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SVTC President's Update - News for the New Year!

From: SVTC P.
Sent on: Sunday, December 19, 2010 10:58 PM
Dear SVTC members,

First of all, I want to wish you all a heartfelt Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I would also like to recognize some of the other holidays that people are celebrating this time of year, like Hannukah or Kwanzaa. I know that for those of you that do, your celebrations are as integral to this time of year as Christmas is to mine.

We are anticipating a good year ahead for SVTC in 2011. Two key changes stand out in my mind that we expect to play a key role in SVTC's success.

First, in August one of our members, Jeff H, volunteered his energy and money to giving SVTC an opportunity to try out as a tool to manage our volunteer sign-ups and event calendar. In a few months, we already have over 350 members signed up with SVTC on A majority of those members are new to SVTC since our Meetup presence began. The exposure that we get through has really enhanced our ability to attract new members. We are also fortunate that Jeff is passionate about networking with potential members and non-profit partners.

Second, we have a new Project Development Coordinator, Patty B, who has embraced the role with energy and enthusiasm. She has done a great job of figuring out how to transition this role to the format. Perhaps more importantly, she is helping to ensure organizations who are interested in asking SVTC for volunteers are getting timely responses from us. This is an area where we have struggled for quite some time, and we're happy to have Patty on board to bring some much needed consistency and reliability to the role.

The weekend of Jan 1st 2011, Richard G and John C are coordinating changes to the original website. These changes will enable us to manage all new member sign-up, SVTC events and volunteer sign-up solely on

Richard developed a process for the calendar to be copied to the website nightly, which will streamline the amount of work required to maintain and update the SVTC calendar, Not only that, but it will allow anyone who doesn't have access to to view the event calendar and sign up by sending an email to [address removed].

Leaders will no longer be required to handle sign-ups for events. Those will access to can easily sign up themselves and Patty B. will handle the email sign-ups.

New and existing project developers will be able to email [address removed] to get Patty's help with any questions they have about getting events set up on

Richard and John have volunteered to collaborate further on changing the existing SVTC website to focus on providing information for non-profit organizations. While the SVTC presence on has also generated some contacts with organizations interested in SVTC's help, will continue to be the primary site for non-profits to learn more about our organization and request volunteers.

SVTC volunteers have an excellent reputation with the many organizations we have served over the past 10 years. We need every members help in making sure that we make good of our commitments to help our non-profit partners/Twin Cities communities. No shows and late cancellations (within 72 hours) can make us less effective in doing so.

All event descriptions now include the following reminder: "If you need to cancel within 72 hours of an event, you must email the leader to let them know."

Thank you for your continued interest and participation in SVTC. Our members make us what we are today, a respected non-profit organization with a reputation for our reliability, flexibility and ability to get the job done.

Have a very happy holiday season! Stay safe and sane, and enjoy!

Mary Buhr
SVTC President

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