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Class Agents and Chapter Leaders Attend Volunteer Leaders Conference

On April 4-5, the VMI Foundation and the VMI Alumni Association co-hosted the annual Volunteer Leaders Conference. This event brings to Post the leaders of many chapters of the VMI Alumni Association and many Class Agent and provides them information on the Institute’s current condition, its plans for the future, and the work of the VMI Alumni Agencies.

This year, after a luncheon in the Hall of Valor in Marshall Hall, these leaders received a welcome from Bob Heely ’69, President of the VMI Alumni Association. They then heard from representatives of the VMI Foundation, the VMI Alumni Association, and VMI Keydet Club and attended a workshop on how to better engage VMI’s alumni and friends. At dinner that evening, the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Dr. David Diles, made a special presentation.

On Saturday, the Institute’s Chief of Staff, COL Jamie Inman, U.S. Army (Retired) ’86 about the Institute’s current state and its future. Next, representatives of VMI Communications & Marketing and the VMI Foundation discussed the Institute’s and the Alumni Agencies’ efforts to communicate with the VMI Family. This was followed by another working session, after which John Wranek III’85, Vice President of Annual and Reunion Giving for the VMI Foundation, outlined the plans for the next fiscal year. The conference ended with a luncheon in Marshall Hall.

“If alumni and friends have questions about VMI, they are quite likely to ask a class agent or chapter leader before they ask anyone on Post,” explained Wranek. “So, it’s important for these leaders to have the information they need to respond to these as well as make the best case for supporting VMI and its cadets. Our leaders come away from these conferences with the knowledge they need to be effective in their work on behalf of the VMI Family.”

“It says much about the dedication of these alumni to VMI and their Brother Rats that take no small amount of time out of their lives to come to Post. It’s that dedication and that shared sense of service that makes this annual event a great experience for everyone involved with it,” concluded Wranek.