Volunteer News

May 2015 Executive Committee Message

Submitted by Betty Flaten, President of the Volunteer Board

The Rocky Mountain PBS Volunteer Board overwhelmingly approved the Task Force recommendation for evolving the board into a Volunteer Advisory at the March board meeting. The team implementing the plan is: co-chairs, Kimberly Brock, volunteer and Susan Barber, staff; volunteers, Jeanne Sanchez, Sandy Gerulat, and Betty Flaten and staff, Marissa Johnson and Elizabeth Mayer. (There was little response to a call asking for volunteers to serve on the team.) A preliminary report will be given at the May Volunteer Board meeting and monthly updates will appear in this column. We are working to meet the July 1 deadline to implement Phase 1—which is recruiting 7 members of the Volunteer Advisory Team and create the job descriptions.

The May Volunteer Board meeting will be held in the Teleconference room at the station, 1089 Bannock from 6 - 8pm on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. All volunteers are welcome. If you wish to attend please RSVP to Susan Barber at: susanbarber@rmpbs.org

We welcome co-chair Kimberly who recently moved from DC where she has worked with movers and shakers on the Hill for the past ten years. Her management, training and PR skills are pertinent to the co-chair position. An interesting fact about Kimberly: She was Public Relations Manager for Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus.

Station's Archived Memories (SAM) is happy to announce it has a new chair, Wendy King. The search for the right person has taken two years. We wish Wendy well as she takes the helm of the largest volunteer committee within our Rocky Mountain PBN family.

Vice President, Jeanne Sanchez chaired a fabulous April 17 evening of celebrating volunteers. We appreciate everyone who made the effort to attend and give a Shout Out to both committees and individual volunteers who achieved milestones. (Read related article elsewhere in the newsletter.)

An exceptionally loud shout out goes to two volunteers who have given over 40 years of individual service and a combination of over 40 thousand hours to Rocky Mountain PBS. They are Donna Dickinson with 15,500 hours and Laura Sampson with 25,000 hours.

I'd like to add a shout out to the terrific volunteers who staffed the event. Photo Shoot: Jean Crest, Dona Dodson, and Janet Weisheit, Open House: Janell Hetrick, Judy Lester-Smith, Mary King, Donna Dickinson, Arvida Rascón, and Teddi Weist-Kent, and our photographers: Mike Cawthra and Bill Smith. We couldn't have done it without these wonderful helpers.

A very grateful shout out to staff for setting up, bartending, and mingling throughout the evening. A special thanks to Patricia Laverty for hosting the huge poster giveaway. It was the hit of the evening.

Rocky Mountain PBS and KUVO Celebrate Dedicated Volunteers

On April 17, Rocky Mountain PBS and KUVO volunteers gathered to celebrate their amazing work as volunteers. Staff showed their appreciation with food, drinks, videos and speeches that highlighted the dedication and passion of our creative, innovative volunteers. Volunteers have donated 15,682 hours of service to the station. Now that's dedication! Volunteers Pat Hoeft and Leo Marshall treated us to some remarks on what motivates them to donate their valuable time and talents, inspiring others to do the same.

There was also a volunteer open house, showcasing some of the fun new volunteer opportunities at Rocky Mountain PBS and KUVO. Thanks to Patricia Laverty's art giveaway, attendees also got to go home with collectible art posters from our past auctions and other events. It was a fantastic evening of celebrating the people who make everything we do possible: YOU! Thank you for all you do.

Here are the volunteers who achieved a new milestone at this year's celebration:

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100 Hours
Michael Cawthra
Catherine Glick
Marci Lundy
James North
Sally Reed
Kathy Shaeffer
Virginia Sheehy Tatic

