Submitted by Betty Flaten, President, Rocky Mountain PBS Volunteer Board
The approaching holiday season is an opportunity for us to give generously to those institutions which we believe in and want to support. December 10, 2013 is COLORADO GIVES DAY and the perfect time for the members and volunteers of Rocky Mountain PBS to offer a new donation or increase their present support of public media in Colorado. It is so easy to make a donation without having to leave home or make a phone call. Go to www.coloradogives.org/rmpbs and follow the directions. You can even submit your donation now and it will be processed on December 10th or you can schedule your donation for December 10th.
Another way to complete your holiday shopping is to give a donation in the name of that person who has everything and would appreciate the recognition. You can also make real purchases by going to rmpbs.org and clicking the website icon “Shop PBS” You will find all kinds of great gifts. Or maybe, you want the Downton Abbey earrings for yourself. They would be an addition to your costume for the Downton Abbey Ball at the Grant Humphries Mansion on January 4, 2013.
Don’t forget your pets either. My cat, Maggie is especially fond of the DVDs A Murder of Crows and My Life as a Turkey. She loves the sounds and chases the birds across the screen.
Volunteering provides another way of giving so be certain to check out the Volunteer Opportunities listed in this month’s newsletter.
However you celebrate the holidays; Christmas, Kwanza, Hanukkah, or Eid have a glorious season. Your Volunteer Board at Rocky Mountain PBS looks forward to working with you in the new year.
Betty Flaten, President
Rocky Mountain PBS Volunteer Board
Meet the Station’s Archived Memories Photo Committee
Submitted by Laura Sampson, SAM Marketing Chair and Pat Hoeft, Photo Committee Chair
Station’s Archived Memories (SAM) is a totally volunteer-driven project at Rocky Mountain PBS. This committee is responsible for archiving photographs, negatives, contact sheets and slides relating to the history of Rocky Mountain PBS. The committee receives and preserves historic photographs as well as photos of current Rocky Mountain PBS activities and events.
Since 2000 when Station’s Archived Memories (SAM) was first established, the Photo Committee has gathered tens of thousands of photographs and, thus far, its volunteers have preserved in excess of 45,000 images. Every week, volunteers are eagerly and accurately organizing, numbering, digitizing, identifying and archiving incoming current and historic images.
Allow us to introduce you to the current dedicated Photo Committee volunteers (listed below from left to right):
- Karen Zoltenko is a retired Colorado State Archives employee who has been rehired on a part-time basis. Karen has been working with SAM photos for more than two years. Currently, Karen is identifying and entering photos of 1981 in-house productions by Rocky Mountain PBS. She likes the detail involved in the research she does for SAM.
- Lou Matis is a 2-year Photo Committee veteran doing data entry and scanning photo negatives. Lou is a retired Xcel engineer/executive who also volunteers for the Museum of Nature and Science. He says, “Volunteering gives a guy a reason to get up in the morning.”
- Bill Smith performs data entry and takes photographs of SAM Memorabilia items. He also takes current photographs for Super School News and Kids FunFest. Bill is a retired geologist who still edits publications for the Society of Mining Engineers. He continues to be active with Boy Scouts – including winter camping!
- Sandy Gerulat has been on the Photo Committee for more than four years. She is experienced in “batching” photo groups using PhotoShop and Filemaker Pro. Sandy is the keeper of the electronic Helpful Hints file that SAM uses to assist in identification of photographs. Sandy also serves as the Rocky Mountain PBS Volunteer Board Secretary and IT Chair.
- Rudi Davenport spends many Fridays on the last step required of SAM Photo volunteers – accurately filing photos, negatives, contact sheets and slides in archival storage so hard copies can be quickly retrieved upon request.
- Mervin Guy, from Colorado Springs, has been a Photo researcher for over five years. He drives to Denver every Thursday and spends time at the Denver Public Library using their newspaper archives to identify photos of local programs and events from the station’s early years. He’s worked through thousands of photographs through the 1960s and ‘70s and is still going strong.
- Bob Thompson is rarely seen in the SAM office since he does his volunteer work from home. Bob patiently scans thousands of historic negatives of all sizes from early station history when the station employed a photographer. Bob has volunteered at Rocky Mountain PBS since 1994 when he helped on the televised Art Auction and general Auction.
- Gwen Meserko is a long-time Rocky Mountain PBS volunteer who is new to SAM. She is learning the Photo ID research part of the Photo Committee. Gwen has sharp eyes and pays attention to the smallest details. She generally works in the SAM Office on Wednesdays and also volunteers for the Humane Society. (not pictured)
THANK YOU, SAM Photo Committee for your incredible dedication, hard work and attention to detail in archiving the station’s pictorial history!
