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VANtage: December 2020

Galen Roth | Published on 12/21/2020

Greetings Members,

Wow! Its finally here, a vaccine and the end of the year. I know it is going to take some time to spread the joy of a vaccine to the entire nation, but a bright light is shining for 2021. All of us have had many challenges this year, but I sincerely hope we overcame them and are looking forward to an awesome 2021. 

You are key to our success as an organization, and on behalf of the VAN Board, I would like to say thank you for all of your exceptional work this year engaging and managing volunteers. We are so fortunate to have a hardworking group of committed members as you. Thank you for always being there for us and each other. 

I also want to thank all the VAN Board Members, due to their creativity, innovation and commitment, we have thrived this year. Many thanks for all you have done. On December 9th the VAN Board will hold its annual retreat. If you have any ideas on Professional Development Workshops or other activities we can offer during 2021, please email them to us at Additionally, there is still time to consider joining us on the Board! 

Now, it’s the holiday season, so put your feet up and have a well-deserved rest. Let every day of the holiday season be filled with joy. I would like to say thank you once again for your continued loyalty and faith in VAN. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May you and your family have a great holiday that is full of making safe, happy memories. 

Thank you for being our treasured member. I look forward to celebrating with you at our next Professional Development meeting, and to working alongside you in the new year!

Gerlinde Higginbotham
VAN Central Ohio President


VAN Professional Development Meeting
Topic: Year-End Celebration
Time: December 17th, 2020 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) over Zoom
Description: While we have all been challenged beyond measure - we also have a lot to celebrate this year! Grab your coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, and join us for some reflection, decompression, and mutual encouragement. Let's celebrate our successes and accomplishments, and wrap up the year with some creative fun in a game of (online Pictionary)!

Join Zoom Meeting on Thursday, December 17th at 9:00am
See your VANtage email for Zoom information


Join or renew your membership before 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 $50 Amazon Gift Card!

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

Refer a Friend!
Don't miss out on the opportunity to spread the good news of VAN to your friends and other volunteer administrators! If you refer someone who joins by year-end, you will also be entered into a raffle for an Amazon Gift Card! 

Join the VAN Board!
Become a bigger part of your favorite group! We have openings available for Vice President, Professional Development Co-Chair, Membership Co-Chair, and Web Coordinator! Contact Gerlinde Higginbotham if you have interest in learning more about these opportunities at