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Compassionate Games Committee

The Compassionate Games Committee is responsible for one of the two primary outreach activities of the MDCAN.  We are looking to expand the committee because we realize we are undertaking a large project to represent the Detroit Metro Area in the 2015 Compassionate Cities Games.  Therefore, we are seeking talented volunteers that are willing to be a part and contribute their time and talents.   The Compassionate Cities Committee is responsible for:

  1. To identify and recruit organizations of all types to participate in the Compassion Games that includes schools, faith-based organizations, small and large businesses, healthcare providers, community-based groups, cities, and  individuals.
  2. To spread the word, through all means possible that the Compassion Games are coming. This includes making presentations to interested groups, using social media to gain awareness,  recruiting your friends, contacts and employer to join the Games, and working with the Marketing Committee to create and publish materials and create marketing campaigns.
  3. To connect with Compassion Games International to learn and collaborate around best-practices, campaign strategies, marketing materials, and technology-based tools for reporting Compassion Game results and reports.
  4. We shall accomplish this by developing and maintaining a Compassion Games committee that is willing to be creative in their approach, dedicated in their contribution, open in communicating their ideas, while building a framework of team comradery to market each event and projects successfully.

Relevant skills may include:  Social media and network marketing experience, public speaking talents, team-building experience, expertise in public service activities, or just a strong creative desire to participate with the Compassion Games Committee.

Chairman: Cynthia Douglas, cmd48080@gmail.com

Compassionate Cities Committee

The purpose of the Compassionate Cities Committee is to encourage governmental units in Metropolitan Detroit to adopt compassion as a core value and to report their various compassionate programs to MDCAN.  One of the key tools to accomplish this is to follow the activities and programs of other cities that have become “Compassionate Cities” and to use this information to explain the benefits of becoming a Compassionate City.  We will look toward the US Council of Mayors Resolution supporting compassion as another tool to explain the benefits of compassion as a governmental value.  We hope to report by our website and social media the actions that will show Metropolitan Detroit as one of the most compassionate areas in the country and world.

Chairman: Stephen Selander, sselander@selanderlaw.com

Corporate Governance Committee

The Corporate Governance Committee is looking for volunteers to join us on this committee.  The Corporate Governance Committee ensures the board of directors’ effectiveness and continuing development by:

  1. Formulating and recommending governance principles and policies that will further the stated mission, goals and purposes of the organization.
  2. Developing and recommending a set of corporate governance guidelines, which will consider size and composition of the board, qualifications and criteria for election to the board and the structure and composition of and membership on board committees.
  3. Developing and recommending position descriptions detailing responsibilities and expectations for board members and the board chairperson.
  4. Enhancing the quality of board nominations.
  5. Ensuring integrity of the board nominating process.
  6. Seeking qualified individuals to serve on the board, identifying and evaluating potential Director Candidates and recommending nominees proposed for election or reelection to the board.  To facilitate this responsibility, the committee will:
  7. Develop and recommend to the board a statement of the competencies and personal attributes currently needed on the board, to be used as a guideline for recruitment and election of board members.
  8. Conduct a “gap analysis” to identify succession planning and recruitment needs.
  9. Develop and regularly update a list of potential board members, regardless of whether a current vacancy exists.
  10. Oversee a process for vetting the fitness of prospective nominees.
  11. Develop and oversee a plan for enhancing board diversity.
  12. Evaluate the performance of individual board members eligible for reelection.
  13. Design and hold an orientation for new board members as needed.
  14. Recommending formation of committees, chairs and board members assigned to each committee.
  15. Leading the board in its annual review of the performance of the board and its committees.
  16. Conducting annual review of corporate bylaws and recordkeeping and recommending any needed revisions.
  17. Annual review of organization activity to assure compliance with State and Federal statutory requirements for nonprofit corporations and tax exempt/tax deductible status.
  18. Advise board on plan for annual board retreat and ongoing education for board members.

If you have interest in and skills relevant to corporate governance of a nonprofit, please see or otherwise contact Bernie or me.  Relevant skills/experience may include:  past service on the board of a nonprofit, strong research and communication ability, networking experience and contacts with other potential board members.

