A co-worker of mine at a college (different departments) asked me for help with a speech she was to give for a campus luncheon. The luncheon was part of an all-day event taking place on campus, in which girls from local high schools were bussed in with chaperones and escorted around for tours and workshops. This event (I will just refer it as The Girls Event) was held to encourage the girls to go to college.
The next day the event occurred. I came in early to work the next day, and noticed that in our library parking lot was a school bus, a large group of girls, and two chaperones clogging up the parking lot. One of our security guards was getting perturbed, trying to get them to move and the two chaperones were getting upset and kept asking the guard where they should go. Because I had helped my coworker previously, I understood they were here for The Girls Event. I introduced myself, asked to see their paperwork for the event so I could direct them where to go. The paperwork did not have the schedule/locations on it. Realizing the difficulty to others trying to park and danger they were presenting in the parking lot, I marshaled them into the library with the reassurances that I would make phone calls and find out where they should go.
I took them in, got them started looking on some exhibits, made the calls and found out where they should go. I gathered them up and led them to the proper location. It turned out later that they had NOT RSVPed to the event, so subsequent event information was never mailed to them.
Later in the day I ran into an instructor I knew on campus. I was chatting with her about what happened. She was one of the organizers to the event and she invited me to the luncheon that was to be given that day for the girls. She said that she wanted me to come as a thank you and to tell the person spearheading the event exactly what had happened. I want to state right now she was perfectly in the right to invite me so it was not like she was over reaching her bounds and I was a party crasher.
We go to the luncheon a little early. The main person in charge of the event (along with others who had helped) shows up; I will call her Madame X. Madame X had met me previously at another event so I was not a stranger. The professor explained to her my presence at the luncheon and asks me to recount the story regarding the morning group again.
Then the keynote speaker (my co-worker I had helped earlier) shows up. She thanks me once again for helping her with her speech. As she sits down at our table she realizes she has left some important materials needed for the event back at her office. I offered to run and go get the materials for her since she was dressed up, had her baby with her (husband was on his way to pick the baby up) and also needed to get ready for her speech. I run to her office and come back with all her materials. Madame X sees and hears all this.
My co-worker then realized that the Tech Department has yet to set up a laptop so she could give her PowerPoint presentation during the speech. I had my laptop with me and offered to set my laptop up so she could give her talk. The girls are trickling in at this point so she is kind of getting anxious. Again, Madame X sees and hears all this.
We go up front to the podium and I start setting up my laptop. At the last minute, just as she is getting ready to open up her program, the Tech guys come literally running in with a computer. I unplugged mine to let them get to work and go and put my laptop up.
As I go back to my table I noticed that my chair is missing. I ask “What happened to my chair?”
Madame X looks up at me and says, completely nonchalant, “Oh, I gave it to one of the girls.”
That’s right, the person that helped her keynote speaker with her speech, helped pacify and corral a participating group, ran and got her keynote speakers materials, and was using her own laptop to help her keynote speaker actually give her speech, didn’t even rate a chair. And might I add there were plenty of chairs available, just further away. 0503-14
Dissed By The Event Organizer
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