It’s that time of year again; brothers near and wide will be convening at the 2018 National Leadership Institute in Chicago, Illinois starting Thursday. The HYPE will descend upon the Windy City and the conference committee has a great convention planned for all delegates.

Our 7Visions blogger wanted to delve into the excitement brothers are expressing regarding this year’s conference and so we asked brothers what their most memorable moment at a National Leadership Institute or National Convention has been. This is what some of these Knights had to say.

  • “I would say my first Nationals in San Antonio 2015. I was neo back then and I was able to meet 3 out of the 7 Founders who started ODPhi and a Charter member. It was amazing meeting them and conversing with them. Also, it was my first Nationals and I was experiencing what I was told when I was recruited. That I would meet bros from different states, backgrounds, age, and ethnicities, bond like true brothers. I was able to see the brotherhood in wider aspect. Ever since then I’ve always encourage our neos to try to attend big brotherhood events like Nationals, NLI, or Regionals” said Hedgar Giron, from the Beta Alpha Chapter at Northeastern Illinois University.
  • JJ Chapa, chairman of the National Alumni Association and Alpha Chapter alum expressed the following: “The best memory of nationals that I have is when i got to catchup with Dwight Christopher Forbes, Abel Mendoza and Joe Cereceres at Nationals In San Antonio. It was great being around many of the founders and just talking like we did in years back. Their vision on leadership is priceless. We are lucky we can still talk with our founders and that they make a committment to stay engaged with our brotherhood”.
  • “I went to nationals right before my first semester as a brother and I guess seeing the hype and chapters winning awards made me motivated to help my then colony strive and prosper” said a brother who wished to remain anonymous.
  • “My favorite memory is from 2017 Nationals in Dallas, when all the brothers came together to celebrate our 30 year a