Feb 212017
 

We have another poll question today, and it concerns the content of this website. We want the Rose City Riveters website to be a quality resource for supporters- but to do so effectively, we need to know what you want!

Can you give us a minute of your time today? Thanks! And please feel free to expand on your thoughts in the comments.

What do you want to see on the Riveters website vs. what's currently there?

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Jan 312017
 

(Cross-posted from timbersarmy.org)

“To support soccer from the grassroots to the highest professional level”

Chances are that if you’re at all familiar with the 107 Independent Supporters Trust (107IST), you recognize that as our mission. Those words have been the guiding force behind everything we’ve done as organization since we were formed in 2009.

The 107IST was born out of the Timbers Army with the purpose of doing the heavy lifting on behalf of a vibrant supporters’ culture that was in the midst of a transition to MLS and the associated stadium renovations. The establishment of the non-profit organization was necessary to provide a stable point of contact to the Front Office on all issues facing supporters, be accountable for the management of all finances, house the intellectual and physical assets, as well as build on our already established record in the community.

The 107IST was founded to be the engine that drives the Timbers Army.

In the early days there really was little distinction between the Timbers Army and the 107IST. The 107IST Board of Directors supported the operations of the Timbers Army, and the two entities were viewed by most people as being synonymous.

However, in 2012, a change occurred with the announcement of the National Women’s Soccer League and the news Portland would have a team. When the Portland Thorns FC announcement was made official, supporters were already working to come together, organize, and plan for showing their dedication to the new team. The Rose City Riveters supporters group was born out of passion, anticipation, and civic pride, and quickly joined the 107ist community. From the beginning, in accordance with our mission and the wishes of the 107IST members, there has been a close relationship between the 107IST and the Rose City Riveters. This has included everything from knowledge sharing, to organizational support, to sharing the 107IST infrastructure. The Riveters have supported the Thorns from day one, and have set the standard on a global scale for what it means to support a women’s soccer team. Their tifo is second to none, they travel across the country to support their club, and they share this knowledge freely with other burgeoning SGs.

To be sure, there have been growing pains over the past few years, but there has also been much work done to identify problems and work through them.

Even though this relationship is now entering its fifth year, we still see a lot of confusion amongst members of the Portland soccer community. We thought that as we head into the 2017 seasons for both teams, it would be a good time to put out a succinct statement that clarifies the relationship between the 107IST, Rose City Riveters, and Timbers Army.

The 107IST is the umbrella under which both supporters groups live. It supports both groups as equal peers. Today the 107IST Board is still the de facto board for the Timbers Army, while the Rose City Riveters have their own steering committee. Lexi Stern sits on the steering committee as a 107IST Board member, and the rest of those positions are filled by core Rose City Riveters volunteers who oversee Riveters subcommittees.

As our work has evolved, we have incorporated both Rose City Riveters and Timbers Army work on the 107IST Community Outreach committee. We are looking to continue to evolve this cooperative participation at the 107IST committee level in several other areas, such as in travel and membership.

Over time we expect this “cross-pollination” to grow. We also expect that certain committees will work closely together, but remain separate as it makes the most sense. Game day is a good example here: we use the collective buying power of the 107IST to the benefit of both groups, but the actual day-to-day management of stadium operations are handled by two distinct teams.

Additionally, as time goes on, you’ll see the 107IST and the Timbers Army becoming more distinct from each other when appropriate. This started with the 107IST newsletter (which has always included both Timbers Army and Rose City Riveters news) as well as with Green Weekend (where both SGs have participated for the past few years).  As we continue to grow and evolve, you’ll likely see some messages come from 107IST, some from Timbers Army, some from Rose City Riveters, and some from combinations of the three, as appropriate.

In the end, the best summary of all of this is with an updated tagline that we’ve actually been using for a while:

The 107 Independent Supporters Trust: The engine behind the Timbers Army and Rose City Riveters.

Respectfully Signed,
The 107IST Board of Directors and Rose City Riveters Steering Committee

Sep 122016
 

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In each of the four National Women’s Soccer League seasons, the Rose City Riveters have presented a trophy to the Thorns player who exemplifies what the supporters consider to be vanguard traits: connecting the spirit of the club with the city’s character, and their selfless contributions to both. These trophies have evolved over the years and intentionally carry an element describable as “We-Can-Do-It-Ourselves” if you may. Utilizing the makers and engineers at the local creative space ADX Portland, this year’s trophy features a reclaimed industrial gear, hand-crafted rose made of copper and steel, and fabricated steel background featuring the Riveters badge. It also has some fancy words on it which are about to be explained.

