The policy of BYOB is as follows:
1. A BYOB chapter cannot be used for any monetary gain by any volunteer.
2. Any BYOB chapter can not be used to promote any individual or organisation without prior permission.
3. There can be no entry/membership/subscription fees at any BYOB chapter.
4. Your voluntary efforts in organising a BYOB chapter shall be recognised.
5. No BYOB chapter can encourage/endorse or indulge in piracy.
6. Individual BYOB chapters cannot make separate social media handles (eg twitter, instagram)
7. All volunteers are expected to maintain communication with the BYOB team, failing to do which, their chapter will be derecognised.
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Address (please also mention whether permanent or temporary)
We'll ask you to email a scan of address proof once we have processed your application. Please mention if it will not be possible for you to provide address proof.
Chapter applying for:
Date of birth
Just so we can send you birthday cards :)
Tell us your social media handles?
Facebook, twitter, instagram - any or none! Anything that convinces us of your earnestness (and also, we enjoy stalking people in general)
Have you attended any BYOB meets in any city?
Please mention which one(s). Please note that the eligibility criteria for volunteers is having attended at least 3 meets.
Why do you want to volunteer for BYOB?
Write down 1-2 compelling reasons
What do you think of 1. Chetan Bhagat, and 2. Ayn Rand?
Do you already know booklovers in your city, or are part of any book clubs?
You can write about any previous experience with book clubs too
Where do you work/study? Does your company policy allow for volunteer work?
Tell us a bit about your area of work/study.
How much time can you devote to BYOB on a per week basis?
Also mention for how long (6 months, 1 year, etc).
Help us understand your skill set!
Google drive has revolutionalised my life
I blend into the wallpaper astonishingly well
I write great emails
I believe as many as six impossible things before breakfast
I know every nook and cranny of the city I reside in
I can read 2 books in a day
I am a closet photographer
I am a spreadsheet ninja
I excel at writing copy
I don't get stage fright
I have a very scary personality
What day-of duties can you do?
(will be rotated for every meet)
Ensuring we have all the attendees' names, emails and phone numbers on the guest list
Answering calls (giving directions)
Host duties (water, food, saying hello)
Minding the books
Making list of books etc discussed
Taking fines, wherever due, from people
Looking for cafes, parks, or homes to host the meets. Can take the decision by oneself if required.
Writing descriptions of the meets (before)
Provide answers to any journalists etc
Sending emails with venues
Editing google sign up form before every meet
Adding, removing people from whatsapp group, moderating discussions
Uploading photos to google drive and notifying facebook, twitter and insta admins of the same
Approving members and posts, answering queries on group + page, making and notifying events
Interacting with children about books
mentoring new chapters in other cities/local sub chapters if needed
Anything else you want to tell us?
Do you want a fancy title for yourself?
Default is "volunteer". Examples of fancy titles are - "Facebook ninja", "Bouncer", "Chief Bibliophile" etc
I have read and understood the BYOB policies and promise not to use BYOB for any personal profit or promotion. I also promise to uphold the values that BYOB believes in, and will do my utter best to help BYOB achieve its goals of promoting reading among readers of all ages, shapes and sizes.
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