General Assembly Overview
The General Assembly is the Fraternity’s biannual legislative session and the supreme ruling body of Lambda Chi Alpha. The first General Assembly was held at the Boston University chapter house in 1912. The General Assembly meets every other year, in even numbered years, to elect the officers of the Lambda Chi Alpha and to determine policies and procedure for the chapters, colonies and members.
In addition, this three-day event includes chapter programming for non-delegate participants to take back and share with your chapter. It will also provide you the chance to meet brothers from your Conclave or from all over North America. It will offer you a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you’ll never forget!
More details on the 56th General Assembly will be coming soon, but please feel free to contact email@example.com if you have any questions.
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International Ritual Team
At each Lambda Chi Alpha summer conference, brothers from throughout the United States and Canada assemble to exemplify our fraternity’s Initiation Ritual. This experience provides many opportunities to network with other members of the fraternity, both undergraduate and alumni; learn more about the intricacies of the Initiation Ritual, and have the experience of a lifetime. While applicants will be expected to learn their respective part, any initiated brother can apply to be a member of the team and will be trained on the proper way to perform the ceremony, regardless of prior experience.
If you are interested in serving on the 2016 International Ritual Team, please click HERE to complete an interest form. Application will be available in January or February.
Please direct all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grand High Zeta Nomination
You can also nominate brothers for the Grand High Alpha or Grand High Zeta Positions. Click here for the nomination form.
If you are nominated, you must fill out the consent form to be eligible to run. Click here for the consent form.
General Assembly FAQ
When and where will the 56th General Assembly and Stead Leadership Seminar take place this year?
General Assembly Dates: August 4-7, 2016
Location: National Doral Resort
4400 NW 87th Ave
Doral, FL 33178
How much does it cost to attend?
- Undergraduate Registration Types (include lodging, meals, and programming)
o Chapter Delegate — $800 (only one per chapter)
o Collegiate Participant — $870
o International Ritual Team — closed
- Alumni Registration Types (include lodging, meals, and programming)
o Alumni Participant — $1,000 (double room, shared occupancy)
o Alumni Participant — $1,150 (single occupancy room)
- Other Options
o Guests of Alumni — $300
o Wednesday Night Early Lodging Option — Additional $125 (there is no option to arrive on Monday or Tuesday as our rates do not go into effect until Wednesday)
o Single Day Passes will be available
Thursday — $150
Friday — $150
Saturday — $150
Who should go from my chapter?
According to the Constitution and Statutory Code, each chapter must have at least two undergraduate members present, which one of them must be designate the Official Delegate representing the chapter. Everyone from your chapter or colony is eligible to attend the 56th General Assembly and Stead Leadership Seminar. The High Alpha, High Zeta officers/aspiring leaders, and anyone interested in leadership and character development are encouraged to attend. Your High Pi and other alumni volunteers will also benefit a significant amount from the experience.
What is a chapter delegate?
The delegate is each Chapter or Colony’s individual representation in the legislative committees and on the floor of the General Assembly. Each Chapter or Colony is allowed only one delegate. He is also responsible for presenting a complete report of the proceedings at the first regular Chapter/Colony meeting following General Assembly.
How do I register?
Registration is closed.
What will occur at the event?
Over this three-day event and while the legislative sessions are occurring simultaneously, non-delegate undergraduates (and alumni advisors) have the opportunity to gain valuable leadership experience, share operational best practices, and celebrate the bonds of Lambda Chi Alpha brotherhood. Below is a basic schedule for the event which is subject to change anytime:
Thursday, August 4th
8:00 AM- Attendees Arrives & Registration Begins
1:00 PM- Welcome & Kickoff
2:30 PM- Legislation Session & Education Programming
7:30 PM- Kickoff Dinner
9:30 PM- Education Programming
Friday, August 5th
7:00 AM- Breakfast
8:00 AM- Convocation/Ritual Exemplification
12:00 PM- Lunch
2:00 PM- Legislation Session & Education Programming
7:30 PM- Dinner & Brotherhood Event
9:00 PM- Education Programming
Saturday, August 6th
7:30 AM- Breakfast
8:30 AM- Legislation Session & Education Programming
12:15 PM- Lunch
2:30 PM- Legislation Session & Education Programming
7:00 PM- Purple, Green, and Gold Banquet (badge attire)
Sunday, August 7th
4:00 AM- First Shuttles to Airport departs
11:30 AM- Last Shuttle to Airport departs/ Check-Out of Hotel
When do I need to arrive?
Everyone should arrive at the National Doral Resort by 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 4, 2016. If you are participating on the International Ritual team, you must arrive prior to 12:00 pm on Wednesday, August 3, as training will begin that afternoon.
What are the travel and flight arrangements?
