The Hard-Working Volunteers

The Hard-Working Volunteers

I want to highlight the many hard-working volunteers who have stepped up to make our hybrid services happen. I'm sure most people realize that it takes lots of extra energy - and volunteer hours - to create basically two services simultaneously - one on Zoom and one in Daniels Hall. Huge kudos go to Steve Morihiro, who did all the research to figure out how to make hybrid services work effectively, gathered all the extra equipment we needed (including miles of cables), set it all up, wrote user manuals, trained each tech volunteer, and continues to tweak the operation protocols of each of the tech roles. We literally wouldn't have hybrid services without his hard work and dedication to this community, so next time you see him, please give him your personal appreciation.

There are so many people who stepped up in the last few months to help behind the camera, the sound board, or the laptop and who have made the services run smoothly. 

  • Our Zoom MCs work off-site to monitor the Zoom room, create breakout rooms, record the service, and liaise with the Daniels Hall presenters. Our Zoom MCs: Geoff Ayton, Derek Dunn-Rankin, Don Martin, Katherine Martin, Michael Morero, and Steve Morihiro.
  • Our Audio Engineers set up the mics and other equipment, test them all, mute and unmute microphones, monitor the Zoom sound vs. the Room sound, and adjust sound as needed during the service. Our Audio Engineers: Tracey Daschbach, Nancy Loughrey, Debra Quam, and Craig Spery.
  • Our Camera Operators set up the camera software and presets, then moves the camera during the service with their joystick. Our Camera Operators: Phil Chipman, Tom Loughrey, Steve Morihiro, Meg Wilson.
  • Our Slideshow Operators run the slideshow from Daniels Hall, sharing it in a very specific way so the Roomers and Zoomers both get the appropriate view of the slides. Our Slideshow Operators: Justin Brandon, Ginny Chan, Traci Fish, Laura Gethard Beach, and Katherine Martin.
  • Our A/V Tech sets up mic stands, runs cables, tapes them down, and assists the Audio Engineer and Camera Operator as needed. Our A/V Tech: Joel Kilchoer.

In pre-Covid days, one person (sometimes two) took care of all the A/V - which was just sound and slides. Now as you can see we use four or five people every week just for the tech roles, not to mention the ushers, slideshow creators, flower coordinator, and more. I appreciate all the efforts of all these dedicated and reliable volunteers, who have such a heart for this community that they're willing to learn new skills, show up early, schlep equipment, and do the unglamorous jobs that are so necessary for our hybrid services to run. Please thank these folks next time you see them. And if anyone else would like to get involved, we can definitely find a role for you.

Musically Yours,

Beth Syverson
Director of Music Ministries

Beth Syverson is Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church's Director of Music Ministries. She plans and arranges the music for worship on Sunday mornings, provides piano music during services, and directs the Orange Coast Choir. She is also the artistic director of OCUUC’s concert series—Orange Coast Concerts—which features several eclectic concerts throughout the year.