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The Wallace Spring Synchronized Classic, held at Fitchburg State University on March  After medals were presented with the help of Robert Antonucci, president of FSU, more  “These kids compete against each other all season long, and we wanted to give them a chance to end the season having fun together. The formation in motion was amazing to  be seen on YouTube by searching “Wallace Spring Classic 2012.”


PHOTO BY DEBORA LYONS VOLUNTEERS PLAY KEY ROLE AT HEADQUARTERS


Some of the most dedicated folks at U.S. Figure Skating Headquarters are the volunteers. Most have been assisting U.S. Figure Skating 12 to 20 years, working one day a week for ap- proximately four hours at a time. They help with things such as assembling Basic Skills packets, mailing rulebooks and assisting with National Skating Month tasks. A group of nine women, the volunteers are all friends who learned about the volunteer work through each other. “I found out about the volunteer position


through a friend who found out through a friend and so on,” volunteer Leona Carter said. Although they work at U.S. Figure Skating,


the women acquired their volunteer positions through the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and, as such, have assisted with many


different sports, including hockey, cycling and  one that has continued throughout the years. “A lot of the national governing bodies have


gotten interns,” said Georgina Price, a 15-year volunteer. “USA Hockey used to call us in all the time, but now they have everything that they need-  To show appreciation for their work, the


volunteers are given special recognition. “Every year we have a luncheon for them


at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort, which we try to do in the summer,” said Debora Lyons, the       “Around Christmas, we clear out their work- space and have a little celebration and give them gift cards.” Although the volunteers have had, on av-


U.S. Figure Skating’s volunteer group helps get important information out to the organization’s constituency. That group is composed of (l-r) Leona Carter, Yvonne Gettmen, Ruth Tombs, GiGi Price, Betty Zabrusky, Joan Genna, Dottie Zabrusky, Marianne Kiskadden, Holly Doyle, Pat Kissinger.


erage, some of the longest careers with U.S. Figure Skating, they slip in and out of head- quarters almost unnoticed. However, their work is always recognized by thousands of skating families throughout the country as the packets and mailings they assemble reach homes across the country.


— Kristin Zinsmeister


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