MCDVS 2011 Newsletter Masthead
August/September 2011
In This Issue
A Message from the President
Free On-Line Tools You'll Use
MCDVS Fall Education Day
Regional Meetings Update
Volunteer Management Resources
MCDVS Membership Update

A Message from the President 

Jacquie Karr-Zlotnicki, President


Hello Everyone!


The new board is looking forward to our regular meeting schedule starting in September, and to serving the membership in the year to come! Summer is always so busy, but by the time September does arrive, we always find the energy to approach our tasks and goals with fresh vision.


We would love to connect with our Michigan members at the AHVRP conference in Orlando in September. If you are planning to be at the national conference, please let me or Rachael Rosas, President-Elect, know so that we can make plans to see you there. We also remind you that our very own Julie VanderNoot from Bronson Hospital is the incoming president of AHVRP. We will certainly show our support of Julie while in the "Sunshine State"!


We hope that you are looking forward to the upcoming FALL EDUCATION DAY, free to our current, paid members. This event will be held on October 4, 2011, and we hope to see as many members there as possible. Christie Carlson and Pam Derks, as well as many from the MCDVS Board, are working to make that a worthwhile one-day event for your professional growth, as well as an opportunity to network "live" with your colleagues.


If you know someone in the healthcare field who is responsible for volunteers in their organization, please reach out to them about MCDVS. We have various regions scheduling dates, times and locations for regional meetings, and those are a great way to get new people connected to our organization. Use those meetings as a recruiting tool. I was recently reminded that sometimes new members even come from within our own organizations. As our healthcare institutions grow as healthcare delivery systems, look for those hospice, homecare, visiting nurse, infusion therapy, and other programs that may be managing volunteers outside of your office, but within your system. They are great potential new members. You may also refer prospective members to our Membership Chair, Rachel Selgo, St. Mary's Hospital, in Grand Rapids.


As we come to a rapid close to a very hot, very short summer, we thank you for your continued support of MCDVS through your membership in the organization. We realize that budgets are getting tighter all the time, and some members pay all of their own expenses for being a part of MCDVS. Therefore, we hope that you do find value and even enjoyment as being a member.


Hope to see you in Orlando, and if not there, certainly at a regional meeting or the Fall Education Day in October. May your last few weeks of summer be pleasant, safe, and memorable!


Most sincerely,

Jacquie Karr-Zlotnicki

Holland Home & Faith Hospice

Free On-Line Tools You'll Use

Rachael Rosas, President-Elect

Make your Favorites menu your best friend by adding links that you regularly use on the job. Below are some links that I have found helpful. Check them out and if you like them, add them to your Favorites menu to make your life a little easier! A free on-line survey tool that allows you to easily gather results via the web. You can also choose to manually input results for those uncomfortable using the Internet link. This is a great tool for both gathering feedback and displaying the responses in an easy-to-read format. Paid plans that offer more personalization and features are available, but the free account has many features that you'll find helpful for your basic needs such as evaluating your volunteers' opinions about your last recognition event.

Quotes: Looking for just the right quote for a newsletter or need some inspiration? Check out one of these sites:


Zip Code Search: Ever get an application without a zip code listed from a multi-zip code city? Visit this site when you have the city and street name but need to know the zip code:


Clip-Art: Spruce up your publications! Microsoft Office hosts a great selection of clip-art online. Visit this link: and search an extensive database of clip-art. Follow the prompts to accept the ActiveX component on your first visit to the site. After that, copying your clip-art from the site and pasting into your documents is simple. You can also choose to download the clip-art so that you can use it another time. If you need to confirm the passing of a volunteer and need more information, such as date of death or funeral arrangements, search for the volunteer by name.

MCDVS Fall Education Day - October 4, 2011

Christie Carlson, Education Chair 

Mark your calendars for the MCDVS Fall Education Day on October 4, 2011 at the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety, 435 North Michigan Avenue, Big Rapids, hosted by Mecosta County Medical Center. Current MCDVS members may sign up for free by contacting Pam Derks.


Click here for more information - Education Day Agenda

Regional Meetings Update

Maureen Bednarek, Professional Development 

The Upper Peninsula region held a regional meeting on Tuesday, June 21, at Marquette General Health System. Some of the topics discussed were:

  • Engaging staff to embrace volunteers
  • Dealing with aging volunteers
  • Cultivating people and appropriate teams
  • Volunteer leadership burn-out
  • Joint fundraisers
  • Utilizing social media
  • Job shadows/teen volunteer programs
  • Volunteer recognition ideas
  • Satisfaction surveys

Please review the dates in the right-hand column for future meetings. If you are willing to host a regional meeting, please let me know and we will work with you on scheduling. We will also be happy to provide you with a list of topics to discuss. 

Volunteer Management Resources

Brian Pegouske, Community and Resource Chair

The Corporation for National and Community Service's (CNCS) annual Volunteering in America report shows that of the 2.2 million volunteers in Michigan, about 8% are in hospitals. Michigan ranks 26th among states for volunteerism. The report provides other interesting information on why people may not volunteer. To find out more, click on the link: Volunteering in America. 

MCDVS Membership Update

Rachel Selgo, Membership

Thank you to everyone who has renewed their membership for the 2011-2012 year with MCDVS. The second notice of membership renewal went out in July to those individuals whose forms have not been received. All individuals that renew/join by August 26 will be included in the membership roster to be handed out at the Fall Education Day. We have 70 members currently that have renewed/joined. For anyone that still needs to renew, please contact Rachel Selgo.
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Save the Date! MCDVS Spring Conference

May 16-18, 2012

The Homestead

1 Wood Ridge Road Glen Arbor, MI


2011 - 2012 MCDVS Regional Meetings

2011 - 2012 MCDVS Board


Education Chair


Education Co-Chair 

Rachel Selgo,
Membership Chair


Professional Development
Newsletter Chair


Brian Pegouske,