Category: Skater of the Month

Skater of the Month: Angry Topaz

Rocky Mountain’s February Skater of the Month has been honored by many prestigious institutions and publications: The Foundation for Snap Chat Derp Face, The Organization for People who think Dogs are People Too, Baskin Robbins Lifetime Achievement Award and Best Amateur Taxidermist and Vaudeville Performer Quarterly. We are now proud to add to that stack of distinctions by acknowledging Angry Topaz as our Rocky Mountain Skater of the Month.

Raised by yak herders that emigrated from somewhere deep in the EU bloc to the icy steppes of Pennsylvania, Topaz developed her love of wheeled things by inventing a “prairie board” constructed of an old wash tub she found behind the barn and the wheels from a ’52 Chevy Impala. She rode this around to herd the recalcitrant beasts on her family’s commune with greater effect, clad in the traditional garb of her family, a ghillie suit and mukluks. After passing the traditional coming of age gauntlet all women in her family must complete to be accepted into womanhood (eating 12 lemon meringue pies while shooting tin cans off the turkey enclosure and then belching “Baby Got Back”), Topaz went onto higher learning in A City where she majored in Star Wars Fan Fiction with a minor in Chemical Engineering.

One day, a recruiter for a local derby team saw Topaz hurtling down the main street of Town on her prairie board with several orphans in tow that she was saving from a mine cave in. The skater followed Topaz to the hospital and suggested she try roller derby. Topaz, who was busy accepting the keys to the city said she’d come give it a look. The rest, they say, is history.

Topaz decided to move away from A City after defeating a corrupt gang of officials from City Hall that wanted to levy heavy taxes against ducklings. She moved to Colorado where she enjoys snowboarding and outdoor activities with her husband Dan, whom she won in a game of blackjack in 2011. Topaz found her forever home with Rocky Mountain and has since made it her business to help steer our ship with as much wiliness, patience, and dedication as it took to make a bunch of unruly yaks yield to her will. She was drafted to the Red Ridin’ Hoods and never fails to spread their message of polite and ladylike decorum. Topaz is a top member of Team Heckle, both for Project Mayhem with which she is heavily involved, as well as the Hoods, never failing to bring the ruckus to a bout or pre game smack talk.

Topaz currently serves on the Rocky Board of Directors and seems to be in about 20 places at once with the amount of work she puts in, with the Board, the League, the Juniors and her committees. We are blessed to call Angry Topaz teammate and friend. Consistent, fair-minded and extremely funny Topaz can always be counted on to be there as a trainer, a Captain, a BOD Member, a team mate and a friend (except for those few days out of the month where she turns into a werewolf and ransacks her home region of Louisville).
Rocky Mountain would like to give Topaz our thanks, our love, and an industrial sized pallet of conversation candy hearts for being our February Sweet Heart and an all-around outstanding member of our community.

Skater of the Month: Marty Bender

This month RMRG would like to thank Derby Widower Marty Bender for all his assistance at the warehouse! Since he is notoriously picture and social media (shy thus thwarting our usual method of Facebook stalking), we reached out to his wife and Rocky skater rZombie for a few words:

“Marty was born in SD, but has lived in Colorado his entire life. He owns and operates his own business, building steel structures; everything from personal shops and barns to large scale airplane hangars, warehouses and riding arenas. He loves back-country camping and off-roading, especially in Moab where we spend at least one month every year camping and riding our RZRs. The more extreme and challenging the rock-crawling, the more he enjoys it.

When he’s not at work or in Moab, he’s a homebody hanging out with me and our dogs or spending time with our two sons, 24 and 26, when we can track them down. He also likes going to car shows and showing off his 65 Mustang fastback. He likes helping people and can fix about anything. He appreciated the opportunity to help out at the warehouse and meet some of my league mates in the process!”

We cannot stress enough what a huge undertaking the warehouse was, and how every bit helped. Thank you Marty for being one of the many hands that made the work lighter!

Skater of the Month: Our Amazing Board of Directors

“None of us is as smart as all of us.” – Ken Blanchard (American Writer)

Rocky Mountain Rollergirls organization has survived as a league for over 10 years due largely to skaters willingness to take charge and do the work that needs to be done. Through committee work and volunteerism, we keep this wonderful league operating. This month we want to pay special tribute to several ladies on our 2018 Board of Directors. Together they have worked hard to keep Rocky Mountain Rollergirls functioning as a league. These ladies work hard for RMRG daily. Even after their day-jobs have concluded, their work for RMRG continues.

Every year Rocky Mountain Rollergirls participate in Committee Head and Board of Directors elections. The Committee Head will serve one term each election. The Board of Directors will serve two year terms after elected, and divide up the responsibilities of leadership for the RMRG Committees.