For brothers flying to Miami for the 56th General Assembly and Stead Leadership Seminar, Lambda Chi Alpha will provide shuttle transportation to the National Doral Resort on Thursday, August 4, 2016. Shuttles will run from Miami International Airport (MIA) only, and will pick brothers up at all terminals. Shuttles will run from around 8:30am to 2:30pm, with the final shuttle leaving the airport at 2:30pm. We will NOT be providing transportation to/from the Ft. Lauderdale International Airport. If you fly in to Ft. Lauderdale, you must get your own transportation to the site.
For brothers driving to National Doral Resort, please use the address listed on the summary page for directions. Upon arrival and check in, you will be given a parking pass by the hotel. You must self-park for your fees to be covered by the Fraternity. If you use the valet parking option it will be $24 a day and it will be added to your incidentals and you will be responsible for covering those charges yourself.
On Sunday, August 7, 2016, Lambda Chi Alpha will provide shuttles to the airport for brothers flying home. Shuttles will run from 4:15am to 12:00pm, with the final shuttle leaving the National Doral Resort at 12:00pm. Shuttles will depart every 45 minutes; please plan to ride the shuttle that will get you to the airport at least two hours prior to your departure. All attendees must depart the facility by 12:00pm.
What will I get out of it?
You will gain the knowledge and have the resources to become a better leader and will obtain a richer fraternal experience. You’ll have the opportunity to work side-by-side with Brothers on issues including:
- Accountability and Conflict Resolution
- Recruitment Best Practices
- Initiation Ritual
- Harm Reduction & Event Planning Resources
- Leadership Development
You will learn from other brothers and contribute to group conversations and round tables. Our goal is to strengthen the experience you offer at your Zeta. Chapter Delegates will participate on committees with members of the Grand High Zeta, as well as their undergraduate brothers, in assessing the Status of Chapters and General Assembly legislation before voting on the floor of the General Assembly.
What are my deadlines?
- Registration Goes Live: March 3, 2016
- International Ritual Team Applications: April 30, 2016
- Chapter Award Applications Due: April 30, 2016
- Regular Registration Closes: May 15, 2016 (a late registration penalty of $150 will be assessed to any chapter or brother registering after May 15. This penalty will increase to $250 after June 15, 2016) No registrations will be accepted after July 15, 2016.
- Payments Due to the Office of Administration: May 15, 2016 (a late payment penalty of $150 will be assessed to any chapter or brother registering after May 15. Additional late fees of $250 will be assessed after June 15, 2016.
Does my chapter get travel reimbursement?
Official chapter delegates are eligible for travel reimbursement. Please stop by the information booth on Friday or Saturday to pick up a reimbursement form. If you are flying into Miami, you will need a copy of your itinerary/receipt of purchase to receive any reimbursement. Airfare will be reimbursed based on reasonable flight prices that will be announced to each chapter in April. Delegates who choose to drive will be reimbursed based on the mileage from their chapter house/university to the National Doral Resort. All chapter delegate reimbursements will be credited to the chapter account in August. No reimbursements will be issued after October 15, 2016.
Who else will be there?
Brothers from all over North America, including the Grand High Zeta, Student Advisory Committee, Master Stewards and the General Fraternity Staff, will come together to conduct the business of the Fraternity and participate in the educational and developmental Chapter programming. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn and discover new ideas for your Chapter or Colony.
Does the chapter have to send a representative?
Yes, as mandated by the Constitution and Statutory Code , The Chapter must have at least two undergraduate Members present at each General Assembly and Leadership Seminar, and the Chapter must designate which undergraduate member will be the Official Delegate representing the Chapter. Failure to have two members present for the entire conference will result in an additional $2,500 fine imposed on the chapter by the Grand High Zeta.
When can I depart?
All General Assembly and Stead Leadership participants must depart on Sunday, August 7, 2016. All participants must be checked out of the hotel by 12:15 p.m. Transportation buses will be available to the Miami International Airport (MIA) only.
Will transportation be available?
Yes, transportation will be available to and from the Miami International Airport (MIA) only, as part of the General Assembly and Stead Leadership Seminar registration cost. Transportation will be provided from the airport to the National Doral Resort on Thursday, August 4, 2016 and from the National Doral Resort to MIA on Sunday, August 7, 2016. Participants that wish to receive transportation from MIA must complete their flight information when registering for the conference. If you do not have this information at the time you register you will be able to go back in and update that information at a later time. Participants flying into any other local airport must make their own ground transportation arrangements.
What is the attire for the conference?
Chapter programming participants for the programming sessions and meals will be asked to dress business casual. Nice shorts and a collared shirt or polo are acceptable. Delegates must wear badge attire (shirt, tie and badge) for actual General Assembly sessions. Hats are not appropriate for any sessions. Saturday night’s dinner is a formal banquet and dress for that is black suit, tie and badge (or tuxedo). Keep in mind that you are representing your chapter and Lambda Chi Alpha at all times.
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