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  • 1. 2006 annual report we are the elmhurst park district
  • 2. what does it mean to be the elmhurst park district? W e are an agency with over 85 years of commitment to providing the community with the highest level of recreational opportunities. We are dedicated to working cooperatively with Elmhurst residents to better board of park commissioners understand and serve their recreational needs. We are continuously driven by a mission to create “lifetime enjoyment” for the enrichment of both Peter G. Goworowski Elmhurst residents and the community in which we live. Chris Healy While broad in scope, this is certainly an all-encompassing description of the Park District and what we represent on a larger scale. Yet, how is it that we achieve this “big picture?” The answer lies in the individual steps we take Mary E. Kies as an agency to get your feedback in an effort to provide the high level of service you have come to expect. Colette M. Kubiesa We are proud to present the Park District’s achievements during 2006, including the inception of the Adopt-A-Park program, the grand opening of Patricia Morissette-Moll the Fit 4 Life youth gym at Courts Plus, completion of a community-wide survey, and finalizing plans for the redevelopment of the Wilder Mansion. Norm Reinertsen We would like to thank you for your continued interest in the Park District’s programs and services. Carolyn Ubriaco Thank you, Elmhurst Park District
  • 3. 2006 accomplishments we are...visionaries In 2006, the Adopt-A-Park program was launched in an effort to build strategic partnerships with community groups and individuals, and provide an opportunity to “adopt” a specific park to keep clean, attractive, and safe for use. The program offers people the opportunity to become involved in their parks in a way that promotes pride. In its inaugural year, 22 organizations/ groups with over 300 participants maintained the parks on a monthly basis and clocked over 1,000 volunteer hours. we are...healthy I n September, Courts Plus opened Fit 4 Life, a brand-new, youth-oriented gym and fitness program for children ages 6 to 15. The gym features strength machines and interactive gaming stations, that when used together, increase cardiovascular fitness, improve strength, and enhance athletic performance by providing supplemental training for youth involved in sports. Through supervised fitness education and camaraderie with peers, Fit 4 Life helps children develop skills necessary to reduce health risks later in life, and helps promote a healthy lifestyle while having fun. Since opening, 178 youth have registered at Fit 4 Life. T he Park District’s Recreation Station, a before and after school program offered in cooperation with School District 205, received a Power Play grant, which provided funds to create a program focusing on health, nutrition, and recreation. This service offers first through fifth grade students an outlet for socializing and studying in a safe and supervised environment in all elementary schools.
  • 4. we are... technological T he Park District’s website receives high traffic due to the variety of information available through the site including Board meeting information and audio recordings; specialized sections for classes, programs, and facilities; and descriptions, photos, and links we are...builders to map displays for District parks. I n August 2006, construction of the new East End Pool began following a “last splash” event commemorating the pool’s seven decades of history. The master plan of the new pool was the result of community feedback and planning collected In 2006, there were over 185,000 through public meetings and surveys, and the pool’s features visits to the Park District website, were taken from community suggestions. 2,923 downloads of employee applications, and 72,115 C ourts Plus completed the first phase of its interior remodeling project. This phase included the installation of a new service desk and lighting; renovation of the main downloads of the Park District’s stairwell; new rubber flooring in the exercise stretch area; new seasonal brochure. The website tiling, flooring and countertops in the upstairs restrooms; new carpeting, wall covering and paint in the upstairs hallway; and also offers online registration where new flooring and paint in the main entrance. patrons can not only register for Park District programs and T he Park District purchased property at 519 Mitchell, which will allow expansion of green space at Pioneer Park. classes, but can also view class enrollment, class size limitations, times and locations, and links to site maps. The online registration section accounts for 15.27% of the website’s overall traffic.
  • 5. we are... we are... safety driven strategic A Community Attitude and Interest I n a joint effort with the City of Elmhurst, Elmhurst Fire Department, and the survey was completed in 2006 as part of the planning process for updating People for Elmhurst Parks the Park District’s Comprehensive Plan for Foundation, a new safety 2007 to 2016. Surveys were sent to 3,000 house was purchased in 2006. randomly selected Elmhurst households Fire Department staff has transported the fire safety with a response house to several Park District locations and schools to provide rate of 30.2%. “nearly two-thirds a hands-on experience for hundreds of community members Results of the of respondents in learning fire safety and prevention, and precautions in hazardous weather situations. survey provided and their families the District with participate in T he Park District, in cooperation with the People for Elmhurst Parks Foundation, installed a lightning prediction system at Berens Park, Butterfield Park, Eldridge Park, Plunkett an assessment of residents’ level of some type of Park, Wilder Park, and Sugar Creek Golf Course. The system participation and Park District will increase safety precautions within the District’s parks satisfaction with by alerting park patrons and athletic groups of a potential programming” lightning strike within the area. the parks and services currently offered. Among the key we are... findings were that 88% of respondents visit preservationists a neighborhood park at least a few times each year; 83% use park trails on an annual T he Elmhurst Park Board finalized plans for the future of Wilder Mansion. Plans to basis; and nearly two-thirds of respondents and their families participate in some type remove the 1964 library addition of Park District programming in a given and renovate the original 1860 year. The updated Comprehensive Plan will Wilder Mansion to an 1890s era have an up-to-date assessment of the Park interior are scheduled to begin in late 2007. The Board’s decision District’s facilities and parks. It will also coincides with the sentiments of the community, and preserves provide guidelines for establishing the long- Wilder Mansion without compromising its historic features range priorities and future developments of and value. Once completed, the newly remodeled 1860 Wilder Mansion will be ADA compliant and will provide an additional the Park District’s new Strategic Plan, which 14,000-square-foot, multi-purpose space for the Park District will begin in 2008. and community.
  • 6. statement of activities for the year ending december 31, 2006 revenues taxes 6,028,821 charges for services 6,799,263 grants/contributions 337,616 other general revenues 785,145 we are... total revenues 13,950,845 fiscally responsible expenditures T he auditing firm Lauterbach & Amen audited the 2006 finances for the Elmhurst Park District. Upon completion, the firm concluded that the Park District is in excellent financial condition, general government culture & recreation 2,636,416 5,564,677 operations 3,863,352 and reaffirmed that the District continues to practice sound and total expenditures 12,064,445 responsible fiscal planning. increase in net assets 1,886,400 I n 2006, the Park District’s operations were reviewed by representatives from Moody’s Investor Service through on-site parks/facilities visits and an analysis of financial information. Based net assets beginning of year 32,804,689 upon the District’s continued healthy financial position, Moody’s upgraded the District’s bond rating from Aa3 to Aa2. Moody’s end of year 34,691,089 report also sites the District’s well-managed finances and healthy reserves, strong management, and program flexibility as additional reasons for the District’s rating upgrade. statement of net assets as of december 31, 2006 we are...recognized assets cash & investments 16,003,671 T he Elmhurst Park District was reaccredited as an Illinois Distinguished Park and Recreation receivables, net other assets 6,524,092 1,308,436 Agency. The Park District remains non-current assets 32,537,664 on this list of only 38 distinguished total assets 56,373,863 agencies in the entire state.. liabilities E lmhurst Park District was a finalist for the 2006 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in accounts payable & accrued expenses 1,761,805 Park and Recreation Management. deferred revenues 7,368,323 This award is presented by the debt payable 12,552,646 American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration total liabilities 21,682,774 (AAPRA) in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). net assets investment in capital assets 22,970,108 T he Park District has maintained its Level A accreditation through PDRMA’s Loss Control Review. This certification recognizes the Park District for its exceptional ability to manage net related debt restricted 2,503,749 loss exposure and safety. unrestricted 9,217,232 total net assets 34,691,089
  • 7. 60 1993 7 TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 194 leasure Driveway Fox River ValleictPborn y and Park Distr Aurora is proud to announce that the Park Distrist has been formed. AURORA, ILLINOIS. V gtan 5 Rededication - 2005 t W. mapuleh ed - 200 RobererCo t Cen Beacon-News April 10, 1956 M lea ArcCr Dry - Plabnotingay195 7 )R[ 9DOOH 3DUN 'LVWULFW $118$/ %8 ),6&$/ <($5   
  • 8. 7KH )RUPDWLYH <HDUV     , Q  WKH 3DUN 'LVWULFW ZDV FRQFHLYHG E SROLWLFDO DQG FLYLF OHDGHUV RI WKH FLW RI $XURUD ZLWK D EHOLHI WKDW D SDUN VVWHP ZRXOG EH D YDOXDEOH DVVHW WR WKH FRPPXQLW DQG WKH VWURQJO VXSSRUWHG WKH QHZO SURSRVHG )R[ 5LYHU 9DOOH 3OHDVXUH 'ULYHZD DQG 3DUN 'LVWULFW 6HYHQWILYH SHUFHQW RI WKH YRWHUV DSSURYHG WKH UHIHUHQGXP DOVR DSSURYHG ZDV WKH FUHDWLRQ RI D VHYHQ PHPEHU DSSRLQWHG %RDUG RI 7UXVWHHV The outsta nd Aurora, at th ing majority vote by the e people of Park Distric election for the t is intereste , is evidence enough that d t for better p in developing this area he area la and preserve y and recreation and to t r for use and e he natural beauty of th estore njoyment e river - President now and for the future. W. L. McCullough , 1947 The public opinion that a park system was needed was strongly enchoed in this artist’s rendition of the Fox River, 1947. TUESDAY, APRI L 1, 1947 Fox River Vall 60 and Park Distr ey Pleasure Driveway AURORA, ILLINOISict born . Aurora is proud to announce that the Park Distrist ha fun begins at sixty s been formed.
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  •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reation THURSDAY, MA elo ent of newurilledcings Y 12, 1972 The devonspm uction of b portant areas, ccilittr will have an imonomy Miniature Stea t s and fa t oniethe general ec for the effec community, now andlley will for Pioneer Pa m Train Purchased of our . . The Fox River Va the future alculable benefits iness to the rk AURORA, ILLINOIS . Dedi cated to Harry C, Murphy, Presiden t of Burlington & have inc d health and happin . L. Gilman Quincy Railroad improve ts of this area - V residen acres nty threre Twe ed fo acquir k Nature Center 60 Red Oa for $1 P er ThioenEer Park - fun begins at sixty a ly Str eets of Aurora
  • 25. Annual Service Report 2006-2007 30 NEDSRA Special Recreation Association Celebrating 30 Years of Service Addison Park District, Bensenville Park District, Butterfield Park District, Member Village of Glendale Heights, Itasca Park District, Lombard Park District, Partners Medinah Park District, Oakbrook Terrace Park District, Village of Schiller Park, Village of Villa Park, Wood Dale Park District
  • 26. Celebrating 30 Years 2
  • 27. at Our Mission NEDSRA To ser ve as an integral partner with our member serve park districts and villages to positively impact through individuals with disabilities through diverse services. recreation opportunities and community ser vices. Our Vision An agency of excellence, demonstrated by member Board, partners working cooperatively with Board, staff and the community to enhance the quality of life for each individual. 3
  • 28. Two programs I enjoy most are summer day camp and Special Olympics programs programs Track. NEDSRA programs help my independence. I have a great time with my friends. – Andrea C. of Villa Park 4
  • 29. General Programs Youth Programs We celebrate 30 years of friendships as our youths develop physical, cognitive and social skills through participation in an endless variety of enjoyable recreation experiences. NEDSRA had 3,735 youths attend events in the 2006-2007 service year. Whether social clubs, summer camps, sports skill development, horseback riding, or art classes, NEDSRA programs have a significant and important impact on the lives of these young individuals and their families. Lasting memories were created by individuals attending one of four summer day camps that were successfully implemented. A “Counselor in Training” program was also added for our older teens with cognitive delays to provide practical experience in job- readiness skills. NEDSRA hosted the annual Fall Formal, a special evening when our youths with physical disabilities were joined by others from neighboring SRAs for dinner and dancing. Children of all abilities enjoyed the therapeutic benefits of water. Swim lessons served an increased number of participants, while a new program, Aqua Exercise, was welcomed by youths with physical disabilities. Participants benefited from the C ELEBRATING ELEBRATING diversity of three year-round social clubs to develop friendships with 30 years of others of similar age and ability, FRIENDSHIPS while enjoying various community outings. Therapeutic services to children with mental illness continued to grow in popularity as a result of new, cooperative efforts with the DuPage County Health Department, SEASPAR and WDSRA. 5
  • 30. My favorite sports are swimming, bocce and volleyball. At NEDSRA, I meet friends, learn new things, have fun… enjoy life! – Jeff G., Itasca Park District Resident 6
  • 31. Special Olympics Thirty years of NEDSRA Special Olympics programs have increased the feelings of confidence and self- esteem in each and every athlete. These individuals are taught the importance of sportsmanship, and demonstrate it through their Special Olympics experiences. They take great pride in striving to be an athlete who is a contributing and accepted member of a sports team. Our NEDSRA athletes have achieved much success which is reason for celebration! NEDSRA’s year-round Special Olympics training and competition opportunities include twelve sports: basketball, softball, track and field, bowling, power lifting, swim team, golf, floor hockey, tennis, bocce, soccer, and volleyball. 56 athletes from various sports proudly displayed their team spirit, skills and sportsmanship, as they competed in Illinois Special Olympics State Tournament events throughout the year. Jr. Special Olympics participation is on the rise as a result of new junior sport programs, including a summer Sports Camp that introduces our young athletes to various sports. NEDSRA’s 27th Annual Track & Field Meet was a day filled with camaraderie and competition for more than 200 athletes. Community spirit was also at an all-time high, as more than 275 volunteers dedicated their time and energy to this wonderful event. All NEDSRA athletes were honored with awards and dinner at the 3rd Annual Sports Banquet, made possible by the fundraising efforts ELEBRATING C ELEBRATING of the Special Olympics Booster Club. 30 years of By invitation, members of NEDSRA’s Special Olympics Golf SPORTSMANSHIP SPORTSMANSHIP Team were distinguished guests at the PGA Championship at Medinah Country Club. Medinah Country Club and Eaglewood Resort remain 7 the home courses for our golf team.
  • 32. Growing up with NEDSRA had a big impact on me. Growing I am now completing my Bachelor Degree in Therapeutic Recreation. – Mike C. of Lombard 8
  • 33. Adapted Adapted Sports Athletes, family members, friends, and coaches celebrate personal as well as team achievements through Adapted Sports. We have witnessed many motivated individuals experiencing an amazing and powerful ability to overcome challenges. Participation in these sports provide individuals the opportunity for organized competition, skill development, social interaction, and team camaraderie. Having evolved over the course of NEDSRA’s 30 years, our agency and athletes have shown great leadership in the growth of these competitive sports teams in the Chicagoland area and the Midwest. NEDSRA’s Adapted Sports include: BlazeBasketballTM, BlazeTennisTM, BlazeTrack and FieldTM, boccia, beep baseball, bowling, power soccer and golf. NEDSRA hosted our first Adapted Bowling Tournament. This was a new, competitive outlet for individuals with a wide range of physical abilities. Power soccer was launched this year. This unique sport gives youths who use motorized wheelchairs the oppor- tunity to compete in a team sport. Participation in the Illinois Games track, field and boccia event led to a NEDSRA athlete competing for the first time at the Boccia Nationals with other players from across the United States. The professional Chicagoland Beep Baseball team, Chicago Comets, stepped up to the plate to provide assistance with our newly formed beep baseball program for youths ELEBRATING C ELEBRATING who are blind or visually impaired. 30 years of Ongoing collaboration with the Chicago Bears Quad Rugby team, LEADERSHIP Chicago Wheelchair Bulls and Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Express Women’s Basketball team, provides qualified athletes with the opportunity of highly skilled and specialized competition in their adult life. 9
  • 34. Confident, charismatic, outgoing and fun, Ted drs t lv lf fly ae o ie ie ul. Some of my favorite childhood NEDSRA’s memories are of NEDSRA’s Summer Day Camps. – Mary K. of Villa Park 10
  • 35. Adult General Adult Programs Programs Our adults celebrate 30 years of the benefits they experience from participating in NEDSRA programs. Through active and engaging recreational opportunities, adults enjoy the companionship of their peers, develop positive leisure interests, keep physically fit, are involved in the community, and achieve a fulfilling quality of life. During this past service year, 1,160 adults enjoyed NEDSRA activities. Programs like vacation trips, cooking classes, art lessons, fitness programs, seasonal dances, theater, community outings and social clubs, provide endless choices and opportunities for the adults to celebrate life, friends, and recreation! Social clubs for adults with mental and physical disabilities remained a strong attraction. In addition to the ever popular three year-round clubs, a new club was successfully targeted and implemented for the older adults. Keeping strong and active is a goal of the adults with physical disabilities. Water Exercise and Aerobics, as well as Adapted Fitness, provided therapeutic modalities for maintaining and increasing strength and endurance. Adult participants enjoyed vacation trips and weekend getaways with NEDSRA by traveling to Mackinac Island, Michigan; Breckenridge, Colorado; Lake Geneva, Wisconsin; Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri; and Indiana Dunes, Indiana. An appreciation for cultural arts was developed through exposure to jazz concerts at College of DuPage, theatrical performances at Drury Lane, ELEBRATING C ELEBRATING and an interactive tour of the “Touch Gallery” at the Art Institute of Chicago. 30 years of New opportunities to develop hobbies COMPANIONSHIP COMPANIONSHIP and independent living skills were popular with adults as they enjoyed ceramics, cooking, quilting and gift- making programs. Our Sweetest Day Dance was a big event, as approximately 300 participants from NEDSRA and surrounding SRAs 11 were in attendance to join in the festivities.
  • 36. School Programs Programs programs NEDSRA programs give children of all ages and abilities try the opportunity to tr y things they would have never EXCEL (Experiential Community thought possible. Education and Leisure) programs – Dee L. of School District 44, Lombard provide fun while reinforcing Illinois Learning Standards and supplementing the special education curriculum. NEDSRA implemented 129 EXCEL programs with 56 different schools taking advantage of programs like Maps & Metra, Pet Therapy and Color My World. NEDSRA provided the recreation component for 545 special education students enrolled in summer school programs sponsored by various school districts and special education cooperatives. Lombard School District and NEDSRA teamed up to bring “Studio 44” to the stage. This drama program was designed for a cast of characters with learning disabilities from Glenn Westlake Middle School. The DuPage PRO League, a collaboration between NEDSRA, WDSRA and eight local alternative schools, provided students with severe behavior disorders the opportunity to increase self-esteem, discipline and physical fitness by participating in flag football, volleyball, basketball and softball. CELEBRATING CELEBRATING 30 years of PARTNERSHIPS ARTNERSHIPS 12
  • 37. can’t I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I am. NEDSRA opens doors that otherwise would otherwise be closed to children with disabilities. – Julie B., Bryan’s mother, of Butterfield Services Inclusion Ser vices Inclusion, a celebrated movement that has evolved at NEDSRA over the past 30 years, is the mainstreaming of an individual with a disability into a park district or recreation department program with nondisabled peers. Inclusion opportunities promote acceptance, understanding and freedom of choice. A total of 61 inclusions were facilitated to provide opportunities for acceptance and independence in member partner recreation programs. 16 trainings were conducted for staff working within our member partner programs. These trainings educate and better equip staff to work effectively with individuals with disabilities. Our Ability Awareness program traveled to many local schools and park districts, with 769 children learning about the characteristics and challenges associated 13 with having a disability.
  • 38. Support Staff Volunteers and part-time staff have provided a crucial component in each and every NEDSRA program during the past 30 years. These individuals make our programs safe, enjoyable and of the highest quality for our participants. We celebrate the dedication of our generous and caring support staff members. The relationships they I think I’m the only person I know who actually looks develop with our participants and the effects they have on their lives forwar ward forward to going to work. are truly remarkable. – Nicole E., Part-Time Staff 85 dedicated and highly qualified part-time staff members assisted with a variety of NEDSRA programs, developing strong relationships with the participants and their families. As a sign of community support and involvement, 358 volunteers donated their time and talent to NEDSRA for a total of 3,700 volunteer service hours in 2006-2007. ELEBRATING C ELEBRATING 30 years of REL ATIONSHIPS RELA 14
  • 39. Celebrating Service Ser vice From humble beginnings, big things can grow! NEDSRA was formed in 1976 and started serving people with disabilities in 1977. Through the cooperation of our member partner Park Districts and Villages, NEDSRA has established a tradition of excellence in consumer-responsive service. Take a look at how far we have come from an agency with one staff member, a desk, chair, phone and room divider, to the NEDSRA of today – providing award-winning comprehensive, award-winning service ser vice to all ages and abilities. 1977-1978 2006-2007 Programs 86 834 Implemented Registrations 2,825 10,749 Separate Not 4,895 Individuals recorded Volunteers 31 358 service Our 2006-07 ser vice year was marked marked by several achievements, including increases in registrations received, separate individuals ser ved and programs implemented. served programs We served an increased number of youths this year and saw a slight de- crease in our teen and adult populations, with 56% youths, 19% teens and 25% adults served. Our largest service increases occurred in registrations from youth with autism, youth at risk and individuals with vision impairments. Direct assistance and consultation for participants seeking Inclusion experiences in our member partner ELEBRATING C ELEBRATING Service Summary 2006-07 Ser vice Summar y programs grew by 63%. 30 years of 834 programs/services/inclusion assistance The Chicago Wheelchair Bulls, Rehabili- 4,895 separate individuals served SERVICE 10,749 program registrations received tation Institute’s Express and Wheelchair Bears teams, West Suburban Association 107,295 participant contact service hours delivered of the Deaf and Shriners Hospital are 91% programs implemented vs. offered rate facilitated by NEDSRA at our sports training facility. These groups and others generated an additional 228 uses at Centennial Complex, 84% of which were 15 uses by people with disabilities.
