AL!VE Newsletter: October 2018
Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement

A Message from The President

Jason Frenzel, CVA

Service comes in many forms. This month I’d like to talk about two specifically.
First, next week is our collaborative conference, Leading the Way. Hosted by our own Dana Litwin, all of our presenters will be delivering inspiring content to our peers at over 40 locations throughout North America. ALIVE’s board, along with Better Impact and the Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada, are honored to bring expert content to local associations, many who have members who are unable to attend national conferences. At my local association we use the conference as an opportunity to network with other nearby associations, and offer emerging leaders opportunities to help plan a professional development event for their peers. ALIVE’s board is here to serve our membership and our industry. I hope you’re able to attend the conference and use it as a way to serve your community and peers.
Second, our annual meeting is coming up on November 29, at which time we will be electing new board members and executive committee. I invite you to get involved with the board at any level, including on the formal board. We’re looking for motivated leaders who are willing to get their hands dirty. As I often say, in life we get out as much as we put in. For me, the personal ROI for board leadership has been exceptionally positive. I would love to serve with you next year.
Best, ~Jason


AL!VE Member Welcome Webinars

New to AL!VE or just want to check in?  
Find out what's happening or get a quick fix of networking with your peers. 

New members will get a brief overview of our mission, benefits, activities and committees.  Existing members can get a refresher, check in and ask questions. We'll share upcoming announcements, activities, calendar events and trainings.

Webinars will be approximately 30 minutes with an additional 30 minutes allocated for networking or discussion.  

Register for our next webinar:
Wednesday, November 28th, 2018; 1pm EST / 10am PST

Welcome New AL!VE Members

Welcome to our newest AL!VE members:

John Pickle
United States Air Force

Marilyn A Bailey
Bible Study Group

Jennifer Highfield
National First Ladies Library

Paula Lipford
National Fragile X Foundation

Josh Reyes
National Park Service

Lea Taddonio

DOVIA Sacramento

Cairn Reisch
American Red Cross

Paul Falkowski

Lori Geres
Portland 5 Center for the Arts

Thank You to Renewing Members

A big THANK YOU to these renewing members:

Kathy Cahill
Lee County Parks and Recreation
Member Since: 06/05/2009

Paul Belanger
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Pearl Harbor
Member Since: 07/10/2009

Joy Pietschmann, CVA
National Park Service
Member Since: 07/10/2009

Krista Gilmore
Senior Services & Community Transit, Cecil Co.
Member Since: 08/01/2009

Tony Goodrow
Better Impact
Member Since: 08/06/2009

Jason Frenzel, CVA
Huron River Watershed Council
Member Since: 08/25/2009

Nichola Russell, CVA
United Good Neighbors of Jefferson County
Member Since: 11/30/2009

Jennifer Fauss
Community Preservation and Development Corporation
Member Since: 04/05/2010

Southeastern VA Assoc for Volunteer Administration
Member Since: 07/16/2010

Dana D. Riley
Volunteer McKinney
Member Since: 07/10/2012

Jan Hathaway
United Way of Marion County
Member Since: 08/30/2013

Lori A. Morris
Orion Township Public Library
Member Since: 09/12/2013

Anthony Richardson
United Way of the Inland Valleys
Member Since: 06/03/2014

Shelby Seferian
Nevada Volunteers
Member Since: 10/21/2014

Kathy Perun
St. Joseph's Villa
Member Since: 06/24/2015

Mary Beth Harrington
Member Since: 07/14/2016

Holly Payne
Covenant House Alaska
Member Since: 08/08/2016

Troy Smythe
The Corning Museum of Glass
Member Since: 08/15/2016

Jessica Trump
The Corning Museum of Glass
Member Since: 08/15/2016

MAVA Network
Member Since: 08/24/2016

Seth Richardson
Member Since: 01/20/2017

Southern Arizona Volunteer Management Association
Member Since: 05/05/2017

Jennifer Besse
Reliant Medical Group
Member Since: 07/05/2017

Barbara Hickert
Member Since: 07/19/2017

Sue Carter Kahl
Sue Carter Kahl Consulting
Member Since: 08/01/2017

Amanda Caruso-Yahne
Member Since: 08/03/2017

Melissa Heinlein Storti
Department of Veterans Affairs/Crescenz VA Medical Center
Member Since: 08/03/2017

