FARMHOUSE offers a variety of programs and conferences throughout the year to meet the needs of our members and volunteers
The FarmHouse Conclave is the biennial gathering of all chapter and alumni association delegates from throughout North America. The legislative portion of the Conclave sets policy, conducts business and gives direction to the Fraternity for the next two years. In addition to the many educational programs, Conclave programming features keynote speakers, entertainment, cultural activities, and opportunities for networking with members from every chapter.
The STAR Member Experience aims to enhance personal responsibility, while promoting the continued social fellowship opportunities afforded through chapter events and activities. Teams of trained volunteers and staff help deliver the curriculum for each component of STAR each semester through an on-campus, in-person workshop for the entire chapter.
First held in 2009, the To Be and Become…Emerging Talent Retreat is a 3-day outdoor adventure program hosted at Camp Heartland, just outside Kansas City. To Be and Become is specifically developed for FarmHouse men who have completed their new member education experience within the academic year and is held in late May annually. The retreat allows for one man from each chapter to attend.
FarmHouse Leadership Institute (FLI) is designed to provide leadership training and build a platform for chapter leaders to promote growth and change at their chapters. The Institute includes sessions on leadership, motivation, risk management, and strategic planning among other topics. This 4-day program builds on each piece of curriculum and culminates by developing a plan for improvement at each chapter. Held in Kansas City, Mo. each January.
FarmHouse men are called to show our promise of service to our fellow men and to the world. This international service immersion trip held at the end of the academic year is an outstanding opportunity to experience personal growth, develop a greater cultural perspective, and apply skills in much-needed relief areas of the world. The week-long trip is led by a team of facilitators to Honduras in partnership with Heart to Honduras, as the coordinating aid organization.
So that the fraternity may continue to expand and grow our membership, FarmHouse GROWS specifically addresses the identification, recruitment, and retention of members. This program is held over a weekend in Kansas City, MO on a biennial basis in even-number years, in late January.
This educational program is designed to support volunteers in support of chapters, committees of the International Fraternity, house corporation boards, alumni advisors, alumni association officers and campus advisors. Networking, resources, case studies and educational resources are shared through a day of programming at each biennial Conclave. In years opposite of Conclave, VLS is a weekend workshop held at the National 4-H Center in Washington, DC.
The goals of each Regional Leadership Conference (RLC) is to explore leadership topics, address risk management issues, and provide a forum for chapter members to informally share ideas while developing a broader sense of brotherhood beyond the local chapter. The conference focuses on topics that directly relate to chapters such as recruitment, membership education, and alumni relations. Additionally, each RLC focuses on personal development for members through career focused sessions and a local cultural activity. Held in three regional locations biennially in February during odd-numbered years.