July 2015 Member of the Month
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Jen Blair (Slami Brady)
I don’t know what makes me more excited, the fact that Fog City Rollers is now changing their “Skater of the Month” program to a “Member of the Month” to recognize Skaters, Referees, Non Skating Officials (NSOs) and Volunteers … OR that I was chosen as the first “Member of the Month” … Yay!!
|When you join roller derby, you are instantly part of a bigger community. That community works together to pull together everything that you see when you come to a game. The first game that I ever went to I was the Scoreboard Operator assistant. Wow, I learned a lot that night! I was also freaked out a little bit watching the bout and wondering what the heck I had gotten myself into!! The next game I was at my job was to work the merchandise table. Everybody plays their part and every part is important but I really missed being down where the action was! Since then I’ve been the Scoreboard Operator. When people ask me what I play in derby (meaning things like blocker/jammer/pivot), I respond saying I play scoreboard 🙂 – that is my role and I always ask for the same job.|
Being a NSO is very rewarding and I recommend that everyone who has the opportunity take the time to do it. You don’t have to be a skater to be a part of what makes derby what it is! Other roles that I’ve done at times include Twitter updater, Facebook updater, and most recently webpage updater. I can tell you from what I’ve seen that a lot of work goes on behind the scenes. A lot of dedicated people run this non-profit organization and they all deserve a cheer!
|Thanks for reading my story. I still can’t believe that the person who is usually bugging skaters to write up something for the website is writing something up herself!! I wonder if they are going to make me post it too? Hmmm 😉|