In addition to the good feeling you get by being a part
of something larger, the major benefits of volunteering at the convention include (but are by no means
- The Volunteers Lounge where you can chill out, play games,
watch TV, grab a few munchies, do a few arts & crafts, hear where all the fun is, and be appreciated. The
lounge will have materials and supplies available for volunteers to turn their plain, old shoes into ruby
slippers they can wear or display at the Volunteers Table in the lobby.
- Volunteer tokens and awards. Between the Dealers Room
and the creative minds of the Volunteers Department, there are some pretty keen material rewards for pitching
in at Norwescon. Lots of details, including the Norwescon Discount Coupon lottery, are listed below.
- A Volunteers Picnic in August, for all of the volunteers
to get together and have absolutely complimentary food and fun. That's right - all volunteers are welcome to
join many members of the ConCom for a barbeque that never fails to provide amusement and interesting memories.
The NWC25 Volunteer Picnic location and details will be announced frequently and in several ways (including
mail-outs) as soon as the location is definite.
Volunteer tokens will be showcased at the party, but here's
a sneak peek. Of course, as the theme is "In the Land of the Emerald City", The Wizard of Oz has influenced
us (ya think!?).
The first token is a goodie bag - A cloth bag with a canvas
shoulder strap in Emerald Green or Ruby Red will be given to the first 200 volunteers who complete one shift
of volunteering. Second is a Diploma, third is a Heart, fourth is a Medal for Courage, fifth is a small pair
of Ruby Slippers and, last but not least, a Hot Air Balloon.
Two Ways to Earn Tokens
There will be two ways to earn tokens this year:
- The first will be by day. Each day you volunteer you will
earn a new token. The first day you volunteer, you will earn the bag. Each successive day you can add to
your stash! Some volunteers have already earned tokens by helping at the volunteer work parties. (One more
session to go! Please join us!)
- The second way will be by hours worked. Your Volunteers
Head knows that some of you put in mass hours over a couple of days instead of a few hours every day, so
for every 6 hours worked, you can earn a new token.
The Iron-on Volunteer
Be sure to bring your Vests from "Nor'VEST'con, and/or your
t-shirt from last year. There will be iron-on transfers for you to embellish them with. You can be sure there
will be a few surprises, too!
There will be special awards given by lottery every day
of the con. Each day, there will be five $20 membership discount coupons, and one free membership (free
membership lottery is only for volunteers who have worked above a certain number of hours) given away. Another
free membership will be awarded at the Volunteer Event on Sunday, as part of the general lottery joining the
awards donated by dealers. More details on the structure of the award program will be available at the
Hours worked Wednesday, Thursday before noon, any day between
midnight and 6am, and after 6pm on Sunday, count double!
Pre-Con Volunteer Opportunities:
There will be one last volunteer work party prior to Norwescon,
as well as an AOV training session and the famous Stuffing Party.
AOV Training February 23
The Association of Operations Volunteers (AOV), and Norwescon,
is offering the popular "Volunteer Security Training Class" this month! This will be the full 8-hour training
course, and will be the only time it is offered this year. The class is free, and all are encouraged to
Where: SeaTac Double Tree Hotel (the Norwescon Convention site) -
The hotel is located at 18740 International Blvd in SeaTac, Washington. Please phone (206) 246-8600 for
directions. Note: Parking is pay, so please come prepared.
When: 9am to 5pm with a break for lunch.
Who Should Attend: All those individuals who are involved in
any aspect of the security of special events, operations personnel, and anyone else who wants to understand
the role and limitations of a volunteer security team. This class is also a great way to get all your team
members (Volunteers and ConCom) on the same sheet of music. This then helps the event run smoother, and
reduces liability. For more information, please email: (removed)
Also, visit the AOV website at http://www.theaov.com/
Volunteer Work Party March 2
NWC 25 volunteer work party at Keldas (Kelly Doran) in
Federal Way, 2-5pm. For more information, email Becky Citrak at email@example.com, or call her in Olympia at
360-456-7441. Refreshments will be served. Directions will be posted prior to the event, so check back! We'll
be working on medals of courage and possibly also on finishing hot-air balloons, and perhaps a couple of
Stuffing Party March 24
The Norwescon Stuffing Party will be held Sunday, March 24
at the SeaTac DoubleTree Hotel at 1p.m. The room should be Olympic 4 (double-check on the daily meeting boards
throughout the hotel). Refreshments will be served.
Please join us for fun and games as we take pieces of paper,
paperback books, buttons and coupons and marry them together to form the packets that everybody receives at
Registration. The more people we have, the faster it will go. Be the first in your neighborhood to see what
sort of goodies everyone will receive. Cop a button or two advertising the next big movie. We might even have
the latest programming grids on the wall for your perusal.
If you have something to include in the packets, please be
at the hotel at noon. People that wish to include fliers or coupons are asked to help with the stuffing. In the
past, those that have brought material in late usually ended up in a corner of the room adding their materials
to the packets that have already been stuffed. Not nearly as much fun as being in the conga line of stuffers.
We plan to stuff 3000 packets, so plan accordingly.
If you intend to bring material, please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org and let them know what you are
Working at the stuffing party counts towards hours worked
at the con. Norwescon volunteers receive perks like early seating at the Masquerade and are entered into
drawings for many items donated by Norwescon dealers. The drawings take place early Sunday afternoon of the
con. Please note: People attending the Stuffing Party will have to pay for their own parking. This year, we
have had to pay $4 per car for our meetings at the hotel. We'll see if we can get it even cheaper for this
event, however carpooling is advised.
You can get more information on any of these events by
emailing Volunteers Head, Becky Citrak, at email@example.com, or calling her at
The Few, the Proud, the Nuts!
As always, Norwescon is totally run by Volunteers. There are
no paid staff members, and damn few perks. They don't get free rooms, they pay for their memberships and they
work their butts off. Join the Few, the Proud, the Nuts! Help make Norwescon work! VOLUNTEER!
Remember: every job at the convention is done by a volunteer.
Help make Norwescon happen!