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2014 Volunteer Program Changes


The Kalamazoo Area Runners leadership team is pleased to announce changes to the Volunteer Recognition Program, effective January 1, 2014.

These changes were undertaken following a membership survey that was conducted in September 2013.  In general, the survey showed that people are not looking for recognition but rather to give back to the club, share the passion of running with others, to meet other club members and to help the organizations that benefit from our events and programs.   Less than 10% of respondents were interested in receiving points as a result of their volunteer efforts.  Why do our members volunteer for KAR events?

The Kalamazoo Area Runners would not exist without the efforts of countless volunteers who have given some portion of their time to the organization over the years. While receiving recognition may not have been their motivation, we feel that it is important for our volunteers to know that they are making a significant impact on both the organization and within the communities in which we live.  While you will no longer see a point system, please be on the lookout for the following as we adjust our program to both encourage volunteerism and reward those members that give of their time to strengthen the organization:

  •  “Best Practices Guidelines” will be developed for use by KAR’s program and event coordinators to help ensure volunteer efforts are consistently recognized at the event level.   The goal of these best practices will be to create a positive and rewarding experience for volunteers from within the KAR membership, as well as within the greater community.
  • The Reynold Oas Volunteer of the Year Award will be expanded to include five individuals.  These individuals will be nominated by the KAR leadership team and selected by the Board of Directors.
  • Volunteer opportunities will be promoted through an increased presence on the Kalamazoo Area Runners website at http://kalamazooarearunners.org/get-involved/volunteer-opportunities/current-volunteer-opportunities/.
  • “Going the Extra Mile” will debut as a new article in the e-newsletter The Rundown to highlight the efforts of various volunteers within the KAR organization.
  • In order to continue to recognize the achievements and contributions of Patrick Johnson, one of the Runner Recognition awards has been renamed “The Patrick Johnson Grand Masters Runner of the Year Award.”

In closing, we would like to thank everyone for their amazing spirit of volunteerism and willingness to support and give back to the Kalamazoo Area Runners organization.  Your generosity with your time and talent are an integral part of why Kalamazoo has been declared a “Runner Friendly Community.”  If you have questions about the Volunteer Program of the