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Picking RNC volunteers a painstaking process

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The glitz and glamour of the Republican National Convention will draw thousands of visitors.

But as the saying goes, you only get one chance to make a first impression.

Which makes that volunteer greeter a paramount part of the experience.

Janice Davis is an RNC volunteer with a million dollar smile. She says the whole experience is thrilling.

"I am very excited. It's something I've been waiting for, volunteered months ago, as in four months ago," Davis said.

The RNC Host Committee has been working tirelessly to pick out just the right volunteers for the job. So far, they've recruited a whopping 5,000.

And the list keeps growing. Some volunteers are coming from 20 other states, working two, sometimes three shifts, throughout the week, explains Rita Wesley, deputy director of events and volunteers.

"They usher in these guests at our airports, our hotels, here at our headquarters and making sure we have everything we need with regards to support," Wesley said.

But becoming an official RNC greeter is serious business. They must all  go through a rigorous background check. If everything comes back clean, they will meet with members of the Host Committee.

"We've actually done some orientation sessions, so they are educated and informed about what we expect," Wesley said.

There's also a volunteer video that each person must watch to learn the do's and dont's.

Each volunteer will wear an official RNC uniform, but for security reasons, we can't show you what it looks like today.

But come convention time, they will be everywhere, with friendly greetings and warm Tampa Bay smiles.

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