- Written by Illinois Alpha
SigEp’s Grand Chapter Conclave is the largest gathering of fraternity brothers in the world. Over 1,400 brothers and guests descend on one resort for five action-packed days every other summer. Nobody forgets their first Conclave, and there’s a reason brothers keep coming back for more.
Imagine spending a long weekend at a beautiful resort— and every inch of it is filled with SigEps. From the golf course and the pool to the restaurants and bars, SigEps take over the town during this unforgettable event. Conclave provides a great opportunity to catch up with old friends, and make plenty of new ones from across the country.
One highlight of the week includes the Balanced Man Celebration, which offers exciting speakers and videos, and the presentation of Buchanan Cups to SigEp’s best chapters.
The Alumni Awards Dinner features the presentation of SigEp’s two highest individual honors: the Order of the Golden Heart and the SigEp Citation. SigEp confers the Order of the Golden Heart medallion upon men who have dedicated a lifetime of service to the Fraternity. Each of these brothers is called to the stage to share a memory or some words of wisdom, often before the shock of hearing their name called has worn off. SigEp presents the Citation to brothers who have reached the pinnacle of their career field. These brothers are announced in advance and invited to speak about their experiences. Past recipients have excelled in varied occupations from astronauts and educators to Hollywood movie stars and professional athletes.
Conclave is also the time for the undergraduate delegation to vote on new bylaws that govern the Fraternity. Historic decisions like the removal of race restrictions have been proposed and passed by undergraduates on the Conclave floor. The delegation also elects the men who will lead the Fraternity in the two-year span between Conclaves. Read the proposed legislation from the 2011 Grand Chapter Conclave.
Whether you choose to attend the educational seminars and legislative sessions, or just stay by the golf course and the lazy river all day, Conclave truly has something for everyone. And you’ll be planning the trip to your second Conclave even before you get home from your first.
Check out some of the most memorable moments from the 2011 Grand Chapter Conclave in Phoenix, Ariz. Details about the 2013 Conclave will be coming soon!