Who is TADVS?
The Texas Association, Directors of Volunteer Services (TADVS), an affiliate chapter of AHVRP (www.ahvrp.org), is the choice professional membership chapter for healthcare volunteer services, retail operations and related support services disciplines.
Words from the President
If you are not a TADVS member, I encourage you to reach out to a board member and just ask them what TADVS has meant to them. I did just that 10 years ago and it was one of the best career decisions I have ever made.
Making a difference, that’s what Volunteer Directors do every day! TADVS is there to help you along the way.
Glenda Gibbs, TADVS President
Citizens Medical Center
Volunteer & Gift Shop Manager
Member of the Month!
TADVS would like to acknowledge Teresa Laechelin for the month of November. Teresa is a great leader and is currently the TADVS Board Secretary. She is always full of good ideas and is a real forward thinker. That is important to any organization. We look forward to seeing her do many wonderful things with and for TADVS over the years!
Thank you, Teresa, for all you do for TADVS!
Where we started...
First Elected President of the Organization
(Photo from Valley Morning Star, 1953)
On January 1, 1970, the Texas Association, Staff Directors of Hospital Volunteer Services became an affiliated society of the Texas Hospital Association with the original organization by-laws dated December 17, 1969. The society began with 62 members and was formed to provide a mechanism for sharing information and methods of operations of salaried directors of volunteers.
Although this date marks the birth of TADVS as we know it today, our proud heritage began further back on May 13, 1959. The Directors of Volunteers in hospitals in Texas met and formed a state organization while attending the Texas Hospital Association Convention. Mrs. Marion Blieden of the Veterans Administration Hospital of Houston was elected as the first president in 1959. Five vice-presidents were elected to provide communication across the state.