Karen Stolt
Lollypop Farm
Member Since: 08/08/2017

Sioux Empire DOVIA
Member Since: 08/09/2017

Lisa Greenberg
Hammer Residences
Member Since: 08/10/2017

Cathy Thoma
Hammer Residences
Member Since: 08/10/2017

Emma Onawa
Hope Coalition
Member Since: 08/17/2017

Patricia Wright
Western Maryland Health System
Member Since: 08/17/2017

Sheri Burke
Member Since: 08/18/2017

Association for Volunteer Administration of Central Arizona
Member Since: 08/22/2017

Garrett Zaffke
Member Since: 08/24/2017

Question? Contact Us!

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THIS MONTH: AL!VE & Better Impact Hybrid Conference

October 23rd or 24th, 2018

AL!VE is pleased to partner with Better Impact and VMPC (Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada) to provide high quality professional development from nationally known presenters at a local level and we are grateful for their support.

Session Topics
How I Learned to Lead My Way and Take Charge of My Day
Leading From Behind  |  Getting A Seat At the Table


This year's Volunteer Management Hybrid Conference will host a record 40 site locations in the US and Canada.  We expect nearly 1,000 participants over the course of two days!  You can follow the twitter feed on October 23 and 24 at #VMHCLTW.

Would you like to attend?

Click here to register to attend at one of these sites:
Association for Volunteer Administration of Central Arizona - Phoenix, Arizona
Southern Arizona Volunteer Managers Association - Tuscon, Arizona
DOVIA Sacramento - Sacramento, California
Peninsula Humane Society - San Francisco, California
Douglas County Libraries - Castle Rock Colorado
Delaware Association of Volunteer Administrators - Wilmington, Delaware
Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley - Urbana, Indiana
Managers of Volunteer Engagement - Topeka, Kansas
Volunteer Kansas - Wichita, Kansas
Directors of Volunteer Administration - Boston, Massachusetts
Wahtenaw Association of Volunteer Coordinators - Ypsilanti, Michigan
Nonprofit Connect, Kansas City - Missouri
Cincinnati Association of Volunteer Administrators - Cincinnati, Ohio
TulsAL!VE - Tulsa, Oklahoma
Volunteer Coordinators Network - Eugene, Oregon
Pennsylvania Association of Healthcare Resource Professionals - West Reading, Pennsylvania
City of Plano - Plano, Texas
Wisconsin Volunteer Coordinators Association - Fond duLac, Wisconsin

Want to attend from the comfort of your own office?
You can pay the connection fee and watch from wherever you'd like! Click here to register.

Call for Nominations AL!VE Board of Directors

Deadline Approaching:
Call for Nominations for AL!VE Board of Directors

The deadline for those wishing to serve on AL!VE's Board of Directors for AL!VE is October 19, 2018

AL!VE's Board of Directors meets virtually every month and work in teams or individually on oversight, planning, advocacy, professional development, member benefits and governance of AL!VE.  There are openings for five new board members.

Board service is a chance to grow personally and professionally, to develop skills, gain unique experience and make lasting connections with a team of other passionate and motivated professionals throughout the country. The volunteer commitment is an average of 15 hours per month. Individuals may nominate themselves or a colleague. 

We are asking you to serve. Please share your professional knowledge, expertise, and passion to help us craft and forge the future of the profession. This is an exciting time to join the leadership of AL!VE and help us map our ambitious future. To learn more or apply, visit the 2019 Board Nomination webpage

NOW OPEN: Request for Proposals for AL!VE Academy Presenters

Present at an Upcoming AL!VE Academy

Do you care about building the skills of volunteer engagement professionals across the county? Would you like to build your own professional experience, presenting on a national webinar? Do you have advanced content to share relevant to volunteer engagement professionals? Consider volunteering as an AL!VE Academy Presenter!

