Category Archives: BAD Volunteer of the Month

Lucas

BVOTM – Lucas

Congratulations to our B.A.D. Volunteer of the Month, Lucas!

Lucas signed up for our Reckless Rollers program after he moved here from Minnesota. Mindiannapolis 500 immediately coerced him (lovingly, I'm sure!) to be B.A.D.'s coaching manager, and since then has been coaching our Swim Pool (the group of skaters, both home-grown and transfers from other leagues, eligible to be drafted on to Bay Area home teams). Says one Pool member, “he is awesome – really wants to help us grow as skaters in the pool and make it on to a home team. [Lucas is] always willing to work one on one if we have specific points of our skating/game play that we want to improve upon, drills are always fun, and he is totally approachable. He makes us work hard, but keeps us smiling.”

He's also an accomplished photographer, and recently helped our merch and web/IT committees revamp our online store. “You all are going to freak out when you see the new store,” says Bella Bomber, Merch Committee head. “Lucas' pictures really make it awesome.”

Ladies and gentlemen, Lucas!

Mae K. Haste

For July, we had two volunteers of the month voted in by our league members! This dedicated volunteer used to be a skating league member . . .

Time and time again, Mae K. Haste has shown her incredible dedication to BAD. When she was a league member, she held the position of co-manager of Events in which she helped orchestrate and make the magic of bout day happen. The amazing quality of our Event production was a direct result of her passion, hard work, and organizational skills. We miss Mae as a skater but thrilled to still have her around as a BAD volunteer and fan!

Photo credit: Lucas Saugen

Red Card

In the Merry Month of May, our B.A.D. Volunteer of the Month is another one of our officials, Red Card! Red is one of our newer NSOs, and has already demonstrated an
ability to quickly pick up a new skill, and is becoming one of our more reliable officials. A fellow official says of her, “She is super eager to learn about how the game works from every angle. Always willing to hop in and help with anything that the league needs.”

And what does the league need? Well, sometimes we need someone handy with metalworking tools. And as someone pointed out, Red “makes things with metal and fire, and that's pretty [darn] cool.” And that skill is what earned her this nomination, for her work leveling the floor in our practice space, spending hours grinding down various bits of metal that made our floor lumpy and adventuresome. Red has also worked with our Facilities manager on other livability projects, including pigeon mitigation. 'cause nothing makes skating more unpleasant that pigeons and…well, just, pigeons.  

For being willing, skilled, handy, and for seemingly always wanting “to learn a smarter, better, more efficient way to do a job if she see's that one of us has one,” we honor Red Card as this month's B.A.D. Volunteer of the Month!

Sexy Beast

This BAD Volunteer of the Month may be given recognition from the league back in May 2015, but he continues to give many hours of his time and energy to BAD each month.

“SEXXXXXXXY BEAAAAAAAST” can be heard echoing across the track when the lovable, 6’4” Sexy Beast enters the room. From announcing, to reffing to producing some of the best boutfits this side of the Rockies, he’s an overall awesome person. Beast also helps keep our practice space up and running, from implementing a zero waste program to the ever glamorous light bulb changing. He’s got a heart of Gold and has been a great help with our Skater Tots program –  teaching local kids the love of skating.

Photo credit: Michael Dunn Photography

The Bomb Squad

So the last time we sat down to talk about our amazing volunteers and those who support the B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls, we asked each other whom we should honor next as Volunteer of the Month, and there arose a great cry from the assembled body. “OMIGOD ABOMB'S PARENTS!” they all shouted. For yea did we all agree that, man alive, these are some PASSIONATE fans, and support our league and skaters like few others.

Whether it's buying every raffle ticket in the place to win the coveted Gold Chair for an entire doubleheader, or stealing the show at the half-time dance-off at WFTDA Playoffs in Sacramento, Momma and Poppa Bomb just bring joy to everyone who sees them in the crowd. When Momma Bomb starts dancing, you KNOW the party's been brought.

Ladies and gentlemen, your B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls Volunteers of the Month, Tom and Patricia Shelby, The Bomb Squad!!

Big League Chew

Chewie has been officiating roller derby and supporting BAD in various other volunteer roles since 2010. Her teaching experience in her professional life has brought her a generous helping of both patience and poise to the derby track, along with a studious understanding of the rules. While she is hanging up her stripes for the time being and will be sorely missed at game time, BAD is thankful for Chewie's continued contributions to the league with the Events and PR committees and super proud of her work with the Prison University Project.

Photo credit: Michael Dunn

Mindiannapolis500

Mindiannapolis500 has been an integral part of the B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls almost since its inception. She was a skater from 2004-2007 and has coached ever since. Since her retirement as a skater, Mindi has also served in several leader ship roles and is constantly going above and beyond to help make BAD better. One of her more recent projects was the creation of our Reckless Rollers program. Now skaters who have never skated, or haven’t skated sine their rink rat days, can learn basic – intermediate skills and ready themselves for BAD tryouts. The break down of skills and techniques makes roller derby easy to understand and her practices are always so much fun. We are so lucky to have you Mindi!!

Cisco

Danny, or Cisco, immediately acclimated to the culture of roller derby and has been an amazing help to our league since day one. Need a truck? He has one. Want an extra pair of hands? No problem. An amazing attitude and warm smile? He's got that in spades. Danny is always kind and ready to lend a hand and he's also a great NSO (Non-Skating Official). He learned the rules and regulations of roller derby quickly and travels all over the state to practice officiating. Thank you for all your time and energy Cisco!
Love,
The B.A.D. Girls

Danny Martines

It is only her first year volunteering, but Danny Martines has quickly learned the ins and outs of what it means to be a B.A.D. Volunteer. Sometimes it takes a while for volunteers to learn the ropes, but for Martine roller derby was love at first sight. We are so grateful that she has jumped in with both feet and gives her all to NSOing, helping load and unload our truck and is amazing in times of need. Thank you Danny for loving derby as much as we do!

Pink Ranger

Ranger stepped into a critical role his first season with BAD, joining the coaching staff of the Golden Girls All-Star team.  As a student of the sport, Ranger relishes the depth of strategy that roller derby provides, and brings that attitude to practice where his intensity is infectious. And when it comes to the big game, Ranger’s rock solid support on the bench helped laid the groundwork for his players to execute on the track. We recognize Ranger as Volunteer of the Month for November 2015.

Photo credit: IGP Photo