Volunteer News

President’s Message

Submitted by Betty Flaten, President, Rocky Mountain PBS Volunteer Board

Several volunteers assisted with the station's successful "Behind the Scenes" held on March 5. Marti Van Wagenen prepared the delicious appetizer buffet, Pat Hoeft staffed the SAM display table, Marci and Stewart Lundy welcomed attendees and Mark Hahm, Lloyd Anderson and Lou Matis from SAM kept attendees interested by recounting stories of their various archival activities.

It is our friendly volunteers working and mingling at various station events who encourage members and guests to become involved in volunteer opportunities at Rocky Mountain PBS. Station events are crucial for the recruitment of volunteer leaders as the face of our public media family and the volunteer culture continue to change.

Many of the volunteers who spend days and evenings at volunteer activities have been active with Rocky Mountain PBS as long as 30 to 40 years. Retirements, changing family responsibilities and health issues create a void in the volunteer base. We find that younger people are working longer hours, have many of the same family issues and can only volunteer for specific short term projects.

These factors contributed to the Volunteer Board forming a Restructure Committee to look at ways our board can more efficiently work to benefit both staff and volunteers, while assuring that the experiences will be rewarding and fun.

That committee met from September until December and reported to the Board on their findings in January 2014. After questions, comments and suggestions from board members, the report was approved for further study at the March 12, 2014 board meeting. The Board directed the formation of a task force to study the report for one year and report back at the May, 2015 board meeting. During the year the task force will apprise the board and volunteers of its progress through periodic reports.

Members of the Task Force will be announced next month in this article. There will be a summary of the report and information on how any volunteers can contact Task Force members to offer suggestions and ask questions. This is a important opportunity for volunteers to participate in the decision making process that affects volunteers and the Volunteer Board which represents you at Rocky Mountain PBS.

Be sure to check here for the details next month……

Betty Flaten, President 
Rocky Mountain PBS Volunteer Board

National Friends of Public Broadcasting will be hosting a pre-conference session at the 2014 PBS Annual Meeting.

By Laura Sampson, NFPB Trustee & RMPBS Volunteer

Are you passionate about public broadcasting and wonder how YOU can make a difference? As a volunteer, you can join fellow volunteer leaders from across the country at the 2014 PBS Annual Meeting in San Francisco, May 12-15. The meeting is the premier gathering of public television professionals and decision-makers representing the 167 public television licensees. PBS volunteers are offered a special registration rate of $395. Early registration closes April 11, 2014.

Details can be found here »

Longtime Rocky Mountain PBS volunteer, Laura Sampson, will be representing both Rocky Mountain PBS and the Trustees of National Friends of Public Broadcasting when she attends and speaks at the upcoming PBS conference.

Along with the PBS agenda, National Friends of Public Broadcasting (NFPB) will be offering a full-day FREE workshop, "Volunteer Management Academy: Volunteers in Action for Public Media."

The pre-conference session will be held on Monday, May 12 from 9am-5pm. For volunteer leaders who are working harder than needed or find themselves constantly crossing one thing off their to-do list and adding two more. . . . this session is for them. The session will offer "tried and true" special event ideas to market stations or generate additional revenue. NFPB will focus on enhancing the effectiveness of an often-overlooked resource: VOLUNTEERS.

Volunteer leaders attending the NFPB workshop will leave this session with numerous examples from stations that have successfully engaged volunteers, Board members and Interns in all aspects of their organizations -- from fundraising to advocacy. This pre-conference workshop will include highlights from the highly rated NFPB "Volunteer Management Boot Camp" and will quickly delve into interactive discussions that will challenge volunteer leaders to think beyond the walls of their volunteer programs – strategically positioning their volunteer program, not only with their station but also their community.

Registration is still open »

Exciting Staff Changes at Rocky Mountain PBS

The names and people are familiar but titles and responsibilities have changed! Amanda Mountain is now the Vice President and Chief Membership and Branding Officer and will be "officing" in the Denver station. Patricia Prevost is now the Vice President and Chief Development Officer. Ryan Stringfellow has become the Regional Director/KRMJ and Kelsey Prescott moves into the position of Regional Director/KTSC and Executive Director of the Tim Gill Center for Public Media. Congratulations to these dedicated staff members!

Rocky Mountain PBS Garners Awards from Colorado Broadcasters Association

Congratulations go to the talented production staff at Rocky Mountain PBS! The station received three Awards of Excellence and two Certificates of Merit:

  • Awards of Excellence Best Mini-Documentary or Series: "Arts District," Lisa D. Olken, Carrie Saldo, Daniel Mercure 
  • Best News Special or Public Affairs Special: "Losing Ground: The Cliff Effect," Cynthia Hessin, Laressa Watlington, I-News Team 
  • Best Membership Appeal: "On the Bus", Julie Speer, Daniel Mercure, Janine Trudell Certificates of Merit 
  • Best Mini-Documentary or Series: "Colorado Experience," Julie Speer, Mariel Rodriguez-McGill, Jason Bunch 
  • Best Membership Appeal: "Rocky Mountain PBS Science Club with Doc Ryan," Julie Speer, Tom Manion, Ryan Vachon
Volunteer Appreciation - Thank You for Your Support!

