The Virtual Karnea of 2020 was a biennial convention like no other and it was more accessible than ever with members logging in from across the country. Originally scheduled to take place in Phoenix from Aug. 5-9, Karnea became a virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Arch Chapter voted on the move in late April. At the time of the vote 54th International President Steve Paquette said the number one priority is the safety of members. “As the Arch Chapter considered the information available, we simply could not justify the risk involved in asking our members to travel at a time when many people are sick and suffering,” Paquette said.
The date of Karnea has only been changed one other time when the Arch Chapter moved the 1945 Karnea to 1946 to accommodate the United States’ response to World War II. Unlike the move in 1945, however, the Fraternity was able to hold Karnea in an alternative format.
With the opening business session online on June 27, 2020, Karnea kicked off a six-week celebration. For business meetings, delegates logged in to a customized platform to make motions, discuss business and vote, while members-at-large followed along through Facebook live.
The Nominations, Constitution and Laws, Audit and Finance, Credentials, Advancement of the Fraternity and Ritual Review Committees completed their work virtually. Final copies of legislation were provided to each chapter.
From his home in Syracuse, N.Y. International President Steve Paquette presided over the election of new members of the Arch Chapter during the final business session of Karnea on Aug. 8. The convention body elected new members of the Arch Chapter for the next biennium, including 55th International President Bruce Peterson who was at the Fisher-Nichols Memorial Headquarters in Fishers, Ind., where the closing business session was produced and broadcast.
The Fraternity hosted a virtual gathering in lieu of the traditional AAA/DSC luncheon. Alumni Achievement Awards and Distinguished Service Chapter citations will be presented at a later date.
Delt Foundation Virtual Gala
In conjunction with the Virtual Karnea, on July 11, 2020, the Delta Tau Delta Educational Foundation celebrated the accomplishments of the past biennium with a virtual gala. More than 100 attendees came together to enjoy fellowship and brotherhood and to further the mission of the Delta Tau Delta Educational Foundation through the lighthearted event.