Some schools of thought insist that it is defense which wins games. The Rose City Riveters have determined that its consummate defender and backline leader has won not just hardware but their hearts. Emily Menges, who has worn her fervency like a badge of honor for her whole career, was voted as Player of the Year after a week-long poll contributed to by hundreds of Riveters. To commemorate this choice, Menges was presented this unique trophy after the final home match of the 2016 season on September 11th.

Photo by Ray Terrill

Throughout this season Menges has been a standout, a vital play-maker who has helped to keep the Thorns in the NWSL playoff race. She has shown to be a steady, reliable and club-minded player during a season loaded with instability thanks to national team call-ups, unfortunate injuries and the dreams of success for all who played at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Her individual production on the pitch is the stuff of highlight reels. Amazing as those efforts have been, when combined with her numerous displays of genuine appreciation to her teammates, supporters and everyday fans of the Thorns (those smiles and finger-points and waves which are less noticeable by the large cameras but noted and shared all the same by individuals), they have endeared Menges to us as a step above all.

It is interesting to note that the 2016 Riveters Player of the Year choice was the first year where the figures showed significant parity among the candidates rather than a singular, distinctive pick. This should be considered as high praise not just to the choice of Menges, but to all who were close in the running, who were voted for en masse, as well as those who have been considered in the past. We are fortunate to have a proud club, one that is full of talented and impassioned players to consider and honor.

Congratulations to Emily Menges, thank you to all of the players, and Onward Rose City.

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Sep 062016
 

In May of this year, many of you took the time to complete a survey created by Andrew Guest, PhD and Anne Luijten from the University of Portland. As you may recall, the purpose of the survey was in part to determine why the Thorns are one of the most popular women’s sports teams in the world. Thank you to those who took the time to add your contribution via the survey and interviews.

Dr. Guest has shared the results of the research with us, which you can view here.

While some of the contents won’t come as a surprise, it is an incredibly informative piece and great for sharing.

Apr 142016
 

This season, we’re going to try something new. For each match, we’re going to be collecting different items to donate to area organizations that help those in need. Our focus is on those seeking shelter from abusive relationships or have fallen on hard times who need a warm place to stay and basic supplies.

The first organization to partner with the Rose City Riveters in this effort is Rose Haven.

Rose Haven serves women and children experiencing the trauma of abuse, loss of home and other disruptive life challenges. Rose RH_logo_rgb_bgHaven’s mission is to maintain a safe, respectful community while providing our guests with support and services to assist them in regaining stability in their lives. – http://rosehaven.org/about-us/mission-history/

For the first event, we are asking our community to help us collect oral care products such as toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss. These are items that Rose Haven is in dire need of, as they serve 30 individuals a day on average and provide these basic items to each person who calls on them for help.

If you are able, please bring new toothbrushes, unopened toothpaste, and sealed packages of floss to the Fanladen (1633 SW Alder St) on Sunday, April 17th from 5:00 to 6:30pm. The match starts at 7pm, so hopefully everyone can drop off their items and get to their seats with plenty of time!

We will be partnering with other community organizations for future drives. As we get those events confirmed, keep an eye out for a schedule for all matches!

 

Feb 112016
 

On Sunday, February 21st, the Riveters will be hosting the second winter meet-up & volunteer recruitment event. This will be at Blitz 99 located at 10935 SW 68th Pkwy in Tigard from 11am – 1pm. We chose to do it early in the day, on a Sunday, to make it easier for folks who couldn’t get to the Thursday night meet-up earlier in the month. Also, the Timbers have a preseason match that evening, so hopefully there is limited conflict.

Come out to this meet-up if you want to connect with like minded fans and also if you’re interested in getting more involved in 2016. We are looking for a lot of new faces to join our efforts and will have committee members on hand to share info about what we do and answer any questions you may have.

If you cannot make it out to either of the meet-ups but still want to get involved, please add your information to one of the sign up forms below. You can sign up for as many committees as you would like. We will be in touch shortly after you sign up to let you know when the next meeting will be or ask about how you would like to get involved.

Feb 022016
 

On Thursday, February 11, we’re holding the first of at least two preseason Rose City Riveters meetups and info sessions for prospective volunteers. This one will be at Bazi Bierbrasserie on SE 32nd and Hawthorne from 6:30-8:30pm. If you’re interested in chatting directly with subcommittee leads about the positions where we need help, come on down! In either case, come down to catch up with fellow supporters and meet new people.

