Austin, Texas

June 26-29, 2014

News and Updates

  • To aid in your preparation of the 149th Chi Phi Congress, we are publishing a digital version of the Congressional Guide. Feel free to read the reports of the Grand Council or Educational Trust prior to arriving. We have also included a copy of the proposed FY 15 budget. You will receive a print copy of this guide upon checking in for Congress.
  • During the Saturday session, Delegates will select the next Grand Alpha for our fraternity. Two Brothers have been nominated and accepted. The Grand Alpha-Elect Nominating Committee is pleased to share the credentials of each Brother in preparation of Congress. You can review the resume of Matthew Herring; Alpha Tau, 2010, here. You can review the resume of Ron Frank; Nu Delta 1983, Iota Zeta 1989, Delta Zeta 2000, here.
  • Menus for the 149th Chi Phi Congress can be found here. Should you have any dietary needs or restrictions, please indicate those on your registration.

Registration and Deadlines

Registration will be completed through Chi Phi Connect. Before you register, please review the Congress Registration Frequently Asked Questions.

Register for the 149th Chi Phi Congress


  • Voting Delegate: $550
  • Non-Voting / Alternate Delegate: $550
  • Guest Program: $150

Á la Carte Fees

Note: the above options (delegates and guest program) are all inclusive. You will not need additional fees to participate. The fees below are designed for those only attending a single event.

  • Friday Night Dinner with live music only: $90
  • Saturday Scholarship and Award Luncheon only: $90
  • Saturday Night Banquet only: $90

To allow ample time for our staff to prepare, Congress registration will close at 5 p.m. eastern on June 2, 2014.

What is Congress?

Congress is the supreme authority of the Fraternity. The days are spent conducting the affairs of the Fraternity and the evenings are spent enjoying the host city. Attendees will be from different generations and all over the country.

During the Congressional sessions, Chapter, Colony, and Alumni delegates will each have their own place on the floor of Congress. Also over the weekend, Congress will meet to evaluate new and existing policies, adopt Chi Phi's 2015 budget, select a Grand Alpha-elect, and consider any of its own legislation. Congress will also recognize our 2013 award winners.

Who Goes to Congress?

Including delegates, national leaders, spouses, guests, honorees, and banquet/leadership dinner participants, nearly 250 people participate in the annual Congress. Every Chapter is obligated to send two voting delegates. Every Colony is obligated to send one voting delegate and one non-voting delegate. Every registered Alumni Association and Chi Phi Club is entitled to one voting delegate. House Corporations are encouraged to attend but have no voting rights. Chapters, Colonies, Alumni Associations, Chi Phi Clubs, and House Corporations are encouraged to send additional representatives – although not required to do so.

Typically, the Alpha and Beta or the Alumni Association President serve as their group's delegates; however any Brother can be elected to serve as his Chapter, Colony, Club or Alumni Association's delegate.

In addition, the Grand Council, the National Fraternity Staff, the Educational Trust Staff, the Board of Governors, and the Board of Trustees will also be present. Additional non-voting or alternate delegates are welcome to attend, however all participants must pay the full registration fee per delegate to attend and participate in any Congressional activities. Registration as a delegate does not constitute or include registration with the hotel.

We've learned that Chi Phi and family complement each other nicely. While our Brothers conduct the business of the Fraternity through committee meetings and Congressional sessions, guests will tour Austin and get to know each other as well. Lasting friendships are formed which have been credited with increasing Alumni participation.

Guest Program

Chi Phi is proud to invite the guests of its Members to Austin, TX. Guests are encouraged to attend the Saturday night Banquet and Friday night dinner with live music at the Rattle Inn catered by Salt Lick BBQ. We will have ample information about Austin entertainment; shopping, wineries and events available for spouses and guests, so they can have fun while the Brothers are in session. Below is the schedule for our Chi Phi guests. Additional information, including information specific to Austin, will be available once you check in.


Thursday, June 26

Spend the day discovering why the city motto is “Keep Austin weird.” Visit boutique shops located in the Second Street shopping district, or learn about the rich history that built the city. If shopping and history aren’t your speed try cycling, kayaking, or paddle boarding around Lady Bird Lake. Outdoor activities are a very short walk from the Radisson Hotel & Suites Austin Downtown, which sits adjacent to Lady Bird Lake. Discover why more than thirty wineries call the Austin area home. Austin has it all; discover the fun when you visit. Today no formal activities are scheduled; feel free to informally gather with other guests.

Friday, June 27

During the morning, you can continue discovering Austin, Texas either alone or casually with other guests. In the evening, guests will join the Chi Phi men for an authentic Texas BBQ overlooking Texas’ capital city. Located a block from the happening nightlife of Sixth Street, the Rattle Inn will fill your belly with food from the world famous Salt Lick BBQ and your ears with live music. Plenty of cold beverages will be available, so sit back and enjoy the evening.

