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VANtage: November 2019

Published on 11/22/2019


Greetings friends,

The season of gratitude is upon us. As I look back over the year and consider those things that I’m most grateful for having experienced, my time as VAN president must be counted among them. I highly recommend the experience. It has been all things - interesting, challenging, rewarding, and fun. Here are my personal favorites:

Top Ten Things I’m Grateful for as the 2019 Van Board President

10.All those who have served on the board since 1981 for keeping the group in forward motion
9. The welcoming partners who have hosted our meetings this year
8. Lt. General Michael Ferriter’s session on leadership
7.…and then watching him toss around our members in a self-defense demo!
6. The curious nature of our members and our board – always willing to try, learn, and grow.
5. The new logo – I know it’s not fair to mention it since we haven’t had the reveal yet ;)
4. The gavel. Yes! You get to mallet-sit the tiny hammerduring your term as president!!
3.The vast spectrumof experiences, personalities, interests, and causes that our members and member organizations bring with them – so many perspectives to learn from!
2. The talented and committed members of the 2019 VAN Board
1. The support and inspiration I find at each and every VAN meeting

There's so much more, but I encourage you to try a term on our board to get the full picture. I hope to see you tomorrow at the November Celebration!

Elizabeth Garrabrant

VAN Central Ohio President



November Celebration
This IS my circus!
Thursday, November7, 2019
8:30am- 10:30pm
677 E 11th Ave
Columbus, OH43211

Join us for a hot breakfast and great conversation on this chilly November morning!
*If you are not a member, the cost to attend a monthly meeting is $20.


December Meeting:Self-Care for Volunteer Administrators
- Thursday, December 19, 2019



Full memberships are currently available.With the launch of the new website, you may havereceived 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.

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


VAN isoffering a time for our members to get together and reflect on the most recent Professional Development meeting. November'snetworking will be a brainstorming session.We look forward to seeing you there!

This is also a great time to come and talk with other VAN members if you are new to the group or considering joining! Please share this event with anyone you know that may have an interest in becoming a member.

When: Tuesday, November 12, 8:30- 10a.m.
Where: Panera,300 W Lane AveColumbus, OH 43201


Host: Elizabeth Garrabrant, MOF



At the end of this year we will have three open board positions. We're looking for individuals to fill the following positions:

Vice President
Professional Development Co-Chair
Public Relations Chair

If you would like to be a part of the VAN leadership team, or you’d like to learn more about it,please



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