"Roslyn Smyth was a dedicated volunteer for the Springfield Minor Baseball Association board during the 2020 season. She provided leadership and guidance in moving towards a new and inclusive team name, excelled in her role and duties as Website, Email, and Social Media Manager, and Registrar for the SMBA board (an Association of over 200 athletes),
Roslyn has been a volunteer with the Springfield Minor Baseball Association (SMBA) board for over 15 years. During those years Roslyn has become the backbone of Springfield baseball – providing leadership, guidance, creativity and above all, her time. The task of summarizing Roslyn’s contributions to baseball in the community of Springfield is not an easy one. Roslyn, or Roz as she is known to many in the community, is simply synonymous with Springfield baseball. Initially (and continually) active as team manager for her sons’ baseball teams, she exponentially broadened her roles and responsibilities with SMBA each and every year.
Roslyn became the SMBA’s Rally Cap Co-Ordinator – responsible for compiling teams, recruiting coaches, organizing the year-end wind up and celebrating the successes of a program that is routinely 70 athletes large in Springfield. As SMBA’s registrar, Roslyn took on a gargantuan responsibility for an Association of over 200 athletes. She maintained and updated SMBA’s database of athlete and coach information, accepted and processed athlete payment and provided Baseball Manitoba with the required team registration information. When Red River Valley Baseball (RRVB) and Baseball Manitoba moved towards online registration and payment she provided both RRVB and SMBA with guidance and expertise to ensure the smooth transition. Recognizing and always on the cusp of new and emerging trends and technologies, Roslyn took on the role of creating and maintaining SMBA’s website, email and social media feeds. As one of the Winnipeg Goldeyes' biggest fans, Roslyn was instrumental in organizing a yearly SMBA Goldeyes Day, a day in which Goldeyes players provided skill and team-building sessions to the SMBA athletes. Certainly one of Roslyn’s favourite days of the year – it would include a BBQ and socializing with the Goldeyes players and ended with a Springfield contingent taking in a game at Shaw Park.
Yearly, Roslyn would take the lead in organizing SMBA’s participation in Springfield’s Chicken Daze parade. Always a monumental task, it included: coordinating the safe and successful parade of athletes and organizing a BBQ and snack bag giveaway for the participants. Most recent, Roslyn was crucial in providing guidance and leadership in SMBA’s decision to move forward with a new and inclusive team name. In addition to all the specific roles and responsibilities, Roslyn became the SMBA board Mentor. She provided knowledge, guidance, expertise and kindness to all the new board members who joined during her tenure. She also was the lead volunteer recruiter – bringing many new persons to the SMBA board.
Recently, Roslyn advised the SMBA that she would be stepping down from her role as a board member. She expressed a desire to branch out to other volunteer opportunities but promised to recruit her replacement before leaving. True to her word and efficient as always – Roslyn found her replacement and has now stepped down from SMBA. The words above cannot fully express what Roslyn has meant and continues to mean to Springfield baseball. Her dedication, enthusiasm and expertise will be missed but certainly not forgotten. On behalf of the SMBA board and the members of Springfield baseball – THANK YOU ROZ!" said her nominator.
Thank you Roslyn from all of us at Baseball Manitoba!
2020 SPRINGFIELD MINOR BASEBALL - Manitoba (updated August 24, 2020)
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SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 13, 2020 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
- Oakbank Community Club, 6:30pm
- all are invited to attend
- Board Positions available: President, Secretary, Registrar, Equipment Manager, Scheduler, Rally Cap Coordinator and Special Events/Volunteer Coordinator are up for vote. Job descriptions and responsibilities for positions can be found in the Constitution, posted under "Handouts".