Hi everyone, Cataclysm is coming up fasts - September 13-14-15. For those of you who don't know this is the event the pretty much funds our club activities. Mini-auctions and door fees often don't even cover the cost of the speaker and we have other administrative expenses like the room rental fee for the meetings, a storage unit, insurance, website hosting/url registration, special events that don't make money, QuickBooks accounting software, bank fees and more. If you value what you get from Madison Area Aquatic Hobbyists, I hope you will try to volunteer where you can. In previous years volunteers were all asked to register for at least the basic package, which is $45 this year. This year we are not requiring that. If you don't register, we ask that you don't attend the speaker sessions, meals or hospitality suite and don't bid in the Dutch Auction. You can register here: https://catfish-cataclysm.com/ Setup will begin on Thursday. We won't be able to get into all of our rooms until evening, but we will be able to at least move stuff in earlier. I want to start moving stuff in at 8am. We will need people with strong backs and trucks/suvs/vans. We can begin setting up the rooms between 5-8pm. First priority will be the Dutch Auction room. Friday we will need all hands on deck to get the bulk of the setup done. We will begin at 8:00am. That gives us 8 hours to do the bulk of the work. I know it is a week day, but if you could possibly take off work to help, it would be so greatly appreciated. Starting Friday night we have speakers in the evening. We will need 2 people to check for badges for the speaker room, two people to supervise the Dutch Auction room, and two people to supervise the vendor room. We will need the same volunteer slots filled for Saturday. We also need volunteers for the registration desk. Roles needed to fill include cash register duty (2), handing out registration materials & t-shirts (1-2) , helping walk-in people register on the day of the event (2) (there will be paper slips) and other duties as assigned. This is sort of the command center of the whole convention. People will be coming to the registration desk for information and with problems. Mostly you can direct them to me for that kind of thing. I will have a volunteer sign up sheet at the picnic in July and the meeting in August, but you can reply here and I will contact you for details. We are going to have assigned shifts this year so that you know when you need to be someplace and when you are free to (if registered) enjoy the convention.