Category Archives: President’s Message

Special Presidents Message May 2015

GRAVA’s 2014/2015 membership cycle is quickly drawing to a close, which means that our annual professional development conference is right around the corner! Looking back, I would like to believe (and I hope most GRAVA members would agree with me) … Continue reading

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President’s Message April 2015

Next week, my organization will join many others across the country in celebrating the service of volunteers and recognizing their many contributions. As the week draws nearer and we finalize preparations for our annual dinner and awards ceremony, I have … Continue reading

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President’s Message March 2015

Well, the snow really messed up my recent GRAVA events and I am not very happy about that! Within the last few weeks I have had to miss a workshop, a buddy meeting, and a book club discussion because of … Continue reading

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President’s Message February 2015

Yikes! How did it get to be February already?!? I had so many plans for January. I was supposed to wrap up all of my program stats for 2014 and write my annual report. I was going to do a … Continue reading

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President’s Message January 2015

It’s hard to believe, but as of January 2015, I will have been a member of GRAVA for eight years. And it’s even harder to believe, for me at least, that I have served on the board of GRAVA for … Continue reading

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President’s Message December 2014

This year started for me with a mantra: work smarter, not harder! I tacked a picture of it up on the bulletin board right by my desk so that I would look at it every day. Every single week I … Continue reading

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President’s Message November 2014

As volunteer engagement professionals, we tend to spend every waking moment taking care of others. We take care of our volunteers and invest a lot of our efforts to ensure that they feel appreciated and validated and meaningfully engaged. We … Continue reading

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President’s Message October 2014

For most of my professional life, I have been a one-woman show, “building” vibrant volunteer “programs” from scratch and “managing” them from start to finish. I prided myself on cranking out the numbers and expanding activities to their very limits. … Continue reading

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September 2014 President’s Message

The older I get, the more convinced I become about the importance of building opportunities for joy into every single day, week, and month. As a value, it certainly ranks as one of my top ten, and I would even … Continue reading

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August’s Message From the President

Recently, this email message was delivered to the GRAVA inbox: “The Board’s continued dedication and strategic planning have raised the level of professionalism in our field.  And I am so grateful for that.  In the years I’ve been a members … Continue reading

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