Convention 2012

Detroit, Michigan

From Passion to Impact: Tools for Building Strong Programs

Convention 2012 materials below

The 41st Biennial National Christ Child Convention, To Work is to Pray:  Passion, Vision, Impact convened on September 20, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.  Christ Child members from 27 Chapters reacquainted with old friends and made new ones at the working sessions and social events during the two and a half convention days.

The 41st Convention was dedicated to our founder Mary Virginia Merrick, our first Chapter President, who had the passion for servicing children in need for the love of the Christ Child; and to the Chapter Presidents who followed her past and present, who embraced her vision.

On Thursday afternoon, before the official kick off of the Convention, NCCS hosted three mini seminars. Detroit’s own, Shondell Patterson and her husband Scott conducted the Session, To Tweet or Not to Tweet, the pros and cons of social networking for non profits.  NCCS Board member from Toledo, Lucy Abu-Absi and Mary Lindquist, another Toledo member hosted the Session, “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up somewhere else.”   This session centered on program development and evaluation.  Linda Koss, a Grantsmanship Specialist from the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, conducted the Session, Matchmaker, Matchmaker Make me Match: Finding the perfect match in grant seeking.  The mini-sessions were all well received.

Elizabeth S. “BJ” McConnell was the key speaker for the Friday day long program, From Passion to Impact: Building Resiliency in Children.  BJ has worked in hundreds of schools and communities assisting with the implementation of prevention efforts to improve the lives of children and their families.  Her program was centered on the six protective factors long identified as the essential building blocks to program development.  BJ presented a creative, energetic and interactive program that left all with concrete strategies for chapter program development and improvement.

During BJ’s session, Christ Child Society Chapters of Akron, Atlanta, Detroit and Toledo shared their unique programs and answered the key questions of who, what, why and where their programs impact their respective communities.

The 2012 Convention attendees were also motivated by several key note speakers.  Mary Ann McCourt, who is a member of the Development Office at the Impact Mortality in Highland Park, Michigan, gave her insights on the needs in her community and the outreach received from the Detroit Chapter.  Arius Hogan, who was a resident of the Christ Child House for over seven years, the longest stay to date gave an emotional account of how his life was changed at the House. Today, Arius is 19 years old and is living with his adoptive parents and he is currently working to build a bright future.

On Saturday, CCS Chapter Presidents with their layettes lead the procession of celebrants into Saint Aloysius Church for the closing mass.  The new National Board took their oaths after mass.

Convention is always an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of our chapters.  This year we celebrated the 125th anniversary of the Society and the Washington Chapter, and the 100th anniversary of the Detroit Chapter.  The Fond du Lac Chapter was also honored for their 10th anniversary.

The Summit Chapter received the Membership Award for the greatest growth over the past two years.  The Red Wagon Award went to the Christ Child Society Chapter of Atlanta for their Elizabeth’s Garden.  National Christ Child Society also honored the Atlanta, Boston, Oshkosh, Sarasota and Texas Capital Chapters for reaching the 10% Membership Growth Challenge.

The National Christ Child Society saluted out going Board members.  Lucy Abu-Absi, Anne Kroha, Dorothy Pauly, Abby Sammon, Karen Smith and Mary Graves for their years of service.

Convention 2012 came to an end with a night of Motown entertainment, dancing and a renewed energy to bring the passion and vision of Mary Virginia Merrick back to their Chapters.

Hope to see you at Convention 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona!


Click on the links below for Useful Information

2012 Convention Book

From Passion to Impact: Building Resiliency in Children - Keynote Presentation
Six Protective Factors

Wisdom and Guidance from Mary Virginia Merrick - Program Development & Evaluation Presentation

Matchmaker, Matchmaker Make Me a Match:  Grant Presentation

Useful Websites For Grantseekers      

To Tweet or Not to Tweet - Social Media Presentation


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