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VANtage: January 2019

Written by nlyons29 on . Posted in Home Page


It’s always a grand feeling breaking into a new year – a new season of possibilities. I’m excited to kick off 2019 by stepping into the role of VAN Central Ohio President and serving this group of hardworking world-changers!  I’m thankful for the leadership and guidance of our past Board members, and for the opportunity to work and grow alongside our new Board members.

My big dream for 2019 is that we’ll extend this season of possibilities through the end of year and beyond.  We will feel energized through our connectedness, refreshed by shared learnings and teamwork in the dog days of summer, fortified with personal and professional development in time for the holiday crunch…I’m starting to sound like a movie trailer so I’ll stop here.

The possibilities we’re truly seeking are yours. What does Volunteer Management look like through 2019 lenses? What do you see when you look ahead? What seems closer but still out of reach?  How might you close that gap?  How can VAN help? Recommendations, questions, puzzles, curiosities, crazy ideas…bring them all!

I look forward to seeing you all at the next meeting.  If you can’t make it, or if your crazy idea is too good to wait, drop me a line any time.

Elizabeth Garrabrant

VAN Central Ohio President


December Monthly Meeting

As VAN celebrates the end of a great year during the annual meeting, we are excited to also have the opportunity to present the Mary Merrill Award of Excellence for 2018 to Janet Rife.

The Mary Merrill Award of Excellence was created to recognize a central Ohio professional administrator of volunteers for their outstanding contributions to the field and the promotion of volunteerism in our community.

Janet has been with CAPA for over 30 years. Starting at first as a volunteer she now takes the lead in coordinating an impressive volunteer program. Sheri Mclane, the former Assistant Volunteer Coordinator with CAPA, says this about Janet:

“During Janet’s tenure with CAPA she began the combined Theatre’s Volunteer program, instituted the creation of a database and a handbook, defined all the procedures the program uses, indoctrinated the Volunteers to the email system, and has continuously evolved the program, keeping up with the changing climate of Volunteers.”

We hope that you will join us on January 17th to help celebrate Janet’s achievement and congratulate her on her success.
Terri Gregoroff


VAN Half-Year Memberships Available Soon!

Beginning the last week of December, VAN will make available our half-year membership.  The membership fee will be reduced to $40 and entitle you to attend VAN-sponsored events between January 1st and June 30th.  If you’ve been putting off renewing, now is a great time.  To take advantage of this offer, visit the VAN website after December 20th.