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Kathy ‘KP’ Papadimitriou appointed new CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston

Posted By Together SC, Monday, June 12, 2017

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston announced that the board of directors has appointed Kathy ‘KP’ Papadimitriou as Chief Executive Officer effective May 30, 2017.
 
“After a thorough selection process, the Board of Directors is pleased to announce that KP is joining the Ronald McDonald House team and will lead the charity as we look into the future,” said, Bert Hefke, Board President. 
 
KP remarked, “As I return to my home state, it is such a privilege to be able to join a dynamic team and such loyal and giving donors who have established such a worthy living charity for our community.  This community has given me so much growing up, and I see it a privilege to be able to help the children and families during their intensive medical times.”
 
KP grew up in Charleston. Following her college experiences, she specialized in the Hospitality and Live Event Industry. With over 30 years of experience, she matriculated to running some of the top event companies across the US, Canada, Europe and the Pacific Rim on a day to day basis.

Her creative and operational expertise has been instrumental in the design and execution of numerous award-winning International programs to include multiple Sponsors’ Olympic Hospitality Programs, the NBA All Star events, Board of Director meetings, corporate product launches, top agent incentives, corporate training programs and fundraising events. Her clientele list includes many of the Fortune 500 brands.
 
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston is a 32-bedroom home where families stay while their children undergo extensive medical treatment. Within our walls, parents and children lead a life as normal as possible during their traumatic times without the financial burden of costly hotel, food and travel expenses.
 
The Ronald McDonald Family Room at MUSC provides a sanctuary within the hospital where family members can rest, read, shower or have a cup of coffee while still being only minutes away from their seriously ill child.
 
Ronald McDonald House Charities empowers families by providing stability and vital resources so they can get and keep their child happy and healthy. By keeping families together, RMHC helps children heal faster and cope better.

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Welcome Together SC Members (Renewing Members for Week of 6/12/17)

Posted By Together SC, Monday, June 12, 2017

Another month, another batch of renewing members and another year of advocacy, networking and nonprofit fun! Join us as we welcome back these seven wonderful organizations and commemorate their new year as Allies for Good!

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Welcome Together SC Members (New & Renewing Members for Week of 6/5/17)

Posted By Together SC, Monday, June 5, 2017

It's a brand new month! Anyone else amazed at how quickly this year is flying by?

As summer quickly approaches, we are thrilled to welcome back 10 returning members for another year of advocacy, networking and nonprofit fun! Join us as we share some love for these wonderful organizations on social:

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Welcome Together SC Members (New & Renewing Members for Week of 5/29/17)

Posted By Together SC, Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing Memorial Day weekend! We are pleased to share that we have two brand new members joining us this week — be sure to give them some love on social:

It's always a pleasure to see so many familiar faces returning for another year of advocacy, networking and fun. This week, we are welcoming back 11 renewing members — share some extra love for them on social, too:

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Welcome Together SC Members (New & Renewing Members for Week of 5/22/17)

Posted By Together SC, Monday, May 22, 2017

We are welcoming three brand new members to our growing Together SC family this week!

There are also 12 renewing members this week, returning for another year of advocacy, networking and nonprofit fun! Be sure to say hello to these organizations on social today:

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Welcome Together SC Members (New & Renewing Members for Week of 5/15/17)

Posted By Together SC, Monday, May 15, 2017

It's another Monday in May, and this week we are pleased to share that we are welcoming a total of FIVE brand new members! Join us as we share some love on social for these wonderful organizations — and our newest Allies for Good!

We also have a grand total of 12 renewing members who are returning for another year of advocacy, networking and nonprofit fun. Join us as we welcome them back on social and thank them for being active Allies for Good!

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Welcome Together SC Members (New & Renewing Members for Week of 5/8/17)

Posted By Together SC, Monday, May 8, 2017

Happy Monday, everyone! We're excited to kick off another week of nonprofit fun with the announcement of our newest member. It is the perfect way to start each week and we encourage each and every one of you to share some love on social for our newest Ally for Good:

We also have seven renewing members who are returning for another year of advocacy, networking and nonprofit fun as Allies for Good! These organizations definitely deserve some love on social, too:

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Welcome Together SC Members (New & Renewing Members for Week of 5/1/17)

Posted By Together SC, Monday, May 1, 2017

Happy May Day, everyone! It's hard to believe we're starting a brand new month, but we're excited to be welcoming two brand new members to our growing Together SC family this week! Join us as we share some love for our newest members on social:

We also have five renewing members this week, returning for another year of advocacy, networking and nonprofit fun! Be sure to share some love for these organizations on social, too:

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Bored at Board Retreats? Try This!

Posted By Chrissa Waite & Melissa Ladd, issaFacilitation, LLC, Friday, April 28, 2017

(adapted from their 2017 Summit Session)

Does your organization have a love-hate relationship with its annual board retreat?  Or maybe it’s been ages since you’ve gathered outside of routine board meetings.  Board retreats should be both fun and purposeful.  Attendees should leave feeling energized, inspired, and that the time they spent was worthwhile.

The purpose needs to fit your current needs, but could include things such as:

  • Teambuilding
  • Onboarding new board members
  • Establishing, or reviewing progress on, strategic objectives
  • Celebrating accomplishments
  • Discussing improvements to board or organizational processes and practices

So how can your meeting facilitator make these topics fun and energizing? 

One facilitation technique issaFacilitation uses with our clients is called Kinetic Voting. We have seen that when participants are out of their seats, they will be more engaged, and we encourage you to try it!

KINETIC VOTING

What is it?

  • A technique to get reactions or votes, based on where people stand in relation to a line

When would you use it?

  • Board discussions on future services: increase/decrease/stay the same
  • Visualize how many people are in agreement or disagreement with a topic

How will it help?

  • Includes everyone
  • Increases energy in a long meeting or retreat session

Instructions:

  • Everyone stand on the line on the floor
  • In response to each question, stand
    • On the line if your answer is “stay the same”
    • One step in front if your answer is “more/increase”
    • One step behind if your answer is “less/decrease"
    • Off one of the ends if your answer is “don’t know

Kinetic voting is just one creative idea to achieve the purposeful results of your board retreat, while promoting full participation and energy.  Wishing you happy board retreats!

 

About the authors:

Melissa Ladd and Chrissa Waite, the “issas” of issaFacilitation, have over 20 years of combined experience facilitating groups through teambuilding, strategic planning, conflict, and organizational improvement.  They are Certified Professional Facilitators and certified Project Management Professionals.  They enjoy helping groups achieve results using visual, engaging and participatory techniques, in a shorter time period than could be done without facilitation.

Together SC members receive 10% off on annual board retreats!

 

Tags:  Board Governance  Board Retreats 

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Welcome Together SC Members (New & Renewing Members for Week of 4/24/17)

Posted By Together SC, Monday, April 24, 2017

Can you believe that we're almost through April? It's true what they say, "time flies when you're having fun." And so far this year, we have had plenty of fun and plenty to celebrate, including welcoming three brand new members to our growing Together SC family this week:

We also have 12 renewing members this week, returning for another year of advocacy, networking and nonprofit fun! Be sure to share some love for these organizations on social today:

Tags:  New Members  Renewing Members  Together SC 

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