Besides being the second largest Fall regatta in the country, with great participation from high school kids to masters rowers of all ages and geographical origins, the regatta is also a very significant fund raising opportunity for the ARC - to that end, and so we can keep buying new shells, we need your help: every member is expected to contribute six hours of volunteer service to the Hooch regatta.
ARC HOOCH VOLUNTEERING POLICY
VOLUNTEERING NEEDS AND OBLIGATIONS
1. All ARC members with the exception of our Honorary, Coxswain, Social, Temporary and Coaches are required to volunteer a minimum of six (6) hours for the Hooch. At approximately 200 members, this still leaves us well short of what ARC needs to contribute to run the regatta, about 1600 hours (another 700 hours is provided by LRC and other supporters for a total of about 2300 hours). In order to distribute the effort of running the Hooch fairly throughout the ARC membership, all members are encouraged to volunteer at least eight (8) hours.
2. Since ARC members are the most highly qualified to serve as volunteers and the Hooch cannot afford to lose these very capable volunteers, anyone rowing in more than one race is required to volunteer an additional two (2) hours. ARC members will not be allowed to enter a boat into an event unless they contribute at least their minimum volunteer hours.
3. At least four (4) hours of volunteer time must be worked on Friday or Saturday. These are the critical regatta days that require the most volunteer time, from the most qualified volunteers. Volunteering time slots will be available on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis; for practical reasons, at least one of each volunteer’s time slots must be of four (4) hours or greater duration.
4. For ARC members who wish to volunteer more than eight (8) hours, their hours over eight (8) will be credited towards their ARC maintenance hours requirement of that year.
5. ARC members who do not volunteer will owe a Hooch volunteering fee of $10 per hour for each hour that they are required to volunteer but choose not to. This will alleviate the costs of paying for other qualified workers when ARC members choose not to volunteer, and it is fair consideration for those ARC members who follow the policy by volunteering. A record of volunteer hours worked by ARC members will be kept at the Hooch and any fees owed by an ARC member will be assessed by the ARC Treasurer in the following year’s billing of membership dues. A log of ARC Volunteer Hours contributed can be reviewed - please let us know if we are missing something.
There are volunteering opportunities around the Hooch weekend as well as in the days running up to the regatta; most of those are in Chattanooga, some of them in Atlanta - however, we really need you most of all on the Saturday of the regatta. You can find the tasks that need to be fulfilled in this list of volunteering positions. Also eligible for volunteer hours, are referee hours.
The organization of the regatta is in the hands of the Hooch Organizing Committee - some twenty people who lead the teams in charge of the various tasks around the regatta. We are looking for people who would like to become a bit more involved with this event and who could join this committee - if you are interested, please contact the Hooch regatta director, Daniel Wolff (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Signing Up For Volunteering
To sign up for a position, please go to the Head of the Hooch website at www.headofthehooch.org and click on the 'volunteers' tab.
The ARC volunteering for the Hooch is coordinated by Jene' Gladstone; if you have any questions, please send her an email at email@example.com. Please note that the team leaders cannot sign you up for a position - feel free, though, to contact them if you want to know any more details about the position.
Look out also for updates on our Hooch organizing progress via 'The Hooch Volunteer' - coming soon, and again, and again..., to your email inbox.
Thank you very much for helping out!