Professional Gatherings

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VANNW Professional Gatherings are a great opportunity to share ideas, thoughts, and skills with your volunteer management peers – no membership required.  VAN Professional Gatherings are typically offered once a month at various locations.  If you are interested in hosting a Professional Gathering or have an idea for a presentation/topic please contact

Thursday, July 28, 2006 @ 11:30 a.m., WestSide Bay, South Seattle 

Explore how and what volunteer data our organizations track, with a focus on Volgistics as a volunteer database. Our gatherings are brown-bag lunches so bring yours and join the discussion.
Date: Thursday, 7/28/2016
Time: 11:30am-1:00pm
Location: WestSide Baby, 10002 14th Ave SW, Seattle, WA, 98108
RSVP: Shana Allen, Volunteer Manager, WestSide Baby, (206) 686-6659,
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