TWO VOTES NO - still stands from these two and for the same reasons as stated (and have actually been re-enforced).
Yes, volunteers are a wonderful community commodity. Any community should be proud of their volunteer base and grateful for what goes into successfully pulling off all the various events our communities offer! Thank You!
We have been around long enough and our many volunteer experiences have taught us to carefully consider where and how we choose to expend our volunteer energy. It does end up being a personal choice. Just our two cents on the matter!
Lenore and Don
--- In email@example.com, "JP" <manvulture@...> wrote:
> First off, thanks to Don, Lenore and Tina for responding so fast! Boy
> you folks are on the ball! [=D>] [:D]
> Lessee here, concerning the booth,
> At the last meeting, the committee decided to charge a booth fee for non
> profits (Knights of Columbus are doing food and they are getting charged
> the same rate as us) but at a far reduced fee as compared to what they
> are charging reg vendors. Indeed we would need a canopy and things of
> the sort, but it isn't too hard to come up with stuff like that
> methinks. We already have tables, table cloths, a cashbox, decorations,
> coolers up the dupa and charisma to boot.
> Also, as a side note, we have your feastware in case you were wondering
> where it got off to.
> Don and Lenore:
> 1: Yeah, most (if not all) of us are indeed helping to run the faire
> through various volunteer jobs. So you are DEFF right there. Doing this
> booth would certainly make the renn faire a lil more complicated and
> tiring for those of us whom pull double duty. That is where Tina comes
> into play as she is the LSRF volunteer coordinator. If she can figure
> out a way to rotate those of us whom would like to do this booth in our
> free time, there would be our answer. Either that or should one of us be
> an expendable volunteer (not bleedin' likely), we could run the booth
> that way.
> 2: As for what can be sold and what cannot be sold, a couple of calls
> can clarify everything. Right off the bat, wholesale prepackaged drinks
> are allright to sell as they require no prep and can safely be stored
> either room, hot, or cold temps, plus they are labeled for individual
> sale. Pop and water are not perishable so they are automatically safe.
> Juices and milks are allright IF we keep them at a safe temp, which is
> as easy as keeping them on ice. [:)] Where to legally buy from is the
> only major concern and again..a call or two to WUPDHD or
> Northstar/Pizani can clarify that in a jiffy.
> Profits...well..they come to us! As it would be run as a fundraiser and
> not a business, it's no different than any fund raiser we have done thus
> far with the exception that we would have to pay a nominal fee for a
> both. All profits stay with us until they are turned over to Darkstone.
> 3: Indeed, the LSRF and SCA are jumbled as of now...but so long as we
> "dress funny" and "play with swords", people will forever link the two,
> nomatter how hard we try [:-s] . But you are absolutely right, there ARE
> better ways to get our name out there. Please begin a list and present
> it at the next meeting [:)] Some ideas I had thought of was demos at
> local parks..perhaps a "tour"...but for that we'd need a darkstone
> Marshall to come on down for fighting and a HUGE group effort for the
> A&S section to shine. But getting back to the LSRF, we'd be doing this
> as a fundraiser first and foremost, not really as a recruitment effort.
> My thought on that, by the way, is that darkstone has had no success in
> recruiting people because they are "from somewhere else". Some people
> probably never followed through because they were a 45 odd minute drive
> away....what we have in our favour is that we are local. Mayhaps that
> would help us.
> 1. Is it in Ketleblastr's best interest to overcommit themselves at this
> Renny event at the beginning stages of an SCA forming group?
> My two cents...yes and no. NO because we'd be stretching ourselves a lil
> thin and making the faire a little bit more complex and involved.
> YES because were we to do this even as a well founded group, it would
> still be just as taxing. Asides from that, the more money we are able to
> raise to play with, the better off we are and the more options we have.
> Any gold in our treasury can go towards enriching our group with things
> such as loaner feast ware/fighting gear, fabrics for garb/loaner
> garb/decorations/banners, raw materials for A&S such as wood, leather,
> metal, rivets, beads, thread etc etc etc. The richer we make our group
> now (and that refers to material goods, not money), the more appealing
> we can make our group, and the more prepared we can be for our future
> 2. When is anyone going to have any fun and enjoy the faire aside of
> being a volunteer? Sounds like a scheduling nightmare...
> Yup, a scheduling nightmare it shall be, no doubt about it. But
> truthfully, when any of us volunteer...we rarely have time to enjoy the
> faire anyway, I know I speak for myself at the very least [:p] 2007, I
> was off fighting in the woods all faire long and came out when all the
> acts were pretty much over. Last year I shot myself in the foot by being
> a vendor, lol. Like I said, only those wishing to take on such an
> endeavor would be double volunteering, I'd hate for anyone to feel
> forced or obligated to man (or woman) a booth should the group decide
> Any more questions, comments, cheers, jeers, from ya folks?? I'd love to
> discuss this at length before the next renn meeting and come up with a
> definitive yea or nay for the committee [:)]
> As for the mother's day fundraiser..WOO-HOO!!! Not as good as our first,
> but I'm not about to sneeze at $200!!!! Once again, thanks to everyone
> who made something for the sale, to everyone who showed up and helped us
> make a spectacle out of ourselves, to everyone who helped hock our wares
> and to everyone who spread the word. And of course, thanks to the
> community (even though they aren't reading this) for their continued
> support of our group. It just goes to show that we can acheive great
> things when we work together!
> Always in your service:
> JP-Marcial de Salas-S
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>
> , "annie_nore" <annie_nore@> wrote:
> > LSRF booth
> > "So yeah folks...think about it and please do respond to this ASAP
> with your thoughts, concerns, jeers, cheers, and words of support.'
> > Don and I agree with voting "NAY" to Ketelbalstr having a booth of any
> kind at the LSRF.
> > The reasons are:
> > 1. Not enough manpower and what manpower is available is volunteering
> at the faire already as community members.
> > 2. There is a lot of SUPPOSES and IFFY information floating around out
> there on what is to be sold or not sold, fees, what happens to any
> "profits," etc. We have not heard or seen any clear statements on this
> > 3. There are better ways to get the Ketelblastr name "out there." and
> not in connection with the Renn Faire. We should be focusing on those
> instead. There already is mass-confusion in the general public in our
> area about Renn Groups and our SCA Group. As a side note: in years past
> there have not been any new SCA memberships reeled in through the faire
> that we are aware of (no follow-through from any contacts made there).
> > Two questions:
> > 1. Is it in Ketleblastr's best interest to overcommit themselves at
> this Renny event at the beginning stages of an SCA forming group?
> > 2. When is anyone going to have any fun and enjoy the faire aside of
> being a volunteer? Sounds like a scheduling nightmare...
> > 2 VOTES NO
> > Lenore and Don