Greetings From the Volunteer Manager Olympic Games!

Thanks Meridian, I’ve never had a medal before and LOVED this blog even more than usual. It made me laugh out loud in places and I think if volunteer managers had an event, it would be the volunteering equivalent of a decathlon, juggling ten conflicting challenges! I think our chances of greater recognition are unlikely, but at least we are proud of what we do and do it for love, rather than stardom 🙂

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Olympic rings

Just when I was fantazising about meaningful recognition for volunteer managers, I saw the grainy ad for a volunteer manager competition in Rio and I was so excited! Finally, there would be a world-wide stage celebrating volunteer leaders’ skill sets  Immediately, I turned in all my frequent flyer miles and along with selling some of my furniture, I managed to book a flight aboard a cargo plane headed for Brazil!

I arrived in Rio, anticipation shining brighter than my neon party outfit. I asked my cab driver to take me to Copacabana, the site listed on the black and white three-fold brochure clutched in my hand. As it turned out, it wasn’t at the world-famous Copacabana Beach, but the Copacabana Bar and Grill just a few rural kilometers out-of-town. Unfazed, I paid the driver and entered the local watering hole. “Out back,” the bar keep grumbled and I pushed open…

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