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53rd Biennial National 2010 Convention

by Terrie Vacek

The 53rd Biennial National Convention of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas (CDA) was held July 12-18, 2010, Adams Mark Hotel, Buffalo, New York. The 2008-2010 theme selected by National Regent Libby Ramirez, Victoria, “For In Him, We Live and Move and Have Our Being” Acts 17:28, was reflected throughout her two year term and throughout all Convention activities.

Pre-convention tours of the Buffalo area began on Sunday; American and Canadian Niagara Falls, Basilica, Niagara Casino, Lake Erie, and many traditional New York and Buffalo restaurants.

Representatives from CDA National presented seven incredible seminars; Spirituality, State Procedures, Local Procedures, Membership/JCDA/Campus Courts, Leadership, Legislation, and Project Handclasp along with members from the U.S. Navy. National First Vice Regent, Anne Nelson, PA, presented Local Court Procedures twice to crowds that overflowed into the hallway filling even the room across the hall. Claudia Bosch, Immediate Past National Regent, ND; Joanne Tomassi, National Regent Elect, FL; and Olga Samaniego, TX Spiritual Enhancement Chairman, El Paso, worked with state officers from across our nation with a clever twist to productive communication/support/procedures for all local courts. National Clergy Consultant, Reverend Donald Ruppert, in his Spirituality seminar reminded delegates that they are a valuable part in God’s puzzle.

New York host Courts and the National Board members provided hospitality with a friendly and efficient registration where Texas delegates, alternates, clergy and guests registered in record numbers. Many enjoyed the Exhibit room, registered for the Walk for Love, and tried their luck purchasing tickets for Lucky Bucks, Baskets, and the All American Raffle.

Highlights from the Past National Directors Dinner were various expressions of sincere gratitude to the many women and clergy that led CDA in service and spirituality. Gifts of appreciation were presented to National Regent Libby Ramirez.

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