Artemis Foulmouth, who many only know as a member of Rose City’s home team, Guns N Rollers, is the winner of the Gold Star Award for Excellence in Volunteering for the month of April. She was recognized for the work she does behind the scenes for Rose City’s Fresh Meat Training Program. Find out everything she does and why she does it.
Do you remember your first Rose City Rollers bout? Where and when?
Like it was yesterday. It was the Guns N Rollers fundraiser bout against the Skatesaphrenics from Eugene in March 2010. I was hooked from the moment I stepped foot into the hangar, and I knew I wanted to play roller derby, and GnR was my team. It changed my life.
What made you want to volunteer for RCR?
The volunteer culture in the league is infectious. There were so many opportunities to get involved with the league while I was on Wreckers and Fresh Meat, it was hard NOT to get involved and I did a lot of odd jobs for the first year I was a league member. Right around the time I was drafted to GnR, the Fresh Meat leadership structure was changing, and the existing admins needed support. I offered to help out, and have been working with the program ever since.
What was your first volunteer job? Where and when?
I signed up to yellow-shirt at the 2010 Season Championships at the Expo Center. My yellow-shirt partner caught people having sex in the bathroom, but sadly nothing that interesting has ever happened to me while volunteering. Yet…
What is the best part about your volunteer position with RCR?
The best part about my job is the feeling that I am helping newer skaters navigate through our league. They work through Fresh Meat, get drafted to teams, and many times go on to skate with AOA and WOJ. That’s amazing! Don’t get me wrong, the process is a team effort. The Fresh Meat leadership group is made up of amazing admins, coaches, and MSR evaluators, and I am only one spoke of that wheel. I am honored to be a part of such a great group of people who give so much to the FM program.
What has being an RCR volunteer meant to you?
The ability to work with so many different people and personalities in order to create a positive growth for the league is a priceless opportunity. I have met and worked with a lot of different people, I have grown new skills, and I have learned a lot about myself.
What is your day job?
I run a medical transcription company, and I have kids, which also is kind of a job.
How does volunteering for RCR differ from your paid work?
The volunteer work is much more collaborative and creative than my day-to-day work. While my day job is a pretty solitary experience, very concrete, and cut-and-dry, working with the Fresh Meat program is fluid, always changing and evolving, and it is an engaging group effort. Fresh Meat is pretty much the exact opposite of my job. Maybe that is why I enjoy it so much.
Do you have a favorite team or former team incarnation?
GnR 4 Life!! \m/ \m/
Do you have a favorite skater or former skater?
Oh so many derby heros, I cannot name just one! My first derby hero from that first bout I attended in 2010 was Blood Clottia and I am a little embarrassed to admit that three years later I am still star-struck when she is around. From there I have also grown to admire so many skaters.Um hey, I get to skate every week with Scald Eagle. No big deal! I have also been deeply inspired by skaters like Micro Bruiser and Sugar N Vice, who was one of my first derby coaches. Alas, there are so many amazing women in our league and only this small paragraph in which to type names. Basically, pair an amazing attitude with great skill and I fall in derby love.
If you could get paid to work for RCR what would be your dream job?
Well if someone wants to write me a big fat check to coordinate the Fresh Meat program I’m not going to say no.
Do you think you will ever stop being a part of RCR?
It’s hard to remember a time that RCR and derby was NOT a part of my life. I can’t imagine, even after I retire from skating, that I would be able to walk away completely. I will always be a fan, and I suspect that volunteering will always be important to me.
Any suggestions for new volunteers or those considering volunteering with RCR?
Do it. Get involved. There are so many different ways to volunteer with the league, there is truly something for everyone, and it’s fun! Don’t you want 400 new best friends? And high-fives from skaters. Lots and lots of high fives. The highest of fives.