Conclave in Kansas City!

It’s an exciting time to be affiliated with FarmHouse Fraternity! One way to be a part of this excitement and experience it first-hand is by attending the Fraternity’s 50th Biennial Conclave, July 25-28, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri

You don’t want to miss this opportunity to be a part of FarmHouse history, network and (re)connect with brothers, take part in informative educational programming to better yourself or improve your chapter, learn what’s happening within higher education, agriculture, business and the fraternal movement, add your voice to the discussion and dialogue during the business meeting, explore Kansas City with brothers and friends, and experience all that fraternal affiliation as a member of FarmHouse Fraternity offers.

RATES & REGISTRATION

Chapter Member Full Week (includes rooming)  – $500

Association Delegate  – $500

Alumni attendee – $415

 

Alumni Attendees are responsible for booking your own accommodations at the Conclave host hotel, Downtown Marriot Kansas City. Designated chapter voting delegates will be housed with other delegates and reservations will be made on their behalf as well. No registrations will be accepted after July 13, 2018. Cancellations may be accepted until July 13, however, any cancellations received after July 13, will be refunded at a 50% rate.

OUR HOST HOTEL

Our host hotel while in Kansas City is the Downtown Marriott. A special room rate of $145/night is offered to Conclave guests. Book your room by July 5 to receive this rate. For safety and security all Conclave attendees are expected to stay at the host hotel. All programs, meal functions, meetings and educational sessions will be held on-site.

WHAT IS CONCLAVE AND WHO ATTENDS?

Conclave is the biennial gathering of our brotherhood to discuss the important and relevant issues facing our Fraternity, executive collective governance of FarmHouse through the delegate process and our Fraternity’s brotherhood. Conclave was first held in 1917 and this year marks the 50th time we’ve gathered as a Fraternity. Anyone is welcome! Each chapter and association is required to send a voting delegate; however, all chapter members and alumni brothers are encouraged to join us and learn from one another.

SILENT AND LIVE AUCTION

One way to show your support, regardless of whether you can attend, is through the donation of an item for the FarmHouse Foundation’s silent and live auctions. Throughout the week attendees will bid on fantastic items – perfect for college students, alumni members, friends or family members – through the silent auction. Then Conclave culminates on Saturday night with the long-running tradition of the Live Auction. To donate an item, contact Allison Rickels, FarmHouse Foundation, allison@farmhouse.org, (800) 722-1905. All proceeds from the silent and live auctions benefit the FarmHouse Foundation and the educational programming offered at Conclave.

VOTING DELEGATES AND BUSINESS MEETING

The official business of the Fraternity is also conducted during the  Opening and Closing Business meetings. Voting delegates, in good-standing with the International Fraternity, will be seated for all recognized FarmHouse Chapters and Associations. To be in good standing, a Chapter or Association must be current in all financial obligations to the International Fraternity. Official voting delegates are to be identified no later than June 1. Amendments to the current by-laws may be submitted up to July 25. Known legislation proposed for consideration will be provided in advance to all delegates for their review prior to Conclave.

CELEBRATE FARMHOUSE

Conclave is a celebration of all things FarmHouse! At this Conclave we will celebrate the achievements of the last biennium, discuss the plans over the next biennium, recognize the outstanding accomplishments of our chapters and loyal alumni, honor our most esteemed alumni and congratulate the newly elected leadership of our brotherhood to the International Executive Board. We want you to be a part of this Conclave celebration!

8:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Registration/ Help Desk

KC Marriott Downtown Second-Floor Coat Check. Come check-in, pickup name tags and become Conclave official!

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Student Arrival

KC Marriott Downtown Second-Floor Coat Check. Come check-in, pickup name tags and become Conclave official!

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Student Leadership Experience

Truman Library - White House Decision Center. Retrace President Harry S. Truman's steps as he responded to North Korea crossing into South Korea. Lunch Provided

5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Opening Event at Chicken N Pickle

Join other alumni, students, staff and volunteers as we kick off our Conclave with a barbecue buffet and Pickle Ball. Food and games included with event cost.

