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“Although the Grand Convention is the legislative body of the fraternity, and important business matters will be taken care of here, it is much more. It is the living testament to the national fraternity bond which brings women of all ages together as friends and as equals; the sharing of friendship, companionship, and serious concerns.” Norma A. Jorgensen, The Kite, 1970


Coronado, Califorina
49th Convention, 1970

Wentworth-by-the-Sea, New Hampshire
50th Convention, 1972

"For some reason I appreciated the delegates of my own chapter more and I felt that I was a part of national Kappa Alpha Theta. What causes dear little old ladies to attend convention year after year or remain active in Theta is the idea of working together. Five hundred women of all shapes and sizes – with occasional times out for a few laughs, a few happy hours, and a few dips in the pool – jotted down new ideas to bring to home chapters, voted on legislation, and ran the business of Kappa Alpha Theta.”
Suzy Hagstrom, Omega/UC Berkeley, The Magazine, Autumn 1974, p. 42


Palm Beach, Florida
52nd Convention, 1976

"Patsy Warren Sheaff, advisory board chairman of Omega, and Jean MAcLaren Banta, advisory board chairman of Alpha Xi, just happened to end up as roommates at this convention. Upon learning each other’s maiden names, they realized that 38 years ago they had been undergraduates living in the Theta house at the University of Oregon. Patsy said, 'The hair and the teeth change, but the smile doesn’t.'" The Kite, 1976


Portland, Oregon
53rd Convention, 1978

Convention Charm
49th Convention, 1970

Coronado, California
49th Convention, 1970

Wentworth-by-the-Sea, New Hampshire
50th Convention, 1972

 

Scottsdale, Arizona
51st Convention, 1974

"Amidst the splendor and opulence of the Breakers, Maribel Savage Reynolds, Alpha Mu, attending convention as the delegate from Cleveland, was making a return trip to Palm Beach after 33 years. In 1943 the Breakers had been converted to Ream General Hospital, an army hospital for the seriously injured flown here from European battlefields. Here in the setting of lush natural beauty, young men began adjusting to grave wartime injuries. Ream General was the home of casualties with unusually serious problems. Just graduated from the University of Missouri, Maribel convinced the Red Cross that at age 21, she was not too young to be of service as a Grey Lady." The Magazine, Autumn 1976

"Four women had the foresight to understand life. They understood that it wasn’t the turbulence that formed the person but rather the helpful hand that helps one to pick up the pieces. Perhaps this sounds like superfluous rhetoric. If it is, why are here? Why do women devote hours of their so-called discretionary time to this organization? And how could I stand up here and tell you I am a far better person for the influence of Kappa Alpha Theta on me? Each one of us was selected with love and careful thought to perpetuate the ideals of Kappa Alpha Theta through time. We are the inspiration now. It is our responsibility to act at all times with love and careful thought and provide for our sisters the directing forces that have been given us.” Mary Ann Mullen, Alpha Gamma/Ohio State, The Kite, 1978

1970 - 49th Convention
Coronado, California
  • Centennial celebration.

1972 - 50th Convention

Wentworth-by-the-Sea, New Hampshire
  • Defined what it means to be a Theta "in good standing."

1974 - 51st Convention
Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Theme: The Best Is Yet to Be

1976 - 52nd Convention
Palm Beach, Florida
  • Provided for greater flexibility in extension work.
1978 - 53rd Convention
Portland, Oregon
  • Automated Chapter Accounting System (ACAS) adopted – first computer-assisted chapter finance system.