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Hello Everyone!

The Thirty-Eighth International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts is right around the corner! As we approach the warmth and sunshine of Orlando, Florida, I thought I would take this opportunity to let you all know that we are looking for volunteers to help make ICFA 38 a success!

The volunteer positions are as follows with (very) brief descriptions:

AV (Fire Swamp): Set up projectors, troubleshoot presentations

Book Room (Florin): Set up, sell, and pack up the book room

Registration (Cliffs of Insanity): set up and pass out badges and maintain the registration desk

Please use the survey link below to let us know when and where you would like to help.

The rate of compensation for volunteering is $5 ICFA bucks per hour worked, which can be used towards registration or memorabilia. Please note: We can only provide compensation toward future conference expenses. Volunteer hours cannot be used to cover expenses for the current year’s conference, and the hours earned expire in two years.

If you know of other people attending the conference that would like to volunteer and earn ICFA bucks to help them keep coming back, please share the survey with them. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Valorie Ebert, Membership and Registration Coordinator (iafareg AT

Please Note: We need extra volunteers to help load and unload the book room.  If you plan on being at the hotel Monday and/or aren’t leaving until the following Sunday or Monday and would like to help with this important task, please indicate your willingness on the volunteer survey or please contact Valorie Ebert, Membership and Registration Coordinator (iafareg

** Book Room Set Up normally begins at 8:00 a.m. on Monday morning.  They need all the help they can get, so if you are at the conference early on Monday, stop by and lend a hand.

** Book Room Breakdown normally begins at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.  Again, they need all the help they can get, so if you are an early riser, go lend a hand.

You can find the volunteer survey here.

Social Media:

If you are on Facebook you can connect with IAFA here.  In addition, if you are a student you can also join the Student Caucus Facebook page here.

Please follow us on Twitter here!

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Valorie Ebert, Membership and Registration Coordinator (iafareg AT We look forward to seeing you in March!



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