The 142nd annual convention of the Diocese of Southern Ohio will be held November 11-12, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza North in Columbus, Ohio.

Registration is opening soon! You can find all convention registration information and resources at www.diosohio.org. Watch our weekly eConnections for the most up to date convention information!

Important dates

PRE-CONVENTION HEARINGS

Convention delegates are strongly encouraged to attend a hearing in order to make informed decisions when voting at convention. Mark your calendar now for the dates.

RESOLUTIONS

All proposed resolutions must be sent to convention@diosohio.org and received by Sept. 29. Those submitting resolutions are expected to attend or have a representative present at all pre-convention hearings. Contact resolutions committee chair Jim Heathcote at 937.446.2108 or jheathcote@earthlink.net with questions.

CERTIFY YOUR LAY DELEGATES

Congregations are canonically required (see Canon III, Section 5) to submit a Certificate of Election of Lay Delegates as soon as possible after they have been chosen at your annual meeting. If your congregation has not yet reported your election, you can download the certification form from the diocesan website in the convention section. If your lay delegates have changed since a certification form was submitted, you must complete a Change of Delegate form. The form can be found on the convention page of the diocesan website.

NOMINATIONS

There are several elected positions for which we seek nominees at this year’s convention. Descriptions of each of the positions can be found in the July issue of Connections or on the diocesan website in the convention section. Nominations must be received by Sept. 29. The nomination form can be found on the convention page of the diocesan website. Contact nominating committee chair Nadya Richardson at Nadyar125@aol.com if you have any questions.

NECROLOGY

The necrology is the list of people from each congregation that have died since the last convention. Submit these names to Geri McDaniel at gmcdaniel@diosohio.org by Nov. 1. If you have questions, contact Geri at 800.582.1712 ext. 105.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North, 6500 Doubletree Ave. The room rate is $109 plus tax for a single or double. The reservation deadline is Monday, October 17, 2016. Reservations can be made by phone by calling 614.885.1885, choose option#2. Once connected to reservations for the Crowne Plaza Columbus North location, ask to make reservations at the Episcopal group discounted rate or reference the code EDS. A direct link to register online is available on the convention page of the website.

EXHIBITOR INFORMATION

The location for the convention has less space for exhibits than other venues. It is our best estimate right now that we can safely provide space for 40 exhibits. Since we had over 50 exhibitors at last year’s convention, make sure to to register your space early!

You must register and pay in full on or before Oct. 21 to secure your space. The price is $25 per table, no electricity; $50 per table with electricity. Registration information can be found on the convention page of the website.

If registrations exceed the available space before the Oct. 21 deadline, we will start a waiting list. If you have any questions about exhibits, please contact the Rev. Bill Bales at wbales@roadrunner.com.