August 2016 VANtage

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President’s Message

VAN Members,

Last month we had the opportunity to learn more about the powerful impact of mentoring from Past President Saundra McBrearty. During the workshop, Saundra asked us to each reflect on the people in our lives who have helped us in times of trouble and times of strength and growth. As we shared our thoughts with the larger group it was really cool to see light bulbs go off for people, as they talked about individuals they never defined as mentors, but realized that’s exactly what they were. Just this week, as I attended the retirement celebration of one of my first supervisors, I continued reflecting as encouraged by Saundra, and realized all the ways that this one individual shaped my life, in ways she never even knew about. I share this because as volunteer administrators we are so well positioned to serve as mentors, in ways formal and informal, to the volunteers we work with everyday. But we are also in the incredible position of being surrounded by people – our volunteers, our staff, our fellow VAN members – who can profoundly impact our path in life if we are open to mentorship. While I know that VAN has so much to offer through professional development, meetings and workshops, I am constantly reminded that the most valuable asset we have is our people – an entire team of people to learn from and grow along side as we work to engage volunteers in our communities.

Don’t forget that it is membership renewal time! I challenge you to not only renew your membership, but ask someone you know, someone who could benefit from our powerful mentoring network, to join as well.

Melanie Murphy, CVA
VAN Central Ohio President



August Monthly Meeting:
Points of Light Conference Recap
Thursday, August 18
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Avondale – 5215 Avery Road
Dublin, Ohio 43016

If you missed the Points of Light convened Conference On Volunteering and Service we have good news for you. Four of your distinguished fellow VAN members are sharing their favorite sessions with you this month.

Here’s what we’ll share:
• Our favorite presentation from the opening plenary
• Strategies in Creating a Culture of Volunteer Engagement (Terri Gregoroff)
• Targeted Volunteer Recruitment (Liz Solomon)
• Beyond the Volunteer Event (Nick Linkenhoker)
• Innovation and Problem Solving (Sue Wolford)

To make sure we have time for all this great information, we’ll start with a panel, then break into small groups for discussion. See you there!

CVA Exam Registration Deadline is
September 15!
Have you wondered how you can take your career to the next level? Consider the Certified in Volunteer Administration credential! Offered by the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration, the CVA exam is offered during two exam windows each year. But don’t delay, the registration deadline to take the exam in October is September 15.
Click here to visit the CCVA website for more details.



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.

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!

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