Countdown to 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 2014 budget, and consider any of its own legislation. Congress will also recognize our 2012 award and scholarship winners.
Including delegates, National leaders, spouses, guests, honorees, and banquet/leadership dinner participants, nearly 200 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 Baltimore and get to know each other as well. Lasting friendships are formed which have been credited with increasing Alumni participation.
Chi Phi is proud to invite the spouses and guests of its members. Spouses and guests are encouraged to attend the Banquet and Friday night dinner and baseball game with the Baltimore Orioles v. NY Yankees. We will have ample information about Baltimore entertainment and events available for spouses and guests, so they can have fun while the Brothers are in session. Registration for Spouses and Guests can be found here.
The Congressional assessment will be set in mid-March. Once set, the following fees will be published.
To allow ample time for our staff to prepare, Congress registration will close at 5 p.m. eastern on June 7, 2013.
This year Congress will be held at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore. We have been able to secure a special nightly rate of $205. To ensure you receive the special nightly rate, reserve your room prior to June 7, 2013. With exception of the Watts Gunn Memorial Golf Tournament and the Friday night Orioles game against the Yankees, all Congressional activities will be taking place at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore. Please note that because of the Orioles baseball game against the Yankees hotel rooms in the city will sell out. Book your room now with the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore.
The Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore is located at:
550 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21202 [Map]
You can make reservations online or by calling (410) 234-0550. When reserving your room over the phone, be sure to reference 148th Chi Phi Congress. You can also reserve your room for congress online by accessing the reservation site.
Below you can find a tentative schedule for the 148th Chi Phi Congress. Specific committee and Congressional Sessions will be published in Congressional binder prior to the first session. Check back often for updates.
Thursday, June 27
Friday, June 28
Saturday, June 29
Both educational sessions will take place from 9 a.m. to Noon before Congress begins on June 28, 2013. Breakfast will be provided for participants. Registration closes at 5 p.m. on June 7, 2013.
A workshop that helps your student leaders better fight apathy and better motivate and activate members at all levels of engagement and involvement.
The most actively involved student leaders in your campus organizations (your “top-third” members) get frustrated and burned out, trying to lead members who are less motivated and engaged than they. If only there was a way to teach these committed student leaders smarter strategies to lead those whose commitment levels varied from their own.
Now there is. The “Motivating the Middle” interactive workshop from is based on the book Motivating the Middle: Fighting Apathy in College Student Organizations, published by CAMPUSPEAK co-founder T.J. Sullivan in 2012. Facilitated by some of the agency’s most talented professional facilitators, MTM will help your most dedicated student leaders understand that their fellow members respond to different motivations and engage in different ways.
Too many top-third student leaders spend all their time focused on the bottom-third members – the ones who don’t attend meetings and events, fall short on their promises, and detract from the mission and goals of the organization. As the battle wages between the top-third leaders and the bottom-third members causing problems, the middle third gets ignored.
By shifting their leadership efforts to the middle-third members, your organization’s leaders can make change, improve morale, and tap into new productivity. In a few short hours, your leaders will learn the truth – that people at different levels of engagement are motivated in very different ways – and will learn how to act on this knowledge to strengthen their club, Chapter, or organization.
Participants will learn the concept and strategies highlighted in Sullivan’s book and will engage in both discussion and action planning to put those strategies into action. Student leaders will also learn how their personal leadership style inhibits or encourages the middle-third leadership strategy, enabling them to adjust their approach to some of the most pressing issues facing their group.
NOTE: Only current Chapter Alphas are eligible to attend. Alphas Academy attendance is is not required.
Revisit key concepts from the Alphas Academy curriculum, discuss challenges you have encountered during your term, and catch up with fellow Alphas. This will largely be a participant driven session with the opportunity to talk about the major difficulties, strategies for success, and future goals during your time as Alpha.
Hit the greens with Chi Phi and help support Chi Phi Leadership Development Programs at the Watts Gunn Memorial Golf Tournament! The 2013 Watts Gunn Memorial Tournament will be Thursday, June 27, 2013 at Bulle Rock Golf Course in Havre De Grace, Maryland. Named after the first thoroughbred horse brought to America, the name Bulle Rock truly signifies the strength of the 235 acres of golf heaven. Superbly designed by Pete Dye, this par 72 course has long been considered the region’s best player’s course and the top ranking public course in Maryland. It is continually ranked in the Top 100 listings of every major Golf Publication. Zagat readers have also ranked Bulle Rock among the nation’s Top 50 golf courses. Visually stunning tee shots, terrific green complexes, wonderful course conditions and a great design will make you feel like you are playing in a major.
The Watts Gunn Memorial Golf Tournament is an opportunity for corporations and individuals to support Chi Phi Leadership Development Programs and have some fun along the way. The tournament honors internationally famous Chi Phi golfer, Watts Gunn, Omega 1928 better known as "the Southern Hurricane." Held the day before Congress, the scramble-style tournament has raised $64,000 to support the College of Excellence and other leadership development programs benefiting Chi Phi students across the country.
To sponsor the tournament contact Elizabeth Knott, Director of Development at email@example.com or 404.231.1824.
If you are flying to Congress, the closest airport is Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshal Airport (airport code BWI) which is only 8 miles from the hotel. You can also fly into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (airport code DCA) which is 49 miles from the hotel or Washington Dulles International Airport (airport code IAD) which is 50 miles from the hotel.
Once you land, if you are flying into BWI, the best way to reach the hotel is by taking the Maryland Transit Authority’s Light Rail from BWI to the hotel. It is approximately half a mile from the station to the hotel. One way travel costs $1.60.