Kim Atterbury, volunteer of the year
Over the past year I’ve had the honor to work with an incredible group of volunteers at Cascade. I want to sincerely thank each and everyone of you who helped out this year. Volunteers are the heart of the Cascade Bicycle Club—thank you! Be sure to join us this Thursday, Dec. 4 for our Annual Volunteer Appreciation Party!
Kim Atterbury is one of those people whose smile lights up the room. She’s been volunteering for 12 years with Cascade Bicycle Club, starting on her 40th birthday.
“I made up my mind to do something positive and rode around Lopez Island. The following year I started to ride the Seattle to Portland,” she said.
Kim started volunteering at Cascade with her daughter, and has been volunteering and riding STP every year since.
When I volunteer, I feel that I get back more than I give. Staff and members are always welcoming and appreciative of my time and effort!
- Kim Atterbury, volunteer of the year
Kim says she is encouraged to volunteer because “staff and the other volunteers have such a positive attitude. I enjoy hearing about their bike riding experience and adventures.”
One of Kim’s favorite bike ride destinations is the Mukilteo lighthouse because of the beautiful views. RSVP is her favorite Cascade ride because of the great route and people.
Kim is a teacher and a spin instructor; and it shows when she’s helping and motivating other volunteers. In the summer, Kim is frequently at the Cascade office, staying for those extra-long shifts and helping with packet stuffing parties. She breaks up her double shift with a jog down to Lake Washington.
“When I volunteer, I feel that I get back more than I give,” she said. “Staff and members are always welcoming and appreciative of my time and effort.”
In 2014 Kim took on new roles, helping with route marking and recruiting more volunteers for railroad track monitors in Arlington.
Kim fondly remembers this story of volunteering at a Red Bell rest stop in Arlington: “At about the time I was shutting down, a very tired woman stopped for food and water. When I spoke to her, she told me had just rented her bike the previous day. She said this was her first time riding the bike and learning how to ride with clips! She remained positive and wanted to continue. At that time a support car approached and offered her a ride to the next rest stop so she could complete the ride,” Kim recalled.
Kim’s compassion, motivation and dedication to Cascade is inspiring. On behalf of all Cascade staff, board, members and volunteers, thank you Kim for all you have given this year!