Theta Delta Chi’s 172nd Convention

Celebrating Beta Deuteron’s Centennial


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August 8-10 2019


Theta Delta Chi celebrates Beta Deuteron’s 100th Anniversary

Ames, Iowa plays host to Theta Delta Chi’s 172nd Annual Convention, August 8-10th. The centennial celebration will include a visit to Beta Deuteron’s historic and newly renovated Charge house for a reception and tour. Fun will be had by all as Theta Delts converge on the Iowa State Fair en masse, making this Convention one to remember. Combined with a golf tournament to remember, this Convention is not one to miss.

The Gateway Hotel & Conference Center

$129 A Night

The Hotel

The Gateway Hotel & Conference Center will be our Convention headquarters. Book your rooms directly with the hotel before July 11th to enjoy a room rate as low as $129 a night. Make sure you tell them you are with Theta Delta Chi! Reservations must be made via telephone, so call 515-292-8600, and book today!

Our two General Business Sessions on Thursday and Saturday, as well as our President of the Grand Lodge Reception and Grand Banquet Saturday night, will be held at this venue.

2100 Green Hills Drive | Ames, Iowa 50014 | 515-292-8600 | Fax 515-268-2224


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Kick Off

Welcome Reception

Join Theta Delts and guests on Thursday evening after the 1st General Business session for a fun casual gathering! The welcome reception is an opportunity to meet and socialize with conventioneers. As this Convention is also celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Beta Deuteron expect the Charge’s alumni to be out in full force! The event will be at Perfect Games. Guests who purchase a full registration will enjoy bowling, dinner, and transportation to the venue.

Iowa State Fair

Theta Delts at the Fair

Our Convention coincides with the kick-off to the Iowa State Fair. With over a million visitors, the Iowa State Fair is one of the largest and best known state fairs in the United States! Get a taste of what it’s like to be an Iowan with the state’s signature event. Ride the big slide, share a corn dog, earn a purple ribbon, watch performers and learn about the history. You can’t miss the Iowa State Fair.

We will be gathering all delegates and full registrants in the morning to embark on a journey to Des Moines. We will be providing transportation to all delegates and full registrants to the Annual Convention as well as meal tickets at the event. We will gather in the lobby of the Gateway Hotel on Friday, August 9th at 8:00 AM. Buses will leave no later than 8:30 AM and will return at 3:30 PM.

This event will also be ideal for kids. Whether it’s jumping into a hands-on Blue Ribbon Kids activity, pretending to be a farmer at Little Hands on the Farm or whirling on a ride, the fair has enough kid-friendly activities to keep families busy. So come for Convention and stay for the following week. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity!

217 Ash

Beta Deuteron’s Historic Home

Join us Friday evening at the historic Beta Deuteron house at 217 Ash Ave. for a relaxing night of renewing our social joys. Wind down after our day-long exploration of the Iowa State Fair and memorial service of brothers past at the Omega Service. Join a personal tour of the recently renovated residence if you are interested, witnessing a century of fraternal local history, or enjoy one of many food options to be provided throughout the evening as you renew the social joys with brothers from across North America. Transportation to the house and back to the hotel is provided to those with full registrations.


The Family

Reiman Gardens

Looking for something to do in nature? Rieman Gardens at the Iowa State University provides a look into nature in Iowa. Located there is a large Garden Gnome, Elwood. Take the family to see flowers, butterflies and swing by Elwood. This will not be a scheduled Convention event.

General Admission Fees:
• $9 general admission
• $8 for seniors ages 65 and up
• $4.50 for youth ages 2-12
• Free for youth under 2
• Members from participating American Horticultural Society Reciprocal Admissions Program institutions receive two complimentary general admissions OR one general admission and two youth (2-12) admissions.

The Omega Service

St. Thomas Aquinas Church and Catholic Student Center

On Friday evening, Brothers and guests are invited to join us for the Omega Service, officiated by Brother Patrick Tiernan, Chi Triton ’99 . Begun in 1904, it is an opportunity to reflect on our 172-year-old brotherhood as we commemorate those who have passed during the year into the halls of the Omega Charge. The non-denominational memorial service which will include the reading of the Omega Roll by the 142nd Grand Lodge and will include a special remembering of former Executive Director William A. McClung, who recently entered Omega.  St. Thomas Aquinas Church and Catholic Student Center is located at  

 2210 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50014

Golf Tournament

At The Coldwater Links Golf Course

August 8th, 2019, 08:30 AM

Swing and socialize at Coldwater Links Golf Course with fellow Theta Delts! A great way to kick off the 2019 Convention on Thursday, August 8th. Golf will start at 8:30 AM.
Not a great golfer? No worries, we have prizes for all ability groups boasting both the shortest drives and longest drives. No golf balls? No problem. You get a free sleeve of balls to help get you on your way. For the entry fee, you will receive a golf cart, greens fees, a sleeve of balls, a basket of practice balls to warm-up and best of all, time to spend with fellow brothers from across the United States and Canada. Spouses welcome. Club rentals will be an additional $25 if needed. The course only has four sets available for rental, you can call ahead to reverse a set. If no rental clubs are available clubs may be shared. 
You can also sponsor an undergraduate as well to play. 

Convention Registration 

Want to Pay by check?

You can pay by check and incur no fees! Make checks payable to “The Grand Lodge of Theta Delta Chi” and send to Theta Delta Chi, 214 Lewis Wharf, Boston MA 02110. Please write your order, name, and email on a piece of paper and include it with your check.

172nd Convention, Iowa