The Williams Lake Stampede Association is proud to honour two long-serving volunteers, Rick & Lorrie Rhodes as the 2011 Life Time Stampede Pass recipients.
Lorrie first volunteered back in the early 1980’s; beginning as an organizer/judge with the Fall Fair, which in those days was run by two-purpose board; Stampede & Fall Fair.
Then she got involved with Stampede helping to organize Barn Dances and in the late 1980’s when they started having casinos; Rick joined to help run the casinos – the couple did the chip counts, money counts, balancing and banking as well as numerous other tasks for all 4 days of Stampede, sometimes working almost round the clock (10am to 4am) - it was exhausting!
After the casino ceased, they ran the grandstand beer gardens, then expanded to the back of the grandstand (eventually called the “Let-R-Buck Saloon”) and with Vince Hoffman began the Karaoke contest (very successful) while continuing to oversee the Barn Dances as well. Tasks included; acquiring liquor licenses/beer tokens, ordering beer, transporting beer – to grounds/barn dances (keeping it cold/4 days), arranging security, liaison with RCMP, enlisting volunteers to pour beer, arranging empty can/storage, counting money/depositing it; a mind-boggling array of jobs.
Rick & Lorrie designed, printed and laminated all the rodeo passes (sponsors/directors, royalty/volunteers/parking) for ten years (1993-2003), they ran the bar at the annual Stampede Dinner & Auction for a few years, Rick helped Graham Smith install a new sound system in the main grandstand in 1994 and to install/maintain the grandstand/infield office phone system. Lorrie was on the Queen committee (with Deanna Derrick).
Rick & Lorrie like to help out wherever they can and have also volunteered at the; Northern BC Winter Games, Merritt Mountain Music Festival (4 years), 2002 BC Winter Games, Canada Day Celebrations & Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards & the volunteering experience of a lifetime; the 2010 Olympic Games. Rick was a host/Canada Hockey Place (he was a torch bearer/Williams Lake) & Lorrie a team leader/Curling. They were both present at the gold medal game for their sport, Canada won in hockey & curling - it was an amazing time, they met people from all over the world.
Rick was born and raised here and Lorrie has lived here most of her life; between them they have 3 adult children & 4 grandchildren. Both are retirees from Telus and they reside at Tyee Lake where they enjoy life on the lake (boating, quad’ing, skiing) when they aren’t traveling.