National Convention and Conference

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Thank you for a successful 2019 Conference.

Every other year, chapter members from across the country come together to participate in NCCS’ annual conference in Bethesda, Maryland. This past September 27-28th, 78 women and men from 30 chapters were energized and inspired in the advancement of our mission!

Friday, September 27, 2019
Mary Virginia Merrick Morning Excursion – guests started off the morning shopping at the DC Chapter’s high end 85-year-old consignment store, the Opportunity Shop in Georgetown. Next was a visit to Mary’s final resting place then were served lunch at DC member Bridget Overcash’s home which was the former Merrick home in Chevy Chase, MD.

Opening Conference Session –
“The Legacy We Share” with our founder, presented by Patty Myler
Mary Virginia Merrick’s Cause for Canonization by postulator Kathleen Astorian
“The Enchanted Hour-The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction” by keynote speaker, Meghan Cox Gurdon.

Saturday, September 28, 2019
NCCS Annual Business meeting
Finding Grants and Proposal Writing for all Size Chapters – by keynote, Elizabeth Madjlesi of Candid
Membership Roundtable – Energize, Inspire, Advance – by NCCS Membership Committee
“Nurturing the Seeds of Success in the Children We Serve” by the Program Committee


“I felt so much a part of something “Big” that one small woman envisioned so long ago. I am humbled to have been introduced to this giving organization”. Chris Schwartz, Detroit, MI chapter.