Saturday, April 19, 2008

Alpha Chi National Council Meeting and 2009 National Convention

April 2-6, I spent at the Hyatt Regency in Indianapolis, attending the Alpha Chi National Council meeting. As Secretary-Treasurer, I serve on the National Council and at the meeting also served as a judge for this National Honor Society's H. Y. Benedict Fellowships of $2,500, of which the society gives a dozen.

Hyatt Regency in Indianapolis

Read more here about Alpha Chi's generous and various scholarships.

In addition, I serve on the Convention Planning Committee. And early next April, Alpha Chi will hold its 2009 National Convention at the Hyatt Regency in Indianapolis; I will supply the specific dates in the near future. When time permitted, I walked around Indianapolis and visited places such as the Eiteljorn Museum of American Indians and Western Art and beautiful Liberty Field, where I watched cross-town rivals Marist College and Butler University play baseball.

All the places I visited, from the monument dedicated to War Veterans pretty much in the city center, to the memorial to Medal of Honor Winners along the beautiful
canal, require only a short walk from the hotel.

I put together a slide show that features many of the attractions the city offers everyone who attends the conference. The pictures presently on my Gallery Collection also includes views from inside
the Hyatt and of the National Council Meeting, featuring all who took part in the meeting--including the new Student Representatives, who play a huge role in organizing the conference.

You can also download any pictures that interest you.

I enjoyed the time in Indianapolis with the council members and believe that Indianapolis offers an excellent environment for next year's Alpha Chi National Convention.

To showcase some of the excellent attractions within a sort walk from the hotel, I created the following video from images you will also find in the slide show. Among other things, I enjoyed the Indianapolis Canal Walk, the Indiana State Museum, the State Building, NCAA Headquarters, the Indiana State Historical Society, and the USS Indianapolis War Memorial, all located along the Canal Walk--you can rent a canal boat; click on the preceding picture of the boat in the canal to get a good idea of what these craft look like.

At the start of the Canal Walk, you will also find White River State Park, a most
pleasant place through which to wander--or you can rent a multiple-person bicycle vehicle with which to explore the area.

Not far from the entrance to the White River State Park, walking over a bridge to the other side of the White River lands you at the
Indianapolis Zoo and, a place that I enjoyed a good deal, the White River Gardens, which features a botanical garden full of all manner of butterflies and a fine place to sit down to watch the whirl of colorful wings of all manner of sizes and colors.

In addition to these and many other features, Indianapolis offers other and interesting fare, from theater to steaks. All to say that I look forward to next year's conference at which those who attend will also have an opportunity to visit the site of the Indianapolis 500.

Take a look at the following brief film made from images I took during breaks at the National Council Meeting.

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