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Greater Minnesota Update

Julie Vreeland

MAVA kicked off our first four District Councils in April and May and what great meetings they were. It is always interesting to hear what volunteer leaders are doing around the state. It is also an opportunity to talk with both MAVA members and non-members about training needs, other events and happenings around Minnesota.

Our first District Council meeting was held in Princeton, MN for our Central District Council. Thank you to Chair Jackelyn Bekius and Fairview Northland Medical Center for hosting this meeting. We held our Northeast Council meeting at Animal Allies in Duluth with our Chair Emily Spurgeon. April found MAVA in Rochester at the Southwest District Council meeting hosted by United Way of Olmsted County and Chair by Bret Adler.

May kicked off with the West Central District Council meeting at Lake Country Service Cooperative in Fergus Falls on May 9th. Thank you to Cairn Reisch with Red Cross of the Dakotas Region for agreeing to serve as Chair for this District.

Heather Ballman, Girl Scouts River Valley, will be chairing our Southwest District with a June meeting date. Currently we are looking for host organizations for our Southwest and Northwest Districts, and a chair for our Northwest District. If you would like more information on hosting or being a part of any of our Regional Districts please let me know. It is a great way to network with other Volunteer Engagement Leaders in your area and help shape training for MAVA in Greater MN.

Also, we are encouraging anyone interested in our Councils to join us on June 6th at Hamline University prior to the kickoff of the MAVA Conference. We are going to have an informal gathering of all current and new council members at 10:30 a.m. on June 6th. Watch for details or email me for further information.

A big thank you to Head of the Lakes United Way in Duluth for hosting our Volunteer Impact Leadership Series in April as well.

Julie Vreeland
Greater Minnesota Program Manager