Commodore

Every year since 1954 a Commodore has helped lead FIBArk. In the early years the Commodore was responsible for organizing the races and attracting international competitors. In recent years the Commodore has been chosen as an honorary position. Commodore’s are selected from the Salida community and generally are recognizable by their official hat. Look for them in the parade, in the beer garden, or during the competitions.

Salida resident Kim Bouldin is 2016 FIBArk Commodore

Salida resident Kim Bouldin is the 2016 FIBArk Commodore. Bouldin moved to town in 1995 and was selected by FIBArk Board of Directors for her community spirit, long-time support of the event and her commitment to outdoor adventure.

The 68th FIBArk Whitewater Festival presented by Eddyline Brewing is slated for June 16-19 when hundreds of athletes and thousands of spectators come to historic downtown Salida and Riverside Park. The tradition of a FIBArk Commodore dates back to 1954 when they were responsible for organizing the boat races and attracting international competitors. In recent years the Commodore has been chosen as an honorary position given to a member of the community.

Kim is a veteran of multiple Grand Canyon and other western river trips and still manages to find time to get out on the Arkansas.  “I still love to raft,” she said. “But the most fun is getting my kids on the river. I see how important that spirit is.”

Kim and her husband Scott recently sold Moonlight Pizza after 13 years of successful ownership. During her years at Moonlight approximately $40,000 was donated to local organizations and community programs through the Moonlight Monday program, which contributed 10 percent of the Monday sales to a worthy cause.

Additionally, Moonlight provided hundreds of pizzas for FIBArk board meetings and contributed financial support towards music at the festival. The amazing partnership that Kim fostered with the community and FIBArk continues under the new owners. “It was hard work but I felt it was a way to provide for the community and be a part of what’s happing,” she said. “Plus, pizza makes people happy.”

In 2011 Kim joined  Ark Valley High Rollers, a competitive roller derby team. In 2015 she and other members of the team completed a 2,500 mile, coast-to-coast roller skate across America raising funds for Joyful Heart Foundation, a non-profit that works to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. Kim was also an advocate/director of the Salida-based Alliance Against Domestic Abuse for many years and in 2015 she was named the Salida Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year.

 

 

Previous FIBArk Commodores

  • 1954 Howard Blakey
  • 1955 Doyle Johns
  • 1956 Ted Jacobs
  • 1957 Ted Riley
  • 1958 Riley Bartley
  • 1959 Steve Frazee
  • 1960 John Peeples
  • 1961 Ralph King
  • 1962 Laurence Campton
  • 1963 Tony Kolbeck
  • 1964 George Oyler
  • 1965 Ken Teter
  • 1966 Xaver Wuerfmannsdobler
  • 1967 Ralph Hagerman/Dannie Makris
  • 1968 Vern Cato
  • 1969 Lee Sharpe
  • 1970 Glenn Vawser
  • 1971 George Theotokatos
  • 1972 Phil Noll
  • 1973 John Stokes
  • 1974 Tom Bainbridge
  • 1975 Leland Leak
  • 1976 Alan Sulzenfuss
  • 1977 Stu Nadler
  • 1978 Jeanne Foster
  • 1979 Merle Baranczyk
  • 1980 Rich Musat
  • 1981 Linda Grover
  • 1982 Larry Smith
  • 1983 Jeff Snyder
  • 1984 Burma DeFarges
  • 1985 Tony Aiello
  • 1986 Dennis Mitchell
  • 1987 Dave Tunison
  • 1988 Penny Taylor
  • 1989 Ray James
  • 1990 Mike Perschbacher
  • 1991 Charlie Alexander
  • 1992 Rebecca Bornhurst
  • 1993 Tom Ewing
  • 1994 Tom Phillips
  • 1995 Tom Karnuta
  • 1996 John Hansen
  • 1997 Donna Rhoads
  • 1998 Dave Dickerson
  • 1999 Dave McCann
  • 2000 Bonnie Schwam
  • 2001 Mark Roman
  • 2002 Bill Murphy
  • 2003 Wendell Hutchinson/Andy Hutchinson
  • 2004 Fred Lowry
  • 2005 Darwin Hibbs
  • 2006 J. Argys
  • 2007 Lawrence Campton
  • 2008 Gary Lacy
  • 2009 Patrick “Lee” Hawkins
  • 2010 PT Wood
  • 2011 Mike Harvey
  • 2012 Shawn Gillis
  • 2013 Ed Loeffel
  • 2014 Greg Felt
  • 2015 Bill Block
  • 2016 Kim Bouldin