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MACA Summer Training Conference and Award Presentations

Missouri Association for Community Action

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2012 Summer Training Conference

Jefferson City, MO

August 1 – 3, 2012

Conference Flyer

Tentative Agenda

Pre-Conference Workshop

A Board Training session will be conducted by CAPLAW.

Conference Highlights

Panel Dialogue about the challenges human service programs may face at the national level and where to focus Missouri’s priorities for the future.  Featuring: Jeannie Chaffin, director of the Office of Community Services, and Don Mathis, executive director of the Community Action Partnership.

Keynote speaker - Jason Kotecki, known as “The Champion of Childhood”, is an engaging speaker, entertaining author, and creator of the comic strip, Kim & Jason.  He is an expert at helping individuals and organizations “Escape Adulthood,” becoming more productive by turning stress into laughter and having more
fun every day.

Dinner buffet and live entertainment by the Maxwells, followed by a live auction for CAP-PAC of themed baskets donated by each Community Action Agency.  The basket that brings the highest bid will win the 2012 Community Action Cup!

The conference will close with Melissa Boteach from the Half in Ten campaign and the annual business meeting.


Here are preliminary descriptions of the conference sessions.

Award Presentations

Two awards will be presented during the conference:
  • Charles Braithwait Leadership Award to recognize someone in the Missouri Community Action Network who exemplifies the spirit of energy and dedication demonstrated by Charles Braithwait who began his career in Community Action at West Central Missouri CAA in 1965.  He was one of the founders of the National Community Action Foundation and was appointed by President Gerald Ford to the Commission for Economic Development.  In 1973, President Richard Nixon ordered the dismantlement of Community Action across the country.  Charles Braitwait, on behalf of West Central Missouri CAA, filed a lawsuit to prevent this action and won!
  • Outstanding Community Service Award to recognize a business, organization, community volunteer, board member, political figure or any other community partner that has made a considerable difference in their community.

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