The AAPOR Social & Volunteer Conference Committee invites you to be a part of the team that makes the Annual Conference a great event for all. We are looking for volunteers to help with many activities. The time commitment varies for each position and you are welcome to sign up for more than one position and/or time slot. All volunteers will wear a special button that identifies you as an AAPOR conference volunteer and 'go-to' person. This is a wonderful opportunity for AAPOR members, new and old, to get more involved in AAPOR and to meet other members. No experience or expertise is necessary for any of the positions; the Social & Volunteer Conference Committee will make sure you have all the information you need to handle your assigned tasks. Some volunteer opportunities are listed below, and others will be added as the conference approaches. Indicate your willingness to be a conference volunteer by checking the box on the registration form. You will be contacted in the spring with more details. For more information please contact Debbie Rexrode.
The following represent some of the volunteer opportunities
available to attendees:
AAPOR Information Booth Hosts
Provide general information about AAPOR and the Annual Conference to attendees.
Short Course Hosts
Ensure short course participants check in at the registration desk and find the room for the course they are attending.
Session Guides and Monitors
Assist AAPOR staff in providing directions to/from session rooms and other activities and assist the associate conference chair in counting attendees in all concurrent sessions. Note: You are expected to assist before the sessions and during the first 10 minutes of your assigned sessions; your assignment is finished when the counting is complete.
Poster Session Moderators
Assist the poster presenters and demonstration presenters (as needed), with set up/tear down, help with "traffic flow" during the session and provide general information about the poster session process to attendees.
Fun Run/Walk Assistants
Help the Social & Volunteer Conference Committee with the Fun Run/Walk, including timing runners, taking photos, etc.
Note: Assistants will not be able to participate in the run.
AAPOR Conference Docent Program
We are looking for a few friendly faces to enhance the Annual Conference experience for new attendees. Those of you who have been to several conferences know that AAPOR is unique in its camaraderie, networking and learning opportunities, and that it's our members who make it special. If you want to get more involved in AAPOR (but perhaps cannot make a long-term commitment), have attended at least two Annual Conferences in the recent past and would like the opportunity to show others how best to enjoy and get the most out of the conference, being an AAPOR Docent is for you.
Each AAPOR Docent will be assigned a group of first time conference attendees who want to participate in the docent program. We're hoping lots of experienced AAPORites will lend a hand and get involved in this valuable program keeping the number of first-time attendees in each group small and personal. Docents will be expected to: contact their assigned individuals before the conference by phone or e-mail; arrive at the conference by Thursday afternoon and attend the Thursday night New Member/All-Chapter Reception to meet your assigned individuals; eat together at one of the AAPOR meals and...the rest is up to the group!
There is no expectation of continued commitment after the conference, but we certainly encourage long-term friendships! Individuals participating in the Docent Program will not be matched on any specific substantive areas, but we will try to match you based on geographic region, when possible. If you think you would be interested in being an AAPOR Docent, please check the box on the registration form and we will contact you in the spring with more details. For more information, please contact David DesRoches.
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