On Wednesday, Campus Cycles near D.U. hosted BikeDenver’s annual volunteer night to celebrate all our hard-working volunteers who helped us throughout the year! From the Winter Solstice Ride to the Denver Century Ride, we honored volunteers who braved snow and 100-degree temperatures. During our gathering, we presented awards to four exceptional volunteers. Three of the awards are named after Gary Rossmiller, the founder of BikeDenver’s first program: bike parking. He rallied the volunteers, set up the corrals, made the calls…all while remaining a volunteer himself. Here are the people who channeled Gary’s generosity this year, plus one more:
Alison Torvik earned our inaugural “Cereal” (Serial) Volunteer of the Year award. This award goes to someone who helps out everywhere and possesses the ability to find humor in the cheesiest puns (her prize was a box of Wheaties, with her face on it). You probably spotted Alison at some bike-related shindig…she volunteered for four BikeDenver events, plus she volunteers for Denver Bike Sharing, Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods, Bicycle Colorado, and the Volunteer Courtesy Patrol. Thanks Alison!
The Rossmiller Rookie Volunteer of the Year award was a tough decision this year – how could we decide between two exceptional newbies? Well, we couldn’t, so we awarded them both. Justin Cameron first came to us for the Urban Assault Ride, where he fished rubber duckies and soggy bicyclists out of a pool for an afternoon. Good thing he appreciates the weird and wacky, because he contributed his fun personality to three more events! Andy Light busted his chops working the busiest bike corral of the year at the USA ProChallenge, but he stuck with it and became our most solid bike corral volunteer. We could always count on Andy to be there getting things done! Thanks Justin and Andy!
Corey Clark received the Rossmiller Volunteer of the Year award. This honor has been around since 2009, making Corey the fourth recipient (past honorees
were Ken Cook in ‘09, Mike Ullrich in ‘10, and Steve Jenkins in ‘11). The volunteer of the year exceeds expectations, is always right there willing to help, and, naturally, logs the most hours of BikeDenver volunteer work. Corey put her energy and passion for involvement into eight events this year. Did you see her managing the beer tent at Tour de Fat in a fro and a smashing $12 dress? Perhaps she informed you about everything BikeDenver at VeloSwap. Obviously, Corey has many talents and we are grateful she shared them with us. Thanks Corey!
Big thanks to all our volunteers this year – and don’t be fooled, lest you think Volunteer Night signals the end of biking season…see you out in the snow!