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For more than 35 years, hundreds of volunteers have given thousands of hours to help forward the mission of the American Vaulting Association. We have grown and thrived because of the dedication of these selfless vaulting evangelists.

The following AVA committees are looking for volunteers on either a project or on-going basis. If you'd like to help the AVA become bigger, stronger and more relevant in the United States, we urge you to read through this list and take action: volunteer for a role in the AVA! Some jobs have been filled but we can always use more help. Please contact the person named at the end of each job if you would like more information or are interested in filling a role.

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Regional Alumni Coordinators (for all regions)

Job Description: Work with Alumni Committee on alumni events within your specific region.

Skills/Time Commitment: On a project basis, as events are planned. If you are your region's Alumni Coordinator, or are interesting in becoming your region's Alumni Coordinator, please contact Patti Reschar.

Alumni Committee-Member-at-Large

If you have some time, some recommendations or simply have some information on former clubs or alumni, please contact Patti Reschar.

Alumni List Researcher/Coordinator

Job Description: Coordinate the gathering and inputting of alumni names for an updated alumni mailing list.

Skills/Time Commitment: 3-5 hours a month. To learn more about this position or offer your help, please contact Patti Reschar.

Regional Alumni Event Coordinator

Job Description: Work with Alumni Committee to spearhead an annual alumni event within your specific region.

Skills/Time Commitment: On a project basis, as events are planned. If you are interesting in becoming your region's Alumni Coordinator, please contact Patti Reschar.

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Job Description: The newly reformed Athletes� Council, consisting of athletes 15 and older from all regions, will bring the �voice of the vaulter� to the AVA and its board.

Skills/Time Commitment: Approximately 2-4 hours per month, including projects, committees and conference calls and meetings. If you�re an active vaulter interested in contributing your time and your voice, please contact Jessica Ballenger.

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The re-formed Coaches' Committee is looking for members who will help set the goals and brainstorm and implement programs for this group. If you are interested in contributing ideas or building/running programs for this committee, please contact Connie Geisler.

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The Collegiate Vaulting Committee is looking for volunteers who want to further the committee's mission: to continue to develop and grow vaulting in US colleges and universities. If you have knowledge of successful past or present collegiate vaulting programs, or are simply interested in joining this committee in its formative stages, please contact Nancy MacIsaac.

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"Ask the Expert" Column Question Gatherer

Job Description: Seek out and organize questions for the vaulting community for an on-going column in Vaulting World: "Ask the Expert." We'll help you find the experts to give the answers if you'll field the questions.

Skills/Time Commitment: Naturally curious person, organized. 2 hours per VW issue. Please contact Noel Martonovich.

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Regional Exhibits Managers (REMs needed for each AVA region)

Job Description: Work with Committee Chair and Region IX Exhibits Manager Jan Weber to identify, select and in some cases staff exhibition/trade show opportunities for AVA for 2005.

Skills/Time Commitment: Exhibits/trade show background of any sort a plus. Must be a "people person" and enjoy talking about the benefits of vaulting and the AVA. Two exhibitions per year per region, roughly five days a year. Mostly project-based once exhibition decisions have been researched and selected. Please contact Jan Weber.

Regional Exhibits Assistant (REAs needed for each AVA region)

Job Description: Work with Regional Exhibits Manager in your region to assist in reserving and procuring AVA booth materials, and perhaps staff booth along with REM.

Skills/Time Commitment: Must be a "people person" and enjoy talking about the benefits of vaulting and the AVA. Project-oriented and flexible on time, depending on arrangement with Regional Exhibits Manager. Please contact Jan Weber.

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Friendship Team Western Coordinator

Job Description: Work with Committee Chair to develop Friendship Team large demo opportunities (up to three a year) at events taking place in Regions I, II and III. Coordinator will also attend said events with Friendship Team participants.

Skills/Time Commitment: Excellent organizer, eager to talk to organizers and "sell in" vaulting demos at major equestrian and non-equestrian events. Ongoing, but mostly project oriented, by event. 8-15 hours per event. Please contact Priscilla G. Faulkner.

