photo by Thomas S. Mann
2018 ΦΗΣ National Convention
October 12-14, 2018
HYATT REGENCY CRYSTAL CITY
in Arlington, Virginia
The national office staff and national Executive Committee hosted our most recent National Convention and Leadership Workshops in Washington, DC, in October 2018. The Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia, was the host hotel for this exciting event.
Student members had the opportunity to participate in the governance of the Society through committees and general business sessions. Students and advisers alike enjoyed sharing ideas and learning about other chapters’ practices and procedures. Speakers and workshop discussions addressed the convention theme, “Operation: Opportunity.”
In addition to the Distinguished Service Awards, the convention awards ceremony included the presentation of the Pyramid and Capstone Awards. Saturday evening featured activities including bowling, bocce and dining at Pinstripes in Georgetown, as well as a bus tour of Washington, DC monuments and memorials.
The location of the 2020 convention will be announced soon.
In keeping with Phi Eta Sigma’s recent tradition of philanthropy, the 2018 philanthropy project benefitted the American Red Cross. Nationally based in Washington, DC, the Red Cross was the ideal non-profit charity for Phi Eta Sigma to support in conjunction with the 2018 national convention theme “Operation: Opportunity.” Society chapters had the opportunity to raise funds for the Red Cross in advance of the convention.
From the organization’s mission statement: “The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.” Red Cross services have been in great demand during the past year, providing relief for victims of hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, tornadoes, and floods. The organization also trains emergency response workers, collects and supplies lifesaving blood, and supports members of the military, veterans, and their families.
Thanks to the efforts of several chapters, Phi Eta Sigma was privileged to donate $5,000 to the American Red Cross for its national philanthropy. A committee of student members of the national Executive Committee selected the "Best Philanthropy" recipient. Gannon University was selected, for the second consecutive convention, as “Best Philanthropy” at the 2018 convention.