—Isa, German Shepherd & therapy dog (typed by Deb Helfrich, Vice President)
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QUESTION: I’ve gotten emails from members who are organizing events. I’d like to do that too! What’s involved? – Jack, Great Dane & Caroline (TDV member)
ANSWER: TDV often gets invited to set up a booth or make an appearance at an event. Your TDV leaders receive these requests and tell members about them via email, the website, or newsletter—sometimes asking for a member to organize it. Or, if there’s a community event in your town or school that might want a TDV presence, let TDV know!
ORGANIZING AN EVENT
- Get all the details: time, location, expectations, space provided, when you can set-up, what the event provides and what you need to bring (such as a table to put things on, shade for dogs, etc.), if it’s a dog friendly place (yes, some events are not dog friendly!), if there are fees or other requirements (such as proof of insurance).
- Contact TDV to make sure we’re not already attending the event, or check there’s no reason we might not want to attend (for example, we might not want to endorse a political campaign or religious movement by setting up an official booth). Also, if there are fees, you must contact TDV beforehand to get approval for expenses.
- Publicize. If you want to invite other TDV teams, let TDV know and we’ll put the word out.
- Organize and Manage. If you are working with other teams, communicate times, place, expectations, directions, etc. Follow-up with an email a few days before the event. Get phone numbers in case there are last minute changes or cancellations.