AL!VE strives to bring high quality, relevant presentation topics to our members and those in the field, and is seeking AL!VE Academy Presenters to support this important work. Successful candidates will propose an advanced volunteer management topic and be responsible for the development and presentation of the content.

Proposals are being accepted now until November 12, 2018.

Click here to learn more or to submit a proposal.

Don't Miss AL!VE Academy Webinars in November

AL!VE Academy Presents:
Sharing Our Best: Publishing and Presenting to Build Our Profession

Thursday, November 1, 2018
3pm EST / Noon PST
via GoToMeeting

Cost: AL!VE Members (Free) / Non-Members ($25)
To attend this event, register here

It can be intimidating to write for publication or to submit a proposal even if you’ve completed those tasks numerous times.  With a few basic steps and a little practice, we can all be more successful in the process and can share our experiences with colleagues to enhance knowledge and skills necessary for our work.  Join us as we discuss tips and strategies to improve publications and to submit winning presentation proposals.  We’ll also consider ideas for making our presentations more engaging for our participants.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Harriett Edwards is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences at NC State University, working with faculty at the 101 County Extension Centers around the state to engage more than 40,000 youth and adult volunteers annually.  She is also the Extension Military Liaison and has worked with multiple partners to bring more than $10 Million to North Carolina to support military children and families.  She has served as President of NCAVA and has also served as President of the Association for Leaders in Volunteer Engagement.  She has presented at numerous national and international conferences and enjoys working with volunteer administrators from myriad program areas.

Building Your Local Professional Development Network: Strategies to Create or Enhance a Local Association of Volunteer Engagement
Friday, November 30, 2018
2pm EST / 11am PST
via GoToMeeting

Cost: AL!VE Members (Free) / Non-Members ($25)
To attend this event, register here

Volunteer engagement professionals who have access to a local professional network enjoy opportunites for networking, mentoring, and professional development on a local level.  Karmit J Bulman, Esq, Director of MAVA, will outline successful strategies to create or enhance a local association.  Resources that are available to a local association that has an AL!VE membership will be highlighted.

About the Presenter:
Karmit has extensive experience running non-profit organizations and has a strong background of leadership in international, national and statewide coalition building. Her roles have involved financial management, program development, public and community relations, fund raising and oversight of organizational operations. She has a particular passion for facilitation of collaborative processes, conflict assessment, coalition building, executive coaching and consulting, new business development, organizational turnaround, and revenue expansion. Karmit Bulman is the Executive Director for the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA).

Coordinate Volunteers in Rural Areas? Join AL!VE’s Rural COP!

Rural Communities of Practice
Next Topic: Volunteer Leadership Succession
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
3pm EST / Noon PST
via GoToMeeting
Members Only

To attend this event, register here.

Volunteer Engagement Professionals in small towns face unique challenges and opportunities that aren’t always addressed by advice intended for city-based audiences. There are also fewer opportunities to connect with others doing similar work across the country. That’s what led to the creation of AL!VE’s Community of Practice (CoP) for volunteer engagement professionals in rural communities. This group meets virtually to share successes and challenges and to develop a network of highly engaged peers serving rural communities across the country.

Communities of practice are really a semi-informal group of people who have a particular practice in common. The purpose of a CoP is for members to share issues, strategies, best practices, get and receive colleagues' support, make connections, and provide an opportunity to share information, experiences, and resources specific to their shared practice. The Rural CoP is more than a webinar series, it’s a chance to get to know your peers, and have a network you can go to with questions or to get feedback on new ideas.

