Catholic Daughters of the Americas 55th Biennial National Convention
Friday, July 18, 2014
By Tom Panas, Public Relations Director
National Regent Anne Nelson opened the third session of the 55th Biennial Convention by introducing junior members from Junior Court Joan of Arc in Idaho. The juniors each gave a short introduction of themselves.
Anne then said, “I have the honor of announcing the new National Board. The National Officers are National Regent Shirley Seyfried, National Regent-Elect Helene Shepard, First Vice National Regent Olga Samaniego, Second Vice National Regent Sherry Nilles and National Secretary-Treasurer Vickie Feist. The National Directors are Susan Mone, Sheila Storey, Joyce Ann Fleming, Carolyn Bachman, Ruth Guidry, Jo Hammen, Janet Martineau, Margi Oller and Letty Calvetti. The Nominating Committee for 2016 was announced. Discussion of proposed amendments continued from Thursday. Amendments were discussed and voted on.
Circle of Love and Leadership awards were announced. Legislation/Operation Morning Star Chairman Margaret Sitte said, “We live in a society that has degenerated in so many ways. I’ve chosen marriage as the issue to focus on. In every single state marriage is under attack.” Awards were announced by National Charitable Programs and Projects Chairman Sherry Nilles, Quality of Life Chairman Margaret Bingham and Youth Chairman Arline Rich. National Chaplain Rev. Stephen Gosnell gave the Chaplain’s report. Father Chris led the Angelus.
The afternoon session began with the Liturgy of the Hours. Anne Nelson gave her National Regent’s report. “I have spread the message of the Catholic Daughters as best I can because I’m convinced that Catholic Daughters is the gift that everyone should have. And thank you for exceeding the challenge of acquiring 5,000 new members.”
Spiritual Enhancement Chairman Olga Samaniego announced spirituality awards. In her National Executive Director’s report Mary Impellizeri said, “Peggy and Jimmy retired in December but I am trying my hardest to make things run smoothly.” She played a video that showed improvements on the headquarters building and introduced headquarters staff.
Anne Nelson said the National Board needed to leave because of a special guest. The National Board later returned in single file, twirling white umbrellas to the tune of “In the Good Ol’ Summertime.” Dressed in her 19th century costume and bonnet, 1903 Society Chairman Helene Shepard said the 1903 Society had reached $316,000 in pledges and over $250,000 in financial donations. Helene then presented plaques to donors.
Dan Seyfried, who has been generously volunteering to upgrade the headquarters computer system, said, “We wanted to take care of technical issues so the CDA and CDA leadership could remain focused on priorities. We were able to set up a new system more economically so CDA can do the work you are noted for. We want to set up CDA purchases so you can buy items individually instead of having to go through your courts.”
National Public Relations Chairman Tom Panas gave a presentation on State and Local Publicity. Immediate Past Texas State Regent Sheila Martinka was kind to volunteer for an informal role-play exchange during the presentation. Finance/Budget Chairman Sherry Nilles gave the financial report, noting there was “$133,000 excess revenue, awesome to have that.” Resolutions Chairman Arline Rich opened discussion on resolutions. Resolutions were discussed and voted on.
In his closing prayer, Father said there are three ways to pray: please God; thank you God; and WOW. “Thank you, God, for the Catholic Daughters’ service to you. WOW for the Catholic Daughters, WOW for Montana and their welcome and WOW for the Eucharist.”
Special thanks to the Monitors for distributing these Recaps before the morning sessions and to Dan Seyfried for posting onto the CDA Website the recaps and photos taken by volunteer photographer Terrie Vacek (thanks also to Terrie Vacek).
Glimpses of Convention Highlights
Clergy gather before Eucharistic Liturgy for God and Country Friday morning
Processing with a POW missing in action flag during Eucharistic Liturgy for God and Country
During Eucharistic Liturgy for God and Country, Past National Regent Claudia Bosch carries a National Guard flag in memory of her deceased, beloved husband Jim.
Liturgy of the Eucharist celebrant Archbishop Timothy Broglio, Archdiocese for the Military, with 19 Court Chaplains.
The Newly elected 2014-2016 Executive Board: left to right, National Regent Shirley Seyfried; National Regent-Elect Helene Shepard; First Vice National Regent Olga Samaniego; Second Vice National Regent Sherry Nilles; National Secretary-Treasurer Vickie Feist.
First Vice National Regent Helene Shepard presents the 1903 Society report in costume.
National Regent Anne Nelson, left, presents 1903 donation plaque to National Secretary-Treasurer Sherry Nilles.
Memorial Mass Remembrance Book with names of the deceased: Clergy, Family, and National, State, and Local Court members
Keynote Speaker, Teresa Tomeo with a convention delegate
Photos may be downloaded by left clicking on the photo to enlarge it. Then, right clicking on the enlarged photo and selecting save image. Photos by Terrie Vacek.