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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

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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

REGISTER TODAY
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.

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MEMBERSHIP

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!

August Meeting: What We Learned in Detroit -August 18, 8:30-10:30 AM

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Our Favorite Things…

What We Learned in Detroit

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.

Join us August 18, 2016 at Avondale at 5215 Avery Road in Dublin.

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 get all this information in, we’ll start with a panel, then break into small groups for discussion.
We’ll also encourage you to start now to budget for next year’s conference in Seattle.

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July VANtage

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President’s Message

VAN Members,

“You can’t lead anyone else further than you have gone yourself.”
– Gene Mauch
We all know the important role volunteerism plays not only for oneself, but for the greater community.  We talk about it every day as we encourage people to get out and experience the world around them through service.  As we encourage others to engage in service it is important to do some self refection and see if we are really “walking our own talk.”

Last month, VAN members came together in service at the Worthington Resource Pantry.  Not only did it give us the opportunity to get to know each other better, it also provided us an opportunity to “be on the other side” and go through the steps as a volunteer.  As volunteer administrators it certainly helped us see how our colleague runs his program and walk away with tips and ideas.

But while there, it struck me that while I volunteer often in the community, I have never really volunteered for my own organization…..sure, I’ve volunteered at events and other activities, but I never fully experience my own organization as a volunteer.   It made me think about how our volunteer programs might change and improve if we all took a step back and put ourselves in the position of our volunteers.  What would happen if you took off your volunteer administrator hat and put on your volunteer hat to experience YOUR volunteer program as a VOLUNTEER.  Might that change your web presence?  Your application process?  Your orientation?  Give it a try.  You might just have some fun being your own volunteer!

Melanie Murphy, CVA
VAN Central Ohio President

July Meeting: Making the Most of Mentoring – July 21, 8:30-10:30 AM

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We are the Wise and the Trusted- Let’s buddy up and mentor one another!

Together we can guide one another to success. VAN is excited to connect you with other VAN members who can advise you and help you reach your professional goals. Plus, linking up with a buddy will provide each of us the opportunity to contribute our expertise to other volunteer managers. Please click the link below and complete the survey relating to your experiences and goals.

http://goo.gl/forms/hUAiwSshJW

The VAN meeting on July 21 will focus on mentoring. We will introduce various mentoring strategies, have an opportunity to connect with your VAN buddy or mentor, and also explore ways to bring a mentoring program to your organization’s staff and volunteer program. Join us at the Worthington Christian Village located at 165 Highbluffs Blvd., Columbus.

Learn more about the importance of mentoring here!

Register Now!