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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)

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