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Published by Alpha Omicron Pi, 2017-06-07 16:18:39

Electronic 2017 Convention Booklet

Electronic 2017 Convention Booklet

Alpha Omicron Pi
International Convention

Washington, D.C. | June 28-July 2, 2017

Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Washington Marriott Wardman Park 4
Travel Information 5
What to Pack 6
What to Pack for Ritual 7
What to Pack Examples 8
Keynote Speaker Introduction 9
Things To Do 10
AOII Foundation Information 12
Forever Friends Information 13
Shop the Emporium 14
Greek Yearbook Information 15
Sponsors & Partners 16


AOII Goes to
Washington, D.C.!

AOII International Convention 2017
Washington Marriott Wardman Park
June 28-July 2, 2017

You are registered to attend AOII’s International Convention this summer! Along with hundreds
of other sisters, you will have the opportunity to create memories and connections that will last
a lifetime. Let’s celebrate 120 years of sisterhood, congratulate our chapters’ accomplishments,
and honor our Ritual throughout the week. Let’s meet new sisters, learn new things, and explore
Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. is an iconic city that houses the United States Capitol, historic landmarks and
museums that represent all walks of life. This is a perfect place to host International Convention
as AOII aims to be an influence of positive change and drive the Greek experience forward.

About this book:

We want to make sure you have a wonderful experience in Washington, D.C. This book will
provide you with event details and travel tips, among other things, to ensure a positive and
memorable Convention experience. There is more information including the Schedule of Events
and FAQs on our website under the “Events” tab.


As AOII invites you to International Convention, so does Wardman Park!

In the heart of Washington, D.C., the Washington Marriott Wardman Park offers a pleasant
neighborhood that makes you feel like a local. Just a few miles up the road from 1600
Pennsylvania Avenue and the National Mall stands the Washington Marriott at Wardman Park, a
landmark of its own. The unique history and notability of the hotel spans 100 years. If history isn’t
your favorite subject, the National Zoo that houses Giant Pandas is just a quick walk down the
road, and some good eats are a Metro stop away at Dupont Circle. There is much to see and do
in Washington, D.C., so don’t be afraid to make your own AOII history while in town!

Washington Marriott Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Road NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
(202) 328-2000
Hotel Website

General Hotel Information:

• Check in begins at 4:00 PM; Check out by 12:00 PM
• For those of you driving or renting a car, parking at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park is a
personal expense. Onsite parking is $25 a day, and valet parking is $50 a day.
• If you need some cash for your free time or to tip the concierge, there is an ATM and Foreign
exchange in the hotel.
• For that quick souvenir or to get a post card for your AOII sisters back home, check out the hotel
gift shop and newsstand.


to Convention

Transportation to and from the Washington Marriott Wardman Park is a personal expense and
must be booked on your own. The hotel does not provide ground transportation, but below are
some options depending on your mode of transportation.

Ronald Reagan Washington (DCA) - approx. 7 miles

• DCA Transportation Site
• Abe’s Transportation
• Metro Subway service
• Taxi/Uber/Lyft

Washington Dulles (IAD) - approx. 29 miles

• Dulles Transportation Site
• Abe’s Transportation
• Silver Line Bus to Metro Subway service
• Taxi/Uber/Lyft

Baltimore/Washington (BWI) - approx. 39 miles

• BWI Transportation Site
• Amtrak to Union Station, then hop on the Metro Subway service
• Taxi/Uber/Lyft

Union Station - approx. 5 miles

• Metro Subway service
• Taxi/Uber/Lyft

Be sure to check out the websites provided for more information. Find what works best for you
and always travel smart!


What should I pack?

AOII hosts four days of International Convention. Each day offers a new opportunity to be the
best version of yourself and to get the most out of the experience. Before arrival, you may feel
overwhelmed with excitement and nerves as we prepare to dive into all things AOII. One of the
biggest questions is “what should I pack?!” Here’s our guide to making the most of your suitcase!

Wednesday, June 28th

Let’s kick off the extended weekend by wearing your letters as you travel to Washington, D.C.!
Welcome to D.C. Reception: Business Casual Attire
Candle Lighting and Opening Ritual: Proper Ritual Attire (see page 7)

Thursday, June 29th - Red & White Day

D.C. Breakfast and Business Session: Red and White Business Attire (appropriate for an interview)
Nationals Game and Free Time: Wear your AOII Letters or Strike Out Arthritis shirts!

Friday, June 30th

Educational Tracks, Panhellenic Luncheon and Business Session: Business Attire
Awards Banquet: Semi-Formal Attire

Saturday, July 1st

Closing Business Session: Business Attire
Closing Ritual: Proper Ritual Attire (see page 7)
Meet and Greet and Rose Banquet: Formal Wear (long or tea-length cocktail dress)

Don’t forget...

