Wednesday, March 30, 2005

interested in REAL Roller Derby..?

April 6th is the next Penn Jersey She Devils Roller Derby League meeting at Drinker's Tavern, 124 Market St., Philadelphia, at 8:00PM.
If you want to find out more about our league and help us bring the tradition of REAL ROLLER DERBY ACTION back to Philadelphia, come on down, meet everyone and learn what it's all about.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2005

More news...

the Penn Jersey She Devils are living the charmed life these days. It looks like Jeffrey Hart, 1972 Rookie of the Year and skater with the 1972 Champion Eastern Warriors is very interested in helping with training our girls in the fine art of Roller Derby. He's going to come out to our next open skate, which will be this Saturday at our new rink and introduce himself to the girls. Ken and I had the pleasure of spending some time with Jeffrey over dinner recently and he was openly enthusiastic about our efforts. He's a wonderful and warm person and we welcome his interest and input and, most of all, his friendship.
When Jeffrey isn't hanging out with us crazy roller derby folks, he's a Program Coordinator with The Art Sanctuary in North Philadelphia.

Also, in the help and friendship area, the Penn Jersey She Devils would like to shout out a big THANKS! to Suzy Hotrod, of our friendly neighbors to the north, the Gotham Girls! She came down to hang with some of us last Saturday and really went above and beyond with friendly advice and some really great basic skills training and drills with some of the girls out on the rink. She most definitely ROCKS!!!.

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Thursday, March 10, 2005


so here's what's been going on:
1.  We have a rink.  Some minor details need to be attended to and some conversations need to happen, but for the most part it's a done deal.  The floor is fantastic, it's the best maintained wood we've seen.  There is a two-tiered public area that will hold at least five hundred people and some fund raising tables and such with no problem.  Great lighting system, great sound system, in-house pro shop and very supportive staff!   Only fifteen or twenty minutes out of Center City Philadelphia with loads of free parking on the grounds.
 2.  We have a speed skating trainer.  After a year of trying to find this fellow, it turns out that he is associated with the very same rink!  Our girls are going to be trained by the one and only Buggy Allmond, Champion Speed Skater and all around great guy.  Having someone of his talent and ability work with us is beyond anything we could wish for.  Thanks, Buggy!
3.  Mary Allmond, Buggy's wife, runs the pro shop and is going to make sure our girls are properly outfitted with everything they need and she's a regional representative for USARS!
4.  We had a meeting with someone this week who seemed quite interested in maybe being our derby coach!  He's a former Eastern Warriors’ skater out of Philadelphia, who was on one the championship teams of the seventies and was also a Rookie of the Year.  He's well known in derby circles and will be another major addition to our growing number of supporters.  We'll let you know soon how it works out!  (We'll be practicing groveling and begging, just in case that's what it takes, that's how much we like this guy!)

The girls have been busy getting the word out around town.  There are lots of businesses and organizations that are interested in being She Devils sponsors, as well as bands that want to do fund raising events with us, clubs that are willing to hold events for us, artists who want to do free photo sessions and illustrate our posters and handouts, we have someone who is going to build our Penalty Wheel and any other stuff we might need for our matches, it's freaking mindblowing!  The City of Philadelphia is starting to get She Devils fever, thanks to the girls!   
We had our second meeting at Drinker's Tavern last night and another eighteen girls signed up, bringing the ranks up to thirty three as of now.  Along with that we have promises of help from their friends who are willing to do whatever we need them to do to make this happen.   The girls decided what committees they want to be on so we can start ironing out some of the nasty legal and accounting stuff that needs to be taken care of, as well as writing our by-laws and team rules, setting up dues,  car pools, phone chains, the usual stuff.   
Ok, that's enough blabbing for now.  Ken and I are suffering from spinning head syndrome right now and it's great to have so many girls who want to help with the "dirty work" that is necessary to make this happen, and so many others who are ready to pitch in and make sure we don't loose it!
Thanks to you all!

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Friday, March 04, 2005

we will have...

a huge announcement here on Thursday, 3/10...
we scored big in several areas and will be discussing it with the league on Wednesday at our monthly get together at Drinker's Tavern! Check back here to find out what it's all about!
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