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Volunteer Newsletter
Issue: #14-012
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Boosting BEST Fundraiser

26 February

Builder's Appliance Center 

Steering Team

Carolyn Bauer-Hub Director, Game, Returnables

JoAnne Fry and Lori Lazuk-

Consumable Kits

Jose Lopez-School Interface

Linda King-Volunteer Interface 

Linda Scott-Secretary, Awards & Judging

Lois Walton-Budget

MSU Students-Protobot

Patty Gaspar-Events

Scott McEwen-Venues


Board of Directors


Kathy Geise - President

Linda Scott - Vice President

Jose Lopez - Executive Director

Carolyn Bauer - Secretary &  Hub Director

Lois Walton - Treasurer

Tim Bouvia - Member at Large




Welcome to the December 2014 Rocky Mountain BEST Volunteer Newsletter.

Our final newsletter of 2014 CELEBRATES our successes:
  • The ENTHUSIASTIC 32 teams, almost 500 students, 32 teachers and 51 mentors that represented communities across the Colorado Front Range.
  • Our five TALENTED Schools that competed very well against the best teams at the Frontier Trails BEST Regional Championship in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
  • Our 120+ AWESOME Volunteers who supported the teams all year. Check out this 3 minute  BEST Volunteer Thank You Video and our Volunteer Photo Collages below. Did we get a photos of you?
  • And finally, all our GENEROUS supporters who donated on Colorado Gives Day to help fund the 2015 competition season.
We are finalizing our 2014 Blade Runner video and will let you know when it is available.

Finally, we preview the 2015 PAY DIRT Game with a Video Game Teaser and preview your opportunity to attend our 26 February 2015 at Boosting BEST Fundraiser on Thursday 26 February.  
Please forward this newsletter to others who might be interested in Rocky Mountain (RM) BEST.
2014 Rocky Mountain BEST Regional Teams     
Rocky Mountain BEST Teams Travel to Arkansas for Regionals





Congratulations to the 5 Rocky Mountain BEST Hub Schools who made us proud at the Frontier Trails BEST Regional Championship in Ft Smith, Arkansas. The teams excelled with their robots, their Project Engineering Notebooks and their BEST Award marketing presentations and exhibits    against 29 top teams from the 6 Frontier Trails BEST hubs from Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri.

  • Lakewood High School
  • Russell Middle School
  • St. Mary's Academy  
  • Standley Lake High School
  • STEM Academy
And special congratulations to St. Mary's Academy! Their T-shirt won First Place in the T-shirt Competition.  We loved it too!
Looking ahead to 2015, please ask any schools that might be interested in participating in our 2015 competition to visit our website or contact Jose Lopez at jlopez@rockymountainbest.org. Jose plans to email invitations to interested schools in February.

Recognizing our Awesome 2014 Volunteers 2013 Spotlight Graphic
Remembering all the Faces with Photo Collages!


All during 2014 we have had awesome support from over 120 volunteers. Starting back in January with the Kit and Boosting BEST teams, to Game Field and Teacher / Mentor Institute event volunteers in July, and the Blade Runner Events starting in September and finishing up in October.  

We would not have been successful without YOU!

2014 Kickoff Volunteers + Banner

Remembering all the faces, below are links to photo collages with many of the faces from four of our 2014 Events.  

July Teacher Mentor Institute at Metropolitan State University of Denver

September Blade Runner Kickoff Event at Denver South High School

October Blade Runner Practice Day at Thomas Jefferson High School

October Blade Runner Game Day at Metropolitan State University of Denver

Colorado Gives Day Contribution Opportunity
Thanks to our Donors We Far Exceeded 2013 Contributions

Thank you to all those that donated to Rocky Mountain BEST on Colorado Gives Day!  
2014 was another extraordinary, record breaking year with $26.2 million donated to Colorado nonprofits.
Add a description Although final 2014 totals are still being calculated, so far RM BEST received over $12,300 from our generous donors.

YOU CAN STILL DONATE! If you missed your chance to donate on 9 December.  You can donate any hour on any day to Rocky Mountain BEST at Rocky Mountain BEST at ColoradoGives.org.

Looking for another EASY way to support Rocky Mountain BEST? 
Everyone needs groceries and gas. Why not let 5% of the money you are already spending benefit Rocky Mountain BEST? It's really easy.
Purchase a $10 King Soopers gift card for $10 and continue to add money to your gift card before you use it to buy groceries or gas. King Soopers will donate 5% of EVERY gift card purchase -- including refills -- to Rocky Mountain BEST... all at no cost to you -- FOREVER!
Interested?  Contact Lois Walton at lwalton@rockymountainbest.org to make arrangements to purchase a card. Gift cards will also be available at the 26 February 2015 Boosting BEST Event.

 2015 Boosting BEST Fundraiser robot mascot purple-150
SAVE THE DATE! Thursday 26 February with Cooking Demo, Silent Auction, Wine Tasting, and more!

It will be a fun evening with hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction, wine tasting, students and their robots, and a cooking demonstration.

We are looking for companies interested in underwriting our fundraising event for $500.  We are thrilled to have Oster Jewelers as our first 2015 underwriter. 

We are starting now to solicit auction items and will send out additional details in the future. If you have items you'd like to donate for auction, please contact Lois Walton at lwalton@rockymountainbest.org.

We need the following volunteers on Thursday, 26 February

  • 2 set up helpers between 3:30 & 5:30 PM
  • 4 helpers to sit at the registration table and check people in between 5:45 and 8:00 PM
  • 4 general helpers between 6:00 and 9:00 PM 
  • 4 check-out helpers between 7:45 and 9:00 PM 
Please contact Sabina at skilpatrick@rockymountainbest.org for more information about Boosting BEST volunteering.

All those on our newsletter distribution will receive a personalized invitation. Bring your friends and family to let them get a taste of BEST!

Builder's Appliance Center (BAC) Showroom at Santa Fe and Oxford Avenue south of Hampden Avenue Englewood, CO is the venue for this fun event. 

2015 BEST Game Announced - PAY DIRT
Video Game Teaser Now Available, Lots More to Come
2015 BEST Game Teaser
2015 BEST Game Teaser

As we look forward to 2015, our national organization, BEST Robotics Inc. (BRI), has released the 2015 BEST Game Teaser.  Check out the 48 second PAY DIRT video via the box to the left or this YouTube LINK .


From the BRI FACEBOOK page: Can you guess the theme for the 2015 BEST Game? We'll tell you about the theme early next year... 

Rocky Mountain BEST would not be successful without you!  We are looking forward to working with you again in 2015 for the PAY DIRT game.

Linda King

Volunteer Interface, Rocky Mountain BEST


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