Chapter Leaders Shine at CVOP!
The twelfth annual Chapter Volunteer Orientation Program (CVOP) was held in Evanston, Illinois, July 11-14. Seventy-one chapter officers representing forty-eight chapters took part in the training. More than 85 percent of the attendees were first-timers with open minds and an enthusiasm for learning!
Chapter Relations Committee Chair Chris Voltarel kicked off the weekend on Thursday afternoon explaining the purpose of CVOP and fhow members can engage, connect and thrive through volunteer activities. President-elect Nancy Porambo welcomed the group and described how she became involved in massage and how she has carried the CVOP theme “remember the member” through her volunteer work within her chapter and as a national volunteer and board member. Facilitators Jill McCrory and Dr. Bridget Cooper of Leadership Outfitters then closed the session with a keynote presentation focused on “From Belonging to Connecting.”
On Friday, the CVOP team introduced the “AMTA Morning Show” with appearances from key AMTA subject matter experts who discussed and answered questions on association basics and risk management.This was a new element at CVOP and addressed important topics that impact the association.
Another element making its debut at this year’s CVOP was an introduction of staff members prior to the program fair. Attendees were overheard saying that they were happy to know that we have such professional and helpful staff addressing our members’ needs.
The weekend concluded with the addition of Ann Blair Kennedy from the Chapter Relations Committee joining Chris, Jill and Bridget in presenting the Saturday rotational sessions and an afternoon hospitality break “pineapple” style.
“This year’s CVOP had a new and fresh energy brought on by introducing some new concepts and formats in addition the enthusiasm of the attendees,” said Chris Voltarel. “The Illinois Chapter members were warm and welcoming hosts and the participants bonded and contributed at a different level than in the past. All of our CVOP alumni from 2003 through 2013 belong to a very special community of chapter leaders. Volunteers bring their passion and love for the profession and association to their volunteer work. CVOP has stood the test of time and continues to be a successful learning experience for AMTA chapter volunteers that we’re very proud of.”