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Free Night

Following our opening event, you're free to explore Kansas City and maybe even catch the tail end of Hot Country Nights in the Power & Light District.

9:00 PM - 10:15 PM

VIP Reception

KC Marriott Downtown. 12th Street Room. Christian Wiggins, FarmHouse Fraternity CEO, and Allison Rickels, FarmHouse Foundation CEO, will help start a conversation about where FarmHouse is going and how we plan to get there. Cash bar and desserts.

8:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Registration/ Help Desk

KC Marriott Downtown Second-Floor Coat Check. Come check-in, pickup name tags and become Conclave official!

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Chapter Consultations

Excelsior Feedback and Blue Print Check-In

8:15 AM - 9:30 AM

Future of Fraternity Breakfast

Marriott Count Basie B/B1 & C/C1. North-American Interfraternity Conference CEO, Judson Horras, will address all attendees over breakfast about recent incidents profiled in the meida and share the industry's efforts on improving the safety of our students

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Opening Business Session

Marriott Count Basie A/A1. Opening Business.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Education Session (Advisors) - Understanding Trends in Higher Education

Mary Lou Williams A/B. The landscape for our campus partners and fraternities is changing quickly. Enrollment trends, student demographics, mental health, parent involvement, federal regulation/compliance, and financial models are just a few of the areas where we can expect continued turbulence and chance. Come hear from a seasoned student affairs leader what has been taking place and what is to come.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Education Session (Associations) - Understanding Trends in Higher Education

Mary Lou Williams A/B. The landscape for our campus partners and fraternities is changing quickly. Enrollment trends, student demographics, mental health, parent involvement, federal regulation/compliance, and financial models are just a few of the areas where we can expect continued turbulence and chance. Come hear from a seasoned student affairs leader what has been taking place and what is to come.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Education Session (Students) - Six Ways to Make a Lasting Impression

Big Joe Turner A. Potential new members...potential employers...potential friends...They all size you up in a matter of minutes during your first interaction. Will you stand out? Will you impress? Will you be memorable? Join this entertaining and hands-on session based in part of the legendary writing and teaching of leadership pioneer Dale Carnegie blended with Patrick Alderdice's 25 years of relationship-building success. A "cannot miss" opportunity for anyone who wants to master the art of making lasting impressions on the people we meet!

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Education Session (Students) - Financial Planning 101: How to Achieve Life Goals

Big Joe Turner B. Learn the basics of saving, investing and building a financial plan that will achieve your goals and be flexible as life throws curve balls.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Education Session (Chapters) - FarmHouse 2020 and Beyond

Count Basie A/A1. Higher education and fraternity life is changing faster than ever. FarmHouse is adjusting its business plan, resources and structure to reflect these changes and be prepared to lead in a tumultuous time.

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Fraternity Awards Luncheon

Marriott Count Basie B/B1 & C/C1. A lunch and learn with recognition of those around the table. A time to recognize our 2017 Ruby Cup recipient and present a few new awards.

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Business Session

Marriott Count Basie A/A1. Business Continues.

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Education Session (IEB/Trustees) - Understanding Trends in Higher Education

Bennie Moten A/B. The landscape for our campus partners and fraternities is changing quickly. Enrollment trends, student demographics, mental health, parent involvement, federal regulation/compliance, and financial models are just a few of the areas where we can expect continued turbulence and chance. Come hear from a seasoned student affairs leader what has been taking place and what is to come.

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Education Session (Advisors) - Understanding Trends in Litigation

Mary Lou Williams A/B. Fraternity litigation is at an all-time high. All volunteers are invited to this closed-door session with our legal counsel to hear what's going on in the industry and how it impacts you, your chapter and FarmHouse.

