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November 2016 VANtage

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President’s Message

Dear VAN Members,

“Let us remember the large numbers of citizens who, day in and day out, through acts of volunteerism large and small, bring hope to so many of the world’s disadvantaged. Let us ensure that this wonderful resource, available in abundance to every nation, is recognized and supported as it works towards a more prosperous and peaceful world.” — Kofi Annan

Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, we can all certainly agree that we are living in an extraordinary moment in history. The election has been divisive and has challenged people across our country to grapple with the wide array of beliefs, values, and ideals held by our friends, family, and neighbors on both sides of the aisle. But, at this moment in time, we as Volunteer Administrators’ have the great privilege and opportunity to create spaces where all people, despite the differences they may have, can come together and collectively work together to create change. As we create these opportunities, it is imperative that we listen and seek to understand one another. As leaders in our organizations and communities, we have the opportunity to engage people in action – what an amazing task! Looking forward to having conversations with you all at our upcoming general meeting later this week and our upcoming holiday party.

Melanie Murphy, CVA
VAN Central Ohio President


Mark Your Calendar!
Annual End-of-Year Holiday Party
Thursday, December 15
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Spaghetti Warehouse
397 West Broad St., Columbus, Ohio 43215

Mark your calendar to join us in celebrating the holiday season and enjoy lunch on us! More details about this exciting event to come – you don’t want to miss it!


Don’t Forget! VAN Member Raffle
In recognition of attendance at monthly VAN meetings, we will be hosting a raffle at the annual holiday event in December. Each month that you attend a meeting (starting in July) and sign-in, your name will be entered in the raffle to win a prize. We look forward to seeing you at the monthly VAN meetings!

We succeeded in meeting and exceeding our VAN Membership Goal of 60 memberships in 2016. Thank you for being a member of VAN. There are many types of organizations that involve volunteers in their day-to-day operations. Our members come from the nonprofit community where volunteers help to accomplish more and broaden the reach of the organization. Volunteers are also used in some for-profit organizations to expand their capacity. We also welcome members from corporations who seek opportunities for their employees. Click here to check out the full list of organizations that make up VAN and be sure to read on as we introduce the new VAN Member Spotlight to our monthly newsletter!

VAN Membership Renewal
Just as a reminder, all memberships expired on June 30th and now is the time to renew your VAN Membership. There is a new VAN Membership category: Individual Membership (Paid for by Organization). With this category the membership is transferable to a new individual with-in the organization if you leave the organization or your position changes. The Individual Membership (Paid for by the Individual) is not transferable. If you leave the organization, the membership goes with you. If you have 4 or more individuals within the organization that are joining VAN, please e-mail VAN to receive the discount code reducing the rate of an Individual membership by $10.

We are looking forward to another exciting year with VAN as we roll out the mentoring program as a way to strengthen relationships and skills among our members.