Friendship Team Western Assistant Coordinator

Job Description: Assistant to position entailed above. Assistant coordinator may or may not also attend said events with Friendship Team participants.

Skills/Time Commitment: Same as above, in an assistant capacity. Please contact Priscilla G. Faulkner.

Friendship Team Central Coordinator

Job Description: Work with Committee Chair to develop Friendship Team large demo opportunities (up to three a year) at events taking place in Regions IV and X. Coordinator will also attend said events with Friendship Team participants.

Skills/Time Commitment: Excellent organizer, eager to talk to organizers and "sell in" vaulting demos at major equestrian and non-equestrian events. Ongoing, but mostly project oriented, by event. 8-15 hours per event. Please contact Priscilla G. Faulkner.

Friendship Team Central Assistant Coordinator

Job Description: Assistant to position entailed above. Assistant coordinator may or may not also attend said events with Friendship Team participants.

Skills/Time Commitment: Same as above, in an assistant capacity. Please contact Priscilla G. Faulkner.

Friendship Team Eastern Assistant Coordinator

Job Description: Work with Committee Chair and Eastern Coordinator to develop Friendship Team large demo opportunities (up to three a year) at events taking place in Regions IX. Assistant coordinator may or may not also attend said events with Friendship Team participants.

Skills/Time Commitment: Excellent organizer, eager to talk to organizers and "sell in" vaulting demos at major equestrian and non-equestrian events. Ongoing, but mostly project oriented, by event. 8-15 hours per event. Please contact Priscilla G. Faulkner.

Club Demos National Coordinator

Job Description: Collect information (provided by clubs) on all vaulting demonstrations as they are performed across the nation by individual clubs during the current year. Assist clubs by providing "how-to" checklists and publicity materials (brochures) for demos.

Skills/Time Commitment: Able to put provided information into some sort of database or spreadsheet monthly. 2-3 hours per month, ongoing. Please contact Sheri Benjamin.

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Grant Writers

Project Description: Grant writers for the education committee to research and identify various grants for which the AVA is eligible, then write the actual grant applications.

Skills/Time Commitment: Ideally, experience in fundraising and/or grant research or writing. Anyone interested in learning the grant research and writing process are welcome! 4-6 hours a month. To learn more about this position or offer your help, please contact Noel Martonovich.

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Regional Coordinator (one for each AVA region)

Job Description: Ensure all competitions in your region are getting informational flyers up, nominations made and ballets out for both awards programs. Collect ballots at the end of the competition and send to committee chair.

Skills/Time Commitment: Organized individual who can evangelize these programs. 2-3 hours a month. Please contact Carol Beutler.

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Publicity Committee Chair

Job Description: Responsible for overall AVA publicity for the current year, including publicity to target audiences (equestrian community, prospective recreational and competitive vaulters, general public at large, geographic-specific audiences), as well as overseeing event-specific publicity for one-time events such as Nationals, large Friendship Team demos, etc.

Skills/Time Commitment: Publicity programming, messaging and pitching experience a plus. Will brainstorm, write and present for approval an overall 2005 publicity program, and work with various volunteers and subcommittees to execute PR strategies and tactics in line with the plan. 4-12 hours a month, ongoing throughout 2005. Please contact Charlie Bittenbring.

Event Publicist

Job Description: Responsible for pitching and placing articles/photos for specific AVA events, including competitions, demos, seminars.

Skills/Time Commitment: Pitching and placement skills a must. 4-6 hours per event, on a per project basis (as many or as few as you'd like). Please contact Charlie Bittenbring.

Equine Publication Publicist

Job Description: Responsible for pitching and placing articles/photos specifically in equestrian publications.

Skills/Time Commitment: Story idea generation, pitching and placing skills a plus. Equine interest a must. 2-4 hours a month, ongoing. Please contact Charlie Bittenbring.

Features Publicist

Job Description: Responsible for pitching and placing feature articles/photos not related to specific AVA events, in targeted general audience publications.