Saturday, June 28

Start your day off by joining the men for a continental breakfast. Guests will spend the morning hands-on in the Whole Foods Market Kitchens. Guided by one of Whole Foods expert Chefs, guests will work in small groups to prepare and cook an organic Texas meal. You will then get to enjoy the food you and other guests prepared. As a thank you for participating in the guest program, we will provide a small gift to thank you for your support of Chi Phi men throughout the year. In the evening, guests will join all of the Chi Phi Fraternity men for a Cocktail Reception on the Radisson Hotel & Suites Austin Downtown patio. After, the real fun begins! Everyone will proceed to the Congressional Banquet to enjoy great food and to celebrate great Chi Phi men across the country.

Radisson Hotel & Suites Austin Downtown

This year Congress will be held at the Radisson Hotel & Suites Austin Downtown. We have been able to secure a special nightly rate of $140. With exception of the Watts Gunn Memorial Golf Tournament and the Friday night dinner at the Rattle Inn, all Congressional activities will be taking place at the Radisson Hotel & Suites Austin Downtown. Book your room now with the Radisson Hotel & Suites Austin Downtown.

The Radisson Hotel & Suites Austin Downtown is located at:
111 E Cesar Chavez St.
Austin, TX 78701 [Map]

The reservation deadline for hotel rooms is Monday, June 2, 2014.

June 26, 2014

Barton Creek – Fazio Canyons Course

Chi Phi Educational Trust
Watts Gunn Memorial Golf Tournament

The Watts Gunn Memorial Golf Tournament honors Watts Gunn, Omega 1928, known as "The Southern Hurricane."  Gunn made golfing history in 1925 in the U.S. Amateur, setting the world record for international championship golf by winning 15 straight holes in the first round of the 36-hole match. In that tournament, he went to the finals against friend and rival Bobby Jones, marking the only time two players from the same city ever met for the U.S. Amateur crown. In 1926 and 1928, he played on the Walker Cup teams with Bobby Jones, defeating the British team both years. He played many benefit tournaments, including several exhibitions with Bobby Jones in 1927 and 1928. He won the Georgia State Amateur title in 1927 and 1928, and he has been inducted into the Georgia Tech Athletic Hall of Fame, Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, Georgia Golf Hall of Fame and Southern Golf Association Hall of Fame.

Designed by the legendary designer Tom Fazio, the Barton Creek Canyons course is a 7,153-yard par-72 masterpiece located just outside of Austin, TX. Barton Creek has won numerous awards and is consistently ranked the #1 golf resort in Texas. Fazio’s Canyons course is one of only two Texas courses Listed in Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 You can Play” in the nation. Lined with Red Oaks and Sycamore trees, each hole is just as beautiful as it is fun to play.

Proceeds from the tournament support the College of Excellence and Chi Phi's other leadership development programs benefiting Chi Phi students across the country. This year Watts Gunn introduces our first Chapter challenge. Sponsor a team to represent your chapter and 50% of the proceeds will go directly to your Chapter Excellence fund, with the remaining 50% supporting Chi Phi educational programming. The winning Chapter will be honored at the Leadership Dinner following the tournament and be featured in this fall’s edition of the Chakett!

Registration Deadline June 10, 2014

Sponsorship Deadline June 5, 2014

Tournament Information

  • Four-person team scramble format
  • Individual Player Cost $250 (includes greens fees and cart fees)
  • Tournament Contests include closest to the pin and longest drive
  • Mulligan Tickets Available

Schedule of Events

6:45 a.m. – Shuttle 1 Departs from Congress Hotel Lobby
7:00 a.m. - Driving range and putting greens open
7:30 a.m. - Registration Begins
7:45 a.m. – Shuttle 2 Departs from Congress Hotel Lobby
8:30 a.m. - Shotgun start
6:30 p.m. – Chi Phi Educational Trust Cocktail Hour
7:30 p.m. - Chi Phi Educational Trust Leadership Dinner and Golf Awards Ceremony



If you are flying to Congress, the closest airport is Austin Bergstrom International Airport (airport code AUS), which is only 8 miles from the hotel. You can also fly into the San Antonio International Airport (airport code SAT), which is 75 miles from the hotel.

Chi Phi has negotiated a special discount rate with Super Shuttle of 10% off a round trip. You can book your Super Shuttle travel from the AUS Airport by using code FRAT4.


If you are driving, parking is available at the Radisson Hotel & Suites Downtown Austin. Current rates are $10.00 per day (with in/out privileges) for overnight parking if posted to room folio. Valet parking overnight is $25.00 day. All rates are subject to prevailing state and local taxes.

Provisional Schedule

An updated version of your schedule will be provided in your congressional guide upon checking in.

Travel times are individually selected and planned. If you plan to attend as a delegate, you should be at the hotel by 1 p.m. on Friday, June 27 and depart for home after noon on Sunday, June 29.

Attire: Congressional sessions, banquets, and activities are business attire (coat and tie) events. The Friday evening outing is casual.

Thursday, June 26

Friday, June 27

Saturday, June 28

Sunday, June 29