A few weeks ago, one of our new AVS members made the point of reminding us that
our $15.00 annual dues are indeed a modest sum to celebrate the beauty
and the benefits of the violet. We agree wholeheartedly. For your information, the funds received from our membership
fees, cover only
our basic expenses (printing, postage, some promotional materials,
website fees, etc.). The actual job of running of the website (technical
expertise, research, copywriting, copyediting, articles, phone calls,
hours on the job, etc.) is provided in its entirety, by a team of
dedicated volunteers. Many of our volunteers are also AVS officers and members of the Board. In most cases, these volunteers are
professionals in their fields, and were the AVS forced to outsource
these services, the bill would come to hundreds of thousands of
If it were not for these generous volunteer efforts, The AVS,
of course, would cease to exist. We are very fortunate indeed in that we
were able to obtain such generous commitments and attract to our cause
the best of the best! This extensive volunteer
effort provides the manpower for all our other AVS activities (meetings, print version, membership relations,
development, ...) as well.
As we are all aware, since the early part of the year
2000, the AVS has accomplished great progress; it has become a
well-respected, dynamic online and offline community. And, as we
predicted, the web site has turned out to be the right tool to reach an even
wider audience including violet enthusiasts beyond our shores!
We know that we can do even more, but we need your help! We need
more willing and able volunteers! We have a number of jobs
available. Some of them may be of interest to you!
Some "jobs" may require very little of your time; others,
a longer commitment. In both cases, the rewards are many.
Here's a list of some of the "open" positions.
Just click on the the job titles for an idea of the kind of person
we are looking for to fill each position. Do not think for a
minute that you don't have enough knowledge about violets to be a
volunteer! Obviously, some among our group are "violet
experts", but truly, most of us are only violet enthusiasts,
learning as we go along. So, do yourself a favor and take a
look at the various positions. You do not need to be an
expert to fill most of them. Just be willing to learn and