Big Sky State Games announces the Osborne Volunteers of the Year Award

The Big Sky State Games 2021 Osborne Volunteers of the Year are Kyle Schlichenmayer, Roz Robinson, Melody Bilden, and Dave Omen. The award is named after Tom Osborne and his family; Tom was the Big Sky State Games founder and Executive Director from 1986-1996. It was the vision and volunteer spirit of the Osborne Family that initiated and sustained the early years of the Big Sky State Games. The Osborne Volunteer of the Year award provides the opportunity to reward volunteers who follow through with that same spirit of service, commitment, and enthusiasm for the Big Sky State Games.

Kyle Schlichenmayer has served as the Big Sky State Games Basketball Commissioner for the last seven years. In his younger years, he was an avid basketball player and coach. He enjoys volunteering for the Big Sky State Games because the State Games was something he always looked forward to as a young player. Kyle is a Commercial Real Estate Specialist for Coldwell Banker Commercial CBS.

Roz Robinson has been volunteering as the Equestrian Pony Show Commissioner for the past five years and a volunteer before becoming the commissioner. Roz grew up around horses and volunteered for 20 years as a 4H Leader. She spent many years raising miniature horses that she incorporated into 4H for kids to show at county fairs and local mini shows. Fellow Equestrian Commissioner, Melody Bilden, stated “she is very organized and passionate about the pony show. She sincerely enjoys watching people raise, show and appreciate the qualities of mini horses.”

Melody Bilden has been Equestrian Horse Show Commissioner for eleven years. Melody grew up on a horse ranch in Colorado. She started showing horses and entering rodeos by the age of 10. She looks forward to helping gather horse people from all breeds to enjoy a full day of fun and great competition. Equestrian Pony Show Commissioner, Roz Robinson stated, “she is famous for taking the time to advise and help the entrants with any problems they have.” In addition to her role with BSSG, Melody is an advisor for the miniature horse show for the fair along with managing the Draft Horse Expo.

David Omen stated, “the Yellowstone Rimrunners taught me to run in one event and help in another.” So with that counsel, Dave began volunteering for the Big Sky State Games in 1990 and has volunteered in 31 of the past 32 State Games. In addition to volunteering, he has competed in 31 State Games! Dave can be found assisting the Soaked Fun Run and with Road Race events. Dave also volunteers for many other events including the Women’s Run.

Major sponsors of the Big Sky State Games are Kampgrounds of America, First Interstate Bank, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana. Wendy’s sponsors Opening Ceremonies.

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