Who Makes the Magic Happen?

Posted By: Donna Oser, CAE Announcements, Blog,

It's Volunteer Appreciation Week! According to Points of Light, National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to recognize the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to tackle society's most significant challenges, build stronger communities, and be a force that transforms the world. Association volunteers do all this - and more. Volunteer contributions are essential to associations. From establishing and driving our visions to engaging members and infusing the passion and creativity that make associations sticky, volunteers influence and impact every aspect of associations. Volunteers also do a lot of heavy lifting for associations - volunteer and staff time related to volunteering make up 25 percent of associations' total work hours (ASAE, 2019). Quite literally, associations could not do what we do without volunteers. 

This is especially true for MSAE. Our volunteers have navigated the association through good and challenging times, exercised consequential leadership, and helped create exceptional development opportunities for our members - and they do it all with humor and collegiality that makes all of us want to keep coming back! This Volunteer Appreciation Week, we'd like to extend a heartfelt thank you to MSAE's volunteers, who definitely make the magic happen 🎩🪄:

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Matthew Szubinski Chief Financial Officer Michigan Bankers Association
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Stephen Pontoni Executive Director Michigan Association for Justice
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