For any questions about this, please contact Michelle Raymer at

Attend the Next AL!VE Group Member Roundtable

AL!VE hosts a quarterly roundtable discussion for Associations of Volunteer Engagement Professionals.  We will share successes, challenges, resources, templates and information.  These discussions are meant for board of directors or leadership in these local associations, not individual AL!VE members. At each roundtable, we will have updates on our current project to expand services and supports for local associations.

November 14th:  Making the Most of Social Media (register here)
3pm EST / Noon PST

Are you making the most of social media for your association of volunteer engagement professionals?  Social media can be a great way to keep your local association members informed and engaged.  We will delve into how you can use Facebook and/or Linked In to better communicate, inform, and share resources with your members.  Join your peers involved in leadership in your local association to learn tips and tricks, share ideas and successful strategies.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Get Ready to Vote and Attend the Annual Meeting!

Medgar E. Pug invites you to vote this November for ALIVE's Board of Directors Nominees and bylaw changes.

In November, you'll receive an email to vote for two very important issues for your professional association.  The vote will present our new class of board members to serve 2019-2022 and to update our bylaws, which have not been updated in nearly ten years.  Watch your inbox for an email in early November.  Medgar says woof and thank you in advance!

Save the Date: AL!VE Annual Meeting:
Wednesday, November 29th, 2018
1-2pm (EST) / 10-11am (PST)
To RSVP, click here.

AL!VE President Jason Frenzel, CVA and AL!VE Vice President Dana Litwin, CVA will lead AL!VE's Annual meeting with a report of AL!VE's activities over this past year, by-laws review and updates, and upcoming plans for 2019.

The election results for AL!VE's Board of Directors for 2018 will also be announced.

This meeting will be recorded and a link will be placed on our website for members to view. Meeting minutes will be available to members in the December newsletter.

Note: Medgar works closely with AL!VE Board Member Brian Probst at Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA in Burlingame, CA and approves this message. #medgarepug

Your Input is Needed to Inform the Next National Conference

In 2019, MAVA and Points of Light will partner to deliver an historic conference. They would like your feedback about the volunteer engagement leadership training workshops that would be most valuable to YOU. Your feedback is important to they plan for next year's conference.

Please complete the survey (which should take approximately 5-7 minutes) no later than October 23, 2018.

Thank you for your input!  

Keep It Up with Amazon Smile!


AL!VE is dedicated to keeping membership fees low and exercising various funding avenues to enrich our membership offerings.

A HUGE THANK YOU to members who have chosen AL!VE as their charitable option when you purchase items through Amazon Smile.

Add AL!VE to your Amazon account so when you purchase certain items, a percentage of that purchase can go directly to AL!VE. To learn more about the program, click here. To select AL!VE as your charitable organization:

  1. Sign in to on your desktop or mobile phone browser.

  2. From your desktop, go to Your Account from the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the option to Change your Charity. Or, from your mobile browser, select Change your Charity from the options at the bottom of the page.

  3. Select AL!VE as your charity to support

Upcoming Days of Service

Listed below are upcoming recognized days of service within the next couple of months.  This may be a great opportunity for your organization to host service project.

Pro Bono Week
October 21st-27th, 2018
The Taproot Foundation and the American Business Association started this week to celebrate "the pro bono ethic in all industries, where professionals are using their skills to help make a difference in their communities."


International Volunteer Managers Day
November 5th, 2018
Take time to celebrate and acknowledge the work of volunteer managers directly making our communities, countries and world a better place.  Get resources, banners, photos and more at the official website to  celebrate at your organization!

National Family Volunteer Day
November 17th, 2018
Created by Points of Light in 1991, Family Volunteer Day is held annually on the Saturday before Thanksgiving to 'kick off' the holiday season with giving and service, and to signal the start of National Family Week.

November 27th, 2018
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

International Volunteer Day
December 5th, 2018
In 1985 the General Assembly of the United Nations designated December 5th for an annual celebration by communities, peoples and governments of all that is achieved by voluntary effort – by volunteers – around the world.

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