Chairman: Christopher Olson, csolson28@gmail.com

MARKETING COMMITTEE

The Marketing Committee is looking to expand the committee because we realize we can’t do it all.  We need you!   Therefore, we are seeking talented volunteers that are willing to be a part and contribute their time and talents.   The Marketing Committee is responsible for:

  1. Building Branding Credibility,  Executing Strategic Marketing Plans, Developing and Implementing Marketing Materials, Setting up Exhibits, Promoting MDCAN for Memorable Logo Branding;
  2. Our goals are to align our marketing strategies toward recruiting volunteer participation, event planning, fundraising, and membership enhancement.  Our intent is laser-focused on building compassionate communities one person at a time, unitedly woven into the power of the GOLDEN RULE, starting with you!
  3. Together we will build both long-term and short term campaigns.  Campaigns designed to entice individual citizens, organizations, and industries to be of service to their fellow neighbors, and surrounding communities, by socially participating and co-partnering with MDCAN for the betterment of this entire metropolitan area.
  4. We shall accomplish this by developing and maintaining a marketing committee that is willing to be creative in their approach, dedicated in their contribution, open in communicating their ideas, while building a framework of team comradery to market each event and projects successfully.

If this sounds like it’s calling you.  “Do not” be apprehensive in your reply.  You “CAN” make the difference!   If you have an interest or the skillsets relevant for the marketing committee, please see myself or Adrienne after this event.

Relevant skills may include:  Social Media and Network Marketing Experience, Oversee the Creation of Marketing Materials, Facilitating and Implementing Marketing Plans, Expertise in Marketing Campaigns, or Just a Strong Creative Desire to participate with the Marketing Committee.

Chairman:  Angela Relph, arelph1@aol.com

Members:

Carol Kalvelage

Michael Loszewski

Christopher Olson

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

The Membership Committee work to attract members to the Compassionate Action Movement.  They are available to answer questions from members or potential members regarding member actions and activities.

Chairman:  Stephen Selander, sselander@selanderlaw.com

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

The Program Committee is responsible for program outreach activities of the Metro Detroit Compassionate Action Network (MDCAN).  The goal of getting people excited about “Compassion”, will require education to be a major aspect of what we do. Therefore, we are seeking talented volunteers that are willing to be a part and contribute their time and talents.   The Program Committee is responsible to:

  1. Identify and develop programs for schools, faith-based organizations, small and large businesses, healthcare providers, community-based groups, cities, and  individuals which introduce these groups to the Charter for Compassion
  2. Plan purposeful, measurable programs toward fulfilling the objectives of Metro Detroit Compassionate Action Network with designated responsibilities and appropriate time frames.
  3. Catalogue and document the resources available to schools, faith-based organizations, small and large businesses, healthcare providers, community-based groups, cities, and  individuals which introduce these groups to the Charter for Compassion
  4. Educate the broader community about what it means to become a Compassionate Community, and acknowledge the acts of compassion that are already working within your community.
  5. Coordinate the logistics for planned programs being offered.
  6. Build momentum by involving other community members, linking to community events, and inviting nearby communities to participate.

Relevant skills may include:  Public speaking talents, program design experience, education and training experience, and expertise in public service activities.

Chairman:  Vacant

ROUNDTABLE COMMITTEE

Functions of the Roundtable Committee

The Roundtables Committee will help bring like-minded people together for networking around the idea of compassion via organizational roundtables and other activities.  It will assist in the formation of Roundtables comprised of Metro Detroit Compassionate Action Network members and partners in the following areas:

  1. Businesses;
  2. Educational Organizations;
  3. Health Care Organizations
  4. City and County Governmental Units;
  5. Non-Profits/Social Services Organization; and
  6. Inter-Faith, Churches and Other Spiritual Organizations

Any member or partner of the Metro Detroit Compassionate Action Network can participate in a Roundtable to the extent that they wish.

The Roundtable Committee will facilitate networking within the Roundtable and between Roundtables to help the members or partners achieve their compassionate goals.  The Roundtable Committee will provide resources and connect members of a Roundtable to other activities occurring throughout the International Compassionate Action Network that may be of interest or assistance to them.

Chairman: Stephen Selander, sselander@selanderlaw.com

Members:

Richard Kosky

Therese Marie