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IPRA and IAPD Salute "Our Finest"

by Jayne Kilborne and Laura Richter

Several outstanding professionals and commissioners were recognized for their contributions to the park and recreation field during the Illinois Park and Recreation Conference, January 26-29. at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The IPRA and IAPD Awards and Recognition Committees recognized the following individuals and agencies for outstanding service.

Robert M.Artz Distinguished Service Award
John Hedges, Oak Park Park District

Allan A. Weissburg Award
William F. "Bud" Sherman, Downers Grove Park District

IPRA Fellow Award
Kathleen Cassens, Forest Preserve District of Cook County

IPRA Professional Recognition Award
Ray Ochromowicz, Bolingbrook Park District

IPRA Meritorious Service Award
Kathy Ochromowicz, Wheaton Park District
Steve Plumb, Elmhurst Park District
Jeanine Shotas, Oak Lawn Park District

IAPD President's Citation
Brent Manning, Illinois Dept. of Conservation
John Comerio, Illinois Dept. of Conservation
Ted Flickinger, Illinois Assn. of Park Districts
Peter Murphy, Illinois Assn. of Park Districts

IPRA President's Award
Mike Rylko. Buffalo Grove Park District
John McGovem, NSSRA

Legislator Award
Representative Mary Lou Cowlishaw
Representative Arthur L. Turner

IPRA Student Scholarship Winner
Jennifer Witt, Eastern Illinois University

Distinguished Park and Recreation Agency Award
Addison Park District
Peoria Park District
Streamwood Park District

National Gold Medal Award Winners and Finalists
Pleasure Driveway and Park District of Peoria, Winner, Class II
Schaumburg Park District, Finalist, Class III
St. Charles Park District, Finalist, Class IV
Morton Grove Park District, Finalist, Class IV
Rolling Meadows Park District, Finalist, Class V
Itasca Park District, Finalist, Class V
Winnetka Park District, Finalist, Class V
Rockford Special Recreation, Finalist, Special Recreation Class I
Waukegan-Foss Special Recreation Association, Finalist, Special Recreation Class II
Champaign & Urbana Park District Special Recreation Association, Finalist, Special Recreation Class II

Arbor Day Award
St. Charles Park District
Urbana Park District

The following park districts received an Outstanding Facility Award for unique achievements in parks and recreation facility design and development.

Division II (EAV over $200 million)

Specific Use Facility
Orchard Valley Golf Course, Fox Valley Park District

Multiple Use Facility
Pottawatomie Community Center, St. Charles Park District

Aquatic Facility
Hall Quarry Beach, Batavia Park District

Tower Road Park, Winnetka Park District

Renovated Facility
Hoosier Grove Barn, Streamwood Park District

The following agencies received an Outstanding Program Award which honors public agencies for outstanding and innovative achievements in program development and implementation.

Division II (EAV of $200 million to less than $400 million)
Matteson Festival, Village of Matteson Parks and Recreation

Division III (EAV over $400 million)
Return to Pimiteoui, Pleasure Driveway and Park District of Peoria

Division IV (Special Recreation Association)
Local Special Olympics Track & Field Meet, NEDSRA

The following park district received a Conservation Program Award which honors public agencies for outstanding and innovative achievements in environmental conservation projects or programs.

Division III (EAV over $400 million)
Elmhurst Great Western Prairie, Elmhurst Park District

The IPRA Sections recognized members who have contributed to their profession through their service to each section.


Professional of the Year
Karop Bavougian, Wheeling Park District

Aquatic Center Manager of the Year
Ron Shaw, Buffalo Grove Park District

Golf Course Manager of the Year
Jim Karras, Hoffman Estates Park District

Literary Achievement
Mike dark. River Trails Park District
Steve Pohlman, Wheeling Park District
Dave Bryden, Bolingbrook Park District


Al Hattendorf Professional Award
Jamie Sabbach, Champaign Park District

Young Professional of the Year
Mari Steinbach, Woodstock Park & Recreation Department


Special Recognition Award
Burt Grey. Oswegoland Park District

Literary Awards
Margaret Arnold, Illinois State University
John McGovem, NSSRA
Ron Hallberg, IDOC
Patrick Ryan, Richton Park Parks & Recreation
Joseph Bannon, University of Illinois
Nancy Chamberlain, Arlington Heights Park District
Barbara Eaton, Wheaton Park District
Susan Balling, NEDSRA
John Joyce, Park Forest Recreation and Parks
Larry Reiner, NEDSRA
Brian Sullivan, Crete Park District
Ray Ochromowicz, Bolingbrook Park District

