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REGION 6 REPORT
BY STEVE HOUSE, DIRECTOR
As the new Region 6 Director, I
would like to say thanks to all of you who worked for me during
my run for director and to all who voted for me. I intend to
represent all members of VVA within Region 6, the National
Board, and AVVA, as well as the entire membership of VVA
whenever I can.
By the time you read this, I will have attended two, and
possibly three, state councils within our region: Wisconsin,
Nebraska, and Minnesota. I will meet my commitment to visit each
state council within our region at least once a year during my
I plan to work hard on South Dakota and form a state council
there. I have started on that effort with Dan Stenvold, North
Dakota State Council President, and Dottie Barickman, Nebraska
State Council President.
They both have contacts, and we hope to achieve this goal within
two years. If anyone else has friends, relatives, or other
contacts to help us in this effort, please let us know about
A regional award is being established. Solicitations for this
award are being accepted now. If you are aware of a worthy
current VVA or AVVA special project or program, please give us a
description of the project, including such details as funding
and budgets, who benefits from the program, how long this
program has been in existence, photos of the project, names of
key participants, and what VVA or AVVA chapters are affiliated
with the project.
I want you to contact me whenever you need to. Use my e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org Good commo
was important then and it still is.
At my first National Board meeting as Region Director, packets
were handed out with
information on duties and responsibilities. One sheet was a list
of points that help a leader lead. I was impressed with them
all, but would like to share one with you. I may share more of
the points with you in future columns. The sheet was titled
Rule number 2: Mutual Respect - Respect is the foundation of
trust. Disagreements can be managed and respectful dialogue
makes for creative problem solving. Disrespect tempts people to
leave the organization, even when the disrespect is not aimed at
them but they observe it.
This is a rule I would like to live by. Mutual respect is not
being weak, it's just being civil. One's emotions can get in the
way of clear thinking when things get out of control.
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