In 1925, Alpha Sigma Tau hosted our first Convention in Detroit, Michigan. This event, which was the final requirement we needed to meet in order to be considered a ‘national organization’ by the Association of Education Sororities, was the beginning of many time-honored traditions to come.
In the last 95 years, we’ve had 42 Conventions all over the continent. And while each was unique in its own way, we’ve never experienced one like how we will this year. And in true Alpha Sigma Tau fashion, we’re excited for the challenge ahead.
Our 43rd National Convention was scheduled to be held in Atlanta, but circumstances with the COVID-19 pandemic have altered the 2020 Convention experience. Because the health and safety of our members is always Alpha Sigma Tau’s first priority, we will not be meeting in-person for Convention. Instead, we will move our Convention experience to an online format.
We know you look forward to certain parts of Convention each year, and we will do our best to preserve these beloved traditions.
The cornerstone piece of Convention is our business meeting where we elect new officers and vote on legislation. This year, because we can’t all be in person together, we will move our business meeting to a virtual call on Saturday, June 27. To maximize efficiency and minimize confusion, we will be employing the following solutions:
- Only eligible voting delegates will be in attendance.
- Prior to the business meeting, we will provide Town Halls, resources, and education so each voting delegate is well prepared and feels confident to vote on Sorority legislation.
- We will ensure the correct information and results of the business meeting are distributed swiftly to the membership outside of the virtual room.
- The National Council and Headquarters Staff have been testing various voting mechanisms to ensure voting integrity.
- As with in-person meetings, our professional registered parliamentarian will be in attendance to ensure Robert’s Rules of Order compliance.
Celebrating and Honoring Sisters
In addition to business, Convention is a time to honor our Sisters and friends, and this year is no different. We will continue with our Convention awards program and announce winners throughout the summer through digital and print formats. The deadline to submit award applications is May 17—nominate a chapter or individual today!
The Memorial Service is another special event within Convention. Our team is working on delivering recognition of our Sisters who have entered the Eternal Chapter in a digital or video format which will be shared in the summer.
Connecting with Sisters
Convention is a time to catch up with Sisters and make new friends! Just like our in-person event, we’ll kick off and wrap up the Convention experience with opportunities to connect with Sisters.
In the days leading up to Saturday’s business meeting, we’ll host a fun kickoff event that Sisters can take part in from afar. Stay tuned for more details.
To wrap up Convention, enjoy Coffee with the Council from your own living room. On the morning of Sunday, June 28, slowly sip on your favorite coffee while getting to know our newly elected National Council. We’ll host a fun, live event to help you get to know the incoming National President and Vice Presidents.
Expanding our Minds
This year, since we’re not meeting in person, we thought it makes sense to refocus Alpha Sigma Tau’s energy and resources to building out and amplifying the Sorority’s existing education strategy. This will allow our programs to reach even more Sisters, beyond those attending Convention. Be on the lookout this summer for live and on-demand sessions on topics such as mental health, financial wellness, chapter operations, and more!
Advancing our Sisterhood
We don’t have to be together physically to use this time to invest in the future of our Sisterhood. The Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation will be continuing the beloved traditions of the yellow rose tribute gifts and the silent auction, all available online.
The 43rd National Convention Campaign Silent Auction will go live on Thursday, June 25. In the meantime, please consider donating an item or package for the auction.
The Yellow Rose Garden—where you can purchase tribute gifts for collegiate and alumnae Sisters—will be live soon. Stay tuned.
Your participation in these events helps us ensure a better and brighter future for Alpha Sigma Tau—thank you!
Registration for Convention will open this week. There will be a registration fee for chapters, volunteers, and alumnae to help the Sorority offset the cost of the in-person cancellations and transition to a virtual event. For chapters that have already paid the previous Convention charge, the National Organization will recalculate and provide credits as appropriate.
Nothing can replace the hugs and handshakes, but we’re looking forward to having even more Sisters able to take part in our Convention experience through this format. Stay tuned for more details, FAQs, Town Halls, and a more finalized schedule of events.
Together, we will onward go.