4122RE: [midatlanticretro] Re: As previously asked / re: museum volunteers?
- Sep 7, 2006I'll be the point of contact, and there will be plenty of notice for
InfoAge has a fire safety officer who is making the safety program, etc.
along with Fred.
From: Herb Johnson [mailto:hjohnson@...]
Sent: Thursday, September 07, 2006 1:25 PM
Subject: [midatlanticretro] Re: As previously asked / re: museum volunteers?
--- 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 would
> welcoming any visitors to the main building, giving them a simple
> pointing them to the preview room and/or information documents of
> they are interested in learning about. Of course you can focus on
> they're interested.
> Please let me know. Feel free to go off-list as well...
> - Evan
I'll be glad to volunteer one or two days a year, provided two things 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, for now.
Herbert R. Johnson, New Jersey USA
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