Ol' Hoot may have gone to that great owlery in the sky, but look at what I got! Cliodna Trelawney really out did herself! You must go to my blog or Flickr page because it is outrageous! I'll just tease you with the "before" picture....
Ravenclaw - Neila bezweesh AT aol DOT com Head Girl - Minerva Kwikspell minerva.kwikspell AT gmail DOT com Slytherin - Bev paletpc AT mindspring DOT com Head Girl - Penelope of Flitwick Penelope.of.flitwick AT gmail DOT com Hufflepuff - Jennifer johnsbeautifulangel AT yahoo DOT com Head Girl - Belle The Beautiful potterknitter AT gmail DOT com Gryffindor - Cassandra Puddlemere cassandrapuddlemere AT gmail DOT com Head Girl- Penelope Pinkstone ppinkstone AT gmail DOT com
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First HSKS Swap May 1 - June 21, 2007 53 Participated 3 Quidditch matches. Used Swap-bot for Sign Ups and it was a disaster! Note: Swap-bot is not good for complex swaps. Prefects helped track scores. Follow up not very good. No Angel package program Kept no record of bad swappers. I supplied all prizes for Quidditch.
HSKS2 30 Participated Only ran 5 weeks. Began Sign-ups a week before the first swap ended because I was going on a trip and needed to fit the swap in before I left. Changed from swap-bot sign ups to using a Bravenet form. Still lost some registration forms or some of the form information was missing and I had to do a lot of back-tracking. Only 2 Quidditch matches because of the shortened swap time. Follow up still terrible. Prefects a big part of any follow up that was accomplished. No Angel Package program. 1 person banned because they didn't fulfill the swap. I supplied all prizes for Quidditch.
HSKS3 60 Participated Ran from end of September '07 until Oct. 31st. Used Bravenet forms again with same result from HSKS2. Enlisted the help of Angels for the first time. Two Angel packages sent. Follow up still not very good. Prefects a big part of any follow up that was accomplished. 1 person banned because they did not fulfill the swap. I supplied most prizes for Quidditch. I had help from 3 swap members for two of the prizes.
HSKS4 Took a 2 month break from HSKS3. 83 Participating. Running from Jan. 12 - April 4, 2008. Registration strictly through email. Simplified my world immensely! Updated my database to include posting follow up, ability to donate, bounced email notifications, banned swappers from previous swaps, delivery confirmation numbers, date packages were sent/received. First secret HSKS. Swap member decided to blog in character, so many participants followed suit. Character blogs have helped spread the frenzy. Stricter guidelines on weekly posting. Used demerit system for the first time. First time posting birthdays. Created Common Rooms for chatting with huge success. Wrote the Daily Prophet for the first time to keep swap members informed. Well received. First time requiring delivery confirmation receipts. Changed form to ask for prize donations and only 38% said that they could not help out with prizes.