  • 40. J and R Automotive, Inc. Special Corporate Sponsors arr Family Auto L arr y Roesch Family Auto Jeff Grams Kasab Multi-Service, Inc. Group Recreation Lenore Roesch David and Jane Roesch Liberty Mutual Insurance Group Mid-America/Kleer View Dan Roesch Golf Classic Jeannine Roesch Paul and Deborah Roesch Window Cleaning MVP Plumbing Corporation O’Leary & Associates Catherine Roesch and Celebrating its 15th year, the Golf Christopher Mikucki Raymond James & Associates Classic took place on a sunny Friday, Regional Truck Equipment White Pines Golf Club, Company September 15, 2006. Bensenville Park District Rely Asphalt Maintenance, Inc. Ken Anderson, President, Resource Dealer Group/AON The success of this event was in large Board of Commissioners S & S Automotive Group part due to the strong commitment, Michael Benard, Director of Scotty’s Car Wash continued support and dedication of Parks & Recreation Special T Unlimited Speer Financial, Inc. In-Kind Sponsors the Larry Roesch Family Auto Group, Andy Bendy, Superintendent Club Fitness, of Golf Operations Sun-Times News Group and the entire Roesch family. Supreme Corporation Addison Park District Ginger Swalve, Special Event/ Links & Tees, Banquet Manager Tele Print White Pines Golf Club and the Temme Auto Trim West, Inc. Addison Park District Greg Bertrand, Head Golf Kim Cashmore Bensenville Park District hosted more Professional Time Business Systems, Inc. The Dealer Group Midwest, Inc. Elk Grove Park District than 260 golfers who enjoyed a full Uptown Auto Supply, Inc. Mike Fugiel day of fun and 18 holes of golf. Hole Sponsors Glendale Lakes Golf Club, Atomic Transmissions Sharon L. Way Westmore Supply Company Village of Glendale Heights Call One Salt Creek Golf Club, The NEDSRA Board and staff greatly State Representative William R. Powers Advertising appreciate all contributors who made Worldwide Express/DHL Wood Dale Park District Franco Coladipietro Sugar Creek Golf Course, this fundraiser a tremendous success Carnica, Inc. Village of Villa Park Chicago Tribune/Cars.com Dinner Sponsor to raise close to $60,000 in support AXA Advisors, LLC Western Acres Golf Course, CJC Auto Parts & Tires Lombard Park District of NEDSRA services! Daimler Chrysler Financial Lunch Sponsors White Pines Golf Club, Services Bensenville Park District Doyle Signs, Inc. International Contractors, Inc. Garvey’s Office Products Manheim’s Arena Auto Auction Other Contributors Good To Go Towing, Inc. AutoGuard, Inc. Greater Chicago Auto Auction Quality Oil, Inc. Tom Chapman Hinsdale Bank & Trust Clear Service, Inc. House Republican Leader Beverage Sponsor BenefitsMadeEasy.com Herbert and Agnes Grams Tom Cross Sign Works Inlad Truck & Van Standard Industrial & www.inlad.com Media Sponsor Press Publications Automotive Equipment, Inc. Itasca Bank & Trust TAS Lighting It’s Your Customer Marketing The Binstein Family Towels Tees Golf Towels & Tees Sponsor Tucker Automotive Enterprise Rent-a-Car Legislative Supporters Golf Ball Sponsor Senate President Emil Jones Senator Dan Cronin MB Financial Bank Senator Randy Hultgren Beat the Staff Contest Senator Terry Link PHOTO Sponsor GMAC Senator John Millner Senator Donne Trotter Retired Senator Kay Wojcik Speaker of the House Raffle Prize Sponsor Michael Madigan AXA Advisors, LLC House Republican Leader Tom Cross Two Hole Sponsors Representative Bob Biggins AXA Advisors, LLC Representative Comerica Bank Franco Coladipietro Crowe Chizek and Company, LLC Representative Lee Daniels G & K Services Representative Gary Hannig Ketone Automotive, Inc. Representative Sandy Pihos Tressler, Soderstrom, Representative “Skip” Angelo Maloney & Priess, LLP Saviano Reynolds & Reynolds Villa Park Lions Club 16
  • 41. Annual Donations 2006-2007 We extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all individuals, community Illinois Department organizations, businesses, corporations, foundations and grantors who allowed Commerce of Commerce & NEDSRA to provide quality programs and services, and meet the unique needs of Economic Opportunity the individuals we serve. Director All donations are used entirely for direct services to children and adults with Jack Lavin disabilities and this report reflects all contributions received through April 30, 2007. Director of Legislative Affairs A special thank you for all the contributions made in memory of: Thomas Kobel, Chris Meister Samantha LaBrose, Larry Roesch and Andrea Faye Will. Additionally, NEDSRA would like to recognize everyone who supported and Governor ’s Office Governor’s contributed to the various fundraisers throughout the year, including the Addison Deputy Chief of Staff for Mayor’s Charity Ball, Stratford Square’s Night of Giving, and the annual Golf Economy & Environment Classic. We appreciate your commitment and support of NEDSRA. Toni Rossi Any donations received after April 30, 2007, will be acknowledged in future quarterly program brochures and the 2007-2008 NEDSRA Annual Service Report. We sincerely regret any errors or omissions. Please contact us at 1-630-620-4500 so we can correct our records as soon as possible. Annual Donors $5,000.00 + Itasca Lions Club Roy and Carol Rinaldi Willis McCarthy Anonymous Corporation Kiwanis Club of Lenore Roesch Mike and Lori Miller Tom and Maureen Chapman Bensenville/Wood Dale John and Felicia Rose Michael and JoAnn Monahan DuPage County Department of Kiwanis Club of Elmhurst Rep. Angelo “Skip” Saviano Larry and Linda Montgomery Human Services Kiwanis Club of Lombard James A. Vitale Bob and Donna Niemann Larry Roesch Family Auto Group Kiwanis Club of Villa Park Oxford Bank & Trust State of Illinois Knights of Columbus $1-$99 Debbi Pawinski Father Boecker Council 6090 Jerry Barton Sharon Pearce $1,000-$4,999 Villa Park Council 8365 Jim and Bonnie Pickell Katherine Bausone Glenn, Sandy, Amy, Jenna Binstein Lombard Junior Woman’s Club Gary and Mary Rash Carl and Terrie Brader Seymour and Beverly Binstein Master Motor Rebuilders, Inc. Kathryn Remus Delores Brown DuPage Community Foundation Dain and Denise Meyer Robert and Karin Rettger Kristyn Carlson Jeannine Roesch Erin Roberts Elmhurst College Frank and Debra Catalano Rotary Club of Elmhurst Scott Ross Helping Hands Sertoma Club Alicia Cernauske Rotary Club of Lombard Janine Rowley Knights of Columbus Keith and Laura Christensen US Disabled Athletes Fund Ann Roytek Christ the King Council 11027 Mike and Helene Coletto Richard Srch and Rae Rupp-Srch Damen Hildebrand Council 650 Patrick and Lonna Converso John Rutz Father McDonald Council 1911 $100-$499 Christine Corriero Phyllis Rutz St. Matthew Council 9893 Autoguard, Inc. Matthew and Beth Corso Ed and Shelley Sandner St. Peter the Apostle Council 10884 Gary and Susan Balling Michael and Deborah Corso Sandi Schultz Lombard Lions Club Cynthia Berg and Robert Raines Dave and Nancy Cummings Ralph and Rita Seidl MB Financial Timothy and Karen Burde Lisa Deets David and Patricia Shimanek Oakbrook Terrace Park District Business Insurance Underwriters Donna Doyle Rita Spearman Raymond James & Associates Butterfield Park District James and Lynn Friedman Stratford Square Mall Larry Reiner Tom and Areina Connolly Mike and Margaret Fugiel Tom and Polly Strzewski Rotary Club of Bensenville DeVry Student Activity Fund Dennis and Pat Gagnon Cecelia Sullivan Sam’s Club Elmhurst Orthopaedics, S.C. Jeff Grams Julie Termini SEMBLEX Herbert and Agnes Grams Jeena Greenwalt Carol Terrell Village of Glendale Heights Rita Grooms Lisbeth Grillos Scott and Theresa Thoms Wal-Mart Hayes Mechanical Bradley and Gina Hammond Tower Publications, Inc. Mindy Jack Carrie Henry Dan and Cathy Tufano $500-$999 Patricia Kratochwill Sharon Hower Michael Van Cleve Chicagoland Bowling Proprietors Law Offices of Amari & Locallo Alfred and Nancy Klemm Flynn Vance Association John and Lisa Long Karen Lesniak Kevin and Katy Wagner Friends of Handicapped Children John and Esther MacDuff John Leuzinger Virginia Wiemann Kevin and Susan Flynn Polybrite International Lombard Juniorettes Dave and Marianne Zaval 17
  • 42. Taking The Challenge!! 100 Hole Golf Marathon NEDSRA’s 10th Annual Golf Marathon was a tremendous success despite a few raindrops and clouds. A very special THANK-YOU to Raymond James and Associates and Tom and Maureen Chapman for their dedication and financial contributions. Our 39 enthusiastic golfers played 100 holes of golf in one day, demonstrating remarkable fundraising efforts on behalf of NEDSRA’s accessible transportation program. Our sincere thanks go to all of the individuals, businesses and corporations who contributed positively to raise over $54,000 from the Marathon. Eagle - ($500 + ) BTU Company, Inc. Garvey’s Office Products 2006 Golfers Sam Aiello Matt Buenconsejo Gentile & Associates, Inc. Bank of Itasca Liz Bures Gibbert & Associates P .C. Susan Balling and Carrie Karl Belvedere Trading LLC Burns & McDonnell Loretta Gladkowski Mike Benard and Tom Tolin Budron Excavating Co., Inc. Vivian Butler Herbert and Agnes Grams Glenn Binstein, Seymour Binstein Tom and Maureen Chapman Cynthia Capek and Edward Harvey Jeff Grams and Amy Binstein FGMK, LLC Caption First, Inc. Gary Greenfield Lonna Converso and Jim Rafferty First Chicago Bank & Trust Frank Caravette Jeena Greenwalt Lisa Deets and Jeena Greenwalt Cheese & Deli Sales, Inc. Norman and Kathleen Gutauckas Tom Durkin, Brian Kern and Kevin Flaherty Neal and Nancy Goldstein Chicago Cooling Corporation Abby and Sharyl Hans David Oberwise Chicago Messenger Service, Inc. Dave Harap Bob Griffin and Debbi Pawinski Illinois Tool Works Foundation Itasca Lions Club Ursula Clark Scott Hawley Mike Hirsch and Erla Faye Boyle Clark-Dietz, Inc. Hemingway, Inc. J & R Partnership Michael Hixenbaugh and Clarke Mosquito Control Heritage Wine Cellars, Ltd. Ed and Jean Jordan Larry Montgomery Matthew Cleary Mike and Katherine Hirsch Chris and Mike Keller Ed Jordan, Jerry Santo and Gerald S. Cole Michael Hixenbaugh LaSalle Bank N.A. Roman Strzala Committee to re-elect Hank Howard L. White & Associates MB Financial Bank Mike Ludwig and David Wolf Merrill Lynch Gianvecchio Howard Simon & Associates Mike Monahan and Mesirow Financial Complete Building Maintenance Co. HSBC Sean Monahan Michael and JoAnn Monahan Complete Cleaning Company, Inc. Infinium Capital Management LLC Bob Niemann and Dan Sullivan Thomas Pradd Connelly Electric Co. Ingstrup Paving, Inc. Nick Orlando and Price Consulting Tom and Areina Connolly Integrated Print & Graphics, Inc. George Kanzler Speer Financial, Inc. Consolidated Trading LLC International Contractors, Inc. Greg Price and Dean Katsaros Steve and Arlene Steinberg Continental Weather Service Itasca Bank & Trust Larry Reiner Waste Management Service Center Patrick and Lonna Converso Scott Jacobson Roy Rinaldi Corrective Asphalt Materials, LLC John Neri Construction Co. Ann Roytek and Mike Rylko David Cox Sheila-Merle Johnson Birdie - ($100 – $499) Birdie Kenneth Cull and Jane Westerhold Kal & Koeppel Kirk Sherwood and A and A Contractors, Inc. Frank Dominowski Dahme Mechanical Industries George and Karol Kanzler A.G.A.D. Pest Control Daniel Dalziel Dean Katsaros Air Products Equipment Company Lisa Deets Michael and Barbara Katz Golf Marathon Allstate Insurance Co. DeMichele Builders Kenneth I. Smithson Real Estate Caddies Mallikarjuna Anne Dolphin Promotions, Inc. and Builder Marie Armelagos Cindy Berg Earth Incorporated Jeffrey and Marcella Klein Associated Technical Services, Ltd. Tom Connolly EJ Graphic Solutions, LLC Patricia Kratochwill Jim Baird and Dianne Stone Elmhurst-Chicago Stone Co. Bob and Kit Kunkel Charles and Marlene Balling Timothy English Lake County Press, Inc. Gary and Susan Balling Enviro Resources II, Inc. Landscape Structures, Inc. Andrew and Annette Barnitz Flow-Technics, Inc. Law Office of DeSalvo & Roger Benhart Irving and Sylvia Footlik Cowden, P .C. Benson Fence Co. Four Seasons Painters Clarence and Charlotte Lawrence Cynthia Berg and Robert Raines Foxen Financial Jason Lazarus Adam and Arlene Bezark John and Carol Freidheim Karen Lesniak Bond, Dickson & Associates, P .C. Frolicstein Financial Solutions Joe Levkovitz Phillip Bretts Group, Inc. Lindam Property Group, Inc. 18
  • 43. Golf Lindco Equipment Sales, Inc. Roman and Donna Strzala Camera Press Printing, Inc. Dan and Patsy Linert James and Solveig Lombardo Jean Stulbarg Sundek of Illinois, Inc. Andy Carr Sue Cartwright Marathon Michael and Marilyn Long David Lyons Synergy Mailing Services Frank and Patti Tennant CE Printed Products Inc. Dan and Darlene Ceglarek Donors M.E. Simpson Company, Inc. Terra Engineering, Ltd. Chicago Backflow, Inc. continued M.G.C. Construction, Inc. Terrace Floor Covering Mike Chinn Paul Maggio The Direct Response Resource, Inc. Keith and Laura Christensen Michael Mallaney The Envelope Connection, Inc. Richard and Diana Chuttke McCauley Mechanical Thermatrol Corporation Warren and Virginia Clark Construction, Inc. Timber Ridge Landscaping, Inc. Coca Cola Bottling Company Gary and Arlene Mellon Andrew and Sarah Totman Byron and Gloria Cole Dain and Denise Meyer Tressler, Soderstrom, Maloney & Mike and Helene Coletto Midwest Transit Equipment, Inc. Priess, LLP James Connolly Larry and Linda Montgomery Tri-State Express Limited John and Carol Conroy MSRF Inc. , Robert and Kathleen Turner Patrick and Lonna Converso John and Kalin Nash Unique Paving Materials Corp. Matthew and Beth Corso Northern Trust Charitable Trust United Insulated Structures Corp. Valerie Cosmao Nick and Kim Orlando Vacala Construction, Inc. Creative Packaging PackSmart, Inc. Matt Van Aken Senator Dan Cronin Ron and Betty Palacz Flynn Vance Monique Croon Pamco Label Company, Inc. Vesco John Curry Park and Recreation Supply, Inc. / Viking Awards D H Parking Lot Services Team Reil April Ware Jane Daigle Constance Parkinson Martha and Jeff Weiss Steven and Lori Daley Vincent Payne Richard Weiss Don and Pamela Dalrymple Veronica Pearson West Side Tractor Sales Co Rick and Elizabeth David PHN Architects, Ltd. Bob and Elizabeth White Gary and Lillian DeBrock Plan It Earth Windy City Medical Services David Deever Porter Pipe and Supply Co. Mary Wurzer Nicole J. Dejoris Professional Maintenance Inc. Rita Yerkes Rachelle Del Boccio CELEBRATING CELEBRATING Protectair, Inc. Judy Zajac Mike and Wendy Delaney Douglas and Dina Prskalo Donald and Arlene Derma 30 years of Ronald and Barbara Putzell Par - ($1 – $99 ) Edward and Patrice Diamond Daniel Quinn and Penny Cato Abrakadoodle Kristyn DiMeo SUPPORT SUPPORT R. J. Drazner & Associates Accurate Bearing Co. Susan DiMeo Radco Communications, Inc. Salvatore and Caterina Aiello Frank Dominowski Andrew Randazzo Robert Allan Lauha Doren Richard and Sue Reed Walter and Deborah Allen Donna Doyle Lori Rimac Kenneth and Kathleen Altman Karen Drews Roy and Carol Rinaldi Brian and Jennifer Alves Thomas Durkin RJN Group, Inc. Gary and Shannon Anderson East Jordan Iron Works John Roberts Cortney and Sharon Anderson Gale Egle Robert and Patricia Robertson Richard and Patricia Asken John and Arlene Elia William Roe Chris and Rhonda Aumann Frank and Mary Espinosa Mr. Tom Tolin and Ms. Ellen B.E.A.R. Awards, Inc. Sherwin and Denise Esterman Rogers-Tolin C.J. Bansbach Ernie and Bari Flores Scott Ross Regina Baraceros John Florina Rotary Club of Villa Park Samuel Barzano Gerald and Cecelia Foley Salerno’s Rosedale Chapels, Inc. Kathy Beane Joseph and Laura Fornal Jerry and Carol Santo William and Sharon Beckman Oscar and Sally Forsman Dave and Anna Scatena Betty Behegan Richard and Sheryl Fortier Schaumburg Security Services, Inc. Michael Benard Mike and Margaret Fugiel Glenn and Patricia Scudder Walter and Kim Benedix Shawn Fuhrman Service With A Smile Inc. Matt and Sandra Berg Karen Fulsang David and Patricia Shimanek Lina Bilotta Dennis and Pat Gagnon Singles Plus Printing Terry and Janet Binder Kathy Galster Soil & Material Consultants, Inc. Roger and Sandra Boelter Jane Garner Somerdale International Ltd. Shirley Boke Gerald Gawat and Jennifer Special T Unlimited Brad and Erla Faye Boyle Wilder-Gawat Staples Rudy Bozek Steven and Amy Gaydos Kurt and Margaret Steib Rich and Del Bransky GEM Service James and Patricia Stepuncik Paul and Liz Bures Alfred Gluecklich Ralph and Jane Stewart William Burow William Goeman Mike and Michele Strang Timothy and Anita Callahan William and Judi Goldman 19 continued
  • 44. Golf Marathon Donors continued $1-$99 NEDSRA continued from page 19 Richard and Tootie Greenwalt Mike and Therese Messuck CLUBS B OOSTER CLUBS Lisbeth Grillos Grin-N-Bare-It Ryan and Sandy Metcalfe Diane Michaelis SHOW STRONG Gerhard and Jean Grote Elwood Michaelis William and Judith Grove Richard and Robin Mixon SUPPORT!! SUPPORT!! Bill Grover Edward and Susan Montgomery Scott Gutmann Don and Barbara Moore John and Jalaine Hamann Bruce and Dawne Morong Larry and Judy Hanczar John and Vicki Muka Through the hard work, commitment Haque Family Foundation Daniel and Barbara Myers Sara Spitz and energy put forth by NEDSRA HD Supply Waterworks Christina Naso Standard Cartage Company, employees, parents, guardians and Donald Helmig Mary Beth Norgaard Inc. Carrie Henry Bob and Mary O’Bryan Standard Equipment Company family members, both Booster Clubs Traci Heuser Eric Olichwier showed tremendous growth and success Standard Industrial & Lee and Marietta Hirsch Mike and Virginia Orlando Automotive Equipment, Inc. in support of NEDSRA’s outstanding Steven and Candice Hochberg Lois Orlow Ron and Cherie Stein Eric Holdeman Gabriel and Brittany Ottolini athletes. Joanne Stiglich Illinois Fire Extinguisher Co., Inc. Dale and Linda Palacz Richard and Mary Jo Stofen Itasca Health & Chiropractic, Ltd. Palatine Oil Company, Inc. Once again this year, the strong Lisa Stoffel Edoardo and Maria Izzi Richard and Lynn Palkovics fundraising efforts and commitment Evelyn Struck Bennie and Ruth Janes John Pappas demonstrated by the Wheelchair Sports Tom and Polly Strzewski Ron Janes Park Blvd. Tavern Andrew Stulbarg Parent Boosters enabled them to cover Jay P Mueller, D.D.S . Paul Podjasek and Margie William and Margaret Stulbarg Rod and Barbara Johnson Koller-Podjasek Mark and Joan Sukowicz the travel expenses for players and Thomas Jones and Rhonda Ellison and Barbara Powell family to attend several out-of-state Willie and Jana Sullivan Caveny-Jones Donald and Karen Prentice Stephen and Maureen Swanson tournaments. This Booster Club should Reijo and Eeva Kallio Brian and Maegan Proehl Christopher and Magdalen be commended for its ongoing commit- Alvin and Carol Katzowsky Tom and Nancy Pruyn Swider John and Cyndy Kay Rick and Gwenn Rausch John Temes ment, dedication and support developed Katie Keller Robert and Karin Rettger over the years. All of the athletes Lyle Thielen Richard and Judith Kepshire Jack Reynolds Bruce and Clarie Thompson benefit from the Boosters’ loyalty and Robert Kieft RMS Productions Randy and Lorey Throgmartin longevity. Howard Killian Tania Rodriguez Tom and Mary Toomey Lynn Klufetos Elizabeth Rojewski Liz and Dan Trebes Full speed ahead! Through the strong Dan and Dianna Kompanowski Sam and Janice Romano Trickshop.Com Lou and Janet Kostelaz Richard and Carol Ruhnke Ricki Trudeau foundation built in its first year, the Joseph and Cynthia Kowasz Jim Rupar Booster Club Supporting Special Eero and Patricia Turen Sigmund and Helen Kriegsman Richard Srch and Rae Rupp-Srch Michael and Anne Kryger Richard Rusch Michael and Dawn Turner Olympics showed continued growth, Kim Twardowski success and accomplishments in its John Kurth Safeguard Business Systems Richard and Michelle Valdez Lakoma Law Firm, LLC Ed and Shelley Sandner Robert and Marlene Van Cleave second year in existence, supporting Kenneth and Trudy Laning William Scavone NEDSRA’s Special Olympics athletes. Kevin and Katy Wagner Latoria Bros Construction Corp Ron and Penny Scheid Michael and Roberta Walaszek Law Offices of William G. McGarr Wibbs and Dorothy Schlomann The motivation, positive energy and Sharon Way Karen Lawler George and Debora Schordje Raymond and Lois Lescelius Scott Schroeder Dennis and Kathy Weber successful fundraising efforts through Scott and Debra Weber concessions, calendar and sports gear Robert and Mary Lindhorn Edward Schubel Terrence and Deborah Wedell Stephen and Mary Link Mark and Patricia Schumacher Norman and Shelly Weinandy sales, enabled the Booster Club to build John and Debbie Lipski Joe and Kristen Schurtz on the momentum and strong founda- Wayne Weiss Robert Littlehale Steve and Jana Schweizer Connie Weldon tion established during its first year. Al Loew Joel and Gloria Sellers Joe and Pat Welkomer Great job on your continued efforts and Anne Logarakis Irene Shaffer Robert and Mary Ann Joseph and Maura LoVerde John Sharer Wendorff hard work! Kevin Lyons John and Christine Sharer Robert Wenger Christina Macchitelli Norman Silverstein Douglas and Laurie Wille We want to acknowledge and congratu- John and Chris Marciniak Mary Sinibaldi late both groups on their dedication, Michael and Lorraine Yavorski Richard and Tera Matthies Brian and Kelly Sisco Stan and Melodee Yohe loyalty and contributions to the positive Greg and Rosemarie McDonald Steve and Laurie Skotzko Gregory and Kimberly Zoeller Raymond and Sandy McIntosh Kathlyn Smith growth and success of all the athletes in Michael Melone Joe and Charlotte Spapperi the past year! Hats off to you! 20
  • 45. In-Kind Gifts – Donations Legislative 2006-2007 Support A very special thank-you goes to the following individuals, businesses and organizations who generously contributed their time, talent, effort Rod Blagojevich, Governor and products to directly benefit our many programs in the past year. Jesse White, Secretary of State Addison Links and Tees – Gina Hammond Senators Addison Park District Home Run Inn Pizza Emil Jones, Jr., President Amada’s Mexican Restaurant Mindy Jack Frank Watson, Republican Leader Anyway’s Restaurant Mike Jones Pamela Althoff Areina and Tom Connolly Kane County Cougars Dan Cronin ASHA Lifestyle Salon and Spa James DeLeo, Assistant Majority Leader Krispy Kreme of Elk Grove Attitudes Hair Design Kirk W. Dillard Krystal J. Beverage Company Gary and Susan Balling Don Harmon Karen Lesniak Cindy Berg Randy Hultgren Larry Montgomery Terry Link, Majority Caucus Chair Glenn Binstein Mario’s Deli and Food Mart John Millner Brown’s Chicken & Pasta McDonald’s Carole Pankau Cantigny Golf Club – Wheaton Medinah Park District Bill Peterson, Assistant Minority Leader Chipotle Michael and JoAnn Monahan Christine Radogno, Deputy Minority Leader Ciao Bella Michael Towel Donne E. Trotter, Majority Caucus Whip Color Guard – 4th Degree of the Bob Niemann Retired Senator Kay Wojcik Knights of Columbus Joe and Pat Nizolek Dr. Thomas Dooley Assembly Outback Steakhouse Representatives Donna Colombani Steve Orlando Michael Madigan, Speaker of the House Matt Corso Progressive Communications Tom Cross, House Republican Leader Coyote’s Mexican Grill – Villa Park Holly Patete Barbara Flynn Currie, Majority Leader Dairy Queen Debbi Pawinski Mark Beaubien, Jr., Assistant Minority Leader Dominick’s Corporation Veronica Pearson Patricia Bellock Dominick’s of Addison Larry Reiner Gary Hannig, Deputy Majority Leader Dominick’s of Glendale Heights Rooster’s Barn and Grill Bill Black, Deputy Republican Leader European Imports Ltd. Ann Roytek Bob Biggins Fabulous Janes and Go Comets Rita Spearman Michael Bost Famous Dave’s Sam’s Club Dan Burke Fort Dearborn Highlanders – Shelley Sandner Franco Coladipietro Bagpipes Starbuck’s James Durkin Marianne Foto Steve Steinberg Pat Lindner, Assistant Minority Leader Glenbard East High School Sugar Creek Golf Course Joe Lyons Glenbard East High School Uncle Harry’s Sid Mathias Cheerleaders Allen VanderDyke Susana Mendoza Rita Grooms Al and Kathy Viehman Sandra Pihos Golf Galaxy – Downers Grove Dr. James Vitale Raymond Poe Herbert and Agnes Grams Wal*Mart Dennis Reboletti Holiday Inn – Oak Brook West Suburban Clown Club Robert Rita Jeff Grams Western Acres Golf Course – Kathleen Ryg Lisbeth Grillos Lombard Park District “Skip” (Angelo) Saviano, Assistant Minority Kathy Greulich Marianne Zaval Leader Charles Haack Art Turner, Deputy Majority Leader US Congressman Peter Roskam • These gifts are in addition to those previously recognized under Golf Classic. 21
  • 46. NEDSRA Years Excellence Celebrating 30 Years of Excellence At 30 years old, NEDSRA is still a young service organization. We have grown and Board Board of changed in many exciting ways during these first 30 years, but one thing that hasn’t changed is our commitment to excellent service. “ Thanks” to the thousands of Trustees NEDSRA friends and supporters who have given of themselves and contributed greatly to enrich the lives of NEDSRA’s participants and their families. The NEDSRA’s collective impact that we have made is reflected on the faces you see in this Officers report. Our Board, staff, member partners and consumers are currently crafting new service directions as part of VISION 2010 – a new Strategic Plan for Larry Montgomery, Chairman NEDSRA. We look forward to sharing the outcome of this dynamic planning Butterfield Park District process on our Web site and in our seasonal brochures in early 2008. Tom Tolin, Vice Chairman Bensenville Park District Chairman Director Greg Kuhs, Secretary Excellence Honored Wood Dale Park District Reaching for excellence is a continual goal of all NEDSRA staff members. We are Larry Reiner, Executive Director proud to highlight both agency and staff awards received during 2006-07.. Treasurer • Illinois Park & Recreation Association (IPRA) – Fellow Award presented Fellow ward to Susan Balling, Assistant to the Director. Trustees Section’s Professional Awar ward • Illinois Therapeutic Recreation Section’s New Professional Award presented to Laura Christensen, Recreation Manager. Mark McKinnon • PDRMA – Safety and Loss Control – Achievement of Accreditation Addison Park District (Level A) – Rita Grooms, NEDSRA Safety Coordinator and Safety Committee members Lisa Deets, Ann Roytek and Jerry Barton. Cecelia Sullivan • IPRA Agency Showcase 3rd Place Award for NEDSRA’s Annual Service Awar ward Village of Glendale Heights Report Content – Lonna Converso, Director of Public Information. Maryfran Leno • IPR Magazine – Best Recreation or Program Facilities Article presented Itasca Park District to Ann Roytek and Lonna Converso for Friends Fore Ever! Paul Friedrichs At our 2007 Reach for the Stars Night, NEDSRA was proud to honor both Board Lombard Park District and staff members with longevity service awards. The teamwork among Board and staff is key to our reputation for service excellence. Tom Connolly Board Board Medinah Park District Larry Montgomery, Butterfield Park District – 5 years Mario Parente Mario Parente, Oakbrook Terrace Park District – 27 years Oakbrook Terrace Park District Staff John Bealer Larry Reiner, Executive Director – 30 years Village of Schiller Park Steven Steinberg, Business Manager – 30 years Bob Niemann We also extend our thanks to Lombard Park Village of Villa Park District Director, Mike Fugiel, who left the Mike Fugiel, ________________________ NEDSRA Board after 2 years of service due to his retirement. Paul Friedrichs, new Director Steven Bloomberg, Attorney of Lombard Park District, has replaced him on the NEDSRA Board. Donna Doyle, We also bid a fond farewell to Sandy Metcalfe Metcalfe, Recording Secretary Recreation Manager, who left NEDSRA this year after the birth of son, Matthew. Mario Parente, left, retires 22
  • 47. Years Celebrating 30 Years of Financial Stability Due to strong partner and community support, NEDSRA has enjoyed a 30-year history of sound financial management. NEDSRA is committed to quality services, while being fiscally responsive to our partners, donors and the public. This brief summary of annual revenues and expenditures is provided as an overview. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, a full, independent financial audit is conducted annually and is available in October by contacting NEDSRA’s Executive Director. 100% of support received from donors, service clubs, individuals and corporations is dedicated to coordination and delivery of service. Operations Revenue For 30 years, NEDSRA’s partners have contributed the majority of funds needed to assure quality services. Their strong support coupled with that of local donors, service clubs and the State of Illinois, allowed NEDSRA to implement 834 programs in 2006-07. The largest increases were Interest Earned (100%) and Fund Development (14%). Operations Expenditures Partner Contributions - Operations 1,364,182 Actual operations expenditures rose 4% from the prior (See additional listed below) year, with 82% of all expenditures dedicated to the Fund Development/Grants 262,338 coordination and delivery of service. During the year, (See additional listed below) the Board adopted targets for NEDSRA reserve funds, Program Fees 213,566 to assure financial stability through 2010. Interest Earned & Miscellaneous 129,654 Coordination & Deliver y of Ser vices Coordination Delivery Services 1,535,603 Total Operations Revenue Total 1,969,740 Fund Administration & Fund Development 332,050 Additional Major Revenue in 2006-07 Total Operations Expenditures Total 1,867,653 Partner Contributions 74,829 (Dedicated to capital/infrastructure, Additional Major Expenditures in 2006-07 inclusion & future operations & stability.) Capital Repairs/Replacements 63,188 Golf Marathons - Received in 2006-07 74,002 (Includes building repairs/replacements, (Dedicated to transportation ADA accessibility projects and equipment, etc.) services & vehicles.) Program Vehicle Purchase & Lease Program Vehicle Purchase 50,537 State Assistance - Operations Support 250,000 Additional Major Expense Total Additional Total 113,725 Additional Revenue Total Total 398,831 23
  • 48. le First e op Non-Profit NEDSRA ting P Organization Put U.S. Postage Paid Special Recreation Association Celebrating 30 Years of Service Permit # 517 Addison, IL 1770 W. Centennial Place Addison, IL 60101-1076 60101-1076 Phone 1-630- 620-4500 TDD 1-630-620-7477 FAX 1-630-620-4598 Internet www.nedsra.org E-mail nedsra@nedsra.org THANK YOU TO THE for the addition of full color to enhance this year’s Annual Service Report. Two-Time National Gold Medal Award Winner For Excellence In Park & Recreation Management
  • 49. Wheeling Park District Administrative Office 333 W. Dundee Road Mission Statement: Wheeling, Illinois 60090 847.465.3333 To provide memorable experiences in parks fax 847.537.3481 and recreation that enrich our communities. www.wheelingparkdistrict.com Wheeling Park District Vision Statement: 2006 Board of Commissioners To become the provider of choice in parks and recreation within the communities that Tom Webber President we serve. Keith Pecka Vice President Cheri Klumpp Commissioner Jon Kolssak Commissioner Mike Kurgan Commissioner Brian Lichtenberger Commissioner Paul Philipp Commissioner Executive Staff Jan Buchs Executive Director Margie Arnold Director of Enterprise Services Elliott Becker Director of Finance and Business Operations Ron Salski Director of Park and Recreation Services Mary Schlaak Director of Human Resources and Development
