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Clownie Connection The Parade Company Volunteer Newsletter May/June 2019 Issue #3 JOIN US! VOLUNTEER SUMMER KICKOFF EVENT & BBQ Saturday, July 27, 10:30 AM TPC Studio Volunteer sign up for On Saturday, July 27, 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM, join us at The Parade will begin September 4. The Parade Company Studio as we kickoff the Watch your email! summer float build season! Help with float washing, building, painting; or pull up a Clownie Call Out!! chair and help with sewing in the costume department. We will have food, beverages, fun raffles, and lots of laughs. Plus, Arlene will be selling vintage costumes starting at $5!!! Friends and family are welcome to join (remember volunteers must be 16 years old to volunteer)! If you've ever dreamed of becoming our beloved mascot, To RSVP, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/volunteer-kickoff- Clownie, here's your chance! to-summer-registration-35545740266 We are in need of volunteers to wear the Clownie mascot costume and represent TPC at events during Parade season. If you are interested, please email email@example.com. You'll need to come to the Studio to be fitted and receive training. In T his Issue Sum m er Kick-off! Cruise in Shoes 5K Volunteer Spotlight Summer Kickoff 2018 Thanks from the Rooftop!
6 AM - 10:30 AM Course Marshals Needed! To sign up: Log on to Volgistics: https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/? from=244046 Click "Sign Up" on the Home page. Go to the volunteer calendar and click "Help Wanted" on the August 17 date. If you have not joined Volgistics yet, you can sign up by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dee w a s a Floa t Spot t er a t t h e Pa r a de in 2 0 1 6 . DEAIDRE (DEE) JONES Age: 46 years old (but my virtual age is 30...LOL) Occupation: Librarian in the Music, Arts, & Literature Department at the Detroit Public Library It takes hundreds of skilled, dedicated and big-hearted volunteers to help The Parade Company (TPC) successfully do what we do year-after-year. This issue, we are shining the Dee w or k in g on H en r y For d in t h e A r t St u dio in 2 0 1 3 . spotlight on one of those incredible volunteers: the always effervescent and energetic Dee Jones. Anyone who has ever met Dee knows that she is adventurous and willing to try anything once. Her volunteer service at TPC is no exception - she's volunteered for just about everything! "I have been a banner carrier, balloon handler, float spotter, float driver, tour guide, float host, and last year I wore a Big Head (Rosa Parks) in the Parade," says Dee. "I have volunteered for special events such as the Auto Show, Ford Fireworks, several 5K walks, and Hob Nobble Gobble presented by Ford. I also have helped clean and paint floats." The only thing Dee hasn't tried yet is joining the Distinguished Clown Corps (DCC) ... but give her time, and she'll probably add that to her bucket list. Dee donates over 80 service hours each year while working a full-time job and being a super mom to eight adult children. Dee a t t h e 2 0 1 9 V olu n t eer T h a n k Y ou Pa r t y Did I mention that she's also a published author? It takes real talent to wear so many hats and to wear them so well. We so appreciate Dee and all she does for our organization. Enjoy the following Q & A with one of TPC's super volunteers!
Q: How long have you been a volunteer with TPC? A: I have been a TPC volunteer for almost eight years. Q: How did you get involved with TPC? A: I got involved with TPC because my child was in the Parade performing with the Detroit Public School All City High School Marching Band. My other children wanted to get involved as well but were minors and could only do so if I was in the Parade with them, so my youngest son signed us up to volunteer. Q: Are you from Michigan? Did you grow up watching the Parade? Dee a t H ob Nobble Gobble A: I am a native Michigander as well as a native Detroiter. I pr esen t ed by For d in 2 0 1 7 was born, bred, and educated within city limits. I indeed grew up watching the parade and got a chance to see the Parade in person a couple of times. When I became a parent, I made coming down to the Parade a yearly family tradition. Q: What is your favorite volunteer position? A: My favorite position is a tour guide. I really love seeing the faces of people when they walk into Studio A then realize how larger than life our beautiful floats are. I like it when our more mature guests share stories of Parades past. I love it when the Brownie troops recognize something during the tour from watching the Parade on TV or online. Tour guides get the honor of highlighting how wonderful the Parade is and how many dedicated employees and volunteers work very hard to bring the Parade to life. Q: What is your favorite TPC event? A: My favorite TPC event is the Hob Nobble Gobble presented by Ford! I have had the pleasure of volunteering and Dee w a s a Ba n n er Ca r r ier a t t h e participating in this glorious event. You get a mini-parade, a Pa r a de in 2 0 1 2 carnival, great food, and concerts all in one night. You just can't beat that anywhere. Q: Best volunteer memory? A: My best volunteer memory has to be when I got the opportunity to dress up like an elf and dance with the WDIV Channel 4 News anchors for Christmas in July at the TV station. My mother didn't know I was there; she thought I was at work that day. When the show aired live on TV, she called my phone nonstop to tell me that there was a girl on television that looked just like me! I told her that it was me and she couldn't believe it. I told my boss that I had very "important business" to attend to and needed the day off. Who knew that he watched "Live in the D" during his break! When he inquired about my business when I returned to work the next day, I told him that I was helping Santa out.
