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Legislative Day Returns

On April 11, 2018, NHAVA held it's "Legislative Breakfast" for the first time in a few years. The morning's session was held at Tandy's Top Shelf Restaurant in downtown Concord. The first order of business was holding the group's General Membership meeting, which included committee reports and updates of NHAVA efforts.

At the conclusion, we were joined by New Hampshire House of Representatives Speaker of the House, Gene Chandler. Speaker Chandler provided some great information, not only about his personal life and Legislative experience, but also talked in length and answered questions about the workings of our State House, how Bills are introduced, their process through the House and Senate, and how they get passed. It was quite informative and we sincerely appreciate the Speaker's time with us.

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Afterwards, we went to the State House and were given a full formal tour of the building, including the House and Senate Chambers and Governor's office (where an Executive Council meeting was in session), learning of its history, uniqueness, and character.

 

Thanks to our NHAVA Legislative Committee for putting the day together and for our membership that turned out. We look forward to picking up this educational and fun day again next year!
 

 

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2018 Meeting Dates and Locations announced!


2017 NHAVA Award Winners Announced!

At the NHAVA Annual Meeting, hosted at the Common Man Restaurant in Concord, NH on October 25th, the Rookie Award was presented to Liz Devine, of UpReach Therapeutic Riding Center in Goffstown, NH. The 2017 Lonergan Award was presented to Patrick Hummel of New Hampshire State Parks.

 

   New Hampshire Association of Volunteer Administrators Presents      2017 “Judith Lonergan Award”       Congratulations to Patrick Hummel     Manchester, N.H. –    The New Hampshire Association of Volunteer Administrators (NHAVA) is pleased to announce that the 2017 Judith Lonergan Award has been presented to Manchester resident Patrick Hummel, NH State Parks Volunteer Program Coordinator and NHAVA’s Past President.  Established by NHAVA in 2000, this award is given annually to honor outstanding achievement in volunteer administration. It is named in honor of Judith Lonergan who retired in 1998 after spending 25 years as a leading professional in the field of volunteer administration at the state, national and international levels. She has been, and continues to be, a leader in the growth and development of the profession. NHAVA is a professional organization, which is dedicated to supporting and strengthening the profession of volunteer administration through education, networking and recognition. Patrick embodies the spirit of the Judith Lonergan Award and NHAVA is proud to honor him for his exceptional work in the field of Volunteer Administration.  Patrick took over as the NH State Parks Volunteer Program Manager in the summer of 2013.  He filled a position that had been vacant for some time. His supervisor, Eric Feldbaum, said this isn't just a job for him but a passion.  His tenure with parks began in 2001, as a part time toll collector at Monadnock State Park.  He held several positions at the park ending with Park Manager.  While working at Monadnock State Park, he had the opportunity to interact with a wide range of volunteers.  This is where his dedication for volunteerism began.  From working with trail stewards to college interns he was the leading force behind an ever-growing volunteer program at Monadnock State Park.  Now into his fifth year as Volunteer Coordinator for NH State Parks, he has used the resources available to him to expand the volunteer program to include greater support for individual volunteers, "Friend Groups", and other Volunteer Groups, that spread from the Monadnock Region all the way to the North Country.  More recently, Patrick was able to orchestrate over 18,000 volunteer hours of work on our trails, campgrounds, day use areas and forests. His impacts do not go unnoticed, especially at the national level. In 2016, NH State Parks had the opportunity to host the National State Parks Association of Volunteer Administrators for a week long professional development conference. Patrick was able to highlight the successes of the program while at the same time promoting the relationships with Friends Groups and nonprofits he has cultivated. To be able to host this event of his peers is once again a clear reason why he is leading this program.  Eric Feldbaum said, “I'm excited to be able to watch Patrick grow in this position.  The public's positive experiences in our State Parks can be attributed to the volunteer resources Patrick has been able to develop.  I am proud to have Patrick on my team and to see that his hard work and devotion is being recognized by others.”   For more information about Volunteering with NH State Parks, please contact Patrick at 603-271-3556 or email:  patrick.hummel@dncr.nh.gov . For more information on NHAVA please visit our website www.nhava.org.      

New Hampshire Association of Volunteer Administrators Presents

2017 “Judith Lonergan Award”

Congratulations to Patrick Hummel

Manchester, N.H. – The New Hampshire Association of Volunteer Administrators (NHAVA) is pleased to announce that the 2017 Judith Lonergan Award has been presented to Manchester resident Patrick Hummel, NH State Parks Volunteer Program Coordinator and NHAVA’s Past President.

Established by NHAVA in 2000, this award is given annually to honor outstanding achievement in volunteer administration. It is named in honor of Judith Lonergan who retired in 1998 after spending 25 years as a leading professional in the field of volunteer administration at the state, national and international levels. She has been, and continues to be, a leader in the growth and development of the profession. NHAVA is a professional organization, which is dedicated to supporting and strengthening the profession of volunteer administration through education, networking and recognition. Patrick embodies the spirit of the Judith Lonergan Award and NHAVA is proud to honor him for his exceptional work in the field of Volunteer Administration.