  • 50. The 2006 Wheeling Park District Annual Report has been prepared to provide you, the Board of Commissioners and interested residents, a review of the past year. This report provides an overview of the Park District, highlights the accomplishments and challenges experienced in 2006, and discusses areas of operation, as well as each department within the Park District. Also, statistics and financial analyses are included from 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005 for the purpose of comparing 2006 to previous years. I. DESCRIPTION OF OPERATIONS The Wheeling Park District, incorporated in 1961, is located in northern Cook and southern Lake Counties, and is 27 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. The Park District serves a population of approximately 35,000 residents living within the Village of Wheeling and small portions of Prospect Heights, Buffalo Grove and Arlington Heights. It encompasses an area just over 8.5 square miles. The Park District is considered to be a primary government – providing a full range of recreation activities, public open space, recreational facilities, a full-service country club, and districtwide events for its communities. The Park District is governed by an elected, seven-member board and operates under a Board- Manager form of government, with its primary purpose to provide parks and recreational opportunities to its residents. Services provided include recreation programs, park management, capital development, and general administration. The Park District manages 16 sites on approximately 260 acres. Recreational facilities operated by the Park District include ten parks, one outdoor aquatic center, one community recreation center, one indoor aquatic center, a fitness center, historical museum, two community gymnasiums (shared with School District #21), a championship-quality golf course and banquet facility, as well as a number of softball/ baseball diamonds, football and soccer fields, playgrounds and picnic shelters. II. 2006 ACCOMPLISHMENTS Revising the Park District’s mission statement and evaluating its communication efforts in 2004 was the genesis of a change process that began to move the Agency to function as a strategy- focused organization. This transformation instilled a sense of common purpose, identified shared organizational values, and established a set of key, strategic initiatives that provide an aligned course of direction in meeting the Park District’s mission today and in the future. The presence of an ongoing, strategic planning process has created a better sense of order, channeled resources in a direction that yields the greatest benefit to Park District resident taxpayers and other guests and, overall, has focused efforts on what is truly important for the organization. The Park District’s key, strategic initiatives and targeted outcomes continue to include: Strategic Initiatives Targeted Outcomes Quality Guest Services & Experiences = Loyalty & Retention Internal Process & System Improvements = Effectiveness & Efficiency Long-term Financial Strategies = Financial Stability Community Relationships = Community Partnerships Continuous Learning Environment = Motivated & Knowledgeable Employees
  • 51. In 2006, all Agency, department, and individual goals and objectives were developed in support of Park District strategic initiatives, targeting to achieve outcomes, in carrying out its mission Quality Guest Services & Experiences Goals and objectives accomplished in 2006 under this strategic initiative include: • Continuously improved guest service delivery. o Developed specific quality standards for each area of operation. o Held trainings for staff members on quality service standards and expectations in each area of operation. o Measured quality service standards in guest service delivery in each area of operation. • Measured quality of Park District guest experiences. o Evaluated guest satisfaction measurement processes. o Consistently surveyed, measured, reported, communicated and responded accordingly to meet/exceed guest expectations and satisfaction levels. • Offered recreation opportunities in alignment with identified resident needs. o Assessed recreation program and service changes, as identified in the 2005 Community Attitude and Interest Survey results. o Began to implement program and service changes according to resident and community needs and desires. • Dedicated resources to provide Park District information to guests and community. o Delivered monthly school newsletters to students in Districts 21 and 23. o Increased communication efforts through the website, In The Know and in the public press. o Produced and distributed promotional materials in languages other than English to target markets. • Enhanced existing Park District facilities, parks and open space. o Completed construction of Phase I of a formal entrance sign for Chevy Chase Country Club. o Completed exterior trim painting of Chevy Chase Country Club. o Publicly designed and constructed a new playground for Heritage Park. o Conducted neighborhood meetings to discuss issues at Husky Park and implemented Phase I to address concerns and improve park usage. • Began work on the Park District’s Park and Recreation Comprehensive Plan. Internal Process & System Improvements Goals and objectives accomplished in 2006 under this strategic initiative include: • Implemented the use of purchasing cards. • Installed new Districtwide telephone system. 2
  • 52. • Researched for a 2007 purchase, new financial, time, attendance and payroll software. • Completed prep work to begin application for Distinguished Agency Program. Long-Term Financial Strategies Goals and objectives accomplished in 2006 under this strategic initiative include: • Analyzed Park District’s debt service and projected the maximum amount of funds available for capital replacement and improvements 2007 - 2009. o Reviewed District’s debt service and limitations with financial planner. o Held Park Board workshop to review fund-balance philosophies and potential options in funding future Park District capital replacements and improvements. • Received the Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for FY 2005. • Developed and updated financial policies that lay the foundation for long-term financial stability. o Fund Balance Policy o Revenue Policy o Revised Investment Policy • Increased 2006 year-end fund balances in Enterprise and Recreation Funds (pre-audit). o Enterprise Fund = $ 48,069 o Recreation Fund = $327,361 Community Relationships Goals and objectives accomplished in 2006 under this strategic initiative include: • Maintained and built upon cooperative, working relationship with the Village of Wheeling (VOW). o Worked with VOW preparing for a signalized intersection and roadway to service the Village, Post Office, Park District facilities and Heritage Park. o Worked with VOW to explore the opportunity to provide space in the CRC for VOW Senior Services. o Maintained Park District voice in Town Center development. • Continued/developed working relationships with State Representatives and Senators, other governmental agencies, community businesses and service organizations, including school districts, library district, Chamber and Rotary. o Designated Park District representatives to participate and/or serve as liaisons to specific organizations. o Remained active in regular communication with legislators on issues affecting Park Districts. o Implemented cooperative, bilingual programs at two District 21 schools. 3
  • 53. o Began to investigate school/neighborhood site opportunities with District 21. Continuous Learning Environment Goals and objectives accomplished in 2006 under this strategic initiative include: • Provided a mission-driven organization. o Updated 2003 full-time survey with consultant in order to ensure the Agency is meeting its commitment as a preferred employer. o Revised the performance evaluation process to incorporate methods to measure staff’s ability to execute the Park District’s mission and organizational values. • Provided career development and learning opportunities for staff and Board members. o Built Wheeling Park District University’s (WPDU) curriculum in alignment with the Park District’s mission, organizational values and skill development. o Professional/certified trainer conducted communication and conflict resolution training for full-time staff members. o Professional/certified trainer conducted diversity workshops for staff and Board members. o Held Park Board workshop and tour to discuss the value of open space and the potential opportunities in park redevelopment for the Wheeling Park District. o Held Visioning workshop with staff and Board to develop Park District’s first Vision Statement. Park District Visioning Process With the Park District mission, strategic initiatives, organizational values and results of the Community Attitude and Interest Survey and Needs Assessment in place, staff and Board members had the necessary information to create the vision and set future direction for the Wheeling Park District. Developing the vision and its supporting statement was one of the final components of a planning process conducted by the Park District Board, staff and residents that began more than two years ago. It is important to differentiate that the Vision is what the Park District is pursuing, based on community and resident input, whereas the Mission describes the Park District’s purpose; it is true today and in the future. Maximizing community and resident input through the 2005 Needs Assessment process guided the Park Board and staff through facilitated workshops in crafting its Vision. As a way of defining the Wheeling Park District’s direction for the future, in April 2006, the Board of Commissioners adopted the following Vision Statement: To become the provider of choice in parks and recreation within the communities that we serve. In order to achieve the Vision, based on community feedback, three primary areas of focus were established: Participation – The Wheeling Park District commits to continually reach out to the community, seeking input to identify valid park, recreation services, and facility needs. 4
  • 54. Open Space – The Wheeling Park District commits to strike a balance between maintaining its facilities and preserving open space within the existing urban environment. Partnerships – The Wheeling Park District commits to build purposeful partnerships that are of civic priority, fiscally responsible and enhance the community. In the future, additional community surveys will be performed to measure the Park District’s effectiveness in achieving its Vision. Park and Recreation Comprehensive Plan Late in 2006, the Park District entered into an agreement with PROS Consulting to support the development of its Park and Recreation Comprehensive Plan. This Plan is a broad-based strategic planning tool for the entire District that will guide the future of park facilities and recreation programs. The Plan will also provide direction to the District for redevelopment, growth and enhancement of its park and open space system that includes open space, parks, trails, and recreation over the next five to seven years. This project will serve as a long-range plan to meet the District’s Vision for parks and recreation. The document will consider the community input process that has been performed to date, along with inventory and assessment of parks, facilities and programs. The Plan will determine the best land use and land management practices, as well as evaluate the District’s current open space, indoor recreation space and recreation services, while compared to community needs, current standards and trends. The end result will establish priorities for improvements and investment, along with implementation strategies. This Plan, to be completed in May of 2007, will serve as a guide in assisting staff and Board to make decisions that best serve the long-term park and recreation needs of the community. 5
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  • 56. PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT I. 2006 ACCOMPLISHMENTS Although high profile projects such as a new sign for Chevy Chase Country Club and a new playground for Heritage Park were most visible, Planning & Development was extremely productive in 2006 addressing critical planning issues. Primary among these projects were the continuing working relationship with the Village of Wheeling, assisting in the ongoing development of the Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Plan, leading a public process to address neighborhood concerns at Husky Park and updating the Wheeling Park District Boundaries and Facilities Map. The following is a list of general tasks undertaken by Planning & Development in 2006: • Worked with NWSRA Member District Compliance Project Task Force Group to develop a standard application of special levy fund requests. • Worked with the Village of Wheeling and Cook County Office of Technology to map the geo-coded surveys from the Community Attitude and Interest Survey. • Updated the Wheeling Park District Boundaries and Facilities Map. • Completed a comprehensive parks and playground inventory. • Continued to participate in discussions with the Village of Wheeling relative to a shared access road and proposed Municipal/Park District Campus Plan. • Provided PROS Consulting with base data and on-site assistance to be used in developing the Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Plan. • Provided School District 21 with a Site Master Plan for Northside Park, including a shared playground to serve both Hawthorne School and Park District residents. • Developed and constructed a landscape and site furnishing plan for the Community Recreation Center entry. • Designed, bid and supervised construction of a new sign for Chevy Chase Country Club. • Designed concepts for a new parking lot to serve both the CRC and the Family Aquatic Center. II. CAPITAL PROJECTS Heritage Park Playground Over the course of August and early September, Park District staff constructed a new playground at Heritage Park to replace the aging, existing play equipment. The playground, designed through a public process conducted in May and June, builds on the process created in 7
  • 57. 2005 and has become an overwhelming success in providing play and aesthetic value to the community park. New Sign for Chevy Chase Country Club In 2005, staff created a design concept for a proposed sign for Chevy Chase Country Club. Construction of the sign was bid in January of 2006; however, all bids were over budget and it was determined that staff would value-engineer the bid documents and rebid the project. The lowest bidder of the subsequent rebid was deemed unqualified and staff proceeded to make additional revisions to the construction documents to bring the project in line with the budget. A third bid, performed in August 2006, produced a highly qualified contractor and a construction cost nearly 10% below budget. The sign was constructed in the fall and winter of 2006. Staff still intends to complete the sign, as designed and presented to the Board in 2005, in a series of phases over the next three to four years. III. PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES Public Process for Playground Renovations As noted previously in Capital Projects, a new Heritage Park playground was constructed in the summer of 2006. As with the Chamber Park playground completed the previous year, the key to the success of the project was the process used to design and develop the new playground. Staff will continue to build on this process for the design and development of all parks and/or playgrounds scheduled for renovation. Husky Park Redevelopment In response to the continuing vandalism at Husky Park, staff conducted a meeting with the neighbors to discuss issues and concerns relative to the existing park features and any proposed changes. The program generated from this meeting formed the basis of a redesign of Husky Park and a three-phase redevelopment plan. The first phase of the project, which addressed the immediate needs of the community, was completed in the fall of 2006. The public process used to address the neighbors’ concerns continues to promote the Park District’s key strategic initiative of developing community relationships. Proposed Access Road and Campus Plan for Park District / Municipal Complex Throughout 2006, Planning & Development continued to play a leadership role in the design and development of a campus plan for the Park District and the Village of Wheeling. As potential cooperative ventures evolved, Planning & Development took an active role in projects that involved the Park District or impacted Park District facilities and operations. Parks Tour In October 2006, Planning & Development prepared a workshop to assist the Board in recognizing the value of open space and the potential benefits to the Wheeling Park District. As 8
  • 58. part of the program, staff also delivered a brief presentation highlighting the need for – and value of – open space, as well as the economic impact the Park District has on the community. As part of the workshop, the Commissioners toured five parks identified by staff as good examples of park planning and design. Staff also described why these parks meet the criteria and how they can be applied to the Wheeling Park District. 9
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  • 60. COMMUNITY RELATIONS I. DESCRIPTION OF AREA In 2006, the Community Relations Manager reported to the Executive Director. The position focused on three major areas of responsibility: Community Relations, Districtwide Special Events, and Sponsorship. The primary goals for Community Relations in 2006 were to increase the community’s awareness of the Wheeling Park District, produce quality special events for the community, and manage the sponsorship program. The Community Relations Manager was assisted by part-time staff for promotional efforts and special events. II. COMMUNITY RELATIONS Promotions & Publications In 2006, the Wheeling Park District continued to publish a quarterly Program Guide. This periodical is produced professionally and is of high quality. Based on data collected from the Wheeling Park District Community Attitude and Interest Survey, the Program Guide is the #1 tool used by the community to find out information regarding the Wheeling Park District. These results confirm that significant resources are being wisely spent. Staff will continue to provide a high quality Program Guide to the community, while keeping costs as low as possible. In addition to the Program Guide, the Wheeling Park District produces a triannual newsletter called In The Know. This bulletin is mailed to all residents and made available at Park District facilities and on the website. The newsletter is also sent in the packets with the VIP mailing. The intent of the newsletter is to keep the public informed on what is happening at the Wheeling Park District. While the Program Guide provides information on program and facility offerings, the newsletter details the current events that are occurring within the Wheeling Park District. The Wheeling Park District’s Fall 2006 Program Guide won the first place award for cover design, and third place for content at the annual IAPD/IPRA Agency Showcase. In addition, the Park District’s 2005 Annual Report won the People’s Choice Award. Separate, specialized newsletters were produced by staff for the schools, fitness members, and aquatics members. The aim of these newsletters is to get program and facility information to a smaller, targeted group of residents and guests. Staff also maintained the Park District’s website – wheelingparkdistrict.com – which is now in its third year with the current design. As part of the evaluation process, staff began assessing the effectiveness of the site. Typically, a website can outlive its design in three to five years. Staff anticipates the Park District’s site undergoing a redesign in early 2007. Guest Appreciation Days Staff continued the quarterly Guest Appreciation Days during 2006. This practice was started in 2003 to thank guests for their patronage, help enhance the Park District’s image and increase 11
  • 61. involvement with the patrons. Three of the four Guest Appreciation Days took place at the CRC, with one being presented at Chamber Park. The off-site reception was very successful, and staff has plans to continue to expand the program into other facilities and parks for future years. State of the Park District Address New for 2006 was the creation of the State of the Park District Address. This assemblage took place on February 21 and consisted of a formal presentation by the President of the Board of Commissioners. The Address highlighted the accomplishments of 2005 and gave the audience a glimpse into 2006 and beyond. Community VIPs and the public-at-large were invited to this ceremony and attendance was in excess of 50. Preceding the Address, there was a 30-minute networking social catered by Chevy Chase Country Club. Village of Wheeling Staff committed in 2006 to working closer with personnel from the Village of Wheeling to execute the highest-quality events possible. Examples of this were seen in the staging of the Passport to the World exhibition and the Fall Fest 5K. In organizing Passport to the World, staff received support from the Human Rights Commission and the Village’s public relations liaison. The Village subsidized fifty percent of the operating expenses for Passport to the World. For the Fall Fest 5K, staff was assisted on race day by the police and public works departments, and the cost of their services was absorbed by the Village. Staff looks forward to continued cooperation with the Village. Staff collaborated with Village employees again for the Village’s 4th of July Freedom Fest. The Park District provided the Village with all the open space needed for the two-day extravaganza. The event was a success and the Wheeling Park District was given sponsor status for its contribution. The Wheeling Park District welcomed this opportunity to expose more people to the Agency’s facilities. Wheeling Rotary Consistent with the Agency’s goal of continuing to establish and improve partnerships with government organizations, corporate Wheeling, and other community groups, the Community Relations Manager has maintained a membership in the Wheeling Rotary Club. The club meets weekly in the Hunt Room at Chevy Chase Country Club, and hosts several events there as well. In addition, the CRC is now the host site for all Wheeling Rotary Board meetings. This location was offered to the club by the District in an effort to continue to make the CRC a place for community gatherings. During 2006, the Wheeling Rotary made a $1000 donation to the Wheeling Park District Scholarship Golf Outing, and a $500 donation to the Family Learning Program. Parks Day at the Capitol Staff participated in the 2006 Parks Day at the Capitol in Springfield in May by setting up a display booth inside the Capitol building to showcase the many parks and recreational 12
  • 62. opportunities that the Wheeling Park District has to offer. Promotional literature and giveaway items were also handed out. The Wheeling Park District participates in this event annually in order to increase awareness of the Agency and call attention to the importance of parks and recreation in Illinois. The District’s booth was visited by some staff members employed in the offices of several state legislators, as well as numerous members of the general public. Many of those in attendance who had visited the Wheeling Park District in the past commented on the high-quality programs and facilities the Park District offers. In addition, many had heard of the facilities, but had not yet been able to visit. Parks Day at the Capitol preceded the IAPD Legislative Reception and Conference, which staff was also able to attend. These two functions provided staff with a great opportunity to speak to the importance of parks and recreation at a state level. Miscellaneous In 2006, staff continued to work toward increasing the exposure and presence of the Wheeling Park District within the community by making a conscious attempt to be involved – or have representation – in all community functions with the Village, schools, and library. These efforts are far too numerous to list, but include items such as advertising in Wheeling and Buffalo Grove High Schools’ sports program publications, sponsoring and participating in the Wildcat Spur Club golf outing, sponsoring the Wheeling Hardwood Classic, outfitting a float in the 4th of July parade, and donating complimentary passes to Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, schools, PTOs, churches, and various other community groups. III. DISTRICTWIDE SPECIAL EVENTS The results of the Community Attitude and Interest Survey conducted in 2005 indicated a strong need for family-based, community events. In order to meet this need, the Park District dedicated additional resources to the production of its special events. Districtwide special events are a series of entertainments produced by the Park District for the sole purpose of providing family-oriented activities to the residents at little to no charge. Most fees involved with these occasions are to cover direct expenses, rather than to gain profit. Passport to the World Passport to the World was held on February 26. This was the fifth year in a row that the Wheeling Park District hosted this expo. The production was well attended, as evidenced by the fact that 300 t-shirts were given out within the first hour, and there were people arriving as early as 11 a.m. All food vendors were housed in the gymnasium and sold their products for $2. The Park District sold beverages, cotton candy and popcorn. Vendors present were: Wheeling Jaycees, the Human Rights Commission, Culver's of Buffalo Grove, Indian Trails Public Library, SCORE! and Wa-Pa-Ghetti’s. The celebration featured six stage acts, roving entertainment, three food vendors (including Chevy Chase Country Club), large inflatable rides, and kids’ games and crafts. Indian Trails Public Library also conducted games and contests that had a cultural component to them. 13
  • 63. As has been the case for the past several years, the Village of Wheeling provided cash contributions to cover 50% of direct costs, and was listed as a cosponsor. Staff worked with the Village of Wheeling and the Human Rights Commission to obtain life-size pictures of people from various ethnic groups and banners that promoted unity, diversity, understanding, etc. that helped enhance the environment and create a harmonious atmosphere. The event was also promoted by the Village of Wheeling. Holiday Hunt The 2006 Holiday Hunt took place on Saturday, April 8, at three park locations. Staff set up an area of candy-filled eggs within the parks and allowed kids to search for their eggs. The first hunt was held at 10 a.m. at Childerley Park, the second at 11:30 a.m. at Chamber Park, and the third at 1 p.m. at Horizon Park. Each expedition had various numbers of participants in attendance, with Childerley once again drawing the largest crowd. The Wheeling Jaycees contributed to the enjoyment by providing volunteer staffing, and snacks for the kids. Wheeling Park District mascots and Peter Rabbit were in attendance for each hunt and were available for photos with the families in attendance. Cinco de Mayo The 2006 Cinco de Mayo fiesta was held on May 7 at Chamber Park. Inflatable rides, concession items, children’s games, and musical entertainment were provided from 12 to 3 p.m. Staff utilized the church building for arts and crafts, and the outdoor open space for games and activities. Alegria Mexicana, a youth dance group from St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, provided entertainment. Chamber Park remains the best place to accommodate this commemoration, as it is well supported by the neighborhood community. Sounds of Summer Concert Series The Sounds of Summer Concert Series was held weekly on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. beginning on July 5, and concluded August 9. The lineup for the six-week series featured many popular bands from around the Chicagoland area. Performers included: 7/5/06 BBI 7/12/06 New Invaders 7/19/06 the Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band 7/26/06 Joan Hamel 8/2/06 7Deez 8/9/06 R Gang The shows were held outside the CRC building at the picnic shelter. Additionally, staff provided various roaming entertainment and amusements for the audience, such as magicians and face painters. 14
  • 64. Fall Fest The Fall Fest was held on October 15, and was preceded by the 5K Run/Walk. The fun took place from noon to 3 p.m. and was free to the public. Activities included a DJ, trackless train ride, inflatable rides, petting zoo, pony rides, hayrides, a balloon twister, face painters, stilt- walkers, and a rolling globe walking station. Tickets were sold for 50 cents for the hayrides, pony rides, and train rides. Concessions and food items were provided by Wa-Pa-Ghetti’s, Culver’s of Buffalo Grove and the Wheeling Park District. Fall Fest 5K Run/Walk The Fall Fest 5K Run/Walk became a Districtwide special event in 2006, due to the ongoing partnerships the race has created. In 2006, the Park District partnered with the “Friends of Matthew Claver” group. Matthew Claver is a Wheeling resident who was battling brain cancer. The “Friends of Matthew Claver” was a group that worked to raise funds to help pay the medical bills for Matthew’s treatment. The partnership enabled the Park District to produce the race, and for the “Friends” group to receive all registration revenue. By forming this partnership, the Park District was able to host a successful competition and experience a large increase in the number of participants. Furthermore, the Park District was able to take an active role in working with the community to help support a local youth whose efforts to battle cancer had become a source of community solidarity. The event itself drew more than 360 registrants, with over 320 finishers. The discrepancy is due to the many registrants paying the registration fee, but not physically participating. Those registrations were accepted as donations for the cause. Halloween Hayrides The 2006 Halloween Hayrides were a great success. The festivities took place on Friday, October 25, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The night featured several opportunities for the participants. It began with a dinner buffet in the Gable Room and the Devonshire West. After dinner, participants were able to take a hayride around the golf course that featured several “scare stations” throughout the course. Midway through the course, participants were treated to ghost stories and s’mores by a campfire. The hayride was followed by carnival-style games and movies in the Devonshire East and Gable Room. The turnout again exceeded expectations, with over 300 people participating. Scholarship Golf Outing While still considered a Districtwide event, the Scholarship Golf Outing has a totally different objective than the other endeavors, as its only goal is to collect as much revenue as possible to support the Park District’s scholarship program. The 2006 Wheeling Park District Scholarship Golf Outing was held on Thursday, August 3. This was the second year that the benefit was held the first week in August. Due to the high number of golf fundraisers in the area, staff determined that the August time frame was ideal. The proceeds netted were in excess of $11,000. Much of the revenue generated was from corporate sponsors and contributors. Raffle tickets were sold throughout the day and featured several donated prizes. The prizes ranged from restaurant gift certificates to foursomes at local golf courses. Participants took part in the scramble tournament and also competed for individual hole prizes. The silent auction and 15