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Education Session (Associations) - Understanding Trends in Litigation

Mary Lou Williams A/B. Fraternity litigation is at an all-time high. All volunteers are invited to this closed-door session with our legal counsel to hear what's going on in the industry and how it impacts you, your chapter and FarmHouse.

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Education Session (Students) - Building and Maintaining a Network for a Successful and Enriching Life

Big Joe Turner A. Having a strong network makes you more competitive and helps you have a fuller life. But how do you start a network? Have you wondered how some people seem to be naturally good at connecting with others? What about how to manage your ever growing network? This panel of networking experts will share the tips that make them successful.

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Education Session (Chapters) - Implementing OmegaFi in our Chapters

Count Basie A/A1. Want to know how OmegaFi will help make your chapter function more smoothly and efficiently? The presenters will help students better understand the benefits of OmegaFi's products.

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Education (IEB/Trustees) - Developing a Relationship Statement

Bennie Moten A/B. The Boards will work through a joint-CEO facilitated session to begin drafting a relationship statement that outlines how the organizations connect.

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Education Session (Advisors) - Understanding Your Insurance Coverage

Mary Lou Williams A/B. More than ever volunteers should understand what insurance is available to cover themselves and the students they advise and assets they manage. Liability, directors & officers and other insurance policy coverage will be reviewed in depth.

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Education Session (Associations) - Understanding Your Insurance Coverage

Mary Lou Williams A/B. More than ever volunteers should understand what insurance is available to cover themselves and the students they advise and assets they manage. Liability, directors & officers and other insurance policy coverage will be reviewed in depth.

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Education Session (Students) - Lymphoma and our Efforts to Strengthen our Philanthropy Work

Big Joe Turner A. Hear a Lymphoma survival story and learn about how your chapter can build a stronger relationship with our national philanthropies, LLS and Be the Match.

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Education Session (Students) - Motivating the Middle

Count Basie A/A1. It's the leadership strategy that will set you free. Stop spending so much time worrying about your disengaged "bottom third" brothers who cause drama or never show up. Stop leaning so heavily on your officers and leaders who contribute to the point of exhaustion. It's time to start focusing on the middle third: the men who care about your chapter but need to be managed in a specific way to make a meaningful contribution to your chapter's success. Based on his best-selling book, T.J. will help you understand how to shift that focus and tap into the awesome potential of your middle third brothers.

5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Group Night Out and Memorial/Vesper Service

Join us at the Nation’s only National WWI Memorial and Museum as we explore our Nation’s role in The Great War and hold a memorial service for FarmHouse brothers who have passed way during the last biennium.

8:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Help Desk

KC Marriott Downtown Second-Floor Coat Check.

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Master Builder Breakfast Panel

Marriott Count Basie B/B1 & C/C1. Start your day by feeding your stomach and soul through the stories of our 2018 Master Builders.

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

The Ruby Society Presents: Lessons in Leadership

Foyer and Count Basie A/A1. Undergraduate donors to the 2018 Ruby Society are invited to this special “Lessons in Leadership” session with Philanthropy Laureate Award recipients, Master Builders and past Foundation Chairmen, Jim Herbert (TN 61) and Jim Tobin (IA 76). They will tell stories and share leadership lessons they have learned in their distinguished careers, where they have built and led successful agribusiness companies. They will share the importance of networking, mentoring, and the role FarmHouse plays in their personal and professional lives.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Education Session (IEB/Trustees) - Understanding Trends in Litigation

Bennie Moten A/B. Fraternity litigation is at an all-time high. All IEB Directors and Trustees are invited to this closed-door session with our legal counsel to hear what's going on in the industry and how it impacts FarmHouse at the Board level.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Education Session (Advisors) - HIPPOS and HAMMERS: Considering the Entrepreneurial Support Model for Success and Chapter Advising

