PRB welcomes the following members to our Insider program:

Bend Parks and Recreation

Bend, Ore.

City of Morgan Hill

Morgan Hill, Calif.

Orange County Parks and Recreation

Orlando, Fla.

City of Mercer Island Parks and Recreation

Mercer Island, Wash.

City of Rowlett

Rowlett, Texas

City of West University Place

West University Place, Texas

Haverford Township

Haverford, Penn.

City of The Colony

The Colony, Texas

Shawnee Parks and Recreation

Shawnee, Kan.

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Field Notes

The Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA) announces it will be celebrating its 40th anniversary throughout 2011.

Jacobsen, a manufacturer of turf-maintenance equipment, celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2011.

The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) has redesigned several departments within the organization to respond to an increasing demand for its educational products, programs, and training. Ray Perkins, M.A., joins the organization in a newly created position as Customer Service and Fulfillment Supervisor. Michelle Kavanaugh, B.A. is promoted to the position of Marketing and Conference Manager.


100-Percent Certification Is Official

Elizabeth, N.J.--Hayward Pool Products achieved a major training milestone recently when all of its Field Technical Managers became Certified Service Technicians from the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP). According to Hayward Eastern Regional Training Manager Scott Wiegman, it is unprecedented within the pool and spa industry for a company of Hayward’s size and scope to have 100 percent of its field technical staff certified. For more information, call (908) 351-5400, or visit


New Products In Nasco Catalog

Fort Atkinson, Wis.--Nasco’s 2011 Physical Education & Team Sports catalog, featuring thousands of products selected especially for professionals in health, physical education, recreation, and dance; athletic directors; and coaches is now available. The 236-page catalog now includes over 400 new products, including team sports, physical education, and health education products. For more information, call (800) 558-9595, or visit


You’re Not Alone

Hello Ron,

I just wanted to write and thank you for moving me with your column in PRB December (“Looking For Integrity?”). Normally, I toss out most of the parks and rec publications I receive as a park board member. I simply don't have time to read them all, conduct my own business, run a household, etc.

Something made me flip through this one though. I took the time to read your piece. As a mother of a teenager, and regarded as an "old-fashioned" one, I am bewildered by the rapid erosion of morals in our general culture … not limited to sports and celebrity. Your points hit home, and I had the astonishing feeling you may have snuck a few peeks at my heart and mind over the past 10 years. Thanks for publicly expressing what I thought were rare sentiments. It's gratifying to know I am not alone!


Debbie Carlson-Gould, Program Manager

Snohomish, Wash.

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I wish more people thought and felt like Ron Ciancutti--I know I do! After 36 years in the parks and recreation profession as a manager and superintendent, [I know] parents need to teach their children that respect, honesty and dedication are the greater virtues in life and that winning at all costs is not the answer. Life is fleeting and letting one day pass without purpose is wasteful.

Integrity is the most compelling aspect of a person’s life if they have it and use it in productive and creative ways. Life is not just about us, but how we go through it and who we help along the way. When a person realizes this theme, life becomes more relevant and each day we live becomes more meaningful and fulfilling. I truly enjoyed Ron's article and his thoughts about integrity and picking a better role model, and truly wish more Americans would feel this way. Maybe out country would not be in the current shape that it is.

Keith Adams, CPRP



Banding Together

When I perused the December PRB magazine and came to the article, “Squeak Loudly And Forget The Stick” (by Randy Gaddo) I thought it would be about playground maintenance. I just about flipped past it when I started reading the first paragraph, which moved me to the second paragraph and the rest of the article. I was enticed by it being not only about rewarding volunteers and treating them with respect, but also about accessibility.

It is indeed a gem to find a volunteer like Colleen who is willing to step beyond her plate to help out an agency, something we agency employees so often don’t have time to focus on long-term due to the multitude of other responsibilities we have. Accessibility for play equipment is sometimes piecemeal for us in hopes it will please visitors. But, like trying to make our visitor centers 100-percent accessible, they never are until a visitor speaks up on what is missing.

Excellent article!

Bonnie Ecker

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Seattle District


Borrowing Tips

Hi Jennifer,

I just read your article, “Committed to greener days and healthier ways” in the December 2010 issue (by Jennifer Provenzano). Nice work. When you mentioned Michigan I thought, could this be in Canton? I was on the CAPRA accreditation visitation team there in 2008, so it was fun to read about some of the great things you guys are doing there. I like some of the ideas and I may be stealing some for use in West Sacramento. Keep up the good work.

Andre Pichly, CPRP

Recreation Superintendent

City of West Sacramento Parks & Recreation




1-4 Texas Recreation & Park Society Annual Institute & Trade Show, McAllen, Texas—McAllen Convention Center;

6-11 New Jersey Recreation and Parks Association Conference & Exhibition, Atlantic City, N.J.—Taj Mahal Hotel;

7-10 New England Regional Turfgrass Conference & Show, Providence, R.I.--Rhode Island Convention Center; call (401) 848-0004 or visit

8-11 Missouri Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference and Expo, St. Louis, Mo.—Hilton at the Ballpark;

30-1 Maine Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference, Northport, Maine--Point Lookout Resort and Conference Center;


10-13 Indiana University Executive Development Program, Bloomington, Ind.—Indiana University; call Julie Knapp at 812-856-1068

11-13 Iowa Parks & Recreation Association Spring Conference, Davenport, Iowa—Radisson Hotel;

12-14 Maryland Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference & Exhibit, Ocean City, Md.--Clarion Fontainebleau Hotel;

19 Nebraska Recreation & Park Society Annual Conference, Reno, Nev.—Best Western Airport Plaza;

Bryan BuchkoComment