Years ago we used to sing this song (to the tune of Acres of Clams) at every FHA annual meeting:
I live like a king on my houseboat
There's swimming and fishing and boating,
I owe it all to the 'Sociation
We've had auctions & cookbooks & parties
Cute, and still rings true!
It is time to begin work on the Houseboat Tour of 2012, scheduled for Sunday, September 9th. As you all know, it is a huge undertaking–we put our whole community on display for over 1000 people! We need help from the entire community to organize and execute the tour.
Below, are descriptions of some of the projects and tasks that create the tour. If you have interests or skills in any of these areas, or you'd just like to pitch in, please let us know. Don't feel afraid–these jobs have been done before, and there is plenty of source material–you won't have to re-invent the wheel. The positions of Tour Chair(s), Press Agent/Publicity, and Houseboatique Coordinator have been filled, but those folks can always use additional help on their committees.
To pitch in, please email Melissa Ahlers, email@example.com 206.356.2262 or Courtney Cooper, Courtney@seattleafloat.com 206.850.8841and let us know how you would like to participate in this event that is so vital to the health and well-being of our community!
Some of the Help We'll Need to Create the 2012 Tour
HOMES SELECTION COORDINATOR - Is responsible to spearhead the selection of homes on the tour, and maintain ongoing communication with those homeowners to ensure dedicated participation. Will evaluate physical layout of each house and work with Volunteer Coordinator to determine number of volunteers needed to chaperone the house and move and safeguard the public. Write descriptions and get photos taken of homes for ticket/brochure. Get permission from each co-op or dock owner for tour to take place on their property.
LOGISTICS MANAGER - Arrange for and coordinate the various physical items needed for the success of the tour, including: insurance, porta-potties, bus and/or boat transportation, espresso carts, food trucks/stands, signage, flowers. Obtain permits if any needed.
VOLUNTEERS COORDINATOR - Work with Homes Selection Coordinator to determine the number of volunteers required to staff the tour. Also, work with the houseboat community to gain volunteer support and involvement, and coordinate/schedule and train the volunteer corps for tour day.
COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR - Is responsible to gather whatever communication modes are used by each dock and/or co-op and communicate via those methods with them regarding information and needs of the tour committee.
SPONSORS COORDINATORS - Setting up packages at different sponsorship levels and then getting advertisers and other businesses in the community to sponsor various items to offset tour expenses. Also, enlist area businesses in other donations such as restaurant certificates, etc. Interface with area businesses for participation and then coordinate graphic layout of ads and coupons.
GRAPHICS COORDINATOR/GRAPHIC ARTIST - Will help determine artistic representation (logo) for the tour and handle electronic layout of poster, postcard, e-card and ticket.
SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR - Will incorporate theme, logo and advertising into various web-based formats, creating Facebook and MySpace pages, e-blasts, twitter campaign and blogger content. Will help launch viral campaign via the houseboat community members. Will work with publicity committee.
DISTRIBUTION AGENT - Is responsible to distribute posters/flyers to posting service and to each dock for further distribution by members and will also help throughout the scope of the tour carting and delivering items.