KCCNA Convention Purpose and History

Once many Knanaya association had been formed in various part of the North American continent, there was genuine need for the people to get together to see and foster their relation and culture. With that in mind, the umbrella organization KCCNA started the first North American Knanaya convention in 1986 in New York.

President
-   Baby Manakkunnel
Secretary
-   Abraham Puthiyidathusseril
Convention Chairperson
-   Simon Illikattil
Hosting Unit
-   Atlanta KCAG
Facility
-   Omni Hotel - CNN Center

  • Registration is going on.
President
-   Sony Poozhikala
Secretary
-   Pious Veluparambil
Convention Chairperson
-   Ajith Kulathilkarottu
Hosting Unit
-   HKCS Houston
Facility
-   Hilton Americas & George Brown Convention center

  • 3200 people (830 Registrations) attended.
  • Regional Vice Presidents (RVPs) KCYLNA President and KCWFNA Presidents were liaisons of convention subcommittees
President
-   Tomy Myalkarapurathu
Secretary
-   Anto Kandoth
Convention Chairperson
-   Dr. Mathew Thirunelliparambil
Hosting Unit
-   KCS Chicago
Facility
-   McCormik Place

  • 5300 people (1050 Registrations) attended.
President
-   Shiens Akasala
Secretary
-   Siby Vazhappallil
Convention Chairperson
-   James Illickal
Hosting Unit
-   Tampa
Facility
-   Rosen Shingle Creek Convention Center

  • 3100 people attended
  • Youth Managed their own security and safety - incident free convention
  • ~50% revenue available was spend on programs focused on young adults 
  • Best food court 
President
-   George Nellamattam
Secretary
-   Sunil Madhavappallil
Convention Chairperson
-   Giju Kolangayil
Hosting Unit
-   Dallas KCADFW
Facility
-   Gaylord Texan Hotel

  • 5000 people (1200 registration) attended
  • All the fecility was under one roof
  • First time in history, we had to close the registration as of March 31st due to the overwhelming number of attendees
  • Most profitable convention.$250K profit.
President
-   Jose Kottoor
Secretary
-   Cyriac Puthenpurayil
Convention Chairperson
-   Chackochen Thayilputhenpurayil
Hosting Unit
-   New York IKCC
Facility
-   New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center

  • Around to 5000 people attended
  • 15% of attendees were young adults 
President
-   Joy Vachachira
Secretary
-   Abraham Parayamkala
Convention Chairperson
-   Jojo Vattadikunnel
Hosting Unit
-   New York IKCC
Facility
-   San Jose Convention

  • 3600 people attended
  • Youth had their own food court.
  • Sports, Games,Cultural programmes,food court and everything was under one roof.
President
-   Johny Puthenparambil
Secretary
-   Abraham Parayamkala
Convention Chairperson
-   Joseph Pathiyil
Hosting Unit
-   Canada KCAC
Facility
-   The Toronto Congress Center

  • 3000 people attended
  • First time the convention held in a convention center
  • Start to finish - the programs ran on time
  • Contracting continuous bus service between convention center and Hotels was a success.
President
-   Cyriac Vettuparapurthu
Secretary
-   Peter Chazhikatt
Convention Chairperson
-   Cyriac Vettuparapurthu
Hosting Unit
-   Directly by KCCNA
Facility
-   RADISSON & HOLIDAY INN HOTEL in ORLANDO

  • 5000 people attended
  • First convention directly conducted by KCCNA
  • Adult and Youth Registration Went Way Beyond Our Expectation
  • Verity of FRESH Indian and American food was available , almost all times
President
-   Baby Uralil
Secretary
-   Baby Manakunnel
Convention Chairperson
-   Simon Ellankil
Hosting Unit
-   Houston HKCS
Facility
-   RADISSON & HOLIDAY INN HOTEL in ORLANDO

  • 3000 people attended
  • First KCCNA Convention ever held in a hotel
  • Under the leadership of Fr. Joseph M anappuram, 99% of the Houston Knanaya people registered for the convention and they all stayed in the hotel for three days
  • Major Archbishop Cardinal Mar Varkey Vithayathil, Mar Mathew Moolakkattu, Mar Kuriakose Kunnacherril and Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza of Galveston attended the convention
President
-   Jose Kaniyaly
Secretary
-   Jose Korakudilil
Convention Chairperson
-   George Nellamattam
Hosting Unit
-   Chicago KCS
Facility
-   Concord Plaza Convention Center, North Lake, Chicago

  • 3000 people attended
  • Official establishment of KCYLNA at that convention
  • Registration fee as low as $200 including food for 3 days
  • Archbishop Mar Kuriakose Kunnacherry, Justice Cyriac Joseph, Professor Sheela Stephen, and CK Jeevan were the main guests
President
-   John Akasala
Secretary
-   Jose Kaniyaly
Convention Chairperson
-   Cyriac  Thottam
Hosting Unit
-   New York IKCC
Facility
-   Kellenburge   Mem. High School , Uniondale

  • 1700 people attended
  • Knanayits  entering  in to the   21st  Century was  the theam
President
-   Mathew Vattakalam
Secretary
-   Lukose  Naduparambil
Convention Chairperson
-   Thomas  Mulakel
Hosting Unit
-   New York IKCC
Facility
-   St.George  High School Auditorium

  • 1000 people attended
  • First convention of Knanaya People in North America
  • Rev. Fr.James Kudilil was the spiritual director for the convention
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