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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 170th Ekklesia will be held July 26-29, 2018 in Dallas, TX. Attendee details and registration information is below. The registration deadline for undergraduate delegates, Purple Legionnaires and Section Chiefs is June 22, 2018.

Arrivals/Departures

Delegates and attendees should plan to arrive before 4:00 pm on Thursday, July 26, 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, July 25, to take part in the Graduate Leadership Forum, starting at 9:00 am on Thursday, July 26.**

Departures take place any time on Sunday, July 29.

Hotel

The Sheraton Dallas Hotel is the official hotel for the 170th Ekklesia. All meetings will take place here. 

The Fraternity has negotiated a group rate of $159/night plus tax. You may make reservations by following this link or by calling 888-627-8191 and mentioning the Phi Gamma Delta / 170th Ekklesia rate. 

The Fraternity's room block expires July 5, 2018. After that time our negotiated rate will no longer be available and attendees are subject to publicly available rates. 

 

Daily Schedule (tentative)

 Thursday, July 26, 2018

  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm: Registration
  • 9:00 am - 4:00 pm: Graduate Leadership Forum 
  • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Opening Ekklesia Banquet 
  • 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Model Initiation

 Friday, July 27, 2018

  • 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 - 5:00 pm: Project Phi Gam
  • 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Committee Meetings & Educational Sessions
  • 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Gilley's Concert and Barbecue featuring country artist/songwriter Cory Morrow (Texas Tech 1995)

 Saturday, July 28, 2018

  • 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
  • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Ekklesia Closing Banquet

 Sunday, July 29, 2018

  • ALL DAY: Departures
 

Registration & Fees

 Undergraduate

The Undergraduate Registration fee is $475 and includes all Ekklesia events. Each undergraduate chapter will be invoiced $475 x 3 men for a total of $1,425. Additional delegates are encouraged to attend and will be invoiced after the Ekklesia.

 Full Attendee (Graduate Brother or Guest)

The registration fee for a full attendee (graduate brother or guest) is $500, payable when you register. The registration fee allows for participation at any/all Ekklesia meals and events and a commemorative Ekklesia gift.

 A La Carte Events

Graduate brothers and their families are welcomed, and encouraged, to attend the Ekklesia. Brothers/guests may choose to register as a full attendee or choose to attend only a la carte events. These include:

  • Thursday, July 26 - Ekklesia Opening Banquet ($125): Brother/guest registration for the Opening Banquet (6:00 pm).
  • Friday, July 27 - Housing Conference ($200): Brothers registering for the Housing Conference will participate in a half-day educational track geared towards House Corporation Best Practices. This includes the registration for the Recognition Luncheon and the Gilley's Concert and Barbecue.
  • Friday, July 27 - Recognition Luncheon ($100): Brother/guest registration for the Awards Luncheon (12:00 pm).
  • Friday, July 27 - Gilley's Concert and Barbecue ($100):  Brother/guest registration for our fun out-side event at Gilley's Dallas. Made possible by the support of our Texas chapters, this event includes a barbecue and country singer/songwriter Cory Morrow (Texas Tech 1995) as our headlining artist.
  • Saturday, July 28 - Ekklesia Closing Banquet ($150): Brother/guest registration for the Closing Banquet (7:00 pm).

Note that registration for a la carte events only includes participation in that event and does not include other Ekklesia activities or amenities.

 

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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 Dallas Love Field, 5 miles from the hotel, or Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, 19 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 or call Delta Meeting Network® at 1.800.328.1111 Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (CT) and refer to Meeting Event Code NMS93. (valid for travel into DAL or DFW between July 19 - August 2, 2018)
  • American Airlines is offers special discounts to Phi Gamma Delta. Enter code 2978GB in the promotion code box at checkout at www.aa.com to receive up to a 5% discount. (valid for travel into DFW between July 20 - July 31, 2018).

 Travel from the Dallas Love Field Airport

The hotel is located 5 miles from the Dallas Love Field Airport (Airport Code: DAL). The Fraternity does not provide transportation to/from the airport and the hotel does not offer a shuttle. 

