To grow and include volunteer leaders from around the state, and to improve operational efficiency and efficacy for local DOVIA groups, Denver DOVIA broadened and improved their reach in 2014 with a purposeful rebranding to a statewide moniker: DOVIA Colorado.
DOVIA Colorado then developed a Chapter Model to increase geographic access to member benefits, such as education sessions and networking events. For each chapter, a mostly autonomous group of local representatives formed in order to plan events that reflected their regional member needs.
FAST FORWARD: PRESENT DAY
It has become apparent that separating Colorado into regional chapters and duplicating operational efforts at a local chapter level has increased workload and decreased connectedness and efficiency for DOVIA leadership at a state and regional level.
DOVIA Colorado's Board of Directors recognized the opportunity to better serve all members - statewide - while eliminating duplicated efforts and increasing networking, education, and knowledge-sharing. With a thriving statewide presence in the field of volunteer management, we must create a sustainable statewide organization to provide members with better access to programs.
Starting in 2017, we believe it is in the best interest of members and DOVIA leadership to move to a statewide model of integrated regional committees. These committees will ensure that needs and interests of DOVIA Colorado members in all regions are addressed, while receiving ample support from the Board of Directors to host the education session and networking events - events that are deeply meaningful to volunteer managers across Colorado and Wyoming.
With representation from Boulder, Broomfield, Colorado Springs, Larimer, Metro Denver, and Weld, the DOVIA Board established these four goals to make consistent decisions on procedures and processes going forward:
Financial support for event supplies and funds as needed (e.g. refreshments for an education session, payment for an expert speaker, etc.) and determined by the statewide annual budget for education sessions and networking.
Membership communication, including collecting fees, renewal reminders and surveys for future improvements, and conveying member benefits.
Website and database management, including registration set-up and management for events for members, non-members and any special fees
Marketing efforts and collateral creation including:
Statewide calendar of events in hardcopy and electronic version.
Social media presence both for recruitment and advertisement of events.
Web-based recruitment efforts statewide and regionally.
REGIONAL COMMITTEE ROLES:
To support the goal of making education and networking available throughout the state, Regional Committees are asked to: