CARMA - Supporting Organization

CARMA - Conference of Associates & Religious of Midwest Area

A history prepared by C Jean Hayen, BVM based upon notes following a sharing with Joann Kuebrich, CHM

11/01/1991

Questionnaire mailed to 88 Midwest Associate Directors to determine interest in providing Midwest Conferences for Associates.

03/19/1992

Initial meeting - Midwest Associate Directors chaired by Joann, CHM

  • Present:  Donna Burke, OSF, Carita Carey, FSPA, Jacqueline Provencher, OP, Joann Kuebrich, CHM
  • Absent:   Judy Schaefer, OP, Virginia Jennings, OSF, Connie Howe, RSM, Ann DeNicolo, BVM
  • Reviewed questionnaire responses to determine interest.
  • Decided 8 – 10 congregations will meet bi-annually.
  • Purpose of Group: “to share ideas, resources and, eventually,if there is a need, to invite a resource person(s) for our associatesand directors.
  • ”Midwest Associate Directors will provide a Midwest AssociatesConference for Midwest Associates and Religious so they canexperience opportunity to meet each other and have enriching,quality input at an affordable cost and within easy travel time.
  • Joann Kuebrich, CHM became a member of Wisconsin KindredSpirits representing the group.
  • At a later date, the group became called “Mississippi Valley”.and, established a membership policy according to attendance/absence at bi-annual meetings.

1996

Beginning of NACAR 

09/16/1999

Midwest Associate Directors decided not to plan a conference with  Kindred Spirits and to have conferences opposite Kindred Spirits Gatherings and independent of Kindred Spirits.

10/22/2001

Midwest Associate Directors decided not to renew our membership with Kindred Spirits but to keep NACAR membership.

05-31 to 06-02/2002

Kindred Spirits and NACAR have their joint spring meeting.

Spring 2003

No Midwest annual Shalom Day

Fall 2004

Kindred Spirits and NACAR have a joint meeting.

04/16/2005

Midwest 6th bi-annual Shalom Day

04/28/2007

Midwest 7th bi-annual Associate Day at Sinsinawa

04/25/2009

Midwest 8th bi-annual Associate Day at Sinsinawa

04/01/2011

Midwest 9th bi-annual Associate Day at Best Western Plus Hotel, Dbq.

04/20/2013 

Midwest 10th bi-annual Associate Day at Best Western Plus Hotel, Dbq.