St. Teresa of Calcutta’s Canonization Day in Lumieres, France, September 4, 2016
Blogging fool I have not been of late, but fool for Christ Child I remain. In my last few days as NCCS President I would like to reflect here on my travels since spring, my spiritual inspiration coming from vacation, and set the stage for some every day posts with updates from the NCCS Convention, to begin in Atlanta this Thursday.
First, every trip to a chapter is worth “chapter and verse”, but here I’ll just lightly touch on the magic!
Boca Raton: A nice welcome to Florida and dinner with leadership–and Agnes Gregory encouraging us to connect with Make a Difference Day for our first ever National Day! We met at a restaurant and I was tired from my flight from the west coast, but was rejuvenated in their company! Maybe it was the great idea!
Anne Kroha with Maureen Wesley and Me at Northern Michigan Bash
Palm Beach: Late night arrival at Anne and John Kroha’s, where I learned about John’s mother’s amazing role in Christ Child in Detroit and heard Anne’s experience as the unsuspecting wife of “son of Christ Child”. She went on to be NCCS president and remains a force in the Palm Beach chapter with whom I had the pleasure of meeting over a cup of coffee, meeting the team that had gone forward with one of the first newly branded brochures in preparation for an upcoming membership drive.
Naples Co-Presidents and NCCS Board Members
Naples: I drove as quickly as I could to Naples (across the entire width of Florida sort of the wrong way, which is rather far), where I met with new friends from the Naples Chapter and with Mary Jo Dawson, NCCS Board member and member of the Detroit chapter. I gave a little presentation at their meeting and learned about their very significant abilities to communicate, raise funds and engage their volunteers in literacy programs. Then was treated to a lovely dinner and even though I was only there briefly got a sense of the immense charms of the locale–and CCSers.
After Speech to El Paso Chapter with Unnecessary Darling Spring Gift Bag
El Paso: Phenomenal luncheon and spirit, where I was lucky to present. A chapter that knows how to make things happen in a very special community on the border with Mexico. Best memory: Molly Reed, then president, driving me out to see the famous poppies on the hillside that hadn’t made themselves known (in direct contravention of reports she’d heard). We should have just gone and had a margarita she said–and I didn’t say I agreed, but I kind of did since margaritas were apparently invented in El Paso. I’m just sayin’ . . . .
Northern Michigan: Nothing like Harbor Springs in the summer, and these gals know how to raise money! A lovely opportunity to attend this “summer chapter”
With Maureen Wesley and Northern Michigan Chapter Leaders at Christ Child House
fundraiser and see everyone just loving being “on vacation” and supporting the local community because of the great work and great event the Northern Michigan Chapter puts on. Got a tour of their very special Christ Child House and a sense of how they interact there. Great ladies and great fun.
Poster Welcoming Guest’s to New Denver Chapter’s First–and Very Successful–Fundraiser
Denver: This new chapter is now officially on fire. What a privilege to watch the (gorgeous) mansion burn down. Not literally but with great attendance, great response to fundraising, and superb dancing and cocktails (the “Christ Child Cosmo”, if you can believe it!). Lovely to see 10 women multiply their forces and finances in a single night, after LOTS of hard work. . . And they raised $11K or more, lean and mean. Loved the beer and wine cake walk–kind of hard to explain but fun . . . .
Monterey Bay: OK, I’m going from President of NCCS to soon serving as President of a brand new chapter. We are in formation, planning our Make a Difference Day coming out party, honing the bylaws and navigating our non-profit status. We have children to serve and a fantastic group of founding members. This summer we’ve done some real work to explore how we “find a need and fill it”. If I said we were “stoked” would you think we were stoned and not get that we’re 50-somethings from Northern California where stoked just means “excited” ? 🙂
Our Newest Chapter, The Ladies of the Denver Christ Child Society
Not a chapter, but my happy place, Goult, Provence, in the Petit Luberon: A week to take stock and rest up for the Convention and next chapter. Very hot! But Mass two Sundays in a row at a very famous shrine where the apparition was actually of the Christ Child.
Crypt Sited Where Apparition of the Christ Child Occurred and Current Site of Church of Notre Dame de Lumieres
I got to attend the annual Celebration of the patroness, the Mother of the Christ Child, but also a celebration of Saint Teresa of Calcutta’s canonization–even better in a foreign language. Truly great to be part of the global Church, and getting ready for National Christ Child!
I’m back from all the travels, and here in Atlanta, getting ready for our Convention. In coming days, you, the faithful–and patient–will be hearing a daily report from Convention, because if you are not here, you’re missing out on a great educational and interpersonal opportunity. And sometime around Sunday, I will be honored to transition this President’s Blog to our next President–and a great communicator, Mary Beth Baucco, of the Cleveland Chapter.