  • 65. caddy auction were both deemed a success, as they generated additional revenue for the Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship Golf Outing partnered with the Just Pass It Foundation in 2006. The Just Pass It Foundation is an organization whose mission is to generate funds to pass on to the youth of Wheeling. The Foundation worked with the Park District to promote interest and attract sponsors and golfers for this worthwhile cause. The Foundation’s support was very beneficial, as it led to additional public awareness and increased attendance. IV. SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM The corporate sponsorship program continued to advance in 2006. Based on the results of 2005, staff determined that there was a greater desire by potential sponsors to be able to pick and choose their sponsorship program. This development led staff to create a menu-style program that allowed each sponsor to tailor a program that met their needs. This change had mixed results, as it took time and effort to develop the new program system. Sponsors continued to support the Park District by donating cash, in-kind services, products, prizes, and other giveaways. There were five opportunities from which sponsors could choose to have their sponsorship recognized: Passport to the World, Scholarship Golf Outing, Summer Concert Series, Cinco de Mayo, Fall Festival and 5K Run/Walk. Sponsorship Results 2006 2005 Cash Sponsorship $24,141 $27,785 In-kind Sponsorship * $13,000 $14,319 * Estimated value. The Scholarship Golf Outing sponsorship packages were above and beyond the regular Wheeling Park District sponsorship program. The purpose of this event is to generate as much revenue as possible; therefore, more fundraising was required. 16
  • 66. HUMAN RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT I. DESCRIPTION OF AREA Human Resources & Development is a function under the Administration Department, reporting directly to the Executive Director. This operation consists of all Human Resources functions, all-agency training initiatives, Guest Service Operations and Risk Management endeavors. Human Resources & Development was headed by a Director in 2006, with direct support from the Risk Manager, HR Generalist/Training Manager, Guest Service Manager and a part-time clerk. II. 2006 ACCOMPLISHMENTS Human Resources Staffing The Wheeling Park District issued 553 W-2s for 2006. Of this total, full-time staff represented 61, or 11%; year-round, part-time staff approximately 210, or 38%; and seasonal staff approximately 282, or 51%. In 2006, staff hired two key full-time positions. These key positions included an additional Lead Line Cook and a Golf Services Assistant Manager. The referral program continues to be well utilized by staff and provides a proven method for filling openings. Twenty-four staff members referred a total of 40 candidates (1 full-time; 11 year-round, part-time; and 28 seasonals), who were hired and successfully completed the initial employment period. This program paid out $1,265 in referral bonuses in 2006. Staff Recognition Staff recognition was an essential initiative again in 2006. The On the Spot program, which began in 2000, was sunsetted and replaced by the Focus on Values recognition program. The Focus on Values (FOV) program recognized staff for exhibiting Agency values. The ten 2006 recipients of the FOV award were celebrated in a variety of ways and received a framed certificate, a day off with pay and lunch with the Executive Director. A total of 67 letters of appreciation were sent in 2006 from the Executive Director to staff who received complimentary letters from external guests. This letter was sent to the staff member’s home to reinforce the Agency’s strategic initiative of providing quality guest service. The second annual Staff, Volunteer and Family Picnic was held on August 6. Staff hosted approximately 300 people for a BBQ lunch, entertainment and swimming at the Aquatic Center. The quarterly pancake breakfast/hotdog lunch continued in 2006, serving up food and positive morale for an estimated 275 staff members. 17
  • 67. The annual Staff Recognition and Appreciation Party was well attended by 130 staff members and 82 guests. Wheeling Park District University WPDU entered its second year of operation in 2006, with the goal to support the strategic initiative of continuous learning. Staff attended 227 sessions (878 total hours) of on-site training, as well as 62 off-site sessions – working to fulfill 2006 requirements. Two new courses, conducted on site by professional facilitators, were introduced to staff: Cultural Diversity and Crucial Conversations (a training to improve staff communications). Guest Service Part-time Staff Training – Wheeling Park District University Guest Service staff embraced WPDU by arranging eight training sessions for part-time staff in 2006: Guest Service Community Relations, Reasonable Suspicion, Code Adam, Sexual Harassment/Respect, Emergency Procedures, Phone Use, Disciplinary Action, and Alcohol and Drug-Free Work Place. Guest Service Standards II The Quality Guest Service Standards II protocol was developed and implemented to assist with establishing and maintaining standards at Guest Service. Guest Service Surveys Staff measured guest satisfaction through two surveys in 2006. For the first time at the Wheeling Park District, the surveys were presented in two languages: English and Spanish. Survey results were very positive, showing an improvement of 18.4% in overall satisfaction with the service provided by the Guest Service team. Risk Management Major Safety Initiatives ThorGuard Lightning Prediction System – In March 2006, expansion of the ThorGuard Lightning Prediction System concluded with the installation of a lightning sensor and computer console unit at the Community Recreation Center, and placement of an additional remote horn and strobe systems at the Aquatic Center. The installation of an additional sensor and computer equipment at the CRC added much- needed stability and accuracy to the existing ThorGuard warning system. The placement of an additional remote warning horn and strobe system at the Aquatic Center allows for better alarm coverage of the Aquatic Center and Heritage Park. The result of these system upgrades gives the Park District a more reliable and accurate system for warning staff and guests of impending lightning hazards. Illinois Department of Labor Inspection – In February 2006, the Illinois Department of Labor conducted safety inspections of the CRC, Chevy Chase Clubhouse, and maintenance facilities. This inspection resulted in 25 cited issues; however, no fines were assessed and all concerns were corrected or addressed within the time limit prescribed by the State of Illinois. Staff has strengthened the Monthly Building Safety Inspection program to help prevent future violations. 18
  • 68. Fire Protection – Two fire protection projects were completed at Chevy Chase. The Ansul fire- suppression system in the kitchen was expanded to meet applicable fire codes. In addition to this project, the brick storage building’s alarm system was replaced and upgraded. Code Adam – This nationally recognized, missing-child procedure was rolled out in 2006. The implementation phase will continue in 2007, with Code Adam drills specifically tailored to each of the facilities. National Safety Month – Staff worked with the National Safety Council to bring National Safety Month recognition events to the Park District in June. Several activities were available for staff participation, including a safety-themed game show, on-line chemical safety training, and several web cast training sessions covering the topics of teen driver safety, preventing on-the- job vehicle accidents, safety leadership, emergency planning and off-the-job safety topics. Staff also received safety bulletins each week about various safety topics. In an effort to raise public awareness of National Safety Month, the Park District website also carried a safety quiz to test guest’s safety knowledge. Park Security – Park Security staff had another successful year. In April, extensive training was completed for the upcoming season and newly created Park Security standards were implemented to ensure quality guest service and performance by Park Security staff. The Park District avoided any large vandalism claims in 2006. Total vandalism reports increased, but consisted mainly of minor graffiti incidents. Park Security staff was able to maintain a strong and positive presence in parks that have previously been trouble spots during evening hours. As was the case in 2005, Park Security staff relied upon the intergovernmental agreement with the Village of Wheeling for police assistance in enforcing the Park District Conduct Ordinance. In July, the Park Security program added early-afternoon hours of service three days a week. This increase in presence presented staff with a greater opportunity to interact with park guests and provide excellent guest service. Safety Committee – The Wheeling Park District Safety Committee’s purpose and goal is to assist in providing a safer environment for the staff and guests of the Park District. In 2006, the Committee achieved this objective by participating in the creation, implementation and completion of several projects, including Code Adam implementation, the Vehicle Operator Safety Program, ThorGuard safety signage, revisions of the staff Safety Manual, preparations for National Safety Month, preparations and planning for the PDRMA Loss Control Review, and revisions of facility safety inspection procedures. Loss Experience 2006 Risk Exposure Overview – The following pie chart measures exposure by examining causes of the 392 accidents, incidents and injuries reported by guests and staff. These statistics indicate a need to continue placing special emphasis on reducing risk in controllable loss areas in order to minimize potential liability. 19
  • 69. Accidents/Incidents/Injuries 2006 Unclassified slip/trip/fall 32% 17% behavior issues pinch/cut hazards 17% 6% vandals/theft sports/game injuries 11% 17% Loss Experience Overview – The graph below shows recent trends in worker compensation, general liability and property losses from 2003-2006. Losses in property and worker compensation exposures trended downward in 2006, while liability exposures remained constant with zero dollar loss in this area. Overall, total losses in worker compensation, general liability and property are down 61% from 2005. Trends in Loss Experience 2003-2006 $100,000 $80,000 Work Com p $60,000 General Liability $40,000 Property $20,000 $0 2003 2004 2005 2006 Property Loss – Property loss experience in 2006 decreased 71% from the previous year, as indicated in the following tables. This dramatic drop in dollar loss can be attributed, in part, to the absence of any large vandalism claims (such as those that affected the Park District in 2005). Further analysis reveals that the reduction of preventable property-damage incidents also contributed to success in this area. Also noteworthy in achieving this result is the effort of maintenance staff whose expertise, hard work and attention to detail helped curtail costs associated with property damage incidents which may have otherwise been significantly elevated. 20
  • 70. 2006 Claim Type Claim Amount Claim Resolution Chevy Chase Flood $12,385 $11,385 ThorGuard Damage $612 $532 Theft at Chevy $1,775 $775 TOTAL $14,772 $12,692 Year Claim Amount Claim Resolution 2005 $51,768 $46,768 2004 $71,430 $19,266 2003 $33,125 $28,806 General Liability – Loss experience in general liability remained constant in 2006, with zero dollar loss in this area for the second year in a row. General liability claims over the last three years have declined from a high of eight in 2004 to three in 2006. Achieving this reduction in risk exposure is a testament to the diligent work of Park District staff to make all facilities and operations safe. Worker’s Compensation – Loss Experience for worker’s compensation is shown below. Losses decreased 29% in comparison to 2005. The reduction in worker’s compensation loss in 2006 marks the second consecutive year where costs have been reduced by more than 25%. A drop in worker’s compensation cost, despite an increase in claims, signifies that the severity of the claims is also reduced – a positive indicator of a successful safety program. Additional efforts and continued success in these areas is needed in order to achieve a goal of reducing injury rates to below national averages in Incident Rates (6.3) and DART rates (3.3), as compared to organizations and industries with the same Standard Industrial Classification Codes. 2006 – Type of Claim Amount of Loss* Contusions/Broken Bones (6) $ 6,408 Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens (4) $ 1,918 Back Strain/Sprain (2) $ 1,496 Eye Injury (2) $ 567 Exposure Biological substance (2) $ 102 Heat Illness (1) $ 565 Laceration (1) $ 319 Total: 18 Total: $11,375* *Does not reflect potential costs still in reserve for open claims. 21
  • 71. Worker’s Comp Claim Analysis 2005 2006 Percent Change Incident Rate (IR) 7.3 8.0 9% Average # of injuries/100 staff Days Away, Restricted or Transferred 6.6 4.5 -32% Average # of staff having lost-time or restricted work days/100 staff (DART) Severity Rate (SR) 17.7 10.1 -43% Average # of lost-time or work restricted days per injury Lost Work Days 0 0 0% Restricted Days 195 121 -38% Cost per incident $1,030 $632 -39% Worker Compensation Losses 2002-2006 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 $0 $20,000 $40,000 $60,000 $80,000 $100,000 $120,000 $140,000 Employment Issues – Loss experience for employment issues in 2006 can be broken down into two areas: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Claims (EEOC) and Unemployment Compensation. No EEOC claims were filed in 2006. Unemployment claims in 2006 numbered 17, down from 21 in 2005 and 21 in 2004. Of these, 10 are chargeable claims, versus 6 chargeable claims in 2005 and 6 in 2004. This increase in chargeable claims can be attributed to laid-off summer seasonal staff having difficulty securing work. 22
  • 72. RECREATION & PARKS DEPARTMENT I. DESCRIPTION OF OPERATIONS In 2006, the Recreation and Parks Department was comprised of three divisions, Recreation Programs, Recreation Facilities and Parks, offering recreation programs and services while maintaining parks and recreation facilities owned and operated by the Wheeling Park District. Recreation Program Division The Recreation Program Division is responsible for youth and adult athletics, special athletic programs, preschool, early childhood, camps, before/after school programs, general programs, dance, drama, arts, recreation special events, and mature adults. The Recreation Program Division utilizes Heritage Park and St. Joe’s soccer and baseball fields, the Community Recreation Center (CRC) and School District 21 school sites to provide its programs. The Park District and School District 21 constructed – and jointly own – the gymnasium at Mark Twain School and at Booth Tarkington School. The two Districts manage the gymnasiums through an intergovernmental agreement, whereby the school conducts its classes during the day and the Park District has the opportunity to hold its programs in the evenings and weekends. In 1992, School District 21 and the Park District entered into an intergovernmental agreement to offer extended care programs at Tarkington, Twain, Whitman and Field Schools. Beginning with fall 2002, the Park District offered extended care at Tarkington, Twain and Field schools only. Recreation Facilities Division The Recreation Facilities Division is responsible for the Community Recreation Center (CRC) facility maintenance, facility and park rentals, and all aspects of the Fitness Center, Arctic Splash and Aquatic Center. Community Recreation Center The Community Recreation Center (CRC) was originally constructed in 1994. In 2000, the Arctic Splash and Fitness Center were added to the facility. Upon completion of the expansion, the Fitness Center was moved to the first floor of the building. At 4,100 square feet, the Fitness Center is divided into zones, with 1,248 square feet dedicated to the free-weight area, and 960 square feet for cardiovascular exercise. The Fitness Center is equipped with 31 cardiovascular machines, 16 selectorized units and 18 pieces of free-weight apparatus. The Arctic Splash indoor aquatic center has a 400-bather load capacity and is comprised of an activity pool and separate lap pool. The activity pool contains 39,573 gallons of water and features interactive water play structures, mini lazy river and a toddler slide. The lap pool has four, 25-yard lap lanes and holds 61,425 gallons of water. The CRC is currently a total of 77,674 square feet. The first floor is 36,020 square feet, second floor is 20,876 square feet and Arctic Splash/Fitness Center totals 20,778 square feet. Other amenities include: 23
  • 73. • One multipurpose room, two large activity rooms, four small activity rooms, one arts and crafts room, one aerobic dance room, kitchen, and boardroom • Full basketball court or half-court (full-length volleyball court) • Two private locker rooms, two public locker rooms and a family locker room Aquatic Center The outdoor Aquatic Center opened in 1993 with a 1,500-bather load capacity. The main pool has 377,779 gallons of water, two tube slides, drop slides, diving board, sand volleyball courts, children’s sand play area, waterfall, spray features and a full-service concession stand. In 2003, the Aquatic Center expansion project added new attractions, including a spray pad – featuring an 8,079-gallon tipping bucket, three small slides and many interactive toys – and a 45,068-gallon activity pool with water basketball and climbing/floating lily pads. Parks Division The Park District has 10 parks, 11 playgrounds, and 8 buildings/structures located on 135 acres. The Agency maintains 14 ball fields, 7 soccer fields and two volleyball courts. The Parks Division is responsible for mowing, electrical, plantings, tree trimming, snow plowing, carpentry, painting, garden plots, upkeep of ball fields and soccer fields, park maintenance, and assisting with construction projects. II. 2006 ACCOMPLISHMENTS • Exceeded overall net budget goal by $203,530. • Developed and implemented a new program evaluation form and process. • Negotiated a written agreement with Prospect Heights Park District relating to soccer leagues. • Finalized a written agreement with School District 23 to offer students resident rates. • Increased soccer participation during spring and fall session. • Created and implemented new game format for WWK soccer division. • Established guidelines for parent and coach code of conduct. • Introduced yoga classes in the parks. • Implemented Adult Dance classes at school sites. • Initiated Family Open Gym events at school sites. • Instituted “Sunday Fun Days” at Arctic Splash. • Offered Aquatic Center Nonresident Memberships. • Launched a “Family Learning Program” with School District 21, impacting 82 parents and 77 children in winter, and 125 parents and 121 children in fall. • Coordinated a CRC Saturday Night special event for families participating in the “Family Learning Program.” 24
  • 74. III. DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAMS In 2006, the Recreation and Parks Department offered 1,395 courses, attended by 11,375 participants, resulting in a 71% resident participation rate. By the end of 2006, staff offered more selected programs and expanded programs in the parks and at school sites. Athletics Wheeling Park District adult programs are designed to provide healthy, recreational, and competitive opportunities for adults. These programs allow participants to enjoy safe and enjoyable activities in a pleasant atmosphere. Wheeling Park District youth programs are designed to provide healthy recreation in an environment where children can have fun, as well as further develop athletic skills, teamwork, and sportsmanship through working with others. Competitiveness comes from the game itself, not by emphasizing score. Athletic Participation History Athletic Programs 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Youth 1,733 1,480 1,247 *1,936 1,815 Adult (Teams) 146 163 142 143 131 * In-house baseball program was replaced with PHWYBS in 2005. Trends Adult sports participation has declined since 2003 and the challenge remains to gain new teams. Existing teams have moved to updated sports complexes in Arlington Heights and Buffalo Grove. These complexes offer games under the lights. Youth sports participation has declined over the years; however, the baseball/softball agreement has increased overall participation numbers. Preschool/Early Childhood/Camps The focus and direction of the Early Childhood and Preschool programs is to encourage children’s social, emotional, and physical development in a developmentally-appropriate recreational setting. A number of adjustments were completed to accommodate a variety of children’s interests and needs. Day Camp programs provide children with the opportunity to experience fun and adventure in a structured, noncompetitive atmosphere. Staff ensured camp objectives were met through the implementation of creative and innovative activities and experiences. Early Childhood/Day Camp/Preschool Participation History Programs 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Early Childhood 671 373 259 795 1,019 Camp 848 1,080 740 838 1,061 Preschool 80 60 61 58 56 TOTAL 1,599 1,513 1,060 1,691 2,136 25
  • 75. Trends In 2006, parent/tot drop-in classes were extremely popular, as they provided flexibility and an affordable recreation experience. Camp Kinda Krazy Kids added sections to accommodate the growing number of preschool-aged children. Preschool enrollment has been consistent over the past three years and is reflective of the community’s demographics, as identified in the Communitywide Survey results and 2000 Census. Staff anticipates that future camp registration will continue growing. Much of this is based on the fact that while the CRC is at capacity in hosting the camp program, the increase in participation can be accommodated by expanding the venue to multiple school sites. Extended Care Children who participate in programs within the Extended Care area enjoy unique enrichment activities, such as games, crafts, sports, entertainment and other surprises. During non-school hours, children are supervised and cared for in a safe and structured environment. Extended Care Participation History Programs 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Children in Action 315 328 272 277 252 Kinder Klub 24 43 26 30 8 Boredom Busters 85 138 168 120 134 TOTAL 424 509 466 427 394 Trends Participation in Children in Action is consistent with the demographics at each school; therefore, staff expects participation to remain stable, as experienced the past two years. Kinder Klub enrollment was decreasing significantly, resulting in a decision to eliminate this program beginning fall 2006. Dance and General Programs Youth dance programs are designed to be an affordable introduction to basic dance fundamentals. Children not only learn about the art of dance, but enjoy exercise and self- expression. Dance fosters good posture, coordination and balance, while enhancing discipline and self-esteem. General/Dance/Art/Special Event Programs Participation History Programs 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 General Programs 570 562 543 585 572 Dance/Art 396 330 415 240 248 Recreation Special Events 42 234 362 244 *387 TOTAL 1,008 1,126 1,320 1,069 1,207 *2006 includes Daddy/Daughter Dance, Holiday Hunt, Movie in the Park, Family Entertainment Series, Mud Volleyball, and Turkey Shoot 26
  • 76. Mature Adults Adults age 55 and older have specific needs in parks and recreation. The Park District provides recreation programs for the mature adult community at the Village of Wheeling Pavilion Center. Participants in fitness programs gain health benefits. Others enjoy cultural learning experiences and skill development through art classes and trips. Mature Adults Participation History Programs 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Senior Stretch 200 222 215 245 213 Yoga 38 31 26 34 49 Oil Painting 184 184 168 143 182 Trips/Events 336 364 368 427 433 TOTAL 758 801 777 849 877 Trends The increase in participation is consistent with the community’s demographics. Fitness and wellness courses continue to be popular, yet numbers for trips/events have stayed constant. Fitness Programs The fitness and wellness programs offer a variety of classes for a wide range of ages and fitness levels. Participants can increase cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, strength, endurance and range of motion, while in a social environment. Fitness Program Participation Fitness Programs 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 TOTAL 5,415 5,290 5,252 4,522 4,313 Trends The mind/body class sizes have become static, and the number of guests using the punch card offering continued to decline. New programs and locations are important to increase participation. Arctic Splash Programs Arctic Splash Program Participation Aquatic Programs 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 TOTAL 7,233 7,480 7,008 7,765 6,318 Trends Participation declined significantly, due to the unavailability of instructors that forced cancellation of Thursday Aquanastics courses. Private lessons and parent/tot courses have become increasingly popular each year. Program surveys have indicated the need to add more times or days. 27
  • 77. IV. COMMUNITY RECREATION CENTER Community Recreation Center Rentals Type 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Community Groups 130 119 107 137 167 Homeowners Groups 42 47 45 56 52 Resident 64 72 51 54 45 Nonresident 34 50 41 28 45 Corporate 19 13 10 8 9 TOTAL 289 301 254 283 318 Trends In 2006, the Community Recreation Center had an increase in rentals and continues to provide convenient space for the community. Outdoor Park and Field Rentals Type 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Picnic Shelter 50 70 64 72 81 Field/Park 1 22 34 47 91 Twain and Tarkington 1 5 31 19 13 Childerley Chapel and Chamber Church 3 6 10 6 13 TOTAL 55 103 139 144 198 Trends Guests continue to request field usage and the volume is expected to rise in future years. The increase in usage supports the desire for open space. V. FITNESS CENTER Fitness Memberships Annual Memberships 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 TOTAL 1,967 1,660 1,357 1,319 1,077 Trends Fitness memberships continue to decline; therefore, a new plan and strategy are important for sustainability and growth. Fitness Center Annual Usage Type 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Daily Residents 374 178 130 107 250 Daily Nonresidents 695 429 290 165 140 Members 78,467 75,563 73,890 70,024 74,071 Guest Passes 1,283 681 460 88 25 Complimentary 42 20 11 24 8 TOTAL 80,861 76,871 74,781 70,408 74,494 28
  • 78. VI. AQUATIC MEMBERSHIPS Arctic Splash and Aquatic Memberships Memberships 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Arctic Blast (Indoor & Outdoor) 362 318 270 234 187 Aqua Zone (Outdoor only) 540 540 445 457 464 Arctic Zone (Indoor only) 234 209 251 197 223 TOTAL 1,136 1,067 966 888 874 Trends Aquatic memberships remained stagnant, which had a corresponding effect on membership revenue. Indoor/Outdoor memberships were impacted by the new Nonresident Outdoor membership opportunity that was introduced in 2006; the idea was a huge success. VII. ARCTIC SPLASH Arctic Splash Attendance Attendance 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Total Daily Admission 3,878 3,526 4,522 3,918 4,444 Total Pass Visits and Groups 18,493 20,964 17,900 15,122 16,473 TOTAL 22,371 24,490 22,422 19,040 20,917 VIII. AQUATIC CENTER Aquatic Center Attendance Attendance 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Daily Admission 23,441 23,600 19,631 27,587 20,473 Groups 24,136 22,267 21,480 23,091 25,099 Season Pass Visits 21,408 20,145 15,507 18,657 16,233 Total Swimmers 68,985 66,012 56,618 69,335 61,805 Possible Days Open 87 82 85 83 83 Daily Average Attendance 793 1,064 959 859 908 Days Closed Due to Weather 11 20 26 1 15 IX. PARKS DIVISION Projects Projects performed by staff and not contracted include: • Replacement of Chamber Park Church roof. • Exterior repairs and painting to the Chamber Park Historical Museum. • Installation of a new Heritage Park playground. • Construction of an accessibility ramp at the Museum. • Preparations and painting to the Aquatic Center pool and facility. 29
  • 79. X. 2006 FINANCIAL OVERVIEW The 2006 end-of-year net of $327,361 was added to the beginning fund balance of $942,883 to provide an end-of-year 2006 fund balance of $1,270,244 (pre-audit). Total revenue for the Recreation Fund in 2006 was $4,585,158, an increase of $492,908, or 12% from 2005. The largest increase of revenue was program revenue. Program revenue totaled $1,202,037, which was an increase of $113,088, or 10.4%, from 2005. Recreation programs show an increase in the net percentage due to additional revenue and controlled expenses. Staff needed to maintain student-teacher ratios, but was able to control expenses, keeping in line with revenue. Recreation program revenue totaled $1,202,037, or 26% of department revenues, and program expenses totaled $761,334, or 17% of department expenses. Program revenue is consistent with demographics and census information in the Communitywide Survey results. The Communitywide Survey results indicate an increased demand for adult program variety. In addition, there has been increased participation in preschool-aged courses. 30
  • 80. Program 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Athletics Revenue 237,639 223,437 161,962 163,385 166,811 Expenses 151,771 132,739 96,741 106,012 103,832 Net Return 85,868 90,698 65,221 57,373 62,978 General Programs Revenue 14,772 16,943 69,253 72,608 62,437 Expenses 11,156 11,717 51,721 55,673 55,465 Net Return 3,616 5,226 17,532 16,935 6,971 Dance/Arts/Drama Revenue 27,599 25,545 31,121 32,622 39,517 Expenses 21,963 17,775 23,539 24,514 30,778 Net Return 5,636 7,770 7,582 8,108 8,739 Extended Care Revenue 355,998 318,139 284,779 268,579 285,186 Expenses 246,293 222,426 191,920 184,552 181,523 Net Return 109,705 95,713 92,859 84,027 103,662 Preschool/Early Childhood Revenue 108,795 80,893 74,621 69,202 81,438 Expenses 56,380 59,769 51,451 58,573 60,227 Net Return 52,415 21,124 23,170 10,629 21,211 Mature Adults Revenue 21,779 22,006 22,970 23,169 29,179 Expenses 22,215 23,580 27,425 30,422 34,051 Net Return/Loss -436 -1,574 -4,455 -7,253 -4,872 Recreation Special Events Revenue 75,900 64,631 63,703 12,130 9,696 Expenses 81,302 57,045 57,266 14,533 17,082 Net Return/Loss -5,402 7,586 6,437 -2,403 -7,386 Camps Revenue 140,481 166,194 214,298 238,647 319,899 Expenses 70,791 60,410 97,577 118,112 153,214 Net Return 69,690 105,784 116,721 120,535 166,685 Fitness Revenue 47,485 65,438 76,235 79,178 71,250 Expenses 35,529 44,128 59,048 61,385 56,950 Net Return 11,956 21,310 17,187 17,793 14,300 Arctic Splash Revenue 112,437 111,748 126,052 129,429 136,624 Expenses 51,350 57,153 58,726 63,951 68,212 Net Return 61,087 54,595 67,326 65,478 68,412 Total Revenue 1,142,885 1,094,974 1,124,994 1,088,949 1,202,037 Total Expenses 748,750 686,742 715,414 717,367 761,334 Total Net Return 394,135 408,232 409,580 371,582 440,703 Total Percentage 34% 37% 36% 34% 37% 31
