Saturday, July 14, 2012

What a busy week!

I'm exhausted after the past nine days!  This past week was VBS so I was incredibly busy first with preparing for VBS and then making sure everything went smoothly for all of the volunteers.  As the week drew to a close yesterday I felt incredibly relived.  Now I have fifty-one weeks to plan for next year.

I learned some things this year.  It's good to take notes to make improvements in the future.  I discovered that it's pretty time consuming to try and reinvent the wheel each year.  It was something that I kept realizing over and over as I prepared for this past week.  Armed with my notes, I will be sitting down next week and writing up procedures and guidelines for next year.  I'm also going to come up with a basic time line so I can have an even better handle on things.

I feel so blessed that I had such amazing people to help me out along the way.  I'm convinced that I could not have found better volunteers to teach the classes if I had tried.  These people were all amazing.  My lackluster hall decorations ended up being ok simply because the teachers had amazingly creative room decorations.

So another year of directing VBS is behind me.  I'm pretty confident that next year's program will run even smoother than this year.  It's my hope that all of the things for which I am responsible will come together quickly and run like a well-oiled machine.  Time will only tell.

I'm also kicking around the idea of writing my own VBS program for 2014.  I had a student volunteer suggest an amazing theme that created quite a buzz among some of the other people involved with VBS.  I even have a teacher who said she'd be willing to collaborate with me on the project.  I'm excited about the prospect and hope we can make it happen.

Bryan has been coming up with lots of suggestions for me to streamline the registration process and speed it up, as well.  I'm going to be passing these suggestions along to our DRE and see which of them can be implemented for next year.  One of them will bring the registration process into the digital realm, and the other might potentially help VBS get the bulk of it's registrations in one weekend.

I'm truly exhausted after this past week, but I can't help but feel a bit energized about planning for next year.

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