The brothers of the Phi Delta Chi pharmacy fraternity, Alpha Delta chapter at VCU School of Pharmacy, attended their 68th Grand Council meeting in Buffalo, N.Y., the first week of August.
Brothers Hillary Hudgins, Lauren Lakdawala, Melissa Rees and Tyler Stevens (chapter advisor) attended the national meeting, which occurs every other year. The Grand Council brings together collegiate and alumni brothers from 72 different chapters at pharmacy schools and colleges across the country. More than 300-plus brothers attended the five-day meeting, which focused on developing leadership skills, networking with other chapters and conducting business fraternity.
In addition to electing our national officers, Brother Melissa Rees was elected as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Correspondent for the upcoming year. The regional correspondent serves as a liaison between the national office and 12 regional chapters to promote achievement and foster brotherhood among chapters in the mid-Atlantic region (Virginia, Tennessee, Maryland and North Carolina).
To offset business meetings, numerous social outings around Buffalo took place, including a Niagara Falls trip, fraternity bar crawl and, of course, visits to Anchor Bar, the birthplace of the buffalo wing.
Current PDC President (Worthy Chief Counselor) Lauren Lakdawala reflected on her Grand Council experience as “nothing less than awesome! Meeting brothers from across the country only solidified the meaning of brotherhood upheld by Phi Delta Chi. I made connections both professionally and personally that will last a lifetime. I am truly honored to be a part of this fraternity, one that fosters future leaders in the pharmacy profession.”
The awards banquet culminated the weeklong fun, honoring chapters for upholding the mission and values of Phi Delta Chi. Alpha Delta received The Dale W. Doerr 100% Achievement Award for the third consecutive year, which recognizes chapters for upholding the framework of the fraternity. For the second year in a row, the chapter received first place for the John D. Grabenstein Leadership Award, recognizing our individual and collective accomplishments that demonstrate leadership qualities.
These accomplishments, along with recognition for our chapter publication, scholastic development, brotherhood and professional projects, garnered Alpha Delta sixth place overall in The Emory W. Thurston Grand President’s Award. Lastly, Tyler Stevens received the Chapter Advisor of the Year Award for his exemplary role in guiding collegiate brothers in their development of organizational skills, leadership ability and personal competence.
On receiving his award, Stevens said he found himself to be “very humbled and honored to be recognized. During my tenure as PDC advisor, I have been blessed with having excellent students, friends and leadership within the organization.”
The Phi Delta Chi brothers are very excited to be recognized for their contributions and are looking forward to another successful year!