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Terry Schwartz, Glen Ellyn Park District
James Brademas, University of Illinois


Professional of the Year
John Buckner, SRACLC

SRANI Affiliate Award
Kern Ruddy, NISRA

Excellence in Service Award
Larry Roesch
Organization, Orland Park Lions Club
Institution, Kiley Development Center

Directors Award
Mary Jo Costello

ITRS Student Awards
Michelle Meyn, Illinois State University
Lisa Anne Wemer, University of Illinois

Special Recognition Award
Pat O'Dea-Evans, Memorial Hospital

IAPD Service Anniversary Awards honor individuals who have served 10, 15, 20 or 25 years on their park district's board of directors. Special awards were presented this year for 42 and 46 years served.

10 Years of Service
Harry A. Grissinger, Savanna
Dennis S. Hansen, Palatine
Stephen J. Henaughan, Rolling Meadows
Robert Henderson, West Chicago
Victor Lezza, Jr., Memorial
Jack C. Mahoney, Woodridge
Eugene Moran, Glen Ellyn Countryside
Dr. Frank A. Pasquale, Memorial
Kathleen Schebler, Homewood-Flossmoor
Robert "Dutch" Schultz. Palatine
Ronald Shreve, Carol Stream
Jerry C. Stout, Wood Dale
Thomas Pontarelli, Glenview

15 Years of Service
Mary Ann L. Drager, Memorial
J. Victor Erickson, Wheaton
Elaine E. Heinen, Niles
Patrick M. Hurley, Memorial
Leon P. Kipp, Woodridge
Dorothy A. Larson, Kewanee
George J. Lasota, Glen Ellyn Countryside
Frank P. Lenertz, West Chicago
Robert G. Kidd, Rantoul
Lyie Reedy, Freeport
Judy Beck, Glenview

20 Years of Service
George Brown, Oakbrook Terrace Community
Harold E. Cantrell, Coloma Township
Donald C. German, Oak Forest
Frank D. Jackson, Oak Forest
Patricia A. Mikes, Itasca
James P. Petkus, Oak Forest

25 Years of Service
Michael J. Cassidy, Freeport
WilliamA. Cizek, Oakbrook Terrace Community
Waldon 0. "Wally" Degner, Palatine
Patrick T. Grealish, Salt Creek Rural
Edward Rimnac, Broadview
Ralph A. Sartore, Memorial
Norman P. Smalley, Elmhurst

42 Years of Service
Barry B. Loman, Granite City

46 Years of Service
Randall Robertson, Granite City

Agency Anniversary Awards were presented to park districts, recreation agencies, forest preserves, and conservation agencies celebrating 25th, 50th or 75th anniversaries.

25 Years
Batavia Park District
Bolingbrook Park District
Woodridge Park District

50 Years
Lockport Township Park District
Palatine Park District

75 Years
Elmhurst Park District
Glen Ellyn Park District

13th Annual Agency Showcase Awards were presented to the following agencies.

Agency Logo
Section A - Summit
Section B - SRACLC & St. Charles
Section C - Memorial Park & NWSRA

Special Programming Logo
Section B - Lake Summerset & Park Forest
Section C - Champaign Tennis & Champaign
American Softball Association

Brochure Cover
Section A - Hazelcrest & Hoover Education Center
Section B - South Barrington & Matteson
Section C - Oak Lawn & Downers Grove

Brochure Series
Section A - Hazelcrest & Country Club Hills
Section B - Palos Hills & Chicago Heights
Section C - Naperville & Deerfield

Special Programming Brochure
Section A - Libertyville
Section B - Urbana
Section C - Forest Preserve District of DuPage County & Highland Park Strings

Special Facility Brochure
Section A - Libertyville
Section B - Urbana
Section C - Elk Grove Rainbow Falls & Lake County Forest Preserve District Museum

Informational Video
Section B - Oswego & Chicago Ridge
Section C - Woodridge & Burr Ridge

Most Creative Use of Take Time For Fun!*
Section C - Mundelein Parks & Recreation

Illinois Park & Recreation Magazine Awards were presented to individuals in "Best Of" categories for outstanding article and cover photography contributions.

