate this milestone event together in OPA style. Read the invitation.
Make Plans to Attend Now
• Update your contact information at members.omegaphialpha.org
• Reconnect with your alumnae sisters and plan a reunion
at the 50th Celebration Convention
Wednesday—Welcome Home Reception
Thursday—Girl Scouts Service Project, Ophia’s Birthday Party Lunch and Throwback Thursday Sisterhood Event
Friday—Awards Luncheon and Dinner Talent Show
Saturday—50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner and Reception
Sunday—Salute to Service Brunch
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Proposed Legislation for 2017
Visit this link to review the proposed changes to OPA’s national constitution and bylaws. Additional bylaw changes can still be accepted up to and during Convention 2017. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Penny Guiles (Chi)
Contact Penny with questions about the hotel, transportation or registration.
Andie Hixson (Epsilon)
Convention Activities Director
Contact Andie with questions about sightseeing activities, the service project or any of the activities.
Suzy McTaggart (Gamma)
Alumnae Convention Coordinator & Alumnae Society Coordinator
Contact Suzy with questions about alumnae activities, senior ceremony, help finding an alumnae roommate, being an alumnae delegate or alumnae society induction.
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It is critical that all chapters are represented at Convention 2017. Active chapters in good standing should send at least two voting delegates to represent their members. Additional actives can also attend and participate in all convention activities. The more who come, the better each OPA chapter will be as a result.
(Note: 2017 alumnae delegates have been chosen.)
All alumnae are invited to register and attend the convention. Alumnae can attend on their own or apply to be an alumnae delegate (alumnae delegate deadline extended to April 1 for 2017).
Alumnae make a huge contribution at this event. The planning committee, coordinators and national leaders are almost all alumnae. All alumnae attending the convention can offer input to the alumnae delegates, who are then responsible for casting their votes on behalf of all alumnae members worldwide. In 2017, the alumnae delegation will consist of 20 votes—25 percent of the total votes. OPA also reimburses each alumnae delegate half of the travel expenses in accordance with the national travel policy. The other half of the travel expenses as well as lodging and registration fee is the responsibility of the alumnae delegate.
But the best part of attending the convention is the chance to make new OPA memories beyond college, build new friendships, strengthen bonds with other sisters, and find a new way for personal growth in the sorority. The agenda also designates time for alumnae to gather in their own special sessions, attend the alumnae society induction and share meals as a group.
Whether serving as an alumnae delegate or to renew bonds with the sorority, all alumnae are eligible to participate in the annual alumnae convention raffle. The winner receives an all-expenses paid trip to the convention—transportation, lodging (at the double rate) and registration. It’s an $800 value!
To enter, make a donation of $25 or more to the OPA Scholarship Fund. Each $25 increment gets you an additional entry into the raffle, so $100 will get four chances, $200 will get eight chances, etc.
If the winner cannot attend the convention, she can transfer her prize to any other alumnae member. If she wishes to upgrade her room to a single (perhaps to bring a family member along), she simply pays the difference in the room rate.
To enter, complete the raffle entry form (see rules on form) and send it along with your donation to the scholarship fund to:
Omega Phi Alpha National Office
P.O. Box 955
East Lyme, CT 06333
The location of OPA’s national convention rotates around the country every year, allowing all members the chance to attend a convention close to them. The location is announced a year ahead of time.
*After 2017, OPA’s national conventions will be held every other year, as voted by the 2016 delegation and to comply with the new national organizational structure to take effect at the same time.
July 14–17, 2016 • Phoenix/Tempe, Arizona
Tempe Mission Palms Hotel
Convention kicked off on Thursday, July 14, with the group service project at Feed My Starving Children in nearby Mesa, AZ. This project was a great fit for the Convention delegation not only because of the impact made in just a few hours, but also because of the variety of volunteer jobs for different abilities and needs. Each box of food costs about $50 to make, which means each packing session can cost FMSC a few thousand dollars. As such, OPA promoted a fundraising initiative to support our packing session during Convention and donated $2,600 along with packing 230 boxes (almost a record) for children in Mexico.
On Saturday evening, OPA presented national awards and celebrated the accomplishments of our members in a glamorous affair in the Lakeside Room at the Tempe Center for the Arts. Everyone was dressed to impress and hear National President Heather Pritchard announce the 2016-17 President’s Project, “Chapter Choice.”
Read more about Convention 2016 in the fall issue of the Chevron.