  • 81. Facility Operations revenue totaled $972,831, or 21% of department revenue, and expenses totaled $1,159,234, or 27% of department expenses. There are concerns with lagging operation revenue, as indirect expenses continue to escalate. CRC operations consist of open gym, park/field and room rentals, track passes, and vending, and these sources of revenue are minimal compared to overall expenses. Memberships have shown significant declines. Operations data indicates a substantial decrease, due to lagging Arctic Splash membership sales. Facility Operations has fixed expenses, so decreased revenues have a significant impact on net return. Arctic Splash is a facility designed mainly for programs. It complements the Aquatic Center; without the Arctic Splash, the Aquatic Center would lose significant group revenue because swim lessons would be held outside during group rental times/days. Arctic Splash operations consist of lap swimmers and open swim guests and do not generate significant revenue. Facility Operations 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 CRC Revenue 62,104 65,892 57,613 60,904 70,861 Expenses 290,457 289,583 272,966 275,545 310,181 Net Return/Loss -228,353 -223,691 -215,353 -214,641 -239,320 Fitness Revenue 384,255 346,298 293,731 272,359 281,031 Expenses 127,845 149,275 159,921 158,271 168,787 Net Return 256,410 197,023 133,810 114,088 112,244 Aquatic Center Revenue 562,992 582,509 506,149 558,260 521,647 Expenses 438,696 530,364 455,442 485,952 485,697 Net Return 124,296 52,145 50,707 72,308 35,950 Arctic Splash Revenue 166,601 159,249 136,329 97,391 99,292 Expenses 192,946 205,912 185,112 187,214 194,569 Net Return/Loss -26,345 -46,663 -48,783 -89,823 -95,277 Total Revenue 1,175,952 1,153,948 993,822 988,914 972,831 Total Expense 1,049,944 1,175,134 1,073,441 1,106,982 1,159,234 Total Net Return/Loss 126,008 21,186 -79,619 -118,068 -186,403 32
  • 82. CHEVY CHASE COUNTRY CLUB I. DESCRIPTION OF OPERATIONS Chevy Chase Country Club is owned and managed by the Wheeling Park District. Chevy Chase operates as an enterprise fund that encompasses all facets of the country club business. The Clubhouse is a 32,880 s.f. facility that houses a full-service banquet operation, a small bar and grill, and a 726 s.f. golf and gift shop. When banquet guests come to Chevy, they have the option of holding their event in the Devonshire Room that seats up to 175 comfortably, or the beautiful Grand Ballroom that seats up to 500 comfortably. Both of these banquet rooms have their own built-in bars and bridal suites. Surrounding the facility is a 5-star, par 72, 18-hole championship golf course, by the name of Traditions at Chevy Chase that stretches out to 6,610 yards. The Clubhouse supports the golf course through a fully stocked golf and gift shop, men’s and women’s locker rooms for golfers to utilize, the Gable Grill for food and beverage, and two beautiful patios for golfers to relax on before and/or after their round of golf. II. 2006 ACCOMPLISHMENTS 2006 was another great year spent entertaining the type of audiences that Chevy Chase Country Club continues to attract. A number of records were set throughout the year, proving how the business of Chevy Chase is continuing to grow. In the category of weekend sales (Friday-Sunday), food and beverage generated $53,256 in total sales June 2-4 while serving 798 guests participating in seven different events. This record weekend was the third highest since September 2005. In the single-day sales category, food and beverage generated $46,275 in total sales while serving 586 guests participating in four different events on June 3. It was the best single day Chevy Chase has had in the last two years. Golf had its second-best year since 2003, generating $44.73 per player on 31,735 rounds. It should be noted that 2006 produced the second-least number of playing days (232) behind 2003, which was an abbreviated season due to a July Grand Opening. Great benefit has been derived from the history and information gathered in the last five years. It has been documented through comment cards, conversations and letters that Traditions Golf Club/Chevy Chase Country Club is the place to be due to the amenities, services and overall experiences being provided. The same aggressive approach that was taken in 2005 was followed in 2006 to promote the services, experiences and different events that were open to the public. Through the use of multiple advertising channels, Chevy gained a good amount of new and repeat business. The avenues that were used are as follows: • Pioneer Press • Direct mail • E-mail blasts • Sales calls • Chicagoland Golf • Wedding periodicals Throughout the year, the Clubhouse and Golf Course received minor and major makeovers. The following capital projects were accomplished in 2006: • Chevy Chase Country Club exterior painting and wood replacement 33
  • 83. • Second phase of Clubhouse carpeting • First phase of golf course curbing • Golf course bridge received structural repairs • Addition of flower beds on the golf course and around the Clubhouse The 2006 capital investment has resulted in drastic changes to the look and feel of the facility, while adding great value to experiences of the guests who visit the property. Staff has been successful in keeping the “traditional” country club ambiance, while making the building more functional, safe and up to date with today’s standards. In addition to the planned capital outlay in 2006, Chevy Chase Country Club also incurred some large, unforeseen expenses. Below is a list of all the damages and repairs that were attributable to uncontrollable circumstances: • In March, the residential complex under construction across the street turned the water main off in order to tap into it. When the water main was turned back on, the pressure of the water damaged some of the valves and sprinkler system in the basement of Chevy Chase, costing $12,484 to repair. PRDMA reimbursed the Wheeling Park District, minus the deductible ($1,000). • The power went out at Chevy Chase Country Club in May due to the high heat, and wasn’t restored until three days later when the transformer in front of the Clubhouse was replaced by ComEd. This incident resulted in damages of $10,154. • The pump for the waterfall feature failed in June, resulting in repair costs of $4,750. • Due to its age, the flat rubber roof that sits above the golf shop, Devonshire, kitchen and Grand Ballroom started to leak in August. The repairs for the leaking amounted to $5,200. • The Grand Ballroom’s wood floor experienced some buckling, due to age. This repair work cost $1,359. • The alarm system in the Brick Storage building was causing false alarms in December. With the assistance of the Risk Manager and the Director of Human Resources and Development, the building’s security system was restored at a cost of approximately $2,500. The total unanticipated expenditure necessitated by these events was $36,122. III. HISTORY Since renovation of the golf course, staff has been collecting and measuring in detail the business that frequents Chevy Chase Country Club. Staff has been compiling statistics on the functions that are conducted at the facility, focusing on these categories: • Number of events • Number of guests • Dollars per guest 34
  • 84. • Type of event • Total labor • Total expenses • Total revenues With this information, staff is able to evaluate business patterns and habits of the guests visiting Chevy Chase and identify what they value. The data that has been generated in the last three years is essential to ensuring the growth of the business, and ultimately being able to realize the goal of providing memorable experiences in parks & recreation that enrich our communities. History from years 2002-2006 and a summary of operations has been provided for each of the four primary areas: Food and Beverage, Golf Operations, Golf Maintenance, and Facility Maintenance. It is important to keep in mind that the golf course was closed completely in 2002 and for half the year in 2003. Golf Operations – Income/Loss Year Revenue Expense Income/Loss 2002 $ 25,839 $356,571 ($ 330,732) 2003 $ 839,901 $549,912 $ 289,989 2004 $1,304,132 $437,988 $ 866,144 2005 $1,472,711 $403,705 $1,069,006 2006 $1,515,836 $425,906 $1,089,930 Golf Operations – Green Fee/Cart Fee Revenue Year Green Fee Cart Fee Total 2002 Closed Closed Closed 2003 $ 577,827 $193,034 $ 770,861 2004 $ 904,440 $324,879 $1,229,319 2005 $ 987,308 $402,028 $1,389,336 2006 $1,014,935 $404,588 $1,419,523 Golf Operations – Play Days/Rounds Year Play Days Rounds $ Per Player 2002 Closed Closed Closed 2003 ??? 16,671 $46.24 2004 249 27,856 $44.13 2005 242 31,080 $44.70 2006 232 31,735 $44.73 Golf Operations – Golf Shop-Retail Income/Loss Year Revenues Expenses Margin 2002 $19,840 $40,895 0% 2003 $45,401 $35,695 21% 2004 $59,480 $39,043 34% 2005 $65,208 $40,889 37% 2006 $71,398 $44,388 38% 35
  • 85. Golf Operations – Labor Year Full-Time Part-Time Total 2002 $59,940 $ 1,403 $ 61,343 2003 $42,302 $124,276 $166,578 2004 $47,613 $138,897 $186,510 2005 $49,876 $137,850 $187,726 2006 $88,909 $106,646 $195,555 Golf Maintenance – Expenses Year Expenses 2002 ($283,263) 2003 ($663,703) 2004 ($574,652) 2005 ($568,032) 2006 ($645,208) Golf Maintenance – Labor Year Total Labor Percentage of Budget 2002 $194,151 69% 2003 $357,447 54% 2004 $297,085 52% 2005 $273,730 48% 2006 $316,394 49% Food and Beverage – Income/Loss Year Revenue Expense Income/Loss 2002 $1,851,724 $1,591,157 $260,567 2003 $1,969,431 $1,258,394 $711,037 2004 $2,269,057 $1,361,315 $907,742 2005 $2,352,961 $1,458,272 $894,689 2006 $2,250,474 $1,426,862 $823,612 Food and Beverage – F&B Margins Year Food Margin Beverage Margin 2002 32% 13% 2003 31% 19% 2004 29% 19% 2005 30% 21% 2006 31% 21% Food and Beverage – Number of Events/$ Per Event Year Number of Events $ Per Event 2002 378 $4,601 2003 415 $4,049 2004 397 $4,255 2005 441 $4,012 2006 468 $4,809 36
  • 86. Facility Maintenance – Expenses Year Expenses 2002 ($198,077) 2003 ($220,700) 2004 ($250,335) 2005 ($272,110) 2006 ($317,579) Facility Maintenance – Labor Year Total Labor Percentage of Budget 2002 $131,394 66% 2003 $155,239 70% 2004 $163,542 65% 2005 $162,421 60% 2006 $194,214 61% Chevy Chase Country Club - Total Fund – Income/Loss Year Income/Loss 2002 ($1,084,807) 2003 ($ 640,823) 2004 $ 120,588 2005 $ 276,540 2006 $ 48,070 IV. FOOD AND BEVERAGE Total events for 2006 were 468, serving 48,909 guests. Year-to-date total revenues were $2,250,474. In-house events were well attended in 2006, and increased Chevy Chase’s exposure to Wheeling and the surrounding communities. These celebrations included the Valentine’s Dinner Dance, Easter Brunch, Mother’s Day Brunch, Oktoberfest, Halloween Haunted Hayride and New Year’s Eve. These events drew 1,601 guests, generating $61,571 in revenues. The Friday Night Fish Fry was offered for 13 weeks through the Lenten Season; 841 people were served. This restoration of an older tradition remains another opportunity to expose Chevy Chase to the community. In addition, Ballroom Dancing returned for its third year of revival, attracting 1,026 young-hearted dancers. While this event has been well received, the number of attendees is constantly dwindling since 2004 (1,598; 1,102; 1,026). There is an apparent correlation to attrition. The following tables will detail the types of events, number of guests, number of events, sales and costs for the five different areas that comprise Food and Beverage. 37
  • 87. Banquet Sales 2003 Total 2004 Total 2005 Total 2006 Total # of Events 367 335 369 374 # of Guests 49,087 43,785 44,972 42,825 # of Weddings 121 97 110 83 # of Social 99 174 91 82 # of Corporate 147 64 168 209 % of Food 67% 73% 72% 68% % of Beverage 33% 27% 28% 32% Total Sales $1,596,327 $1,547,678 $1,620,664 $1,856,050 Avg. Check $32.52 $35.35 $36.04 $34.62 Food Cost 30.6% 29.4% 30.5% 30.9% Beverage Cost 19.2% 19% 20.8% 21.4% Golf Outings 2003 Total 2004 Total 2005 Total 2006 Total # of Events 43 62 72 78 # of Guests 4,282 4,905 6,084 % of Food 78% 83% 80% % of Beverage 22% 17% 20% Total Sales $84,017 $141,473 $148,636 $165,940 Avg. Check $33.04 $30.30 $27.27 Gable Grill 2003 Total 2004 Total 2005 Total 2006 Total Food Sales $ 42,649 $ 37,014 $ 43,503 $ 51,848 Beverage Sales $ 70,013 $ 84,323 $ 68,892 $ 71,563 Total Sales $112,662 $121,337 $112,395 $123,411 Beverage Cart 2003 Total 2004 Total 2005 Total 2006 Total Food Sales $ 1,762 $ 1,273 $ 1,767 $ 1,000 Beverage Sales $44,267 $58,431 $73,163 $76,933 Total Sales $46,029 $59,704 $74,930 $77,933 Other Income 2003 Total 2004 Total 2005 Total 2006 Total Total $311,606 $392,062 $390,130 $394,424 Total F&B and Miscellaneous Sales 2003 Total 2004 Total 2005 Total 2006 Total Total $1,839,035 $1,876,992 $1,962,831 $1,856,050 38
  • 88. Food and Beverage Guest Satisfaction The following chart identifies the ratings received from guests who visited the banquet facilities. The scoring points are 1, 3 and 5, where “5” denotes exceeded expectations, “3” represents meets expectations, and “1” indicates did not meet expectations. Out of 335 events, 129 surveys were collected. Category Rating Event Planning Staff 4.7 On-Floor Service Staff 4.4 Event Amenities 4.3 Menu 4.4 Overall Score 4.4 First-Time Users 62% Top 3 reasons Chevy was selected Ambience/View, Location, Food Quality V. GOLF OPERATIONS 2006 was a challenging golfing season at Traditions at Chevy Chase. The course experienced many weather-related interruptions in play. Both spring and fall included a large amount of rain and cold temperatures. The rounds produced in 2006 surpassed the budgeted amounts – even with the weather challenge. When the weather was cooperative, guests took advantage of the chance to play the course. Golf and Gift Shop The golf and gift shop produced a 37.8% profit margin, resulting in a positive bottom line. The table below itemizes the categories that identify the types of merchandise purchased and sales generated. Merchandise Categories Sales Expense Hard Goods $27,972.35 $17,622.91 Soft Goods - Ladies’ $ 6,817.16 $ 4,739.24 Soft Goods - Men’s $20,252.49 $12,109.29 Accessories $16,328.89 $ 8,839.70 Holiday $ 26.80 $ 19.23 Variance/Freight $ 0.00 $ 1,058.05 Total $71,397.69 $44,388.42 Guest Usage Traditions’ playable days due to weather were down ten days compared to 2005, but rounds versus budget and 2005 were up. This in itself is a compliment to the program and the value- added experiences that guests receive. 39
  • 89. Golf-event usage continued to increase; revenues for events grew by 7.2% – and event rounds by 2.3% – over 2005. The efficiency in which staff utilized the tee sheet to fill in available tee times is increasing. The weekend reserved tee times experienced a slight drop in participation compared to 2005. Saturday numbers are consistent with the slight drop realized on Sunday. Staff has found that repeat guests regularly utilize the open times on Sunday. League play experienced an increase of 118 rounds over 2005. The trend continues with the corporate leagues downsizing and the social leagues increasing. 2006 Golf Rounds Number of Rounds Resident Rounds 4,098 Guest Rounds 16,872 Event Rounds 6,459 League Rounds 3,178 Trade/Comp Rounds 1,128 Total 31,735 2006 Revenues vs. Expenses Revenues Green Fees $1,014,935.02 Cart Fees $ 404,588.01 Golf Shop – Merchandise/Other $ 96,313.09 Total Revenues $1,515,836.12 Expenses Staff $ 195,555.33 Operations Expenses $ 230,350.94 Total Expenses $ 425,906.27 Total Net Income $1,089,929.85 VI. GOLF MAINTENANCE Weather There was a sharp contrast in weather patterns between the first and second halves of the 2006 season. The year began with temperatures fitting for the season, then rose to record heat and humidity levels in July (record dew point of 81.7 degrees on July 30), only to be followed by temperatures well below the daily average beginning mid-August. The cool, cloudy, and wet conditions persisted for nearly 90 days, with seasonal norms not returning until the middle of November. Traditions even received record snowfall of .5” on October 12. Equipment Maintenance The equipment maintenance program at Traditions reached a degree of sophistication and professionalism never achieved prior to 2006. Preventative maintenance, coupled with extensive product knowledge, reduced equipment downtime to a level near zero. 40
  • 90. Greens The persistently cloudy and wet conditions of the fall allowed the greens to remain wet for an extended period of time and resulted in an anaerobic problem referred to as “black layer.” Sand injection and aggressive venting activities were performed to get oxygen into the root zone. The oxidization will remedy the black layer condition. Curbing Fifteen hundred linear feet of decorative curbing was installed at nine different locations throughout the property. With a customized flagstone design and coloring feature, this curbing is both attractive and functional in restricting cart traffic. Cart Paths Four of the seven bridge crossings had moderate to severe settling at the path/bridge interfaces. The depressions were dangerous to pedestrians and jolting to the cart traffic. A solution was found in large brick pavers. The limestone base compacted properly – which fixed the settling issue – and the stones provide nice detail. Bridges Parks staff designed, constructed, and installed cedar planter boxes on four bridges. The planters provide a pleasant splash of color for the golfers as they cross and are an aesthetically- pleasing complement to the brick pavers. Beautification Projects More than 25,000 annuals were put on display in 2006: “Victoria” blue salvia, pink ‘Wave” petunia and licorice were planted in the areas of full sun, while “Wedgwood” mix impatiens filled the shaded beds. “Creeping” and “Chewing” fescues were seeded behind the #10 green to create a naturalized area. Birch, euonymus, and roses were planted on the west side of the water on #3. Outcroppings of stone were installed, along with several flowering perennials, in an effort to reclaim this area as it had become overgrown by unsightly vegetation. 2006 Golf Maintenance Expenses Categories Expenses Salaries and Wages $316,394 Commodities $245,829 Utilities $ 9,688 Other $ 5,774 Capital Improvements $ 18,713 Contractual Services $ 48,809 Total $645,208 41
  • 91. VII. FACILITY MAINTENANCE Facility Maintenance dealt with several obstacles throughout 2006. Much of the team’s time was consumed with repairing the damage that resulted from the power outage, sewage-system failure and flooding. Staff had a great year keeping the building functional and in shape to serve the 78,000+ guests who visited. With the large population of guests using the facility in 2006, staff worked to make sure all setups and breakdowns were handled in the most efficient manner. 2006 Facility Maintenance Expenses Categories Expenses Salaries and Wages $194,213 Commodities $ 36,008 Contractual Services $ 59,188 Maintenance and Repairs $ 21,836 Other $ 80 Capital Improvements $ 6,253 Total $317,579 42
  • 92. FINANCE AND BUSINESS OPERATIONS I. DESCRIPTION OF OPERATIONS The District is a municipal corporation that is governed by an elected seven-member board. The District uses funds to report its results of operations. Funds are classified into governmental and proprietary (enterprise) categories. Each category is divided into separate fund types. A brief description of the funds follows: Government Funds Corporate – This fund includes the cost to maintain parks and administrative expenses, such as board support, administrative services, technology, and finance. Special Revenue Funds Recreation Fund – This fund handles the expenditures to carry on the recreation programs, as well as the indoor and outdoor Aquatic Centers, the Community Recreation Center, and the Fitness Center. Museum Fund – This fund covers the expenses to maintain the Museum and Church at Chamber Park. Tort Immunity Fund – This fund accounts for the costs of insurance, risk management, staff safety-related training, and loss prevention and reduction services. Audit Fund – This fund covers the expense of the annual audit of the District’s financial statements, as required by law. Police Fund – This fund covers the District’s expense for its own park security force. Special Populations Fund – This fund primarily pays for the District’s membership in the NWSRA and other programs that target specific populations. Capital Project Funds Paving and Lighting – This fund contains the expenses for constructing, maintaining and lighting roadways within the District’s parks and facilities. Capital Projects-Bonds – Annually, the District issues nonreferendum debt within its legal limitations. A large portion of the proceeds is used to pay off prior year’s debt issued for capital projects. The remainder is used for new capital projects. Capital Projects-Other – In 2005, the District established a fund to segregate revenues received from such things as cash-land donations, TIF tax rebates, and grant revenues. The intention in creating this fund is to build up capital reserves to assist the District in its long-range planning. 43
  • 93. Debt Service Bond and Interest Fund – The debt service fund is used to pay the interest and principal on the general obligation bonds, installment contracts, and debt certificates that have been issued to provide funds for the acquisition and/or improvements of capital assets, in addition to the acquisition and construction of major capital facilities. In addition to its nonreferendum debt, the District has two outstanding debt issues paid out of this fund. Proprietary Chevy Chase Country Club-Enterprise Fund – This fund accounts for the activity at the Country Club – both golf course operations and the Clubhouse (food and beverage). II. 2006 ACCOMPLISHMENTS The Wheeling Park District began several new initiatives in 2006 to improve the financial stability within the Agency. From a financial standpoint, the Agency performed extremely well in light of the fact that it lost 15 days due to rain at the Aquatic Center. Those lost days have an equally detrimental effect on the Golf Course. GFOA Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting The Wheeling Park District received the Government Finance Officers Association’s Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting for the second year in a row. The Agency first applied for the Certificate in 2005. As part of its financial statements, the Agency adopted GASB 44 (supplemental information) at the earliest possible implementation date. Fiscal Oversight In 2006, District staff continued to develop Agencywide Fiscal Operation and Business Policies. The Agency added a revenue policy, a purchasing policy (which included purchase cards), a scholarship policy, and a fund balance policy to go along with those policies established in 2005. Staff also eliminated the need for purchase orders and replaced that document with a check request form that further streamlines operations. Additionally, a new primary banking relationship was established to save the Agency thousands of dollars in bank fees. Finally, the Agency expanded the number of financial institutions it deals with to maximize investment income. Investment income exceeded budget Agencywide by $137,000 in 2006. Property Taxes As a special taxing district, the District is subject to a tax cap that limits the increase in the annual tax levy to the lesser of 5% or the increase in the Consumer Price Index. Purchase Cards The Wheeling Park District became one of the first park districts in the state to embrace the concept of purchasing cards. As a result of this process, the Park District has dramatically improved efficiencies, as well as internal controls, and realized a rebate in excess of $7,000 in the first nine months of the program. 44
  • 94. Telephone System In order to better serve both guests and staff, the Agency installed a new telephone system. As a result of the installation, the Agency was also able to dramatically reduce the cost of telephone usage through a change in service vendors and an analysis of communications lines and circuits. This analysis resulted in a consolidation of lines; hence, a cost reduction. Technology In March 2006, the Wheeling Park District made a commitment to technology by hiring a full- time Manager of Information Technology. As a result, the Agency accomplished the following as it relates to technology: • Designed and implemented phase 1 of its virtual server architecture. This will provide efficiencies within the Agency and will secure data. • Staff completed a security audit of all systems and a complete inventory of all peripherals and software. • In order to protect its technology investment, an environmentally controlled, central computing facility was built. Cost Saving Programs In addition to the aforementioned cost savings with telephones, the Agency entered into a revised pricing schedule with its credit card processor at the CRC, resulting in significant savings. Likewise, the cell phone plan at the Agency was revised, also resulting in significant savings. Process Improvements Throughout the course of the year, finance staff looks for ways to improve internal processes. In 2006, finance staff had the following accomplishments: • For the first time, pay rates were added to specific General Ledger accounts in the payroll system; thus improving accuracy and streamlining operations. • The Agency began filing sales tax returns over the internet and paying the liability through an ACH transaction. • Installed membership renewal module in the E-Z Reg (online registration software) for pool memberships. NWSRA The District, through its special population line item, is able to levy funds adequate to cover the Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA) assessment. The NWSRA consists of sixteen park districts that provide recreational opportunities for people with disabilities. 45
  • 95. Below is a summary of actual Revenues and Expenditures for both the Governmental and Enterprise (Chevy Chase Country Club) funds over the last four years. Wheeling Park District Governmental Fund Revenues FY2003 FY2004 FY2005 FY 2006 SOURCES Taxes 5,051,165 5,104,736 6,051,011 6,435,154 Program Fees 1,094,978 1,124,998 1,113,714 1,230,615 Memberships/Admissions 932,794 839,134 836,042 793,935 Concession Sales 103,956 102,161 97,519 86,802 Interest 58,358 43,249 101,396 281,499 Rentals 90,353 60,416 64,012 71,798 Grants - - 48,326 325,000 Miscellaneous 293,732 176,116 165,124 56,740 Total 7,625,336 7,450,810 8,477,144 9,281,543 Refunding of Bond Issuance - - 5,366,188 0 Internal Transfer 1,675,507 1,674,846 1,671,418 1,651,722 Bond Issuances 1,670,000 1,200,000 1,130,000 1,035,000 GRAND TOTAL 10,970,843 10,325,656 16,614,750 11,968,265 Wheeling Park District Governmental Fund Expenditures FY2003 FY2004 FY2005 FY 2006 FUNCTIONS General 1,416,671 1,337,724 1,688,934 2,039,728 Recreation 4,046,196 3,329,820 3,555,762 3,680,786 Museum 53,337 70,282 45,908 52,319 Tort 418,005 378,315 472,592 516,696 IMRF - - - - FICA - - - - Audit 44,983 44,326 70,236 46,643 Police 41,842 52,041 46,482 53,024 Special Populations 147,551 157,577 187,482 226,313 Paving & Lighting 69,206 33,635 48,177 15,750 Capital Projects 691,913 114,335 156,689 276,828 Debt Service 2,834,873 3,088,828 2,918,843 2,833,497 Total 9,764,577 8,606,883 9,191,105 9,741,584 Refunding -- - 5,331,251 - Internal Transfer 1,675,507 1,674,846 1,671,418 1,651,722 GRAND TOTAL 11,440,084 10,281,729 16,193,774 11,393,306 Wheeling Park District Enterprise Funds (Internal Reporting Basis) FY2003 FY2004 FY2005 FY 2006 REVENUES $ 2,999,383 $ 3,805,727 $4,046,926 4,069,977 EXPENDITURES $ 3,640,206 $ 3,685,139 $3,770,386 4,021,907 46
  • 96. Wheeling Park District Enterprise Funds (Proprietary Accounting Basis) FY2003 FY2004 FY2005 FY 2006 REVENUES $ 3,027,635 $ 3,916,027 $4,063,476 Unavailable EXPENDITURES 3,963,534 4,061,396 4,018,994 at this time; SURPLUS (DEFICIT) $ (935,899) $ (145,369) $ 44,482 awaiting audit III. 2006 FINANCIAL SUMMARY In 2006, the District continued to make positive strides towards reaching financial stability. Fund balances increased as a percentage of annual expenditures in the three major funds. The District continues to streamline operations and look for efficiencies in order to best serve its mission of providing memorable experiences in parks and recreation that enrich its communities. 47
  • 97. CORPORATE FUND 2005 2006 2006 Actual Audited Budget (Unaudited) Undesignated Fund Balance January 1, 1,026,168 849,238 963,973 (Note 1) Sources: Revenues 2,105,723 2,102,635 2,198,606 Other 13,900 - - Transfers In - - - - - - Transfers In - - - Total Sources 2,119,623 2,102,635 2,198,606 Uses: Expenditures Operations 1,587,474 1,550,565 1,509,990 Capital 91,459 34,440 39,303 Transfers Out Debt Service Fund 502,885 490,435 490,435 - - - Transfers Out 502,885 490,435 490,435 Total Uses 2,181,818 2,075,440 2,039,728 Sources Less Uses (62,195) 27,195 158,878 Undesignated Fund Balance December 31, 963,973 876,433 1,122,851 Fund Balance % of total uses 37.54% 36.04% 47.52% 48
  • 98. RECREATION FUND 2005 2006 2006 Actual Audited Budget (Unaudited) Undesignated Fund Balance January 1, 638,739 798,385 942,883 Sources: Revenues 4,092,255 4,553,044 4,585,158 Transfers In: - - - - - - Transfers In - - - Total Sources 4,092,255 4,553,044 4,585,158 Uses: Expenditures: Operations 3,387,116 4,160,622 3,955,845 Capital 168,650 59,642 51,175 Transfers Out: Debt Service Fund 232,345 250,776 250,776 Transfers Out 232,345 250,776 250,776 Total Uses 3,788,111 4,471,040 4,257,796 Sources Less Uses 304,144 82,004 327,362 Undesignated Fund Balance December 31, 942,883 880,389 1,270,245 Fund Balance % of total uses 24.89% 19.69% 29.83% 49
  • 99. MUSEUM FUND 2005 2006 2006 Actual Audited Budget (Unaudited) Undesignated Fund Balance January 1, 38,229 38,865 47,259 Sources: Revenues 54,938 50,913 49,633 Transfers In: - - - - - - Transfers In - - - Total Sources 54,938 50,913 49,633 Uses: Expenditures: Operations 45,908 46,938 42,616 Capital - 20,000 9,703 Transfers Out: Debt Service Fund - - - Transfers Out - - - Total Uses 45,908 66,938 52,319 Sources Less Uses 9,030 (16,025) (2,686) Undesignated Fund Balance December 31, 47,259 22,840 44,573 Fund Balance % of total uses 102.94% 34.12% 85.19% 50
  • 100. PAVING AND LIGHTING FUND 2005 2006 2006 Actual Audited Budget (Unaudited) Undesignated Fund Balance January 1, 108,538 59,831 65,808 Sources: Revenues 5,447 3,424 4,718 Transfers In: - - - - - - Transfers In - - - Total Sources 5,447 3,424 4,718 Uses: Expenditures: Operations 48,177 22,000 - Capital - - 15,750 Transfers Out: Debt Service Fund - - - Transfers Out - - - Total Uses 48,177 22,000 15,750 Sources Less Uses (42,730) (18,576) (11,032) Undesignated Fund Balance December 31, 65,808 41,255 54,776 Fund Balance % of total uses 136.60% 187.52% 347.78% 51
