History of The Christ Child Society of the Western Reserve
In the summer of 1983, Helen Dineen, Patricia Bringardner, Flo Dietrich, Muncie Demeter, Kay Leonard, Mary Ann McCann, Kay Redmond, and Barb Spittler met in Helen's backyard and decided to start a chapter of the Christ Child Society in Lake County.
An invitation was sent out to friends and Parishes in Lake County inviting women to an information meeting to be held at the Chapel of the Divine Word on Tuesday October 4th 1983 at 10AM. The meeting was successful and 92 members committed to join as charter members and a new chapter was formed. It was decided to call this chapter the Western Reserve Chapter. Father Tom Johns was appointed by Bishop Pilla to be our Spiritual Moderator. The National Christ Child Society accepted our request to be a chapter and in 1986, we formally received our charter.
Helen Dineen, a prominent Catholic in Lake County, who we considered our guide through the process of formation remarked at our formal acceptance meeting "The sea was so wide and our boat was so small but how truly grateful we are to Him who we feel has been constantly at our side doing the pulling of the oars. Yes, Virginia Merrick, there is a new Christ Child Chapter." Helen passed away in September 1993.
The Helen Dineen/Christ Child scholarship has been set up in her honor at Ursuline College.
By 2016, the chapter had grown to 304 members.