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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Top 10 Reasons to Join the Auction Committee

Wild Night Out, Washington Wild’s annual dinner and auction, is our largest fundraising and social event of the year. Wild Night Out brings together members, supporters, and volunteers to celebrate and contribute to the work of Washington Wild. This event includes live and silent auctions, delicious food, and a dessert dash. This year the event is on October 19, 2013.

The Auction Committee helps plan and prepare for the Annual Dinner. The Committee meets as a group once per month to discuss planning needs and progress. Committee members also work individually, at their convenience, on tasks discussed during Committee meetings. We could not have a successful event without the help of the Auction Committee! So why should you join the Committee? Read on.

Top 10 Reasons to Join the 2013 Auction Committee:   
1. The Annual Dinner and Auction raises funds for Washington Wild to continue to accomplish its mission. Funds raised during the Annual Dinner directly contribute to Washington Wild’s ability to impact the permanent protection of wild lands and waters in Washington State. We strive to protect and restore these wild lands and waters for the benefit of future generations; becoming a member of the Auction Committee enables you to become an integral part of this mission. 

2. This is a great learning opportunity! Over the months leading up to the Annual Dinner and Auction, you will participate in planning a large fundraising event. Event planning and coordination are valuable skills to take back to your own life and/or workplace! You will undoubtedly also learn about land and water use issues in Washington State, since that is the primary business of Washington Wild, as well as about the operations of a small non-profit organization. No matter where you are in your career or life, we can guarantee that some of the information and skills you gain from the Auction Committee will transfer beautifully to the rest of your world. 

3. There is an abundance of good energy during the meetings! We’re planning a party and that takes enthusiasm, creativity, idea-sharing, and good humor. If you had a rough day, a visit to a Committee meeting might just be the ticket to improving your evening. 

4. The Auction Committee is a great way to meet new people. You will get to know the core group of Committee members well over the months leading up to the event. The 2013 Committee will be my third term as a Committee member and this group always attracts good people! If you choose to tackle Committee tasks that require community outreach, you will also meet a diverse array of wonderful community members. Expanding one’s social and professional networks is a good thing

5. The Committee is under new management, but this is not her first rodeo! Cat Moore is coordinating the Annual Dinner and Auction for the first time this year and we are so lucky to have her previous experience, intelligence, organizational skills, and general niceness at the helm! Cat was integral in planning the 2011-2012 Annual Dinners, so she knows exactly what needs to happen and, more importantly, how to make things happen. Working with Cat is an excellent reason to join the Auction Committee!
6. We will make the most of your personal strengths! A successfully planned event requires planners with diverse skill-sets: decorating skills, people and communication skills, and organizational and detail-oriented skills. If you’re shy we will not ask you to call businesses for donations and if you’re completely disorganized we will not ask you to work on a filing system. Everyone has strengths and we will use them!

7. We strive for effective time management during Committee meetings. We appreciate that you are donating your time and skills to Washington Wild, and we will respect and honor that donation by getting straight to business.

8. Meetings are regularly scheduled for easy planning and most committee tasks are accomplished at your convenience. The Committee meets as a group on the second Monday of every month at 6:30pm at the Washington Wild office in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle. Our first meeting will be in April and our last meeting will be in October. In between meetings, you may be working on contacting local business owners for auction donations, designing a decorating scheme for the event, or helping with administrative tasks such as labeling and sorting paperwork and data entry. The work in between meetings is completed at your convenience.

 9. Much of the work can be done remotely (i.e. not at the Washington Wild Office). If trekking to our office doesn’t jive with your schedule, it is possible to attend Committee meetings via phone. While it is preferable that you attend meetings in person, the occasional conference call can be plenty effective. As for the work you tackle in between meetings, many of the tasks can be completed anywhere. As long as you have a phone and internet connection you can contribute significantly!

10. You will feel appreciated! We need Committee members to make this event successful and we don’t ever forget that.

It is entirely possible that there are MANY other reasons to join the Auction Committee. If you would like to join the Committee but your reason for wanting to do so is not on the list, sign up anyway. Maybe next year, thanks to you, we’ll be able to write a “Top 20 Reasons…” blog post!

The first Auction Committee meeting of 2013 is on April 8th at 6:30pm at the Washington Wild office, located in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood 
at 305 N 83rd St 

If you would like to join the Auction Committee or if you would like more information, contact Cat Moore at cmoore[at] or call 206-633-1992

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