Just Pitch In!

Hanging out with the volunteers at AirVenture Homebuilt Camping, we noted an interesting phenomenon. Volunteers get a few perks for taking time out of their vacation to serve their fellow EAA members - not a lot, but a T-Shirt or hat, and maybe a free breakfast now and then seem attractive enough for folks to ask "just how do I get to be a volunteer?" The truth is, we talked to a number of chair-persons that run camping, parking, and headquarters, and they truly are always looking for folks to add to their teams. But most often, the folks they look for are the ones that just pitch in when they see something needs to be done. Continue reading "Just Pitch In!"

Volunteers – The Welcome Wagon

Oshkosh welcome wagon

Maybe you've scud-run into Ripon, dodged a couple of planes diving down in front of you between Ripon and Fisk, freaked out over the two idiots flying clockwise around Green Lake while the rest of you followed the NOTAM procedure, and then barely escaped the runway before a DC-3 crawled up your backside. Then the kids directing ground traffic sent you almost to the North 40 despite your sign for Homebuilt Parking. Continue reading "Volunteers – The Welcome Wagon"

Volunteering Your Expertise

Most people, when they attend the EAA AirVenture 2008 show, notice the people dressed in neon orange t-shirts or sporting reflective vests. They are either zooming around on golf carts and scooters or standing tall, waving day-glow orange wands or paddles, directing traffic, be it aircraft or auto, into their respective parking spots. It is organized chaos, but it works because people are willing to give up a bit of their time.

You may have thought, yes, well, that's wonderful, and it surely keeps the cost of the show to a manageable gate fee, but I'm not so sure I'm ready to be out in the heat, on my feet like that. Well, here's the good news: You don't have to. There's more volunteering at AirVenture than you could ever imagine, and much of it can take place in air-conditioned, seated comfort. Better yet, you can volunteer as an expert in your field, and give a forum talk, or help in the welding, woodworking, or metal-working workshops. All you need is a skill, or a schtick, or a product you've developed that might help others.

Are you a teacher? Each year EAA presents a Women Soar workshop at the beginning of the week at the museum, where teenage girls are invited to participate in mentoring and fun simulator flying and rib-building activities. The goal is to see a few of these young women through their challenging teen years and help them make the tough decisions to go into aviation, math or science careers. Aviation needs everyone it can get these days, and you, as a volunteer, for just a few hours during the EAA AirVenture show, can make a difference. Are you game? For more information on volunteering during AirVenture check the EAA web site.