VANtage: February 2018

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I earned my Certification of Volunteer Administration (CVA) in 2013. In consideration of earning my CVA I spoke with others in the field who had earned their CVA about the value of the certification. I learned the value of the CVA was recognition of the field of Volunteer Administration and their own knowledge and expertise in the field. Many of the colleagues I spoke with related, that as a result of earning their CVA, they where hired into new jobs in the field or recognized by their employer with a new title. I am a modest person and do not consider myself an expert in anything. But what I did learn about myself in the process of earning my certification is the knowledge and experience I had in the field of administration and the value I bring to the organization, team, and volunteers I work with.

Recognition is important. Whether it is recognition of our own skill set, or the recognition of the value volunteers provide to the organization, it provides motivation and leads to the success of a team. Recognition encourages individuals to give their time to share their knowledge and skills.

In 2018, I look forward to recognizing some great individuals who support and grow the field of Volunteer Administration and promote volunteerism in Central Ohio with the VAN awards. At the end of January we closed the acceptance of nominations for the VAN awards. We received multiple nominations for all three awards – Mary Merrill Award of Excellence, the Corporate Champion Award, and the Executive Leader Award. We will now begin the next step in the process in reviewing all the nominations.

This month’s Professional Development Meeting is on Volunteer Recognition. Many of you may be starting to think about National Volunteer Week in April. Now is a great time to think more on this topic and even how you might recognize your own volunteers each day.

Finally, it is a great time to start thinking about how you might recognize your own knowledge and skill set, as a volunteer administrator, by earning your CVA. The Council in Certification of Volunteer Administration is gearing up for the certification exam this spring. Terri Gregoroff

Terri Gregoroff
VAN Central Ohio President


We would like to introduce the new 2018 VAN Board!

From Right Back row- Carla Mello (secretary), Sheri McLane (Professional Development), Liz Garrabrant (Vice President), Jane Federer (Membership), Jon Huber (Treasurer), Nick Linkenhoker (Past President), Craig Kelley (Web Coordinator) Front Row – Terri Gregoroff (President), Liz Solomon (Membership), Jackie Haight (Professional Development) Not pictured: Nora Lyons (Public Relations)


February Monthly Meeting:
Volunteer Recognition

Thursday, February 15
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
OSU Alumni Association
Longaberger Alumni House
Mount Leadership Room
2200 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, OH 43210

Presented by Jill Smith, Recruiter for Volunteer Services at SourcePoint
McClelland’s Human Motivational Theory states that every person is driven by the need for achievement, affiliation, or power. This session will provide an overview of the theory and apply it to best practices for volunteer recognition. The presentation will incorporate an interactive small group activity to engage participants in identifying volunteers’ motivational needs and how to best apply them to their organization’s recognition program.


Have you let your VAN membership lapse? Don’t miss out on professional development that will help take you and your volunteer program to the next level! Purchase your half-year membership today so you can take advantage of all the great programming we’re offering this spring. Not sure of your current member status? Reach out to Membership Co-Chair Liz Solomon at and she’ll be happy to check for you.

Click HERE to purchase your membership!


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