(Denver – May 11, 2015) -- Rocky Mountain PBS is pleased to announce it received two prestigious awards from the National Friends of Public Broadcasting, an organization that supports volunteerism in public media. The award presentation took place at the PBS Annual Meeting in Austin, TX.
The Community Development Award, which honors an outstanding outreach project or campaign to raise community awareness and appreciation of that local public media, was given to our annual StoryMakers Creative Writing Contest. StoryMakers invites middle schoolers to submit their original short stories to a statewide judging panel, and it received close to 1,000 entries last year. The winners and finalists in each grade level are honored at a luncheon with a local author.
The Outstanding Public Broadcasting Volunteer Award, presented to a volunteer who has demonstrated leadership, effectiveness and unselfish devotion to public broadcasting,was given to Betty Flaten. She has volunteered at Rocky Mountain PBS for more than 30 years, helping with pledge and fundraising projects, coaching students in our education programs, helping archive station history. In 2012, Flaten took over as Volunteer Board President after her predecessor unexpectedly resigned, and she still serves in this role today.
“It is an honor to work side-by-side with such a remarkable woman,” Rocky Mountain PBS CEO Doug Price said. “The Rocky Mountain PBS Network and our volunteers are stronger and more forward-thinking thanks to the extraordinary and innovative leadership of Betty Flaten.”
Flaten is the tenth Rocky Mountain PBS volunteer or volunteer manager to receive a National Friends of Public Broadcasting Award over the last three decades. StoryMakers is the station’s ninth volunteer initiative to be honored, joining the ranks of Super School News, our 35-year-old news program produced by Colorado middle school students, and the Station’s Archived Memories, or SAM, in which a team of volunteers archive Rocky Mountain PBS’s nearly 60 years of history. Find a complete list of our award-winning volunteers and initiatives below.
Rocky Mountain PBS volunteers or volunteer managers honored by National Friends:
2015 Betty Flaten, Outstanding Public Broadcasting Volunteer Award
2011 Donna Dickinson, Outstanding Public Broadcasting Volunteer Award
2006 Joan Johnson, Outstanding Public Broadcasting Volunteer Award
2000 Diane Papedo, the NFPB “Grassroots Advocacy Award” named in Diane’s honor
1994 Dick Evans, Distinguished Service Award
1993 Don Johnson, Special Recognition Award as “Volunteer Champion” (General Manager, KRMA-TV)
1993 Lydia Winkler, Volunteer Management Award
1993 Laura Sampson, Outstanding Public Broadcasting Volunteer Award
1987 Cora Wall, Outstanding Public Broadcasting Volunteer Award
1986 Molly O’Connell, Outstanding Public Broadcasting Volunteer Award
Rocky Mountain PBS volunteer-driven projects honored by National Friends:
2015 StoryMakers, Community Development Award
2010 Super School News, Community Development Award
2004 Station's Archived Memories (SAM), Community Development Award
2000 Millennium Pledge Team, Volunteers in Fundraising Award
1998 Volunteer Ambassador Program, Distinguished Achievement Award
1989 Telemarketing, Volunteers In Fundraising Award
1988 Tour Guides and Mrs. Bird, Community Development Award
1987 Cooking on Cue Cookbook, Community Development Award
1986 Super Six School News, Community Development Award