As she demonstrated the "virtual" attendance at this national meeting - with diocesan mission offices not in St. Louis sending in blogs and comments as they followed the presentations online at http://www.pmsnatmtg.org/livemeeting.html - Monica Yehle, director of development and programs at the national office, wove her presentation around three favorite books, each suggested by one of the national office team of Patty Macias (education and new media director), Erica Johnson (programs associate) and Iliana Prevost (programs coordinator). Monica also played "Mission Lessons" - audio / radio messages featuring Monsignor John Kozar, national director; these "moments from the Missions that teach and inspire" can be heard at www.iamamissionary.org.
A video of part of her presentation is posted below to the right; you can download her PowerPoint by clicking on the links attached to the story books below. There's also a PowerPoint summarizing our New Media initiatives which can be downloaded from this link.
Point to note: In the week of the national meeting, there were close to 3,000 visits to the national meeting "live" site, meaning that members of our "one family in mission" were participating in the gathering, even though they were unable to be in St. Louis!
Monica Yehle, in her presentation, took attendees to the national meeting's site, to show how the entire proceedings were being posted as they happened, and to reveal the exchange between directors physically in St. Louis and those there "virtually" through the power of the Internet. To visit that site, click on the image above.
This book - a favorite of Patty Macias' sons, Conor and Vincent - formed the first part of Monica Yehle's presentation; click here to download that first part of the PowerPoint.
The second part of Monica's talk was linked to a section on "tricks...with clocks" from this Seuss classic, Fox in Socks, a favorite of Erica Johnson; click here to download that second PowerPoint section.
The final section of Monica's talk was inspired by the sentiments of "Mommy Always Loves You" - the well-worn and loved favorite of Iliana Prevost's son, Lorenzo; download that last section by clicking on the book's image above.