AMTA hosted the tenth annual Chapter Volunteer Orientation Program (CVOP) in Evanston, Illinois, July 7-10. Eighty chapter officers representing 50 chapters took part in the training. Remember the Member is a main pillar of CVOP and this year’s theme focused on discovering all the ways chapters can serve members while tending to the diverse communities they represent.
Chapter Relations Committee Chair Chris Voltarel kicked off CVOP on Thursday afternoon with a rousing welcome speech. Additionally, President-elect Cynthia Ribeiro was on hand to welcome attendees on behalf of the national board.
Keynote speaker Jill McCrory spoke about healthy community change. McCrory encouraged attendees to engage all parts of the membership in planning for the future and leading the chapter.
On Saturday, McCrory and Steve Swafford of Leadership Outfitters further inspired attendees to engage members and their fellow leaders. Education session topics included inspirational leadership, risk management, building communication skills, social media strategy and successful board retreats.
Attendees also explored programs and services offered by national staff at Friday afternoon’s program fair.
“CVOP is and continues to be a bright and shining star for AMTA and the chapters," says Chris Voltarel, chapter relations committee chair and CVOP emcee for the last eight years. "More than 80 percent of the attendees were first-timers again this year, showing that chapter leaders are actively engaging in succession planning and that the training and learning is being spread throughout chapter leadership. There is a fresh and exciting energy that occurs with so many new attendees. Add in the experience of some of our CVOP alumni, and the experience just can’t be beat!"
Want to volunteer for your chapter? Visit the AMTA volunteer database or contact Melissa Spani, governance and volunteer development program manager, at 877-905-2700 ext. 189 or firstname.lastname@example.org.