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August / September 2010
In This Issue
A Message from the President
Fall Education Day
Your Regional Facilitators
Reaching Teen Volunteers
Putting Your Membership to Use
7 Trends Altering Volunteer Recruitment & Recognition
Membership Update
New Members
Calendar of Events
 A Message from the President 
 Cindi McPherson, CAVS, President
Karol Pokley
August is always a reluctant time of year -- the ending of summer and beginning of fall, both of which are my two favorite times of the year.  However this year, I am not sure I want to let summer go! 
September will start a busy time of the year for most of us.  We are planning an MCDVS Fall Education Day to be held at Ingham Regional Medical Center in Lansing on October 12.  It will be a full day of learning, refreshing and putting new ideas to use when we return our offices.  And, as always, great networking among all of us.  I hope to see everyone there.  Please read the article below for more details on this event.
The MCDVS Board Retreat was held at St. Ives Golf Resort in Stanton, Michigan.  Your board spent the day hard at work and generated many new ideas!  I am very excited to put these ideas to work over the next nine months.  
Please feel free to contact me at any time by phone, 616.772.7581, or e-mail at
 Fall Education Day - Save the Date!
 Tuesday, October 12, 2010 
 Ingham Regional Medical Center
 Jacquie Karr-Zlotnicki, Education Chair
We are pleased to announce our plans to hold the Second Annual "Fall Education Day" for our MCDVS members this year!  We have reviewed the feedback from last fall's education day, as well as from the spring conference, to come up with an agenda we think everyone will find beneficial.
Our topics focus on the use of technology to communicate with volunteers and the communities that we serve.  We have a guest speaker who will define social media -- how to use it, how NOT to use it,  and also demonstrate it while having open, interactive discussions with our group.  This will include Facebook (groups, fan pages, other), Twitter, and other on-line ways of communicating within our own organization, with our volunteers, with our vendors, and with the public.
Click here to learn more.
 Your Regional Facilitators for 2010-2011
 Debbie Quinn, Professional Development 
MCDVS's goal is to be able to offer networking and education to all members throughout the entire year.  Regional meetings are a vital way to share problems, solutions, ideas and fellowship without much expense. 
I am very happy to announce your MCDVS regional facilitators for 2010-2011, who will host regional meetings primarily this winter and next summer. 
Bonnie Vetter, Central Michigan Community Hospital (Mt. Pleasant)
Marlene Pear, Alpena Regional Medical Center (Alpena)
Beth Frydlewicz, Beaumont Hospitals (Royal Oak)
Carol Bridges, Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital (Wyandotte)
Nancy Babcock, VA Medical Center (Battle Creek)
Kathy Praedel, Borgess Medical Center (Kalamazoo)
Sabrina Merrett, Sault Area Hospital (Sault Ste. Marie)

Kathy Daly, Mercy Health Partners - Hackley Campus (Muskegon)
Kristyn Ireland, North Ottawa Community Health System (Grand Haven)
 Reaching Teen Volunteers
"In the day and age of multi-media; newspapers, radio, Twitter, TV, billboards, etc it is essential to have a plan to attract specific audiences to volunteering. Reaching teenagers is more than putting up a poster at the local high school."
For tips from Volunteer Today on attracting teen volunteers, go to: 
 Putting Your Membership to Use
 Rachael Rosas, Website Chair and
 Nancy Babcok, Community Resources
Group E-Mail 
We hope you are enjoying access to the new Google Group e-mail system.  Please remember, you can send an e-mail to all MCDVS members by e-mailing  If you've moved forward with creating a Google account you may also visit the bulletin board where our Google Group communications are being posted for future reference:  If you need help setting up an account with Google in order to view that web page, please contact Rachael Rosas and she'd be happy to help you.
Sharing Resources
One of the things that we find most helpful about being a MCDVS member is the sharing of resources with one another.  Over the next year, we will be developing an updated library of documents on our website.  It's in the beginning stages at this point, but take a look at it on our website.  Log into the "Members Only" page with our shared username:  mcdvs and the current password:  kjp09 and you will see a new "link" on the navigation bar to the left that says "Documents." 
We intend to organize these documents into categories to make it easier to look through and find what you need.  If you have policies, documents, or programs you feel are exceptional tools for managing a volunteer program, please e-mail them to or   We look forward to providing avenues to help you create a program that will be a positive impact to your organization.
 7 Trends Altering Volunteer
 Recruitment & Recognition
"Volunteer management means being aware of the trends in society affecting volunteering, volunteer recognition and volunteer recruitment. If you can see the trends that are happening around you, then you can see the future of volunteering."
Read more.
 Membership Update
 Kathy Daly, Membership Chair
Most of our members have renewed...but, I'm still plugging away at some and I need your help, please.  Our MIA's are:  Lisa Beach, Marie Bristow, Nancy Carlisi, Stephanie Danehy, Fran Dombrowski, Ioan Duca, Julie Elliott, Pat Ezdebski, Pam Fogarty, Nancy Gorski, Sabrina Merrett, Deanna Robb, Betsy Schulte and Kim Zasa.  If you know any of these ladies, will you check on their status for MCDVS?  (I, too, will make one more attempt before printing the membership roster.)
I also sent out a 75-piece mailing to Hospice DVS's and have acquired one new member and two inquiries in the last week!  Remember...we are our best promoters. 
Website Quick Links
*Please note: user ID (mcdvs) and password (kjp09) are required to log into these sections of the website.
MCDVS Member Elected as President-Elect of AHVRP

Congratulations to Julie VanderNoot (Broson Hospital - Kalamazoo)!  She was recently elected to the position of President-Elect for AHVRP.  Julie's term as President-Elect begins on January 1, 2011.

Julie served as the President of MCDVS in 1999 - 2000.
Upcoming Events
 AHVRP Conference
Sept. 30 - Oct. 3, 2010 
St. Louis, MO
MCDVS Education Day
Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010 
Ingham Regional
Medical Center
 Lansing, MI
SE Regional Meeting
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2011 
Time & Location - TBA
 Volunteer Week 
April 10 - 16, 2011
MCDVS Spring Conference 
May 18 - 20, 2011
Shanty Creek 

 SE Regional Meeting
Friday, Sept. 24, 2011 
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital
 Wyandotte, MI
RSVP to 734-246-8948
Join Us in Welcoming New MCDVS Members
Visit for a complete, up-to-date MCDVS Membership Roster.
Elizabeth Fredrickson
Spectrum Health 

(616) 391-8800

Candice Jones
Heartland Hospice 
 (888) 973-1145

Robin Kirkpatrick
Allegiance Health
(517) 788-7433 
Darcy Macke
Port Huron Hospital
 (810) 989-3796
  Windsor Regional Hospital
(519) 257-5446

Shelly Weaver 
Carson City Hospital
 (989) 584-3971 x551
Your 2010 - 2011 MCDVS Board
 Cindi McPherson,
Ron Yonkoski,

 Kay Fricano,

Jacquie Karr-Zlotnicki,
Education Chair
Christie Carlson,
Education Co-Chair

Penny Brown,

Debbie Quinn,
Professional Development

Nancy Babcock,
Community Resources

Rachael Rosas,