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AFramework
News for Board and Volunteer Leadership Councils of the Arthritis Foundation, Great West Region
Summer 2013

 

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Welcome
Introducing the inaugural issue of AFramework. Welcome!

Across the Board
See the many members of the Great West Region Board of Directors and Volunteer Leadership Councils in action across the Region. Learn more.

Arthritis Foundation University
The Arthritis Foundation's new online learning management system offers volunteers countless new options for training and skill-building. Learn how.

Mission Moment
The Arthritis Foundation, Great West Region's 2012 Annual Report is now available. Find out about the many faces of arthritis in the Region and our progress in 2012. Read it here.

Among Your Peers
Great West Region Board Chair Dale Harris has had a long and unique history of involvement with the Arthritis Foundation. Find out more.

Meet the Chairs
Profiles of the Great West Region’s local Board and Volunteer Leadership Council Chairs. Hear their stories.

Standardization Task Force
The new standardization task force aims to establish best practices and guidelines for the Board and Volunteer Leadership Councils of the Great West Region. Read about their progress.

Get Connected 

 


 

Welcome

Introducing the inaugural issue of AFramework. 
From the Chair and CEO


We are pleased to welcome you to the first issue of AFramework, the Arthritis Foundation, Great West Region’s newsletter for members of our Boards of Directors and Volunteer Leadership Councils.

AFramework’s goal is to serve as a resource and helpful tool. We seek to bring you the most relevant information, perspective and tips to assist you in your role as a Great West Region volunteer leader.

More importantly, AFramework seeks to give you a better connection with fellow volunteer leadership members. We are consistently amazed at the endeavors of so many of you who are regularly committing much of your time and talents to the Region. Your innovation, work ethos and passion need to be shared. It serves as inspiration to all of us in the Great West Region.

The Great West Region grows stronger every day. Our 108 Board and Volunteer Leadership Council members and 53 staff members are a powerful team focused on delivering programs and services across our many communities in Alaska, Northern California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. The Great West Region’s goal is to create a stronger voice for awareness, education, research and advocacy for all those affected by arthritis.

Thank you for adding your voice to the chorus of supporters. Together, we can conquer this painful, debilitating disease and with your support we will reach our ultimate impact goal to reduce the number of people affected by arthritis-related physical activity limitations by 20 percent by 2030.

Sincerely,

Scott Weaver 
CEO

Dale Harris
Chair

 

  


 

Across the Board

See the many members of the Great West Region Boards of Directors and Volunteer Leadership Councils in action across the Region. 

 

The Arthritis Foundation, Great West Region’s many Board and VLC members are often out in their communities, supporting the Arthritis Foundation and promoting our work. Here are some recent examples:

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Mike Green and Lennette Corwin of the North Puget Sound Leadership Council (pictured at right) added their voices to an Arthritis Foundation overview video produced by Western Washington University. 

 

Cindy Ricardo, a new member of the Pacific Northwest Board of Directors, hit the ground running by securing the Arthritis Foundation as KIRO FM/AM’s August charity of the month (including a $2,000 donation from the Seattle Seahawks and Les Schwab tires) and forming a team for the Seattle Jingle Bell Run/Walk.

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Annie McTavish of the Pacific Northwest Board of Directors (pictured middle right) staffs the advocacy booth at the Bellevue Arthritis Walk. 

 

Wendy Jackson is updating the Great West Region video presentation to reflect the addition of Northern California.

 

Matthew Gardner and his family business, the Gardner Company, are opening doors and support for the first time Bone Bash in Boise, Idaho.

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Harry Saal of the Northern California Board of Directors and his team Jessters (pictured bottom right) supported the San Francisco Arthritis Walk this May. 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Arthritis Foundation University

The Arthritis Foundation's new online learning management system offers volunteers countless new options for training and skill-building.

 

volunteer trainingA new pool of resources to help Arthritis Foundation volunteers on their road to success is now available online. The Arthritis Foundation’s online learning management system includes a variety of training modules, as well as an in-depth volunteer orientation.

“The online learning management system creates an exciting new tool for expanding Arthritis Foundation programs and activities. It provides volunteers with a more in-depth understanding of the organization’s mission and goals. With that knowledge and a working relationship with staff outside the area, a volunteer will be better prepared to represent the Arthritis Foundation in previously underserved areas,” says Lisa Fall, President/Chief Mission Officer in the Great West Region.

The orientation will introduce volunteers to the Arthritis Foundation and its mission, objectives and the programs, services and development work, demonstrate the importance of the work we do, and highlight the wide scope of volunteer opportunities.

The new volunteer orientation is just one of the many online classes that are available to volunteers and staff. “The new online learning management system offers a variety of learning opportunities, via virtual classroom with live instructor-led or self-paced programs,” says Angelita Colbert, Director of Training and Organizational Development at the Arthritis Foundation national office.

