We finished last again in Black Cat. All the sweat, blood, and tears from the same few people for this. Now I wasn't as involved in Black Cat as I was last year; after all, Black Cat coincided with the opening of the NaNoWriMo forums, and a community of fellow writers during my favourite time of year, along with schoolwork, take a little priority over Black Cat when I do have to prioritize. I did what I could do, though--I paid my dues; I decorated at midnight and cleaned everything up; I played at Trivia night, taking time off from work (we got second place!).
/me jumps on soapbox
Now one reason I think some people are reluctant to help out isn't because of apathy or lack of class spirit or even because of busy schedules. These are all reasons that people don't volunteer their time during Black Cat, but I don't think these are all the reasons. There's one other reason that--in my opinion--is extremely important.
They don't think their contributions are valuable to the class.
Everyone likes to feel valued. Nobody likes to feel like a minion doing someone's bidding. We're a class, not a group of people knit together letting the Black Cat chairs tell us what to do, what to decorate, which way to move. Yes, the chairs are there for a reason. We need some organization. Along with that, though, we need a larger group of people who care about the end result. We need people who can devote at least some of their talents and time, no matter how little. Paying class dues does not take that long! If the dues-paying amount or times don't work, contact the class treasurer; surely she'll work with you to get your dues paid.
Most importantly, though, we need chairs who will tell everyone that their contributions are valuable, no matter how small. Our chairs this year have done a good job and have worked extremely hard, but some people still aren't convinced. In fact, our chairs can only do so much; in the end the responsibility lies with the class as a whole. It's why the Gold Diggers still have such a small Black Cat base.
So before we can garner more class spirit, we must first convince the class that every contribution is valuable, from paying dues to making decorations to (next year) participating in Junior Production. I remember seeing a poster together declaring the power of idiots in large groups. Well, we Gold Diggers aren't idiots, but we do have power in large groups. We are in this together. Let's make it fun--together.
/me jumps off soapbox