Southern Meeting Notes - April 28, 2009 


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Volunteer Management Network – Southern Region Meeting
Marion, Illinois
April 28, 2009

Call to Order and Introductions

Meeting called to order at 9 a.m. by Scott Niermann, who introduced commissioners Dave Lawrence and Don Baden who provided the welcome.

Niermann then gave an update on the website and its new features: the Southern Illinois Volunteer Management Network now has its own link by region.

Each organization had an opportunity to tell about their resources and materials available.

Southern Illinois Volunteerism Conference (SIVC)

Jackie Gomez represented the Southern Illinois Volunteerism Conference (SIVC) and provided an update. The workshop request for proposals is out and due back June 12, 2009. The date of the conference is set for September 29, 2009 at the Holiday Inn in Mt. Vernon, IL. Jackie let everyone know that the SIVC Planning Committee meets once a month, and those interested are welcome to attend and participate.

Ed Hoke – Southern Illinois Voluntary Organizations Active Disaster (VOAD) Group

Ed Hoke represented the Southern Illinois Voluntary Organizations Active Disaster (VOAD) Group and discussed his efforts to start a chapter for Southern Illinois, defined as the region south of I-70. Ed shared what VOAD's goals and vision are and why it is important to continue to build partnerships in Southern Illinois.

Jennifer Sublette – Shawnee National Forest

Jennifer Sublette from Shawnee National Forest stressed that Shawnee is a national forest in our "back yards" and that it should be taking advantage of. She inquired whether anyone knew of any grants that would be of benefit for the national park, and discussed one of the efforts and partnerships underway to bring disadvantaged, urban youth to the national forest recreation areas.

Volunteer Background Checks and Volunteer Management

Extensive discussion was had regarding the topic of volunteer background checks as related to disaster volunteer management as well as everyday volunteer management. The issue had been presented at the November 2008 Volunteer Management Network meeting where a panel discussion was coordinated, however many questions remain. The IDEA of a volunteer "passport" or "I.D." was presented as a possible solution in order to streamline costs and processes.

Work Groups

The group then divided into work groups to discuss the following topics:

  • volunteer recognition,
  • possible volunteer management network grant opportunity ideas,
  • and statewide survey.

Commission staff agreed to take back notes from these discussions.

– Submitted by: Zachariah Green, AmeriCorps*VISTA, Illinois Department of Human Services' Team Illinois & Alexander County ACTION.

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