Thank You Grand Junction Volunteers

Thanks go to Chriss Secrest for continuing to step up and support the small staff team at KRMJ. She calls Western Slope major donors and personally invites them to our major donor function. Thanks also goes to Catherine Bradham who is now working with Patricia Amadeo inputting events into the Community Calendar every week. 

Volunteers Take Leadership Roles for StoryMakers

We are excited to announce (and thank!) that volunteers Lauren Simmons and Sheryl Steuart have agreed to spearhead the 2014 season of StoryMakers, a statewide short-story contest for 6th, 7th & 8th graders. Lauren and Sheryl both volunteered last year as readers/judges and assisted with the workshop and awards luncheon. They are so enthusiastic about taking over the leadership roles for the upcoming season. They bring their many talents and their computer expertise to this special program so generously supported by CenturyLink. Welcome aboard Lauren and Sheryl!

Thanks to All Pledge Volunteers

Rocky Mountain PBS exceeded its March pledge goal thanks to the support of 40 dedicated volunteers. Pledge was moved to Studio 2 at the Denver station and the on-air phone banks consisted of 6 volunteers each evening. We are excited about this new format because it makes the experience of pledge much more intimate and creates such positive energy. Thanks go to our volunteers who provide continued leadership to pledge: Pete Schmidt, Marilyn Tyler, Linda Miyamoto, Willie Jones, Vicki Childs, Polly Parker, and Marci and Stewart Lundy. Thanks go to Janet Kilbride, Janina Martin and Debora Ireland-Young for serving up the refreshments ensuring that we maintained the blood-sugar levels of all volunteers and staff. Final thanks to our volunteers who answered each phone call with graciousness, patience and good humor!

Thank You to Phone Bank Volunteers

On Friday, February 14, seven volunteers came to the Denver station during the day and served as the phone bank for our pre-taped pledge breaks which will air during our March pledge drive. Renee Marcellis, Audrey Sherrod, Consuelo Bennett, Marilyn Tyler, Linda Miyamoto and Cathy Buhler donated their time and good humor for 2-3 hours and stalwart Lyle DeRosedonated about 5 hours! We thank them for their generosity and patience.

Rocky Mountain PBS Volunteers
Kevin Percival, Myron Bosch, Sheryl Steuart, Donna Prince, Holli Gilvaie and friends-Mazial Tokmehchin and Jeremy Klepper, Karen Hays, Susan Falcone, Terry Faber, Lynn Bronikowski, Carolyn Bauer, Jeanne and Elizabeth Seda

Oster Jewelers
Nancy Savage, Rachel Ryberg, Jennifer Plunkett, Monica Weber, Hillary Wittenhagen, John Weber, Wheeler Weber

Single Volunteers of Greater Denver
Kathy Pugh, Lora Offord, Lauren Simmons, Linda Wilhelm

Leo Marshall, Jim Barnes, Nancy Conway, Nasiri Suzan, Michael Wulfsohn, Susie Miller

Volunteers Add Warmth to Behind-the-Scenes Event


On Wednesday, March 5th, 70+ members and volunteers attended the Behind-the-Scenes event at the Denver station. This event is held four times a year, and welcomes new members and volunteers to the station for wine and cheese, tours, and a station overview. Volunteers assist with food and tours. Station's Archived Memories (SAM) volunteers provide displays focused on the station's history. Thanks go to volunteers Marti Van Wagenen, Pat Hoeft, Marci and Stewart Lundy, Cynthia Nagel, Mark Hahm, Lloyd Anderson and Lou Matis for donating time and talent for the event ensuring a fun evening for all.

Events / Programming


  • 2013-2014 Free Community Cinema
    April "Medora" A community beset by a crippled economy and dwindling population is the setting for this documentary following a down-but-not-out varsity basketball team over a season. The team's struggle to compete parallels the town's own fight for survival. Click here to RSVP for any location.
    Denver – 4/15 7pm, Sie FilmCenter
    Durango – 4/16 6pm, Durango Discovery Museum
    Mancos – 4/17 6pm, Mancos Public Library

    April/May/June "The New Black" Centering on the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland, The New Black takes viewers into the pews, onto the streets, and provides a seat at the kitchen table as it looks at how the African American community grapples with the divisive gay rights issue. Click here to RSVP for any location.
    Colorado Springs – 4/3 7pm, Tim Gill Center for Public Media
  • April 4, 2014 (5-7:30pm) – Rocky Mountain PBS Volunteer Milestones Recognition Celebration
    Volunteers invited to join the fun as Rocky Mountain PBS celebrates their service and work!
  • KIDS Fun Fest Colorado Springs – June 7
  • KIDS Fun Fest Grand Junction – August 2
  • KIDS Fun Fest Denver – September 6




Volunteer Vision was our quarterly newsletter mailed to Rocky Mountain PBS volunteers. It featured articles on the latest news and events for our volunteer corps. Click below to read archived issues of Volunteer Vision in PDF format.

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Suggestions for articles, news updates or questions for Volunteer Vision can be e-mailed to the editor.


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