Volunteer News

Message From the Volunteer Board Executive Committee

HAPPY NEW YEAR to our fabulous Rocky Mountain PBS volunteers. We hope you had meaningful and enjoyable volunteer experiences in 2014, and look forward to your participation in established and new volunteer opportunities in the new year.

Volunteers are preparing for the Masterpiece Costume Ball to be held at the Oxford Hotel on January 3. Rumor has it there will many familiar figures from the below stairs cast. Look for pictures in our February issue.

Station's Archived Memories (SAM) has invited staff to Studio 1 January 30 for an exhibition of the station's thousands of archived items. SAM volunteers will introduce staff to the vast variety of items SAM has archived, and demonstrate methods for requesting materials for events, articles, and patron requests, Staff and volunteers will travel through the exciting 59 year history of Rocky Mountain PBS, via photos, memorabilia, productions, and documented research. This is also a preview of what SAM can do to assist the staff and community in celebrating our 60th Anniversary in 2016.

Weather caused cancellation of the November Volunteer Party. Tentative plans have it rescheduled for February. Do watch for the evite and RSVP as soon as possible. Rumors abound that it may be a Mardi Gras theme.

A responsibility of each volunteer is to record his/her hours in Volgistics. The numbers are vital in determining how many FTE hours volunteers provide thus saving valuable dollars for the station. Volunteer hours are also important in attracting donors, calculating needs for grants, and are impressive to the public in general. If you have not recorded all your hours for 2014 there is still time to do so.

Don't know how to record your hours from home? Go to: rmpbs.org. Click on the "Support Us" icon, Click on "Volunteer" and follow the instructions for recording your hours. Still have a problem? Email Susan Barber at susanbarber@rmpbs.org and she will assist you.

"From the Heart" is mentioned elsewhere in this issue and I encourage everyone to read the information and nominate the staff person or volunteer you feel fits the criteria.

Volunteer Board will meet January 14 in the station's tele-conference room. Those interested in the board proceedings are invited to attend the meeting beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the tele-conference room. Please RSVP to Susan Barber at susanbarber@rmpbs.org if you want to attend the meeting.

Again, Happy New Year.

Betty Flaten, President
For the Executive Committee of the Volunteer Board

Young Authors Enjoy StoryMakers Workshop

Twenty-three StoryMakers finalists and winners gathered at the Bannock Street station on Saturday, December 6th. Out of 711 6th, 7th and 8th grade entrants, twenty-four finalists were selected to attend the workshop and the awards luncheon on January 10, 2015.

Dr. Andrea Bobotis from the Lighthouse Writers Workshop conducted sessions with the young authors on the art of revision. And, Laura Frank, President of News at Rocky Mountain PBS, conducted her sessions on telling a story from the perspective of investigative journalism. Author and broadcaster Dom Testa joined the authors for lunchtime conversations.

The enthusiasm and appreciation of both kids and parents was expressed many times over during the day and in the evaluations. They love Rocky Mountain PBS for this type of outreach. And, this outreach is only possible with the continued support of CenturyLink and the amazing, energetic and talented support of Rocky Mountain PBS volunteers!!

Stay tuned for the news on the awards luncheon on January 10th where we will announce the winners.

StoryMakers Workshop 2015

Colorado Gives Day – Thanks for your Support!

Colorado donors once again demonstrated unprecedented generosity by giving $26.2 million to 1,677 nonprofits in just 24 hours on Colorado Gives Day. This record-breaking amount surpasses 2013's total of $20.5 million. (Read more from 9news here.)

This was not only a record-breaking day for the state – your kind donations to Rocky Mountain PBS helped us exceed our goal of raising $150,000. With the help of 1,499 donors, we rounded up a total of $189,712. Wow! Many thanks to all the donors for their generous support.

Rocky Mountain PBS I-News Recognized by Poynter

I-News has been recognized as one of 5 successful news partnerships on Poynter.org. This is in reference to the Journalism Partnerships report done by Rick Edmonds and Amy Mitchell for the Pew Research Center / Journalism.org in which our very own Laura Frank and Harris Ravine are quoted. See our case study here that also mentions Inside Energy and the full report here

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)

URGENT! Update Your 2014 Volunteer Hours NOW—Volunteer Recognition Event coming up in the Spring!

In preparation for the Volunteer Milestone (annual volunteer recognition) event tentatively in the Spring of 2015, we need all Rocky Mountain PBS volunteers to record your hours for 2014 (right up until December 31, 2014).

An accurate account of hours is valuable to the station, not only as a record of what has been accomplished, but as an indication to foundations, businesses and other donors that what Rocky Mountain PBS does is supported and enhanced by the community. Decision-makers of all kinds look at the level of community involvement when awarding grants and both cash and in-kind support. That "community involvement" is YOU and your committee members.

Volunteers annually do the work of at least 10 full-time staff members in bringing Rocky Mountain PBS to the attention of the people of Colorado. You and your committee members are vital to that proud tradition. Please help to make all these contributions apparent by insisting on recorded hours.

The directions for both signing up and recording your hours are below. If you have ANY questions or run into ANY problems, please contact Susan Barber (susanbarber@rmpbs.org)

Instructions for Recording Hours in Volunteer Database:

  • Go to www.rmpbs.org/volunteer
  • Scroll down to "Record Your Volunteer Hours/Update Your Information….."
  • Click on "Click here and make sure….."
  • Login is your email address and password is your pin #
  • Click in left-hand margin "Post Your Hours"
  • Fill in information on volunteer work (day, hours, assignment)
  • Confirm info
  • Enter another date if needed
  • When completed, click on "Exit" at the bottom of the page

Directions to Sign-Up in Volunteer Database

  • Go to www.rmpbs.org/volunteer
  • Click in the left hand margin "Apply to Volunteer"
  • Click on words in blue "this form"
  • Complete application and submit.
  • You will receive a pin # which will serve as your password.
Volunteer Appreciation - Thank You for Your Support!

Thank you to the Inside Energy Lead Volunteer, Nathalia Velez!

Nathalia has been volunteering with the collaborative journalism initiative Inside Energy, housed at Rocky Mountain PBS, since August. She helps improve IE's digital presence by contributing blog posts, assisting with the management of social media accounts, and researching best practices for social media strategy. Some of her recent blog contributions include 10 Reasons to Give Thanks for Energy and What the GOP Power Shift Means for Power Policy.

Going above and beyond her regular volunteer duties, Nathalia recently helped I-News reporter Katie Kuntz on the fly. Katie needed a Spanish language translator to attend a court hearing on immigration, to help her communicate with potential sources for a new investigative story. As a native Spanish speaker, Nathalia was the obvious best choice. With less than 24-hour notice, Nathalia not only attended the early-morning event with Katie, but also worked with her beforehand to translate the questions that she intended to ask the sources in person. Nathalia's help was pivotal to the investigative process!

We greatly appreciate Nathalia's contributions, and enjoy having her as one of the gang! (Pictured at far right with the IE team in the office on Halloween)

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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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