  • 101. POLICE FUND 2005 2006 2006 Actual Audited Budget (Unaudited) Undesignated Fund Balance January 1, 51,307 29,998 36,834 Sources: Revenues 32,010 37,646 40,606 Transfers In: - - - - - - Transfers In - - - Total Sources 32,010 37,646 40,606 Uses: Expenditures: Operations 46,483 50,836 53,023 Capital - - - Transfers Out: Debt Service Fund - - - Transfers Out - - - Total Uses 46,483 50,836 53,023 Sources Less Uses (14,473) (13,190) (12,417) Undesignated Fund Balance December 31, 36,834 16,808 24,417 Fund Balance % of total uses 79.24% 33.06% 46.05% 52
  • 102. SPECIAL POPULATION FUND 2005 2006 2006 Actual Audited Budget (Unaudited) Undesignated Fund Balance January 1, 41,915 41,586 42,378 Sources: Revenues 187,944 220,000 221,204 Transfers In: - - - - - - Transfers In - - - Total Sources 187,944 220,000 221,204 Uses: Expenditures: Operations 178,962 207,364 210,893 Capital 8,519 2,500 15,420 Transfers Out: - - - Transfers Out - - - Total Uses 187,481 209,864 226,313 Sources Less Uses 463 10,136 (5,109) Undesignated Fund Balance December 31, 42,378 51,722 37,269 Fund Balance % of total uses 22.60% 24.65% 16.47% 53
  • 103. AUDIT FUND 2005 2006 2006 Actual Audited Budget (Unaudited) Undesignated Fund Balance January 1, 27,835 16,818 17,716 Sources: Revenues 60,117 50,614 53,256 Transfers In: - - - - - - Transfers In - - - Total Sources 60,117 50,614 53,256 Uses: Expenditures: Operations 70,236 46,530 46,643 Capital - - - Transfers Out: - - - Transfers Out - - - Total Uses 70,236 46,530 46,643 Sources Less Uses (10,119) 4,084 6,613 Undesignated Fund Balance December 31, 17,716 20,902 24,329 Fund Balance % of total uses 25.22% 44.92% 52.16% 54
  • 104. TORT FUND 2005 2006 2006 Actual Audited Budget (Unaudited) Undesignated Fund Balance January 1, 93,372 156,282 170,718 Sources: Revenues 549,938 513,379 535,712 Transfers In: - - - - - - Transfers In - - - Total Sources 549,938 513,379 535,712 Uses: Expenditures: Operations 472,592 495,706 496,773 Capital - 19,140 19,923 Transfers Out: Debt Service Fund - - - Transfers Out - - - Total Uses 472,592 514,846 516,696 Sources Less Uses 77,346 (1,467) 19,016 Undesignated Fund Balance December 31, 170,718 154,815 189,734 Fund Balance % of total uses 36.12% 30.07% 36.72% 55
  • 105. BOND AND INTEREST FUND 2005 2006 2006 Actual Audited Budget (Unaudited) Undesignated Fund Balance January 1, 222,440 168,947 183,535 Sources: Revenues 1,203,582 1,156,261 1,183,821 Bond Proceeds (Refunding) 5,351,587 - Transfers In: Corporate, Recreation, Capital Project Fund 1,671,418 1,651,722 1,651,722 - - - Transfers In 1,671,418 1,651,722 1,651,722 Total Sources 8,226,587 2,807,983 2,835,543 Uses: Expenditures: Operations - (Principal and Interest) 2,808,164 2,834,197 2,833,497 Advanced Refunding-Debt 5,457,328 - Capital - - - Transfers Out: - - - Transfers Out - - - Total Uses 8,265,492 2,834,197 2,833,497 Sources Less Uses (38,905) (26,214) 2,046 Undesignated Fund Balance December 31, 183,535 142,733 185,581 Fund Balance % of total uses 2.22% 5.04% 6.55% 56
  • 106. CAPITAL PROJECTS (OTHER) FUND 2005 2006 2006 Actual Audited Budget (Unaudited) Undesignated Fund Balance January 1, - 99,015 166,073 Sources: Revenues 171,295 605,016 219,341 Transfers In: - - - - - - Transfers In - - - Total Sources 171,295 605,016 219,341 Uses: Expenditures: Operations - - - Capital 5,222 815,000 23,180 Transfers Out: - - - - - - Transfers Out - - - Total Uses 5,222 815,000 23,180 Sources Less Uses 166,073 (209,984) 196,161 Undesignated Fund Balance December 31, 166,073 (110,969) 362,234 57
  • 107. CAPITAL PROJECTS (BONDS) FUND 2005 2006 2006 Actual Audited Budget (Unaudited) Undesignated Fund Balance January 1, 330,206 356,690 362,551 Sources: Bond Proceeds 1,130,000 1,035,000 1,035,000 Transfers In: - - - - - - Transfers In - - - Total Sources 1,130,000 1,035,000 1,035,000 Uses: Expenditures: Operations 4,000 5,000 4,000 Capital 147,467 269,361 249,648 Transfers Out: Debt Service Fund 946,188 910,511 910,511 - - - Transfers Out 946,188 910,511 910,511 Total Uses 1,097,655 1,184,872 1,164,159 Sources Less Uses 32,345 (149,872) (129,159) Undesignated Fund Balance December 31, 362,551 206,818 233,392 58
  • 108. CHEVY CHASE FUND 2005 2006 2006 Actual Audited Budget (Unaudited) Undesignated Fund Balance January 1, 424,393 604,539 700,933 Sources: Revenues 4,046,926 4,103,300 4,069,977 Transfers In: - - - - - - Transfers In - - - Total Sources 4,046,926 4,103,300 4,069,977 Uses: Expenditures: Operations (w/Debt Service) 3,655,174 3,938,101 3,886,105 Capital 115,212 151,703 135,802 Transfers Out: Debt Service Fund - - - Transfers Out - - - Total Uses 3,770,386 4,089,804 4,021,907 Sources Less Uses 276,540 13,496 48,070 Undesignated Fund Balance December 31, 700,933 618,035 749,003 Fund Balance % of total uses 18.59% 15.11% 18.62% 59
  • 109. ALL FUNDS 2005 2006 2006 Actual Audited Budget (Unaudited) Undesignated Fund Balance January 1, 3,003,142 3,220,194 3,700,661 Sources: Revenues 12,510,175 13,396,232 13,162,032 Bond Proceeds 6,481,587 1,035,000 1,035,000 Other 13,900 - - Transfers In: Corporate, Recreation, Capital Project Fund 1,671,418 1,651,722 1,651,722 - - - Transfers In 1,671,418 1,651,722 1,651,722 Total Sources 20,677,080 16,082,954 15,848,754 Uses: Expenditures: Operations 12,304,286 13,357,859 13,039,385 Advanced Refunding-Debt 5,457,328 - - Capital 536,529 1,371,786 559,904 Transfers Out: Debt Service Fund 1,681,418 1,651,722 1,651,722 - - - Transfers Out 1,681,418 1,651,722 1,651,722 Total Uses 19,979,561 16,381,367 15,251,011 Sources Less Uses 697,519 (298,413) 597,743 Undesignated Fund Balance December 31, 3,700,661 2,921,781 4,298,404 Fund Balance % of total uses excl transfers out 28.82% 19.84% 31.61% 60
  • 110. Buffalo Grove Park District | Fall 2007 • (847) 850-2100 | bgparkdistrict.org 33 Facility Development The Buffalo Grove Park District continued with its Fitness Center - The other major construction Also, through a cooperative agreement with aggressive plan to improve and develop parks project this year was the expansion and renova- School District 102, the Park District installed the and facilities this past year. Major improve- tions at the Buffalo Grove Fitness Center. The School District’s new playground equipment at ments have taken place at the Alcott Center, Fitness Center now has a new expanded areas Pritchett Elementary School. Twin Creeks Park, the Fitness Center and the for its Kid’s Club, Sports Performance Training, Raupp Museum. Yoga and Pilates. But, the most exciting part of the project is the brand new Vitality Spa (see Alcott Center - Major improvements this past page 95 for more details). year at the Alcott Center include new restroom facilities, a new all accessible playground, Raupp Museum - Expansion continued this new interior doors, new carpeting throughout year at the Raupp Museum. Not only did we the hallways, new hallway furniture and a new add to the exhibits with a new section that expanded lobby area. includes a walk-through farmhouse and general store, we also added to our Twin Creeks Park - Although it was a lengthy audience by introducing two excit- construction project, the development of Twin ing new programs for middle Creeks Park has finally been finished, and this school students. Both the beautiful facility was worth the wait. In addition exhibits and programs were to a new all accessible playground, Twin Creeks very successful, as the mu- Park now features a 9-hole disc golf course, 2 seum served over 5,700 bocce courts and a new building that will give people, including stu- the Park District much needed storage space, as dents and Scouts from well as permanently house classrooms for the every school district in popular Safety Town program, which will move Buffalo Grove. from the Golf and Sports Center to its new per- The Raupp Museum manent home at Twin Creeks Park. In the past, also continued to the Safety Town buildings were all temporary receive statewide rec- structures. This all new Safety Town features ar- ognition, as it won an chitecturally designed, permanent buildings and Award of Excellence state of the art equipment, that when combined for Exhibit Design from with the Park District’s exceptional level of in- the Illinois Association struction will keep the children in our community of Museums. This is the safe and prepared for any emergency. And, sixth consecutive year as if that wasn’t enough to be excited about, that the museum has won Twin Creeks Park’s signature piece is Kendrigan an award. Field, a state of the art rubberized surface base- ball diamond, specially designed for wheelchair Playground Equipment - New use. Buffalo Grove will be the home to one of playground equipment was in- very few of these fields in the country, which stalled at the Alcott Center and at Twin will provide much enjoyment for people with Creeks Park. disabilities throughout the entire area.
  • 111. 34 Programs & Events Staff Over 40 new programs were offered this past year at the Buffalo Grove Congratulations to Business Manager John Short on the completion of his Park District, some of which include computer and self improvement CPRP certification (Certified Parks and Recreation Professional), which classes, as well as a variety of art, dance, theatre and fitness classes for is achieved through a combination of education, years in the profession both children and adults. A wide range of early childhood, youth and and the passing of a certification exam. John is now the only business seniors programs were also added to this year’s offering. Some of the manager at any Illinois park district to hold a C.P.A., an M.B.A. and CPRP newest programs that you will find in this brochure are Comedy Improv, certification. Baby Yoga, Halloween Safety, Origami, Meditation and a Basketball Shooting Clinic. There were some additions and changes to our staff this past year. Two of our long time part time employees became full time staff members. Some great events, new and old, took place as well. All three free Movies Under the Stars nights were made possible through a generous donation Mark Bajno has worked as a part time employee at the Park District in from Northwest Community Healthcare. National Night Out continues to many different capacities over the past 3 years, including Parks Mainte- be our largest event and drew almost 4,000 people last year. Our Vet- nance, Park Services and at the Golf and Sports Center. Mark’s new full erans Day event at Buffalo Grove High School drew a record crowd (see time position is in Parks Maintenance. page 47 for details on this year’s Veterans Day Celebration). And for the first time, the Buffalo Grove Park District hosted the popular Buffalo Grove Shawn Khan has also worked as a part time employee at the Park District Idol competition during the weekend of Buffalo Grove Days. See page 55 in many different capacities over the past 5 years, including Park Services for more details on how to take part in this year’s singing competition. and at the Golf and Sports Center. Many people will recognize him as the friendly and helpful person that drives the concession carts through the parks. With the rapid growth of both entities, a full time position was cre- Operations ated and Shawn’s years of experience, loyalty and hard work made him We are always looking for ways to generate alternative sources of rev- the perfect candidate for the position. enue so that we may provide exceptional programs and events at little or no additional cost to the taxpayers. This past year we were able to gener- Finally, we want to thank Lucy Rosset for over 18 years of service to ate a record $34,500 in sponsorship. Businesses in the community, such the Buffalo Grove Park District and congratulate her on her retirement. as Northwest Community Hospital, Whole Foods Market Palatine, Culver’s Thousands of residents know Lucy because most of her career has been of Buffalo Grove, The Claremont Rehab and Living Center and Steven H. spent at the front desk of the Alcott Center registering people for various Antman Insurance and Related Services helped support a wide variety of programs. This past year, Lucy energetically took on a new challenge by programs and events. assisting in the operation of the Golf and Sports Center. It is because of dedicated people like Lucy that our Park District is as successful as it is and she will be missed. Lucy Rosset Mark Bajno Shawn Khan
  • 112. Buffalo Grove Park District | Fall 2007 • (847) 850-2100 | bgparkdistrict.org 35 Awards The Buffalo Grove Park District and its staff were again the recipients of The Buffalo Grove Park District was the recipient of two awards this year at some prestigious awards this past year. Golf and Sports Center Manager the State’s annual conference. The Illinois Park and Recreation Association and LPGA Professional Kristy Vik and Public Relations and Marketing awarded Buffalo Grove Park District third place honors in the category of Manager Mike Terson put together a presentation that earned the facility the Brochure Cover Series. And, our Director of Recreation and Facilities, Dan ranking of Best Golf Dome in the United States and Canada from the Golf Schimmel, received the prestigious IPRA Professional Recognition Award. It Range Association of America. is presented to a parks and recreation professional who has shown excel- lence in promoting parks and recreation on local and regional levels within The District also received the top National marketing honors this year by the state of Illinois. Since joining the Buffalo Grove Park District in 1990, being named the winner of the National Recreation and Park Association Dan has coordinated two community wide attitude and interest surveys, 2006 Kudos Marketing Award for populations under 100,000 at their con- instituted the District’s SMILE Program (which stands for So Many Interesting ference in Seattle, Washington. Public Relations and Marketing Manager Leisure Experiences), which is based on the Disney Quality Service Program, Mike Terson submitted a presentation that included two written essays and coordinated the District’s strategic planning efforts and has served as the over twenty examples of the District’s marketing efforts. point person for managing the various intergovernmental agreements with school and park districts in the area. This award appropriately recognizes Museum Curator Debbie Fandrei accepted the Illinois Association of Muse- Dan’s many years of the highest quality work, professionalism and dedica- ums Award of Excellence for the Raupp Museum’s Murder on the Meadow tion to the Park District. The Buffalo Grove Park District Board of Commis- exhibit. sioners and staff would like to congratulation and thank Dan Schimmel for his continued accomplishments, and for helping make Buffalo Grove’s Park For the ninth year in a row, Business Manager John Short accepted the District one of the best in the United States. Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Gov- ernment Finance Officers of the United States and Canada. The Park District also received the Park District Risk Management Agency’s Excellent Level A Award. This award, which includes a $1,500 cash prize, is achieved through a loss control review process. Did You ? Know ! ratul ations Cong
  • 113. 36 Volunteers for the Performing Arts 2006-2007 Season BG Singers Children’s Theatre Lauren Rawitz Joni Altman Getting to Know… Once Upon A Mattress Brad Ruedig Steve and Laura Ander Getting to Know… Oklahoma Maureen Schneider Ann Bauer Jon and Ellen Andes Melissa Shea Lori Boxer Jeff and Jane Berman Debbie Shore Steve Bulmash Janice Berman Cindy Siegel Teri Dickinson Bernie and Timmie Block Geri Sorenson Susan Dubin Marty and Cookie Brand Jamie Smith Terri Fergus Lauren Canon Sharon Stark Donna Garfield Patty Cavaiani Marcy Stillman Aaron Getlin Jessie Coe Kathy Taylor Len and Bonnie Gold Janet Conlon Sheree Winston Howard and Lori Lapping Debbie Cotton Carolyn Lewis Candy Darcy Dance Camp/ Broadway Bound Beth MacCrindel Cheri Dautel Erica Scheck Debbie Macklin Michelle Davidove Laura Dini Christina Verzani Suzie Pinzur Gary Rosen Sandra Dobies Lynne Schneider Jackie Docel Mel Siegal Liz Feirstein Judy Spector Wendy Friedlander Scott Spector Marlene Frykman Marilyn Wagner Dana Olson Fred Weissman Rob and Cheryl Giddens Liz Goldner Joanne Goldzweig Summer 2006 Musical Sue Gordon Kiss Me, Kate Ken Hammel Danielle Abbate Tammie Herrejon Jane Berman Leslie Isaacson Debbie Cotton Lakshmi Iyer Susan Dolcimascolo Angela Kagan Len and Bonnie Gold John and Paula Katz-Mariani Joanne Goldzweig Cheryl Keller David Goodman Karen Kerbis Melissa Grandt Karen Kiley Kara Greenberger Karen Kray Deb Gutman Rita Landau Carolyn Hart Alan Levitz Liz Levchenko Kriste Mantzoros Tommy Novak Marcia Murillo Ed and Sally Nowak Lisa Nahin Brian and Pam Smith Caren Naidoff Allison Solow John O’Brien Scott Spector Sue Polk Jake Stempel
  • 114. Buffalo Grove Park District | Fall 2007 • (847) 850-2100 | bgparkdistrict.org 37 Volunteers forYouth Sports Soccer Coaches Marc Roth Neal Weiner Donna Bailey Cameron Schooley Marcy Weinstein Russ Barnett Mike Scott Jack Wiertel Phil Bruckman Gary Self Paul Wydra Shaun Burke Rich Skloot Paul Wyner Allen Cohen Craig Sherwood Greg Winter Steve Cummins Scott Simanek Gary Zeal Eric Davidson Jim Spizzirri Mark Zorfas Jeff Fister Adam Stavola Steve Fitzgerald David Strusiner Various Soccer Volunteers Dan Henry Mike Takaroff Erin Burris Bob Hirschhorn Eric Toriumi Dave Eckert John Hoy Alex Tramel Kick-Off Classic Parent Volunteers Jim Jasek Chuck Tramel Steve Kallish Dan Veytsman David Katz Stephen Waples Korey Ladan Scott Weber Jon Leiter Huaquing Liu Brett Loding Richard London Jim Long Les Magid Robb Micek Bill Myers Mark Needel Jason Neiman Brian Nelson Dave Nolan Juvenal Ocampo Keith Onysio Mark Oriatti Chris Page Mike Palella Konstantin Papushin Steven Peck Jeff Podlasek Oleg Podtynov Alex Pokot David Posner Anders Raaum Patrick Rakers Brett Rawitz Jorge Rojas
  • 115. 38 Volunteers forYouth Sports Basketball Coaches Mike Ludwig Flag Football Coaches Greg Alberts Jeff Mann Terry Bale Jeffrey Anderson Mike McArthy Jim Constertina Mark Arbus Tom McGovern Larry Fabian Renny Atkins Robert Micek Joe Gayda Bob Beler Brian Morris Al Gould Andy Berger Steve Moser Jason Hirsh Ross Bottner Mike Musick Rick Horwitz Paul Brook Mark Needel Chuck Lamensdorf Billy Cohen Mark Norton Nolan Langford Alan Croft Brent Novoselsky Mike McCarthy Scott Cutler Steve Olken Steve Moran Troy Erny Jeff Pease Craig Schnierow Rob Feldgreber David Pike Howard Teplinsky Bruce Firth Barry Reiner Steve Weisberg Steve Frank Stuart Rhum Bruce Geer Fred Rodheim Fall Baseball Coaches Jon Gerchikov Lee Rosenbaum Ken Bartelt Tom Gohde John Rozzano Arnie Bender Simon Gold Rick Rubenstein Mike Collins Steve Gorelik Bruce Sanders Larry Knaack Bob Grant Mike Schamberg Marc Redman Matt Haid Barry Schatzman Mitch Speck Sharon Hasek Joel Selan Al Heller Phil Selman Steve Ikenn Scott Sienko Softball Coaches Pete Silverman Jim Banas Jeff Isaacson Bob Slotten Chuck Bosley Emile Johnson Edward Smith Doug Campbell Scott Kassel Randy Soltz Jordan Ehrens Tim Kirby Gary Stone Howard Eisenberg Al Klein Jeff Taub Dana Friedman Larry Kling Ira Taubin James Frieling Brandon Koening Eric Toriumi Debbie Gross Jon Labaschin Steve Uslander Betty Hambourg Chuck Lamensdorf Phil Wax Alison Kassel Jeff Langner David Wechsler Brandon Koening Howard Leifman Scott Weingart Jerry Levy Alan Leitner Jack Wiertel Tom McGovern Noel Levine Gregg Winter Rob Miller Alan Levine Greg Wolf John O’Connor Al LeVine Noel Zweig Michael Perchonok Paul Levitt Hank Samuels Billy London Helene Wineberg Steve Lubelfeld
  • 116. Buffalo Grove Park District | Fall 2007 • (847) 850-2100 | bgparkdistrict.org 39 Volunteers for Seniors Seniors Volunteers Wayne Meling Museum Volunteer of the Year Jean Bittner Sydney Mitchel Lee Mishkin Barbara Bloom Leona Morrison Toby Bresler Wanda Remelski Park District Volunteer Madeline Chiaramonte Delores Rietow Betty Schneider Jennifer Johnson Dona Dae Anita DeBartolo Carl Schulien Virginia Drysch Harry Shaw Fran Eagan Sheldon Sherman Cecilia Faraci Joe Sarot Stella Faruzzi Rosemary Faruzzi Jerry Fink Lillian Finley Robert Hartian Dorothy Jacob Marlene Junge Dora Karling Sophia Konieczski Rose Lehner Catherine Leo Barbara Marks
  • 117. D E C A T U R P A R K D I S T R I C T The Park District’s mission is to foster healthy lifestyles through recreational opportunities, to provide quality programs and facilities, and to preserve and protect our natural resources to benefit and enhance the quality of life for all in our community. 2006 Highlights Grand Opening of East Mound Sports Complex Once an unassuming neighborhood park, East Mound Sports Complex has rapidly evolved into a bustling facility frequented by soccer players, their friends and family members from all over the Midwest.The facility includes regulation soccer fields, youth soccer fields (U-10), a baseball diamond, walking trail, children's play area, pavilion and restroom.The latest addition - a state-of- the-art Decatur Soccer Complex - includes 4 premium soccer fields complete with lighting, irrigation and scoreboards, 3 smaller soccer fields and one special recreation field. Governor’s Cup Soccer Tournament In April, the Decatur Soccer Complex was the site of the Governor's Cup Soccer Tournament, Award Highlights never before hosted away from a university campus.The contest between Northern Illinois, Eastern In June, Executive Director Bill Clevenger received national honors for his commitment to creative Illinois, Southern Illinois, and Western Illinois universities included a ribbon-cutting ceremony with and innovative recreational programming.The Tommy Wilson Award, presented annually by the state and local officials and an exciting quot;shoot outquot; finish - truly a day to remember. American Association of Physical Activity and Recreation (AAPAR), recognizes one individual nationwide who has made significant contributions to a community through recreational programs Red Tail Run Golf Club by Raymond Floyd and through the creation of programs for persons with disabilities. The May 2006 grand opening of Illinois’ newest signature golf course, Red Tail Run Golf Club by Herald & Review Readers’ Choice Awards Raymond Floyd, was a proud moment in Decatur Park District history. The grand opening gala #1 Golf Pro – Jay Dexter featured a golf outing, live and silent auctions, and a fantastic fireworks display.The gala was a #2 Golf Pro – Rick Anderson rousing success, netting over $30,000 for future Decatur Parks Foundation projects designed to #2 Place to Host a Wedding – Hickory Point Banquet Facility benefit all in our community. Red Tail Run Golf Club by Raymond Floyd offers golfers of all levels a #3 Place to Hold a Wedding – Scovill Banquet Facility unique experience and our community another asset for economic development. #1 Place to Golf – Hickory Point Golf Club #2 Place to Golf – Scovill Golf Club Baby Golden Lion Tamarin Born at Scovill Zoo #3 Place to Golf – Red Tail Run Golf Club by Raymond Floyd Called one of the most significant births ever to occur at Scovill Zoo, a baby golden lion tamarin 2006 Distinguished Agency, Illinois Association of Park Districts was born on May 13. Golden lion tamarins are one of the world’s most endangered species.Thanks 2006 Illinois Association of Park Districts Rising Star Award – Chris Riley, Decatur Park Board to the efforts of zoos, conservation organizations, and the Brazilian government, more than 1,200 Commissioner and Past President. now live in the wild.Visitors to Scovill Zoo have enjoyed the golden lion tamarin exhibit for the Illinois Association of Park Districts Agency Showcase Awards – Red Tail Run logo, Decatur Park past 16 years, but the new baby is the first offspring born to our local tamarin parents during this District website, and 2006 Fall Activity Guide. time. Risk management agency PDRMA conducts reviews of participating park districts, forest preserves, and special recreation associations every three years.The review is designed to identify risks and Decatur Airport Unveils Aircraft Rescue Vehicle implement programs to minimize or eliminate those risks. In its 2006 Loss Control Review, the In July, the Decatur Park District unveiled its new Oshkosh Striker 3000 Aircraft Rescue and Decatur Park District earned a rating of 94.71%. Firefighting (ARFF) unit featuring a 680 HP CAT engine.The capabilities of the Striker and the 2006 National Golf Foundation Customer Loyalty Award: Hickory Point Golf Club and Scovill Golf advanced training of our aviation firefighters keep the Decatur Airport listed among the leading Club. Both courses were recognized for being a quot;National Top 5 Facilityquot; in overall customer loyalty. airports in the nation.The safety of every passenger and each aircraft arriving at the airport is significantly enhanced with the addition of the Striker unit to the airport’s emergency response vehicle lineup. Did You Know? Our cultural arts programs won the Dottie Mullen Award for Arts and Humanities twice from the Olympic Development Program National Recreation and Park Association – something never before achieved by another park In November, Decatur Soccer Complex hosted the Olympic Development Program (ODP), which district in the nation. seeks to identify players of the highest caliber, which will lead to increased success for the U.S. national teams in the international soccer arena. The Decatur Park District offers summer recreational programming at more than 37 sites and provides more than 14,000 breakfasts, 37,000 lunches and 25,000 snacks to our community’s youth Community Partners in partnership with the Illinois State Board of Education. The Decatur Park District benefits from a number of valuable community partners who have joined in our The First Tee and The First Serve teach life lessons through golf and tennis to children who might effort to enhance the health, fitness and quality of life for those in the greater Decatur area. not otherwise have the opportunity. • Caterpillar, Inc. generously provided its Imagine 21 Training for all Park District staff and Hickory Point Golf Club is the longest-running course on the FUTURES Tour circuit, the introduced a summer work program for Decatur Public School students. developmental golf tour for the LPGA. • Through a grant from the Golden K Kiwanis, over 250 sixth-grade boys and girls in Decatur Public Schools enjoy a winter basketball program at the DISC. The Decatur Indoor Sports Center is the only Central Illinois facility with an indoor competition- • The Decatur Park District maintains an important relationship with Millikin University in its grade track, rock climbing wall, and state-of-the-art indoor golf center. operation of the Decatur Indoor Sports Center. In 2006, over 150,000 individuals utilized the facility, which features a fitness center, indoor walking/running track, rock climbing wall, and The Decatur Park District assumed ownership of Paul's Puttin' Place and Dunn's Dugout in indoor golf center. December 2006.Visitors to these long-standing fixtures in Nelson Park will continue to enjoy • The entire community benefits from the collaboration of the Park District and the following family-friendly entertainment and a beautiful view of the lake, as the miniature golf courses and important partners.Team Soy provides funding to support Storyteller Theatre, the Team Soy batting cages open again in the spring. Decatur Junior Open Golf Tournament, and MidState Soccer teams.ADM has offered long- standing support of our performing arts programming including Greater Decatur Chorale. Tate & Lyle supports athletic programs and the Staley Striders track and field programs. DMH Looking Forward generously supports the District’s golf programming, and Ameren supports the Decatur Park 2007 promises to be another rewarding year for the Decatur Park District, as Chicago air service Singers and First Tee Golf Program. has resumed at Decatur Airport and many exciting developments and new attractions are expected • In 2006, the Decatur Park District began offering tennis, golf and soccer to at-risk youth through this spring at Scovill Zoo. a new partnership with Homework Hangout. • Our neighborhood parks benefited from community participation in 2006. Monroe Park was rededicated; Lions Park pavilion was renovated; Lincoln Park pavilion was painted, and all of our parks were beautified thanks to the efforts of Park Partners (businesses, schools, churches and individuals) dedicated to enhancing our community’s green spaces. PARKS • PARK SINGERS • SCOVILL ZOO • WEDDINGS • MEETINGS • GOLF COURSES • POOLS • DECATUR INDOOR SPORTS CENTER
  • 118. Forest Preserve District of Will County Progress Report 2006
  • 119. Forest Preserve District of Will County’s 2006 Goals • Implement voter approved Capital Improvement Program including: Acquisition of approximately 3000 acres of land. Improvements to new and existing preserves and facilities. • Enhance the District’s ability to provide identified facilities, programs, and services for all users. • Promote a comprehensive environmental ethic throughout the District. • Strengthen the District’s information systems and technologies. • Improve District staff and volunteer abilities to provide appropriate customer services. Forest Preserve District of Will County Board of Commissioners Board Officers President: Kerry Sheridan, Shorewood Vice-President: Susan Riley, Naperville Secretary(1/06 - 8/06): Mary Ann Deutsche, Steger Secretary(8/06 - 12/06): Lee Goodson, Plainfield Treasurer: Jim Blackburn, Joliet Committee Chairs Land Acquisition Committee: Wayne McMillan, Bolingbrook Operations Committee: Richard Brandolino, New Lenox Finance Committee: James Moustis, Frankfort Board Members Walter Adamic, Joliet John Anderson, Monee Joseph Babich, Joliet Jim Bilotta, Lockport Ann Dralle, Lemont John Gerl, Joliet Lee Goodson, Plainfield Donald Gould, Shorewood Kathleen Konicki, Lockport Charles Maher, Naperville Deborah Rozak, Wilmington Cory Singer, Frankfort Frank Stewart, Joliet Ronald Svara, Lockport Henry Travis, Lockport Thomas Weigel, New Lenox Stephen Wilhelmi, Joliet Terri Wintermute, Bolingbrook Michael Wisniewski, Naperville Margie Woods, Joliet Progress Report Content & Design: Lynn Kurczewski, Glenn P. Knoblock, Bruce Hodgdon
  • 120. Table of Contents A Letter from the President..................................................3 A Letter from the Executive Director.....................................4 New Initiatives in 2006.............. .................................................5 P r e s e r v a t i o n s & I m p r o v e m e n t s . . . . . ..........................................6 Preserve Use & Special Events.............................................7 Restoration of Natural Areas...............................................8 Awards..........................................................................9 Staff Roster.......................................................................10 Volunteer Roster..................................................................11 Volunteer Support................................................................12 Progress Report Photography: FPDWC Staff: Glenn P. Knoblock, Lynn Kurczewski, Juanita Armstrong, Renee Gauchat, and Bruce Hodgdon. Prairie People Volunteers: Walter Sharp, Jr., Joan Fasanella, and Joe Wittenkeller.