We have signup forms online for open volunteer slots. Whether or not you can make it to one of the in-person events, we encourage you to fill out the online form for any position in which you’re interested:

Hope to see you there!

Jan 312016
 

Thanks to those of you who were able to attend today’s 107ist Annual General Meeting. For a more complete recap of the event and lots of 8×10 color glossy pictures with circles and arrows, go here. To cut to the chase, though: we need you! Here are the Riveters volunteer signup forms for this year:

As always, if you’re interested in painting tifo, the call will go out for help with individual displays when the time comes.

Feel free to email us with any questions you might have. Our committee leads expect to get back to all applicants within the coming weeks.

Nov 152013
 

The 107ist is holding the annual elections over the next week. There is a candidate forum on Saturday, November 16th from 1-3pm at the Artists Repertory Theater (SW Morrison & 16th).

The Rose City Riveters is a new supporters group. We thought some members might be new to this process and wanted to stress the importance of the support of the 107ist, as well as why it is important to get involved with the decisions made in the organization. To help convey the importance of voting in the current election cycle if you are already a member and joining/renewing with 107ist in 2014, we’ve asked for feedback from three active Rose City Riveters. Their voices are below.

Luke Fritz:

I joined the effort that eventually became known as Rose City Riveters immediately upon Portland being announced as an NWSL team. My roots of support for women’s soccer are personal and local. My friend Ruth used to offer me her player’s allotment tickets for her University of Portland games. This allowed me to realize what outstanding role models and players the Pilots were – it was easy to connect to and cheer on my friend and her teammates.

When the Thorns were announced as a franchise, I also felt a special responsibility to support the team because of my work as a high school teacher. My students frequently tell me about participating in sports. In order for the girls I teach to have a professional soccer career in the US as a legitimate option, this league *must* be successful.

Having been an outsider of any formal soccer supporters groups in Portland until late last year, the experience of finding conduits for supporting the Thorns has been revealing. I learned there was a real groundswell of support for the team before a game had been played, a player announced, or even a name for the team. It took me a while to learn enough about what the 107ist does and how it operates before I committed to joining, but I am glad I did. The work the organization does, entirely on a volunteer basis, is outstanding. The access to ideas, energy, and funding for support is absolutely essential to what the Rose City Riveters aspire to do in supporting the Thorns, our town, and our community. As such, it is critically important that we elect 107ist board members who align with the stated mission to support soccer at all levels in Portland, especially in regards to this wonderful opportunity for growth.

Lexi Stern:

I’ve been volunteering on game day ops for the TA for a few years. This past year I’ve also gotten pretty heavily involved in helping to create the Rose City Riveters game day experience both at home and on the road, helping however I can with drums, chants, tifo, flags, whatever. I can tell you firsthand that virtually none of what we’ve accomplished could have come about without the support of the 107ist and their commitment to growing soccer in this city.

Having a Riveters liaison to the 107ist board gave us a voice: it let us work directly with both the Timbers Army and the Timbers/Thorns FO to take advantage of relationships and processes already in place, and it gave us access to funds to use on our way to becoming self-sustaining. That is how we got flags, drums, and smoke, and permission to store and use them in Jeld-Wen. That is how we got shared space, materials, and additional budget to create tifo for Thorns matches, including the largest tifo display on record for a women’s club team anywhere. That is how we were able to produce scarves, T-shirts, patches, and more. That is how we could afford to print chant and info sheets week after week to get new supporters involved on game day.

All of this is why it’s so important that you, as a Rose City Riveter, familiarize yourself with the current slate of candidates for the 107ist board and cast your vote thoughtfully. If you’re not a member this year, this is why you should join for 2014.

Gabby Rosas:

The Riveters did a great job this year, having only a few months to get organized, determine a game plan, then execute those ideas. But our women’s soccer supporters group had a head start on other groups in the NWSL – we had the 107ist supporting every effort we made. From the bus trips to Tukwila where the 107ist fronted the costs of the buses and tickets, to the Superhero tifo at the final where the 107ist paid for the materials and facility.

The Riveters have a great relationship with the Thorns Front Office because we are a part of the 107ist. When we wanted to present our Rose City Riveters Player of the Year with an award (a vase and base paid for by the 107ist), our relationship with the Front Office allowed us on the field after the match to give that award to Karina.

But I want to do more. We have dreams and goals. We want to grow. And we can grow with continued support.

