Commentary: OK, we’ve heard all your comments; what we need is your commitment

Camp Verde community volunteer Nancy Floyd on her tractor at Northern Arizona University loading 120-cement trash containers she and her husband purchased as donations as planters for the CampVerde’s new library and town parks.  Each planter weighed between 300 and 400 pounds. Courtesy photo

Camp Verde community volunteer Nancy Floyd on her tractor at Northern Arizona University loading 120-cement trash containers she and her husband purchased as donations as planters for the CampVerde’s new library and town parks. Each planter weighed between 300 and 400 pounds. Courtesy photo

Knowing about some of the work that is involved with successfully managing and facilitating the events for the Town of Camp Verde, I’m surprised that some events have not been cancelled sooner by the dedicated and over-worked volunteers that are responsible for Camp Verde Promotions.

What do people know about Camp Verde Promotions? When the Town of Camp Verde dropped all the events years ago a small group of local citizens got together and formed Camp Verde Promotions in an effort to keep the events going.

These people come from all walks of life and have families to care for and have jobs (not all are retired), and yet they added volunteering to their plate to keep the events going.

Camp Verde Promotions has been asking for more volunteers for years; not just to sign up and spend a few hours at an event, but to be on the Board of Directors; chair a committee, set up the field for the event (including marking off every spot for each vendor), clearing the field after the event is over, and everything else that must to be done.

All of these events take months and months of planning and work. Camp Verde Promotions is a non-profit group and must raise enough money at each event to fund the next event.

I have heard some people say that they were turned down when they went to volunteer - to me this says that these people signed up to participate at the actual event not to commit to months of work that is involved to plan and execute the event and be on the Board of Directors or to be Chairperson of a committee.

This is a huge commitment every year and it is ALL VOLUNTEER HOURS, NO ONE GETS PAID and the same people have been doing this for years and can no longer keep up the work.

Some media companies require 3-months advance material be sent to them to be published in their papers; magazines, radio announcements, etc. (e.g. to have an event published in the Arizona Highways magazine the information must be sent in three months prior to the actual event – the Cornfest ads need to be sent in by April to be printed in the July issue of the magazine).

When the Pecan & Wine Festival is over they have to start to get ready for the Cornfest; when the Cornfest is over they have to start to get ready for Fort Verde Days; then it time to start planning for the Pecan & Wine Festival and then the annual cycle starts all over again.

Some of the public’s questions that I’m aware of ask if certain groups were contacted to volunteer or different suggestions followed up on- just who do they think should do all this contacting (which will take a lot of hours to accomplish) - are they going to do it?

We all should be saying a huge “THANK YOU” to the wonderful and dedicated volunteers of Camp Verde Promotions for being able to keep the events going for as many years as they have.

Now would be a good time for the people that are so concerned or upset about the canceling of the events to either step up with a real commitment to Camp Verde Promotions or to get together and form their own non-profit and take over the events; time to step up with some real commitments not just comments.

Nancy Floyd is a resident of Camp Verde, a dedicated community volunteer and wife of one of the Old Guys.

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