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LOOKING FOR MORE VOLUNTEERS: Patt Czarnik, MS Director of Membership, is looking for volunteers to staff the MS booth at the upcoming World Space Congress in Houston:

Hello All,

This information previously went out in a MS Newsletter Digest but not everyone receives them and this email contains further details. Therefore please forward this email to all members in your chapter.

Volunteers Still Needed for World Space Congress

The International Mars Society will have a booth in the Exhibit Hall of the World Space Congress 2002 in Houston, Texas. We need volunteers to speak with WSC attendees about our many projects, our goals as a society, and to recruit new members and potential corporate sponsors. Volunteers will have free access to the Exhibit Hall; housing is available as low as $25/night (see below). Our Exhibit Hall booth will need to be staffed from October 14-19.

The World Space Congress is a once in a decade opportunity for the International Mars Society. Described as “The Most Significant Space Event of the Decade”, the World Space Congress is a gathering of approximately 13,000 “scientific, technical, business and government leaders, representing every facet of the international space community”. This is an unprecedented opportunity for the International Mars Society and its membership.

Following is schedule of dates and times volunteers are needed:

1) We must submit all names of individuals who will be staffing our booth to the WSC by September 9th. We are limited to 10 names.

2) The booth set-up times are as follows (we do not know what time has been assigned to us yet).
Thu 10 Oct 8:00am – 6:00pm
Fri 11 Oct 8:00am – 6:00pm
Sat 12 Oct 8:00am – 6:00pm
Sun 13 Oct 8:00am – 4:00pm
The booth must be complete by 4:00pm on Sunday!

3) Booth operating hours will be as follows (the booth must be staffed at all times when the exhibit hall is open. If found unattended, the exhibitor will be asked to vacate and may be prohibited from exhibiting at future
events) {this indicates the latest changes emailed to me by AIAA}
Mon 14 Oct 11:15am – 7:30pm
Tue 15 Oct 10:00am – 5:30pm
Wed 16 Oct 10:00am – 5:30pm
Thu 17 Oct 10:00am – 7:30pm
Fri 18 Oct 10:00am – 8:00pm (Public Day)
Sat 19 Oct 10:00am – 6:00pm (Public Day)

Note that there are three receptions scheduled in the exhibit hall.
Exhibits must be open during these times:
Mon 14 Oct 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Thu 17 Oct 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Fri 18 Oct 6:00pm – 8:00pm

4) Booth move-out can begin Saturday 19 October at 6:00pm and we need volunteers to help with move out.

5) Volunteers are responsible for their own expenses. I have looked into an extended stay hotel (Bradford Home Suites, about 10 mins from Exhibit Hall). It is a 1 bedroom (king bed) suite with a sofa sleeper in living room and full kitchen. 3 people could comfortably share it. Cost is around $500/week or $167/person; $25/day with 3 sharing costs (if staying less than full week). If anyone is interested in sharing suite, let me know. I also will be driving to Houston so will have a car and will be available to transport volunteers to and from Exhibit Hall.

This is a great opportunity to meet and get to know MS members from around the country and to share our vision with thousands of people from around the world.

If you are available, please contact Patt Czarnik at NO LATER THAN September 7; indicate the dates/times that you are available and if interested in sharing a suite.

For more information on the World Space Congress, you may visit their web site:

Patt Czarnik
Director of Membership

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