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  • Topic created by kathyu on Mon Jan 8, 2018 at 4:24 pm
    Kathy Urban (kathyu)
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    Primary Club: DVOA
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    At the Winter Meeting, there is always a call for Event Directors and Course Setters, a call that sometimes goes unanswered.  Another club on the east coast gives members ranking points when they volunteer.  Would we consider this?  
  • Reply by camperpat on Mon Jan 8, 2018 at 8:02 pm
    Pat Burton (camperpat)
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    Primary Club: DVOA
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    First O: 1999
    Bob and I belong to a outdoors club    When our membership was down,   we gave leaders who lead 3 events in a year a free membership.  

    We also belong to a canoe club and they also gave us a free membership for running  a few  trips and 1st dibs on week long trips since we offer to lead trips  

    Some type of incentive would be helpful.  I also think on the  positive side of offering an incentive as opposed to taking something away.  

    I also understand that it takes many more people to run an orienteering event but I think all members need to feel important and to be recogized even if in a small way.  
  • Reply by bobburg on Thu Jan 11, 2018 at 0:43 am
    Bob Burg (bobburg)
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    I agree with all of the above.  Small ways to reward those who show up and help DVOA deliver events should receive some appreciation beyond just words.....small ways to make us more user (and volunteer) friendly would be a great gesture.

    In addition to previous suggestions, one small bonus for volunteering at an event could be that all of them get to run their course for free.  I've consistently offered that at events I run.  Of course, this assumes that the event has enough 2nd shift volunteers, so that some can help at the beginning of the day, then go run a course.  And others can come and run a course, then relieve those who started the day.  Most of these jobs are simple and sweet and get us all talking to each other as well as to those who attend.

    I definitely encourage brainstorming all sorts of ideas at the Winter Meeting that can attract both newcomers as well as increasing member participation.  Many hands make.....well you know the saying.  Tongue out Cool
  • Reply by ErikEddy on Tue Jan 16, 2018 at 11:03 am
    Erik Eddy (ErikEddy)
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    Primary Club: DVOA
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    let's discuss at winter meeting.  there are a few factors involved but maybe it's time for a few simple organizational policies.  other clubs do have free runs, paid positions, points systems etc.  Orienteering is so cheap that I'm always happy to pay, but it's a nice gesture.  Especially for not-so-fun positions like race timing.

    I would never suggest penalizing someone for not helping with event production.  Orienteering is a lesiure sport and we help out because we want to bring that joy to other people.  Plus, people volunteer elsewhere alot of the time; I never volunteer at running races, I should still be welcomed.

  • Reply by Nancy on Sun Jan 21, 2018 at 9:17 am
    Nancy Sharp (Nancy)
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    Good idea to discuss at the upcoming winter meeting.

    If there are other topics people would like to discuss at the meeting, please let me know.

    By the way, we are still seeking candidates for the open positions to be voted on next week: president, vice president (two candidates have stepped forward), and director (two candidates). 

    Nancy Sharp

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