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Update from the EAA Volunteer Advisory Committee

Brick Presentation
EAA Staffers Janine Diana and Jessica Buss pose with Alan Ritchie, Brown Arch recipient in 2012 for his volunteer contributions.

By Barbara Rapchak, EAA 638323

The EAA Volunteer Advisory Committee (VAC) was a new initiative for all of us when it launched in November of last year. We come from different backgrounds, live in different parts of the U.S. or other countries, and many of us have never met. We are a microcosm of the EAA volunteer family, but we all have one thing in common-our commitment to help improve the EAA volunteer experience and create a best-in-class volunteer program.

EAA has charged us with representing and promoting the interest of EAA volunteers-you! Your voice and opinions matter to us. Our initial focus over these past several months has been two-fold, working with the EAA staff:

  • Assess and recommend recognition and appreciation programs that celebrate volunteer contributions and successes;
  • Research and recommend volunteer management policies and procedures.

In short, we are trying to more completely understand the EAA Volunteer culture and create consistency and equity across all volunteer groups. We want to know what matters to you, and what can be done to enrich your volunteer experience. To that end, we are developing a very important survey that will help EAA determine the direction of the Volunteer Program and some key policies that will be implemented for 2014. You will be receiving the survey after AirVenture this year, along with options for completing the survey online or on paper.

Your voice matters.
Your participation in the survey will help EAA provide an enriching, rewarding volunteer experience during AirVenture. Input from volunteers in every area is important to understanding the full volunteer program. Participation from as many volunteers as possible will make the possible. If you used to volunteer but decided to stop, we'd like to know what influenced that decision. Data from the survey will help EAA understand how the volunteer program is operating today and how to enhance the program in the future.

We'd love to meet you in person.
We hope to see many of you in person at AirVenture this year. Look for us and say hello on the grounds or at either of these events:

  • Volunteer Park ribbon cutting ceremony - Sunday, July 28th at 3:00pm. Hear Jack Pelton speak and enjoy the new park dedicated to all volunteers.
  • Brown Arch Brick Ceremony - Wednesday, July 31 at 11:45am. Five volunteers will receive a brick and Jack Pelton will recognize each brick recipient.

If you have any questions about the volunteer advisory committee or any other questions regarding EAA volunteerism, contact Janine Diana at 920-426-6843 or jdiana@eaa.org.

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