Performance of Autocrats
- someone else has to write the article at the last minute; no map
- site is lost or nearly lost from late reservation or deposit
- site is inappropriate and it's too late to change it
- date wasn't checked against neighbors' events
- won't accept responsibility for screw-ups and doesn't try to fix them
- site is good enough but autocrat isn't sure of rules and regulations
- article only printed once; most information good; map sucks
- sub-autocrats weren't checked with, so all coordination is at the
- late but does show up
- tries to fix screw-ups but doesn't know how
- site is good; secure; paid for; key is in hand
- article is thorough; map works
- sub-autocrats and needed officers are contacted again the week before
- royalty is specifically invited
- sends out late in the event to buy cleaning supplies and trash bags
- site is good; sub-autocrats tour with autocrat a week beforehand
- article is thorough, sent to several newsletters, map works from two
- extra tables and chairs are brought, marked; all cleanup supplies
- neighboring groups have been sweetly invited
- first on site, last to leave, thanks everyone who helps (both there
- article is thrilling; map is cover-gorgeous; everyone remembers &
wants to come
- neighbors have specialized articles for newsletters and are involved
- site is set up, areas are labelled, sign or banner at entrance
- problems have been fantasized, along with solutions
- schedule & information are available in writing at the sign-up table
or gate makes people feel welcome and useful and appreciated
- follows all up with letters or an article for publication or both
- Write to the site thanking them.
- Make notes to give to the autocrat(s) after you.
- Keep the map on file for other events at the site.
- Credit as many helpers as you can, at the event or later on, publicly
or to their faces or behind their backs.
- Leave the site cleaner than you found it, even if you have to do
the final cleaning all by yourself.
- If you really hated doing it, don't do it anymore. Do what you do
like to do.