Volunteer News

Message From the Volunteer Board Executive Committee

Submitted by Jeanne Sanchez, Vice President and Sandy Gerulat, Secretary

The Executive Committee hopes you all had a wonderful Holiday Season and were able to spend time with loved ones and close friends. Isn't that what the holidays are all about anyway?

We were so excited for our Open House on November 12th – but apparently, Mother Nature was more excited about providing some -4 degree weather and snow! We had to cancel for that date, but we plan to reschedule for early spring. It will be a great time for volunteers to meet each other, enjoy some snacks, and learn of upcoming volunteer opportunities.

Remember the survey you received from the Restructure Task Force in September? Well, in October, a very similar survey was sent to staff at KRMA, KTSC, KRMJ, and KUVO via email. We were very excited to see that 53 individuals took time out of their busy days to complete the survey. There were suggestions for improved ways of communicating needs for volunteers, and we also learned of some possible new volunteer opportunities. The Restructure Task Force Group will analyze the results and the data will prove very helpful as we determine the future composition of the Volunteer Board. The Task Force anticipates being able to provide a detailed report at the January Volunteer Board meeting.

Happy Holidays!!

Colorado Gives Day: December 9 - Go Online to Donate to Rocky Mountain PBS

Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. In addition to fundraising, Colorado Gives Day raises awareness of the state's nonprofit sector and educates communities on the benefits of online giving. Colorado Gives Day 2014 will take place during a 24-hour period on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014.

In the past four years, Rocky Mountain PBS has been the recipient of many, many donations – -one of the top five non-profits in terms of donations. Help us continue this wonderful tradition! On December 9 go to coloradogives.org/rmpbs and donate. Thanks so much for your generosity!

Join National Friends of Public Broadcasting!

By Laura Sampson, Rocky Mountain PBS Volunteer since 1974

As an advocate and volunteer for public broadcasting, I invite you to go beyond the local level of volunteer support by joining me as a member of National Friends of Public Broadcasting.

As a forty-year volunteer for Rocky Mountain PBS, I have found that my 20-year affiliation with National Friends has greatly enhanced my local volunteer experiences by giving me a broader perspective and greater appreciation of the importance of public broadcasting and why the national volunteer efforts must be continued, supported and recognized. 

National Friends is a membership organization consisting of a vast network of public media volunteers and volunteer coordinators from both public television and public radio stations from across the country. The mission of NFPB is to support volunteerism within public broadcasting through leadership, education, training, mentoring and recognition.

For many years, Rocky Mountain PBS has demonstrated its support of volunteerism as a Patron member of National Friends of Public Broadcasting. Additionally, several of our current volunteers are individual members of National Friends: Betty Flaten, Donna Dickinson, Diane Papedo and myself.

You, too, are invited to join the fun and become a member of National Friends.

Why join? As a member and Trustee of National Friends, I am offered an array of opportunities. I learn and stay informed on national public media initiatives, successful volunteer-driven projects, unique volunteer recognition events, ways to be involved in grass roots advocacy, leadership opportunities and unique opportunities to work collaboratively with fellow public media volunteers on a national level.

National Friends gives me opportunities to make lifetime friends from across the country, to attend national public media conferences, to participate as a public media advocate on Capitol Hill, to assist in conducting national workshops, to participate as a panelist at conferences and webinars and to meet the "movers & shakers" of PBS and other public media organizations. I particularly love being able to share the vast knowledge acquired through these experiences when I return to volunteer at my favorite local station, Rocky Mountain PBS. You can do this, too!!

I invite you to join me as an active member of National Friends. Explore their website, NFPB.org. If you have any questions or want to know more about National Friends of Public Broadcasting, please contact me: laurasampson@rmpbs.org. BE MORE, DO MORE – Join National Friends of Public Broadcasting today!

SAM Sets the Standard for Archives Among PBS Stations

By Laura Sampson, SAM Founder & Marketing Chair

Did you know that Rocky Mountain PBS is the only public broadcasting station in the country whose volunteers are archiving its history? Over the past fourteen years, more than 100 volunteers have proudly given their time and expertise to the volunteer-driven project known as "Station's Archived Memories" (SAM) to collect, organize and digitally preserve the history of Rocky Mountain PBS.

Throughout the coming year, SAM volunteers will continue to meticulously preserve the past and present activities of the station in preparation for the milestone celebration of sixty years of public broadcasting at Rocky Mountain PBS that will be celebrated in January, 2016.

Your help is needed! Join this unique volunteer-driven group and become a part of the award-winning SAM project as the station prepares for its 60TH anniversary!

There remains much more to be documented. With each passing day, historic items are collected and new history is made. The future is bright for Rocky Mountain PBS and promises to provide an abundance of events, projects, productions and notable accomplishments needing to be entered into the archives for years to come.

Both new and veteran volunteers are always welcome to join the SAM volunteers in the pursuit of saving the station's history. You do not have to come with prior knowledge of the station's history, but time, computer skills, an inquisitive mind and a love of history are primary pre-requisites.

Along with general skills, SAM relies on volunteers with high-level skills, too, such as researchers, interviewers, database managers and more. If you have a high-level skill to share, please contact Station's Archived Memories in Denver at 303-620-5734 or email SAM@rmpbs.org for more information.

For more insight about the Rocky Mountain PBS archive project, please visit Station's Archived Memories.

