2017 Volunteer of the Year!
Ron Graham - Kanawha Valley Village People (Charleston, West Virginia)
Ron has been a volunteer of KVVP for five years. He is their Board Secretary and also chief organizer and leader for Village hiking trips throughout the state. The trips are not just local; he has made all the arrangements for overnight and long distance trips as well. This year he organized a trip to Virginia to visit Charlottesville, Monticello, and Staunton (for the Shakespeare playhouse and shows).
He then took on the responsibility of linking former board members to current board for continuity in leadership. Ron also creates and publishes a bi-weekly eBulletin to the members, keeping them informed of Village happenings and other events in the area that may affect them or be of interest to them.
He took a 'sometime' program of Dutch Treat dinners and turned it into a dependable, scheduled monthly event - a social opportunity for members to enjoy a dinner together, each month at a different location/restaurant, or in the case of this summer, at the ballpark! He sends out eBlasts to remind members of upcoming events or activities as necessary - such as 'last call' to sign up for a hike, trip, or reminder of a dinner or program event.
Ron is also a volunteer member of the Communications Committee (for at least five years) and the Membership Committee. As he said recently, if you want to get something done, do it. No one else is waiting to do it for you! He acts on that philosophy all the time, to the benefit of the membership and the organization. He is one of the underlying strengths of the organization. His willingness to put in the time on minutes and reminders to the board and to others keep us all on track.
His time in providing organizational skills to our program offerings have given new life to the Village. Prior to him, the only hiking opportunities were short and last minute options locally. Since the membership is a 'young' group of seniors for a large part, his efforts at carefully planned longer trips to various forests, state parks, and national parks have upgraded our organization in a substantial way. He is already canvasing the membership for future choices to travel and enjoy trips together to interesting locations beyond the locale.
His participation in committee work shows his willingness to share his skills and work in a team to the betterment of the organization. He is an extremely valuable volunteer and the Village is a better organization for his efforts. Congrats to Ron Graham for winning Village to Village Network's 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award!
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