MCDVS 2011 Newsletter Masthead
February / March 2011
In This Issue
Spring Conference 2011: Renew. Recharge. Refresh.
February & March Regional Meeting Schedule
2011/2012 MCDVS Board Nominations
How the Internet Has Changed Volunteering
 Spring Conference 2011: Renew. Recharge. Refresh.
 Jacquie Karr-Zlotnicki, President Elect & Christie Carlson, Education Chair

We are happy to have the Spring Conference packets out in hard copy format to you all!  I hope you have received yours. I know I have had a number of calls from people looking forward to coming.


We really wanted to include a number of opportunities for you to network with others, get some fresh air and exercise, and relax!  The day and a half that we are in educational and meeting sessions will be jam-packed as always, so we highly encourage you to take advantage of the hotel pricing (come early, or stay extra) and the extra-curricular activities to make the most of your time while at Shanty Creek.


Also, the vendors that we have on record have all been sent information about both sponsoring parts of our conference and buying a table to participate in the vendor fair on Thursday afternoon.  If you have a vendor you would like us to send information to, please e-mail Christie and make sure your favorite is are on the list.  We want to give vendors that provide value and excellent customer service to our members a chance to participate in the conference.


I will be sending out all of the materials again in e-packet format, as a reminder sometime in February.  Be sure to book your room early.  To make your hotel reservations, call Shanty Creek at 800-678-4111 Ext. 4400, and use MCDVS as the booking code.


We look forward to gathering and meeting in a few short months!  Hoping for a pleasant spring week that will allow us to rejuvenate personally and professionally.   Enjoy what's left of winter.

 February & March Regional Meeting Schedule
 Debbie QuinnProfessional 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.  Please consider attending one or all of the regional meetings listed below.


Southeast Michigan

Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Beaumont Troy Hospital

Hosted by Beth Frydlewicz, Regional Facilitator

M-59 & Dequindre, Troy
Classroom 3, Lower Level

RSVP to or call (248) 423-2415


Southwest Michigan

Friday, February 25, 2011 - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

VA Medical Center, Battle Creek

Hosted by Nancy Babcock, Regional Facilitator

5500 Armstrong Rd., Battle Creek (Please call for directions. GPS directions are not accurate.)

RSVP to or call (269) 223-5497


West Central Michigan

Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 1:30 to 4 p.m.

North Ottawa Community Hospital

Hosted by Kristyn Ireland, Regional Facilitator

1309 Sheldon Rd., Grand Haven

RSVP by 2/28/11 to


Southeast Michigan

Friday, March 25, 2011 - Noon (lunch provided) 

Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital

Hosted by Carol Bridges, Regional Facilitator

2333 Biddle Avenue, Wyandotte

RSVP to or call (734) 246-8948

 2011/2012 MCDVS Board Nominations Update

 Karol Pokley, CAVS, Advisor

Preparation for our MCDVS annual election of officers has begun! You have submitted your recommendations for president-elect, secretary, treasurer, and four members of the nominating committee.  

In February, you may receive a call asking you to serve on one of the above board positions.  Please give this careful consideration.  This can be your way to contribute to the growth and success of MCDVS!  Ballot and candidate information will be forthcoming in March.  Please make sure you take time to complete your ballot.  Your involvement and feedback is valuable!

If you have questions regarding the nomination process, please feel free to contact me at (906) 225-3280 or
 How the Internet Has Changed Volunteering    
Since 1998, the VolunteerMatch user community has grown to over 1.5 million a year including more than 29,000 registered nonprofits. In December 2003, Peter D. Hart Research Associates conducted an evaluative survey on behalf of VolunteerMatch to better understand how its use of the Internet has changed the process and experience of volunteering for this community of active users. The study highlights the successful use of VolunteerMatch among both nonprofits and volunteers.

Read more

Beloit College Mindset List 
Are you guilty of being "dated" in your dealings with the younger generation? These folks will soon hit the workforce so be aware of language you may want to change.  Students in the Class of 2014 were born in 1992. For these students, Benny Hill, Sam Kinison, Sam Walton, Bert Parks, and Tony Perkins have always been dead. Each year, Beloit College puts together a list of "cultural touchstones" that affect the lives of students entering college. The faculty uses it as a reminder to be aware of dated references.


Here are a few off the list:
  1. Email is just too slow, and they seldom if ever use snail mail.
  2. With increasing numbers of ramps, Braille signs, and handicapped parking spaces, the world has always been trying harder to accommodate people with disabilities.
  3. Clint Eastwood is better known as a sensitive director than as Dirty Harry.
  4. Fergie is a pop singer, not a princess.
  5. They never twisted the coiled handset wire aimlessly around their wrists while chatting on the phone.
  6. Computers have never lacked a CD-ROM disk drive.
  7. J.R. Ewing has always been dead and gone. Hasn't he?
  8. Having hundreds of cable channels but nothing to watch has always been routine.

Read the entire list for the Class of 2014.

Website Quick Links

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Member News

Congratulations to Luci Sintkowski.  She retired on January 6, 2011 from Portage Health System (Hancock, MI).   

Your 2010 - 2011 MCDVS Board
 Cindi McPherson,

Ron Yonkoski,

 Kay Fricano, 

Christie Carlson,
Education Chair

Penny Brown,

Debbie Quinn,
Professional Development

Nancy Babcock,

Rachael Rosas,