MCDVS Newsletter MastHead
May 2009
In This Issue
Election Results
President's Message
Keeping on Task
Renew Your Membership
Resource Exchange
Membership Update
 Election Results
 Advisor - Debi Shroeder, CAVS
Please join me in congratulating our officers and nominating committee for 2009-2010!
Karol Pokley, CAVS - President
Cindi McPherson, CAVS - President-Elect
Ron Yonkoski - Secretary
Linda Fites, CVA - Treasurer
Penny Brown, CAVS; Nanci Carlisi; and Sue Methner, CAVS - Nominating Committee members
 President's Message
 President --  Carol Bridges, CAVS
 Carol Bridges 
This is my last newsletter article before turning the reins over to Karol Pokley and her board.  It has been a privilege to sit on this '08 - '09 board with such a hardworking group of women. 
This past year brought challenges, successes, difficult discussions, and hard work, but through it all I think our greatest accomplishment was respectful communication.  The conversations were energizing instead of draining, issues were debated, challenged and resolved.  I looked forward to attending each and every board meeting, knowing that I had an extremely supportive group waiting to do the best they could to ensure the future of MCDVS.  I was able to draw on the opinions and vast knowledge of several past presidents. 
I look forward to continuing on the board as advisor and helping in whatever capacity I can.  Thank you for the honor of serving as your president.

 Keeping on Task

 President-Elect -- Karol Pokley, CAVS

Karol PokleyWhew, National Volunteer Week is over and we are done putting ourselves into high gear!  Now, if you are like me, you have a mindset to take a big "sigh of relief" and begin to "coast!" 
Well, as all of us know, there is no time for such coasting!  We need to move quickly onto the next project(s) or deadline(s).  If this sounds like what you are going through, let me offer you some time management tips that might spur you on:
1.  Make the most of 15 minutes
2.  Make a list of small tasks that only take a few minutes to finish.
3.  Commit to working on a large project for a certain amount of time.
4.  Keep a "pending" file and refer to it often.
5.  Try not to leave too many loose ends at the end of the day.
6.  Complete the "tough" tasks as early as possible.
7.  Work within your energy level.
8.  Develop and keep your deadline.
9.  Don't be a perfectionist.  Do great work, of course, but do not
     give a task more time and energy than it deserves. Remember:  
     Progress not Perfection!
Every day, we need to review our accomplishments, both small and large, and be thankful for the difference we have made, one step at a time!
 Renew Your MCDVS Membership
 Membership Chair -- Cindi McPherson, CAVS 

Don't forget to renew your membership to Michigan Council of Directors of Volunteer Services.   
Membership for the coming year promises to be a valuable investment as we continue to expand our website, offer local regional meetings, sponsor state-wide conferences reflecting membership needs, and publish our monthly newsletter, all valuable resources for the volunteer administrator, manager or director.  Where else can you get so much and more for just $60?  Membership deadline is May 30, 2009.
Website Quick Links
*Please note: user ID (mcdvs) and password (cab08) are required to log into these sections of the website.
Upcoming Events
Spring Conference
June 3 - 5, 2009
Mission Point Resort
Mackinac Island, MI 
Regional Meeting
July 24, 2009
Borgess Medical Center
Kalamazoo, MI
Contact Kathy Praedel at 269-226-4882 or
Resource Exchange
Resource Chair -- Sue Methner, CAVS
I have received A LOT of information for the Resource Exchange.  I can hardly wait to share it at the spring conference!  
In addition, another way to pay respect and honor your volunteers is through the Presidential Service Awards.  Check it out at
Hope to see you at Mission Point!

Membership Update
Please join us in welcoming our newest MCDVS member:
Kathy Moore, CVA
RSVP - The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program of Catholic Social Services of Wayne County
26155 Richardson
Dearborn Heights, MI 48127
phone:  313-278-8455
fax:  313-278-7807
Your MCDVS Board
Carol Bridges, President

 Karol Pokley, President-Elect
Kathy Zaguroli, Secretary

 Linda Fites, Bylaws

Kristyn Ireland, Education Chair

Julie Elliott, Education Co-Chair

 Cindi McPherson, Membership

Penny Brown, Newsletter

Lisa Hasselbach, Political Affairs
Erin O'Mara, Professional Development

Sue Methner, PR/Resources

Tamera Varkas, Website