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I agree with Jeff and Robert below.  Give thanks in person, from  the kids, not 
blanket emails from coaches to nameless volunteers thru  email. Yes, it's shows 
gratitude; yes that's nice, but it's not really  personal.  If you're super 
gun-hoe about your thank-you, actually write a  card.  Send it to the organizer 
and include little thank-you cards for  all the volunteers. 

Brandy






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From: Eric Palmer <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Mon, November 8, 2010 11:18:07 AM
Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] Giving Thanks

I'm with Darlene on this one. I appreciate the thank yous and love seeing those 
from other tournaments as well. 




On Mon, Nov 8, 2010 at 10:39 AM, Darlene Pantaleo <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

'Tis unfortunate, however, that most volunteers do not stick around long enough 
to receive the thanks, and most teams bolt immediately. A blanket email is 
appreciated and reaches more than the few volunteers a team can catch.
>
>For those of you who do not like receiving all of the emails, change your 
>setting to "digest". For everyone who wants to give thanks, make sure your 
>subject line says so for those who want to filter or delete without opening. 
>These are easy fixes that should satisfy everyone.
>
>The day that the positive notes are no longer written is the day that I will 
>stop volunteering and/or coaching FLL.
>
>
>Darlene Pantaleo
>FLL Judge Advisor
>Maggie Walker
>P/F: 804.745.2493
>
>
>
>
>On Nov 8, 2010, at 10:30 AM, Robert Haskins wrote:
>
>> Speaking as a volunteer referee at states for the past two years, a
>> personal thanks from the kids at a tournament directly to me means
>> *much* more than a blanket email to this list from a coach. :-)
>>
>> And on the topic of interruptions, it's more than the 10 seconds, it
>> is also the "context switch" time that these emails take. So, for some
>> people (like me), a thank-you email can cost me more like 5 minutes of
>> time, once you figure in the "context switch" (interruption) time.
>>
>> Also everyone, please trim your email/posts!!!
>>
>> On Mon, Nov 8, 2010 at 10:19 AM, Mandy Wilson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>
>>> I understand that right before a tournament you have 20 hours worth of work
>>> still to do and 3 hours to do it all so you are trying to be efficient with
>>> your time and prioritize those things that are important to you… and you are
>>> stressed about the lack of time.  Been there.  But I’m sure all of the
>>> volunteers who put countless hours into this had something else pressing in
>>> their lives too and yet they were still there for us.  So if it takes some
>>> people 10 seconds to sort out that unwanted email in order to help pay back
>>> volunteers for hours of their time, that’s ok with me.  Or just set your
>>> filter to take all email with thanks in the body to put in junk if that 10
>>> sec per email is really that important to you.  But let’s not stop giving
>>> thanks.  At the end of the tournament, regardless of your results, I do hope
>>> your team takes the time out of their busy schedules to stop and give thanks
>>> to you.
>>
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