Hi. My name is Kathy Phipps and I’ve been a member of SEMM since early 1987 and I’ve volunteered for the 2nd year to coordinate Hospitality at the RG. Please note, this year the RG has been moved earlier, April 24-26, to hopefully conflict with fewer graduations.
Last year we did something new with hospitality. I coordinate the purchasing and getting everything to the hotel, set up and break down, and the people and getting things out are coordinated by someone else. Who wants to spend all weekend in Hospitality?
If you’re like me, you might have some diet restrictions/preferences. One reason I volunteered for purchasing was to make sure there was a good selection of items I could eat. In the past, I have stayed away from events due to the food selection. Never fear this is the case at the RG. Several years ago, we started introducing healthier snacks such as veggie trays, cheese trays, nuts and fruit. I myself am low carb so be sure that there will be plenty of options there. Coincidentally, low carb options also cover sugar free and gluten free for the most part although we will have some more specific gluten free and sugar free items.
We also have a good selection of soda (diet and regular), water (regular and flavored) and non-carbonated beverages (ice tea and lemonade). The coffee is the good stuff from Starbucks. For those not under any restrictions, plenty of chips, chocolate and other candy can be found. And again this year, hot dogs will be available pretty much round the clock. Planning is key so as I’m writing this in December, I’m making my lists and checking them twice.
The meals provided by the hotel are a compromise between feeding a hoard and keeping prices reasonable. Friday night is pizza, Saturday noon is a taco bar and Saturday night is a pasta bar. If you believe you will not partake, please let the registrar know so we don’t have to pay for a meal that we don’t have to. There will also be a “decadent dessert” bar – and again, if you’re going to skip, please let us know.
It takes a lot of time to organize a party for over 100 people and “many hands make light work” so please consider arriving early to help set up Hospitality or staying an hour or two on Sunday to help pack up and go. Also, I know the schedule isn’t out yet , but when it is out, please consider volunteering an hour or two of your time in Hospitality. None of that, “I don’t know what to do”. There will be signs and a check list in the prep suite. We’ve made it fairly easy, no slicing or dicing but just getting things out and tossing what needs to be tossed. There will be space on the online registration for volunteering as well as a request from the Registrar in April.
Hope to see you there!!