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Third Annual West Central IL Volunteerism Conference Oct. 29

October 2, 2009

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MACOMB, IL - - The third annual West Central Illinois Volunteerism Conference (WCIVC) is slated for 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29 at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Macomb.

According to Nancy Jameson of the WCIVC, the theme for this year's event is "Growing Together," which is based on the conference's purpose and goal of providing capacity-building training opportunities to enhance the skills of volunteer leaders and managers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

Local and statewide organizations will be exhibiting as part of the daylong event, which will also include nine break-out sessions and one lunch-hour keynote speaker.

"Nora Baldner, formerly of the Quincy, IL-based WGEM television station, will be delivering the keynote address," Jameson said. "Nora is the branch director of the Arthritis Foundation in Quincy, and she is host of the Nora Baldner Ladies Classic Golf Tournaments (in Quincy and Macomb) that benefit the Arthritis Foundation," she added.

Conference attendees are eligible to receive 0.5 hours of continuing education units (CEU) through Western Illinois University's School of Extended Studies.

"In addition to the CEU offering, the conference is also an excellent professional-development opportunity for volunteers," Jameson noted.

Registration fees are $30 per adult and $15 per student (with valid student identification); fees include attendance at the break-out sessions, a continental breakfast, the networking luncheon and admission to the exhibit hall. An additional fee of $35, payable to Western Illinois University, is required for those who wish to receive CEU credit through WIU's School of Extended Studies.

For more information and/or to register, contact Jameson, RSVP director, at (217) 357-2804; (309) 255-5152 (mobile); or via email at

Learn more about the Western Central Illinois Volunteerism Conference at For a listing of the scheduled WCIVC Oct. 29 sessions, see

Western Illinois University departments and/or programs that serve as WCIVC steering-committee partners include: the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA); the Peace Corps Fellows Program in Community Development; Volunteer Services (a unit of the student activities office); and the sociology and anthropology department.

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