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VANtage: October 2020

Christa Hester | Published on 10/13/2020

Greetings members,

Fall is officially here, and there’s only 3 more months until 2021. Yes, I could really do without this last quarter. Like all of us, I am ready for COVID to go away so we can stop being so anxious! However, the close of 2020 presents me an opportunity for reflection. I cannot but help register some concern, but as I move closer to year end and move toward the future, I do feel hopeful. I can take some pride in a few of my 2020 accomplishments - we all have our positive and negative lists. But, I want to continue to build and improve, and so I am striving to focus only on positives this quarter! 

One of my positives is being President of this awesome network. I want to build our organization and motivate our membership to continue their aspirations for excellence in Volunteer Administration and Service.  In order for this to happen, and for VAN to continue and grow, we need a few new board members added to our team. Are you looking for a new opportunity? We are looking for the following Board positions: Professional Development Co-Chair, Membership Co-Chair, and Web Coordinator.  Please help ensure that VAN’s future is kept alive and vibrant by joining us!

Finally, another positive thing to look forward to is our next Professional Development event on Thursday, October 15th.  Everyone has different strengths and hesitations when it comes to public speaking. I do well on Zoom but put me in front of an audience of more than 10 people, I just become an anxious mess! I look forward to hearing Ms. Stephanie Sparrow Hughes from LifeCare Alliance present on Public Speaking. As someone who excels in this area, we can all hope to learn from Stephanie’s experience and gain some new tips and tools to use in the coming year! 

Gerlinde Higginbotham
VAN Central Ohio President


VAN Professional Development Meeting
Topic: Public Speaking, Presented by Stephanie Sparrow Hughes, CVA, LifeCare Alliance
Time: October 15, 2020 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) over Zoom
Description: Stephanie Sparrow Hughes is an experienced public speaker who enjoys opportunities to help others grow in this skillset. Look forward to this session where you can take time to reflect and consider how to grow in this area. 

Join Zoom Meeting on Thursday, October 15th at 9:00am
Check your October VANtage email for the ZOOM link.


Renew your membership between now and December 31st!
Any member who renews their membership, or anyone who signs up for the first time before December 31st will be entered into a raffle for a special prize! 

Most VAN memberships have expired on 6/30/2020. To renew your membership please visit: follow the prompts for membership renewal.

Join the VAN Board!
We are looking forward to adding more members to our board! We have openings available for a Professional Development Co-Chair, Membership Co-Chair, and Web Coordinator! Contact Gerlinde Higginbotham if you have interest in learning more about these opportunities at

ServeOhio Conference - Free Registration

ServeOhio's Ohio Conference on Service and Volunteerism Begins Next Thursday!
This year, ServeOhio is hosting a free virtual conference! Sessions will occur on Thursday afternoons from 1pm-3pm. The dates of the conference are ongoing - October 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th. 

Register Online