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July 2016 - Betsey Kidwell
Congratulations to Betsey Kidwell, our July Volunteer of the Month! Betsey has been volunteering with us for 25 years. This All-Star Volunteer never stops! She has two jobs and volunteers at almost all Atlanta Track Club events as well as other organizations. Fun fact - she also helped Atlanta Track Club staffer Paula Carlisle write her wedding vows! Thank you Betsey for your tireless energy and love for Atlanta Track Club!
1. How long have you been volunteering with Atlanta Track Club?
I have been volunteering with Atlanta Track Club since 1991. My first time volunteering was the original race for the Atlanta Police Department – it was called the Fuzz Run back then. I was walking the race for PT. It was raining really hard and the Club needed assistance with check-in, so I stepped in and helped. After that I started volunteering for Atlanta Track Club races.
2. What is your favorite Atlanta Track Club event?
My favorite event is the Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon. I love the camaraderie between the staff, volunteers and runners. I also love the tradition of being up early on Thanksgiving morning and seeing the runners come through shuttling down the streets with everyone smiling, laughing and enjoying their run.
3. What is one of your best memories from volunteering at any race?
One of my best memories volunteering is from the Atlanta Track Club Puppet Trek 5K – everyone was enjoying playing with the children’s finger puppets so much that we were almost late starting the time machines and timers.
4. What is your favorite thing about volunteering with Atlanta Track Club?
My favorite thing about volunteering is feeling like I am part of a family. It never feels like volunteering or working. It feels to me like going to a family reunion - being around people who care about you and the friendships that I’ve made.
5. Do you have a favorite volunteer assignment?
Yes, my favorite assignment is the finish line. I have done just about every volunteer assignment over the years but I love being at the finish. Seeing everyone come across the line makes me happy.
6. Do you do any volunteering in the community beyond Atlanta Track Club?
Yes, I volunteer with the Jerry Lewis Telethon and several different church events with family.
7. How many Atlanta Track Club events do you typically volunteer at during the year?
As many as I can – used to be all of them but Peachtree Junior. I also volunteer for about 10 events per year outside of Atlanta Track Club.
8. What do you do for a living?
I have two jobs. For the past 22 years I have been Director of HR & Finance for Student Life at Georgia Tech. I am also a Magistrate Judge in Heard County for the past 16 years.
9. Tell us something interesting about yourself – an interesting fact or story that will help us get to know you…
When I was in high school, I was very involved with AFS – American Field Service, a program where I met students from all over the world. When I graduated, I went to Ethiopia – Addis Abba to work in the Bank of Addis Abba. I was going to meet up with a friend I met through the program. Ethiopia is a beautiful country – the mountains, the rift valley, the people, the food, the music. Unfortunately, life didn’t turn out the way I planned but the experience of being in Ethiopia for two months will never leave me.
Previous Volunteers of the Month
"Volunteer of the Month" began in March of 2015 with the launch of our new website as a way to honor and recognize our amazing Atlanta Track Club volunteers who go above and beyond the call of duty. Congratulations to our Volunteers of the Month and thank you for all that you do!