2018 Convention & Gathering

2018 Convention & Gathering

November 9-11, 2018
Crowne Plaza Phoenix Airport

We look forward to seeing you at the Crowne Plaza in November.  We pray this convention/gathering event will inform you, inspire you, motivate you, uplift you and be FUN!  It’s not too soon to begin planning to attend.

Download and print our English version Registration-Form

Or, download and print our Spanish Registration Form.

Online registration is now available.  You can register online and pay by credit card, or register online and pay by check.  Click here.

Voting members must register by September 17 in order that you receive convention materials 30 days in advance.  All others need to register by October 16.  No refunds after October 16, but you can “gift” or transfer your registration.  Our registrar’s contact information is on the paper and online registration options.  Let her know of any changes or updates.

Book your hotel reservations at 1-855-729-6011.  Identify yourself as “GC SWO Biennial Convention” to get our convention room rate, which is the room rate, not the per-person rate.  Room rates include a $10 coupon for breakfast at the hotel.  Room reservation deadline is October 16, 2018.

You may also book your hotel directly from this online link:  Book Crowne Plaza Hotel

The women of our Grand Canyon Synod will meet in convention (business) on Friday afternoon, November 9, 2018.  Following our convention meeting, we’ll kick off a Gathering event on Friday evening, continuing on Saturday, and ending with worship on Sunday morning.  This is a week-end filled with renewal, worship, music, learning and fun!  Check back often for our event schedule as information becomes available.

Each congregational unit in our synod is eligible to send one (1) voting member to the convention (business meeting) portion of our event.  We are planning to begin our convention at 1:30 pm on Friday and will conclude by approximately 5 pm.

Officer and Board Elections:  A Call for Nominations is extended for those women who are interested in serving on our synod women’s board as an officer or a board member.  We will elect all four officers (president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer) as well as eight board members.  You can download information about the various board positions and the nomination form from this link:  2018 GCWELCA Nomination Info and form

2020 Triennial Voting Member Elections:  Nominations are also being sought for women who would like to serve as voting members to the 11th Triennial Convention of Women of the ELCA, to be held in Phoenix on July 14-16, 2020.  Because we only meet in convention every two years, we need to elect our four Triennial Voting Members at our November 2018 meeting.  You can download the nomination form from this link:  2020 Triennial Voting Member Nomination

Scholarship Opportunities.  There are several scholarship opportunities available to make it possible for women to attend our event.  These include the “Today’s Katie Scholarship,” a “June Klar Scholarship,” and scholarships from our Conferences.  Download complete information from this link:  2018 Scholarships Information