Thursday, October 24, 2013

HERO PROFILE #14: Evocatus

Photo by David Carnahan
Based out of: Seattle

Team Affiliation: Rain City Superhero Movement

Team title: Executive Officer, Director of Human Resources
Author's notes: After asking Evocatus to sum up who he is and why he joined the Rain City Superhero Movement in Seattle, I thought I would just repost most of his response here.

From Evocatus: 

Hi, I’m Evocatus, or “Evo,” for short. I joined the RCSM candidacy program in September 2012, and became a junior ranking member shortly after. I had been a fan of Phoenix Jones for a while prior to that, and was fascinated by an actual team of people who chose to make an active difference in their community, by patrolling the streets of Seattle.
Having spent nearly a decade in the military, I was drawn to working in a team element, and had honestly missed that particular component once I’d left that life behind. This, combined with a strong sense of community service, seemed to make me a shoe-in for this line of volunteer activism.
Learning about each individual member, helped me understand why we’re all here. Most of us are in our mid-20’s to mid-30’s, married, children, work regular jobs, and live otherwise quite normal lives, which wasn’t what I’d expected. I think most of us presume anyone in the RLSH community is likely in their teens, live with their parents, and play video games for a living. The members of this team are quite real, and aren’t the normal caricatures of spandexed heroism we’re used to imagining. Simply put, we’re everyone. 
We’re you, reading this. We’re that guy that helps you jump start your car at work, or the woman that offers you to go ahead of her in line at the store. We are that kind person that offers a smile every morning at the bus stop, we are that person that kept the door open a few more seconds so you could get in from the rain, we are the volunteer at that one crisis clinic a friend you know went to.
I’ve since been patrolling at least once per week for over a year now, have done several blood drives, spoken at schools, worked with a camp for disabled children, conducted/participated in almost two dozen food & clothing handouts for the homeless, and I’m excited for the future of this team, and the things we may inspire others to also do.
The question often comes up, about why I joined the Rain City Superhero Movement. Being a part of this is simple; the tangible differences I make to my community keep me motivated, and in love with this city. The real questions I wonder are, “Why not,” and, “Why did I wait so long to start?”
Be safe, be kind.
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  1. Evo is a great guy and loves what he does. I enjoy anytime I get to spend with RCSM and wish I had more time and money to do more with them. By the way thats a sexy picture (I took so I am biased LOL).

  2. A great guy that helps bring added support to the team. A great addition to the movement. Glad to see you out there!

  3. Evo has added a touch of professionalism to the team of Rain City. DOnt get me wrong, they were pro before he arrived but hes added a level of respectability not seen in many organizational structures; especially where the costumed clad are concerned! lol

    Hes a genuinely nice guy who will give a dollar to the person holding the cardboard sign by the side of the freeway overpass.. not many will do that.

  4. I've been watching the team develop and grow into a well established organization in just a few short years.
    I'd have to say Evocatus was one of the prominent figures I've aspired to model from.
    Right now, I'm prototyping an easy-to-don, lightweight under armor to reduce blunt force trauma, and eventually looking into joining the movement or starting another chapter in southern California.
    "To know one truth, you'll need to read from two books." -Tyr

  5. The picture is fantastic! The mask is to be marveled, but the man behind it is what we admire eh?

  6. I am deeply impressed by the RLSH movement. I fit the description of one who practices random acts of kindness on a daily basis - but I lack the physical skills to be more active. I would appreciate your comment on the book I am blogging @ wordpress - some of it is autobiographical, and a quick read of the "Jane" chapters will tell you everything about why RLSH add hope to my life. Thanks to all!

  7. He seems like an awesome rolemodel. I'm happy you wrote this /Gleipner

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  9. His masks is soooo coool!! :D
    I just love Evocatus!

  10. Cool costume,does good work and served in the military, what more can you ask for?

  11. I'm so thankful that you're out there doing what you do. I've always tried to be a good person to everyone I meet, but you at RCSM go well above and beyond. Thanks for making the city I live in safer.

  12. You guys are doing the world some good keep it up