200 Hours
Lisbeth Lord
Janina Martin
Lou Matis

300 Hours
Mary Jo Beggs
Mark Hahm
Renee Marcellis
Gwen Meserko

400 Hours
Priscilla Dow

500 Hours
Diane Timothy

600 Hours
Dona Dodson
Margaret Dong
Sandra Gerulat
Jeanne Robinson

700 Hours
Thomas Muja

800 Hours
Tom Rountree

900 Hours
Luis Antunez
Anne Christner
Kaz Hellickson
Janell Hetrick

1000 Hours
Lloyd Anderson
Rita Liberman

1300 Hours
Betty Flaten

1500 Hours
Mervin Guy

1700 Hours
Janet Weisheit

1800 Hours
Leslie Smith

1900 Hours
Marilyn Tyler

2800 Hours
Myron Bosch

2900 Hours
Tedi Wiest-Kent

3000 Hours
Judy Lester-Smith

4900 Hours
Mary King

9000 Hours
Judi Martine

15,500 Hours
Donna Dickinson

25,000 Hours
Laura Sampson

Volunteer Recognition Party 2015

Inside Energy Ignites CSU with Spark! Event

Submitted by Laura Frank, President of News

I wanted to share with you the great event that our Inside Energy team co-hosted on April 15 at CSU. This talented team found ways to make energy entertaining. Hilarious at times. It was a mix of TED Talk and variety show. There were prizes. There was learning. Ask me later about the toilet segment.
Amber Rivera produced the event/show. Dan Boyce and Jordan Wirfs-Brock were the hosts—complete with their Madonna-like headphone microphones—and featured in a fresh way some of the most compelling stories they've told—including part of the CoEx Telluride documentary. The reporters from Wyoming and North Dakota —Leigh Paterson, Stephanie Joyce and Emily Guerin—created a trivia game that drew a foyer-blocking crowd. Rebecca Jacobson took photos to document the evening. Alisa Barba was her usual amazing self, making it all look easy.
The team clearly put so much effort into it and it really paid off. About 150 people came and the energy (no pun intended) was electric (I can't stop!).

Congratulations, Inside Energy team! Great job!

If you missed it, you can check out the entire event at this link. The video includes an interview with Bill Ritter (at the 24 minute mark), a panel discussion (minute 49), a compelling new idea to reinvent the toilet, and more! You can also follow along on IE's hit trivia game: Oil or Pickle?

Follow Inside Energy on Facebook and Twitter to learn more.

Inside Energy's Spark! Event 2015

Volunteers Receive National Recognition

We are pleased to announce that our amazing volunteers have received two distinguished awards from the National Friends of Public Broadcasting! 

Community Development Award: StoryMakers Creative Writing Contest

This award is given to the Station or Friends Group with an outstanding outreach project or campaign to raise community awareness and appreciation of that local public media station.

Outstanding Public Broadcasting Volunteer Award: Betty Flaten 

This award is presented to an outstanding Volunteer who has demonstrated leadership, effectiveness and unselfish devotion to the cause of public broadcasting, impacting it at both national and local levels.

RMPBS has received the Community Development Award twice before – in 2010 for Super School News and in 2004 for Station's Archived Memories. It's wonderful that now the three biggest RMPBS volunteer-led initiatives have been recognized nationally!

It is also very exciting that volunteer board president Betty Flaten joins the ranks of those honored nationally for their leadership and service to public media, including our very own Laura Sampson, who received the Outstanding Public Broadcasting Volunteer in 1993.

About National Friends
National Friends of Public Broadcasting is a membership organization whose mission is to support volunteerism within public broadcasting through leadership, education, training, mentoring and recognition.

Matchwits Wraps Up Season 30 

Another season of Matchwits comes to an end, crowning Fossil Ridge High School as this year's champions.

Matchwits, the long-running program produced by Rocky Mountain PBS in Pueblo, is a weekly, high school academic quiz program that is hosted by Craig Eliot. Last year, the Matchwits competition and broadcast went STATEWIDE! All Colorado high schools were invited to participate in the single elimination tournament. Thanks to the underwriters who made this season possible: Colorado's Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, Colorado State University-Pueblo and Parkview Medical Center.

Congratulations to Fossil Ridge on their impressive victory! Stay tuned for next year's championship.

Volunteer Voices: Hannah Wold 

Our volunteer Q&A series features one of our dedicated volunteers each month. This is a chance to get to know them and learn more about what motivates them to dedicate their time and talents to Rocky Mountain PBS.

This month's interview features a brand new tour guide volunteer, Hannah Wold!

RMBPS: What motivates you to volunteer for Rocky Mountain PBS?
Hannah: I just started volunteering at RMPBS because I think that RMPBS is a great resource for everyone in the state! I have watched it since I was little, so I wanted to give back a little. Additionally, I am majoring in Creative Writing and Film Studies at CU Boulder, so I wanted to see what the inner workings of a television station are like.

