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Phi Gamma Delta's biennial convention, the Ekklesia, is held in the summer of even-numbered years. In this governing body, each undergraduate chapter has up to three voting delegates. Each graduate chapter may have one voting delegate. The primary business of the Ekklesia is to elect new Archons (board of directors), approve the budget for the ensuing biennium, and amend the Bylaws and Constitution. Outside of the business conducted by the Ekklesia, there are educational programs and social activities to allow brothers to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. 

Phi Gamma Delta's  172nd Ekklesia will be held August 6-9, 2020 in Phoenix, AZ. Attendee details and registration information is below. 

Important Notice Regarding 172nd Ekklesia & COVID-19

The health & safety of Phi Gamma Delta’s members and guests, as well as those with whom they interact, is the Fraternity’s top priority. As planning continues for the upcoming 172nd Ekklesia in Phoenix, AZ, questions have arisen related to the coronavirus’ impact on the event. Below are several frequently asked questions. If your question is not answered below, please contact Todd Rotgers

Additional resources that may prove to be helpful to attendees:

 Is Ekklesia Still Happening This August?

We have not yet decided to cancel or significantly alter the planned Ekklesia. The Fraternity will continue to monitor the situation and make a decision based on guidance from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other government authorities and considering the financial impact for the Fraternity and our chapters. The staff will continue to evaluate alternative options to handle necessary Fraternity business if the Ekklesia is cancelled or significantly modified.

We ask chapters and volunteers continue to hold August 6-9, 2020 for the Ekklesia. 

 Should I Make a Hotel Reservation?

You may do so at your discretion. Hotel reservations may be cancelled up until three (3) days prior to scheduled arrival date without penalty. Click here to make your reservation

 Should I Purchase My Airfare?

All travel-related purchases are at one’s own discretion. Given the uncertainty of future developments, it may be wise to delay buying airline tickets. 

The Fraternity will not reimburse travel for volunteers, including Appointed General Officers, Section Chiefs and Purple Legionnaires, until a decision is made to continue or cancel the event. 

 When Will a Final Decision Be Made?

We hope to decide by late May. However, this continues to be a rapidly evolving situation. The Fraternity will continue to monitor developments and provide updated information as soon as it is available. Any major announcements will be published here and via email.

 

172nd Ekklesia - Event Details

Arrivals/Departures

Delegates and attendees should plan to arrive before 4:00 pm on Thursday, August 6, to allow time to register prior to the Opening Banquet that evening. 
**Purple Legionnaires, Section Chiefs, and Appointed General Officers should plan to arrive on Wednesday, August 5, to take part in the Graduate Leadership Forum, starting at 9:00 am on Thursday, August 6**

Departures take place any time on Sunday, August 9.

Hotel

The Sheraton Phoenix Downtown is the official hotel for the 172nd Ekklesia. All meetings will take place here. 

The Fraternity has negotiated a group rate of $149/night plus tax. You may make reservations here:

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Daily Schedule (tentative)

 Thursday, August 6, 2020

  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm: Registration
  • 8:00 am - 4:00 pm: Graduate Leadership Forum 
  • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Opening Ekklesia Banquet 
  • 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm: William R. Miller Model Initiation

 Friday, August 7, 2020

  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm: Business Session
  • 10:00 am - 5:00 pm: Housing Conference 
  • 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm: Recognition Luncheon  
  • 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Educational Session
  • 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Project Phi Gam
  • 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Committee Meetings
  • 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Music and Dinner at The Duce

 Saturday, August 8, 2020

  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm: Business Session
  • 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch on your own
  • 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm: Business Session
  • 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm: Ekklesia Closing Banquet

 Sunday, August 9, 2020

  • ALL DAY: Departures
 

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Registration & Fees

More information coming soon.

Transportation

Attendees are responsible for their own travel to/from the Ekklesia, and for all parking costs. Brothers flying to the Ekklesia have the choice of flying into Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX) International Airport, 4 miles from the hotel, or Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA), 37 miles from the hotel.

The Fraternity has arranged group travel discounts for Ekklesia attendees:

  • Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounts for Phi Gamma Delta. Click here to book your flights online or call Delta Meeting Network at 1-800-328-1111 (Monday-Friday, 7:00 am - 7:30 pm CT), and refer to Meeting Event Code: NMTXK(Valid for travel into PHX between August 2-12, 2020.)
  • American Airlines agrees to offer Phi Gamma Delta a travel discount. Click here to book your flights online, using Promotion Code: 8680BG, or call the American Airlines Meeting Services Desk at 1-800-433-1790, using Authorization #: A8680BG(Valid for travel into PHX between August 2-12, 2020.)

 Travel from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

The hotel is located 4 miles from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (Airport Code: PHX). The Fraternity does not provide transportation to/from the airport and the hotel does not offer a shuttle. 

Phoenix's Valley Metro light-rail connects the airport to downtown. The light-rail is connected to the airport by the PHX Sky Train. The light-rail operates 18-22 hours per day, seven days a week, and stops every 12-20 minutes. A one-way ticket is $2 and an all-day pass is $4. 

On average, a taxi will cost around $25. Ride share services such as Uber and Lyft are also available, and will cost between $12-15. NOTE: Taxi and Uber/Lyft prices are average estimates and are subject to increase or decrease at different times of day. 

 Travel from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport

The hotel is located 37 miles from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (Airport Code: AZA). The Fraternity does not provide transportation to/from the airport and the hotel does not offer a shuttle.

On average a taxi will cost around $90. Ride share services such as Uber and Lyft are also available, and will cost between $25-$35. NOTE: Taxi and Uber/Lyft prices are average estimates and are subject to increase or decrease at different times of day. 

 Hotel Parking

Where practical, attendees are encouraged to fly to Phoenix. The Fraternity has negotiated a hotel parking rate of $10/night for self-parking and $20/night for valet parking. Driving directions and additional information available on the hotel's website.

 Undergraduate Chapter Travel Reimbursement

Each undergraduate chapter is reimbursed for one delegate's travel at a rate of $0.12 per mile for the round-trip mileage from your chapter to Phoenix. Unless requested in advance, the chapter's account with the Fraternity will be credited with the reimbursement amount following Ekklesia. Chapters must attend to be eligible for travel reimbursement.

 

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Vendor & Sponsor Information

Phi Gamma Delta welcomes vendors and sponsors who wish to showcase their companies to our attendees. Please contact Todd Rotgers for more information.

Ekklesia Events

 Family Program

More information on Family Program schedule and activities coming soon.

 Fiji Chorus

We are seeking graduate and undergraduate brothers interested in participating in the Ekklesia Fiji Chorus. Participation would involve two short rehearsals and a performance at the Closing Ekklesia Banquet on Saturday, August 8. All brothers interested should contact Taren Robin.

 Housing Conference

The Fraternity will provide a Housing Conference on Friday, August 7, hosted by 1848 Housing. Geared towards House Corporation officers and members, this half-day educational track will provide information and share best practices. An agenda will be available soon. 
*The Friday Recognition Luncheon and Live Music at The Duce are also included with the Housing Conference registration.  

 Project Phi Gam

More information coming soon.  

 Things to Do in the Phoenix Area

More information coming soon. 

 

Things to Bring

  • Your badge
  • A coat and tie to wear at the Friday lunch and Saturday dinner
  • Business casual wear (collared shirts and khaki slacks/pants) for all other times
  • Spending money
  • Questions about the Fraternity
  • Any forms or fees that are due
  • Willingness to learn and participate

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Questions?

Contact Todd Rotgers, Senior Director of Undergraduate Services, by email or (859) 255-1848.