Hello everyone! Just had an excellent General Convention where me, Peter Bergstrom and a whole cast of volunteers, helped run the ECCC Booth.
*** History Note ***
The first ever Episcopal General Convention was held in 1785 in Philadelphia, with the House of Deputies being formed first, since there were no bishops in the newly formed United States. Hence this was the 77th General Convention!
Sunday, July 1st
Bill unpacks the car in the exhibit hall and picks up Peter Bergstrom at the airport.
Monday, July 2nd
Set up booth, shopping run for the next 9 days, dinner with our friends from Formation and Vocation ministries, Bronwyn Skov, Ruth Ann Collins, Jason Sierra, Valarie Harris, and others to help their booth or the Official Youth Presence.
Tuesday July 3rd
Final touches on booth setup, exhibit hall opened at noon. (Soft Open ) Map is of all 85 sites and 20 dioceses that rent facilites for the summer. People stopped by the booth, to put a map pin in the map for there camps or centers!
Wednesday, July 4th
Exhibit Hall opens and deputies, bishops and guests that are early arrivals start stopping by and saying hello. Let the networking begin, found out about new Interim at Hardtner, diocese Western Louisiana, and how things are going at Camp Stoney, diocese of Rio Grande (New Mexico). Cookout dinner with a few ECCC supporters.
Thursday, July 5th
Steady flow of people stopping by.
Friday, July 6th
More pins being put into map, and people are getting the ECCC shirts. Peter and Bill go to CREDO reception.
Meeting of the ECCC Bowling Society (also met on the 3rd)
Saturday, July 7th
Peter addresses House of Bishops!
Bill and Peter go to Episcopal Church Foundation reception.
Sunday, July 8th
Head to worship in the morning, packed house, then at 11:30 people head to Diocese of Indianapolis event at Victory Field. Wearing their camp and retreat center gear.
Early afternoon, ECCC presented Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and Dick Schori, with Hero of Camping Awards!!! Given by Natalie Weir, Board of Directors President from Waycross Episcopal Center, and comments from Peg Smith, CEO of American Camp Association.
Monday, July 9th
ECCC received an United Thank Offering (UTO) grant for continuation of the Continuum project, that started with the Summit in November 2011. St. Crispin’s Camp and Conference Center, Diocese of Oklahoma, also received a grant, to be used on a challenge/ropes course!
Tuesday, July 10th
Last day of exhibit hall, and final image of the map, with 400+ pins, over the course of the whole week!
Thank you to the following people for coming to help out at the booth:
Natalie Weir, Marcia Taylor & Van, Jane and Jen Beers, Scott Rudd – Waycross Center
Christine Tokarz – Procter Center
Chris Hamby – Diocese of Lexington
Jimmy Haden – Kanuga Conferences, Inc.
Thomas Morris – St. Mary’s Sewannee Retreat Center
Carla Odell – Day Spring Conference Center
Hannah Wilder – Diocese of San Diego – Thank you for Article!