STOP PRESS: Volunteerism Gazette latest Controversial article on Volunteer Management

Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit - Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

July 2013
By Don J Volau
Article Copyright of Volunteerism Gazette

There has been some debate on some forums internationally on qualifications and credentialing for the Volunteer Management sector. Don J Volau, Editor at Large of Volunteerism Gazette spoke to some Volunteer Managers across the world on their views. All asked to remain anonymous. Paul from Sheffield was asked to remove his mask as this was an online piece and not audio visual.

Paul from Sheffield:

“I decided not to enter the debate. I was going to argue with some people but then I thought people might get personal and I was scared. I thought to myself – How do we define success in Volunteer Management – well after seeing recent debate and reaction I’ve come to the conclusion that the road to Volunteer Management success is under construction”

Anita Sanita, a volunteer coordinator from Banita in the republic of Salamanita stated that she had no intention of entering the debate. Speaking on complete Anonymity (Doh!) Anita told Volunteerism Gazette that “ Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak. Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt – so that is why I won’t say a thing!”

Cary O Leary from Tipperary however took a different more reactive view –“Some people say "If you can't beat them, join them". I say "If you can't beat them, beat them", because they will be expecting you to join them, so you will have the element of surprise.”

Errol Flynn Magnum Columbo, President of the International Association of Volunteer Management and also President of the Famous movie and TV star Association said that the Volunteer Management sector must simply study and gain more knowledge “ Knowledge is power, and power corrupts. So study hard and be evil.” Because after all we must ask “How Many Roads Must our sector Walk Down Before we Admit we’re lost?

The last word goes to Wendy Bottoms, author of Bubbles in a Bath and president of IVEHADIT

“Just remember...if the world didn't suck, we'd all fall off.”

©, Don J Volau
Volunteerism Gazette
July 2013
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  1. You "got" me, DJ! I was taking this seriously (being in the middle of the Great Debate) until I noticed Mr. Volau (clever) was writing in 2013 and had received 34,678 comments! It was, of course, the latter that sealed the "humor." This should link to Rob Jackson's current blog post, "Why I write," at

    July 28, 2011 4:17 AM

  2. First thing: Tear Down The Wall! Forgeddabout wisdom and fruit salad and tomatoes and specially knowledge. Second thing: send the spooks round to everyone who remains anonymous, though I notice you have done a fair bit of name dropping.
    Thirdly: What was your point?

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