Intergovernmental Cooperation
Don Bresnan, Champaign

Education & Research
Richard King, University of Illinois
Joseph J. Bannon, Management Learning Laboratories

Areas, Facilities & Programming
Monica Vest Wheeler, Peoria

Trends & Issues
David Bryden, Bolingbrook

Partners & Volunteers
Susan Balling, Northeast DuPage SRA

Management, Marketing & Finance
Ron Hallberg, Illinois Dept. of Conservation
Mark Yergler, Illinois Dept. of Conservation

Legal & Legislative
John N. McGovem, Northern Suburban SRA

Cover Photograph
Ronald A. Lorenzo, Wauconda

Community Service Awards were awarded to agencies, groups and individuals under the following categories: Non-Member Employee, IAPD/IPRA Individual Merit Award. IAPD/IPRA Group Merit Award, Commercial Business, Elected or Appointed Governing Bodies and Individuals. Congratulations to the 152 recipients of the Community Service Awards.

Congratulations to this year's recipients! IPRA and IAPD are very proud of the individuals who volunteered countless hours to help promote the field of parks and recreation. The IPRA and IAPD Awards and Recognition Committees have met to discuss goals for the upcoming year. The award packets will be mailed to agencies in late July. Be thinking of organizations and individuals to nominate for the awards and recognize those who are so deserving.

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Greg Petry Appointed
Waukegan Executive Director

TheWaukegan Park District Board of Directors announced the appointment of Greg Petry as Executive Director. Petry served as the Superintendent of Parks for the district since 1987. His leadership experience includes: Director, Parks and Natural Resource Management Section of the Illinois Park and Recreation Association; President, Midwest Institute of Park Executives; Member, Board of Regents National Park and Recreation Association Park Maintenance and Management School; and President, National Sports Turf Managers Association.

Petry has more than 15 years full-time experience in the parks and recreation field. In addition to the Waukegan Park District, he has worked for the Park Ridge Recreation and Park District and Mundelein Recreation and Park District, and interned at the Park District of Highland Park and Division of Recreation and Parks in East Brunswick, NJ.


Tony Malcak Retires as Brookfield Director

After 52 years in the recreation field. Tony Malcak has retired. Malcak was the Director of Playgrounds and Recreation at the Village of Brookfield, where he has served since 1983. Prior to that, he worked for the Westchester Park District and Catholic Youth Organization.

Malcak is credited with introducing the special recreation program in Brookfield and pioneering the use of an omni surface for tennis courts in the area. He has received numerous honors and awards and wants to be remembered as "a person who loved the field of parks and recreation and one who tried to reach all age groups with innovative programs."


30-Year Arlington Heights Employee
Don "D.J." Johns Retires

After thirty-one years of service to the Arlington Heights Park District, Don "D.J." Johns has retired. Johns has held the positions of custodian, foreman and most currently maintenance supervisor in charge of the custodial, building and swimming pool maintenance services of the parks department.

The board of commissioners honored Johns with a resolution recognizing his outstanding contribution to the district as "a sincere, hard-working, dedicated and loyal member." He has played a major role in providing clean, quality services and an attractive, safe swimming environment for the residents of Arlington Heights.


Edward Clift Appointed Byron Forest Preserve
Executive Director

Edward C. Clift has been named Executive Director of the Byron Forest Preserve District. Clift came to Byron after serving as the Assistant Director of the Des Plaines Park District for 19 years.

Clift was chosen by the district's Board of Commissioners after an extensive search. The Board was assisted by the Illinois Association of Park District's Director Search Program.


Julia Loofbourrow has joined the Champaign Park District as the new Cultural Arts/Special Events Coordinator. Loofbourrow received her master's degree in Arts Administration from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. She has worked for the Lexington Philharmonic Performing Arts and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Loofbourrow will be in charge of arts programs, concerts in the parks, and special events.


The Village of Villa Park Park and Recreation Department announced the hiring of Marion Hummell as their new Superintendent of Parks, Buildings and Grounds. A 14-year veteran, Hummell previously worked for the Glen Ellyn Park District and Franklin Park Park District. He is responsible for maintaining the village parks, swimming pools, community centers and village buildings.


Waukegan's Michael Perkins has been appointed District Coordinator for the National Youth Sports Coaches Association in Illinois, a nonprofit organization that makes out-of-school volunteer youth coaches aware of the importance of providing for the psychological, emotional and physical needs of the children on their teams. NYSCA has more than 135,000 members across the country.


