LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT: How to motivate volunteers

The second CY Regional Beerfest has come and gone, and at the risk of insulting a long list of extraordinary volunteers, I am convinced that the Beerfest Committee may be the most dedicated and efficient CYCA committee I’ve ever seen. Luckily, CY is full of some really hard workers, but I have to admit that managing even a small group of well-meaning volunteers can sometimes feel like herding cats. So what kind of voodoo spell did Andy Ashby cast on these gentlemen to make them the well-oiled machine that pulled off this great event? I’m merely guessing here, but wives and significant others take note.

Andy: Anyone up for spending hours picking up trash and pulling weeds at the festival site while drinking dark ales?
Trevor: I’ll bring my blower.
Andy: I need someone to call all over town to price tents, tables, chairs, and 2,000 pounds of ice while enjoying some IPA.
Mark: I’m on it.
Andy: Who wants to meet three times a week to discuss every mundane detail of permits and insurance for this event while drinking full-bodied lagers?
Josh: I’ll be there.

I think what impresses me most is the fact that a few guys turned their common passion for beer into a great event that raised thousands of much needed dollars for the CYCA. What is your passion and how can you use it to give back to your community? Can your passion for gardening help start a community garden? Could your passion for reading inspire you to volunteer at Literacy Mid-South?

Right now I’m passionate about seeing our Community Director, Kristan Huntley, dress up in an elf costume again, which I will gladly give money to see when I take my dogs to get their photo taken with Santa at the gazebo from 5:30-6:45pm on Tuesday, November 15. If you are passionate about public art, join me at the gazebo to help raise money for mural projects in the neighborhood.

June Hurt

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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