Archive for Thursday, October 30, 2003

Leaders passing Relay baton

Eudora’s Relay for Life needing to fill organizational committee leadership roles

October 30, 2003

Despite raising record amounts this year, the future of the Relay for Life in Eudora is uncertain. Several major committee positions needed to put on a 2004 Relay are as yet unfilled.
Most of the Relay's committee members have led the event since it began in Eudora six years ago and are ready for a break.
"(The American Cancer Society) is realizing this is happening with a lot of Relays," said Marilyn Laws Porter, who has been the event chairwoman for the past five years. "We're not the only one experiencing this. There's a lot of burnout."
That's why Porter said she hoped her successor as chairwoman could have two assistant chairwomen or chairmen to handle paperwork, legwork and phone calling.
"It wouldn't be anything anyone couldn't handle if they brought along a friend," she said.
That way, Porter said the chairman or chairwoman's assistants would be primed to take over the job in a few years.
The Relay needs volunteers to not only head up the whole event but also to organize food, corporate sponsorship and team recruitment. Porter also said each committee position could use more than one leader, so aspects of the relay like registration and survivorship that already have one person heading them up could still use a helping hand.
"We welcome anybody on the committee, because that would mean we could get two people on every committee," she said. "If we do that, the burden is light. That really shares the burden and makes sure all the details get done."
If volunteers responded to the need to head up various aspects of the event, Porter said a meeting could be planned next month, with regular meetings beginning in January.
The ACS had also talked about orientation classes to ease new committee members into the process. Porter said she also had guidelines for the committee positions to answer volunteers' questions about Relay responsibilities.
"You're not walking in without any background," Porter said.
For more information about committee work or to volunteer, call Porter at 542-3406.
Some of work for the June event traditionally begins now. Porter said those heading up corporate sponsorship generally contacted businesses in October so they could budget their donation in 2004.
"We need to know who's going to do what as soon as we can," Porter said.

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