How long have you been volunteering at the station?
Since February 2015.
What have been your first impressions as a Rocky Mountain PBS volunteer?
So far I have been impressed with the positive and bright atmosphere at RMPBS. And it is so fun to see how excited the kids get to be there!
What is your favorite PBS program?
My favorite PBS program is Masterpiece. I grew up watching it with my mom every Sunday night. I also really like Arts District because I think it brings attention to some beautiful and culturally important works that might otherwise be overlooked.

Volunteer Appreciation - Thank You for Your Support!

Thanks to Volunteers for a Special Celebration on April 17

The evening of April 17th was, indeed, a special one. Volunteers from Rocky Mountain PBS and KUVO and staff members gathered together to celebrate the extraordinary work and support of volunteers.  Our volunteers truly exemplify this quote “Volunteers don't necessarily have the time, but they have the heart.” Special thanks go to Volunteer Board Vice President Jeanne Sanchez who chaired the planning process with the generous assistance of Volunteer Board President, Betty Flaten and Volunteer Board Secretary, Sandy Gerulat. With the additional  support of Mary King, Judy Lester Smith, Teddi Wiest-Kent, Ginger Sheehy Tatic, Janell Hetrick, Marti Van Wagenen, Heather Mackinnon, Pat Hoeft, Mike Cawthra, Bill Smith, Lloyd Anderson, Jean Chrest and Dona Dodson, Janet Weisheit and Donna Dickinson the evening was a wonderful celebration and gave staff the opportunity to say thanks a thousand times over!

Thanks to KTSC Fundraiser Volunteers 

The Southern Colorado Staff would like to thank our wonderful volunteers Cathy Reilly and Carla Hendrickson, who helped us with the annual KTSC Fundraiser on Thursday, April 16th. The annual fundraiser was held at the Pueblo Union Depot. More than $11,000 was raised in support of local KTSC programming. “Match Your Wits” trivia game was enjoyed by all and hosted by Craig Eliot as the evening's emcee. Thanks for a great evening! 

Thank You for Joining us at the KTSC Volunteer Appreciation Celebration

Thank you to everyone who attended, and even those who couldn't attend, our Volunteer Appreciation Celebration event at Nosh held on Monday, April 13th. A special thank you to our regular welcome desk volunteers at the Tim Gill Center: Kay Davis, Jon Horton, Cathy Reilly, Marge Westby, and Barb Vail, as well as all of those who participate in the filming of Homework Hotline at the KTSC studio through the school year.

Thanks to our Amazing Tour Guides

At least once a week, groups of students, boy scouts, seniors or special needs groups come in to the Rocky Mountain PBS to see all the magic that happens behind the scenes of their favorite television station. Our wonderful tour guides take them on a journey full of fun facts, history, technology and personal stories that make the station come to life! An enormous thank you goes out to Heather Mackinnon, Donna Prince, Cynthia Nagel, Luis Antunez, Hannah Wold and Stephanie Levert for the time they have dedicated in March and April. You make the tours such a memorable experience to all who come through our doors. We couldn't do it without you! 

Events / Programming

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

  • Family Science Night – Peg + Cat! – 6pm on May 7, John McConnell Math & Science Center of Western Colorado, Grand Junction. For more information, click here or call (970) 254-1626.
  • Community Cinema:"Limited Partnership" - After falling in love, a Filipino American and an Australian in 1975 became one of the world's first same-sex couples to legally marry. The pioneering couple's fight for justice raged on for 40 years, paving the way for the eventual defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act. Click here for more information.
    - Colorado Springs: 7pm on May 7, Tim Gill Center for Public Media
    - Durango: 6:45pm on May 12, Durango Public Library
    - Grand Junction: 6pm on May 20, Mesa County Central Library
    - Mancos: 6pm on May 21, Mancos Public Library
  • Southern Colorado KIDS Fun Fest – 10am to 2pm on June 6, Acacia Park Colorado Springs. Click here for more information.

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

There are MANY ways to watch Rocky Mountain PBS content besides TV. You can stream our shows on the RMPBS website, on YouTube, on the KUVO app (where you can also stream KUVO radio live), or on the PBS and PBS Kids apps. You can also watch on Apple TV, Roku, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV stick, XBox, Amazon Prime, Hulu, iTunes and more. Learn more at rmpbs.org/anywhere.



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