The Volunteer Recognition Committee is responsible for the oversight and development of AFS-USA’s national volunteer recognition plan. This committee is responsible for the following:
- Developing selection criteria to be used when selecting volunteers for international and domestic awards, including chaperone trips;
- Setting guidelines, developing timelines, and supervising the implementation of all awards and volunteer recognition including, but not limited to, the selection for chaperone and/or volunteer study exchange travel;
- Overseeing the annual award selection process for both USA nominees for international and national recognition;
- Creating and publishing an annual volunteer recognition plan for AFS-USA,
- Providing a brief report at National Council meetings a minimum of three times a year, and/or when awards are announced;
- Creating sub-selection committees as needed to help implement awards;
- Supporting recognition efforts at the local level. One example is the Volunteer Recognition Certificate available to teams.
Click here to see the article outlining the current AFS National and International Volunteer awards overseen by this committee.
The committee is made up of AFS-USA volunteers and staff, and for the 2018/19 year, the VRC is comprised of six volunteers and four staff members. This committee is accountable to the Sr. Director of Volunteer Development and Participant Support.
The 2018/19 Volunteer Recognition Committee members are:
- Ann Sweet (Western New York)
- Debra Bryda (Northeast Ohio)
- Nancy Satola (World Flags)
- Karen P. Nelson (Greater Puget Sound)
- Steve Sweet (Western New York)
- Jackie Smiley (Las Vegas)
- Audrey Pinchock (Organizational Development Specialist)
- Barbara McManus (Senior Team Development Specialist)
- Michelle Bird (Manager of Volunteer Development)
- Chris Kowalski (Greater Cleveland TDS)
On average, five hours of time commitment per month are required, though some sub-committee work may require more hours during award selection periods. Activities may include but are not limited to:
- Monthly conference calls with the possibility of additional calls during selection periods;
- Regular email correspondence with sufficient frequency to complete the agreed-upon tasks;
- Availability to serve on sub-committees related to specific awards (i.e. Galatti Award, Flight Chaperone, Mission Award, etc.).
- Committee members serve a one-year term with the option to renew on an annual basis.
- The VRC Chair will be selected by the Sr. Director of Volunteer Development and Participant Support and will serve a one-year term with the potential to renew.
How can I get involved?
If you are interested in serving on this committee, please email the VRC at firstname.lastname@example.org.