4121Re: As previously asked / re: museum volunteers?
- Sep 7, 2006--- In email@example.com, "Evan Koblentz" <evan@...> wrote:
> I asked this a while ago and nobody replied.
> InfoAge is looking for people from each member group who can
> ** ONE DAY ** per year. It would be a Saturday or Sunday and wouldinvolve
> welcoming any visitors to the main building, giving them a simpletour, and
> pointing them to the preview room and/or information documents ofwhatever
> they are interested in learning about. Of course you can focus onMARCH if
> they're interested.I'll be glad to volunteer one or two days a year, provided two things
> Please let me know. Feel free to go off-list as well...
> - Evan
occur. First, I'm notified well in advance - more than a week or two -
as to when. Second, that MARCH appoint someone who will be responsible
for the "docent" program, so I have someone to turn to who will be
well informed by both MARCH and by InfoAge, someone I can contact if I
can't make it, someone to tell me if InfoAge has issues, etc. etc.
Also, this person is the logical person to write and maintain the
MARCH "docent document" which informs the docents about our MARCH
exhibit and our organization; just as other clubs will have their
documents for us when we show their exhibits.
In addition, our docents will need documents from InfoAge about
procedures, security, and SAFETY. If a visitor cuts their hand, who do
they call? Stuff like that is important to document, when you need
safety info you need it FAST. "Security" is about locking doors,
checking alarms, or just who to call if someone is drunk.
Does this sound too complicated, or boring, or scary? Well, consider
two things. First, where will MARCH get those "local" members you've
asked about? Probably from LOCAL VISITORS who are happy with what they
see. Making visitors happy, keeping them safe, is in MARCH's best
interests. Second, it's more FUN for the "docents" to know what to do
and say; it's satisfying to have a visitor say "thank you" when they
have had a good experience.
I have a clue about this stuff, from another club I belong to. They
have a strong visitor's program well worked out. It's fun, it's
satisifying, and almost all our officers and active members come out
of that program. Certainly our new members come from visitors. I'd be
glad to share that info with you, Evan, to provide some guidance and
examples, contact me privately. But I'm not prepared to be the "docent
director". Things may be simple enough that you can perform that role,
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