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2013 District Spring Conference

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2013 District 66 Spring Conference

The District 66 Spring Conference will be Friday and Saturday, May 10th and 11th, 2013, at: Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel. 3501 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451. Tel: 1-800-325-3535. (see map)

Click here to reserve rooms for the Spring Conference. Partial Ocean Front Room is $99.00 and Oceanfront room is $139.00.

District 66 Selected C&L Winner

Russell Turner, Va. Aquarium, Va. Beach, will be speaking at the C&L luncheon on Saturday May 11th.

Russell Turner

Russell Turner attended Old Dominion University where he majored in Marketing. A lifelong resident of Hampton Roads, he worked in the financial services industry for thirty-one years and retired from Bank of America in 2001 as the Senior Vice President and Regional Executive Officer for Hampton Roads.

Like many successful fundraising professionals, Russell began working with nonprofit organizations as a volunteer, and has served in various capacities for more than 40 years. In the 1970s, he served the Suffolk United Way as its campaign leader and chairman of its board, and was part of the leadership that envisioned the merger of the five major United Way campaigns in Hampton Roads. As the Campaign Chair in 2000, the South Hampton Roads United Way campaign raised $17.4 million, 102 % of goal.

Having served as a Trustee on the Virginia Marine Science Museum Foundation, now the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, Russell made a career change into the non-profit field by joining the staff as the Director of Development in 2001. He immediately established an Annual Fund campaign among the Trustees, which generated almost $100,000 in its first year. Since then, the Annual Fund donor base has increased from 440 to 2,000. In 2004, Russell coordinated the largest capital campaign at the Aquarium in the amount of $28 million. Besides providing funding for the new Restless Planet exhibits, an endowment fund was established to provide for the future stability of the Aquarium. The Aquarium’s recent capital campaign not only exceeded its financial goal, but increased its donor base almost three-fold.

Building on his own experiences as a volunteer, Russell has built and mentored a junior board of enthusiastic young professionals whose efforts have contributed significantly to major museum programs. Known as the Aquarium Connection, the group was named Volunteer Group of the Year in 2009 by Volunteer Hampton Roads.

His special affinity for children and baseball inspired his volunteer work with the Tidewater Driller AAU Baseball Club. This Club provides young baseball players beginning at the age of eight years old to compete at a national level and develop baseball skills and talents to perform at a very high level of sports. The Tidewater Drillers also provides scholarships to deserving student athletes; since 2005, scholarships totaling $81,000 have been funded.

2013 Spring Conference

2013 Spring Conference