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April 2010
In This Issue
MCDVS Scholarship News
Spring Conference 2010
2010 - 2011 Ballots
Coming Soon....New Group E-Mail
Nominate a Volunteer for Priority Health Senior Impact Award
 MCDVS Scholarship News 
 President -- Karol Pokley, CAVS
Karol Pokley
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Luci Sintkowski from Portage Health System (Hancock, MI) and Julie VanderNoot from Bronson Hospital (Kalamazoo, MI) for their participation in the MCDVS scholarship sub-committee.  This sub-committee was responsible for the development and implementation of our first state conference scholarship. 
Our scholarship winners were:  Susan Methner from Garden City Hospital and Cynthia Bonkoski from Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills.  These two scholarship winners will each receive free conference registration and one night's free lodging at our MCDVS Spring Conference in May. 
Selecting two winners from the 15 applicants was very difficult as each applicant expressed financial need and a great desire to attend this year's conference.  I would encourage all of you to consider applying for next year's scholarship.  I look forward to meeting and reconnecting with you at our May Spring Conference at Grand Traverse!  Let us take this opportunity to be refreshed, renewed and revived to enable us to better serve our volunteers, our employees and our hospitals' departments!
 Spring Conference 2010 
 Education Co-Chair -- Julie Elliot
The MCDVS Spring Conference is quickly approaching.  This year, it will be held Wednesday, May 19 - Friday, May 21 at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa.
This year's conference will feature national speaker Jill Fixler Friedman, who will speak to us on "Increasing Organizational Capacity through High Impact Volunteer Engagement."  This interactive workshop is designed for
volunteer supervisors who want to increase organizational capacity through the engagement of high impact volunteers. Workshop participants will leave with tools and strategies for creating a culture of volunteer engagement within their organization.
This is sure to be another information-packed conference with three workshops as well as time with vendors, installation of officers, networking and an evening dinner that will surely help you appreciate the tastes of northern Michigan.  I hope to see you there!
 2010 - 2011 Ballots 
 Advisor -- Carol Bridges, CAVS
Ballots for the 2010 - 2011 MCDVS Board and Nominating Committee were sent to you via e-mail on Monday, April 12.  If you did not receive your ballot on the 12th, click here and print it off or feel free to contact me at (734) 246-8948 or and I will be happy to send you one.  This is our first year doing the voting electronically and I am hoping for a great response rate.  Please read the bios with pictures attached and learn about the MCDVS candidates. 
I would like to personally thank all those who nominated their fellow DVSs and a special thank you to those who consented to having their names placed on the ballot and ensuring a solid future for our organization.
 Coming Soon -- A New Group E-Mail 
 Website Chair -- Rachael Rosas
We are looking forward to an exciting change that will greatly increase MCDVS members' ability to communicate with one another. 
As you know, we are currently utilizing the e-mail address to send communication to all MCDVS members.  We have found a similar tool that will allow this capability as well as the ability to look through archived questions and answers any time you would like.
Our goal is to conclude use of the e-mail address and begin using a new e-mail address through Google Groups on June 1, 2010.  Until that time, all members may continue to communicate through the address.

Over the next few weeks, you will be receiving an e-mail message from me walking you through the steps to join this group. If you can't access the Google website at work, don't fret as you will still be able to communicate through an e-mail address like we are currently doing; however, if your workplace doesn't allow access to the Google website, you will not be able to access archived questions and answers.

As we move forward, if you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me at
 Nominate a Volunteer for Priority Health's
 Senior Impact Awards 
Priority Health is launching the Senior Impact Awards, a program that recognizes senior volunteers for making a difference in the communities where they live and work. As part of this recognition, six outstanding volunteers will earn a $750 donation for the nonprofit organization where they volunteer.
Priority Health developed the Senior Impact Award to discover and recognize the ways senior volunteers put their energy and commitment to work for the community. The awards program is open to all Michigan residents age 63 and older who volunteer for a nonprofit organization. Priority Health is working with the United Way and the Volunteer Centers of Michigan to offer this program.
An independent group of community members will select each nominee. Senior Impact Award winners will be chosen based on their ability to inspire and motivate others and their exceptional contributions. Nomination forms are available online at and at many local volunteer centers. If you have questions, call (616) 464-8680 or send an e-mail to Nominations must be received by June 15, 2010.
Website Quick Links
*Please note: user ID (mcdvs) and password (kjp09) are required to log into these sections of the website.
New MCDVS Member
Please join us in welcoming the following new MCDVS member:
Tiffany Page
HR/Volunteer Manager
Harbor Hospice
1050 W. Western Ave.,
Ste. 400
Muskegon, MI  49441
(231) 728-6810
Membership Renewals
Be on the lookout for your MCDVS renewal notification.  I will be sending out notifications in the near future.  If you have someone you would like me to specifically invite, please send me the contact information at
Your 2009 - 2010 MCDVS Board
 Karol Pokley,
Ron Yonkoski,

 Kay Fricano,

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

Kathy Daly,

Penny Brown,

Debi Schroeder,
Professional Development

Nancy Babcock,

Rachael Rosas,