Big Joe Turner A. As men, we often go immediately to a solution. We are hammers searching for nails. But, does that perspective work well when advising student leaders? How can we better position ourselves to earn the trust of the student leaders we advise? By treating them like entrepreneurs. In this session, we will discuss how advisors can become empathetic listeners, trusted coaches, and valued resources for today's chapter leader. When we shut up and listen, we can become a vital bridge in the path to a chapter's success. Taking lessons from the business world and best practices of economic development, we will identify and discuss how we can shift our idea of the role of today's chapter advisor and empower our youngest leaders to build the best chapters possible.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Education Session (Associations) - Understanding Meaningful Philanthropy

Big Joe Turner B. Provides knowledge and skills to understand donor motivations and fulfill investments in fraternity initiatives.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Education Session (Chapters) - Understanding Excelsior

Count Basie A/A1. Tips, tools and tricks to becoming a three star chapter and the best ways to share the great things we do with the world.

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Volunteer Appreciation Lunch and Keynote

Marriott Count Basie B/B1 & C/C1. It takes more than good food to build a man . . . Join us as we recognize the amazing volunteers that support our students daily.

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Education Session (IEB/Trustees) - Fundraising Training

Bennie Moten A/B. Helps trustees understand philanthropy, the donor development process, and the role of board members and volunteers in fundraising.

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Education Session (Advisors) - GIVE AND GET: Building and Nurturing a Strong Advising Team

Big Joe Turner A. Again and again, we have learned that one of the most critical elements of a successful undergraduate fraternity chapter is the presence of engaged, informed, and effective alumni advisors. Whether it's the chapter advisor, or someone serving in a specific role, these caring volunteers can have a significant impact on financial viability, risk management, hazing prevention, and the creation of an environment where living, learning, and responsible socializing occur. For the best outcomes to occur, there must be a commitment to effective training, strong communication, and attention to the experience of serving in the volunteer role. If we expect our volunteers to invest time and have tough discussions with student members, we have to support them and help them craft an experience of value. Only then can they advocate, confront, communicate, collaborate, resolve conflicts, and manage crises effectively. In this session, we will share ideas about the give and the get. What do we expect them to give? What should they expect to get? And, how do intentionally commit to value in both directions?

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Education Session (Associations) - Navigating the Ins and Outs of Housing Lending

Big Joe Turner B. When housing grants for the educational portion of a chapter house isn't enough funding to build or renovate, often associations need permanent financing – many times seeking a local bank’s help at a high interest rate or struggle to find financing. In response to this need, the FarmHouse Foundation created the Chapter Housing Loan Program (CHLP). Come learn from the CHLP Committee, comprised of professional lending and finance experts, about the CHLP; building funds; lending best practices; challenges, concerns and unique situations they’ve seen for associations; and hear their advice, tips and expertise to set your association up for success in securing its next mortgage loan.

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Education Session (Students) - Be the Best You: Building a Personal Brand

Mary Lou Williams A/B. Your personal brand follows you for your life and builds day over day and year over year. How are you making decisions that enforce that brand or detract from it? What activities can you do and what resources can you seek out that help build a stronger and more intentional personal brand? This session will launch you forward in being the best you can be.

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Education Session (Chapters) - Recruitment Secrets - A Student Panel on Best Practices

Count Basie A/A1. Come hear first-hand the recruitment secrets and tips from other FarmHouse chapters.

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Honorary Member Initiation

Count Basie C/C1. They may not be spring chickens, but we’re welcoming five distinguished faces to the Fraternity.

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Closing Business Meeting, including Memorial Minutes and New Business and remarks from outgoing officers

Marriott Count Basie A/A1. Business Concludes.

5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Chapter Specific Receptions

Marriott Count Basie Foyer.

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Foundation Chairman' s Reception

KC Marriott Downtown. 12th Street Room. Invitation only for Foundation's Chairman Club members.

7:15 PM - 9:15 PM

Conclave Closing Banquet

Marriott Count Basie B/B1 & C/C1. Put a fork in it as we wrap up Conclave and celebrate our biennium with a live auction, induction of Master Builders and Philanthropy Laureates.