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Stead Leadership Seminar Overview

6008420273_99c3ab0da6_oThe Stead Leadership Seminar is held annually in the summer, either in conjunction with the General Assembly or alone. During General Assembly years, non-delegates participate in the Leadership Seminar programming that is held concurrently. During odd-numbered years, the Leadership Seminar is typically held on a college campus in the Midwest.

The three-day program offers workshops, presentations, and other educational sessions covering the full range of chapter programming and personal leadership development. The seminar’s program also consists of brotherhood activities, chapter award presentations, and the Initiation Ritual exemplification.


The Stead Leadership Seminar is named in honor of Jerre and Mary Joy Stead. Jerre Stead was initiated as a brother of Lambda Chi Alpha in January, 1962 at Coe College. He transferred to the University of Iowa and graduated from there in 1965. Jerre is a FAITHFUL STEWARD of our Fraternity, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Foundation since 1998, six of those years as Chairman of the Board.

This is the opportunity of a lifetime. Each Stead Leadership Seminar will give brothers memories and experiences that will suit them well in life. Additionally, the curriculum that the General Fraternity offers helps brothers be better officers, members in Lambda Chi Alpha and lifetime alumni. A preliminary schedule of events is listed in the agenda section. Keep in mind that this is subject to change and we will try to keep it updated as much as possible.


When and where will the 56th General Assembly and Stead Leadership Seminar take place this year?

General Assembly Dates: August 4-7, 2016
Location:  Trump National Doral

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 — $550 (only one per chapter)
o Collegiate Participant — $620
o International Ritual Team — $310

A $50 discount will be applied to the first 50 chapters (chapters not attendees) who register and pay for a delegate and chapter programming participant by April 30, 2016. This credit will be applied to your chapter account after the conference on your August chapter statement.

  •  Alumni Registration Types (include lodging, meals, and programming)

o Alumni Participant — $750 (double room, shared occupancy)
o Alumni Participant — $900 (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

Saturday Night Banquet — $150


Who should go from my 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. 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.


When do I need to arrive?

Everyone should arrive at the Trump National 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?

Flying In

For brothers flying to Miami for the 56th General Assembly and Stead Leadership Seminar, Lambda Chi Alpha will provide shuttle transportation to the Trump National 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 2:45pm, with the final shuttle leaving the airport at 2:45pm.

Driving In

For brothers driving to Trump National, 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 4:00am to 12:15pm, with the final shuttle leaving the Trump National at 12:15pm. 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 12:15pm.


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
  • New Member Education

You will learn from other brothers and contribute to group conversations and roundtables. 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 LiveMarch 3, 2016
  • International Ritual Team ApplicationsApril 30, 2016
  • Chapter Award Applications DueApril 30, 2016
  • Regular Registration ClosesMay 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 AdministrationMay 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 Trump National Doral. 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, Council of Presidents, 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 Trump National on Thursday, August 4, 2016 and from the Trump National 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.




6011831874_13fd0ccd0e_oLambda Chi Alpha recognizes Chapters and Individuals for their many different achievements. This year all the award winners will be listed in the Event Guide and only a select few awards will be presented onsite the rest will be mailed to each chapter or colony after the conference.

The following awards will be presented onsite:

Grand High Alpha Award – Recognizes chapters that have maintained a superior level of operations for at least three consecutive years. A chapter may not earn the award again until at least three years have elapsed since its previous award.

Phoenix Award – Presented to a chapter that has made unusually positive strides in overall chapter operations for at least three consecutive years, taking into consideration improved membership size, depth of programming and risk-free operations.

Cyril F. “Duke” Flad Outstanding Undergraduate – This award was created in 1970 to honor Duke Flad, who served as the Fraternity’s 2nd Chief Executive from 1942 to 1968. One outstanding undergraduate from among all student members is selected annually to receive this award. Click here to apply.

***Order of Achievement – Established in 1960, this award recognizes alumni for outstanding achievement in their professional careers. Recipients are elected to receive the award in General Assembly years, but may receive it at another appropriate event. Click here to apply.

Fraternity Advisor of the Year Award – May be awarded annually to a Fraternity or Greek Adviser who has rendered exemplary service to the Greek system on a particular campus or on a number of campuses. Click here to apply.

***Order of Merit – Recognizes alumni who have continuously given of themselves on a local or international level The Grand High Zeta has the authority to select up to 10 men for inclusion in the Order of Merit at each General Assembly. Click here to apply.

***Distinguished Service – Awarded to alumni brothers for outstanding contributions at the International Fraternity Level.

George W. Spasyk Order of Interfraternity Service – Established in 1960 and named in 2002 to honor George Spasyk for 40 years of service on the professional staff, 22 as the Fraternity’s 4th chief executive. This award recognizes those persons who have contributed outstanding service in the betterment of all fraternal organizations.

***denotes only if we have someone to present these to. These are usually only given in a GA year.


The following awards will be mailed to the chapter in September after the conference.

Alumni Affairs – Recognizes alumni programming, either within the chapter or within the alumni organization, in regards to mentoring, fund-raising, social programming, and chapter programming. Click here to apply.

Bruce H. McIntosh Standards for Chapter Excellence – Recognizes chapters who effectively use the Standards for Chapter Excellence program to continuously improve their fraternal experience. Click here to apply.

Rev. S. George “Doc” Dirghalli Scholastic Programming – Recognizes chapters that have developed an outstanding program resulting in superior academic achievement of its members. Click here to apply.

Lewis A. Plourd Fraternity Education – Presented to chapters whose outstanding Fraternity Education Program includes the entire membership, involves alumni, and incorporates a highly effective Big Brother program. Click here to apply.

Tozier Brown Public Affairs Programs & Project – Recognizes chapters with the most outstanding programs of community service and philanthropic activities. The award is divided into two categories – Public Affairs Programs and Most Outstanding Public Affairs Project. Click here to apply.

Warren Cole Recruitment Award – Recognizes chapters that have developed and implemented well organized and effective recruitment programs. Click here to apply.

Website Development – Recognizes chapters with outstanding advances in the use of computer technology, layout, content management, computer graphics, and website design. Click here to apply.

Academic Achievement – Awarded to chapters with a Grade Point Average that was first on a campus, or second or third on larger campuses with a greater number of fraternities.

Joseph T. Charles Mentor Leadership Program – Granted to chapters that have the most participation in this program.

Alumni Publication – Awarded to chapters with outstanding alumni newsletters. At least two must be published and submitted to Headquarters during the academic year. Click here to apply.

Campus Involvement – Awarded to chapters with extensive involvement in extracurricular activities.

Membership Recruitment – Awarded to chapters with outstanding success in recruitment, by substantially increasing their numbers and/or dramatically improving their initiation ratio of associate members.

Feeding America – Awarded to chapters that collect and verify more than 15,000 pounds of food. The top 10 chapters receive special recognition


International Ritual Team

14658795158_b346cec77a_oAt 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.

Click here to access the application for the International Ritual Team.

Please direct all questions and completed applications to Jim Gulbranson at

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