year ArmadilloCon gets better and better. Each year the
number of people who pitch in to make it that way gets smaller
and smaller. That’s a statement of fact, not a criticism.
No one knows better than I do that with all the terrific
programming that goes on the weekend of the con, it’s
hard to commit to using eight of those limited hours sitting
at the registration table or guarding the dealer’s
room door or refilling the M&Ms bowl.
then the question arises: if not us, then who?
who commit to the full eight hours receive the registration
fee rebate. Volunteers who have an hour or three when they
don’t have something else they want to do win our
undying gratitude. Okay, you can’t put it in the bank
or use it to help pay your cable bill. You’ll just
have a good time and help us ensure ArmadilloCon continues
to live long and prosper, and that the folks who regularly
sign on to help don’t crumble into burnout dust.
you’re sure you’ll be coming—or even just
fairly sure--and are willing to fill up a chair or empty
a wastebasket, even if only for an hour or two, fill out
the form and let me know you’re interested.
usually need folks for badge-checking and/or helping out
in the con suite. Helping hands are also needed Thursday
night to set up the art show, but that means you need to
live in or near Austin or willing to come early. If you
do, then that's an additional option. (NOTE: We will not
provide sleeping arrangements for out of towners.)
you're not familiar with these jobs, badge-checking essentially
means sitting at the entrance to the dealer's room and making
sure only those with Con badges enter. Con suite duty usually
means making sure there are lots of goodies available and
whatever else needs doing. Art show set-up is heavy labor
on Thursday and Sunday and minor labor on Friday and Saturday.
Art show help is helping to sit at the table to monitor those
who enter and leave to ensure that they don't steal any art,
take photos or take someone else's bag.
you register after the discount deadline or at the door, eight
volunteer hours earns you a rebate on your membership. In
other words, if you've paid the full fee, you'll receive the
difference between what you paid and what the con committee
members pay as a refund once you have worked 8 hours.
will be sign-up and schedule sheets at the registration table,
and if you're fairly sure you'll be working, I'll make a note
to that effect on my list.
you have any questions about Volunteering? Please e-mail