After careful consideration, research and conversation, the Executive Board in partnership with AOII professional staff have made the decision to move our International Convention to a virtual experience. While we would love to be gathering in person this summer, this decision was made with the health and safety of our members in mind.
We know there are many questions surrounding what comes next, and we look forward to bringing all of your favorite things about Convention to a virtual experience this summer. As additional details are made available, this page will continue to be updated.
Participate in Convention
- Participate in the 2021-2023 Executive Board election process
- Participate in the 2021-2023 AOII Foundation Board election process
- Participate in the 2021 awards process
Frequently Asked Questions
What is International Convention?
International Convention is an event held biennially for AOII members to celebrate the biennium and conduct the business of the Fraternity. This event provides a unique experience to meet other sisters, hear great keynote speakers, learn during education tracks, and celebrate the accomplishments of the Fraternity, our chapters, and members. Attendees also have the opportunity to participate in AOII Rituals and traditions, and experience sisterhood with members from across North America. We encourage all of our members to attend.
When and where will International Convention be held?
Convention will be held virtually starting on Wednesday, June 23 through Saturday, June 26. More information regarding schedule and times will be provided closer to the event.
Who is required to attend International Convention?
All voting members of council should attend Convention.
Council includes: all Past International Presidents, AOII Executive Board, The National Panhellenic Conference Delegate, AOII Foundation Board of Directors, AOII Properties Board of Directors, the Chairmen of the Standing Committees, Network Directors and Specialists, Collegiate Chapter Presidents, Collegiate Chapter Advisers, and Alumnae Chapter Presidents.
Will I be required to attend every session?
There will be specific sessions that all members of Council will be required to attend and participate in in order to represent your chapter or your International Volunteer role. Those sessions will be indicated on the Virtual Convention schedule.
When will registration be open?
Registration will be open beginning in April. There will be a full-time option required of Council members, and full- and part-time registration options for non-Council attendees.
How much will it cost to attend Virtual Convention?
Participate in the full Convention experience, including Rituals and Candlelighting, engaging keynotes, sisterhood, education sessions, celebrations of the Fraternity, AOII swag and more for $189.70. Part-time registration options are also available, starting at just $50.
Registration has traditionally been a personal expense, but at this time, chapters are asked to retain the original cost of registration in their budget for Collegiate Chapter Presidents, Collegiate Chapter Advisors, or Alumnae Presidents to attend. International volunteers should plan for the registration fee to continue to be a personal expense.
Members of Council should plan to attend Convention full-time; all other collegiate and alumnae members are welcome to select a full- or part-time registration option. Council includes: all Past International Presidents, AOII Executive Board, The NPC Delegate, AOII Foundation Board of Directors, AOII Properties Board of Directors, the Chairmen of the Standing Committees, Network Directors and Specialists, Collegiate Chapter Presidents, Collegiate Chapter Advisers, and Alumnae Chapter Presidents.
Can we use Corporation Funds to pay the registration fee?
Corporation funds typically are applied to Room & Board expenses or travel for additional attendees at Convention. Because Virtual Convention fees are a registration fee only and do not include room & board or travel, you may not use Corporation Funds to pay for registration for Convention 2021. Please contact your Assistant Director of Properties regarding alternate uses of Corporation funds.
How will I register for Virtual Convention?
Registration for Convention will be accessible through Alphalink. To access to the registration form, you will go to the International Events button on your dashboard once registration is open.
How will I access sessions throughout the weekend?
We will be utilizing three primary pieces of technology to facilitate virtual engagement – an event app, as the central location to find information about the event, a virtual voting platform for members of Council to use during business sessions, and Zoom for video components. As a registered attendee, you will receive an invitation to access the app prior to Convention. It is important that you download the app, as this is how you will be able to view the event schedule, access Zoom links to sessions, and network with other attendees. There will be practice sessions that potential participants and attendees will be invited to attend in order to be familiar with our different technology platforms.
Are we still conducting elections?
Yes! Elections will be conducted during the Business Sessions of Convention. Council members will be invited to practice sessions prior to Virtual Convention in order to be familiar with our virtual voting platform.
How can we securely vote virtually?
We will be utilizing a voting platform during the Business Sessions of Convention. Voting members of council will have a unique log in and will be required to log in during Business Sessions to submit their votes. Council members will be invited to practice sessions prior to Virtual Convention in order to be familiar with our virtual voting platform.
Will we be having Ritual and Candle Lighting Ceremony virtually?
Yes! Candle Lighting and Ritual are cherished traditions at every Convention. While participating virtually will be a little different, these will still be memorable components of the Convention program. Participants in Candle Lighting and Rituals will be contacted prior to Virtual Convention with specific instructions.
Candle Lighting is a ceremony where every collegiate chapter is represented by lighting a single candle while their sub-motto is recited.
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