April’s Gold Star for Excellence in Volunteering goes to DJ extrordinaire, Agent Meow!
Read on to learn a bit about Rose City’s resident mixmaster.
RCR: Do you remember your first Rose City Rollers bout? Where was it and when?
Agent Meow: I attended my first RCR bout as a fan in 2010. I crafted my first piece of propaganda for the Wheels of Justice (a black & white pegacorn in a stable with a skater) in November of 2011 and began DJing roller derby at the first hangar game of the 2012 season.
RCR: Why have you stayed involved with RCR?
Meow: Because Rose City exemplifies a determined and progressive global community. It is a shining example if grass roots activism and volunteerism towards a positive and inclusive goal. RCR has helped to prove that flat track roller derby is not only a sport, but an evolved social movement. Anyone who truly realizes that is proud to be a small part, which is why our volunteer staff is so dedicated year after year. I am but a tiny part of this group.
RCR: What was your favorite volunteer experience?
Meow: Helping to form the Legion and the Rose City All-Stars Marketing & Art Team in 2012-2013 with Hari Kari, Miss Ann Cash, and Northern Lights Out. Since then, we’ve been able to craft an amazing, unified social media and merchandise eco-system for the Wheels of Justice. In recent years, the addition of Bashonista, Scylla Devourer, Hannah Jennings, and Coperna Cuss has give the Legion and the Rose City All-Stars a design and marketing skill set that I believe is unparalleled in the WFTDA.
RCR: What has being an RCR volunteer meant to you?
Meow: It has meant assisting in a mission far greater than a single person or a team. Rose City is a flag-bearer for the sport of roller derby, so volunteering here means you are helping shovel coal into the very furnace that keeps us all moving. Or… wiring panels into a solar array or some other more eco-friendly Portland metaphor.
Meow: Hellslinger. Without her, I would not be here in the first place.
RCR: How has RCR changed since you began volunteering?
Meow: There’s too much to mention here. I will say that no institution before has allowed me to combine every one of my artistic interests, my heart, and my mind, into one cause. Also, I’m generally a lot more tired and interested in eating hamburgers now.