Listing our 2018 BoD Members and the Committees they oversee…in no particular order.

BoD Member French Kiss of Death (“Frenchie”) serves as oversight for Finance, Evaluation, and Street Team Committees. Ms. Frenchie has helped keep Rocky on track financially and also bring in new RMRG fans.

A. Finance Committee members make sure our bills get paid. In order to do that job, the committee tracks dues coming in and (nicely) contacts skaters who have not paid dues on time. They also track the money coming in from bouts and fundraisers.

B. Eval Committee members give feedback to those looking to join the RMRG A and B travel teams.

C. Street Team Committee works diligently to help get the word out and promote our bouts. The league works to advertise our bouts on our website and social media, while street team helps stimulate excitement for our bouts by hanging up posters and handing out game flyers. This committee helps create new fans through constant outreach.

BoD Member Harper Bizarre (“Harper”) serves as oversight PR/Marketing and League Relations Committees. Ms. Harper not only serves as the BoD oversight for PR/Marketing committee, but she also creates art associated with our bouts.

A. PR/Marketing Committee works to populate our website and social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) with fun and amazing content. Members of the PR/Marketing committee also coordinate ticket giveaways and merch giveaways.

B. League Relations Committee members work to help resolve issues that arise in our league. These committee members are approachable and empathetic, and try to use their creative minds to create an atmosphere of respect for individual skaters.

BoD Member Angry Topaz serves as oversight New Recruitment and Development (NeRD Committee), Training Committee, and Rollerpunks. As a leader for these committees, Ms. Topaz helps oversee the strategies and implementation that continues to help foster growth of our many skaters.

A. NeRD Committee members help incoming skaters as ambassadors for the levels 1-4 skaters. This committee helps evaluate new to RMRG transfer and newbie skaters to a assigned level, and helps skaters navigate the process of becoming a League Member and growing in talent.

B. Training Committee members train levels 1-5 during RMRG practices. The committee head helps to establish monthly goals and schedule the trainers for the appropriate practice day. Newbie trainers help the newer skaters grow in basic skating skills, and the league trainers work on training league strategies.

C. Rollerpunks is the 12 – 18 years old roller derby league. The rollerpunks maintain a separate season schedule than Rocky Mountain Rollergirls. Ms. Topaz created and maintained a training schedule. She also helps keep the lines of communication open between RMRG and our youth league.

BoD Member Betty Slayer One serves as oversight for Bout Production, Gaming, and Merch Committees. The committees Ms. Slayer oversees help create the wonderful top-notch experience for our fans during our bouts.

A. Bout Production Committee works hard to make our bouts run smoothly. The committee members coordinate concierge services, “Ask Me Women” (help answer questions during games), set-up and tear-down of bout materials.

B. Gaming Committee focuses on the recruitment and scheduling of referees that help keep skaters safe and performing within the WFTDA rule set.

C. Merch Committee responsibilities include ordering product and budgeting, while also tracking money taken in through cash/check payments, PayPal, and Square.

BoD Member SB serves as oversight for Interleague and HR Committees. Also, SB serves as oversight of RMRG’s Besterns Tournament. During this time on the BoD, SB became well versed on WFTDA requirements.
A. Interleague Relations works with other teams to create a balanced bout schedule for RMRG’s A and B travel teams.

B. HR Committee members duties include attendance tracking, volunteer tracking, handling WFTDA insurance, game roster checks.

BoD Member Motorbutt serves as oversight for Warehouse Committee and Home Team Captains. Ms. Motor has been diligently working to help make our new practice facility beautiful.

A. Warehouse Committee members have their hands full this year. Committee members and Motorbutt coordinated help to move our equipment out of storage, clean our new practice space, cleaning of our sport court and laying down the track, etc.

B. Home Team Captains are elected each year by their own home team members. The Captains not only serve as a communication officer for their team during games, but also help teammates stay on track to fulfill their attendance and league volunteer requirements.

BoD Member Betty Vedder serves as oversight for Partnership and Events/Fundraising. Continued focus on healthy finances for a league is key, and Ms. Betty in the short time she joined the BoD has helped keep Rocky on track financially.

A. Partnership Committee actively creates and fosters relationships with sponsors/partners. The committee will help negotiate contracts and coordinate table vending for tournaments.

B. Events/Fundraising Committee coordinates special events and creates the magic of team bonding activities (ie. RMRG holiday parties and RMRG yearly prom). Committee members of Fundraising work hard to create fundraiser ideas and implement these wonderful ideas (examples: Rocky Mountain silent auction of skater painted roller skates).

BoD Member Violet A. Saultz – Amazing person. Ms. Betty Vedder took over as a Board of Director member replacing Violet A. Saultz who moved to another state during her term. We wanted to say thank you for your hard work.