I am tired.
I am hoarse – I have almost no voice left.
Did I mention I was tired?
But with 14+ months of preparation and untold hours of hard work by over 130 staff members, Midwest FurFest 2009 is done and was a huge success.
And now, I’m going to relax on the sofa, enjoy my mint tea, and not. Do. Anything.
And I’m going to feel damn good about it.
Twelve+ months of preparation (because planning for this started well before the last Midwest FurFest) and untold hours of work later, here we are at Midwest FurFest 2009, celebrating our tenth anniversary. This will be my final year as convention chairman, so it’s bittersweet in that respect. I wasn’t able to accomplish everything I wanted to do, but I made a good dent in it, so I’m not too unhappy.
Being chairman versus running Registration was a huge difference for me. It’s a lot less hands-on, and more management. In that respect it offered a welcome break from seven years of doing the same thing, but it introduced a whole host of new and interesting issues to be dealt with. All in all it’s been a worthwhile, if at times frustrating, experience. It’s been worth it, though.
As far as what this has meant to me as a person, it has been a tremendous experience in relinquishing control and letting other people do their jobs. Delegation, delegation, delegation. I know when I came into this position many staff members expected me to be a micromanager because I am such a control freak; I hope that I proved them wrong, or at least was helpful and constructive in what management I offered. I certainly appreciate the patience and cooperation that has been shown to me in return.
I guess I should say that I’m not going anywhere next year – I’ll be taking over the Hotel Liaison position, something that is sure to offer new and interesting challenges. But first I need to make it through this year’s convention. It’s going to be stressful, I can already see that. But we will work it through, and have a good time doing it.
I will receive a lot of thank-yous at this convention, and I can’t begin to say how much each and every one will be appreciated. But I would ask that you also take the time to stop a staffer or volunteer at the convention and thank them as well. I’m just the manager – they are the tireless folks who are doing the actual work. You would be amazed how much just a simple “Thank you” can turn around a crappy day and erase a bad experience someone has had. We are all volunteering our time to make this convention happen – nobody gets paid. Do your part and help people feel that it’s time well-spent.
And with that…I’m out of here! My email and web access will be spotty for the next five days, so if you need to reach me, my cell phone is your best bet. See you all on the other side!
In case anyone was wondering, I am still around, keeping up with LiveJournal. This is the portion of our program where I’m up to my ears in work and life stress, and Midwest FurFest preparations are going full-blast. Also, I’m feeling that anything I might post would be whiny, snarky, or drama-inspiring, so it’s probably just better that I sit on my hands.
The anticipation is over! The Midwest FurFest 2009 Programming Schedule and Panel Descriptions are now available from our website! Read! Enjoy! Make your plans now!