Getting a large number of volunteers is like fishing. You put your hook into the water and wait to see what gets hooked.
Yesterday, in desperation, I went into an American Legion Post. The doors were open and there was a young man sweeping the steps. I asked him to volunteer after explaining what it was all about. “Maybe” he said.
Then inside I spoke to a bartender and a delivery man and asked them. Both work on New Years, and the bartender said all the members were in their late 80s and 90s, and I thought, so what. But I didn’t get anywhere.
I walked outside and saw a man walking up the street and I hollered at him. He stopped, and looked at me with surprise. I told him all about it, and he actually seemed interested. He showed up at the meeting and brought his wife! Good fishing that time.
We’re still short for some stations and shifts, and I’m going to keep trying up to the last moment. This is harder work than traveling the world.
We had 42 people yesterday at the final meeting. So that makes about 90 people if they all show up. I’m told that 10 percent won’t. E-gads!
I don’t know what will happen in the stations with no one to manage them.
There are many reasons why this was more difficult than it should have been.