Rally Chat Marshalling large meets – Fings I learnt!

Discussion in 'Rally Planning Discussion and Chat' started by meanders, Sep 26, 2016.

  1. meanders

    meanders Funster - Life Member Life Member

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    Lincoln was our first experience of marshalling a big Fun rally, although we did assist at Jaws Bash earlier in the year. Hopefully the following jottings may help other first-timers!

    Thanks to Polly and Dave as marshals-in-chief for showing us the ropes and Margaret and Eddy for being great team players.(y)

    Lessons learned:
    1. You cannot please all the people all the time. ;)
    2. Keep Smiling! :)
    3. Everyone may have individual needs, but as a marshal you cannot possibly meet all of them. However, with a bit of lateral thinking some things can be achieved that make the individual really happy. :D
    4. An electric bike is a massive boon. :cycle: Needs lights and a charging facility.
    5. Walkie talkies would have helped no end and saved poor Eddy and Dave many miles a day up and down the field. Perhaps someone has an old unused set laying around they might donate to Jim for use in bigger rallies?
    6. People are queueing up to come in hours before the gates are scheduled to open. :rolleyes:
    7. Keep Smiling! :)
    8. Those with children need to be asked to prevent them from cycling or running around moving motorhomes. After dark, all cyclist should have lights. Maybe as marshals, set aside a “let of steam” area in a safe place for the children.
    9. If there are enough marshals, agree a schedule so that everyone gets some time off. No-one needs to be there to greet every arrival across both days.
    10. Keep Smiling! :)
    11. Identifying ‘New’ Funsters is difficult. Even we who been in Fun about eight years do not know people who joined around the same time. Perhaps variations in badges to consider, although I accept that bring additional costs? “Be gentle with me, it’s my first time” badges to issued and then collected (with any feedback) at the end of their first rally perhaps?
    12. New members really appreciate someone making the effort. Could we set up a volunteer ‘buddy’ system amongst the long termers? If each newbie had a named contact on the rally it would help them integrate.
    13. It would be helpful on the Saturday to have the marshals at least contactable. Perhaps a sign up with a mobile number?
    14. One for @Jim. We had lots of people want details and application forms, and also wanting to renew. Can we have an easy to find link in the web site to allow people to sign-up and renew please? I found it easily on a screen, but it seems to disappear on a phone!
    15. Smile some more! This is FUN.
    Would we do it again? Definitely. :hugs:

    Robin & Hilary.
     
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  2. tonka

    tonka Funster Life Member

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    I know you were all busy and did a great job.. (y)

    Ref no5... Walkie talkies, you should have asked or just put a note on the rally thread..
    I have a set of good ones that could have been used and no doubt lots of others will have sets as well..
    There was talk in the past about some "proper" sets and getting licenses but i think its more the issue of getting them moved about between meets.

    Keep smiling.. :)

    oh and No9... I would have thought that was something Marshalls would have arranged between themselves ?? In the past it's been know for extra help to be asked for and I know there will always be someone who will volunteer. Even if it's just to cover tea and lunch breaks.
     
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    You all did a great job....
     
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    Yes - a thumbs up from us too (y)
     
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    TheBig1 Funster Life Member

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    rally marshalling can be a very frustrating thankless task, but the positives and meeting some lovely people totally outweighs the negatives
     
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    You all did a great job thanks for you help
     
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    meanders Funster - Life Member Life Member

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    One other thing that would have been useful would be some blank laminated A3, A4 and landscape half A4 laminated sheets, perhaps with the Fun logo, that we could use for handwritten outdoor signage for directions, key info etc. I don't have a laminator.:(
     
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    Yes a grand job done by all Marshalls:)
     
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    Some interesting points of your first experience of stewarding, glad you enjoyed it and will be doing it again.

    All the marshals and stewards do a great job and it would be good if everyone remembered that if it wasn't for them volunteering their services for the weekend, the rallies and meets would either not go ahead or be chaotic.
     
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    Well done all the Marshalls :) you are appreciated !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Regards Garry Flatpackchicken
     
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    You missed point 16. God give me patience, because if you give me strength I'll need bail money as well :D
     
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    17. Don't marshall Peterborough show when it has the wettest weather of the century :LOL:
     
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    You did a sterling Job between you well done
    When you have done the required amount, Jim will send you on an all expenses paid break to Spain
    Like he done for Brisey and Pamelaaaaar(y)
    Geo
     
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    Yes as with all above you all did a sterling job which was very much appreciated by us.
    Ray&Joy
     
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    Geo, Don't forget that Jim has also arranged for my van to have a full service, free of charge, at Pecks Hill Garage when we return to the U.K.
    Brisey.
     
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    if number one was a suprise youve lead a sheltered life ive long given up trying to please anyone except me
     
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    As I was told at a young age by an old Thames Barge skipper, lad, always please yourself, at least you've made one bugger happy (y)
     
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    You are funny, what a novelty Brian, never thought i would ever see Pecks Hill Garage and the word free in the same sentence:rofl::rofl::rofl:
     
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    I think I would have to superglue my mouth into a grin. ... maybe they do. o_O
     
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    I have number 4 and 5
    If I had new I had them at Lincoln.
    I put my phone number on the forum, just in case. A sign to the marshell point is a good idea.
     
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