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June 2009
In This Issue
President's Message
Spring Conference in Review
Spring Conference Photo Album
AHVRP Annual Conference Brochure

 President's Message

 President-- Karol Pokley, CAVS

Karol PokleyI want to personally thank you for electing me president of this very dynamic organization.  I felt welcomed into MCDVS at the very first conference that I attended 10 years ago!
By electing me, it tells me that you have put your trust in me.  I take this very seriously and plan to do my best to fulfill the duties of your president.
As I pondered the idea of the president's role, I wondered what I should do differently? Then I thought, how do I fix something that is not broken?  Our past presidents have paved the way, keeping our organization strong.  I do see my role as your president to be one that stays the course during these uncertain and difficult economic times, a president that has the integrity and stick-to-it-ive-ness to endure, while maintaining our strength.    I feel MCDVS's strength is in our connectivity, our communication and our compassion.  I do not plan to take too much time focusing in the rearview mirror on what was in the past, but will keep my eyes forward to move ahead to see what is next.
I consider it a privilege to serve as your president for this upcoming year.  I look to the support and encouragement of a great board to meet the challenges that lie ahead.  I am pleased to announce the following board chairs have willingly accepted the following positions: 
Bylaws:  Alison Feikema-Reed 
Education Chair:  Julie Elliot
Education Co-Chair:  Jacquie Karr-Zlotnicki
Newsletter:  Penny Brown
Professional Development:  Debi Schroeder
Public Relations/Marketing/Historian:  Nancy Babcock
Membership:  Kathy Daly
Website: Rachael Rosas  
Lastly, I want to thank our past presidents and board members for making MCDVS what it is today.  And remember...even though I am in the U.P., I am just an email or a phone call away.
Thank you for allowing me this opportunity to serve you.
 Spring Conference in Review
 Advisor --  Carol Bridges, CAVS
 Carol Bridges 
To all who attended the spring conference, what a wonderful opportunity to learn from each other.
The weather was beautiful, Mission Point was lovely and accommodating, and the networking was the best ever.  My special thanks to Kristyn Ireland and Julie Elliott for putting on a classy conference. 
As promised, here is the presentation that Debi and I gave at the conference called Teaching Volunteers How to Provide Emotional Support in a Health Care Facility. (Please note, when you click on the presentation link, a pop up "File Download" box will appear.  It will ask if you want to open or save the file.  Click on save.  This will allow you to save this PowerPoint presentation to your computer and personalize it for your hospital.)
It has been an honor to serve as your president for this past year, and as I watched Karol Pokley become the newest MCDVS president, I understood the look of pride that I see on all past-president's faces during installation.  It is an awesome group to be a part of, and I look forward to a long partnership with our organization.
To those who were unable to attend, you were missed and we hope to see you at the next one.
 Spring Conference Photo Album
Carol Bridges
Click here to check out photos taken during the spring conference by fellow members on Mackinac Island.
 AHVRP Annual Conference Brochure & Justification Toolkit 
Early bird discount is extended through July 15, 2009.
Visit the Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals (AHVRP) annual conference website to discover everything the 2009 annual conference has to offer; from inspirational general sessions, to innovative concurrent sessions, to lively networking opportunities.
Your peers have designed the leadership conference program to include educational sessions to help address current challenges as you anticipate what lies ahead in your profession and organization.  Attend the conference to experience formal and informal networking; learn about products and services and bring back a host of new ideas; user-proven success stories, and personal contacts to advance you and your organization.
In one easy location,, AHVRP offers all the materials you'll need to register for the conference, as well as provide justification to attend. 
Review the justification toolkit at to gain a greater understanding of the conference and to communicate the value of participating in this year's conference.  We welcome you to use these resources to assist you in your efforts to gain attendance approval.
REGISTER NOW and take advantage of the early bird discount - until July 15!  Download the conference brochure at
If you are planning to attend this national conference, please let Karol Pokley or Cindi McPherson know. 
Website Quick Links
*Please note: user ID (mcdvs) and password (cab08) are required to log into these sections of the website.
Upcoming Events
Regional Meeting
July 24, 2009
Borgess Medical Center
Kalamazoo, MI
Contact Kathy Praedel at 269-226-4882 or
Membership Update
Please join us in welcoming our newest MCDVS member:
Rachel Selgo
Volunteer & Donor Services Coordinator
St. Mary's Health Care
200 Jefferson Ave. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
phone:  616-685-1898
fax:  616-685-1899
Your 2009 - 2010 MCDVS Board
 Karol Pokley,
Ron Yonkoski,

Julie Elliott,
Education Chair
Jacquie Karr-Zlotnicki,
Education Co-Chair 

Kathy Daly,

Penny Brown,

Debi Schroeder,
Professional Development

Nancy Babcock, PR/Resources

Rachel Rosas,