How We Found the DC STAR Program

Well, the DC Rollergirls are cool like that, and reached out to Pamie with the following letter:

Pamie –

My name is Paula Brantner, otherwise known as Rock Clobster or Claw of the DC Rollergirls. I met you in 2010 when members of DCRG joined you for your book tour appearance for Going in Circles. I loved the book and found that it inspired me to continue skating until my skills were strong enough to pass fresh meat tryouts and WFTDA assessments — now I’m a member of DCRG waiting for our next draft and hoping for the best.

The other day, I was reading Katie Lee’s Groundswell, and saw your promotional blurb on the back (alas with your name misspelled.) That reminded me to visit to see what you are up to these days, and I learned about your new book (which has now been pre-ordered through Amazon.) It was there that I also learned about your work to establish the Dewey Donation System.

So, I’m contacting you on behalf of DCRG’s Charity Committee. We have a featured charity each bout, and have raised several thousand dollars this season for an animal shelter, holiday meals for the homeless, and a domestic violence shelter. Our charity chair, Bat Cat, reminded me that National Library Week is April 8-14, and our April bout is on the 14th, so it would be an excellent tie-in. We would like to support DC public libraries, but it also occurred to us that perhaps we could encourage other WFTDA leagues to all work through DDS to have their own local library campaigns.

I’m not sure what your plans are for this year’s drive (if there is one), but we would really like to work with you to make something happen, since there’s the rollergirl connection and the local charity connection that makes it a great fit for us. Please let me know if you have any questions about this, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Paula Brantner/Rock Clobster
Rock Clobster (Claw)
#B-52, DC Rollergirls
Skaters on Tap

These ladies were the rockstars of my DC book signing (RIP, impossible-to-find-by-cab Borders on K Street), and I’m thrilled to be able to find another way to give back to the derby community that has already given me so much.

Plus, they’ve got a ref named Screwy Decimal, so you know these are our people.

Another DC Rollergirl with ties is Melanie, who writes:

Six years ago, I had just been dumped and turned to (what else?) the Internet to distract me from my woe. I was already reading Television Without Pity, and I started reading the recaps there from earlier episodes of shows I watched. After I spent untold hours reading some hilarious Gilmore Girl recaps, I went to the recapper’s website. Then I spent a week pretty much reading’s archives from start to finish, with breaks only for meals, sleep, and work. I told my friends “this hilarious story I read on” until they were like “dude, I get it, she’s funny, shut UP already. Why don’t you go back to crying about that jerk, okay?”

Since then, I’ve emailed with and tweeted at Pam several times, and after Going in Circles came out, I finally met her in person at a book signing in Washington, DC. While I was waiting anxiously for a chance to say hello, I passed the time talking with some girls in the audience who skated with DCRG, and they got me started volunteering with the league. So thanks to that big jerk, because without his lameness I might not have found and roller derby!