Staff and volunteers have many classes to choose from for both personal and professional development. Some classes include brushing up and attaining new skills in Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point, decision making, using strategic thinking skills, better interviewing strategies, leadership essentials, organizational problem solving, and diversity training.

To view all the classes available visit the Learning Management System. Once there, click on "Sign Up for New Account" and enter your information.

 


 

Mission Moment

The Arthritis Foundation, Great West Region's 2012 Annual Report is now available. Find out about the many faces of arthritis in the Region and our progress in 2012. Read it here.

 

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Among Your Peers

Great West Region Board Chair Dale Harris has had a long and unique history of involvement with the Arthritis Foundation. 

In this ongoing series, AFramework will highlight a Board or Volunteer Leadership Council member from across the Arthritis Foundation, Great West Region.


Dale Harris

Dale Harris
Chair, Arthritis Foundation, Great West Region Board of Directors


How did you get involved with the Arthritis Foundation?
About ten years ago a friend and former Chair of the National Arthritis Foundation Board, Debra Lappin, invited me to join the board of the Rocky Mountain Chapter. I did not know much about the Foundation at that time, but my wife was developing serious osteoarthritis, and my father had been severely crippled with it in his later years. I decided I might be able to help them and others like them by getting involved with the Foundation, so I accepted Debra’s invitation. I served on the Chapter board until the Great West Region was formed, and became the chair of the Great West Region Board at that time.


What does being involved with the Arthritis Foundation mean to you?
Being involved with the Foundation has opened my eyes to just how pervasive arthritis is in the world. I, like so many others, had no idea how many forms the disease can take, and that it affects children as well as adults of all ages. I’m glad to be part of an organization that is trying to find a cure and improve the quality of life of so many people.


What do you think is one of the greatest challenges the Arthritis Foundation faces?
It’s no secret that one of our greatest challenges is to improve our fund-raising results so that the Foundation can carry out its mission. We’re not unique in facing that challenge.


What is one of your favorite Arthritis Foundation moments, events or accomplishments?
I am especially pleased with the progress we have made in the Great West Region since the merger of the Pacific Northwest, Utah/Idaho and Rocky Mountain Chapters at the end of 2010. And we’re continuing that progress with the addition of the Northern California Chapter earlier this year. When the Foundation decided to reorganize into ten regions, I don’t think any of us were especially happy about doing it, and there were lots of reservations and doubts that we could pull it off. Both mergers took a lot of time and hard work, but thanks to the terrific attitude and tireless work of the senior staff of the Chapters and a solid core of dedicated volunteers, we got it done. And I think the transition to a single operation covering more than one-third of the geographic territory of the United States has been relatively smooth which, again, is a tribute to staff and volunteer leadership.


What do you hope for in the future for those with arthritis?
My hope for people with arthritis is that one day there won’t be any arthritis. In the meantime, less pain, more mobility, a better quality of life.


Find out more:
Dale recently celebrated his 50th year at Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP. Read about his accomplishments.

 

 


 

Meet the Chairs

Profiles of the Great West Region’s local Board and Volunteer Leadership Council Chairs. 

 

Colorado Leadership Council – Mark Butscher
Mark BMark Butscher is currently a Data Center and Information Management specialist for Symantec Corporation, covering Federal customers; Department of Energy and NASA. Prior to Symantec, he worked in IT management for telecommunications engineering firms in the Denver metro area. During this time, Mark also worked in systems and network engineering while receiving his Cisco Certified Network Administration (CCNA) certification.

Mark graduated from Colorado State University with a BA in Business and Management Information Systems. Mark and his wife Julie have two children who were diagnosed at 18 months with JRA. Shortly after the diagnosis, he got involved with the Arthritis Foundation and has been very involved in helping to develop the Denver Arthritis Walk. Specifically over the last nine years, Mark has served as logistics chair for the Walk. Additionally, Mark has served for eight years on the Arthritis Foundation, Rocky Mountain Office Board of Directors. This included time on the Finance and Executive committees, and most recently as Chairman of the Denver based Volunteer Leadership Council.


Great West Region Board of Directors – Dale Harris
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See Dale’s story in our Among Your Peers article. 

 

 

 

 

 

Monterey Office Board of Directors – James Fuqua
James FJames Fuqua is currently semi-retired but remains as President & CEO of Fuqua & Baptist Management Co. a real estate investment/development company. He is also President and Founder of Four Point Communications Inc. a telecommunications AT&T Solutions Provider. His financial background includes being a licensed principal for Four Point Investment Co. an NASD Broker Dealer and he has been a licensed insurance agent for over 50 years.

James is a graduate of Santa Clara University and has been active in many charitable organizations including Board positions at the Parkinson’s Institute and the Arthritis Foundation, Northern California Office. He is the Staff Commodore of the Stillwater Yacht Club in Pebble Beach California and is active in support of numerous local community organizations and non-profits.


