Volunteer at the Rally Now!

Great career opportunities await rally volunteers

By Paul F. Ruffell, Volunteer Chair #119204

 

Don’t be surprised when you’re at the BMW MOA Rally in Des Moines, Iowa, this summer and members of the Volunteer Committee walk up and offer you a short term career opportunity. It will happen.

No matter how content you are with what you are currently doing, whether it be full-time employment or retirement, our short term job offers will be more rewarding than your wildest expectations. While there is no salary, the satisfaction of volunteering for even a few hours with any of our committees will create new friendships along with a great sense of giving and being part of our rally. Volunteers are the backbone of a MOA National Rally, and without member involvement our annual July get together would be impossible to host.

Coordinating each rally begins years before the event’s actual date and starts with the site selection committee researching various sites before selecting the final facility. Then real work begins, as the Rally Chairs work to book entertainment, suppliers, vendors and the site personnel to make your rally a success. The Rally Chairs also assemble a team of Committee Chairs, responsible for various rally activities. They begin their activity months prior to the rally, planning how to make their assigned tasks succeed and enlisting member volunteers to help them. This all happens before the first person rides through the gates.

While this may make volunteering your time at the rally sound intimidating, it shouldn’t. Committees have many different needs that most of us can do. Individually, what we as volunteers do is actually easily done, but when 1,500 or so of us contribute a bit of time, our combined teamwork appears to the casual observer as a very efficient and well-organized operation. Many hands make light work.

In the days preceding the rally, a special group of volunteers is needed to help with sign making and sign placement or offer security in the vendor area prior to the rally. Others are needed to help set up the registration area and the entertainment stages, to monitor the arrivals of members, to assist RV-ers set up their rigs, or to offer direction to camping areas. The stuffing of mugs with our pins and patches also requires many helping hands, and the MOA Gear Store and the Prize Committee both could use your help.

If you are able to help on the Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday prior to the official Rally start, please contact me or a committee chair. Once the fairgrounds have been transformed from empty buildings and fields, success is still not guaranteed. For a successful Opening Day, committee chairs need volunteers agreeing in advance to assist with a shift on Thursday. If you would like to help, please be sure to let a committee chair know.

Then, once the rally is actually underway, many helping hands are still needed. Registration volunteers are needed throughout the rally as are shuttle volunteers to help taxi members around the rally site. Additional volunteers are needed to provide Rrally security and sell 50/50 tickets for the local charity that we generously support. Other committees needing your help include Door Prizes, the Sewing Table, the 5k Run, Bike Judging, the Bike Wash and Oil Change Stations. Don’t like the heat? Then pull up a chair and join Ice Sales and stay cool in the shade. If you have a medical background or have first aid experience, consider volunteering at our First Aid Station.

Believe it or not, most members have so much fun volunteering, they usually sign up for more than one shift. I assure you, rally volunteering is fun and will still allow you to enjoy other rally activities. That must be why about a third of all rally attendees volunteer to make their MOA Rally a resounding success.

Please don’t hesitate to contact myself or any committee chair and help make the Amaizing Ride our best MOA rally yet. You can reach out directly to specific committee chairs by clicking the "More in this Section" drop-down menu at the top of the page, then clicking on "Committee Chairs & Volunteers."

 


 

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