Q: Do you have any kids? A: I have six biological children and two additional children through marriage. Total is five boys and three girls, ages 21-28. I also have a grandson and a granddaughter who are one-year- old. Q: Do your kids volunteer? A: Most of my children have volunteered for TPC. They were banner carriers, clown helpers, and costume fitters. They volunteered with me when they were teenagers and have now Dee clow n in g a r ou n d a t t h e come back as adults to volunteer when they are on break from St u dio college. Q: Why do you volunteer? A: I volunteer because I enjoy giving back to the community. What better way to give back than to put smiles on people's faces? We are all from very diverse backgrounds with the common goal of wanting to have fun and enjoy a holiday centered around being thankful. Q: Favorite song? A: My favorite song is Overjoyed by Motown's own Stevie Wonder. Q: Favorite place to eat: A: Sweet Potato Sensations!! They have the best sweet potato waffles and fried chicken. Yum! Q: Something cool about you that few know ... A: I like to take long rides with my husband on his motorcycle. It feels great to feel the wind in my hair and just for a few moments be fun and carefree. I am a published author of several adult and children's books. I also sing in the Detroit Public Library Community Choir. Q: Have you ever sang while volunteering? A: Yes! I've sung for a few of our special needs guests during their studio tour, and they loved it! Q: What other causes organizations do you support? A: I am passionate about literacy, domestic violence prevention, church, and local cultural events. I volunteer for the Detroit Jazz Festival, church, I have independently helped scores of students navigate the financial aid process, prepare for the G.E.D., and improve reading skills. I have also volunteered for Think Detroit Pal, Detroit Public Schools, and other local charter schools.
Q: Have you won any awards or received recognition for community service or other talents? A: I won many volunteer awards in the past. One that I am especially proud of is when I won a contest for banner design during the cheerleading competition at Think Detroit Pal more than 10 years ago. Q: Best place you've traveled ... A: The best place that I have visited was the National Museum of African American History and Culture. That was by far the best museum that I have ever been to from the interactive displays, the virtual car rides, and wonderful exhibitions throughout. We were there for several hours and were not able to get through half of the museum. I will definitely return because there is so much to learn and see.
BIG HEADS & BASEBALL! July 25, 5:30 PM Jimmy Johns Stadium Utica We need more volunteers to wear papier-mâché heads (Big Heads) for the Big Heads & Baseball event on Thursday, July 25. Volunteers will pose for photos, hand out giveaways and brochures. We will also have a parade around the baseball field!! If you can help, let us know!! Sign up on Volgistics or send an email to email@example.com. ________________________________________ SIGN UP TODAY! Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau Big Heads & Handlers Needed! Port Detroit 130 E Atwater St The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau is scheduling a series of welcome events for the cruise ships that enter into the Port of Detroit now through the fall. We are in need of volunteers to wear the Big Heads or serve as Handlers for each event. The volunteers will welcome guests and take photos between 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM. See the schedule below for dates. We Depend on YOU! Please do not sign up unless you know for sure that you can make it. EVENT DATES 8/8/19 8/14/19 8/26/19 9/13/19 9/19/19 If you can help, please sign up on Volgistics If you have not joined Volgistics yet, you can sign up by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteer Job Descriptions: In order to volunteer to be a Big Head, you must be able to wear one of our paper mache heads. If this is your first time wearing a head, you will need to come to our studio and try on the heads before the event. In order to sign up as a Handler, you must be able to lift about 10- 20lbs because you'll be helping your assigned Big Head put on their head and costume. You will also assist with photo ops.
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Vol unteers Ready, Set, Go ! INCREDIBLE SH OW ... INCREDIBLE VOLUNTEERS!!!! V isit the following link to v iew more photos: https://theparade.org/ford-fireworks/photo-galleries/ THANK YOU!!!!! STAY CONNECTED!
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