Lady Anita writes:
This time of year finds many of us preparing to take our vacation attending Estrella War. This is a great event attended by thousands of people. One of the things that makes Estrella War so successful is the number of people who are willing to sacrifice several hours during their vacation to do volunteer service in the many venues needed to make the war run. Estrella XX required 9638.75 hours of volunteer time. A total of 964 persons completed this huge task. That is an average of almost 10 hours per person.
The goal this year is to increase the number of people volunteering in order to decrease the number of hours worked per person. This way, each of us can spend more time enjoying the activities and classes. Our goal is five hours of volunteer time per person for Estrella XXI.
Contact our Volunteer co-ordinator Lady Morwenna teg Caernarvon terri_m_85224@y... to offer your time - if you have a specific timetable or favorite department, let her know.
To all of you planning on attending, please volunteer for at least a two hour shift during this war. Security is our crucial area. We are always looking to fill the shifts between midnight and 8 am. Troll is another crucial place needing staff to move people quickly through the check-in process. Saturday morning at 8 am is a key shift to fill.
We work every year to improve the volunteer process to make it as simple as we can, so this year there is a volunteer hour log form online at http://www.estrellawar.org/files/volunteerhoursform.pdf. This allows you to fill out your personal information before war, turn the form in to the Volunteer staff to record your hours, and eliminates the need to complete the form at Volunteer Point, when all you want to do is redeem your hours for raffle tickets and get on to other things.
If you are attending as a group perhaps your group could volunteer to man a venue for 8 to 12 hours in pairs. For example, your group could take the 8 pm - 8 am security shift for one night. Challenge another group to outdo your volunteer time. Not only is the challenge fun, your group will earn monies for the time worked. Estrella War holds the Volunteer Banner competition.
If this sounds like something you want to try, let the Volunteer autocrat know. We can help you determine the venue best suited for you and work out a schedule for you.
This year The Hospitality Corp is once again going to feed, water and take care of the volunteers. Every volunteer is welcome to eat, drink or come out of the cold at the Hospitality Tent.