  • 121. A Letter from the President The Forest Preserve District of Will County is pleased Riverview Farmstead and extend the DuPage River to sponsor the “Award in Appreciation of Partners” Greenway. Macom Corporation has also worked with the program, now in its sixth year. This program strives to Forest Preserve to restore wetlands in the Wolf Creek recognize individuals and organizations that support the Greenway. They have done engineering and planning for Forest Preserve’s goals and benefits to the community. restoration in the Vermont Cemetery and the development It was my pleasure to recognize the following of a bike trail along the abandoned Normantown Road. individuals and organizations with awards at Forest Preserve Board of Commissioners’ meetings in 2006: Will County Neighbors for Open Space, Clean Water, and Clean Air: A Committee of The Conservation Crete Rural Park District Foundation The Crete Rural Park District purchased the first 0.5 mile This committee was instrumental in the success of section of the Vincennes Trail on September 15, 2005 the Forest Preserve District’s voter referendum in April and immediately donated it to the Forest Preserve. The 2005. Members researched voter sentiment, polled parcel was acquired by a private individual via a tax sale potential voters, raised funds, met with newspaper and was placed on the market before the Forest Preserve editors, and staffed phone banks to urge voter support of District’s 2005 bond referendum had passed. The Park the referendum’s passage. The $95 million referendum District initiated negotiations before the parcel was lost. initiative passed at a time when other local referenda did not fare well. This could only have happened with Homer Tree Service the hard work and leadership of this passionate group of Homer Tree Service has contributed to the Forest volunteers committed to the preservation of open space Preserve’s restoration and enhancement of natural areas in Will County as an integral part of the public good. for the past 25 years. Homer Tree Service also provided tree chippers and labor for the District’s Christmas tree On behalf of the Board of Commissioners of the Forest recycling program and tree removal and trimming services Preserve District of Will County, I extend our deepest at Copley Nature Park and Riverview Farmstead. Over the appreciation to these organizations for their assistance. years, Homer Tree Service has shown that it embraces Together we have enriched the quality of life in Will the District’s values of excellent quality work, constructive County. community service, dependable cooperation, and a responsible environmental ethic. Homer Tree Service Sincerely, has proven to be an indispensable partner in advancing the Forest Preserve District’s vision of becoming a vital part of the community. Kerry R. Sheridan Macom Corporation The Macom Corporation has become a leader in open space preservation amongst the developers in northwestern Will County. They have donated two parcels totaling approximately 47 acres to the District to expand 3
  • 122. A Letter from the Executive Director This was an amazing year. With the support of As a result, in 2006, the District established a new our Board of Commissioners, the Forest Preserve Sponsorship and Donation Program. Through effective continued to preserve new properties and improve management of such a program, we are convinced existing properties throughout the county. In 2006, we that we can receive cash and budget-relieving in-kind preserved over 2,200 acres of new land and invested rights and fees to support our goal. 2006 saw the over five million dollars in preserve improvements. first accomplishment for the program, when the Dow Funds to achieve these accomplishments were given Chemical Company agreed to provide the District with to us by the voters of Will County through successful $135,000 over a two-year period to assist with facility referenda in both 1999 and 2005. improvements at the new Four Rivers Environmental Funds for the preservation of new properties will be Education Center in Channahon. Many similar exhausted during 2007, and we will need to explore opportunities are possible throughout the county. Still other opportunities to continue to preserve open in its infancy, the Sponsorship and Donation Program space. However, funds to improve existing properties will be a major District focus in 2007. We will strive to are still available and will be spent over the next eight secure District partners; activity, event, and program to ten years. This varying rate of fund expenditure is sponsors and co-sponsors; and title sponsors to help intentional. We must act now to preserve what land we offset some of our expenses. can while it is still available. This is a new venture for the District, and I realize that On the other hand, improvements to existing some may actually disagree with the approach. But rest properties must be carefully planned, scheduled, and assured that the District is not simply for sale. I think implemented over time. Our goal is to assure provision this is a way for the District to become an even bigger of quality facilities and experiences for all visitors. part of the Will County community while protecting the As a result, our rate of preserve improvement must quality of our services and facilities. I’ve seen, and match our ability to adequately operate, maintain, and even tried, a lot of different ideas in my 28 years at the manage these improvements. Quality care requires District, but this approach is new even to me. But as the new employees, equipment, and resources. With the Executive Director, I must keep my eye on the future current improvement schedule in place, we have been and our continued success. able to grow in pace with the rate of new improvements. I think this new adventure will ultimately be beneficial Because of the rate of new construction throughout to everyone – preserve visitors, administrators, elected Will County, we have seen an adequate increase in officials, and the business community. I’m excited about our annual operating budgets to address the increased the potential. If you are too and want to be part of our demands. But that won’t last forever. Ultimately we will future, come join us. need to secure additional funds to ensure appropriate operation, maintenance, and management of our Sincerely, facilities and properties. One way to address the issue would be to seek voter approval of an increase in our general operating tax rate. Instead of that approach, we decided to think Michael A. Pasteris “outside the box” and look for other workable solutions. Executive Director 4
  • 123. New Initiatives in 2006 Service Learning Opportunity Isle a la Cache Museum The Volunteer Service Learning Opportunity provides One of the major initiatives for 2006 was the complete college students with volunteer opportunities that renovation of Isle a la Cache Museum, in Romeoville. improve their communities and enrich their personal The museum highlights the Native American Woodland lives and academic experience. Clearly defined people of Northeastern Illinois, and the fur trade era objectives can be designed to compliment students’ of the 1700s. The museum features hands-on exhibits studies, and their project is documented and evaluated. and provides educational programming for school The goal is to focus projects that are meaningful, groups, youth groups, and the community. educational, and enriching to each student. The first Funded by the 2005 referendum, the project will working partnership for the Volunteer Service Learning provide a new museum entrance and exhibit area. In Opportunity was with the University of St. Francis in addition, visitor services such as restroom facilities and Joliet. HVAC systems will be improved. Two grants were awarded in 2005 for exhibit Corporate Sponsorship Opportunity development. The Illinois Public Museum Capital The Corporate Sponsorship Opportunity provides Improvement Grant Program awarded $120,000 businesses with clearly defined objectives to promote for new exhibits. A second grant for $10,000 was stewardship in their communities. By electing to become awarded by the I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor a sponsor, corporations advance their educational or Commission for exhibit display cases. environmental goals that improve their communities. As visitors enter the newly remodeled museum, they Sponsorships can be monetary, goods or services, or will be welcomed at a French Voyageur’s “Trader’s employee volunteerism. Outpost.” Punched tin lanterns hang from the log cabin In 2006, several corporation and businesses structure, which houses the trader’s goods. Large-scale participated in this opportunity including Price exhibits focus on the role of the beaver in the natural Waterhouse and CevronTexaco. landscape, a Voyageur’s hidden cache of supplies, a Potawatomi wigwam and village life, a canoe display, and a Voyageur’s encampment. Continuing through Preserve Improvements the museum brings the visitor to a ship’s dock and Rock Run Trail: Jefferson Street connection a Parisian hat shop. Before leaving, the visitor is This project, funded by the 1999 referendum, extended invited to spend time in the multi-purpose room, which the Rock Run Trail from Black Road south to the exist- provides a relaxing atmosphere for viewing audio- ing trail at Houbolt and Jefferson Streets, in Joliet. visual programs, perusing books, magazines, and other resources related to the cultural history of the fur trade, or enjoying a variety of crafts and activities related to McKinley Woods – Kerry Sheridan Grove the fur trade. Funded by both the 1999 and 2005 referenda, this Join us for the grand opening of the Isle a la Cache project included the construction of a roadway, bridge Museum during the annual festival of the Island over the I & M Canal, and day-use area complete with Rendezvous on June 8-9, 2007! a hiking and biking trail and picnic area. 5
  • 124. Preservations & Improvements Land Preservations Lands Preserved through the 1999 Referendum Lake Chaminwood, Troy Township 25.9 acres Round Barn Farm Conservation Easement, Manhattan Township 88.7 acres O’Hara Woods, DuPage Township 2.6 acres Hadley Valley, Homer Township 14.6 acres Lands Preserved through the 2005 Referendum Black Walnut Headwaters, Crete Township 68.2 acres Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve, Lockport Township 5 acres Hammel Woods, Troy Township 22.2 acres Jackson Creek Headwaters, Green Garden Township 115.5 acres Monee Reservoir, Monee Township 52.4 acres Messenger Woods, Homer Township 7 acres Hadley Valley, Homer Township 143 acres Thorn Grove, Crete Township 11 acres Riverview Farm, Wheatland Township 10.3 acres Forked Creek Greenway—Donahue Grove, Wesley Township 136 acres Jackson Creek Headwaters, Green Garden Township 119 acres Prairie Creek Bend, Manhattan Township 120 acres Rock Run Greenway—Colvin Grove, Troy Township 40 acres Lands Preserved through Donations Riverview Farm, Wheatland Township 47 acres Old Plank Road Trail, Joliet Township 2.8 acres Theodore Marsh, Troy/Plainfield Townships 53 acres Rock Run Greenway, Troy Township 10.2 acres Thorn Creek Woods, Monee Township 0.5 acres Lily Cache Wetlands, DuPage Township 129 acres Total Preservations in 2006 1,224 acres 6
  • 125. Preserve Use & Special Events Visitor Use People Served New Programs for 2006 Camp Areas ???? Coyote: A Dog for All Seasons Dog Parks 1,588 Equine Experience Environmental Learning Center 2,252 Isle a la Cache Museum 1,411 Fall Into Fitness Monee Reservoir 90,920 Fun Frights By Firelight Plum Creek Nature Center 4,864 Halloween and the Stars Reserved Picnic Areas ????? Herp Care 101 Special Use Activities ???? Hummingbird Highway Sugar Creek Administration Center 2,910 Insect Pests Special Events People Served Kayak Safari Earth Day 500 Life in the Lake Fall Festival 1,900 Lovable Lizards Island Rendezvous 700 Kid’s Fishing Derby 200 Midnight Madness Musher Mania 630 One Night in Goodenow Grove Saturn and the Equinox Public Programs People Served Smarter Than the Average Squirrel Day Camps 1,135 Tree–mendous Exhibits, Fairs, & Community Presentations 6,670 Family Programs and Preserve Tours 1,743 Woof Fest Lake Renwick Heron Rookery 582 School Programs: Plum Creek Nature Center 6,548 Isle a la Cache Museum 4,800 Sugar Creek Center 40 Environmental Learning Center 987 7
  • 126. Restoration of Natural Areas Restoration of Natural Areas Improved Natural Areas Collected 95 pounds of native prairie seed representing Lockport Prairie Bluff 17 acres 114 different plant species. Invasive species control and seeding of native plants to enhance habitat for threatened and endangered Distributed 104 pounds of native prairie seed species. in 13 forest preserves. Lower Plum Creek 22 acres Conducted prescribed fires within 15 preserves Invasive species control and seeding of native plants totaling 735 acres. to improve habitat for Kirtland’s snake. Removed 23,463 pounds of garlic mustard Potawatomi Woods 42.5 acres from 9 preserves. Invasive species control and seeding of native plants to enhance sedge meadow, prairie, and woodlands. Removed 21 pounds of purple loosestrife from 8 preserves. Wauponsee Glacial Trail 14 acres Invasive species control and seeding of native plants Removed invasive plants and brush to restore prairie. from 136 acres at 20 preserves. Allesio Prairie 5.2 acres Created seed collection distribution Invasive species control and seeding of native plants and prescribed fire databases. through a grant from The Nature Conservancy. Wildlife Research Projects Bird’s Junction Marsh 51.8 acres Completed plant inventory and mapping at Romeoville Wetland and Savanna restoration through a grant from Prairie Nature Preserve, Bird’s Junction Marsh, The Nature Conservancy. Raccoon Grove Nature Preserve, Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve, Plum Creek Greenway, and Spring Creek Greenway 285 acres Keepataw Preserve. – Hadley Valley Stream, wetland, prairie, and savanna restoration Collected deer browse/exclosure study data. along 1 mile of Spring Creek as part of the I-355 wetland mitigation requirements. Monitored populations of 12 threatened, endangered, or highly conservative plant species. Initiated Oak seedling survivorship/forest health survey. Completed survey for Massasauga Rattlesnake within Plum Creek Greenway. Completed Four-toed Salamander survey within Plum Creek Greenway. 8
  • 127. Awards Certificate of Achievement in Financial Presidential Volunteer Service Award Reporting–Government Finance This award recognizes the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our Nation. The Forest Officers Association Preserve received this award for 24 of its Prairie People Received by the Forest Preserve for its Volunteers. Fifteen volunteers were acknowledged Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. at the Bronze Level for each contributing 100 - 249 The award is the highest form of recognition in hours of service. Silver Level Award winners, each governmental accounting. contributing 250 - 499 hours, went to six volunteers. Gold Level Award winners each volunteered over 500 Taking Care of Our Community with hours to the Forest Preserve. Excellence Award Bronze Award Winners This award recognizes the Forest Preserve for Stan Buhr Mari Louise Kamm exemplifying volunteerism and community service in Rodney Dabe Lauren Lenihan our community. David Downs Cindy Perschau Emily Kenny Carrie Rock George Marshall Ray Setzke Ruth Meyer Phyllis Schulte Lauren Michaels Richard Wachenheim James Wells Silver Award Winners Larry Bernas Espie Nelson Curly Lamparelli Robert Reynolds Don Nelson Bill Willis Gold Award Winners Rod Campbell Dick Wunderlich Jack Mizicko 9
  • 128. Staff Roster in 2006 Executive Director Division of Planning & Development Michael A. Pasteris Planning & Operations Ralph Schultz, Superintendent Marcy DeMauro-Roth, Director Juanita Armstrong Division of Catherine Caldwell Administration & Finance Operations Floyd Catchpole Steven Driscoll, Director James Thomas,Superintendent Morgan Drdak Renee Gauchat Calvin Anderson Corrine English Lorie Graf Robert Arnoldi Renee Euler Bruce Hodgdon Tracy Bianco Karen Fonte Diana Jaworski David Blaskey Allyson Fiene Cecelia Kanellakes Robert Borden Timothy Good Glenn P. Knoblock Rina Cheney Scott Haulton Lynn Kurczewski Richard Collins Amanda Hollingsworth Katherine Ladd Andrew Cooper Rebecca Key Lori Green Joseph Darin Stephen Kuczkowski, Sr. Karen Odum Ian Eskridge David Mauger Erik Richter Cedric Foster Larry D. Newton Rosemarie Scofield John Fritz John O’Lear Donna Suca Phillip Gallo Karen Rinke Terrence Garvey Jr. David Robson Law Enforcement Richard Gier Allison Skorich Michael Ganster, Chief of Police James Glenn Deborah Specht David Barrios, Jr. Daniel Hunt Richard Wachenheim Michael Botzum John Janssen Judith Wallace Stephan Commack Brian Kane Wayne Clements Phyllis Richardson-Karolcik Public Programs & Education Vincent Cimino Alexander Kostueck Cynthia Bakkom, Superintendent Charles Dimmick Brian Krabbe Whitney Adams Stephen Dow Jeff Kure Elizabeth Archambeault Scott Dubs Eric Latz Robert Bryerton Steven Egan Scott Marco Samual Dorfman Todd Friddle Troy McDowell Jen Guest Donald Gardiner Michael Milligan Matthew James Gregory Hidlebaugh Don Morrison Anthony Janisch Delores Johnson Matthew Muentnich Deborah Krohn Michael Johnson Adam Oestmann Michael Krolikiewicz Ralph Jungles, Jr. Justin Parks Terry Lorenz John W. Kamarauskas Daniel Parthun James Nachel John Keiken Jr. Richard Princko Jessica Prince Eric Kobe Thomas Pucel Angela Rafac Terry Kreimeier Roy Smith Joel Rudolph Reginald McCrary Denzil Smothers Rebecca Sanders Jonathan Mead Terry Snyder Nick Simon Robert Murphy Brad Steinke Michael Speller Anthony Opiola William Suca Jr. Michael Stachnik Joseph Opiola Donald Thayer Emily Thiel Thomas Pakula Richard Therkildsen Jamie Viebach Tracy Phillips Charles Thomas Tara Wisnewski Frederick Schwartz Raymond Toolon AnnMarie Zan Kevin Schumacher Donna Van Wert Terry Sterling Robert Zinkiewicz David Sullivan Bob Veron 10
  • 129. Volunteer Roster Diane Aigner Glenn Johnson Lauren Rinke Reverend Jim Allen Jim Kabat Carrie Rock Thomas Allison Efty Kelly Robert Romadka Gilbert Anderson Margaret Kelly Michael Rzepka Matt Anderson Emily Kenny Keith Saginas Linda Andrews Carol Key Midge Saunders Pat Arendt Rebecca Key Phyllis Schulte James August Susan Kirt Judith Sedlacek Juanita Armstrong Betty Jo Kobierski Ray Setzke Pat & Chuck Armstrong Arlene Koerner Walter & Marge Sharp Jim Avila Karl Kus Nancy Sinnott Matt Babich Tracy Kosinski Allison Skorich Justin Bandi Kathleen Kudla Professor Syd Sklar Edward Becker Curly & Lynn Lamparelli Carol Smith Barry Bedster Hank Lanting Gwen & Nicole Stachnik Larry Bernas Myrt Larson Camille Stelter Catharine Blair Laura Lenihan David Struckhoff Greg & Pat Bluhm Gini Lester Noelle Strzelczyk Stan Buhr Ken Lewellen Dick Thomas Kate Caldwell Wayne Lezon Edith Turkington Therese Caldwell Phil Liput Bernie Twait Rodney Campbell Josette Lorig Drew Ullberg Jim Carr George Marshall Dave Vasa Janet Cherbak Art Maurer Jamie Viebach Ted Chubb Kathy Mazur-Worden Hans Viebach Kristina Clark Mary Anne McLean Richard Wachenheim Steven Clark Marjorie McNichols Judith Wallace Pat Coffey Amy McShane Valerie Weilmuenster Bill Conrad Ruth Meyer James & Pat Wells Joe Dabe Lauren Michaels Dave & Marie Wendt Rodney Dabe Jack Mizicko Flo White Bill Dedi Matt Moniak Mark & Sally Wieclaw George, Judy & John Dehm Bill Morris Bill Willis Kathy Dehn Mike Morrisettte Connie Witkowski Dawn Downey Kent Munro Lee Witkowski David Downs Don & Espie Nelson Joe Wittenkeller Brian Duffie John Nerren Dick & Linda Wunderlich Aura & Sidney Duke Melinda Neumayer Earl Zastro Susan Emore Joan O’Keefe Frances Zeimetz Hank Erdmann Michael O’Brien Dale R. Evans Beth & Nicholas Onysczak Volunteer Groups Joan & Gennie Fasanella Jon Panozzo Boy Scout Troop 80 Barb Ferry Dave & Mike Pappas Cub Scout Pack 94 Allyson Fiene Cindy Perschau Cub Scout Pack 39 Barry Finkelstein John Peterson Cub Scout Pack 315 Ben Gauchat Carol Picciolo Girl Scout Troop 42 Jean Golec Greg Pradzinski Girl Scout Troop 603 Diane Gomi Tim Radavich Joliet Catholic Academy Key Club Maryann Gossmann John Ragusa Joliet Junior College - Fitness Center Stacey Harrison Anthony Ramirez Joliet Junior College - Natural Science Club Tom Hawk Dawn Randall Lincoln Way East Key Club Pat Hoffman Charley Ray Lucky Clovers 4-H Darrell Holmquist John Reddy Prairie 4-H Justin Hoogeweg Nancy Regganie Project Pride Colin Hopper James Reisert Save More Real Estate Bill & Michelle Huish Rita Renwick Southern Will County Coop Margaret Hwang Zach Renwick of Special Education Kristin Jacobson Robert Reynolds 11
  • 130. Volunteer Support Department Volunteers Hours Public Information 5 93 Administrative Services 5 462 Environmental Learning Center 10 253 Lake Renwick Heron Rookery 32 333 Monee Reservoir 1 110 Plum Creek Nature Center 7 462 Isle la Cache Museum 14 311 Natural Resource Management 42 4263 Planning 1 20 Adopt-a-Preserve 15 1028 Trail Sentinels 28 3646 Eagle Scout and Group Projects 3 483 Total Volunteer Hours in 2006 163 11,464 Thanks to the following organizations and businesses for volunteering with the Forest Preserve: Price Waterhouse Mokena Environmental Commission Jewel/Osco Strand and Associates Will County Trail Riders ChevronTexaco 12
  • 131. Partnerships Amber Alert Illinois Department of Natural Resources Tracking hound training Urban fishing and boating safety programs; fisheries management at Whalon Lake, Turtle Lake, Monee American Solar Energy Society Reservoir and Rt. 6 Rookery. Green Technology Tour Joliet City Center Partnership Bolingbrook Park District/Campfire USA Kids Club Historic trout farm expansion, DuPage River Greenway preservation Joliet Park District Joliet Kidz Fest City of Naperville DuPage River Trail and Greenway preservation Joliet Project Pride Joliet Iron Works Historic Site programs Chicago Herpetological Society Salamander Safari Canines for Kids Tracking hound Chicago Wilderness Plants of Concern; Eco-Watch ComEd Hine’s emerald dragonfly habitat conservation plan City of Joliet Joliet Kidz Fest; Old Plank Road Trail development; Hansen Material Service Rock Run Greenway preservation Hine’s emerald dragonfly habitat conservation plan Clean and Proud of Will County Illinois State Toll Highway Authority Volunteer workforce and marketing Hine’s emerald dragonfly habitat mitigation Environmental Education Association of Illinois Lower Des Plaines Ecosystem Partnership Educational programming Preservation planning Grundy County Health Department Manhattan Park District Women’s health fair Round Barn Farm and Jackson Creek preservation Illinois Audubon Society Midwest Generation Junior Winter Bird Feeder Challenge Hine’s emerald dragonfly habitat conservation plan 13
  • 132. Partnerships Morton Arboretum O’Hara Woods and Lily Cache Greenway Emerald ash borer monitoring preservation Naperville Park District Volunteers in Police Service DuPage River Trail and Greenway preservation Volunteer training National Association of Interpretation Region V Will County Audubon Society Workshop planning Lake Renwick programming National Weather Service Will County Emergency Management Agency Cooperative Observer program Search and rescue trainings and operations Siberian Husky Club of Greater Chicago Will County Historic Preservation Committee Musher Mania Historic structures and landscape preservation Southern Will County Coop of Special Education Will County Sheriff’s Office Educational and vocational program opportunities Range and fire arms trainings Thorn Creek Ecosystem Partnership Preservation planning Thorn Creek Nature Center Cooperative nature education programs University of St. Francis Greening the Campus, Service-Learning Program U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Hine’s emerald dragonfly habitat mitigation Village of Frankfort Sauk Trail and Hickory Creek Greenway preservation Village of Romeoville 14
  • 133. Grants Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation Riverview Farmstead preservation $350,000 Natural Areas Acquisition Grant Illinois Department of Natural Resources O’Hara Woods preservation $750,000 OSLAD Grant Illinois Department of Natural Resources Potawatomi Woods restoration $20,000 C2000 Grant National Fish and Wildlife Federation Wauponsee Glacial Trail restoration $18,000 National Fish and Wildlife Federation Leafy prairie clover preservation $4000 Lockport and Romeoville Prairie Nature Preserves Illinois Department of Natural Resources Riverview Farmstead development $256,000 OSLAD Grant Illinois Department of Transportation Joliet Junction Trail/I&M Canal $202,000 State Trail Connection Thorn Creek Audubon Society Birding workshops and materials $420 Illinois Department of Natural Resources Old Plank Road Trail extension $200,000 Bikeway Grant Illinois Department of Natural Resources Hadley Valley development $400,000 OSLAD Grant Illinois Department of Natural Resources Braidwood Dunes and Savanna $15,400 C2000 Grant Nature Preserve restoration Partnership Contributions and Impact Penalties U.S. Army Corps of Engineers McKinley Woods restoration $350,000 Bult Mitigation Kirtland’s snake habitat restoration $37,090 Lower Plum Creek Total Grants for 2006 $2,602,910 15
  • 134. 2007 BUDGET PROPOSED Financial Information The Forest Preserve District of Will County was created by voter referendum in 1927 as a separate Sponsorships and Donations taxing branch of county government. The Forest The Forest Preserve works with local groups, Preserve District Board of Commissioners, made up of businesses, and corporations to provide funding the same members as the Will County Board, oversees assistance for specifically identified activities, events, all District business and approves property purchases and programs. Funding received is used to supplement and District expenditures. The District currently existing sources. owns and manages more that 17,700 acres of land throughout the county. Sponsorships and Donations* Financially, the Forest Preserve District is organized Baker’s Breakfast Cookies into two operating funds—the Construction and • Fall Fest 5K Development Fund and the Corporate Fund. The Construction and Development Fund supports new BioFreeze site developments and associated staffing costs, • Fall Fest 5K maintenance of existing facilities and properties, and infrastructure improvements. ChevronTexaco The Corporate Fund is used for employee salaries • I & M Canal Trail tree planting and benefits. Commissioner Charles Maher Bond Issues • Forest Preserve Police Dog Fund In recent years, voters approved two referenda for the Forest Preserve District. These were approved Dow Chemical Corporation in recognition of the unprecedented growth in the • Four Rivers Environmental Education Center county and the need for the Forest Preserve District development to preserve open space in light of this growth. A referendum for $70 million was approved in 1999, Elizabeth Harms with $53 million devoted to land preservation and $17 • Isle a la Cache Museum exhibits million earmarked for site improvements. A larger referendum, for $95 million, was approved in 2005, Homer Industries with $82 million for acquisition and $13 million for site • Mulch at Hickory Creek and Sugar Creek Preserves enhancements. Panera Bread Debt Service • Prairie People Volunteer Banquet Debt service is required to finance the two referenda. Each of the bond issuances, in 1999 and 2005, is Snack Factory scheduled to be paid down in a 20-year period. • Fall Fest 5K Tri-K Supplies • Volunteer Picnic • Fall Fest 5K *over $250 cash or in-kind value 16
  • 135. Financial Information Construction & Development Budget Actual Budget Budget FY2005 FY2005 FY2006 FY2007 REVENUES Taxes 2,400,000 2,382,789 2,592,000 2,829,539 Charge for Services – – – – Licenses & Permits 134,500 190,723 82,000 130,000 Intergovernmental 210,000 238,723 250,000 275,000 Investment Income 3,000 13,058 6,000 5,000 Miscellaneous – 3,500 3,000 4,500 *OFS 2,212,000 1,990,000 1,892,500 1,600,000 Total $4,959,500 $4,818,793 $4,825,500 $4,844,039 EXPENDITURES Current – – – – General Government 35,500 44,482 99,000 25,000 Education & Recreation 14,250 21,347 21,000 4,975 Operations 1,018,775 1,038,012 1,307,869 1,283,199 Police – – – – Planning & Development 2,035,955 1,648,397 2,019,546 1,458,505 Capital Outlay 1,614,220 1,138,953 1,083,285 1,472,550 Total $4,718,700 $3,891,191 $4,530,700 $4,244,229 Corporate Fund Budget Actual Budget Budget FY2005 FY2005 FY2006 FY2007 REVENUES Taxes 6,638,000 6,966,749 7,276,000 7,994,000 Charge for Services 149,250 125,888 149,235 164,500 Licenses & Permits 43,900 101,094 59,500 90,000 Intergovernmental 210,500 204,700 251,000 275,000 Investment Income 30,000 122,964 50,000 75,000 Miscellaneous 70,000 111,026 100,450 86,500 *OFS 1,105,390 – 1,000,000 900,000 Total $8,247,040 $7,632,421 $8,886,185 $9,535,000 EXPENDITURES Current – – – – General Government 2,989,450 2,287,411 3,329,155 3,813,791 Education & Recreation 1,140,893 1,175,197 1,206,347 1,233,292 Operations 1,777,110 2,069,640 1,896,375 2,099,186 Police 1,046,372 1,196,360 1,105,500 1,106,990 Planning & Development 190,215 190,838 200,808 209,278 Capital Outlay 55,000 – – – *OFU 1,048,000 – 1,148,000 1,072,463 Total $8,247,040 $6,919,446 $8,886,185 $9,535,000 * OFS – Other Financial Sources consists primarily of carry-forward balances * OFU – Other Financial Uses 17
  • 136. Financial Information Bond Issues Budget Actual Budget Budget FY2005 FY2005 FY2006 FY2007 REVENUES Taxes – – – – Charge for Services – – – – Licenses & Permits – – – – Intergovernmental 850,000 374,819 1,320,000 1,739,000 Investment Income 524,000 1,981,431 1,149,061 1,959,894 Miscellaneous – 11,754 33,000 – *OFS 118,386,100 83,957,823 114,906,100 78,397,800 Total $119,760,100 $86,325,827 $117,408,161 $82,096,694 EXPENDITURES Current – – – – General Government 10,000 974,222 8,200 – Education & Recreation – – – – Operations – – – – Police – – – – Planning & Development 9,307,900 1,081,983 8,241,900 13,513,494 Capital Outlay 115,312,200 3,697,292 109,208,061 68,583,200 Total $124,630,100 $5,753,497 $117,458,161 $82,096,694 Debt Service Budget Actual Budget FY2005 FY2005 FY2006 REVENUES Taxes 8,650,803 8,648,642 13,997,835 Charge for Services – – – Licenses & Permits – – – Intergovernmental – – – Investment Income 15,000 151,942 20,000 Miscellaneous – – – *OFS – 1,975,000 – Total $8,665,803 $10,775,584 $14,017,835 EXPENDITURES Current – – – General Government – 3,592 20,000 Education & Recreation – – – Operations – – – Police – – – Planning & Development – – – Debt Service Principal 6,860,000 6,890,000 7,635,000 Interest 1,760,803 3,837,455 6,362,835 Total $8,620,803 $10,731,047 $14,017,835 * OFS – Other Financial Sources consists primarily of carry-forward balances * OFU – Other Financial Uses 18
  • 137. Forest Preserve District of Will County Sugar Creek Administration Center 17540 W. Laraway Road Joliet, IL 60433
  • 138. Northwest Special Recreation Association Special Leisure Services Foundation 2006 Annual Report SeRviNg: Arlington HeigHts HoffmAn estAtes ProsPect HeigHts streAmwood BArtlett inverness river trAils wHeeling BuffAlo grove mount ProsPect rolling meAdows elk grove PAlAtine sAlt creek HAnover PArk scHAumBurg Celebrate Ability
  • 139. Mission Statement We exist to provide outstanding opportunities through recreation for people with disabilities. Vision Statement To be a leading force, creating greater options that enrich the life experiences of the participants, families and communities we serve.
