It seemed as if the Adlai E. Stevenson campaign machinery were ready to roll again. In yet another election year, veterans of Stevenson campaigns were reunited last night at the F Street Club to celebrate the publication of Jane Dick's book, "Volunteers and the Making of the Presidency."

Published this week by Dodd, Mead and Co., the book explains the role of the volunteer campaign worker through descriptions of the Wendell Wilkie, Dwight Eisenhower and Stevenson presidential campaigns.

"Everybody in a campaign can't be a bigwig," said Dick, greeting old friends who had licked stamps for Stevenson literature and have since moved into politics in their own right.

Sen. Adlai E. Stevenson Jr. (D-Ill.) and his wife, Nancy, were on hand to congratulate Dick, as were former postmaster general Edward Day, Sargent Shriver, former labor secretary Willard Wirtz, Mr. and Mrs. James Reston, Katie Louchheim and Mr. and Mrs. William McCormick Blair.

"This party is a real testimony to the volunteers and to friendshp and to a political campaign. The volunteers do it because they care. They don't just drop in and leave. The friendships last and last," said Nancy Stevenson.

"We were the original volunteers," said Frances Humphrey Howard as she grasped Dick's arm. "The great spirit of volunteers in social and political life makes the difference between our country and any other country in the world. To vote is not enough."s

Dick, whose husband, Edison, heads the A. B. Dick Co. mimeograph firm, entered politics as a "thoroughgoing Republican Wendell Willkie volunteer," and changed party allegiance when she joined Stevenson's 1948 campaign for governor of Illinois. One of the few Democrats in her home of Lake Forest, Ill., she smiled as she accepted the congratulations of her Republican congressman, Robert McClory. "We're friendly opponents," she explained politely.