Skills/Time Commitment: Story idea generation, pitching and placing skills a must. 4-6 hours a month, ongoing. Please contact Charlie Bittenbring.

News Release/Feature Writers

Job Description: Responsible for (in concert with event and feature publicists) sourcing and writing event and ongoing news releases and feature stories on vaulting.

Skills/Time Commitment: Strong newspaper/magazine writing skills for features position, strong PR news release writing skills for news release writing position. 4-6 hours a month, ongoing. Please contact Charlie Bittenbring.

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Equestrian Vaulting Writers/Reporters (6)

Job Description: Six reporters/writers needed to source and write articles for various issues of Vaulting World for the current year, including ghost-writing ongoing columns. Under the director of the editor, writers would contact expert sources as directed (coaches, clubs, judges), interview them and write news/features/columns for inclusion in Equestrian Vaulting.

Skills/Time Commitment: Must be excellent and succinct newspaper/magazine-style writer. Journalism or previous writing experience a plus! Approx. 3-8 hours per issue (six issues/year), either on an ongoing or project basis. Please contact Julie Divita.

Equestrian Vaulting Photographers (multiple) and Photo Solicitor (1)

Job Description: Take and/or solicit photos of AVA events and competitions, provide photos, with captions, to editor for selection.

Skills/Equipment/Time Commitment: Photographer obvious needs camera; Solicitor must be organized, tenacious and persuasive! Photographer-up to all day if you're taking pictures of an entire event. Photo Solicitor-1-2 hours per issue. Please contact Julie Divita.

Vaulting World/Equestrian Vaulting Index Coordinators (6-10)

Project Description:
Volunteers needed to index legacy issues of Vaulting World magazine, and Equestrian Vaulting magazine. Literally go thru the magazines, either online (for the past few years) or back issues, and catalog the articles on an easy-to-use matrix that has already been developed. You may choose to do as many or as few issues as you can handle (each issue takes from 30-60 minutes, depending on the size). It�s fun to look thru these old issues!

Skills: Organization and attention to detail. Must be able to put the correct article in the correct box, and make sure every article in each issue has been accounted for.

Time Commitment: Up to one hour per issue. You can choose to volunteer to catalog just a few issues, or as many as you would like to read! Our goal is to have all magazines catalogued and up on our website. To learn more about or volunteer for this position, please contact Julie Divita.

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These projects will help bring the AVA into the 21st century, utilizing the web to reach prospective vaulters and current vaulters alike!

AVA Internet Marketing: AVA Blast Email Newsletter Editor
Job Responsibilities:
* Aggregates content sent from board members, committee chairs and others into a twice-a-month email newsletter to members, using the MyEmma web-based email marketing and communications service (www.myemma.com).
Time Commitment:
* Not more than about 3-4 hours a month, half around the 14th-15th of the month, and the other half at the end of the month.
You�d be Ideal for This Job If:
* You have a good �nose for news.�
* You enjoy working with board members and others to gather final content for each issue.
* You enjoy internet �stuff� and are willing to learn the MyEmma email marketing template.
Examples of What You�d Do:
* Email AVA Board and Committee members twice a month to remind them to send in content for Blast.
* Aggregate, edit and post content via MyEmma.
To learn more about this position or offer your help, please contact Sheri Benjamin.

