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Diamonds in the Desert Part II

Posted by Anna Kate Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The saga continues . . .

Thursday – Woke up bright and early this morning and put on our all white garb (down to the shoes) and assembled for the traditional Adelphean Processional.  Here’s an explanation of the Adelphean Processional, courtesy of our website:


“This processional, which was instituted at the 1941 Grand Convention, recreates the original parade of Adelpheans [our founders] through the halls of Wesleyan [where we were founded] with everyone in white dresses and blue satin ribands bearing the motto, ‘We Live for Each Other’, as they process into the Formal Opening Session of the convention.”

Other traditions that take place include the traditional Parade of Chapter Flags that are carried in order by their charter date, singing of the national anthems of the United States and of Canada, reading from Sisters, introduction of International Officers, and presentation of individual award recipients.

When we met with Grand Council before dinner on Wednesday night, I asked them what their favorite part of Convention was and many of them said the Adelphean Processional.  After experiencing it for myself, I can easily see why.  The Adelphean Processional was probably my favorite Convention tradition and it was really amazing to see how our organization has grown.  It makes me even more excited for the two Alpha Delta Pi colonies we will have this year and how they will add to our organization.
First attempt at the hug train.
Following the Convention photograph and Memorial Service, we headed over to the ballroom for the Alpha Delta Pi Foundation Luncheon.  The keynote speaker for this was the very special Lindy Lutz Cash.  I did a more lengthy post about the message she shared with us on the ADPi Convention Blog that you can read here.
I also sat with my first Province Director today, which was a great experience.  Throughout the week, all of the incoming Leadership Consultants had scheduled lunch and dinner dates with different Province Directors.  I was a little nervous about this at first, but I absolutely loved all of the sisters that I had the pleasure of getting to know.  It turned out to be one of my favorite experiences of Convention week!

After lunch was the first official Business Meeting of the week where members began to discuss and vote on proposed bylaws and resolutions.  Following this were District Caucuses, but since this doesn’t really apply to us we had a follow-up training session with the amazing Beth Wright and Jana Clayton – RFM (Release Figure Method) Specialists.  We had a lot of lingering questions and some confusion after our first meeting with them, but they were so patient with us and this second meeting really cleared a lot of things up.  Thank you, sisters!

Thursday night was the Diamond 4-Point Dinner where we had an amazing speaker – Joe McDonough from the B+ Foundation along with his daughter, Ali McDonough, an ADPi sister from Theta Delta chapter.  If you have never heard of this organization before, I strongly encourage you to check it out.  The message of the B+ Foundation brought me to tears that night and I look forward to the possibility of working with chapters who partner with them this year.
Last but not least on Thursday night was the “So, You Want to be a Leadership Consultant?” session.  You can read all about that on the post I did for the ADPi Convention Blog here.
Improving the hug train one picture at a time.
I didn’t anticipate Thursday’s activities to be so long, oops!  Diamonds in the Desert Part III coming soon with a wrap up of Grand Convention.

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