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VANtage: September 2019

Published on 9/9/2019


Greetings friends,

As we wrap up the 3rd quarter of 2019, I’m once again struck by how quickly time has passed. It seems to shuffle by so slowly when going by the hour or by the day, especially when you’re trying to make changes and see results. When I “zoom out” to a months-and-years view I get a completely different picture!

Will I get everything done that I’d wanted to? Thank goodness, no! As satisfying as it is to finish a list, I’m pretty enamored of the idea that my work is never done. “Done” is what I want my son’s homework to be.It’s my north star when cooking meat.It’s the best thing I can say about filing my tax return.“Done” is usually a relief but I can’t say that it’s fun, and I need there to be fun!

For me at least, the fun is in the challenge of getting to “done” in a new, different, and/or better way.From one season to the next the target changes, the resources change, and the audience changes. At times it is exhausting, and I have to remind myself to stop, zoom out, and acknowledge how far we’ve come…and of course to tell others in case they missed it!I don’t mean to minimize the importance of goals, only to point out that they are a transitory atlas to guide my compass. The overall success of our volunteer program is due to the sum total of goals that were met, partially met, or maybe not met at all over a span of many years.

Do you find yourself pondering progress?Are you doing it right now?!Do you celebrate in the moment or find yourself waiting until you’re “done”?If you’ve been waiting, I hope you soon get the chance to celebrate the efforts that have gone in to bringing your program to where it is today.

À bientôt,

Elizabeth Garrabrant

VAN Central Ohio President



September Monthly Meeting
College Student Involvement
Thursday, September19, 2019
8:30am- 10:30pm
Otterbein University-Roush Hall
27 S Grove St
Westerville, OH 43081

*If you are not a member, the cost to attend a monthly meeting is $20.


October Meeting:What's On Your Dashboard -Thursday, October 17, 2019



Full memberships are currently available.With the launch of the new website, you will receive an automated email from the membership team instructing you on how to set up your login.

If your information was up to date in the old website you may receive an additional automated email from the new system instructing you to renew your membership.

Check out the new VAN website at www.vancentralohio.organd view past and current VANtage on the News feed, register for Professional Development workshops on the Events Calendar, and nominate members of our community for VAN Awards.

If you have any issues renewing please contact Betty Blockinger @ or Rachael Rohrig @


It's that time of year again--we are accepting nominations for the 2019 VAN Awards now through September30. Nominate your favorite Volunteer Administrator for the Mary Merrill Award of Excellence. Got a great for-profit partner? Nominate them for the Corporate Champion Award. Know a non-profit executive who fully embraces and lifts up the role of volunteers within an organization? Sounds like a great nominee for the Executive Leader Award.

Complete details and nomination forms are online. Click HERE to submit your nominations



Thursday, November 7, 2019
Dublin Community Recreation Center- located at 5600 Post Road Dublin, OH
Meeting Room 1 located on second floor
1 – 3 pm