I’m interesting in volunteering for the following:
Advertising Committee Chaired by Buddy Cox
This committee and its volunteers are responsible for “getting the word out” about the Elizabeth Stampede and it’s many attractions. Following the advertising axiom “More Exposure = More Results”, media planning and creative message is the focus is the focus of this committee. Various advertising and communication media are analyzed and selected for their effective reach of people living in Elbert County, Franktown, Parker, Castle Rock and parts of rural Arapahoe and Adams Counties, who have a special interest in rodeo. Media selection changes as the market changes, but there is an important emphasis on radio, land signage, community publications and emerging new media. Creative emphasis is on the continued building of the “Stampede Brand” through graphic and copy content. Committee members are involved in media selection and creative design and content.
Community Relations Committee Chaired by Traci Swisher
This committee and its volunteers are responsible for strengthening ties between the Elizabeth Stampede and community organizations within the Elizabeth and Elbert County regions. Committee members are involved in a variety of events happening year ‘round, including: Stampede To Read (an elementary school reading initiative program), Elizabeth Harvest and Christmas Festivals, hosting the Elizabeth Stampede Parade, honoring the Stampede’s Pioneers (early or longtime volunteers who have contributed to the success and growth of the Elizabeth Stampede) and much more. In addition to community involvement, this committee is responsible for communications to the general public. These communications constantly evolve and include such avenues as: Facebook and Twitter, electronic newsletters and press releases. The committee is also the Stampede’s main news media contact responsible for communications with news media representatives; authorizing of news media credentials; and making connections between news media personnel and board members, rodeo officials, contestants, etc.
Entertainment Committee Chaired by Fred Buhl
This committee and its volunteers are responsible for planning and operating the Rodeo Beer Garden in cooperation with Coors Distributing and the Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce, and the Friday and Saturday night Rodeo Dances. The Rodeo Dances are part of the long rodeo tradition at the Elizabeth Stampede, going back to the early days of Casey Jones Park and the first amateur rodeos in the 1960’s. And Coors is a long-time National PRCA sponsor. Beer and Dances are as much a part of rodeo as Bronc Riding, Bull Riding and Tie Down Roping.
Facilities Committee Chaired by Dennis Noland
This committee and its volunteers are responsible for preparing, maintaining, repairing and upgrading the rodeo arena and surrounding rodeo grounds. In 2012, the Facilities Committee planned and completed the single biggest capital improvement project in the history of the Elizabeth Stampede adding new grandstands to expand seating capacity and improve spectator comfort, reconfiguring the bucking chutes to accommodate the different bucking styles of the livestock, improving the center alley for safer and better handling of the livestock, adding a new digital scoreboard and building a new, larger announcer’s booth. The committee is responsible for grooming the arena ground prior to and during every rodeo performance. Committee volunteers are on-call to repair and maintain Facilities during the Rodeo itself, and play a major role in shutting down, dis-assembling and locking down the facilities at the end of the rodeo.
Elizabeth Stampede Foundation Chaired by Joanne Hoefer (Foundation President)
The Elizabeth Stampede has expanded its community charitable activities with the creation of the Elizabeth Stampede Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Its mission is to provide contributions to the community of Elizabeth, Colorado, surrounding Colorado communities, established charitable organizations and individuals in need with funds generated through financial donations and fundraising efforts of the Elizabeth Stampede Foundation. The Foundation is looking for volunteers interested in helping organize and execute fundraising events and activities, and volunteers with experience in contribution solicitation and/or non-profit foundation experience.
Hospitality Committee Chaired by Anita Schultz
This committee and its volunteers upholds a long rodeo tradition at the Stampede that started more than 30 years ago. We were one of the first rodeos large or small to provide home-cooked meals and snacks to the rodeo contestants and their families, a service that along with the overall first-class quality of the Elizabeth Stampede itself, is frequently mentioned by top competitors as the reason they put our rodeo at the top of their lists. Home-cooked meals are prepared and served continuously from early morning to after the end of each rodeo performance. Snacks, coffee and cold beverages are provided as well. The Hospitality Committee serves not only the contestants and their families, but the volunteers, stock contractor employees and sponsors.
Rodeo Committee Chaired by Greg Dieker
This committee and its volunteers are responsible for anything that happens “inside the pipes”. These individuals are responsible for putting on the rodeo performances including planning, organizing and managing the timing and flow of the professional rodeo events, and everything that goes on in the rodeo arena including the grand entry and other pageantry associated with Professional Rodeo. The Rodeo Committee works closely with the livestock contractor, rodeo secretary, rodeo announcer, bullfighters, barrel man, contestants, and rodeo judges. Committee volunteers work in the arena setting up and running the events, and behind the chutes and in the pens sorting and preparing the Livestock for the events. We are unique in the rodeo world as we supply all the arena help to produce the actual event. The Rodeo Committee Chair works closely with the PRCA officials, and all Stampede Committees to put on and upgrade the quality of the rodeo performances. Many of the positions on the committee require experience with rodeo livestock for safety reasons. Preference is given to those individuals who have prior rodeo experience as a contestant, producer, stock contractor, etc.
