Friday, May 25, 2012

Convention Rewind in Québec

Doing the business of the Fraternity in Québec, 1956

Thanks for playing our game. We heard from some of you on Facebook with some good guesses about that previous convention location. In the end, Suzann Mitten Owen, Theta-Indiana, correctly identified Le Château Frontenac in Québec, Canada (a place I have always longed to visit).

Six hundred attended the 1956 convention even though the registration had been raised to $25. Each officer personally paid her way. This was the last time that the Delta Gamma Convention Special train made the trip to a DG convention. It ran from Chicago to Quebec with stops in Detroit, Toronto and Montreal where arrivals from New York and the South converged with the Delta Gamma Special.

The French flavor of Québec city was emphasized with menus printed in French. As is always the case at convention, there was business conducted. Some highlights included:

  • A Central Office Building Fund was established for the tremendous chapter expansion that took place during this period.
  • A Roberta Abernethy Honorary Fellowship of $500 was announced and, coincidently, the honoree was from Quebec.
  • The office of Panhellenic Delegate was created and added as a member of Council.
  • The Rose Award was presented for the first time at convention.
  • Emphasis was placed on youth.

Moving On

Let's go somewhere else now, can you guess our next Convention Rewind spotlight? Here are some hints.
  • Delta Gamma celebrated “125 years of excellence.” 
  • The first ever Psi Women awards were given, as part of the Watchwords Individual Pursuit.
  • The final banquet featured "Moonlight and Magnolias."
  • Maureen Sweeney Syring, Nu-Idaho, received the Order of the Delta Gamma Rose Award.

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