“Committed to Our Call”
June 20-23 at Lourdes University
The Toledo chapter hosted the 41st biennial National Convention of Kappa Gamma Pi at Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio. The Toledo Chapter members present Committed to Our Call as the convention theme as a springboard for activity and involvement. The pervasive influence of being committed to our call -- and in life -- symbolizes the effect that Kappas can have on their own families, their communities, and on society as a whole.
Committed to Faith and Service, Kappas spread knowledge, raise questions, network, mentor; they are the presence that causes the final effort to be greater than its parts. Kappas recognize the value of a team concept, the necessity for a dispersion of ideas, the importance of scattering and sowing seeds of intellectual and spiritual growth.
Kappas are committed in so many other organizations and societies, which reflects their dedication to leadership and service.
Following the board meeting and national business meeting, we were inspired by engaging speakers, fun filled activities, and liturgy at Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel. The Convention Banquet and Sunday morning brunch completed a weekend filled with fellowship.
Highlights of the Convention
Keynote Speakers - Sr. Shannon Schrein: “Expanding our Horizons, A Broader Vision”
Breakout sessions focused around Faith, Education and Service were presented by the Reverend Brandon Tucker, Mr. Christopher Knight, Mr. Carleton Finkbeiner, Sr. Ann Carmen Barone and Mr. George Brymer.
A very productive Kappa sharing session was led by Chicago Kappa Beth Piper. Participants were divided into several groups and given three questions that they discussed for 10 minutes, and then presented their ideas and conclusions. The questions were focused increasing participation in Kappa events on a local and national level.
Faith and Service Award
The 2013 Kappa Gamma Pi Faith and Service Award was presented to Sister Virginia Welsh, OSF, Director of the Padua Center in Toledo, OH. Padua Center serves a predominantly African-American area of Toledo’s central city known as Kwanzaa Park. All of the Padua Center programs seek to recognize and instill the seven principles of Kwanzaa: unity, self determination, collective work, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.
Described by one co-worker as “slight in stature and size . . . big in respect in the inner city community, ”Sister Virginia has been recognized as a person who gets things done. Last October when the “Nuns on the Bus” drove through Ohio as part of their trek through nine states to lobby for special welfare issues, the bus stopped at Padua Center to call awareness to Sister Virginia’s programs.
Cornaro Scholarship Committee selects two 2013 recipients
The Cornaro Scholarship Committee announced the winners of the 2013 KGP scholarship competition! The prestigious Cornaro award, open only to Kappa members, may be used for graduate expenses at any accredited university.
Recipients of $5000 scholarships are:
- Mollimichelle Cabeldue (University of the Incarnate Word, TX, '13), San Antonio, TX
- Nicole Driscoll (St. Edward’s University, TX, '13), Cibolo, TX
The 2013 scholarship competition was judged by five Kappas who used an objective, numerical point system assuring fair consideration to all applicants. Funding comes totally from member donations. Applications for the 2014 scholarship competition will be available this fall from the KGP National Office or at affiliated colleges.