Reasonable Man Response (A Step Ahead, May)

Hi Ron,

It's a hit. Fabulous article. I am sending the magazine article through the office to ask that all of our front office people read and take a moment to absorb the info. I wonder if it would be appropriate to hand it out during public meetings???? I have seen that older does not always mean wiser when dealing with the public these days!

Have a wonderful holiday weekend and thanks for another thought-provoking article.

Sheila Wartuft

Lebanon, Pa.


I have taken special interest in your articles in Parks & Rec Business magazine.

As a Christian businessman, it is value-added reading since I know your perspective.

In the May issue, the Tolstoy quote is so true in my life.

I had to wash away all of the other empty options, leaving only the real Truth.

Included in my top five quotes is John 6: 68-69, “To whom shall we go?”

Peter already had washed away from it all that is not gold.

Thanks for your contributions.

Jim Fonner

Lexington, Va.

In The News

Promising News for LWCF State Assistance Funding

Washington, D.C. — According to Mark Young, Ohio Parks & Recreation Association (OPRA) Federal Legislative Chair, the beginning of the annual appropriations process began on May 23, 2007, with the Subcommittee on Interior Appropriations markup. For the first time in three years, the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee approved funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LCWF) state assistance program.

And it even gets better! The subcommittee recommended $50 million for 2008, a $20-million increase over the funded level of 2007 and 2006. The House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee approved $268 million in total LWCF funding for 2008, which includes federal land acquisition activities, state assistance, as well as the Forest Legacy grant program.

The next step is full committee markup in the House, then on to the floor of the House, and next to the Senate. This is a major breakthrough for State and local LWCF projects across the nation.

BCI Burke Announces New Marketing Manager

Fond du Lac, Wis.--BCI Burke, manufacturer of commercial playground, park, recreation and skatepark equipment, recently welcomed Brian Johnson as Marketing Manager. In his new position, Johnson will oversee all marketing and communications initiatives for the company.

Johnson joins the Burke team with over 7 years of sales, marketing and product development experience in the playground industry. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with a major in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and his Master of Business Administration with a major in Marketing from the Keller Graduate School of Management.

Plan to Eliminate Drowning Unveiled

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.—The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) and the Transpersonal Swimming Institute (TSI) of Sarasota, Fla., have teamed up to create a learn-to-swim program designed to help swimmers afraid of deep/open water overcome their fears and swim to safety.

According to M. Ellen Dash, Founder and Director of TSI, "Most drowning is caused by panic and a lack of knowledge about how the water works. A person must feel safe in water before learning to swim. A large percentage of adults and children don't feel safe in deep water; therefore, they haven't been able to learn."

ISHOF/TSI is offering training and materials to qualified instructors to expand their learn-to-swim programs to the millions afraid in water. It includes ways to attract fearful students to the program created specifically for them. The training program is designed to get individual instructors up and running on their own. Instructors will pay to become licensees of ISHOF/TSI, which will provide marketing support, continuing education opportunities and the International Swimming Hall of Fame's brand recognition.

To learn more, visit, or call 800-723-7946.

PRB Wants To Know

Do you provide scholarships for those unable to pay for your programming? If so, how do you determine who qualifies for assistance?

Please e-mail your responses to: We will publish the various answers in an upcoming issue.

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