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. Congress will meet to evaluate new and existing policies, adopt Chi Phi’s 2017-18 budget, and consider any of its own legislation. Congress will recognize our 2016-17 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 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 may enjoy the host city and get to know each other as well. Lasting friendships are formed which have been credited with increasing Alumni participation.