It’s my second year as the Anime Conji Volunteer Department manager, and it’s been quite a ride.
To be honest, when I first joined Anime Conji back in December 2011, I had no idea what I was in for. My first meeting with the conji management was an eye-opener, because I found out just how bad things were. Their previous coordinator did almost nothing, and quit in a hurry, leaving me to build up an entire department from scratch.
I only had 3 months to get a pool of volunteers going, and get them organized enough to do work. Up to that point, I had only been a volunteer lead with the San Diego Asian Film Festival, and even then most of my work was checking in/out volunteers, and dispatching them when needed. I somehow met Gail I. at around that time, and I made her my co-coordinator. The two of us recruited a pool of volunteers and we got ourselves ready for the con.
Conji 2012 did have a few hiccups on our side, as we found ourselves short a few times. We survived however. During the con, I discovered our dynamic, as Gail was good with keeping data organized, while I had a knack for talking to people and moving around. The two of us worked in tandem to keep the staff properly equipped with volunteers. Afterwards, I kept in contact with most of our volunteers, and a select few I decided to keep on as future staff members.
Conji 2013 was different. With Gail kept busy with her job and school, I went to most of the staff meetings. However, they did give me free reign to build my staff and crew, and I brought my fam over, as they had experience working with volunteers and staffing events through SDAFF. I also brought over Alissa (duhlissafied), as I knew that she was organized, meticulous, thorough, and tough. She single-handedly organized all of our volunteer schedules, printed them out on a neat set of spreadsheets that were easy-to-read and work with. She made sure that I didn’t forget anything and kept me focused. She did everything that was asked of her and then some. And as for Conji 2013, I think the pictures speak for themselves. And the massive amount of alcohol consumed.
To be honest, I don’t know where I’d be without Alissa and Gail. Those girls are awesome. I owe them more than I can ever count.
So, Alissa, Gail, thank you. Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you. You two are the best partners a dummy like me could ever ask for.
And to the rest of my Dai-Conji Dan Squad, you guys are legit too. ❤
Now let’s see what the rest of the year has in store. Anime Expo, anyone?