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Registration Deadline: Monday, 4:00 pm

Annual Membership Meeting &
Interactive Etiquette Dinner
for Fundraising Professionals

December 12 ~ 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Annual membership meeting & networking - 4:00 - 5:00 pm;
Interactive dinner & presentation - 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Akron Zoo, 500 Edgewood Ave Akron, OH 44307

$25 for members | $35 for not-yet members
Reservation/Cancellation Deadline: December 9, 4:00

Presented by Bob Pacanovsky,
Robert J. - Training & Design

We are now being observed all the time — and how we act at dinners and events not only brands us, but the organizations that we represent. There is a difference between “eating” and “dining.” Business relationships revolve around “dining,” and Bob will focus on those aspects that give you the added confidence to approach any type of dining event. Topics covered include: making memorable first impressions at cocktail hour, sitting at the table, different styles of eating, napkin etiquette, toasting guidelines, and being a good host and an even better guest. He will also cover etiquette tips for networking events and cocktail receptions. You will come away knowing the difference between being a host or a guest at a function, plus understand the importance of the finer points of the dining experience when dealing with your donors.

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Annual Membership Meeting Notes

The annual membership meeting will be held before the professional development session on December 12th, from 4:00 - 5:00 pm. There will be two significant votes taken, and we ask that all members review the materials before the meeting.

Bylaws: AFP International recently revised the bylaws for each of its chapters, and the AFPNCOH membership will be voting to accept the newly drafted bylaws. Please review them prior to the meeting. If you have any comments, please forward them to Hannah Paulin at

Board & Officer Slate: The nominations committee has submitted its proposed 2014 Board & Officers slate. Please review and, if you have any questions or comments, please email Mella Castner at

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Career Success Institute (CSI 2014)

It is confirmed! Tom Ahern, internationally known expert on donor communications, will be the feature speaker at CSI 2014.

We will be posting a call for presenters shortly. If you would like to receive it, please email

We are also seeking sponsors of the event. If you know vendors who would be interested in promoting their products and services to your colleagues, please email their contact information to

And don't forget to put CSI 2014 on your your calendar for March 21st, 7:45 am - 1:30 pm.

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Current Job Postings

New postings appear in blue.

Director of Annual Giving & Special Events, United Church Homes - 12/20/2013

Assistant Director of Development, Old Trail School - 12/31/2013

Sr. Development Officer, Planned Giving, Summa Health System - 12/31/2013

Manager, Donor Relations, Summa Health System - 12/31/2013

Assistant Development Director, Beech Brook - 1/1/2014

Director of Foundation Relations/Grant Writer, Beech Brook - 1/1/2014

Senior Sales/Fundraising Heart Walk Director, American Heart Association - 2/5/2014

Click here for more information regarding each of these job opportunities or to post new jobs.

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Member Spotlight

AFPNCOH member Shelley Hinton has been with the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank for the past four years. She describes her role as “the perfect mix of integrating the importance of the Foodbank’s mission with the art of emotional connection.”

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

I am proud to be a part of something bigger. At the Foodbank, as we provide food to families throughout our community, I am reminded daily of the struggles many are facing. The work we are doing will positively impact these individuals. It will transform lives. In all honesty, my job is so rewarding because of the pride and optimism that goes home with me at the end of every day.

What is the best piece of career advice you've received and who gave it to you?

Early in my career my dad shared this advice: “No leader is perfect and the best ones don’t try to be. Instead build on your strengths and surround yourself with people that can support your weaknesses.” My dad is a smart man who has worked hard all his life, but I admire him most for his selflessness, genuine personality and quiet leadership.

What has been your most noteworthy professional accomplishment so far?

Two years ago I was part of developing and launching an awareness video, Hungry Kate, which became an incredible marketing asset for our organization. The value of this tool became apparent when more than 50 other food banks across the country asked for access to the video to create their own local versions. Months later, Feeding America, our national hunger-relief affiliate, produced their version of the video, and most recently a national food manufacturing developed an extended version of our original video promoting awareness of their philanthropic efforts in the fight against hunger. This was a true example of the well-known phrase, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”.

Why is AFP important to you?

Professional organizations such as AFP always provide great opportunities to network with others in your line of work and make connections. I transitioned into fundraising from business, so as I continue to grow my knowledge of fundraising, I value the educational opportunities and resources of AFP.

What is the most thoughtful gift you've ever received?

I have a necklace that my parents gave me to wear on my wedding day. The necklace includes two small diamonds from the wedding rings of both my grandmother and grandfather that had passed prior to my wedding. I wear it all the time, but I especially appreciated feeling connected to them on such an important day.

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Join Our LinkedIn Group

Ever want to send a question to other fundraisers who might have the answers? Or promote your fundraising event? Now you can!!

Join the AFPNCOH LinkedIn group and post your questions and share your experiences. Be sure to go to the More tab and select Your Settings so that you can set it up to send weekly or daily digest emails.



Save the Dates

Mark your calendars so that you can join us for AFP's professional development programs:

--March 21, 2014
Career Success Institute with featured keynote speaker Tom Ahern, The University Center at Kent State University Stark

--April 9, 2014
Nonprofit Legislative Day, Columbus OH


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PO Box 1286, Bath OH 44210

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