Grand Conventions, 1960-1968: Through words and pictures
Grand Convention, 1960
"The most popular spot on the train, the Dome car, was the place for snapping pictures or socializing. Every trip has a camera bug, so we played the role of typical tourists. Sue Laffan, Gamma Mu, took motion pictures and kept the aisle hot running for every 'sharp shot.' As the train sped through the desert a few in the group remarked that there was just nothing to see but barren land. Sue grabbed her movie camera and took a picture of – nothing! As Sue said, 'I want a picture of everything on this fabulous trip and seeing “nothing” is part of it.'"
Grand Convention, 1962
“For some time Gamma Nu has earmarked a portion of its budget for Convention expenses. When Sonja [Nelson] received her check from national to attend the Wentworth meeting, many of her friends said they’d like to come, too... They figured if they took Sonja’s expense check and added it to the chapter’s convention money, six instead of one could come if they followed a rigid economy plan. This meant watching every penny, even sleeping in tents and sleeping bags. The irony of this was none of the group had camped before… they felt compelled to call their auto “Camel” and they duly painted the letters on the side… they spent a week travelling 3,000 miles to Portsmouth… they bought rolls and fruit each morning to eat in the car. On occasions they prepared an 'egg-and-bacon' breakfast to insure they had one good meal that day – in case they didn’t get around to another.”
Grand Convention, 1964
Banff Springs, Canada
“One who registered in on time – and – before – is Susan Akright, delegate from Alpha Omicron (Oklahoma). Susan arrived several days early just so she could see the Canadian Rockies. Apparently someone had told her that most of Convention time is spent in the hotel’s meeting rooms.”
Grand Convention, 1966
"Twas fun for the inquiring reporter to be standing in the lobby when Marjorie Beacom Broderick, Philadelphia Chapter President from Upsilon (Minnesota), and Monie Eyler Buchter, ADP President, District IV, also Upsilon, met for the first time in 20 years. Convention is a great time for Remember Whens.”
Grand Convention, 1968
Mackinac Island, Mich.
"The Grand President [Virginia Speidel Edwards] visualizes young women wearing the badge of Kappa Alpha Theta along with those who wear the badge of other fraternities providing a never-ending stream of responsible young women across the paths of the college campuses, the young women who will be the leaders of tomorrow.”