AVA Website: Section Content Managers (Need a Team of 6-8)
(For the Following Sections: Alumni, Awards, Calendar, Champions, Clubs, Coaches, Horses, Judges, Longeurs, Parents, See Vaulting, Vaulters)
Responsibilities:
* Strategizes with Webmaster, AVA board, committee chairs and members to determine what information AVA members want on certain sections of the public and/or members-only AVA websites.
* Solicits, aggregates and edits content for that section or group of sections on the AVA public or members-only website. (For example, the Vaulter section or the Horses section.)
* Works with Web Administrator to get final content posted on a timely basis.
Time Commitment:
* 1-3 hours a month, depending on the section. Also, depending on the section(s) you choose, this could be something that only needs to be done once a month, or something that needs to be done once a week. You choose whatever fits you best!
You�re Ideal for This Job If:
* You can see the big picture and determine information the members want or need on your particular section(s).
* You work well with others to solicit or otherwise gather the information you need for that section.
* You are tenacious and organized.
* You are a natural �editor��the one who can make a bad sentence good, or a good sentence better. You�re the one who sees the typos in the daily newspaper and frequently has to stop yourself from correcting someone else�s grammar!
Examples of What You�d Do:
If you were the Content Manager for the Our Champions and Awards section of the AVA public website, for example, these would be your responsibilities:
Our Champions:
1. Immediately after Nationals, work with National Championships Competitions Manager to acquire a complete list of winners.
2. Proof for accuracy of names.
3. Gather photos from Nationals photographer if possible.
4. Follow format of previous �results� pages.
5. Hand off to your Web Administrator to get results posted within two weeks of event.
Awards Section:
1. Immediately after Nationals, and immediately after the Annual Meeting, work with Awards Committee Chair to gather information on the various award winners named at that particular Nationals or Annual Meeting.
2. Edit short paragraphs on each award winner.
3. Proof for accuracy of names.
4. Gather photo of each winner if available.
5. Follow format on previous �results� pages.
6. Hand off to your Web Administrator to get results and photos posted within two weeks of the award winner being named.
To learn more about this position or offer your help, please contact Sheri Benjamin.

AVA Website: Web Administrators (Need Four!)
Job Responsibilities:
Update, on a regular basis, the various sections (you choose how many!) of the public and members-only websites, following the DreamWeaver templates already created.
Time Commitment:
* 2-4 hours a month, depending on the section. Also, depending on the section(s) you choose, this could be something that only needs to be done twice a year (Our Champions and Awards sections) or something that needs to be done twice a month (Calendar).
You�re Ideal for this Volunteer Position If:
* You have previous experience with website maintenance
* You know the basics of DreamWeaver or are willing to learn DreamWeaver (AVA will provide the software).
* You understand the basics of CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)
* You are comfortable working with raw HTML code.
* You can edit and manipulate images in Photoshop, or are willing to learn more about how to do this.
* You�re a bit of a computer geek and proud of it.
* You have an eye for detail on a web page.
Examples of What You�d Do:
1. Your Website Content Manager passes you a completed list of winners from the recent AVA National Championships.
2. You use the current DreamWeaver template and post the content up on the website, cleaning up a bit of HTML code as you go along.
3. You post new photos on the website as well.
To learn more about this position or offer your help, Sheri Benjamin.

AVA Website: Web Content Aggregator
Job Responsibilities:
The title is a real mouthful, but this is a fun, fun job! Troll around the various equestrian, gymnastics and dance websites every month or so to look for content that we could link to in our members-only section. Perfect for anyone web savvy, at any age!
Time Commitment:
2-4 hours a month, whenever you have some time to hunt around on the web.
You�re Ideal for This Volunteer Position if...
* You love to troll the web for new and interesting things.
* You can make the link between what you see and what our members might find interesting.
Example of What You�d Do...
* Surf websites (any time of the day or night) such as equestrianmag.com to find relevant articles that might be on interest to the vaulting community, then work with an AVA website administrator to get these articles either republished in or linked to our own website.
To learn more about this position or offer your help, please contact Sheri Benjamin.

AVA Website: Links Coordinator
Job Responsibilities:
Develop a policy for our �links� page of our website, and both search for appropriate links to add, proactively, as well as respond to requests to link.
Time Commitment:
2-4 hours a month, whenever you choose
You�re Ideal for This Volunteer Position if...
* You love poking around the web to find new things
* You have a good feel for what our members need and want
* You have snippets of time available to do this job, on no particular day of the week, or time of the day, and want flexibility to do it whenever you can.
Example of What You�d Do...
* Create a website linking policy for the AVA.
* As organizations/websites contact us requesting links, make a decision on whether each fits into our policy.
* For those that do, ask Web Administrator to put up a link.
To learn more about this position or offer your help, please contact Sheri Benjamin.

We can do it together!

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