HILTON ORLANDO LAKE BUENA VISTA
in the Walt Disney World® Resort
1751 Hotel Plaza Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, Florida, 32830
At the May 2015 meeting of the Executive Committee, the national leaders discussed ways to make each member's Phi Eta Sigma experience more meaningful and relevant. "Innovate Your Story!" will be the theme for the 2016 national convention to be held in sunny Orlando, Florida October 7-9, 2016. The convention program is being redesigned to give attendees a more cohesive experience, with each workshop and discussion being tied to the central theme.
Executive Committee members also approved an update of the convention housing procedures, allowing more flexibility and customization of housing arrangements for advisers and students who attend. More details on the new housing procedures are provided in this newsletter.
Phi Eta Sigma seeks to “give back” in a special way to the areas in which our national conventions are held every two years. During 2013-14, twelve chapters held fundraisers to benefit after school programs and support the national philanthropy. At the 2014 convention in Charleston, the student members of the Executive Committee presented a check for $5,000 to WINGS for Kids. The Texas A&M University chapter raised $500 of that total through a Harry Potter themed fundraising event. That chapter’s effort received the award for “Best Philanthropy” at the convention awards luncheon.
University of Alabama, College of Charleston, East Carolina University, Florida State University, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis, University of Maryland, College Park, Morgan State University, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, and University of Wisconsin - Whitewater also developed projects to raise funds for WINGS and to assist with local after school programs in their areas.
Spearheaded by the student members of the national Executive Committee, the 2013-14 national philanthropy was after school programs and focused on WINGS for Kids. Based in Charleston, WINGS has the following mission statement:
The vision of WINGS is that all kids will develop social and emotional skills so they can be successful in life. Our mission is to teach these skills – how to behave well, make good decisions and build healthy relationships - to elementary school age kids. We do this by weaving a comprehensive social and emotional learning curriculum into a fresh and fun after school program. Kids get the life lessons they need to succeed and be happy and they get a safe place to call home after school.
To learn more about this outstanding after school program that is making such a positive impact in the lives of so many young students, visit www.wingsforkids.org.
Although the focus of Phi Eta Sigma's 2016 national philanthropy project has not yet been determined, it will benefit a worthwhile organization in the Orlando area. National leaders are also checking the possibility of connecting our philanthropic efforts with an on-site service project during the convention weekend. We will share details of the project with all Phi Eta Sigma chapters as soon as plans are final.