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Discussion in 'The Big Fish Deal 6 2018' started by Jay, Sep 21, 2018.

  1. Becca

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    You do have a point there. Still, with all of the stuff this event has people hauling in and out (tanks for the auction, wooden stand set-ups for auction and vendors, tanks for display and competition, AV equipment, etc.) it probably would not hurt for the club to have 1 or 2 hand carts for volunteers to use for this. I could just see it coming in handy, particularly if we know we'll be fighting other events for use of limited hotel carts. It's not something the club wouldn't continue to use in the future.
     
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    Maybe some kind of shuttle service? Not that I'm volunteering! Someone with a van/large SUV and a significant other into the event but the spouse not so much.
     
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    Let's all hold off till we can get the official announcement site set up. I have Bruce investigating parking options, and we're not done discussing things with the hotel.
     
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    As I originally mentioned, and Christine followed up with, we're going to post the details when we have everything available. Your cut and paste links below aren't accurate for what we'll have available. As we did last year, we're doing our best to negotiate lower rates for attendees, but we know they won't be waived.

    Additional work requires additional help, we already place a huge burden on the few people willing to organize and run this event. Hopefully some people will volunteer their time and not just their ideas.
     
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    I am hesitant to enter this heated discussion, but here's the information about parking in Bethesda generally:

    https://www.bethesda.org/bethesda/parking-transit-info

    Note that street parking and country garage lots are free on weekends and there are lots near the hotel. Having said that, the spots fill up quickly. Don't come at noon and expect to find a spot. Also, Friday evening will be quite a challenge, I think.

    Of course, if you aren't lugging much stuff, the hotel is very near the Metro, so that may be an option for some folks. (Yes, I know Metro service isn't what it once was, especially on weekends.)
     
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    I always do volunteer my time, usually to help recruit sponsors and/or run a group buy, but I don't mind calling around to parking garages if I've got the pertinent information to give them about the event. I also reached out a few times over the past several months to see if there was anything I could help with and received no response. I've volunteered to help with set up and running this event from the 2nd year on, as have many others, but the location chosen for this year makes that difficult. I'm still happy to help with arrangements if needed, but in-person is going to be difficult this year due to commute time.

    I'm sure there'd be others happy to help in ways other than pitching in ideas if they knew what the planning folks needed help with.

    If there's something concrete y'all need help with, feel free to reach out via e-mail.
     
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    My statement was generalized to the club, I know you've helped in the past, we appreciate it. I didn't word my response the best way.

    The past few months have been investigating options and locations, so we weren't recruiting help for that phase as its a specialized task.

    Once we have a finalized plan, which should be very soon, we'll be actively recruiting help. We'd be glad to have the assistance in recruiting sponsors and donors, soliciting group buys, etc.

    Our biggest need is generally during the event; assisting at the registration desk, setting up racks for auction tanks, helping AB participants with their setup logistics, etc.

    We'll reach out for pre-event help once we have other details confirmed and finalized. When we ask for help closer to the event, sometimes its tough to get a decent response, but generally people step up at the event. Its just tough with some of our staff handling multiple tasks while helping vendors and attendees take care of their needs. The event has been well run recently, but it can also be stressful and tiring.

    In conclusion, we have people working very hard behind the scenes to get everything started. Once we have more details, we'll post that information and start reaching out to people. We're looking forward to another great event, but it will also come with challenges of another new location.

    We have Board of Directors elections happening on Saturday, anyone that thinks they could help with club logistics should step up and run, we always like to see active participation. We're glad to have help from non-board members as well, but running for a position will give you an inside look at club events.
     
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    I'd love to, but due to my disabilities, I really can't commit to any kind of a schedule or much work.

    If there are any little things that aren't dependant on a set time, I could do that. So just let me know.
     

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