Patrick took over as the NH State Parks Volunteer Program Manager in the summer of 2013.  He filled a position that had been vacant for some time. His supervisor, Eric Feldbaum, said this isn't just a job for him but a passion.  His tenure with parks began in 2001, as a part time toll collector at Monadnock State Park.  He held several positions at the park ending with Park Manager.  While working at Monadnock State Park, he had the opportunity to interact with a wide range of volunteers.  This is where his dedication for volunteerism began.  From working with trail stewards to college interns he was the leading force behind an ever-growing volunteer program at Monadnock State Park.  Now into his fifth year as Volunteer Coordinator for NH State Parks, he has used the resources available to him to expand the volunteer program to include greater support for individual volunteers, "Friend Groups", and other Volunteer Groups, that spread from the Monadnock Region all the way to the North Country.

More recently, Patrick was able to orchestrate over 18,000 volunteer hours of work on our trails, campgrounds, day use areas and forests. His impacts do not go unnoticed, especially at the national level. In 2016, NH State Parks had the opportunity to host the National State Parks Association of Volunteer Administrators for a week long professional development conference. Patrick was able to highlight the successes of the program while at the same time promoting the relationships with Friends Groups and nonprofits he has cultivated. To be able to host this event of his peers is once again a clear reason why he is leading this program.

Eric Feldbaum said, “I'm excited to be able to watch Patrick grow in this position.  The public's positive experiences in our State Parks can be attributed to the volunteer resources Patrick has been able to develop.  I am proud to have Patrick on my team and to see that his hard work and devotion is being recognized by others.” 

For more information about Volunteering with NH State Parks, please contact Patrick at 603-271-3556 or email: patrick.hummel@dncr.nh.gov. For more information on NHAVA please visit our website www.nhava.org.

 

 

 
 
   New Hampshire Association of Volunteer Administrators Presents      2017 “ROOKIE AWARD”       Congratulations to Liz Devine          Goffstown NH  - The New Hampshire Association of Volunteer Administrators  (NHAVA)  is pleased to announce that the 2017 “Rookie Award”, an award for excellence in the profession of Volunteer Management, was presented to   Liz Devine  , Volunteer Coordinator and Instructor for UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Center.  NHAVA is a professional membership organization, dedicated to promoting the field of volunteer administration, specifically through education, networking, and recognition. Every year NHAVA encourages members to submit nominations recognizing their outstanding Volunteer Administrators.  Liz became an UpReach staff member in 2014, taking on the role of Volunteer Coordinator as well as Instructor. She is a graduate from the University of New Hampshire with a BS in Equine Sciences, with a concentration in Therapeutic Riding. She received her PATH Intl. Therapeutic Riding Instructor certification in 2013 and is currently working on obtaining her PATH Intl. Therapeutic Driving Instructor certification.  Her supervisor. Lauren Kochakian, Assistant Program Director, said “Liz stepped into an existing volunteer program and immediately set out to develop individual relationships with each volunteer. These relationships have been the building blocks of her success. She cultivates these relationships to deepen the volunteer experience and engage each individual as a valuable member of the program team.  Liz uses her organizational skills to make sure lessons are scheduled, instructors, assignments, and equipment needed are posted daily, so that when the volunteers report to the job, they have a clear knowledge of what to expect, who they are working with, and what they might need to prepare.  Her outstanding performance has set teams up for success, empowered volunteers to be “in the know” and reduced staff time needed to get a volunteer settled in, particularly volunteers that are covering another’s slot. As UpReach programs expand and the organization adopts new initiatives, she has accepted the additional challenges with her usual lively enthusiasm. We are fortunate to have her a part of our team.”  For volunteer opportunities, please contact Liz Devine at 603-497-2343 or email: Liz@upreachtec.org. For more information on NHAVA please visi t our website  www.nhava.org .

New Hampshire Association of Volunteer Administrators Presents

2017 “ROOKIE AWARD”

Congratulations to Liz Devine 

Goffstown NH - The New Hampshire Association of Volunteer Administrators (NHAVA) is pleased to announce that the 2017 “Rookie Award”, an award for excellence in the profession of Volunteer Management, was presented to Liz Devine, Volunteer Coordinator and Instructor for UpReach Therapeutic Equestrian Center.

NHAVA is a professional membership organization, dedicated to promoting the field of volunteer administration, specifically through education, networking, and recognition. Every year NHAVA encourages members to submit nominations recognizing their outstanding Volunteer Administrators.

Liz became an UpReach staff member in 2014, taking on the role of Volunteer Coordinator as well as Instructor. She is a graduate from the University of New Hampshire with a BS in Equine Sciences, with a concentration in Therapeutic Riding. She received her PATH Intl. Therapeutic Riding Instructor certification in 2013 and is currently working on obtaining her PATH Intl. Therapeutic Driving Instructor certification.

Her supervisor. Lauren Kochakian, Assistant Program Director, said “Liz stepped into an existing volunteer program and immediately set out to develop individual relationships with each volunteer. These relationships have been the building blocks of her success. She cultivates these relationships to deepen the volunteer experience and engage each individual as a valuable member of the program team.

Liz uses her organizational skills to make sure lessons are scheduled, instructors, assignments, and equipment needed are posted daily, so that when the volunteers report to the job, they have a clear knowledge of what to expect, who they are working with, and what they might need to prepare.

Her outstanding performance has set teams up for success, empowered volunteers to be “in the know” and reduced staff time needed to get a volunteer settled in, particularly volunteers that are covering another’s slot. As UpReach programs expand and the organization adopts new initiatives, she has accepted the additional challenges with her usual lively enthusiasm. We are fortunate to have her a part of our team.”

For volunteer opportunities, please contact Liz Devine at 603-497-2343 or email: Liz@upreachtec.org. For more information on NHAVA please visit our website www.nhava.org.