Training Institute Wrap Up!

HOBY Training Institute (TI) 2014 (#HOBYTI2014)            

Written by HOBY TI Chairperson, Caryll Lawrence.


Caryll_2014Over 167 HOBY volunteers representing 67 sites converged upon Houston, Texas from August 14-17 for 3 amazing days of learning, networking and best practice sharing.


The theme this year was Dare To Dream, encouraging participant’s to never give up on their own personal goals and dreams as well as those that they may have for their HOBY site and their own HOBY story.


HOBY kicked off the weekend with a meet and greet reception hosted by the Omni Houston Galleria Hotel while volunteers were able to catch up with old friends while making new connections.  Friday morning saw the start of over 33 training session opportunities, all trained by dedicated and experienced HOBY volunteers and staff!  Everyone was given some free time on Friday to explore Houston, including enjoying some local Tex-Mex and country line dancing.


Throughout the weekend, we collected books to donate to a local children’s hospital and thanks to the annual t-shirt and new website homepage contests, where .25 cent votes were cast for everyone’s favorite, we were also able to purchase a bookshelf to donate along with the books.  Many sites also brought fun gift baskets from their home sites, which were then raffled off over the 3 days.
The highlight of the weekend was the Annual HOBY Awards Banquet hosted by myself, the TI Chair, Caryll Lawrence (VA) and and Vice Chair Bryan Tate (PA-C).  During the banquet, awards were distributed to all HOBY sites for all of their successes during the last program year.  Congratulations to all award recipients!


The Awards Banquet closed with the announcement of the 2014 HOBY Volunteers of the Year.  Congratulations to Dave Bertorello from HOBY Indiana and Ann Shelton from HOBY Virginia as our 2014 HOBY Volunteers of the Year!


Hope to see you next year at HOBY TI 2015, Houston, Texas, August 13-16.


Who attends: Two attendees per U.S. site, age 21 or over (no exceptions), chosen by the affiliate, approved by their Director of National Programs (DNP), and paid for by HOBY
International. Additional participants, age 21 or over (no exceptions), from U.S. affiliates may attend at a cost of $575 per person.

2014 Courses:

Seminar Recruitment and Ambassador Relations

Community Reinvestment Act (CRA)

Building a Better CLeW

A Social Change Model of Leadership & Leadership Seminar B Recruiting Volunteers

Building Your Fundraising Committee and Diversifying Your Revenue

HOBY Through the Phases

Training, Managing and maintaining Volunteers

Non-Profit Finance: Making the Most of Your Money

Endowing the Future of Your HOBY Affiliate

Managing Risk and Liability (MANDATORY for 1 person per site to attend)

Getting Organized: Bylaws, Charters, and Building a Corporate Board

Creating a Meaningful L4S Project

How to Run a Quality Program on a Shoe String Budget

Working with Colleges and Universities to Plan Your Seminar

L4S Resources and Support

Training Your Seminar and CLeW Facilitators

Creating Effective Marketing Tools and Public Relations

Managing Risk and Liability

Effectively Leading your Team through Technology and Maximizing Social Media Tools

Corporate Compliance for Corporate Boards

HOBY: Conducting Yourself in an All-Inclusive Organization

Using HOBY Online and ActiveCollab

Soliciting Retail Organizations for Grants and GIK

Keeping Things Flowing: Seminar Operations

Special Events and Seminar-Based Fundraising


Assessing Your Seminar Learning Objectives

Working with Cooperating and Service Organizations

Corporate Solicitation and Fundraising

Developing the Right Succession Plan

Developing and Maximizing Your Alumni

Cultivating Individual Donors and HOBY Parents

One Response to “Training Institute Wrap Up!”

  1. Eric E. Ellis October 7, 2014 at 5:40 pm #

    And now I know!