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Attachment U ~ Sample Convention Guidelines

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    The printed program presented by the ___________ shall be the Official Program of the Convention once adopted by the delegates.

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    Brothers registering for the Convention must present a current Pass Card, Life Membership Plate or Special Pass Card signed by the appropriate convention officer.

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    Delegates shall present their credentials to the Committee on Rules and Credentials to be certified. The credentials required are, the Convention Badge, Current Pass Card, Life Membership Plate, or Special Pass Card.

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    All chapter financial obligations to the General Office/Region/District must be paid, and the completion of a Balanced Scorecard and Chapter Directory must be verified prior to certification of any of the Chapters’ Delegates.

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    Delegates shall be seated in the section of the assembly hall “designated for delegates” by the Chief Sergeant-at-Arms and shall be identified by a Convention Badge bearing their name and the “DELEGATE over-print certification stamp” applied by the Committee on Rules and Credentials.

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    There shall be an easily identifiable space between the seating areas for delegates and other brothers in general attendance.

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    Other Brothers shall be seated in other specified sections of the assembly hall.

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    All registered Brothers shall have the same rights and privileges of Delegates, except the right to vote on agenda items and in the election.

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    At the opening of each business session, the Committee on Rules and Credentials shall give a status report to the assembly on all certified delegates at the convention.

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    A record of eligible voters certified by the Rules and Credentials Committee shall constitute the Of icial Voting strength of the Convention.

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    In a scheduled assembly, the necessity of “a quorum” shall apply to the sessions’ conduct of business and organic legislation.

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    One-fourth of the registered delegates shall constitute “a quorum”, as provided in the Constitution and By-laws of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

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    Past General Presidents, General Officers and Committee Chairmen who are not seated on the dais shall be seated on the first and/or second rows of the section designated for delegates.

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    The Parliamentarian shall be seated on the dais next to the presiding officer, who will normally be seated to the right of the podium.

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    There shall be at least two (2) Sergeants-at-Arms at the entrance to the assembly hall to facilitate admission and to maintain order.

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    Entrance and exit to the assembly shall be through the main door(s) designated by the Sergeant-at- Arms.

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    No Brother may be admitted to a Convention Business Session without Alpha Attire (Coat and tie) and a Convention Badge.

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    There shall be no verbal reports of Officers or Committee/Commission Chairmen - except the General President, and essential “working committees” of the convention, who may provide preliminary updates on their areas.

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    Of icers and Committee/Commission Chairmen shall be allowed no more than five (5) minutes for emphasis, summaries and recommendations of their reports.

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15th Draft 9/18/07

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