General Convention Becomes Biennial


During the 1874 Convention in Crawfordsville, Indiana, Indiana Gamma delegate William T. Mason suggested appointing a committee to report at the next Convention upon the feasibility of holding Conventions biennially instead of annually. The motion carried, and the committee appointed Mason as chairman.

On May 20, during the morning session of the 1875 Convention in Danville, Kentucky, the Committee on Biennial Conventions offered the following report:

We, your committee, would respectfully submit the following report: 1st, It is the unanimous expression of the committee that the Fraternity shall hold its National Conventions on each alternate year; 2d, We do further recommend that an assessment of two dollars per capita be levied and collected, as heretofore, on the first day of April 1876, and the funds appropriated as follows: One-fourth to be applied to the permanent fund, three-fourths to remain in the treasury as the general fund, subject to the call of the expenses of the Fraternity, as authorized by this Convention.