Janet Archibeque Selected for 2017 Volunteer of the Year

Photo Credit: Domani Barkley

Congratulations to Janet Archibeque, 2017 Lynn Lindstrom Memorial Award, Volunteer of the Year!

The Lynn Lindstrom Volunteer Award was established to honor Lynn’s legacy of volunteerism.  Lynn Lindstrom, Chairperson for Drums Along the Rockies since 1985, lost the battle to cancer in January, 2016.  Lynn became involved with the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps with her husband George (who was a past Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps Executive Director) in 1983, and was one of our most ardent supporter and dedicated staff member.  Lynn and George headed up Ascend Events for over 30 years, planning and managing the Drums Along the Rockies, Corps Encore, and the Friendship Cup Scholastic Marching Band Competition shows.

There are many great volunteers in our organization – and it may seem unfair to talk about just one – but it’s doubtful anyone would find fault for taking the time to recognize this member of our family:  Janet Archibeque.

As our food coordinator for the last two years, the meal planning, shopping, cooking, serving, and clean up involved in feeding 200 people on camp weekends – four times a day – is more than what a typical person might be willing to take on and endure.  But Janet has the ability to run with it and make it seem effortless.  If it’s not effortless – she hides it well.  Janet has selflessly given her time and energy to make sure the kids have meals that are not only healthy but also above the ordinary.

And if that weren’t enough, Janet also gives our tour cook support during parts of all-days and segments of tour.  And helps us with planning of our special events and even likes to be there to help with uniform fittings, alterations, and washings.

Lynn Lindstrom

Janet understands the value of those that work with her to get the job done and she creates a positive working environment for the volunteers supporting her effort. Her ability to create that welcoming environment – with caring and service at the forefront – is a trait that anyone can rally to and feel valued in the process.  Janet is so very conscientious; with a heart of gold and an infectious smile. Janet’s compassion and sincere empathy extend without bounds to every kid, every staff member, every volunteer, and out to everyone she meets.

Her son Jake plays baritone and is in his third year with the Blue Knights.  Her family of Orlando, Molly, Bill, and Teiko also deserve mention as they have fully supported her as she’s gone about her business of serving others and also by volunteering at her side.   Thank you Archibeque and McDougald families for sharing Janet with us!

Janet is a selfless volunteer and a Blue Knight at heart.  She exemplifies what we value.  We are thankful and honored to have her as a member of our Ascend Performing Arts family.

Thank you Janet!  You are truly valued and loved by us all!

Share This Post

Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps

BLUE KNIGHTS WELCOME ZACH CARRASCO

The Blue Knights are thrilled to announce that Zach Carrasco has joined the 2024 staff as our new Choreographer. Noe Gomez, Visual Designer, expressed his ...
Read More →
1960-1-_history_corps_banner_small

Blue Knights: A 65-Year Retrospective – Share Your Story!

Be a part of Blue Knights history! Share your story, photos, or souvenirs in the 65-year retrospective of the Blue Knights as we celebrate over ...
Read More →
Gateway to Rockies Podcast 1

Mark Arnold talks Blue Knights on “The Gateway to the Rockies Podcast”

Ascend Performing Arts CEO Mark Arnold joins Visit Aurora to discuss his nearly 4 decades of service to the Blue Knights, 61 years of Drums ...
Read More →
BK Hall Of Fame revisited 2

Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps Hall of Fame – Accepting Nominations

Nominations for the first Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps Hall of Fame are now being accepted by the Hall of Fame Committee for the ...
Read More →
Ascend-logo_elevating_below860x280.png

Bliss Coleman Appointed as Director of Development

Ascend Performing Arts, a leading organization in the performing arts community, is thrilled to announce the appointment of Bliss Coleman as its new Director of ...
Read More →
Blue Knights 2024 Staff Announcement

BLUE KNIGHTS WELCOMES DAVID WALKER

Ascend Performing Arts is excited to announce that David Walker has joined the Blue Knights family as our new Ensemble Coordinator! David is a freelance ...
Read More →
Scroll to Top