North Puget Sound Leadership Council - Joanie Whitener
Joanie WJoanie Whitener is currently the Chair for the local Volunteer Leadership Council in Bellingham, Washington. Previously, Joanie was Event Chair for the Jingle Bell Run/Walk in Bellingham in 2011 and 2012. Joanie also chaired the Skagit Jingle Bell Run/Walk. Joanie has been participating in the Bellingham Jingle Bell Run/Walk for many years since the 1990s and for three years in a row (2007-2010) she was captain of the team that raised the most funds for the event.

Joanie says, “The Jingle Bell Run/Walk is a fun tradition in our community and my involvement stems from my love of running in similar organized events, but I am also closely involved with the Arthritis Foundation because of up-close view of the pain of arthritis through a family history of the disease. My mother needed both hips replaced before she was 65. While I have recently been diagnosed as well, for now, my philosophy is Move it or Lose it!”

She continues, “To put it simply: I do this (give, participate, volunteer, run with/for the Arthritis Foundation) because I can and hope my involvement encourages others to give and participate as well.”

 

 


Northern California Local Board of Directors – Fred Prager
Fred PFred Prager is a Managing Director and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Prager & Co., LLC, a San Francisco based investment banking firm. Prior to founding the firm in 1987, Fred was a general partner of L.F. Rothschild, Unterberg, Towbin. He has also worked at Smith Barney, Bank of America, and Moody’s Investors Service.

Fred is a graduate of Stanford University. He also attended University of London, where he did graduate work in Economics. He is a Registered Principal with FINRA, is the founder and past President of the San Francisco Municipal Forum, and is a Vice-Chair of the Finance Committee of Claremont McKenna College. Fred’s other not for profit Board memberships include the Advisory Board of the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development known as Cal Mortgage which is the State of California's insurance vehicle for health care facilities. Fred also serves on the Executive Committee of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities.


Pacific Northwest Local Board of Directors – Derek Crick
Derek CDerek is a partner at K&L Gates LLP in its Seattle office where he counsels for-profit and non-profit clients on business transactions and general corporate matters, including entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, and governance. Derek also counsels clients in estate and succession planning.
Derek is active in the community where he serves on the Boards of the Arthritis Foundation, Pacific Northwest Office and the King County Bar Foundation.

Derek graduated from the University of Washington, received his law degree from Gonzaga University Law School, and received masters of laws from the University of Washington Law School (taxation) and George Washington University Law School (government procurement).


Utah / Idaho Local Board of Directors – Connie DeIanni
Connie DConnie DeIanni is currently Senior Vice President at Zion’s Bank in Salt Lake City, UT. She has been an active Arthritis Foundation volunteer for many years. She is also involved in a number of local organizations that develop mentor programs for youth, women and college students.

As an Arthritis Foundation volunteer with a diverse and successful professional background, she has generously given her time and leadership skills to grow the Salt Lake City Arthritis Walk. Serving as Chair of the event for two years, she set the stage for future success by recruiting, training and mentoring volunteers. Connie has been a previous Chair for the Arthritis Walk, and she continues to work with the current committee as a member and volunteer. Her experience has been extremely beneficial to the committee, as she knows the event’s capabilities and potential. She works diligently to recruit teams, acting as a liaison between the Arthritis Foundation and Zion’s Bank. In addition to her work on the Arthritis Walk, Connie is also an arthritis advocate, volunteers with JA day, participates in Jingle Bell Runs, attends the national conferences and works to raise awareness about arthritis.

 


 

Standardization Task Force

The new standardization task force aims to establish best practices and guidelines for the Board and Volunteer Leadership Councils of the Great West Region. 

 

committeeSince the merger of the Seattle, Salt Lake City, Denver and San Francisco offices into the Great West Region, local Boards of Directors and Volunteer Leadership Councils have continued work establishing their new roles while no longer serving as directors of a non-profit corporation. While the regional by-laws establish the existence of local Boards, there are no specifics about their governance; hence several issues arise. The Standardization Task Force was developed to address these issues.

The Standardization Task Force will tackle topics such as the number of local Board and Volunteer Leadership Council members needed, standard committees that need to be in place, member recruitment, and member position descriptions. The Task Force will also determine the process for identifying if more local Boards are needed across the Region.

“We are excited to have such a dynamic group in place for this vital process,” says Deborah Jackson, Field Relations Officer for the Arthritis Foundation, Great West Region. “There’s some work to be done, and this group is up to the challenge. The Standardization Task Force will ultimately provide better cohesion among our Boards and Volunteer Leadership Councils.”

Members of the Standardization Task Force come from across the Region, and include Harry Saal, Connie DeIannia, Fred Prager, James Fuqua, Mark Butscher, Mike Green, Barbara Jones and Judi Yazzolino.

Updates from the Standardization Task Force are forthcoming. Contact Deborah Jackson for more information.

 

 


 

Get Connected

Find your local Arthritis Foundation office to get connected to programs and events.

Find out about all of our volunteer opportunities on our Volunteer Resource Page or fill out a volunteer application.

Feedback or ideas for AFramework future stories? E-mail wbalmer@arthritis.org

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