TELLURIDE – At its its biannual meeting on Friday, July 5, the Telluride Foundation’s Board of Directors selected longtime Telluride resident Dean Rolley as its 2013 Outstanding Citizen of the Year. The Foundation created its Outstanding Citizen award to honor individuals who unselfishly make extraordinary contributions to the region’s quality of life. Rolley was one of nine citizens nominated by their peers, for their exemplary service and volunteerism to the community.
Rolley, who moved to Telluride in 1986 , has managed Telluride Community Television (currently “Telluride TV”), served on the KOTO Board of Directors, taught video and mentored high school students, collaborated on documentary films for nonprofits, and provided sound and video services for numerous local events and organizations.
Thanks to Rolley’s commitment to the community and to video, many community events have been chronicled and local history has been preserved. Numerous organizations and community members supported this nomination.
“Dean Rolley is present at just about every important happening in the Telluride region,” said nominator Amy Levek, “Because of Dean, we have footage of events that would have faded with memory. Virtually every regional festival, school event, educational program, nonprofit organization and government relies on Dean’s technical knowledge, expertise and generous help.
As an Outstanding Citizen, Rolley will receive a commemorative plaque and a grant of $5,000 to be given in his name to the local nonprofit of his choice. Rolley shares this honor with Terry Tice (2003), Lissa Margetts (2004), John Micetic (2005), Bill Carstens (2006), John Pryor and Jane Hickcox (2007), Kathy Green (2008), Marilyn Branch (2009), Dan and Greer Garner and Andrea Benda (2010), and Billy “Senior” Mahoney (2011), and Anne Brady (2012). A celebration honoring Rolley will take place this summer.