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April 2013 Newsletter

Farewell for Heather & Jerry Tanguay

As many of you will already know Heather and Jerry Tanguay are leaving Palmerston North for Auckland in the very near future.

After so many years in Palmerston North their department will leave a gap in our community and something that many will want to acknowledge.

Palmerston North City Council, the Volunteer Resource Centre and the Community Services Council are working together to co-ordinate a community farewell for Heather and Jerry.  This will be held on the afternoon of the 8th of May.

We know that people from many areas of the community will be keen to attend.  Numbers in the venue will be limited by the capacity of the venue (unfortunately we do have to keep in mind fire regulations and health and safety requirements) so we cannot offer a general invitation. 

If you would like to attend, please collect an invitation from any of the following locations:
·         Council’s Customer Service Centre
·         The Volunteer Resource Centre
·         Community Services Council

All invitations will be numbered and issued to a person (with their name on them).

We are also arranging a gift from the community for Heather & Jerry.  After many discussions (including with Heather herself), we have come up with the idea of purchasing a local piece of art (Item to be confirmed depending of funds received), and we wish to encourage people or/and organisations to contribute towards this item as they are able.

Contributions can be made to the Volunteer Resource Centre or Palmerston North Community Services offices.  If these options do not suit please contact one or other office to arrange an alternative. Please make your contribution by Friday 3rd May in order for us to finalise the purchase.

Any additional funds over and above the gift will be given to Heather & Jerry, who will likely donate it to a cause of their choosing.

As Heather and Jerry will be downsizing in their move to Auckland, they have asked groups to please not make individual gifts.

Please feel free to pass this along to groups and people who may be interested in contributing to this parting gift also.

Wow - it has been a BUSY summer! we have been all over the show and looking forward to more activities out & about in the community! Thanks for your support! we hope to see you at the enxt events, and keep an eye out for our new banners!
We all have events that need promoting from time to time - so remember to list them with us too!

Click on the links to find our more.

ANZAC Day 
25th April

Youth Week
PN Street Appeal 9th
4-12 May

Red Cross Annual Appeal Week
PN Street appeal TBC 
6th – 12th May

Women's Expo,
We will be there!
11/12 May

Hospice Awareness Week
PN Street Appeal 17th
13th – 19th May

Introduction to Governance Training 
FREE
23rd May

Volunteer Coordinators Forum
29th May

Chair, Treasurer, Secretary Training 
FREE
30th May
 
Volunteers are being sort for the appeal days!
Statistics!
Here is another sneak peak at where we are at!
Registered Organisations = 45
New this month = 1
Active Volunteers = 267
Active Roles = 91
New this month = 10
 
Out matches are only successful if both sides fit well together – therefore we really appreciate any feedback you can provide to us around those who we send your way! We will be instigating a new process around feedback shortly to help us establish how we can improve what we are doing for you!
New Members!
More enquiries have been received this past month from a great range of potential new members!
We welcome to:
Evolve Lions,

Chiswick Park Rest Home,
Friends At Court Manawatu Inc.
and MidCentral District Health Board

to our membership ranks!
Volunteer Coordinator Forums
We hope to hold these monthly - however there will not be one in April.
Next one will be the 29th May.
And then we will host another Speed Dating event during Volunteer Awareness Week (16-22 June). Exact date still to be confirmed!
These are still free for anyone to attend at this time.
Media Opportunities abound!!!

Palmerston North Community Services Council and us the, Volunteer Resource Centre have come together to create an exciting media opportunity for all our members in association with The Guardian newspaper!

We have a number of student writers, photographers and even editors to put together these fabulous articles! We have given our writers the opportunity to select who they would like to interview, and will begin our schedule based on this. However, if you have an event or activity which we can help promote through these article please get in contact and we will do our best to add you to the schedule at an appropriate time.

Our agreement is to publish on a fortnightly basis, and we have the opportunity to publish logos and photos along with the articles where possible.
We at Volunteer Resource Centre also have our weekly radio show on Access Manawatu and we welcome you to join us on the show! Please make contact if you would like to be involved in either the Radio show or The Guardian articles.

We have slots for Radio regularly available, and Newspaper slots available from June!
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