New Staff at Rocky Mountain PBS

Rocky Mountain PBS is very excited to welcome some new additions to the staff. These new folks are eager to meet the fabulous Rocky Mountain PBS volunteers. Stop in and say "hi" to the new staff:

Denver Station
Kathryn Roethel, Director of Digital Communications and Marketing
Jeanette Smallwood, Digital Content Coordinator
Natasha Pepperl, Digital Content Coordinator
Katie Kuntz, Investigative Reporter, I-News
Anna Boiko-Weyrauch, Data Journalist, I-News
Jordan Wirfs-Brock, Data Journalist, Inside Energy
Brittany DeBerry, Leadership Giving Associate
Maria Ortiz, Receptionist/Audience Services Representative

Southern Colorado
Kristy Milligan, Regional Director RMPBS, Executive Director of Tim Gill Center for Public Media

Submit Nominations for FROM-THE-HEART AWARDS!

Calling on volunteers to nominate a very special volunteer and/or a special Denver staff member—those folks whom you have observed giving exceptional and cheerful service to the Rocky Mountain PBS community. They exceed expectations and often work quietly out of the limelight. You may see these people, perhaps in a daily basis or maybe during a special event or project working quietly and efficiently with no thought of reward or accolade.

The nomination deadline is January 12, 2015. The nominations need not be elegantly written, just heartfelt. You will be reminded again in early January of the deadline. However, we'd appreciate your submitting nominations early while the idea is in your mind. The brief and simple nomination form is available online at rmpbs.org/heart or contact Susan Barber at susanbarber@rmpbs.org.

Past recipients are listed below. While these individuals are no longer eligible for consideration, please use them as an example of what behavior exemplifies "From the Heart".

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 18, 2015 and join in celebrating the 20th consecutive year of honoring one of our own and a staff member who has given unselfishly of time and energy to support Rocky Mountain PBS. The awards are tentatively scheduled to be presented in the Tele-conference room at the station 1089 Bannock Street on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 from 3–4pm. All volunteers and staff are invited to attend. We will be serving cake, punch and seasonal goodies.

From the Heart Award Recipients 1997 – 2014

Patty Boyd (volunteer) 
Pat Hoeft (staff)

Gisela Dietrich (v)
Susan Goldsmith (s)

Barbara Braley (v)
Tom Schomburg (s)

Myron Bosch (v)
Marie Llanes (s)

Margaret Harrold (v)
Carl Hernandez (s)

Eleanor McKeeman (v)
Bill Hix (s)

Mike Pugh (v)
Marilyn Tyler (s)

Mary King (v)
Trux Simmons (s)

June Bybee (v)
Barb Winter (s)

Ruth Smith (v)
Tom Craig (s)
Darr Jablonski (s) (special recognition)

Linda Miyamoto (v)
Julius Ames

Buzz Sampson (v)
Dona Dodson (s)

Valerie Murphy (v)
Tom Dailey (s)

Nancy Duncan (v)
Diane Cerafici (s)
Rick Morris (donor to SSN)

Cathy Buhler (v)
Helen Alvillar (s)

Marti Van Wagenen (v)
Sarah Newberry (s)

Leslie and Bill Smith (v)
Linda Hillshafer (s)

Heather Mackinnon (v)
Bob Martinez (s)
Volunteer Appreciation - Thank You for Your Support!

Congratulations to Staff and Volunteers for 30th Season of "Matchwits"

Rocky Mountain PBS producer, Scott Jones, and his merry crew of freelancers, CSU-Pueblo students and Rocky Mountain PBS Southern Colorado staff have just completed taping 15 shows of the 30th season of Matchwits. Matchwits is a weekly high school academic quiz program supported by Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, Colorado State University in Pueblo and Parkview Medical Center.

Scott is busily editing the 15 shows. Stay tuned and watch in January 2015!

Thank You to our Fabulous Volunteers!

During the month of November, volunteers were busy in numerous activities. Thanksgiving reminds us all that we have so much for which to be grateful. On behalf of Rocky Mountain PBS, we want you to know how grateful we are for all the volunteers who devote so much time and energy to the work of the station.

Thanks to the Super School News Volunteers

Super School News volunteer co-chairs, Ginger Sheehy and Janelle Hetrick led their fellow volunteers again on November 5th – -the final fall taping day at the Denver station. Congratulations to all the Super School News volunteers for a successful launch to Super School News 2014-2015. Super School News is the longest running local production in the history of Rocky Mountain PBS. It is the volunteers who keep it alive!

Thanks to the Volunteers for "Behind the Scenes"

On a verrrrrrrrrrrrrrry cold November 13th evening, volunteers Lis Lord and Mary King assisted staff member, Patricia Laverty with the refreshments for this lovely event that welcomes members and volunteers to the Denver station. Carrie Saldo of our weekly arts and culture show "Arts District" spoke and volunteer Cynthia Nagel led attendees on a delightful tour of the station.  

Thanks to the Volunteer Tour Guides

During the month of December, volunteers provided 13 tours at the Denver station. These volunteers are the goodwill ambassadors for the station. They "toured" cub scouts, elementary schools, members and senior citizen groups. Thanks go to Heather Mackinnon, Cynthia Nagel, Donna Prince, Diane Vaswig and Luis Antunez.

Events / Programming

Check the Rocky Mountain PBS website for breaking information about station events at rmpbs.org/events.

Not-To-Miss Events! Make reservations now:

  • Downton Abbey Preview Screenings:
    - Southern Colorado Reception and Screening: December 15
    - Denver Downtown Abbey Ball: January 3
    - Western Slope Reception and Screening: January 3
  • Community Cinema resumes in January

To check out programming features and changes, go to the Rocky Mountain PBS website (www.rmpbs.org). On the website, you will be able to request our automatic weekly newsletter (e-news) and monthly TV schedule (e-promo).




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