Over 45 Rotarians, partners, friends and family, along with Mt Aspiring College (MAC) students, helped make the Warbirds over Wanaka (WOW) volunteering weekend a great fundraising success! It was hard work with long days, but a lot of fun! From shifting boxes and setting out merchandise to sales crew, coming and going all weekend in a very timely manner, everything worked extremely well! 
We were on a fast learning curve with the Casio cash registers in both merchandise marquees on Friday morning but it didn’t take too long to get the eftpos and till ringing and clicking away. By Saturday afternoon we had run out of 2018 caps – which everyone wanted of course! Out came the old stock from 2016 adding new enthusiasm to customers and the sales team!
By Sunday clothing sizes were getting thin on the ground, especially grey t-shirts, but $10 specials from 2014 were quickly picked up as they too featured a plane front and back. Mid Sunday the small marquee was running low on stock so it was closed down and the remaining stock was moved to the large marquee. Final act of the day was the stock take and the few remaining volunteers were able to rapidly box and number the last of the merchandise.
In the foray over the Saturday and Sunday, a handful of US Rotarians popped into the tent and said ‘ hello, what a great job being done’, as did Lisa Bishop, the Governor and a pilot,  from District 7090, Delhi Club Ontario, stopped by a couple of times. The BIG Rotary flag was like a beacon!
A lot of preparation and work went into getting the event up and running. Nothing would happen if it wasn’t for the real commitment of our members and student volunteers. It’s a major thank you to everyone for their help, time and energy over this holiday weekend and an extra special special thanks to the MAC Students who demonstrated wonderfully practical work skills and great engagement with the public.