Since the inception of the National Christ Child Society in 1916, Chapters have been coming together for biennial conventions.  The most recent in Detroit, Michigan was the 41st meeting, and over time conventions have been held across the country from Washington D.C. to Pasadena, California.  Convention is an opportunity to network with other Chapter leadership, to learn new strategies for building stronger Chapters, and to reaffirm the mission that binds this organization together.

Initially, Chapters volunteered to host the National conventions, but because of increasing financial responsibility demanded of the host Chapter, NCCS began hosting the convention in 2006 to shift this burden to the National organization. 

The convention allows Chapter leaders countless possibilities for networking in both formal and informal settings.  Many times round table discussions designed around specific topics provide the opportunity for interchange, but equally as beneficial are informal conversations in social settings.  Ideas and techniques are shared and common problems discussed.

Educational sessions provide a framework of strategies for building stronger Chapters.  Recent conventions have provided seminars on the logic model, best practices related to fundraising for nonprofits, board development, and program creation and improvement.  Panel discussions and forums highlighting specific Chapter tactics on topics ranging from membership recruitment to creative programs have been an aspect of the educational component. 

Traditions have developed around the convention.  Chapters celebrating significant anniversaries are honored.  In 2012 the Washington D.C. Chapter was honored for its 125th Anniversary and recently we have marked the 100th Anniversary of three Chapters: Omaha, Dayton and Detroit.  The membership award is given to the Chapter with the greatest growth.  The most poignant tradition is the display of layettes from every Chapter during the meeting and the presentation at these layettes at the closing liturgy.  The outgoing Board of Directors is acknowledged and the incoming officers are installed and commissioned.  In many ways the convention is a celebration of the Christ Child Society – its mission and vision.

Benamin Franklin said "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."  Invest in your members - NCCS strongly encourages all Chapters to pay for two members to attend the annual Conference/Convention and Business Meeting.  Investing in your members will yield a high return enabling you to serve children more effectively.  Co-Presidents Kathryn Colao and Lori White from Summit, a New Jersey Chapter chartered in 2010 attended their first meeting in September, 2012 in Detroit.  Kathryn said, "The experience is inspirational...seeing what goes on nationwide helps you to realize you are part of a bigger picture of service than just in your own backyard.  You come home so much more invested in what can be accomplished."

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Convention 2016 - Empowering Our Leaders: Sharing Our Impact

Convention 2014 - Together in Motion: Share, Support, Serve

Convention 2012 - From Passion to Impact: Tools for Building Strong Programs
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