More volunteers are needed year-round for the Photo Committee. Click here to read more about the Photo Committee and the volunteer job description for that committee!
Volunteer Reception attended by almost 100
The Rocky Mountain PBS Volunteer Party was a huge success on November 13. Thank you to all who came, managed volunteer stations, and mingled with the close to 100 volunteers and staff. Each station reported having several people interested in or signing up for their respective committees. We missed those of you who weren't able to attend for various reasons, and hope you can be with us the next time.
Representatives from KUVO and I-News were in attendance and volunteers were interested in the new opportunities available now that they are part of our family.
During the evening, Betty Flaten awarded Buzz Sampson his award for 10,000 hours of volunteer service. Congratulation Buzz!
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 10, 2014. 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 www.rmpbs.org/heart or contact Susan Barber at firstname.lastname@example.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 12, 2014 and join in celebrating the 19th 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 will be presented in the Tele-conference room at the station 1089 Bannock Street on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 from 3–4pm. All volunteers and staff are invited to attend. We will be serving cake, punch and seasonal goodies.
From the Heart Awards Past Recipients (1997-2013)
Patty Boyd (volunteer)
Pat Hoeft (staff)
Gisela Dietrich (v)
Susan Goldsmith (s)
Barbara Braley (v)
Tom Schomburg (s)
Myron Bosch (v)
Marie Llanes (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 (special recognition)
Linda Miyamoto (v)
Julius Ames (s)
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)
Bill Smith (v)
Leslie Smith (v)
Linda Hillshafer (s)
The First Statewide “Matchwits” Tournament A Complete Success
For the first time ever, the high school academic quiz tournament “Matchwits,” hosted by Craig Elliot, went statewide for its 29th season. Eighty schools from across the country participated in the program, produced by Rocky Mountain PBS in Pueblo.
The on-air tournament is made up of four rounds of competition including the championship game. The game is made up of three rounds including toss-up questions allowing individual players to answer for their school and Speed Round questions where each school works as a team to answer as many questions as possible in a short period of time. As the rounds progress, the difficulty of the questions asked increases. Questions in the On-Air Tournament include, but are not limited to, English, history, geography, science, current events and math.
The taping of the 29th season was a complete success! Look for the fantastic new season of the program to begin airing on Sundays in January 2014.
Budget Discussions Continue
Reprinted from Washington Update: NPR Policy and Representation 10/08/13
The current Continuing Resolution (CR) funding the federal government expires January 15. With this deadline in mind, the Budget Conference Committee, comprised of seven House members and all 22 members of the Senate Budget Committee, met for its second public meeting last Wednesday. Its members continue working toward a compromise on FY14 discretionary spending levels and a possible re-think of sequestration. They have until December 13 to report their recommendations.
There is currently a $92 billion difference between the House and Senate budget resolutions for non-defense discretionary spending levels. The House budget plan is $414 billion, roughly 12 percent below current levels; the Senate budget plan is $506 billion, about 8 percent above current levels. If the budget conference committee strikes a deal, House and Senate appropriators have until January 15 to avoid another government shutdown by approving individual spending bills or packaging them together into an omnibus measure.
As in previous years, chances of an overall deal seem slim. The LHHS bill has only been enacted twice since FY02 as a stand-alone spending measure; its funding instead has usually come in a year-end omnibus spending bill package.
With the December 13 deadline fast approaching for the Budget Conference Committee, another CR seems a likely outcome. Discretionary funding under a CR would be set at the current level of about $986 billion. However, the second round of sequestration is scheduled to hit on January 15, decreasing FY14 discretionary spending to $967 billion.
Take a Stand for Public Media
Protect My Public Media is a collaboration of local public radio and television stations, national distributors, producers, viewers, listeners and others who support a strong public media in the United States. The goal of the campaign is to activate the audiences to support federal funding for public media by taking a stand for the local stations and programs they love.
Protect My Public Media is asking its supporters to express their support by submitting a testimonial explaining how your local public television station has made a difference in your life.
The Protect My Public Media website now includes public media stories with heartfelt words reminding supporters why protecting public media is so important.
If you’d like to submit a testimonial, do so here. It will only take a few minutes and it will make a huge impact in efforts to tell Congress why public media matters. You can also include a photograph of yourself.
Thanks to Storymakers Volunteers!
720 sixth, seventh and eighth grade students from throughout Colorado submitted short stories for Storymakers. (For a list of the finalists, go to www.rmpbs.org/storymakers) Finalists will participate in a workshop on December 7 and will be honored at a luncheon on January 4. The enormous task of reading and judging these stories rested upon the shoulders of 45 Rocky Mountain PBS volunteers. These volunteers brought their knowledge, their time and their dedication to the young authors and their stories. We thank them and we thank CenturyLink for supporting Storymakers and making this program possible.
