Mattie Johnson Appointed to Serve on Statewide Committee

Last month, we published "DVAC Links Volunteers to the State Office" by program volunteer Dorothy "Dot" Binger that described the Director's Volunteer Advisory Committee (DVAC).

Comprised of Florida Guardian ad Litem Program Executive Director Alan Abramowitz and a volunteer from each of the twenty circuits, the Director's Volunteer Advisory Committee meets every month by way of teleconference.

Typical topics include legislative priorities, volunteer recruitment and retention, community outreach, special events and open discussion.

Binger has served as the Second Judicial Circuit representative on the committee for the past year. As this position is generally rotated on an annual basis, Abramowitz requested that each circuit director appoint a new volunteer for 2014.

On Friday, February 7, 2014, Circuit Director Deborah Moore announced the selection of Mattie Johnson as our new DVAC representative. Moore and Johnson both participated in the first teleconference of the year that took place on Thursday, January 30, 2014.

Johnson also serves as a member on our Volunteer Advisory Committee and in April 2013 was named Social Services Volunteer of the Year by the Tallahassee Democrat.

In addition to participating in the teleconference and sharing information about our program with the group, Johnson will also be responsible for passing along key information and minutes to our volunteers each month.

One sample news item is the announcement that in lieu of the annual Guardian ad Litem Day, the statewide office will instead partner with Children's Week this year. Their annual event is next scheduled for April 6–11, 2014.

Thanking Binger for her service on the committee during the past year, Moore said that "we are grateful for Dot's effort to enhance the work of our volunteers and ongoing commitment to our program and children."

Thank you again to Dot Binger and congratulations to Mattie Johnson!

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