Royalty Committee Chaired by Dana Asbridge
This committee and its volunteers are responsible for the Elizabeth Stampede Royalty program. The Royalty Program is the ambassadorship of the Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo. We promote young ladies who want to grow within the sport of rodeo, the PRCA and the western industry overall. Our program consists of a Queen and Attendant that travel throughout the Mountain States Circuit (Colorado and Wyoming) to different rodeos, charity events and public events representing the Elizabeth Stampede. Our committee is responsible for supporting these young ladies throughout the year and during each rodeo with preparation and planning of each event and hosting the annual Royalty Luncheon as part of Stampede Weekend.
Security & Parking Committee Chaired by Brad Hrabik
This committee and its volunteers are responsible for planning, managing and staffing the security for the rodeo arena, rodeo grounds, and the rodeo livestock area as well as at the entry points to the rodeo grounds and rodeo arena during the three days of the Elizabeth Stampede. The committee manages and coordinates the contestant and public parking. The Committee works with various community organizations to augment the committee’s volunteer staffing and work.
Social Committee Chaired by Mindy Humphries
This committee and its volunteers are responsible for providing food and beverages for the various Elizabeth Stampede volunteer events. It is important that volunteers enjoy their experience with the rodeo at such activities as Rodeo Work Days, Board and Committee Chair Planning Meetings, and the yearly Rodeo Kickoff Party. The Committee’s biggest event is the Holiday Awards Party for volunteers, sponsors, committee chairs and board members near the end of November. Annual awards are presented to the MVPs for each committee along with special awards from the board to outstanding volunteers. Thank You gifts are also presented to the sponsors. This is our best time to say, “Thank You!” to our volunteers, their families, and to our sponsors.
Sponsorship Committee Chaired by Joanne Hoefer
This committee and its volunteers are responsible for creating important partnerships with local and regional businesses. These businesses recognize that sponsoring the Elizabeth Stampede gives them direct exposure to their best customers. Some of the committee volunteers work as an enthusiastic sales team prospecting for and soliciting business owners to become rodeo sponsors. Other committee volunteers provide support in the form of marketing materials including the design, publishing and distribution of the Stampede’s annual magazine and program. Still other volunteers provide customer service support that includes tracking the sales progress and sponsor revenue accrual; obtaining and posting the sponsor arena banners, signs and flags; preparing and distributing benefit packages; and obtaining the sponsor announcements that are made during each rodeo performance.
Stampede Store Chaired by Lynda Schuck
This committee and its volunteers are responsible for designing, selecting, producing, obtaining and marketing the promotional merchandise for sale to the public and members of the Stampede Volunteer Family. Apparel items and other retail-type merchandise are marketed at the Elizabeth Stampede and other functions. Committee Volunteers assist in the planning, transporting, merchandising and selling of the Stampede Store items. We are always looking for volunteers to help sell official Elizabeth Stampede merchandise during rodeo weekend.
Tickets Committee Chaired by Margaret Weber
This committee and its volunteers are responsible for producing and selling tickets for the Elizabeth Stampede. Volunteers are involved in selling tickets at the Elizabeth ticket office location (3 weeks prior to the rodeo during daytime business hours) and at the arena on rodeo weekend. Taking phone orders, mailing tickets and answering lots of questions are the main responsibilities. Volunteers are also involved at the main gate during performances. We have lots of fun and are the Elizabeth Stampede’s front-line ambassadors.
Vendors Committee Chaired by Bert Debroisse
This committee and its volunteers are responsible for the Vendor Midway. The committee solicits and serves local and regional businesses who see an opportunity to market their goods and services to an average of 10,000 rodeo fans that traditionally visit the Elizabeth Stampede. The committee lays out the Vendor Midway, prepares the booth spaces, and meets the special needs of our vendors including arranging to provide vendors with electrical power and other services. The committee sets up and coordinates the operation of the Information Booth with other committees and volunteers. Vendor Committee volunteers keep a visual presence on the Midway during the Stampede to answer any and questions from the vendors and the public, and meet any needs that may arise. The committee keeps communication lines open throughout the year with existing vendors and prospective new vendors.
Web Site and Email Communications Committee Chaired by Patricia Jackson
This committee is responsible for gathering information for web content from committee chairs, board members and other sources. It provides information to the Stampede’s web vendor for updates to the web site. It collects and processes photos for web publication. The committee works closely with the web vendor to assure the web site is accurate and current. It provides backup programming to the vendor during absences. It provides information to board members and committee chairs about best practices for web design and programming. It tests the web site after updates and reports to the vendor.This committee also serves as the Stampede’s information and communications clearing house through the Stampede email system. This committee maintains the volunteer email list on Constant Contact.