The Desert Symposium Inc was incorporated as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) institution in February 2018. We operate on a very limited budget with an all-volunteer Board of Directors. We rely on volunteers for many aspects of the symposium. You can help the Desert Symposium in several ways. We need volunteers and researchers to help plan and participate in the technical sessions and field trip. Please consider volunteering or making a donation for student awards or scholoarships. We work hard to keep our expenses low to attract as many students and their instructors as possible.
To join our team, please contact any member of the Board of directors. Your donation will help keep our collective future bright.
Please tell us how you want your donation used (student award, publications, social hour, etc.) and send a check payable to Desert Symposium, Inc. to: Desert Symposium,Inc., c/o Bruce Bridenbecker, 7528 Lucerne Vista, Yucca Valley, CA 92284
Volunteers receive free registration. We need volunteers for the following positions.Field Trip Wrangler: Arrange carpools, collect liability forms and cell phone numbers, launch the field trip on time and keep the field trip on schedule, help with unexpected problems like flat tires, etc. (must go on field trip)
Social Manager: Assist and coordinate with DSC personnel on the Friday social hour arrangements: drinks, coolers, ice, etc. Manage the field trip camping reservations and catering for Sunday night. (must go on field trip)
In autumn 2017, after more than 30 years of cobbling together the Desert Symposium, we were forced to radically restructure our operations as a result of changes within the Desert Studies Center. With a meeting and field trip to organize just eight months away, we scrambled to form a new corporation and find a board of directors. Most daunting of all were the seemingly endless logistics: talks, posters, food, housing, proceedings, advertising, website, printing, email lists, awards, field trip & leaders for it, permits, registration, you name it. And of course we had no money. So we asked for donations and many people generously funded the launch of the Desert Symposium, Inc. Our first meeting was in April 2018 and somehow it actually happened, but we could not have done it alone. With enduring thanks, we gratefully acknowledge donations from the following people.
ERNIE and VERA ANDERSON
TOM and CHERYL SCHWEICH
* Founding board member
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