The Sigma Phi Epsilon Grand Chapter Conclave is held every two years. The meeting allows our undergraduate members the chance to create legislation as well as elect new board members and officers that will guide the fraternity for the next two years. There were also numerous education sessions for alumni, volunteers and other undergraduates.
It was a much anticipated event that almost didn’t happen.
COVID-19 had kept many events off the calendar already this year. Many recent fraternity events, including the Ruck Leadership Institute, were again forced into the “virtual” space, occurring over Zoom. But progress in vaccinations and a few appropriate adjustments to policies allowed for brothers to gather in Denver for the 57th Grand Chapter Conclave. The fraternity also live-streamed the major events of the four-day gathering to those that couldn’t make the trip this time.
This year’s Conclave theme was “NOW, More Than Ever.” It was woven into the message of every speaker, asking us to look forward to where we are going. In his inaugural address, Grand Chapter President highlighted that after several years of realigning the fraternity’s chapters with its mission, the National Board of Directors would again focus on expansion to campuses “that want us there,” and are committed to developing a new generation of Balanced Men.
Brothers Colton Taylor (’22) and Justyn Johnson (’23) attended Conclave as our undergraduate delegate and alternate delegate. They served on a committee and voted on important legislation proposed by other undergraduates and national board members.
“Conclave helped me get an understanding that my local chapter is but a small piece to an even bigger puzzle,” said Taylor. “Having the opportunity to not only represent my chapter as a delegate but to also use this as a learning experience for what I can do to improve my chapter and set goals for the future is but an added bonus.”
“I had a chance to meet other undergraduate brothers, alumni, and people influential to SigEp and all I can say is ‘Wow’,” Johnson added.
Aside from legislation, there were also a number of education sessions as well. These presentations focused on how to better implement the Balanced Man Program in our chapter, as well as topical discussions on mental health, recruitment and improved chapter operations.
For alumni and volunteers, there were also education sessions on maintaining and improving our chapter facilities.
Legislation and education were invaluable, but celebration was another big draw. Chapters from across the country were honored for their achievements in making a difference in their campus community. Alumni and volunteers were honored with individual awards for their decades of dedicated service to the fraternity.