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The American Red Cross 
College Club Conference

When

Friday April 1, 2011 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Sunday April 3, 2011 at 1:00 PM EDT


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Where

Albany Ramada Plaza Hotel
3 Watervliet Ave. Ext.
Albany, NY 12206
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Questions? Contact:

Mary Walls 
The American Red Cross 
(716) 878-2140
wallsma@usa.redcross.org 

Meet our Keynote Speakers!

Christoph
Christophe Lobry-Boulanger

Christophe Lobry-Boulanger is a long-time N.Y. Red Cross volunteer who formerly served as a program manager in the organization’s International Services division.  He was deployed to Haiti after the earthquake and put in charge of improving distribution systems and addressing the shelter needs of earthquake survivors.

While he found the situation understandably difficult, he emphasized that the Red Cross had successfully worked "to involve the Haitian community and make it their own recovery process."

“As often occurs with the Red Cross, we were the ones feeling privileged to be given the opportunity to do something meaningful and to be of service."

 Winnie
Winnie Romeril

Romeril wears many hats at the Red Cross and is involved with the volunteer-led organization at local, state, national and international levels. She is a CPR instructor for the Greater Steuben Chapter, an International Humanitarian Law Instructor for the American Red Cross, and a member of the organization’s Rapid Response Team, among other roles.

She has been deployed to assist with Red Cross efforts in Mexico, Sri Lanka, Switzerland and Washington D.C., and most recently, she spent two weeks assisting with communications and public affairs efforts in Haiti following the Jan. 12 earthquake.

"When you’re in the disaster zone, you feel cut off, you feel isolated," she said. "You wonder if people really know how bad it is and how much these Haitians need help."

Romeril says of her involvement with the Red Cross. "People think it’s such an unusual quality, but when you get into the Red Cross, you realize that it is the norm. People wanting to help people – it’s what we do.”

What is the Conference all about?

For the last year, we have been working to advance a model that would provide Chapter support to our American Red Cross (ARC) College Clubs. This ARC College Club Leadership Model from its inception held the belief that leadership mentoring for Club Officers creates increased sustainability for our clubs from one academic year to the next. From that effort the concept of encouraging student officers to join together in planning a conference to advance this leadership goal developed.

We have seen an increased number of American Red Cross (ARC) College Clubs for the 2009/2010 academic year on campuses in the Division 10 region.  Ensuring that Red Cross College Clubs are sustainable in the long run requires effective and strong leadership at the club level.

What can attendees expect?

Students from across Division 10 that attend the Conference will get to:

  • Meet club members from across Division 10 to discuss their club's progress over the years, successful programs they've participated in and challenges they've faced
  • Learn more about leadership and club sustainability
  • Hear from some of the top professionals working in communications, fundraising and international humanitarian law
  • Meet two amazing international Red Cross volunteers
  • Eat some fantastic food
  • Get a great goodie bag
  • Learn Citizen CPR
  • For more information, check out the Conference Agenda below!!

Conference Agenda

Friday April 1st:

Registration: Opens at 12:00

3:00 – 4:45 Conference Opens                                                                                                            

Welcome Leadership
Introductions: Conference Planning Committee
Ice Breakers

4:45 pm – 5:30 pm Break

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Dinner                                 

6:30 to 7:30  Opening Evening Address
--Presented by Christophe Lobry- Boulanger

7:30 pm – 10:00 pm Market Place (American Red Cross Service Delivery Information)

Saturday April 2nd:

8:00 am – 8:50 am First Round AM Breakout Sessions:               

“Service Delivery and Club Missions”- Club Leaders discussing how their clubs have translated Service Delivery in action within the community
--Presented by
 ARC College Club Officers… Buffalo, Albany, Ithaca Presidents)

 9:00 – 10:15am Second Round AM Breakout Sessions:             

"Everywhere you go, there you are:  leadership values in action"-Developing leaders and strategic planning thinking                      
--Presented by
 Suzanne M. Piotrowski  MS HRD, RODP;  McArdle Ramerman & Company; Strategic Organizational Development; Leadership and Management Training - Team Development Greater Rochester Chapter

“Exploring International Humanitarian Law”
--Presented by
Christophe Lobry-Boulanger… Greater NewYork Chapter

“If you build it …They will come” -Club Sustainability and membership engagement
--Presented by TBA
                                                                                                  

 10:15– 10:30 pm   Break

10:30 – 11:45pm    Third Round AM Breakout Sessions:  

 "If you build it …They will come”- Club Sustainability and membership engagement
--Presented by TBA

"Everywhere you go, there you are:  leadership values in action"-Developing leaders and strategic planning thinking        
--Presented by
Suzanne M. Piotrowski  MS HRD, RODP; McArdle Ramerman & Company; Strategic Organizational Development; Leadership and Management Training - Team Development Greater Rochester Chapter

 “Exploring International Humanitarian Law”
--Presented by
Christophe P. Lobry-Boulanger; International Relief Delegate; Senior Faculty Advisor – IHL; Dissemination Greater NewYork Chapter

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm  Lunch

1:15 pm – 2:30 pm First Round PM Breakout Session  
                 
“Putting the FUN in Fundraising”-
 Large Event and Third Party Fundraising
--
Presented by Heather Filipowicz, Senior Director, Advancement Greater Buffalo Chapter; Kimberly Tavarez, Financial Development Associate North Eastern  NY Chapter

 "Everywhere you go, there you are:  leadership values in action"-Developing leaders and strategic planning thinking        
Presented by
Suzanne M. Piotrowski  MS HRD, RODP; McArdle Ramerman & Company; Strategic Organizational Development; Leadership and Management Training - Team Development Greater Rochester Chapter

2:30– 2:45 pm Break                                                                                         

2:45 pm – 4:45 pm First Round PM Breakout Sessions     

Exploring International Humanitarian Law Activity Camp”- Building Refugee Camps
--Presented by
Winnie Romeril; Christophe P. Lobry-Boulanger; International Relief Delegate; Senior Faculty Advisor–IHL; Dissemination Greater NewYork Chapter                                                                                                           

4:45 pm – 6:00 pm   Personal Time

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm   Dinner

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm    Introductions       
Key Note Speaker
--Winnie Romeril

8:30 pm – 9:15 pm   IHL Competition Awards

9:15pm …                  Social Time           

Sunday April 3rd:

8:30am – 9:00am      Conference Housekeeping

9:00am – 12:00pm    Citizen CPR

12:00pm – 12:30pm  Final Comments

1:00 pm  Check Out