The Jeff Diver Group Environmental Law Firm has announced the placement of two associate members. Jennifer J. Sackett assists landfill owners and operators with numerous environmental legal issues, including maintaining compliance with regulations and post-closure activities. C. Dirk McElravey advises and represents clients on issues including Superfund liabilities, underground storage tanks, groundwater contamination, permitting, toxic torts, and other environmental regulatory compliance and enforcement issues.


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The Illinois Association of Park Districts is pleased to announce the appointment of Kristen Butcher as Educational Services Director. Butcher will serve as the meeting planner for all of the association's educational programs. She will also assist with the coordination of IAPD's public awareness special events.

Kristen has a strong hospitality background and was most recently employed by the Springfield Hilton as Group Sales Manager. She has her B.S. in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration from Western Illinois University.


Governor Jim Edgar has appointed Ralph Cianchetti as an Illinois delegate to the White House Conference on Aging. Cianchetti is one of 32 delegates appointed by the Governor, with 54 total representing Illinois. Cianchetti is a commissioner for the Park District of Highland Park, regional representative for AARP Vote, NRPA trustee, and a founding member of the NRPA Leisure & Aging Section.


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IAPD Associate Members

P.O. Box 609, 1412 Joliet Road,
Lemont, IL 60439
(708) 739-6505
Services/Products: Swimming pool chemicals, equipment, service, repair and seminars on water balance and chemicals.

300 East Fifth Ave.,
Naperville, IL 60563
(708) 778-9100
FAX (708) 778-9179
Services/Products: Investment banking.

416 N. Grove Ave.,
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 383-8050
Services; Architects-engineers-planners.

2000 W. Pioneer Parkway, Suite 25,
Peoria, IL 61615
(800) 692-9522
Services: Insurance related services.

905 Marconi Ave.,
Ronkonkoma, N.Y.I 1779
(800) 221-4524
or (516) 467-0200
Services: Administrator and marketing agent for Illinois Park District Liquid Asset Fund Plus.

P.O. Box U,
Sellerburg, IN 47172-0919
Services: Manufacturer of special event facilities—mobile platforms, mobile sound shell stages, concession trailers, transport mobile bleachers.

111 West Monroe Street,
Chicago, IL 60603-4080
(312) 845-3000
FAX (312) 701-2361
Services: Bond counsel.

11 E. Adams, Suite 1600,
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 554-1616
FAX (312) 554-1117
Services: Law firm representing a number of local park districts.

2620 N. Mannheim Road,
Franklin Park, IL 60131
(708) 455-3588
FAX (708) 455-0669
Services: Replacement engines, parts and accessories for lawn & garden and commercial equipment.

4653 W. Lawrence Ave.,
Chicago, IL 60630
(312) 286-6300
Products: Swimming pool equipment and supplies and swimming pool consultant services.

221 West Jefferson,
Naperville, IL 60540
(708) 961-1787
Services: Land planning/landscape architectural design.

222 West Adams Street, Suite 1700,
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 443-1550
Services: Assist park districts in structuring, marketing and sale of taxable and tax- exempt bonds, notes and leases.

101 N. Washington St.,
Naperville, IL 60540
(708) 355-2101
Services: Legal services.

300 W. Golf Road, Suite B-8,
Mt. Prospect, IL 60056
(708) 398-3004
Services: Park, recreation, open space planning; swimming pool and aquatic park consulting; feasibility studies; masterplans and landscape architecture for public agencies and their architects.

600 Central Ave.,
Highland Park, IL 60035
(708) 926-1780
Services: Public finance consultants.

P.O. Box 748,
St. Charles, IL 60174
(708) 742-1790
Services: Propagators, growers and wholesalers of quality container grown groundcovers, perennials, vines, shrubs and evergreens. Delivery service available.

1955 Raymond Drive,
Northbrook, IL 60062
(708) 272-9500
Services: Architectural and planning services including design, construction administration, feasibility studies, master planning, re-roofing and asbestos abatement.

899 Skokie Boulevard, Suite 510,
Northbrook, IL 60062
(708) 272-6280
Services: Landscape architects, planners and real estate consultants. Open space master planning, park design, playground rehabilitation, acquisition and condemnation, and landscape architecture.

300 E. 5th Ave., Suite 380C,
Naperville, IL 60563
(708) 355-1458
Services: General counsel to park districts.

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