Roughly 100 undergraduate Sammies converged with ~90 alumni volunteers and staffers at the Indianapolis Marriott for our 2023 Convention on August 11 - 13.
Pre-Convention dinners and outings were planned for the early birds and their guests.
(Our 2022 Pre-Convention dinner was hosted at Sammy-owned Jew Boy Sub Shop. OG Jew Boy Fra Mo Pittle said, "This is the best Sammy party I've been to in 30 years." If you're in Austin, stop by and say hi to Brother Mo.)
During convention, all four of our boards conduct their annual meetings. Board meetings are open to alumni guests and are conducted in an open and transparent manner.
Undergrads have their own leadership and development tracks, with keynote sessions and breakout panels. These are curated and run by staff, alumni volunteers and outside speakers.
Friday and Saturday evenings are the award banquets, as well as other donor receptions and informal afterparties. Saturday afternoon is when the Octagon conducts the annual Fraternity meeting and holds votes for blue book legislation, capped by good and welfare.
Fra Joel Glazer (Owner of the Tampa Bay Bucs and Manchester United) was our Man Of The Year. Awards and citations throughout the night recognized our volunteers for civic and professional achievement as well as multiple decades of fraternity service and millions of dollars raised for and donated to the fraternity.
A convention tradition is homemade rugelach at the board meetings, baked by Supreme Prior David Kleppel. This year SP Kleppel stepped up his game and baked enough rugelach, fudge and black and whites for the entire delegation -- nobody went home empty-handed.
After adjournment on Sunday, tours were given of SAM HQ. Many thanks to Executive Director Andy Huston and Foundation CEO Aaron Girson for the white glove tour of our offices, board room, library and archives.
Thanks to Staffer Kelby Dolan for the professional photos. Amateur cell phone photos credit: Fra Michael Kawochka. PS: +8 Cool guy points if you are in the 2009 Centennial photo below!