The Washington State University Volunteer Program Management
Training Institute will be held November 7-10, 2006 in Kennewick, WA.
This four day Institute is aimed at individuals who want to hone their
skills in managing volunteers. It is primarily for those beginning work
in volunteer management, or with a desire to refresh and re-energize their
skills. Some work will be at the advanced level for participants with
The Institute presents information and interactive learning
the various aspects of recruiting (planning, screening, position development,
advertising, and volunteer recruiting teams;
organizing a planned training program for volunteers;
practicing management and supervision skills most effective with volunteers,
strategies to evaluate volunteers and programs, and methods of recognition.
There will be special attention to such things as the
changing nature of how people wish to volunteers.
Faculty members are experienced managers of volunteers,
with University credentials. You can read more about the faculty at the
website. For more information
on the Volunteer Management Institute contact Susan
Butts at the university.
This certificated program is also available through
online instruction. For more information on that visit the Web site http://www.capps.wsu.edu/vmcp/.
Association for Volunteer Administration Is No More
On March 1, 2006 the Association
for Volunteer Administration ceased to exist. The corporation was dissolved
by its board of directors and an electronic vote of its membership. Monumental
financial problems overtook the organization in the last 12 months. President
Ellen Didimamoff, send this final communiqué to members via the
Credentialing: Katie Campbell,
Certified Volunteer Administrator (CVA), will continue managing the
CVA program as a volunteer, and she is working with others in finalizing
the details of preserving the CVA program. The exam will be offered
May 24, and portfolios will be read and scored. All CVA committees are
intact, and the Credentialing Council will retain control of the program.
Current portfolios are being reviewed with the goal of finishing up
scoring on the 2005 group by the end of March 2006. The CVA credential
will be awarded to successful 2005 candidates under AVA's name before
it legally dissolves. If you have questions, please contact Katie at
The Journal of Volunteer Administration:
R. Dale Safrit, Ed.D., will serve as editor, and he is working out the
details for continued publication. Dale can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earned CEUs: For those who
earned CEUs through attendance at the 2005 International Conference
on Volunteer Administration, you will receive a certificate by mail
from AVA in the next week or so.
New Web Site: A new web site
is being created for everyone interested in the field of volunteer resources
management, (not just AVA members): http://www.vmweb.org.
This website should be live in the next few weeks. Watch this web site
for information on the formation of new groups for people in the field,
as well as other information related to conferences, etc. Please inform
your colleagues about this site. Note: Content will be removed from
the AVA web site on March 1, 2006.
CyberVPM: This Yahoo group
will continue but will no longer be connected with AVA. Meghan Kaskoun
has agreed to continue coordinating the schedule of moderators for now.
If you are interested in being a volunteer moderator, please contact
Meghan at MKASKOUN@cincinnatiarts.org.
2005 International Conference on Volunteer
Administration: In a previous message, I wrote that there had
been overspending related to this conference. Let me be clear in stating
that the local planning committee, under the umbrella of the Florida
Association of Volunteer Centers, was in no way responsible for this
overspending. In fact, the committee stayed within the budget and produced
a super conference!
2006 International Conference on Volunteer
Administration: The conference for this year has been cancelled.
Please watch the new web site, http://www.vmweb.org
for conferences offered by other organizations this year. Unfortunately,
pre-payments for the 2006 ICVA cannot be refunded, as AVA does not have
the money to do so.
Surveys conducted in 1965, 1975, 1985, 1995, 2003 show little difference
in the number of hours Americans worked, on average.
The amount of time women devout to housework has significantly declined
since 1975. Women, however, still spend more time on housework than
Americans have as much free time as do people in other westernized
countries. Europeans have between 31.5 to 45.5 hours of free time
per week. Norway and Finland at the high end; Germany and France at
the low end.
Half of leisure time is spent in watching TV, 2.6 hours per day.
Hard to think about the future
when the present is driving you crazy? But, new programs and volunteers
are in the future! Test your Future Consciousness. Do you operate now
to impact what is going to happen in the years ahead?
Rate Your Future Consciousness
Directions: Read the statements below. Rate
your agreement with the statement on a scale from 1 (Never) to
5 (Always). Add your score. The higher the score, the higher your
1. I have a have a habit of challenging
beliefs about the future.
2. I am usually familiar with different
visions of the futurein the sciences and humanities.
3. I enjoy brainstorming different
views of the future.
4. I believe in my personal ability
to impact the future.
5. Periodically I evaluate my life
plans and goals and use my imagination to consider alternate possibilities.
6. I am interested in long-term trends
that continue into the present.
7. I am willing to take calculated
8. I am interested in the practices
and techniques to enhance thinking skills, creativity, and imagination.