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Grand Arch Council2020-03-17T17:11:31+00:00

Grand Arch Council

80th Grand Arch Council heads to Minneapolis, MN

The Grand Arch Council (GAC) is a biennial event that serves as the supreme governing body of the Fraternity. Members come together in the spirit of democracy to cast votes on proposed amendments to ensure a strong future for Phi Kappa Psi. Attendees also nominate and elect Executive Council members to serve for the following two years and make committee recommendations to the Headquarters staff.

Undergraduate members and alumni alike come together not only to conduct business, but to reconnect with brothers from near and far. This tradition started in 1855, three years after the founding of Phi Kappa Psi. GAC has been taking place every two years across the country and has been consistent in delivering policies and decisions that support the advancement of Phi Kappa Psi.

GAC will take place Wednesday, July 15, 2020 – Saturday, July 18, 2020

Please find all pertinent information relating to GAC below. Check back often as this will be updated regularly.

Plans for GAC amidst COVID-19 concerns: Our facility contract for the GAC provides for a cancellation of our contract if the Center for Disease Control issues a Level 3 Travel Warning for the area. At this time, the Fraternity is operating under those parameters as the baseline for cancellation. If those parameters change, we will notify you of that contingency. Additionally, if the Grand Arch Council is cancelled because of a health event, it is anticipated all registration fees will be returned to our brothers and guests who pre-registered.

Hilton Minneapolis
1001 Marquette Avenue | Minneapolis, MN 55403
Room Rate: $175 a night

Click here to reserve a room within the room block for GAC 2020. Rooms must be secured using this unique link as the hotel is sold out outside of our event.

A note about the hotel room block:
As you prepare for your Grand Arch Council experience, we ask that you strongly consider using the host hotel. We have contracted with the hotel to hold guest rooms for the purpose of the GAC. The number of rooms requested is based on an average of rooms reserved at past Grand Arch Councils. In exchange for our commitment to filling the rooms, The Hilton has offered us a special rate of $175. As part of our agreement, we also receive GAC meeting space at no charge.

We understand that there are numerous options for lodging throughout the Minneapolis area, specifically with AirBnb. With that being said, our inability to meet our room block could create an added expense for Phi Kappa Psi. We hope that you will choose to support our commitment to the Hilton Minneapolis and future partners. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in July!

Click here to register for GAC 2020. Registration rates are as follows:

Early – $650 closes May 3
Regular – $700 closes June 30
On Site – $800

Early Guest Program – $350 closes May 3
Regular Guest Program – $400 closes June 30
On Site Guest Program – $500

Daily – $120*

Registration includes all events and meals. Guest Program participation is a separate expense. Members may have an opportunity to register for guest programs if space allows.

*Participants will be allowed to register for up to two (2) days using daily registration. Further attendance will require that participants pay the remaining balance of a full registration based on their original registration date.

On Wednesday, July 15, the Twin Cities Alumni Association and the Phi Kappa Psi Foundation invite our GAC attendees to the 2020 Founders’ Cup!

Played at the Les Bolstad Golf Course, home to the Minnesota Gophers Golf Team, the event will be a great opportunity to spend time with brothers, meet others from around the country and have fun before the official start of GAC. Transportation from and to the Hilton will be provided, and the registration fee includes Phi Kappa Psi giveaways, greens fees, cart and a post-round reception.

Click here to register if you are a local alumni only planning to play golf or attend the reception.

Click here to register while also registering for GAC.

Schedule

10:45am                       Departure from Hilton (if staying at Hilton for GAC)
11:00am-11:15am      Arrival at Les Bolstad Golf Course
11:45am                       Shotgun Tee Time
4:30pm                         Conclude
4:30pm-5:30pm          Reception and Awards Ceremony
5:30pm                         Departure from Les Bolstad Golf Course

Costs

$120 Single Golfer Registration
$390 Foursome Registration
$40 Post-Golf Reception Only

We realize that some members will be in search of GAC roommates. It is the Fraternity’s goal to make this as easy as possible for all who plan to attend. We have established a forum for members to connect with others who are seeking roommates. The Fraternity is not responsible for any pairings. The establishment of this forum is a way for members to connect with each other who may be in need of a roommate.

Looking for a roommate? Submit your information here.

View who else is looking for a roommate here.

We have created a Google Forum for members to gain feedback from others regarding their amendment proposals before formally submitting them for consideration by the GAC.
• If you have an idea, post it to the Google Forum to garner feedback and suggestions from interested brothers.
• Check the Google Forum often to provide constructive feedback to brothers who are developing amendment proposals.

This forum does not replace the process for officially submitting CBR proposed amendments. All official CBR proposed amendments must be submitted to the Attorney General no later than May 16, 2020.

Wednesday, July 15

11:00am-4:00pm      Founders’ Cup Golf Outing
1:00pm-7:00pm        GAC Registration
7:30pm-9:00pm        President’s Reception

Thursday, July 16

8:00am-9:30am        Welcome & General Session I
9:45am-12:00pm      Committee Meetings I
12:15pm-2:15pm      Awards Luncheon
2:30pm-3:30pm        District Meetings
3:45pm-6:00pm        Committee Meeting II

Friday, July 17

8:00am-10:00am      General Session II
10:30am-12:00pm    General Session III
12:00pm-2:00pm      Mentoring Luncheon
2:00pm-4:45pm        General Session IV
5:00pm-6:30pm        Model Initiation
6:30pm-7:30pm        Order of the SC and Guest Reception
7:30pm-10:00pm      Order of the SC Initiation and Dinner

Saturday, July 18

9:00am-12:00pm      General Session V
12:00pm-2:00pm      Lunch on your Own
2:00pm-5:00pm        General Session VI
7:00pm-8:00pm        Reception
8:00pm                       Final Banquet

Registration is transferable but non-refundable. Members are encouraged to transfer their registration to another member if plans change and they are unable to attend.

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