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~ March 2008 ~

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Violet Malone Dies

Dr. Violet Malone died February 6, 2008 in Bellingham, WA.  Malone was a long time friend, trainer and consultant to managers of volunteers around the world. Violet Malone

Dr. Malone was professor of Adult and Higher Education in the Woodring College of Education at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. She to the university as head of Department of Education Administration and Foundations after serving as the head of the Extension Education Unit in the College of Agriculture at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Malone spent her career working with adults in some phase of transition,  conducting short courses, workshops and seminars on Learning in Adulthood, Changes and Transitions Across the Lifespan, Leadership in Community Based Organizations, Voluntary Work, Teaching and Learning in Adulthood and “Good Leaders Make Great Lovers” series. Her work took her all over the US, Sri Lanka, Jordan, Kenya, Zambia, Belize and several islands of the Caribbean as well as Canada and the. She was an author of textbooks and train-the-trainer manuals.

Malone was the former president of the Adult Education Association of the USA and former Chairperson of the National Coalition for Literacy. Her name is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who, American woman. Her community volunteer activities included: president of the YWCA (C-U), AAUW (C-U), and member United Way of Illinois, Board of Education for Corrections member, the local Volunteer Center and Human Rights Task Force..

Although she was former president of the local chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, being named the National Honorary, Iota Phi Lambda Sorority as well as the Community Woman of the Year (1999) by the Puget Sound Chapter, American Business Women Association.

She was inducted into the Academy of Creative Teaching, Lucerne, Switzerland. In 1999 she was named to the International Hall of Fame for Adult and Continuing Education Society .In 2002, she was an invited member to the Oxford University, England Round Table.

Her academic background included four degrees: Elementary Education, Guidance and Counseling, Adult Education and a Ph.D. in Adult Education. She is a native of Chicago, Illinois and resided in Ferndale WA. 

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New Vitality for Volunteer Programs:  New Models, New People, New Strategies

New Vitality for Volunteer Programs:  New Models, New People, New Strategies
Workshop:  Friday, March 7, 2008
9:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Sponsored by http:  Nonprofit Center of South Puget Sound
Tacoma, WA

It is getting harder and harder to find volunteers.  What is happening? Spend the day with nationally known author and trainer Nancy Macduff as she leads a lively workshop of the issues facing those who manage volunteers.  Explore a new model of volunteering based on how people are asking to volunteer.  Review the practical strategies for recruiting and managing traditional and non-traditional forms of volunteering.  Go home with practical techniques to enhance your volunteer program.  For more information contact: http://www.npcenter.org/.

Free Rice

Are there days when your brain just shuts down?  Nothing restarts it like a game of solitaire, for me.  VT found a new location for brain dead moments.  Free Rice is a Web site where words appear with four definitions.  You pick the right one and 20 grains of rice are donated to the United Nations World Food Program.  You need not sign in or give your email.  If you set the option for keeping track of your donation it will show up in little bundles of rice on the screen.  The bonus is the increase in your vocabulary.  Check it out at http://freerice.com/index.php.

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