The Front Gate Ticketing After-burn Report
Overall everything ran well at the front gates for the fall burn.
I want thank all the volunteers who helped with set up, breakdown and who volunteered at Front Gate Ticketing.
We had many members of our community step up to fulfill empty volunteer slots on Thursday and Friday evening.
The New Participant/Wristband log was very successful for a faster method for participant waiver look up. We did have longer lines due to this new process, we will be improving this system for future burns.
The new fabric wristbands and wristband art contest was successful for this burn. We will be keeping the fabric wristbands, we will have a different style of fabric wristbands for the spring, i.e. no numbers hanging to be cut off.
The new ticketing sign and the rainbow pony looked good at the front gate.
Volunteers loved the Sparkle Pony pendant swag.
Low volunteer turn out on Saturday and Sunday, possibility due to the weather.
The Front Gate structure was not very secure for the rain, due to every other hole was secured, when every hole needs to be secured. I will be purchasing more bungee ball cords, so the structure can be properly secured and safe.
Nothing really ugly.
Suggestions, Improvements, Proposals
I have discussed with Alfred, we would like to have a pair of Greeters stationed at the Front Gate during high volume check in times, as it is a great opportunity to educate participants.
For future PDF's I am suggesting to officially close the Gates at Midnight on Thursday and Friday evenings. Also to officially closed the Gates Saturday night and Sunday night at 6:00 PM. We seem to always be scrambling for last minute volunteers for these times. I would like the BOD to speak with the Vets about increasing the total number of extra hours, which is 16 per burn at 16.00 per hour, total expense for PDF 256.00. Its not going to break the PDF bank.
Increasing the ticket cap with volunteer reserved tickets for general volunteers, because every volunteer is important to running the event. I have suggested this in the past and it has been shot down several times. Its time to make this a reality. Some departments do not have this problem, for Gate departments, such as Greeters, Ticketing and Parking we do....
Yes, this suggestion will create some more work for some coordinators and BOD, it will also alleviate work and stress of coordinators during the event, because we will have a full staff of volunteers before the event starts. I think we would have more slots filled before the event due to the carrot of a reserved ticket.
A participant volunteers for 6 hours, either 2 three hour shift lead shifts or 3 two hour volunteer shifts.
The Front and Back gate we already have a volunteer shift log book to record volunteer attendance for his or her volunteer shifts.
The volunteer shift logs books can be updated to record additional information such as email address and have two people to sign off for completed shift, such as shift lead, Coordinators and Assistant Coordinator, or G.O.D.'s.
After the event, coordinators would record the reserved volunteer ticket list into a google spreadsheet for his or her department for the following burn.
Send emails out to the volunteers who received the reserved.
During the reserved ticket sales volunteers would be able to purchase a reserved ticket to the burn.
A reserved ticket for Coordinators to Burning Man
Still looking for a Ticketing Front Gate Coordinator, Assistant Front Gate Coordinator and G.O.D.'s for Spring PDF, please email email@example.com
for more information.
Looking forward to seeing everyone in the Spring.
Hugs and Love,
The PONY burns in 198 days!