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Convention Requirements

In recent years the number of delegates to an Eta Sigma Phi convention has fluctuated fluctuated between 85 and 130, depending upon location. Typically, the Local Committee should create a budget based upon c.$70.00 per delegate.

Early in the academic year preceding the convention, the location committee needs to provide the following to the Executive Secretary:

1.) information about the hotel, especially the number of rooms reserved, and rates
2.) plans to get people from the airport; e.g., can you use college vans? Or provide info about shuttle service.
3.) a detailed budget (see below)
4.) a photo of the local committee to use on a flyer announcing the convention

1. The local committee needs to determine what sorts of activities will happen on Saturday afternoon. These activities should preferably be both fun and educational.
2. The committee needs to determine the banquet speaker for Saturday night. Occasionally, this may be arranged by the national office.

1.) The local committee needs to gather information about the cost of various convention activities listed below. If any funding from the Classics Dept. has been obtained to cover some of these costs, please include that information.
2.) The Executive Secretary will set a price for the registration fee based on these costs. It is very important that this registration fee cover all the costs of convention. The National Office does not subsidize any of this whatsoever.
3.) Registration fees will be mailed to the executive secretary.
4.) At or shortly after the convention the local committee will give the Executive Secreatary a total bill for convention costs.

Here is a list of the costs the local committee is likely to incur:
Cost for any meeting rooms used, if any (hopefully none)
Cost of Friday night reception (a snack/dessert and soft drinks is fine)
Cost of breakfast on Saturday morning (donuts, fruits, juice, coffee, tea)
Cost of Saturday lunch (this is often a boxed lunch)
Cost of Saturday banquet
Cost of breakfast on Sunday morning (donuts, fruits, juice, coffee, tea)
Cost of the t-shirt or whatever convention memorabilia the committee is planning to provide to delegates.
Costs related to Saturday afternoon activities (sometimes this includes the cost of a bus rental)
Honorarium for banquet speaker, if any.
Printing costs (program and whatever else you plan to print)

The Executive Secretary will provide the local committee with the following:
1.) ESP folders for registration materials
2.) ESP pens
3.) a Certamen machine


Call for Bids to Host the 85th Annual Convention

Active Chapters of Eta Sigma Phi are invited to submit bids to host the 84th Annual National Convention in 2013.  These bids will be reviewed by a committee at the 2011 convention at the University of Texas at Austin (March 25-27, 2011). The 2013 convention site will be chosen by the membership at the 2011 convention. At least one active member of the chapter submitting a bid must attend the 2010 convention. 


The convention begins with a reception on a Friday evening and ends at noon on Sunday with a final business session. There will be talks by students, reports on chapter activities, scholarly lectures, a certamen, a banquet and time for socializing. The host chapter will be responsible for:

  • ·         selecting a hotel
  • ·         designing a convention t-shirt or other appropriate souvenir
  • ·         arranging for the Friday reception
  • ·         preparing  a welcome packet and registration materials, including a program
  • ·         staffing the registration desk
  • ·         arranging for transportation between the hotel and the campus (if necessary)
  • ·         supplying facilities (and A/V equipment, when necessary) on campus for the Saturday morning meeting
  • ·         providing lunch on Saturday and brunch on Sunday
  • ·         organizing appropriate cultural activities for Saturday afternoon
  • ·         identifying a speaker for the Saturday evening banquet


A bid consists of:

1.    The proposed convention dates with detailed information about price and room availability from an appropriate hotel.

2.    Information about the special regional amenities, accompanied by brochures, where appropriate.

3.    A description of the kinds of special cultural activities the chapter plans for Saturday afternoon.

4.    A list of possible speakers for the Saturday evening banquet

5.    The names of the members of the local committee and a description of the responsibilities of each member in convention planning.

6.     A letter of support from the faculty advisor of the chapter with an explanation of the kinds of financial, secretarial and other support the chapter can expect to receive from the host institution.

7.     A proposed budget for expenses.


Five copies of the bid will be submitted to the convention committee at the 2011 convention.

Chapters intending to bid for the 2013 convention are encouraged to contact the Executive Secretary prior to the 2010 convention to discuss their plans: Thomas J. Sienkewicz, Executive Secretary of Eta Sigma Phi, Department of Classics, Monmouth College, 700 East Broadway, Monmouth, IL 61462; Phone:  309-457-2371 ; Fax:  815-346-2565; e-mail: toms@monm.edu.