• Totebag
• Spending money for free time and Emporium shopping
• Stuffed panda bears – Bring these to donate to help AOII reach our goal of 800 pandas for the
2017 Juvenile Arthritis Conferences!
• AOII Life Loyal Members – Bring your Life Loyal pin and lanyard
• Delegates – Bring your copy of The Call to Convention that was mailed to you
Use of electronic devices is prohibited during Business Sessions; therefore, ALL Council members need
• 6to• bring a hard copy of The Call.

What should I pack
for Ritual?

Attire for Candle Lighting and Opening Ritual

All participants and observers will wear white skirts and blouses, or dresses, and black closed-
toe shoes EXCEPT those who have been notified by email that they have been chosen as
PARTICIPANTS for the Candle Lighting portion of the opening proceedings.

The individuals who are notified that they are PARTICIPANTS in the Candle Lighting Service will
wear black skirts and blouses, or dresses, and black closed-toe shoes.

Attire for Closing Ritual

All participants and observers will wear white skirts and blouses, or dresses, and black closed-
toe shoes.

Additional Details

• Proper Ritual attire is required for all participants and observers during the Rituals.
• Black closed-toe shoes will be worn for the Candle Lighting Service and Rituals during this
Convention! (White shoes, bare feet, ballet slippers, house slippers, athletic shoes, boots,
sneakers, sandals, flip flops, and shoes that create noise such as open-back shoes are not
• Clothing with modest necklines & skirts that won’t hang below the length of the robe should
be worn.
• No formals, semi-formals, trousers, slacks, or shorts should be worn.
• Undergarments that match skin color should be worn.
• No jewelry may be worn that might create distractions, such as large earrings, necklaces, or
noisy charm bracelets.
• The AOII badge must be worn. (Life Loyal pins are not worn by participants in the Rituals.)

*Scheduling note: The Welcome Dessert Reception, rehearsal for all participants in the Candle
Lighting Service and Opening Ritual, robing for Ritual participants, and the actual proceedings
will be held back-to-back (with no time elapsed between them). Participants in the Candle
Lighting Service and Opening Ritual should wear the specified attire to the Opening Program and
Welcome Dessert Reception.

As A Reminder...

Ritual Participants Candle Lighting Business Attire
and Observers Participants Only

Red & White Attire Formal/Semi-Formal Attire


Dr. Lori Hart!

Dr. Lori Hart is an initiate of our Delta Delta
Chapter at Auburn University where she
received a degree in education. She also
has her master’s degree in education and
a doctorate degree in higher education.
Lori has served AOII through AAC roles, as
a Regional Director, the Chairman of the
Education and Training Committee, and as
an NPC Alternate Delegate. Her love for AOII started early, as her mother is a proud initiate of our
Lambda Sigma Chapter at the University of Georgia. Both Lori and her mom continue that love
by giving to the AOII Foundation annually.

Currently, Dr. Hart serves as the Director of Education Initiatives for Holmes Murphy and
Associates Fraternal Association and Student Housing Practice. Most of us know her from her
speaking engagements at close to 70 campuses a year through The Catalyst Agency. Educating
about relationships, alcohol use and the fraternity and sorority experience, Dr. Hart has been
recognized by Activities Magazine as the “Female Performer of the Year” and “Speaker of the Year.”
She has been awarded countless honors from multiple organizations and councils, most recently
the Jack L. Anson Award from the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors.

Lori currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her son, daughter and two Golden Retriever dogs.

Alpha Omicron Pi is excited to welcome Dr. Lori Hart to speak at our Panhellenic Brunch, Friday,
June 30, 2017!


Are You Ready
To See The City?

Evening of June 29th

Strike Out Arthritis! with the Washington Nationals!

The Nationals play the Chicago Cubs on June 29th at 4:05 pm and AOII is going to be there!
With 1,000 seats reserved for us, AOII is going to be hard to miss as we support the Arthritis
Foundation and celebrate our partnerships with Major League Baseball teams. Enjoy the ball
park with your sisters!

Guided National Mall & Memorial Parks Tour

Following the Washington Nationals game
Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and U.S. Veterans, among
other notable figures, are all honored at the National Mall and Memorial Parks. Take this time
to soak in the history around you, learn something new, and enjoy the views of some of the
most notable monuments in the United States. For questions or more information about this
tour please contact Monica Grandorff, [email protected].

Morning of July 1st

Happy Canada Day!

Canada is celebrating 150 years since the enactment of the Constitution Act, 1867! This Act
united the three colonies to create what we know today as Canada. Celebrate with your
sisters and check out the Canadian Embassy in downtown D.C.!

Smithsonian’s National Zoo - opens at 8 am, free admission

When the zoo first opened in 1889, there was a small animal population being housed
including bison, badgers and deer. Today there are about 1,800 animals that the zoo houses
and cares for in the park. Their exhibits and conservation focuses include elephants, otters
and giant pandas! Spend some time at the Smithsonian National Zoo to see the animals of
the world all for free.

