Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc.


43rd Grand Council Convention

"Reaching for Excellence"

Orlando, Florida
Sunday-Friday, August 9-14, 1987 

Convention Chairman

Dr. Henry Lewis

Hosted By

Delta Iota

Host Hotel

Hilton Inn Florida Center


Total Attendance: 213
184 Brothers (112 Collegiates & 72 Graduates), 29 Guests


Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc. met at the Hilton Inn Florida Center, Orlando, Florida for the 43rd Grand Council Convention from August 9th through August 14th. The Convention Chairman was Dr. Henry Lewis III (Delta Iota) and hosted by Delta Iota Chapter. 



Convention Summary 

The 43rd Grand Council Convention was presided over by Dr. Patrick Wells. The Keynote Address was delivered at the First General Session by Florida representative, Alzo Reddick, on the benefits of involvement and commitment. This was followed by a pool side reception hosted by Delta Iota Chapter. As expected, the dress of the evening quickly became the "wet" look.

Monday morning's program was devoted to committee and officer reports. The afternoon session included three workshops. The history workshop featured two silent films of the 1947 and 1949 Grand Council Conventions, taken by the late Brother Stephen Zuty of Nu Chapter. These were followed by a Grand Council Deputy Reception and Workshop and the Graduate Brothers Reception. The Legislative Committee Hearing was the place where most brothers discussed the ideas of a dues increase, province realignment and increasing the size of the Executive Committee.

Tuesday brought a moment of silence as the Grand Ritualist performed the Grand Agora Ceremony honoring our departed brothers. The winners of the Scholarship Tray award and the Grand Council Scholarship Key award were announced. Other activities included additional reports and two workshops. The afternoon was free for the brothes to enjoy the surrounding sights and activities. The evening concluded with a reception sponsored by Gamma Sigma Chapter.

Wednesday was spent by a majority of the brothers at Disney World and Epcot Center. Some of the brothers ventured to Daytona Beach and Cape Kennedy. J. J. Whispers Disco was the site for the "Kappa Psi Night on the Town."

Thursday marked the last day of the convention and was devoted to legislative considerations, resolutions and the election of international officers. The Fraternity also adopted an alcohol and substance abuse policy at this session.

The convention concluded with the 108th Anniversary and Awards Banquet. We had in attendance Brother Licamelli, a Connecticut Graduate member who was the oldest in attendance.

Continuing Education and Workshops 

C.E. I

Drugs of Abuse, Part I: Hallucinogens and Psychedelics

Carlotta Dillon


Drugs of Abuse, Part II: Prescription Drugs

Chris Jarmuz


Drugs of Abuse, Part III: Marijuana, Cocaine, and Designer Drugs

Carlotta Dillon & Chris Jarmuz


Drug Abuse, Addiction, and the Pharmacist

Carol Bohach

Workshop I

The History of Kappa Psi

Dewey Garner,

Johnny Porter

Workshop II



Workshop III





National Officer Nominations 

Election winners in boldface 
(2) - Elected by acclamation 
(3) - Withdrawn (elected to another office) 
(4) - Withdrawn prior to voting at convention 
(5) - Withdrawn prior to convention 
(6) - Nomination from the floor 
(7) - Not in attendance at convention


Grand Regent

Grand Vice Regent

Kenneth Roberts

E. Ben Welch

Benjamin Hershenson

William Smith

E. Ben Welch

Grand Counselor

Grand Historian-Ritualist

Paul Hiller

Johnny Porter

Brian Russell

William Smith3

Paul Hiller

Johnny Porter3

Brian Russell

Graduate Member at Large

Collegiate Member at Large

John Hofstetter

Kevin Foster

John Grossomanides

Terry Brown

Jeffrey Lee



Awards Banquet Highlights Biennial Scholarship Lunch Highlights 

Frank H. Eby Award

Brian Jones (Psi)

National Scholarship Tray Award





Amendement proposals:

  • To increase Collegiate dues from $2.75/month to $3.75/month. PASSED
  • To increase the Alumni National Dues from $15.00/year to $25.00/year. PASSED
  • To split the office of Grand Historian-Ritualist. FAILED
  • To reduce the number of proxy votes from two (2) to one (1). FAILED
  • To have any proposed amendments developed and/or approved by the Legislative Committee sent in the Convention Packet from The Central Office.FAILED
  • To allow the nomination from the floor when only one candidate is present at the time of the election. FAILED



Hotel and Convention Registration Rates 


Advanced Registration

On-site Registration













Hilton Inn Florida Center

Special Daily Hotel Rates













Convention Favor(s) 


Camera Keychain
Holds keys and actually took pictures


The brothers of Kappa Psi wish to extend a special thanks to the following companies for their support of the Grand Council Convention:

Ciba, Eli Lilly & Dista Products, E. R. Squibb, Sandoz Pharmaceutical Corporation, Marion Laboratories, G. D. Searle & Company, Pfizer, Shawnee Medical Center & Clinical Pharmacies, Parke Davis, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Syntex Laboratories, Inc., Roche Laboratories, Mead Johnson-Bristol Myers, Ortho Pharmaceutical Corporation, Geigy-Ciba Geigy, Ciba-Geigy -- S.E. Region Division, Schering Corporation, Lane Drug, Penwalt-Prescription Division, Walgreens, McNeil Pharmaceutical, Hoechst, Osco Drugs, Merck, Sharpe & Dohme Pharmacy Post Graduate Program 



Program of Events 


Sunday, August 9th
Noon   Registration
Noon    Exec. Committee Luncheon
1:00pm    Exec. Committee Meeting
6:30pm   Opening General Session
8:00pm   Welcome Party at Poolside

Monday, August 10th
8:00am    Registration
9:00am    Second General Session
Noon    Lunch
1:30pm   Workshop I - The History of Kappa Psi
3:00pm   C.E. Program I
4:00pm    Workshop II - Rushing
5:00pm   Workshop III - Pledging
5:00pm   Grand Council Deputy Workshop
6:00pm   Graduate Brother Reception
7:30pm    Legislative Committee Hearing

Tuesday, August 11th
8:00am   Registration
9:00am    Third General Session
10:00am    C.E. Program II
10:00am    Workshop IV - Chapter & Officer Responsibility
11:00am   Workshop V - The MASK
Noon   Lunch
1:00pm   Free Afternoon

Wednesday, August 12th
Free Day  Disney World, Epcot Center, etc.

Thursday, August 13th
8:00am   Registration
9:00am    Fourth General Session
Noon    Lunch
1:00pm   Fifth General Session
7:00pm   Alpha Chapter Reception
8:00pm   108th Anniversary Banquet

Friday, August 14th
9:00am    Exec. Committee Meeting
Noon   Exec. Committee Luncheon
1:30pm    Exec. Committee Meeting


Webmaster's Note: This article was originally written by Brother Dr. E. Ben Welch, for the Kappa Psi website.