Category: Member of the Month

Member of the Month: Mary Contrary

by Sylvia’s Wrath

COVID-19 has roller derby players the world over are missing our sport. We want to strap on our skates, hit our friends, and high five about it afterwards. Rocky Mountain Rollergirls are no exception; we LOVE roller derby. We love the execution of a well-timed hit, the excitement of learning new strategies and skills, the exhaustion after a tough scrimmage. But for most of us in the derby community, it’s not just about skating. Roller derby is community, its family. We don’t just skate together, we work to keep our league, our family, together and functioning. And the work of running a league is no small feat. It takes the efforts of all of our members to make it happen. Everyone does what they can, contributing their time and talents to keep things going. 

This month, Rocky Mountain Rollergirls would like to acknowledge a member who has given so much of her time and talent to helping Rocky be the amazing league that it is, one who jumped right in with both feet and in a short time, has become an invaluable member, not only of the league, but of 5280 Fight Club as well. Congratulations to Mary Contrary, our April Member of the Month! 

Mary “Contrary.”  She is anything but. We are pretty sure the word “no” is not in her vocabulary. Mary joined Rocky just 6 months ago, but we already can’t imagine not having her and her partner, Crash, on our team. A transfer from Jet City, she has brought energy and an inspiring work ethic to this league, stepping up in countless ways to develop and enhance our community. Even though she had only been with us a short time, Mary took on the daunting task of heading up our New Recruit and Development (NeRD) committee, providing boot camps for brand new skaters to learn the sport, arranging recruiting events, and keeping her fellow NeRDs organized and up-to-date on schedules and opportunities to build up new members. 

On top of that heavy load, Mary also took on the challenge of organizing our 2020 Besterns tournament, (originally scheduled for May, but currently postponed, much like the rest of life). This is a ridiculous amount of work for anyone, and Mary didn’t bat an eye before offering herself as tribute. As a new member, this level of commitment is practically unheard of, yet she didn’t hesitate to volunteer. A job like this can be akin to herding cats, but Mary does it all with a positive attitude and a cheery smile on her face. 

Speaking of herding cats, did we mention she does all of these things, and STILL works full-time as a nanny? Running the recruiting committee and organizing a multi-day tournament would be enough, but this is all on top of being a caregiver to young children. AND…she also coordinated a fundraiser between Rocky Mountain Rollergirls and Girls Inc, working to provide snacks for young ladies participating in that program.At this point, you are probably exhausted just hearing about all the things that Mary does, but have you seen her skate?

From the work that Mary puts in off-skates, it’s pretty clear that she has boundless reserves of energy. Watch her on the track and you’ll know for sure. A teammate calls her a “squirrelly, skilled jammer”. She jukes, she jives, she slips by on the edges. She is one of those tiny jammers that finds the smallest opportunity and slips right by the toughest walls, leaving them walled up and wondering what happened. But she’s no one-trick pony, and you can’t be fooled by her size. When she hits the wall, you WILL feel it. She has shown off these talents with her home team, the United States Pummeling Service, and those well-rounded jamming skills have not gone unnoticed. Mary quickly joined our charter team in January of 2020 and we look forward to the day when we get to see her take the track as a Fight Club jammer in a game.

For now, we will have to settle for her virtual vibes. So, if you have a minute (and really, don’t we all right now?), give Mary a virtual high five and hug and tell her how deserving she is to be Rocky Mountain Rollergirls’ April Member of the Month!

Member of the Month: Reverend Pain

by Sylvia’s Wrath

Look up the word “dynamo” in the dictionary and you just might find a picture of our March Member of the Month. Full-time mom, travel team skater, and pastor of a small Lutheran church, Reverend Pain seems to be blessed with unlimited energy. Rev, as she is known to her leaguemates, came to Rocky Mountain Rollergirls through a boot camp in 2018. Her fierce determination quickly earned her a reputation as a skater who should not be underestimated, even with her limited skating experience. 

Rev works hard. Like, REALLY hard. She is a quiet force, taking everything in and constantly looking for ways to improve herself. When she is not crushing blockers’ souls on the track, she is the one on the bench, watching senior skaters for strategies and taking notes on how to improve her own game. She requests and implements feedback immediately, which makes her a favorite among coaches and teammates. She is a true asset to her home team, the United States Pummeling Service, for more than just her great jamming skills. Not only does she earn tons of points for her team, she even supplies them with a mascot. Keep an eye out for a giant eagle at the next game and know that behind the costume is another member of Team McNitt.  

Did I mention that Rev works hard? That doesn’t just go for actual skating! She is a crucial member of the warehouse committee and helps keep our track and facilities clean and safe. In January alone, Rev volunteered more than 10 hours of her time, and that’s on top of more than 20 hours of skating practice. You might say to yourself, well, sure, that’s probably all she does. But you’d be wrong. On top of her commitment to the league, Rev manages a busy family with two sons (now THAT’S a challenge!) and leads a small congregation at a Lutheran church in nearby Castle Rock. She even found time to fit a trip to Disney into the year already!

All of Rev’s hard work seems to be paying off. As a result of her dedication and focus, she recently secured a position on Rocky’s B-team, The Contenders. This is an impressive feat for someone who has been skating for just over a year! She is quickly rising in the ranks and her determination suggests that she will only get better. Next time you see this skater hustling around the track, give her a high five and congratulate her for her truly well-earned spot as not only a Contender, but Rocky’s March Member of the Month!

We can’t wait to see what you do next, Rev!

Member of the Month: Floora Goodtime

by Sylvia’s Wrath

February. It brings to mind chubby cherubs slinging arrows, cards and candies, flowers and filigree hearts. This month, Rocky Mountain Rollergirls would like to share some love with our latest Member of the Month: Floora Goodtime.  Floora came to Rocky in 2017 and quickly made a name for herself, both as a formidable player and an off-skate dynamo leading the partnership committee.

It probably won’t surprise anyone in the league that Floora’s derby name originated in college, where she was known as “Good-time Kelly.” (Man, I’d like to hear some of those stories…). She still lives up to the name, going all out for all things derby. She signs up for every mix-up, plays in all the games, and does it with style. No half-assing here, boutfits and bout makeup are always on point, and no one needs to wonder if she’s having a good time: one look at her smile during games and you know she’s having a blast. While she may be having fun, being her opponent is decidedly NOT such a “good time.”

Floora delivers the mail with Rocky Mountain Rollergirls’  United States Pummeling Service, as well as Project Mayhem, and her teammates love her willingness to do whatever is needed of her in games. As a jammer, she barrels through opposing lines like a bulldozer, laying waste to even the strongest vets. And blocking? Forget it, jammers. You’re going nowhere. Players note her powerful attacks, and her tenacity to just keep going.

Off the track, Floora does an amazing job heading up the partnership committee, bringing in countless businesses to partner with our league to keep our non-profit running smoothly. She meets with vendors, coordinating cross-promotions that are mutually beneficial to both our partners and our league. She also makes sure that Rocky gives back, organizing skaters to attend promotional events, as well as donating tickets and other goods to local charities in the name of RMRG.

The craziest part? She does ALL of this with two boys at home and a work life that the word “hectic” doesn’t begin to describe. If you want to check out the unflagging energy and power that is Floora Goodtime, come see her on February 8th at Rocky Mountain Rollergirls’ home-team opener! This double-header kicks off at 6 pm when Floora’s USPS takes on the Red Ridin’ Hoods. Come check it out and give Floora Goodtime a high five for being February’s kickass Member of the Month!