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VANtage: February 2017

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President’s Message

Recent events have made me spend more time reading philosophy lately, and I’ve been struck by two competing theories on the passage of time. Absolutism tells us that the time we spend on earth is just a piece of the larger puzzle of time; as Nietzsche puts it, “what is great in man is that he is a bridge and not a goal.” But for those who think that our lives should make a greater difference, there’s Existentialism, the belief that our existence here on earth matters in a much more important way than just as a blip on the radar.

I walk a tight rope between the two ideas. As a student of history, I believe that what happened before I came into existence matters, and that someday I will be history, too. There’s nothing that I can do to halt the sands through the hourglass. On the other hand, great people matter, and we wouldn’t be where we are today if they hadn’t been part of our shared story.

That’s how I see my time as the President of the Volunteer Administrator’s Network. My term is for a short time, and to ignore the contributions of past leaders would be a grave error. But I hope to see a renaissance for VAN that sees us bring on new members, strong speakers and programs, and greater relevance to our community. I’m so glad to be a member of a group that is already absolutely and existentially great.

Nick Linkenhoker
VAN Central Ohio President


February Meeting:
Cultivating the Leader Within
Thursday, February 16
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Ohio History Connection
800 E. 17th Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43211

We are excited to have Jennifer Sharma from Cadence Strategic Solutions lead our February meeting. Jennifer will discuss how great leaders demonstrate self-awareness, empathy, motivation, and savvy. This seminar will describe the core elements of emotional intelligence (EI), discuss how to assess these elements in yourself and your team, and share strategies for boosting your own EI. You won’t want to miss this meeting!

VAN Looking for Members to Join Task Forces Aimed at Strengthening Programs

The VAN Board is looking for you to help us gain a better understanding of the programs and services our members want and need, as well as insights into the best way to communicate those services to our members. Please consider joining one of three task forces: Marketing Plan, Professional Development and Networking, or Benchmark Survey. Contact or for more information or to sign up.

Mark Your Calendar

Volgistics User Meeting
March 2, 2017
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Delaware County District Library – Orange Branch
7171 Gooding Blvd.
Delaware, Ohio 43015
If you use Volgistics software to manage volunteers, attend this Volgistics User meeting. Share with and learn from others using this tool, and leave the meeting better equipped to use Volgistics to its potential and make your job a breeze.


VAN Half Year Membership

VAN Half Year Memberships are now available! If you know anyone who is thinking about joining VAN this is a great time! This $30 membership is a great way to get involved with VAN at a discounted rate. All memberships expire at the end of June.

Click here to join today!