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AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR MUSEUM VOLUNTEERS 

  • AAMV President’s Annual Report 2018-2019

    Our institutions succeed when our volunteers succeed. I have said that many times during my involvement with AAMV and I believe this more today than ever before. One of the greatest pleasures for me in serving as the President of AAMV is to be able to lead an organization that is fundamentally committed to helping the volunteer management community help our volunteer manager colleagues to thrive and put our volunteers in the best possible positon to succeed. 

    As you may know, AAMV’s Strategic Plan 2017-2020 is based around six strategic directives that guide all of the Board’s work: 

  •  Professional Standards – We strive to develop, promote, and reinforce best professional standards in the field of volunteer management in museums
  •  Forum and Exchange of Ideas – We strive to provide as many opportunities for the exchange of ideas and best professional standards as possible both in-person and digitally
  •  Continuing Education at Local, Regional, and National Levels – We strive to provide opportunities for continuing education at the local, regional, and national levels for all those working in the volunteer management field
  •  Advocacy – We strive to advocate for the value and importance of volunteers in museums at the local, regional, and national levels
  •  Building membership – We wish to grow AAMV’s membership on the proviso that our professional network is only as strong as its membership
  • Organizational Best Practices – We strive to follow best practices as a 501(c)3 organization administratively, financially, and legally 

As you know, the AAMV Board is completely voluntary and as such has limited capacities to produce content and services to support our membership. By clearly defining these goals and directives we have been able to more clearly focus our limited energy and time. Our transition to Wild Apricot a couple of years ago has automated many of the member processes that could easily get lost in the shuffle of everyday life (and work!) And by clearly focusing on doing a few things well, we have also been able to ensure that our members receive quality content (through our newsletter, our podcast, and through our website). I sincerely thank all of our board members and friends who have contributed to the vibrant content that AAMV has produced this year. 

However, we’re not without our challenges. As Board members (myself especially) get busy in our personal and professional lives, it is sometimes easy for the important work of AAMV to fall into the background for a month or two, and the hard fought momentum we have gained to slip away. This, of course, is a problem for many all-volunteer organizations and AAMV is not unique in this respect. And this is where we need your help! Can you spare a few hours a month to join the board and help us enliven our volunteer management community? Do you have a passion for writing, starting conversations, or joining existing discussions? If so, let us know. We need your help to continue to grow AAMV and our mission to better serve the volunteer management community. 

If you have any feedback on how AAMV can best serve you as a member or potential-member, please do not hesitate to contact me and let me know. 

Richard Harker

President, American Association for Museum Volunteers

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