DART's Love Link 524 operates between Dallas Love Field and Inwood/Love Field Station, providing an airport connection to the DART Rail Green Line and Orange Line. On weekdays, the bus operates between Inwood/Love Field Station and Dallas Love Field airport approximately every 15 minutes during the morning (before 9:30 am) and afternoon (4:00 - 6:00 pm) rush hours. During the midday and evening hours, the bus operates every 20 minutes and late night (after 10:30 pm) the bus operates every 30 minutes. On weekends, the bus operates approximately every 20 minutes during the daytime hours (9:30 am - 6:00 pm) or approximately every 30 minutes all other times. To get to the DART bus stop at Dallas Love Field, follow the signs to the lower level for Ground Transportation.

All-Day Passes are available for $5 and are valid for unlimited rides on the date of purchase only through 3:00 am the following day. Day Passes are available on buses, from a Ticket Vending Machine (TVM) found at all DART Rail stations and the GoPass app. NOTE: When purchasing a pass on a bus, exact cash or change required. Fareboxes accept bills and coins, including $1 coins. Bus operators cannot provide change.

On average, a taxi will cost around $45. Superior One Transportation offers transportation from DFW to the hotel for a flat rate of $40/rider. Ride share services such as Uber and Lyft are also available, and will cost between $14-17. NOTE: Taxi and Uber/Lyft prices are average estimates and are subject to increase or decrease at different times of day. 

 Travel from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

The hotel is located 19 miles from the Dallas/Forth Worth International Airport (Airport Code: DFW). The Fraternity does not provide transportation to/from the airport and the hotel does not offer a shuttle

DART Rail's DFW Airport Station provides convenient access to DFW International Airport's Terminal A. A scenic walkway connects the station to the terminal (Terminal A, Lower Level Curb, Entry A-10). DFW Airport Station is served by DART Rail Orange Line trains. All-Day Passes are available for $5 and are valid for unlimited rides on the date of purchase only through 3:00 am the following day. Day Passes are available on buses, from a Ticket Vending Machine (TVM) found at all DART Rail stations and the GoPass app. NOTE: When purchasing a pass on a bus, exact cash or change required. Fareboxes accept bills and coins, including $1 coins. Bus operators cannot provide change.

On average, a taxi will cost around $55. Superior One Transportation offers transportation from DFW to the hotel for a flat rate of $60/rider. Ride share services such as Uber and Lyft are also available, and will cost between $25-33. 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 Dallas. The Fraternity has negotiated a hotel parking rate of $15/night for self-parking and $25/night for valet parking. Driving directions and additional information available at http://www.sheratondallashotel.com/dallas-transportation

 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 Dallas. 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.

 

Support the 170th Ekklesia

The Dallas Ekklesia Host Committee would appreciate your support! Please visit www.phigam.org/SupportEkklesia for more information or to give.

 

Vendor and Sponsor Information

Phi Gamma Delta welcomes vendors and sponsors who wish to showcase their companies to our atttendees. Information and sponsor registration is available on our Vendor and Sponsor Information Page or by contacting Rob Caudill

 

Ekklesia Events

 Family Program

Our Dallas Host Committee is finalizing the details of a family program, designed to let significant others and kids attending the Ekklesia meet one another and experience some of the best of what Dallas has to offer. Planned events include:

  • Thursday/Friday/Saturday: Family breakfast allowing guests to connect with one another and make plans for their time in Dallas.
  • Friday, July 27, 2018: Group outing to Chip & Joanna Gaines' famous decor store: the Magnolia Market in Waco. Transportation provided.
  • Saturday, July 28, 2018: Tour of the Bush Library and grounds & luncheon. Whether Republican or Democrat, visitors enjoy touring the art gallery, the 9/11 display, the No Child Left Behind education center and the native Texas gardens. 

Additional suggestions for family members to explore the Dallas area will be provided. Family members are invited to attend the Opening Banquet, Recognition Luncheon, Gilley's Concert & Barbeque and Closing Banquet. 

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, July 28. All brothers interested should contact Taren Robin.

 Housing Conference

The Fraternity will provide a Housing Conference on Friday, July 27, hosted by 1848 Properties. Geared towards House Corporation officers and members, this half-day educational track will provide information and share best practices. The Friday Awards Luncheon and Phi Gam Country Jam are also included with the Housing Conference registration.  

 

 Things to Do in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Area

Dallas offers a lot to see and do! Considering coming early or staying after the Ekklesia? Looking for ideas? See what VisitDallas suggests!

Dallas Aquarium
AT&T Stadium
JFK Memorial
Six Flags

 

 

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 Rob Caudill, Senior Director of Graduate Development & Operations, via email or (859) 255-1848.