61st National Convention News

John Sayers ‘81 July 8, 2014 Alumni News

Phi Chapter’s J.H. Mahaney ’89 was elected to a six-year term on the National Council at this year’s Phi Kappa Tau National Convention in Washington, D.C. July 2-6, 2014. He joins Phi brother Tom Skena ’85, who was elected two years ago at the Nashville convention, on the national governing board of our fraternity. J.H. is a managing partner of litigation at Huddleston Bolen LLP in Huntington, W.Va.

Also elected to Council was Dale Holland, Kent State, retired USAF presidential navigator and vice president for business development for Satcom Direct Communications.  Also, HROG member Mike Dovilla, Baldwin Wallace, was elected National Vice President. Mike is a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, an adjunct professor at Baldwin Wallace and an intelligence officer in the Navy Reserve.

Finally, current National Vice President Rick Keltner, Sacramento State, moved into the role of National President at the close of the Convention, accepting the gavel from outgoing National President Steve Nelson, Southern Mississippi.

The convention, held over the July 4th weekend, afforded attendees the chance to enjoy free time in the Nation’s Capital’s many museums and monuments. Activities included a Washington Nationals baseball game, reception in the Russell Senate Office Building, model initiation in the George Washington National Masonic Memorial, a presentation of a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington Cemetery, and of course, fireworks!

The next Convention will be held in Sacramento, Calif. in 2016. Next year’s Conclave in Oxford was scheduled for July 17-19, 2015.