Appointment of new Vice President

Exciting news to share! The votes are in and we now have a new Vice President for the MWB Board of Directors. Please help us congratulate Djuka Selendic as she steps into the VP role! Djuka brings a vast array of skills and experiences to the Board, including technical savvy, project management, and debate skills. We are thrilled to have her on the team! We are also happy to say that, after a brutal winter, we have a full Board of seven again!

Community Announcement of the resignation of MWB President

On Thursday, April 25th, 2019, the Board received an email from the current MWB President, Lizzie Bryan, stating that she intended to resign from the position of President of MWB as soon as the current Treasurer, Rod Hill, could get to Kansas to become a signatory on the MWB bank account. Rod was able to get this squared away as of May 4th, 2019.

The Board would like to thank Lizzie for the countless hours, hard work, energy, and passion she has put into our Association and our community. She is more than willing to work hand in hand with us as we go through this transition, and continue to be a valued member of our burner community. Thank you for all you do Lizzie, we love you!

With Lizzie stepping down, the President position was filled immediately by board member vote, as per stated in the bylaws for unplanned vacancies due to resignation. Chris Brace, the current Vice President, was voted appointment to the President’s seat. Congratulations to Chris as he steps into this role. We have no doubts that he will be a strong leader for our community. This leaves the Vice President seat open. Article IV. Section 7. ​Unplanned Board member vacancies during a Board term shall be filled by the Board with the recommendation of the remaining board members. The term for such vacancy shall end on the same date as the term of the Director who is being replaced would have ended, which in this case will be January 2021.

Ranger Training 2019!

2019 Ranger Training 

Saturday, April 13, 2019

9 AM – 5 PM

MU Family Impact Center

105 E Ash St, Ste 200, Columbia, MO 65203

What do Rangers do?

Among their many duties, Rangers:

  • Provide outreach and education to help burners acculturate.n
  • Act as an information resource to the community.
  • Respond to emergencies and help get the appropriate resources to the scene.
  • Reunite lost children with their family.
  • Help disoriented participants get back to their camp mates.
  • Listen to participants who are having a particularly rough day.
  • Facilitate problem solving, mediation, and conflict resolution (without telling people what to do).
  • Build rapport with fellow Burners as participants and integral members of the community.

Ranger training consists of lectures, discussions, activities, and scenarios covering topics such as communications, conflict resolution, radio usage, and other skills that will give you the basics you’ll need to be a Ranger.


9-10 – Breakfast and Volunteer Signups (Non-structured)
10-11:30 – Ranger Basics for Everyone (All Departments)
11:30-11:45 – Break
11:45-12:30 – Interdepartmental Overview (All Departments) – Chain of Command / Advance Protocols / Etc.
12:30-1:15 – Lunch
1:15-1:25 – Medic Overview (All Departments)
1:25-1:35 – Sanctuary (All Departments)
1:35-1:45 – Principles’ Office (All Departments)
1:45-2:00 – FAST Team (All Departments)
2:00-3:00 – Advanced: Breakout Groups (By Department) NOTE: PICK ONE OF THE FOLLOWING ONLY -Ranger Leadership/Advanced -Medics Advanced -Sanctuary Advanced -Principles Office Advanced -FAST Team
3-3:15 – Break
3:15-3:30 – Principles’ Office Incident Example
3:30-3:45 – ICS Introduction
4:00-5:00 – ICS Simulation (All Departments)
5:00 (out by 6) – Feedback / mingle / LNT (non-structured)

Sponsored by Gateway Burners and Midwest Burners.

Announcement: This Event is Cancelled (TEIC) newest regional burn under the MWB umbrella!

MWB is happy to announce they will take on This Event Is Cancelled (TEIC) as their newest regional burn under the MWB umbrella!

TEIC is a Burning Man inspired event near Topeka, KS andwill run using a slightly different infrastructure model as a more autonomous burn. In essence, Topeka Area Burners (TAB) will become a chapter of MWB. TAB and TEIC will act within accordance of Midwest Burners Articles of Association, By-Laws, and financial policy.

This will be Midwest Burners first regional event to operate with the alternate infrastructure model.  MWB has decided to see how things go with one burn and the alternate model before proposing it as an alternate model to the the remaining MWB burn events. These will continue to run using the current model for 2019.

The intent is to continue to support the midwest burners and their events in the best way possible.

Burning Man volunteer leadership training program 2019

Global Network Leaders-

Burning Man invites you to take part in a new volunteer leadership training program that their Burning Man Volunteerism and Education Departments created this past year. They offered this program to Black Rock City teams back in April, and were told that the content has been valuable in helping them develop their leadership skills and manage their teams. Considering their positive response, Burning Man wanted to be sure to offer this opportunity to you also.

Training is geared toward current, active Volunteer Leaders (ie: those managing other people and teams at this time), and is not intended for aspiring or past leads; Burning. Man does not have the bandwidth to onboard everyone in the network that is interested.

Also, please note that when you nominate yourself or a member of your leadership team, be sure to include their name, playa name (if they have one), their leadership role and Regional affiliation. They’ll take it from there. Again, please keep your nominees to current, active leaders. Here is a summary of the program:

Introduction to Volunteer Leadership v.1.0 – an interactive online course, covering:
– Recruitment and Retention
– Team Leadership and Motivation
– Team Identity, Culture and Cohesion
– Delegation and Mentoring
– People and Roles
– Separation and Succession Planning
– Volunteer Leadership Handbook – a digital resource containing in-depth knowledge of the online training course content, with clickable links to how to’s, templates, examples, etc.
– Q & A Sessions – video conferencing sessions with experienced volunteer leaders
– Opportunities for in-person, advanced training offered in Black Rock City

Enrollment in the training can happen any time year-round. If you would like access to the training, please contact them at with your full name and email address so that they can add you to the program. And, if there are other leaders on your official Regional Event teams who would benefit from this training, please let us know so that we may include them.

As you move through the training, please know that they welcome your suggestions on how to frame future versions of it. Their goal is to keep it relevant and accessible for you and your work in their Global Network. They will send a survey to you after you’ve finished the training to gather your feedback.

Thanks for reading! If you have any questions or concerns please contact them at:

Information provided by:
Kristy Hilands
Associate Director of Volunteerism
Kez Quin
Volunteerism Program Manager

1/8/19 Board Action on PO Recommendation

The MWB Board of Directors has reviewed the recommendations provided by the Principal’s Office in regards to the incident at HullabaulU. The PO conducted an investigation and provided the Board and the community with their recommendations. The board accepts their findings and has voted to uphold their recommendations in its entirety.

This situation quickly became a political issue that polarized the community. It is our hope that the community can find peace and reconciliation at the conclusion of this situation. Our community is one of peace, kindness, and love. We hope that the outcome will allow  the individuals involved to be able to move on from this situation. We will continue to strive towards moving forward and getting back to managing the 501c3, supporting MWB events and this community. It is time to heal and to focus on returning “home”.