by Janet Dickelman

Thanks to those of you who volunteered and made my first year as convention desk coordinator run so smoothly and to those of you who complimented our efforts, I was asked to coordinate the information desk again this year in Phoenix.

I certainly hope those of you who volunteered last year will consider doing so again. We also like seeing new faces at the desk.

The desk will open Thursday afternoon, July 8th, for early convention arrivals. It will be open Friday, July 9th through Friday, July 16th from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. We will be the place to go for banquet table reservations. (Eight people per table, please, and give us all the names of members of your party when booking a table. This year we will take reservations for partial tables -- a good way to make new friends.)

The information desk will also be the place to drop off your door prizes. If possible, please label all prizes both in braille and print. We will have a lost and found box and a suggestion box. And yes, we are the place to contact to leave your room number for newspaper delivery.

Our main focus is to answer your convention-related questions accurately, quickly, and professionally.

Information desk volunteers need to: quickly search for information as to the location of meetings, caucuses and special activities; be patient and friendly, and able to work in a fast-paced environment where several people may be waiting for your assistance.

Volunteers should be able to work a minimum block of 3 hours. Of course you can always stop by the desk during the convention and volunteer your services; however, having at least a partial schedule of volunteers seemed to work very well last year.

We are also looking for someone who has their own laptop or notetaker and would be able to help Jim Shaw copy files. Files will be copied Saturday morning through Friday morning. You should have the capability of copying files to a thumb drive, compact flash card, or a high-capacity SD card.

If you are interested in volunteering, please e-mail me at [email protected] (please note this is a change in my e-mail address) or call (651) 428-5059.

Isabel and I look forward to seeing all of you in Phoenix!

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