I’m taking part in the virtual book tour Maddie Grant and Lindy Dreyer are doing to explore concepts from Open Community: a little book of big ideas for associations navigating the social web. In this post, I asked Lindy and Maddie to dig a little deeper into the concept of sharing control, which they describe in the book.
Behind every great volunteer is a "system" and the best have a "Queen of Volunteers."
Case in point: Linda Sappington has come to be known as the “Queen of Volunteers” in Southern Utah where for 17 years, she has served as director of the Volunteer Center of Washington County. She began with a group of 300 and as she moves to a new position leaves 1,500 volunteers in seven different programs. Read the story and ask do your volunteers have the right system?
This month I've found a bounty of resources that I've tagged and used. Among them are thesace gems:
This week’s #assnchat was all about Recognizing & Thanking Volunteers. Great topic for Thanksgiving week!
It’s an interesting topic for this group because we are all volunteers and in fact this whole program is volunteer-created and run. KiKi L’Italien is the fiercest of us all by week after week moderating this hour-long Tweetchat on association topics – without pay! So let me start this post with a public THANK YOU to KiKi! And a public thank you for Jeff De Cagna, who with his volunteer hat on began this wonderful chat series.
The National Association of Realtors "2010 NAR Game Changer contest" is a winning idea - twice. The contest is a fresh take on the chapter award. It also became a fresh take on how to jumpstart new ideas and new energy at the local level. And, it really is a fresh take on how to support chapters.
Don't make me "ask permission from the mother ship."
This quip is from an ASAE listserv posted today by a CRP (component relations professional) who's asking for advice on how to respond. It's also a quip that I've expressed in my volunteer roles and have heard endlessly. How to respond? Another volunteer responded plainly: "Paint a clear picture of what the end game is, then let me figure out the how".
This past month I've found a bounty of resources for associations looking to improve their chapter, or their chapter management and support. Some of these appeared this month and others are ones I just discovered (sorry I missed them earlier!).
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