NCCS Board Member Beth Barrett from South Bend discusses the new Challenging Poverty Manual with Washington, D.C. President Kathy Norton Warren just before Kathy’s speech about the Washington D.C. chapter’s programs
I can’t believe it has been a month now since the National Christ Child Society Conference in Bethesda–and since Pope Francis’ visit to the United States. Both events left me with a profound sense of purpose to serve our chapters in ways that help them reach more children. And a deep sense of gratitude to be associated with people in 43 communities across this nation who are living the Gospel through serving today’s children.
There were so many wonderful moments during our short, but packed time together. Attendance was great at every session and the topics about leadership, communications,
Thanks to the five chapters who provided scholarship funding for our 2015 Conference scholars!
programs and membership got high marks. We built in more time for networking as was requested in survey responses after last year’s Convention, and people really took advantage of that. Duly noted for Convention 2016!
The theme for Conference this year was “Empowering Our Leaders: Telling Our Story”. As pictures are often worth a thousand words, I’m attaching a set of photos that I hope will give you a flavor of our time together.
An attentive group during the Friday mini-seminar on Onboarding Chapter Leaders
Cleveland President Susan Ferraro Smith, who according to one survey respondent “lit us on fire” with her fantastic presentation on how to create a positive and respectful dynamic with chapter leadership
But if you want to hear Julie Francavilla’s keynote, or download some of the useful educational materials created for chapter leaders and presented at the Conference, you will find numerous useful links at the 2015 Conference page on the NCCS Website.
NCCS Membership Co-Chair Cheryle Mackie from Stuart Chapter brings to life her chapter’s reading program
South Bend Chapter president Peg Riggs speaking about their literacy programs was one of four chapter leaders to share program information
Ange Anglade, professional social worker and director of D.C.’s Girls on the Rise was one of our Friday night speakers. Here she’s sharing with Maureen Flynn from Baltimore
Breakout discussion about the 3 Rs of Membership: Recruit, Retain and Remember
Keynote speaker Julie Francavilla with President-Elect Marybeth Baucco, who is explaining NCCS’ branding work and in particular the “Brand Values Matrix” which all attendees received to help them tell the Christ Child story more effectively at home
Julie Francavilla with Marie Austin of Cape May who spoke from the heart to tell a great story about obtaining donations of diapers. Marie was one of three great volunteer storytellers who had us in tears!
Our newest Christ Child Chapter, Duluth, gets its charter at the Annual Business Meeting
Reception and dinner after Mass were at Hamilton House, the home of our founder’s younger sister and where Miss Mary once lived for a short time (now the Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart).
We crack ourselves up, don’t we? A very fun table at dinner at Stone Ridge, demonstrating that Christ Child members bring joy to our lives!