2005 Convention

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"Salt and Leaven: Basic Kneads"
June 16-19 at Ursuline College

Cleveland, Ohio

From the time of the arrival of Long Range Planning Committee members on Tuesday, June 14, through the closing of the doors behind us on Sunday, June 19, Kappas from around the country had a great experience of work, inspiration, play and camaraderie at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. The college’s hospitality and hi-tech facilities enhanced a memorable series of meetings at the 37th biennial Kappa convention!

About 30 members attended the National Business Meeting, held Friday morning. The agenda included the announcement of the names of three Cornaro scholarship recipients. Each year, member donations fund several scholarships to Kappas pursuing graduate studies. This year’s selection committee reviewed over 50 applications before naming the winners. The July 2005 issue of the KGP NEWS includes biographical information about each Cornaro Scholar.

Delegates to the meeting voted to concentrate on alleviation of World Hunger as a major service area in coming years. The National Literacy Project, founded in 2001, will continue to serve as a focus for action. Chapters and Members-at-Large will devise the best ways to implement activities for both projects in their own local areas.

After lunch on Friday, an informal sharing period gave members an opportunity to discuss successes and challenges they have experienced on the local level and to share practical suggestions for the future.

"FreeWheeling" options provided delegates with an opportunity to visit the culturally rich University Circle area of Cleveland. Local Kappas drove out-of-towners to museums and other Circle highlights, including the Cleveland Botanical Gardens

Saturday’s program featured noted Cleveland speakers who addressed the topic of Salt and Leaven from different perspectives. Rev. Gerald Bednar’s keynote address was followed by a series of Kappa speakers. What a rich resource we found in our local Kappa members!

Most Rev. A. Edward Pevec, retired auxiliary bishop of Cleveland concelebrated the Saturday evening liturgy with Rev. Donald Dunson, recipient of the Kappa Faith and Service Award for 2005. The convention banquet included the formal presentation of the award to Father Dunson and the recognition of 10 members present who were nominated to Kappa membership 50 or more years ago. Bob Kloos of Beacon Street Ministry provided food for thought with an inspirational and humorous monologue. KGP National Officers for 2005-2007 were installed at the end of the program.

Sunday morning brunch was an opportunity for many “thanks” and plans to keep in touch as we headed home, tired but filled with new ideas.

A special thanks to all the members of the Cleveland Chapter who donated their time and talent to help make this convention a success!