Volunteers included: Doña Dodson, Pat Hoeft, Donna Shelley, Norman Taylor, Teddi Wiest-Kent, Marge Romberger, Judi Martine, Bettye Clement, Cathy Buhler, Rose Castaneda, Dianna Damask, Jill Maxwell, Renee Marcellis, Kevin Percival, Kerri Percival, Sandra Rolens, Nancy Cole, Lynn Bronkowski, Kassie Borth, Anica Wong, Sarah Merecicky, Chloe Richardson, Catherine McCoy, Heather Rafferty, Consuelo Bennett, Barbara Hatch, Paula Materre, Jill Corbin, Lauren Simmons, Sally Scaman, Diane Bardsley, Carolyn Clemmer-Smith, Adrian Sparrow, Nathalia Velez, Sheryl Steuart, Jean Chrest, Randall Smith, Judy Lester Smith, Erika Hellfritz, Audrey Sherrod, Christine Ellison, Alysa Heilman, Vicki Childs, Julia Wilson and Christie McElhinney
Thanks to Volunteers for a fun Online Auction Pizza Party
Special thanks go to Cathy Glick, and Renee Marcellis for heading up the planning for the 2014 Online Auction. Event volunteers included Betty Flaten, Susan Barber and Dawn Fennimore; thanks for your support! (See information about Online Auction under Volunteer Opportunities)
"Matchwits" Success Thanks to Volunteer and Staff Team
Submitted by Keanna Smith and Amanda Mountain
The amazing success of the first statewide “Matchwits” tournament would not have been possible without the hard work of Pueblo volunteers. We had wonderful help from several local volunteers who helped man the registration and check-in table for “Matchwits.”
Thanks to the FANTASIC crew, many of whom volunteered their time: Scott Jones for expertly producing 15 episodes of Matchwits over the course of three days, which was a huge effort in the making for nearly a full year.
- Kelsey Prescott for leading the massive off-camera effort, hosting 80 high school students on the CSU-Pueblo campus and securing $50,000 in local (Pueblo-based) underwriting support for the show.
- Trisha Pocius for coordinating all of our campus activities and for working with the teams to ensure they had everything they needed.
- Keanna Smith for serving as the "audience whisperer," and providing terrific support to the entire team.
- Daniel Mercure for lending his fantastic directorial skills, ensuring that the editing process will run as smoothly as possible because of his expert eye during taping.
- Ryan Stringfellow for helping out wherever needed, and for cheering on the Western Slope teams in attendance.
- Thanks also to our (kind of) retired engineer Ian Hartley who was on site the entire weekend to ensure the taping went off without a hitch, and to our contract engineer Mike Baldauf who worked alongside Ian and Scott for those three days.
It really was a team effort and the support from the volunteers was much appreciated. It took a village to pull this off and it was an honor to watch the team pull together in a way that truly brought out the best in everyone, while generating some really great programming for RMPBS. Congrats on a job well done!
Volunteer Reception Enjoyed By All Thanks To Volunteers!
Thank you to all the committee chairs who provided information and signup sheets for the Volunteer Reception. Special thanks go to Betty Flaten, Jeanne Sanchez and Teddi Weist-Kent for creating e-vites, amenities and catering. We also had tremendous support from staff members Susan Barber and Louise Stephens.
Thank You To Volunteers From The Western Colorado
Ongoing appreciation to Chriss Secrest, who organizes our volunteers and welcome station at every Community Cinema event. Chriss also hosted a very classy end of summer volunteer thank you at her house this fall! Special thanks to Patricia Amadeo, who diligently comes into the KRMJ office every week to keep up the Community Calendar!
Events / Programming
Events - MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS NOW!
- 2013-2014 November/December – The State of Arizona
Click here to RSVP for any location.
Denver: 12/10 at 7pm - Sie Denver Film Center (2510 East Colfax)
Grand Junction: 12/18 at 7pm - Mesa County Library
Steamboat Springs: 12/11 at 6:30pm - Bud Werner Library
Telluride: 12/18 at 6pm - Wilkison Library
- Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 7pm: Rocky Mountain PBS Night with the Nuggets - Denver Nuggets vs. Toronto Raptors
- Western Colorado’s Downton Abbey Season 4 Free Screening
Friday, January 3, 2014 – RSVP to email@example.com or call (970) 245-1818
- Denver’s First Annual MASTERPIECE Costume Ball and Screening of Downton Abbey Season 4 – Saturday, January 4, 2014: More information at rmpbs.org/downtonball
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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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