Technically this was the 9th Convention, but at this point in our history Alpha Chi Omega had not yet established a naming convention for events, therefore the labels differ. This program includes a chapter roll, a list of the Grand Council, a full program of events, banquet menu, banquet toast list, musicale program and the lyrics to several Alpha Chi songs.
James Howe, former dean of the DePauw University School of Music and an instrumental figure in the founding of Alpha Chi Omega, writes to Fraternity President Ethel Mead Van Auken (Lambda, Syracuse University) with an update on his professional work, which Alpha Chi Omega helps to subsidize through an endowment. Howe also expresses wonder at the growth of Alpha Chi Omega, particularly the importance of Beta (Albion College) chapter, for whose installation he provided the funds.
The 1904 convention was hosted by Delta (Allegheny College) chapter on November 2-4, 1904. These minutes, captured by Bertha Sackett Haines (Delta, Allegheny College), document the motions and discussions of the chapter delegates and Grand Council. Major decisions in this document show that a public constitution and a secret Ritual were adopted. Committees were also formed to revise the bond card, constitution and Ritual.
These minutes from the First Grand Council meeting, held in Albion, Michigan, in 1903, include reports from the grand treasurer, Grand President and editor of The Lyre. Of particular note are the precarious financial situation of The Lyre, plans for voting at the 1903 Inter-Sorority Conference, the establishment of alumnae chapters and the decision to revoke the charter of Eta (Bucknell University) chapter due to inactivity.
Vicky Richards Harrison (Alpha Mu, Indiana University) talks through the history of our past national presidents.