Winter 2015
Happy Holidays!
Cultivating a Gratitude Attitude
By Robin Popik, Volunteer Resources Supervisor
During the holidays and new year, are you full of gratitude or stress? Either way, every day is a brand new opportunity to do something to increase your gratitude attitude. Whether it's giving back in honor of the holidays, acting on something you've been thinking about for a while, or simply letting someone know you're grateful to have them in your life, you have the power to make a positive impact!   

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Training Empowers Staff to Succeed
Volunteer Supervisors
In November, seven VIP supervisors completed the "Basics of Volunteer Management" course led by Dana Riley, Executive Director of Volunteer McKinney.

This training empowers staff to be successful leaders when directing volunteers and handling day-to-day activities. It included best practices for creating a job description, interviewing, and communicating the department's mission. Supervisors also learned about matching a volunteer's interests, motivations, and needs to the right position. Strategies for long-term retention and motivation were also included in the training.
 
 "Volunteers need support to perform their duties. A designated supervisor is the person they can turn to for advice, guidance, encouragement, and feedback. The supervisor provides the orientation, training, and direction to enable the volunteer to perform assigned tasks effectively. The most important responsibility of a supervisor is to create an environment that empowers the volunteers to perform their duties successfully," explains Corina Sadler, Volunteer Resources Coordinator.

V olunteer Management course attendees pictured are Mike Meyer, PFRA; Joe Cochran, PCPAAA/PFRA; Raney Krev, Senior Center; Carolyn Russell, Environmental Health; Linda Wilson, Haggard Library; Heather Firn, Environmental Health.

Meet Denise Yealy: She Loves to Learn and Volunteer
Outstanding Volunteers Honored at Senior Center
Volunteers were praised for going "Above and Beyond" to serve patrons at the Plano Senior Recreation Center's recognition event in October. Pictured left to right are Council Members David Downs and Angela Miner, Mary Jo Dolen, Darcy Koss, Bonnie Michels, Senior Center Supervisor Karen Williams, Dick Breitbert, and Council Member Tom Harrison. Volunteer Jim Hoggins was also recognized but is not pictured.
Marty Daneman: A Life Remembered
Marty Daneman, a VIP serving the Plano Police Department for the past 15 years, passed away last week. Marty was a wonderful man who will be missed by all his VIP friends at the Plano Police Department and the Plano Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association.

Marty served in WWII and received the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster--among other medals--recognizing his service. 

He will be remembered as a man who demonstrated strong devotion to community service and compassion to his fellow man. He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Lois, 4 sons, 10 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren. 

John Carlson remembers, "Once you met Marty, you felt you had made a dear friend. He was a warm and gracious man who lived a full life and leaves a great legacy." 

If you would like to know more about Marty, you can read his book, "Do Well or Die: Memoirs of a WWII Mountain Trooper," published in 2012.

Thank you for donating 118 coats and other items to benefit the Collin County Homeless Coalition.
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Plano, TX 75074
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