According to Merriam-Webster the definition of conclave is the following:
1: a private meeting or secret assembly; especially: a meeting of Roman Catholic cardinals secluded continuously while choosing a pope
2: a gathering of a group or association
For many the primary definition is what we think of when we read or hear the word – conclave. As an AOCA member the word has had special meaning and importance for over sixty years. Indeed, it is a gathering of our College. It is a time we honor those who have left us. It is a celebration of members’ accomplishments. It is an opportunity to socialize and network with colleagues. It is a time where new Governors, Officers, and the President are sworn in.
One misperception to dispel is that the AOCA Conclave is “private" or "secret”. All members and non-members at our meeting, typically the Annual Convention, are encouraged to attend. It is an open invitation. It is a ceremony of great importance. It serves as a bridge to the past and present.
Click here to view a video which captures some highlights of the Conclave ceremony and reception interspersed with overall convention happenings since 2013. Hope you enjoy it.
Below are some pictures from past Conclaves:
61st Conclave (2013) – Washington, DC
62nd Conclave (2014) – Scottsdale, AZ
63rd Conclave (2015) – Orlando, FL
64th Conclave (2016) – Seattle, WA
65th Conclave (coming Sept 2017)