This day I brought in my fellow members of the Junior League of Phoenix to come help! They saved me, most of the other volunteers did not show up! I did, however, bring my son. He was actually a good volunteer!
My co-chair showed up in the afternoon and I told her to go watch traffic, she only had to do it for a couple of hours – but still. I am so relieved the experience is over, but I am still so proud of the event!
The next day was open tot he public, and again traffic needed to be managed. MY co-chair had left me in the dust and canceled her shift to help out for the day. One other volunteer helped with traffic, yay for awesome volunteers who will do even most unpleasant work!
This is my friend, she was adopted into the logistics team and was super valuable!
This woman is a heritage and preservation (and arts) human of awesomeness!
This is a picture of what we called our “chair” when we volunteered to manage traffic! Not pleasant to sit on!
I talked my husband and son to join me at the end of my shift!
and we got one of those fun picture things taken too!
I have been serving as logistics co-chair for the grand unveiling of a historic home in Tempe, AZ. Doing so has been a labor of love for me for several different reasons. It was a historic home, and since my family has ties to Arizona back into its territorial days, keep that alive is important to me. The other facet is that it is a water conservation project as well. With my maternal grandfather building and working on many of the dams (in his era) and helping to make sure that Arizona got its fair share by giving testimony to the American Congress as it tried to deal with water rights for the Colorado River, this project seemed like a perfect storm for me.
The day of that gala came, a wonderful party that showcased how beautiful the house was to those who attended. The idea being that it will be rented out to the community for events. The home is an adobe house built in the 30’s, and it looked stunning on a hilltop with lights.
One of our needs for the event was traffic management. Since I believe that one cannot take on a job without being willing to do it, and no one wanted to volunteer for it, I went down and was traffic controller. It was a quiet time, but I had fun! I was able to get a glass of wine to keep me warm and took a lot of selfies. I tried to photograph the house, but the phone did not really capture how beautiful it looked!
There were fun shadows and I played with those instead:
I went back tot eh party only to be told that all the water conservation toilets were stopped up. Actually what it was is that the buttons for the flow were stuck and thus no one was able to flush – still, it was gross. Of course, it took 4 people to fix this issue, me to clean it, two men to look like dorks and watch, and my co-chair Debby to photograph it!
In the period where I had to live the life of a citizen – a life where, like everybody else, I did tons of laundry and cleaned toilet bowls, changed hundreds of diapers and nursed children – I learned a lot.~ Patti Smith
I did have a wonderful time, the grand majority of the volunteers were awesome and I am proud of the event and my role in it!