Lessons In Loyalty


I really enjoyed your article in PRB (“Trading Treasures For Turnovers,” May 2010). I would have enjoyed it a little more if the Cavs were still playing … but it made some great points. I like the message of the article that loyalty should mean something … even in the cutthroat world of today. I wanted the championship as much for Z as I did for the city of Cleveland.

Lebron [James] might end up coming down to my neck of the woods (the Heat perhaps?) but my loyalty forever remains in Cleveland … even if that means decades of heartache.


Don Decker

Director of Parks & Recreation

Weston, Fla.


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I read all your articles in PRB, and I enjoy reading them so much.

I was wondering if you make any public speaking engagements. You're such an excellent writer. Your articles are inspirational, and I thought that you would be a great inspirational speaker at a fundraiser.

Congratulations on all your accomplishments.


Terri DiSciullo

President, Island Parks and Recreation Foundation, Inc.

Marco Island, Fla.

Editor’s Note: Ron is considering launching a motivational lecture series in 2011. If you might be interested, e-mail him at


Preserve The Point Of Sports


I read your article in PRB April and was amazed this went on. Where does the childhood go when you keep soccer score for the 5-year-olds? Where does the fun go when every batter is thrown out at first base at T-ball level? Where does the childhood go?

Thank heavens for AYSO!

Paul Hayward

Staff Coordinator

Ramapo Country Day Camp

Airmont, N.Y.


Field Notes

Rick Elyea of JacklinGolf was given the Perry Dye Service Award by the Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA). The GCBAA periodically presents the Perry Dye Service Award to a member who unselfishly contributes above and beyond the call of duty to make positive changes in the association. It was presented at the GCBAA’s summer meeting annual awards dinner on Aug. 12.

The city of Fairfield, Calif., has opened an aquatic center featuring an OpenAire retractable roof. Built to replace an outdated outdoor pool, the new Allan Witt Aquatic Complex features a retractable roof system made of glass and polycarbonate panels.

John Deere announces that it will be participating in a new program testing the nation’s first rating system for sustainable landscape design, construction and maintenance. SITES, a partnership of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin and the United States Botanic Garden, selected the John Deere project based on its environmentally friendly elements.

PBI/Gordon Corporation announces Allen Baumstark has joined their sales staff. Allen’s territory will include the states of Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana.


Easton Foundation Lends A Hand In Youth Sports

Los Angeles--The Easton Foundations announces that over the last year it has funded over $4.8 million in grants and programs for archery, youth baseball, softball, and cycling, as well as education and medical research. Each year the foundation gives out grants which benefit archery and/or bow hunting.

Grant requests of less than $25,000 from qualified 501(c)3 organizations may be eligible to receive funding. Grants that exceed $25,000, or applicants that are not qualified 501(c)3 organizations may also receive funding. For more information, contact Caren Sawyer at (818) 901-0127 ext. 104 or via email at


Gravely “Pinky” Mower To Benefit Breast Cancer Research

Brillion, Wis.--Gravely has produced a pink Gravely Pro-Turn zero-turn mower, “Pinky,” to help raise money for the breast cancer foundation. From now through October 23, 2010, consumers are encouraged to buy $10 raffle tickets as the mower travels to Georgia dealers, fairs, trade shows and other locations. One participant will win “Pinky” at the conclusion of the fundraiser. Visit for more information.


Interactive Spark Plug Lookup For ‘Smart’ Phones

Southfield, Mich.--Federal-Mogul has launched an interactive spark plug catalog designed specifically for the users of “smart” phones and other mobile devices. This new lookup tool, available at, features product and application listings covering the full range of Champion small-engine spark plugs. Visitors to the new site can quickly identify the right plug by type of equipment, part number or through the part number of a competitive brand of plugs.




19-23 Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference, Murfreesboro, Tenn.—Embassy Suites;

21-23 South Dakota Park and Recreation Association Annual Conference, Watertown, S.D.;

22-25 Alaska Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference, Seward, Alaska;

26-28 Oregon Recreation & Park Association Annual Conference, Salem, Ore.—Salem Convention Center;

27-30 Mississippi Recreation & Park Association Annual Convention and Trade Show, Natchez, Miss.—Natchez Convention Center;


6-8 National Swimming Pool Foundation, Colorado Springs, Colo.--Antlers Hilton Hotel;

6-8 American Physical Therapy Association Aquatic Physical Therapy Summit, Colorado Springs, Colo.--Antlers Hilton Hotel;

7-8 Powder-Coating Workshop sponsored by TIGER Drylac and ITWGema, Orlando, Fla.; contact Karen Walters at or (317) 298-5072.

12 OhioTurfgrass Annual Golf Tournament, Cincinnati, Ohio--Kenwood Country Club; (888) 683-3445 or


2-5 Wisconsin Park & Recreation Association Annual Conference & Trade Show—Lacrosse Convention Center;

14-17 American Trails National Symposium, Chattanooga, Tenn.;

15-19 Kentucky Recreation and Park Society Annual Conference—Lake Barkley State Resort Park;