Smithsonian National Museum of American History - opens at 10 am, free admission

This is one of the most visited museums in Washington, D.C.! With exhibits highlighting the
First Ladies in the White House, the Star Spangled Banner, and pop culture favorites like
Indiana Jones, this museum will keep you busy all morning. New to open at the museum
this year include a tribute to Ella Fitzpatrick, a look into American democracy, and women in

• 10 •

Whether you’re a big-time foodie, want a good picture for Instagram, or just enjoy tasting
some local favorites, Washington, D.C. has it all. Check out these sweet treats and your not-so-
average breakfast!

Craving Something Sweet

Georgetown Cupcakes

You may know this bakery from TLC’s show D.C. Cupcakes, which features the shop and its
delicious cupcakes. While they have the classic red velvet, chocolate, and vanilla, they also
offer daily specials like peanut butter fudge and key lime pie. Each month, Georgetown
Cupcakes offers seasonal flavors as well! Be sure to check out their website to see what will be
offered when we’re in town!
Visit their website!

Olivia Macaron

As if the name didn’t say it all, Olivia Macaron is home to fresh, handmade macarons.
Blueberry cheesecake, fruity pebbles, and honey lavender flavors are just a few offered
daily. Seasonal flavors are offered as well. Be sure to try their rose macaron filled with white
chocolate ganache and has real rose extract!
Visit their website!

Rise and Shine

District Doughnut

“Fresh from scratch, every day.” This seems to be the theme with District Doughnut’s two
locations in D.C. So fresh, that they don’t have a standard menu, it changes seasonally and
even weekly! The spring menu included flavors like PB & J, cookies & cream, and cherry
blossom. They also serve two Compass Coffee blends, which is local to D.C. They suggest
ordering online and in advance to ensure you get your favorite doughnut flavors.
Visit their website!

Wicked Waffle

This waffle shop will make you rethink everything you’ve ever thought about a waffle. These
classic waffle combinations, savory or sweet, are taken to a whole new level. Their menu
includes waffle sandwiches ranging from grilled cheese, egg and bacon, to a chicken salad
sandwich. If you like your waffles sweet, they have favorites like Nutella banana, strawberry
cheesecake, and your classic sweet waffle. They also offer gluten free waffles!
Visit their website!

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AOII Foundation

Convention Matching Challenge

We’re doing it again! Make your donation count double during our Convention Matching
Challenge – make a donation to the AOII Foundation during Convention 2017 and have your gift
matched dollar for dollar. It’s your opportunity to get more bang for your buck – a $10 donation
becomes $20! The more you give, the bigger the match!

Honor a sister with a Rose Tribute!

You can purchase Rose Tributes for $5 each throughout Convention—stop by the AOII
Foundation table during Convention to place your order or visit our website at to place your order prior to Convention. Your honoree will receive a
note and an embroidered rose for her name badge!
Rose Tributes purchased Wednesday, May 31-Saturday, July 1 will be delivered throughout
Convention to the recipient’s packet.

*Please note that Rose Tribute purchases will not be counted toward the Matching Challenge.

Join the 1897 Society!

In honor of the founding year of our Fraternity, the AOII Foundation established the 1897 Society.
This leadership giving society is for members who donate a minimum of $1,897 annually to the
Loyalty Fund by June 30 of each year.
Members of the 1897 Society will be invited to an invitation-only breakfast during Convention
and will receive a special gift. Contact Jana Adkins at [email protected] prior to
Convention or visit us at our table during Convention to join the 1897 Society.

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Forever Friends

Honor the friendships you share through the Forever Friends program!

Forever Friends is a celebration of sisters who have made an impression upon your life or the
Fraternity. Who are your Forever Friends that you would like to honor?

For only $30, you can recognize a sister with this prestigious honor. All proceeds collected
through Forever Friends are designated to Collegiate Experience Department and will support
our collegiate chapters. By recognizing a sister, you invest in the future of AOII! It’s an easy way to
support the traditions of our Fraternity.

Forever Friends recipients will receive a certificate in their mailbox and pick up a special gift. All
who donate will also receive a donor button to wear this week and as a keepsake. Recipients
who are unable to attend Convention will receive their certificate and gift via mail following the

Orders placed before Convention must be received by June 5, 2017 or you can make a
purchase onsite. For more information or to place your order, contact Courtney West at
[email protected].

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Shop the Emporium!

Open daily for your shopping convenience during your stay in Washington, D.C.!

The Emporium will be open during vendor hours throughout Convention. Come prepared to
shop! There will be tons of new products to check out, along with some old favorites. Pre-order
Bid Day supplies by emailing [email protected] or visit the Emporium online at!

As a reminder, the sale of AOII merchandise at Convention is limited to the AOII Emporium and
Herff Jones. AOII merchandise is not to be sold at Convention by chapters or individuals to
support local AOII projects. These funds should be generated in your chapter’s community.

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