If you’re a paid member of the 107ist, you’re already supporting the Rose City Riveters and the Thorns. We need your continued support. Make sure you get involved in the candidate forum on Saturday and please vote.

Please share your own reasons for supporting the 107ist in the comments. We want to make sure everyone understands the importance of getting involved.

Aug 012013
 

Well, probably not all the things. Just whichever ones I remember to write here.

Okay. Sunday is match day. This is the last guaranteed home match this season. As of right this second, the Thorns hold second place in the standings and, if that holds, they will host a semifinal playoff match. If they slip to third place, they’ll travel. We’ve officially entered ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN territory here.

The forecast for Sunday shows temperatures in the low 90s, but your Thorns need you to bring it. They need you loud and proud. They also need you to bring sunscreen and drink lots of water. Hydrate, people. Don’t let them down because you wilted. You know that brand new scarf you just got from the fine folks at the merch Rav4? Even 90 degrees isn’t too hot to wear it – just go soak it in water first. Trust me on this one.

So, let’s talk a little about location. Ideally, we want everyone on their feet in 106-108. Sing your hearts out, brothers and sisters. If you want to sit and spectate, please to be moving elsewhere. While all of the North End is considered standing/singing/etc., there are some perfectly lovely pockets of 109/110/204/205 that are less active and more appropriate for those who really enjoy the feel of a hard plastic chair or wooden bleacher on their behind.

As some of you may have heard, we had a little confusion over two-sticks last Sunday. All is well. Bring your two-sticks, but there are two things to remember about this. Please be respectful of those around you and don’t put your two-stick up during the run of play. Secondly, if your two-stick requires twenty-seven interlocking pieces of pvc and six bungee cords to hold it together, it’s best that you just build that particular (peculiar?) fort in your back yard and don’t bring it to JWF. Okay, I guess there’s a third thing: if your two-stick is big enough to drape an aircraft carrier, it might be best displayed hanging from the rail at the front of the 100s. Holly usually has some zip ties. (Someone please remind me to mention to her that I’ve now announced on the internet that she might have spare zip ties to share.)

Merch! The merch Rav4 will be in the Koi Fusion lot at 20th & Burnside pre- and post-match. It’ll be stocked with scarves, buttons and t-shirts, photos of which can be seen on Twitter (@pdxriveterssg) or on the Facebook page. Please to be buying all the things. Scarves are $15. Buttons are $1. T-shirts are assorted sizes, $15 each, $17 for extended sizes. We’re working toward an online purchase option, but we’re not quite there.

Tickets! If you’ve got extra when gameday rolls around, please consider dropping them off with the merch crew. They’ll get them into the hands of folks who need them and any donations will go to the 107ist. Oh, do you still need tickets? Go here: https://www.facebook.com/events/180844102067573/.

Freeway! So, because ODOT hates the east side of Portland, they’ve chosen to close I-84 westbound from 11 p.m. Saturday night through 5 a.m. Monday morning. Please plan accordingly. Ride MAX. Timbers match Saturday night? Get a hotel room and just stay downtown all weekend. It’s kind of like a staycation but with turndown service and three footy matches in 24 hours.

So, that’s all the Sunday stuff, I think. Here comes All The Other Stuff.

The Riveters are hosting next Wednesday’s away viewing at On Deck in the Pearl (910 NW 14th). Match starts at 4 p.m. and they’ll also show the Timbers/RSL USOC match following the Thorns/Breakers match. Happy hour until 6 p.m. Kids welcome. Wifi available. Please RSVP here so we know you’re coming.

Playoff tickets! Season ticket holders should have gotten an email about deposits for playoff tickets. To secure your seats, you need to respond by August 9th. Do this. Deposit is $2. TWO DOLLARS. The balance of the ticket price will be charged later. It’s all in the email. If you didn’t get the email, please call your ticket rep.

Tukwila Away! We’re making another trip north to see the Thorns take on the Reign in lovely Tukwila. Get on the bus. Tickets are available here. Please don’t wait until the last minute. We don’t want you to miss out. Our first trip up was amazing. You don’t want to miss this. Seriously.

And here’s the thing I’ve saved for last. There’s a pretty epic thing that’s going to happen Sunday. Lots of folks put a lot of hard work into it but, without the help of the 107ist, it wouldn’t be happening on this scale. If you haven’t already, please consider joining the 107ist. Membership is $25 per person and nets you a ton of discounts for area businesses in addition to supporting both the Timbers Army and the Rose City Riveters. Click here to join and tell them we sent you.

 

Did I miss anything?