  • 140. Chairman of the Board Dear Friends, I am pleased to present the 2006 Northwest Special Recreation Association’s Annual Report. The partnership and commitment of the 16 park districts and the elected officials who serve our communities are demonstrated through their continued support of community access to recreation for people with disabilities. NWSRA provides a wide spectrum of services and I am proud to state that the popularity of the programs and services remains high. As NWSRA strives to meet the mission of providing outstanding opportunities through recreation for people with disabilities, we celebrate the accomplishments of 2006. The number of programs being offered climbed to 1550 this year, an increase of 120 over 2005. A total of 21,919 individuals participated in these programs, a 4% increase, and 840 individuals opted for inclusion in their home park district programs. There are numerous reasons for these successes, but two in particular need mentioning. First is the partnership with the Special Leisure Services Foundation that provides financial support for transportation, inclusion, Special Olympics, scholarships, and general program support. Second is the outstanding staff who tirelessly strive to provide each individual with a quality leisure experience. “Celebrating Ability” has been a long-standing theme, creating an atmosphere in programs and in the community to expect the best. Each citizen can participate at their highest level of ability and experience a leisure lifestyle that is self- fulfilling. We look ahead to meet the challenge of providing the best possible services through a cooperative effort. Sincerely, Roger Key, Chair NWSRA Board of Trustees N WSRA is governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of one representative from each of the member districts. The Board of Trustees represents the member districts in their commitment to ensure community access and full participation for individuals within their community experiencing a disabling condition. Roger Key, Chair .................................Arlington Heights Sharon Anderson ......................................Mount Prospect Debbie Carlson, Vice Chair ........................... River Trails Ron Gbur..............................................................Palatine Rita Fletcher ..........................................................Bartlett Kathy Nowicki ....................................... Prospect Heights Michael Rylko ............................................Buffalo Grove Amy Charlesworth ................................Rolling Meadows Mike Brottman ................................................. Elk Grove Kevin Lotzer .................................................... Salt Creek Jeff Acks......................................................Hanover Park Jean Schlinkmann ......................................... Schaumburg Dean Bostrom ........................................ Hoffman Estates Dennis Stein .................................................. Streamwood Kasia Mastrangeli ............................................. Inverness Jan Buchs ...........................................................Wheeling 2006 IPRA Community Service Awards T he Illinois Park & Recreation Association and the Illinois Association of Park Districts along with the Northwest Special Recreation Association presented Community Service Awards to the following groups and individuals in recognition of outstanding contributions toward the advancement of parks, recreation and leisure. T Palatine Township T Harris N.A. T Rob Schiferl T Craig Ameel T Advanced Business Tech & Chicagoland T Ed Sagritalo T Len Laughland, Sony T Grace Lutheran Church, Mt. Prospect Staff Awards T risha Breitlow, Manager of Special Recreation received the ITRS (Illinois Therapeutic Recreation Section) Director’s Award at the Illinois Park & Recreation State Conference, held in January 2006 at the Hilton Inn in Chicago. Trisha was involved in ITRS for two years as the Board Treasurer, serving on the Board at a time when ITRS and the professional Services Division (PSD) was going through a structure analysis and reorganization. 2
  • 141. Programs N WSRA continually strives to expand and change program offerings to stay current with recreational trends and meet the needs of the community. Thanks to parent, participant and staff feedback the agency made some of the following changes to the program offerings. T Additional after school program opportunities; Teen Time, Fitness, Fun and Food, and Bowling were developed for high school students. T A Monday night drop in program for young adults was added. T Cooperative programs and ventures with park districts and other special recreation associations were increased, including Jazz/Tap Dance Instruction, Warriors Baseball, wheelchair basketball, Power Soccer, Blaze Tennis, and Wolf Pack Sled Hockey. T A new program designed to provide outdoor adventure training was offered for young adults to prepare for a high adventure camping trip in summer. T Special Olympic power lifting training was offered with the goal to create a new team. T Brochure and target flyers were made available on-line. “Our son Alex has been taking swimming with NWSRA...the instructors have been excellent. …Alex has made tremendous progress.” “We love all the programs. Mitchell couldn’t be who he is today if it weren’t for your generous support.” Day Camps “Every morning my children were so excited about going to camp that they would help each other pack lunches so that they could leave on time.” Parent of camper “She came home every day with something to talk about that just kept her million dollar smile aglow.” Parent of camper C ampers were able to “celebrate ability” with unique activities and outings during Summer 2006 day camps. T Urban Adventures and Out of this World day camps, two groups of young adults with physical disabilities, hit the ice to play sled hockey at the Hoffman Estates Ice Arena. T Out of This World Day Camp teamed up with Kayak Chicago for a day of kayaking at Busse Woods. T Camp Connections created artwork using adaptive quot;Arts for Allquot; equipment. These works of art were displayed during the month of September at the Arlington Heights Library. T The camp for children with learning disabilities traveled to Camp Timber Point in Hudson, Illinois. Fishing, cooking over a camp fire and a pontoon ride were the highlights of the trip. T All camps attended the Schaumburg Flyers game in July, an annual event hosted by the Illinois Park & Recreation Association. T The Elk Grove Rotary Fest was a location for an all-camp field trip. Lunch was provided by the Elk Grove Rotary 3 Club.
  • 142. Leisure Education T he goal of Leisure Education is quite simple! Recreation is essential to child development. Recreation nurtures growth, teaches independence and helps develop life skills. NWSRA strongly believes that meaningful leisure time is a significant element in the development of a positive total life style. The Association works cooperatively with the schools in carrying out the common responsibilities of developing an awareness of positive options for use of leisure time now and in the future. “My students look forward to participating in the programs and greatly benefit in all academic, social, emotional & physical areas.” “My students would never have the opportunity to experience these activities otherwise.” “A great social experience. A nice learning experience outside the classroom. We saw noticeable improvement in many areas with almost every student.” Special Events & Trips U nique and exciting special events were offered, geared for individuals of all ages and ability levels. Special event participation increased 24%! “Trips give my daughter the opportunity to get away and bond with her friends and have the opportunity to have her own vacation” Parent of participant “We had a 20 minute trip home and the kids talked the entire way about what “My daughter always enjoys the they did and how much fun companionship and structure provided they had at Parents Night Out” by the Winter Day Camps” Parent of participant Parent of participant 4
  • 143. Special Olympics Inclusion Illinois Area 18 Services W ith over 1100 Special Olympics athletes competing in 37 Area, District, State and National competitions, Special Olympics Illinois Area 18 celebrates the abilities of these athletes N WSRA and it’s member park districts celebrate inclusion by providing recreation opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in activities and the many volunteers, friends and families who make the Area along side their non-disabled peers. This year NWSRA program an outstanding success! surpasses its all time high inclusion registration count as participants are mainstreamed in after school programs, 2 006 was off to a rousing start with the Area hosting a sports, summer day camps, trips and special events in their local park districts. new 21 team district basketball tournament at Wheeling High School on January 22nd. F our Area athletes, Beth Walsh, swimming; Carly Ziesemer, artistic gymnastics; Tandeep Sibbal and Josh Boitz, soccer; competed in July as part of Team Illinois at the first ever Special Olympics USA National Summer Games held at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. T he second annual Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge was held on Sunday, March 5th at the Salt Creek Park District Twin Lakes Recreation Area with 40 people taking the plunge and raising over $16,000.00. F our Special Olympics athletes and two coaches from I nclusion aides are vital to successful participation in park district programs. Two inclusion School District 15 aides were recognized for outstanding took part in the Bears service by our member park districts. Training Camp on Paula Podell received a plaque for 5 Monday, August 7th in years of service to the Buffalo Grove Bourbonnais. Park District Pre- school program; Meghan Hardey received the T he athletes experienced what life is like in training camp, “Class” Employee Award from the Arlington Heights watched a scrimmage and Park District. collected autographs. Congratulations Paula and Meghan. 5
  • 144. NWSRA’s Team Members T he success of NWSRA’s services relies heavily on the level of commitment and dedication of the staff members, both full and part time, and volunteers. The collaboration with school groups, colleges, church groups and local businesses help maintain the staff to participant ratios and the excellence in service that is expected by the customers. Seasonal training and orientation keeps the leadership team knowledgeable in areas such as CPR, first aid, behavior management, lifting and transferring, defensive driving, claims reporting, life guarding, and water safety instruction. T hirty-seven full-time staff support the services provided by the agency. The professional recreation staff hold degrees in therapeutic recreation or related fields and certifications with state and/or national professional organizations. SuPPORt StAFF COORDiNAtORS ADMiNiStRAtiON Sue Paalbalog Barb Bassett Susie Julison, Director Michele Paradise Sandra Blondin Deb Caruthers Janet Plencner Drew Bogenschutz Julie Clasen Zofia Sobkiewicz Cathi Fabjance Jayne Finger Angie Lee Jim Wiseman PROgRAM Kimberly Sarafini SPeCiALiStS Brian Selders SLSF Andrea Carponelli Justin Sienkiewicz Sherry Prause Liz Collins Kristin Troy Nanette Sowa Meghan Foster Amanda Williams Jeff Kamp SPeCiAL Summer Krones MANAgeRS OLYMPiCS Renee Miles Trisha Breitlow Ethan Bontly Tiffany Pantnode Emily Meyer Tara Grann Greg Pavesich JoAnn Snyder Mary Ryan Part-Time E ach season, approximately 19 part-time staff serve as head instructors, leading an average of 40 programs. Providing transportation for a majority of the programs is an important part of the services provided and about 27 part-time staff are trained to drive vehicles within the agency’s fleet. Over 140 staff enhance leisure experiences each season. Volunteers O ver 212 volunteers gave of their time and unique talents in 2006. This summer the Daily Herald featured a story on one of NWSRA’s exceptional volunteers, Justine Coffin. Justine has been an outstanding volunteer since 2003 and was honored this year for her dedication as one of the finalists at the Caring Hearts Awards Recognition Dinners sponsored by the Volunteer Center of Northwest Suburban Chicago. NWSRA congratulates Justine on this well deserved accomplishment and thanks her for her continued hard work. S abrina Brullo, a senior at Hoffman Estates High School, is volunteering in order to complete the graduation requirement of 20 community service hours. Sabrina has formed such a bond with the participants that on the Saturday of her homecoming dance she arranged to have her hair done early in the morning so she could attend the program. With a beautiful up-do, Sabrina assisted with the On The Go Painting. Because of her positive experience, Sabrina has decided to change her major to social work with a minor in sign language interpreting. 6
  • 145. Revenues & Expenses Northwest Special Recreation Association Special Leisure Services Foundation Statement of Net Assets Statement of Financial Position Year End December 31, 2005 Year End December 31, 2005 ASSetS ASSetS Cash and Investments ............................764,720 Cash & Cash Equivalents ........................210,300 Accounts Receivable ............................461,649 Long Term Investments ...........................851,320 Net Capital Assets...............................1,388,820 tOtAL ASSetS ............................$1,061,620 tOtAL ASSetS ............................$2,615,189 LiABiLitieS and Net ASSetS LiABiLitieS Liabilities: Liabilities: Accounts Payable ........................................8,329 Accounts Payable ....................................34,307 Harris Bank Loan - Current Portion ..........25,392 Accrued Payroll .......................................66,991 tOtAL CuRReNt LiABiLitieS .........$33,721 Deferred Revenue ..................................131,107 Accrued Vacation Payable........................89,971 Related Party Payable ..............................461,649 Harris Bank Loan - Long Term Portion.....17,678 tOtAL LiABiLitieS ........................$322,376 tOtAL LONg teRM LiABiLitieS ..$479,327 tOtAL LiABiLitieS ...........................$513,048 Net ASSetS: Invested in Capital Assets, Net ASSetS: Net of Related Debt ............................1,388.820 Unrestricted .............................................548,572 Unrestricted ............................................903,993 tOtAL Net ASSetS .......................$548,572 tOtAL Net ASSetS ......................$2,292,813 tOtAL LiABiLitieS and Net ASSetS ..........................$1,061,620 Contributions grants given investment earnings 2% & SLSF Fundraising 19% (SLSF) 7% Program Operations 9% Capital Outlay 3% Member District grants 3% Salary 43% L/A/i 10% Assessments 66% Program Fees 10% Administration 13% Fundraising ADA (SLSF) 7% Compliance 8% Yearly Participation Summary . Winter Spring Summer Fall Registrations Programs Registrations Programs Registrations Programs Registrations Programs Weekly Programs 935 100 951 112 992 96 1,022 123 Clubs 783 47 362 20 492 34 915 50 Inclusion 182 140 91 65 399 252 177 116 Leisure Education 1,419 83 1,095 80 - - 1,375 80 Special Events 297 22 80 3 228 19 685 34 Trips/Overnights - - 45 2 8 2 32 1 Open Swim 1,301 1 1,301 1 1,034 1 1,057 1 Summer Camps - - - - 471 27 - - Special Olympics 687 8 2016 11 667 10 820 7 Total 5604 401 5941 294 4291 443 6083 412 Total Registrations 21,919 Total Programs: 1,550 7
  • 146. Special Leisure Services Foundation Mission Statement W e exist to support and promote outstanding opportunities through recreation for people with disabilities in cooperation with the Northwest Special Recreation Association. A Message from the SLSF Chair On behalf of the SLSF Board of Directors, we thank all of you who contribute your time, talent and treasures to support the NWSRA. As much as we enjoy new challenges and opportunities in our recreation and leisure time, so do children and adults with disabilities. The partnerships we build are essential to our success and together we can celebrate a year of new and expanded relationships that have enabled us to fulfill the growing needs of the participants that choose and depend on NWSRA as their social and recreational option. Thank you! Sincerely, Elaine L. Schmitt, Chairman Annual Program Support Goals Inclusion Accessible Special Olympics General Program Kevin T. Kendrigan $50,000 Transportation $170,000 Support Memorial Over 840 individuals $80,000 Eleven hundred $50,000 Scholarship Program with disabilities were Vehicles are athletes competed in To create innovative provided support to 16 sports opportunities. $50,000 purchased to services and purchase Over 300 scholarships were enjoy park district provide community adapted equipment such as awarded for day camp, recreation opportunities. recreation access. “Arts for All”. weekly programs and leisure education. SLSF Board of Directors Elaine Schmitt, Chair ....................Critical Path Strategies Ron Gbur......................................... Palatine Park District Kristine M. Stabler, Vice Chair ................. Arlington Park Dennis Hanson ................... Former Palatine Park District Deborah du Vair, Treasurer ....duVair Consulting Services Commissioner Amy Charlesworth, Secretary ............... Rolling Meadows Jim Heyden .....................................The Business Section Park District Susie K. Julison................................... Director, NWSRA Sam Amirante................... Sam L. Amirante & Associates Diane Maxwell .....................................................Benefax Sharon Anderson ......................Mt. Prospect Park District and.Parent.of.NWSRA.Participant Ernie R. Blomquist, Attorney..........Massucci, Blomquist, Jamie Munce .................................Tec Specialty Products Brown & Hedrick Terri Oates ............................................................Siemens Sue Boitz ................................Strahs, Boitz & Associates Sherry Prause .......................................... President, SLSF and.Parent.of.NWSRA.Participant Brian Rubin ...........................Law Offices of Brian Rubin Michael Brottman ........................Elk Grove Park District & Associates Thomas M. Campone ............Indeck EnergyServices, Inc. and.Parent.of.NWSRA.Participant and.Parent.of.NWSRA.Participant Tim Schaap ..............................GAINS Education Group Jacky Cartwright .....................................................Harris Jim Schwantz ............... Von Sydow’s Moving & Storage Mary Frances Cox ................................ Schneider Electric Eric Wasowicz.................................. Greenbrier & Russel 8
  • 147. Grant Makers Bridgestone/Firestone Trust Fund HSBC - North America Square D Foundation Circle of Service Foundation, Inc. Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation Target Cook County Development Block Grant Palatine Rotary Charities The Bruning Foundation Elk Grove Township Palatine Township UPS Foundation Federated Department Stores Foundation Siemens Caring Hands Foundation Zurich North America Foundation H. Edison Birginal Foundation Event & Presenting Sponsors Advanced Business Tech Daily Herald Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. Schneider Electric & Chicagoland Don J. Wiskes Mount Prospect National Bank Siemens Ala Carte Entertainment Dove NICOAT Terrazzo & Marble Arlington Park Greenbrier & Russel Northwest Community Hospital Supply Company Avery Harris Harris Palatine Women’s Club UPS Barrington Bank & Trust Household Finance Corporation Picket Fence Realty Verizon Wireless Benefax Indeck Energy Services, Inc. Rotary Club of Elk Grove Village Village Bank & Trust Best Travel Independent Order of Foresters Rotary Club of Woodfield Area Children’s Bloomingdale’s Kiwanis Club of Rolling Meadows Schaumburg/Hoffman Estates Organization ComEd Knights of Columbus Civic & Community Organizations Algonquin Library Kiwanis Club of Arlington Heights Rolling Meadows Fire Department American Legion Post 690 Kiwanis Club of Elk Grove Rolling Meadows High School Arlington Heights Park District Knights of Columbus #4837 Rolling Meadows Park District Arlington Heights Police Department Knights of Columbus #4977 Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove Arlington Heights Sunrise Rotary Club Knights of Columbus Council #11981 Rotary Club of Rolling Meadows Bartlett Park District Knights of Columbus Council #3627 Schaumburg Park District Buffalo Grove Park District Knights of Columbus Illinois State Council Schaumburg Professional Buffalo Grove Police Department Little City Foundation Firefighters Association District 214 Community Education Mount Prospect Park District Schaumburg/ Elk Grove Elks Lodge #2423 Elk Grove Park District Northwest Radio Control Club School District 54 Glenview Professional Firefighters Palatine Park District Streamwood Park District Hanover Park Park District Palatine Park Foundation The Arlingtones Harper College Palatine Rotary Charities Village of Arlington Heights Hoffman Estates Park District Prospect Heights Park District Wheeling Park District Immanuel Lutheran Church Prospect High Football Gift Wheeling Township Collector, Stephen C. Sharer Inverness Park District River Trails Park District Corporate Sponsors 3D Design Studio Amici Miei Barber & Beauty Brian Rubin & Associates Conway Dressings A Blind Squirrel Amsum & Ash Buca di Beppo Cornerstone National Bank Enterprise, Ltd. Arboretum Golf Club Buffalo Grove Fitness Center & Trust Co. AG Edwards & Sons, Inc. Arcon Associates Buffalo Grove Golf Center Corporate Creations AL Sittaro, CPA Arlington Theaters Cambric Corporation Chicago, LLC AAA Air Compressor Ascher Brothers Company, Inc. of Illinois Corporate Construction Service, Inc. Attorney Guy Karm Cambridge Educational Services Crowe Chizek AAA Painting Automobile Mechanics Local Camosy Incorporated Crown Trophy Contractors, Inc. No. 701 Capstone Mortgage CSM Fastener AccuCare Physical Therapy Balboa Capital Corporation CCH Incorporated Products Company ACH Foam Technologies, LLC Barry’s Limosine Centennial Title Incorporated Cummins-Allison Corporation Aenon Consulting Baxter International CenterPoint Properties Trust Dakota-K Auto Repair AFLAC Foundation Ceramic Tile & Terrazzo Union & Tire Center AH Entertainers Beacon Fasteners and Certified Golf Handicaps Dan Horcher’s Service, Inc. Air Savers Components, Inc. Charles McRae Wholesale Product Daniel W. Wuerl, DDS All American Exterior Beaver Tree Service Chicagoland Skydive Dann Dee Display Fixtures Solutions Blackman Kallick City Beverages~Anheuser Busch DF Goldsmith Chemical Alliant Credit Union Bono Consulting Citizens for Carolyn Krause Diamond Blast Corporation Allstate Giving Campaign Brad Lon, Inc. Citizens for Cheryl Axley Diamond Tec, Inc. Alphagraphics, Elk Grove Bradish Associates Citizens for Sidney Mathias Dr. John G. Rana, DC American Enterprise Bank Brainstorm Marketing Colborne Corporation Drost, Kivlahan, McMahon & Americor Brian Properties Conrad A. May, CPA O’Connor, LLC 9
  • 148. Corporate Sponsors Edward Jones Investments Lattof Chevrolet, Inc. Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant Tehama Edwin Guziel, CPA Law Firm of Pepper Group Tend 2 Corporation Eliz Events, Inc. Wendy R. Morgan Peter Warren Insurance The Business Section Ellyn Anderson, ISID Law Offices of Consultants The McGraw-Hill Empire Cooler Service, Inc. Mary C. Schlott Picket Fence Realty Company Epoxy, Inc. Law Offices of Premier Packaging Thomas M. Horrigan, Ernie’s Wrecker Service Matthew J. Morrissey Systems, Inc. DDS, MS European Tan & Travel Leibold’s Auto Center Premiere Specialties, Inc. Titleist Golf FedEX of Galena Professional Interior Town & Country Feil Daily Investment Co. Leica Microsystems, Inc. Concepts, Inc. Distributors~Miller Beer Fisher Commercial Leonetti & Associates, Inc. PRP Wine International, Inc. Tressler, Soderstrom, Construction Low Voltage Service Prudential American Maloney & Priess Flag Insurance Services, Inc. Lynch Truck Center Heritage Realty Trimark Marlinn Focused Health Solutions, Inc. Lynn Seger Insurance Agency PSA Dewberry Restaurant Supply Forbici Salon & Spa MA Mortenson Co. RI Johnson & Associates, Ltd. Tryson Metal Stampings Galesburg Agency M. Lange, Inc. RJ Drazner & Associates & Mfr., Inc. Get Fresh Produce Marc K. Schwartz Rainbow Design Jewelers Tucker Maintenance Corp. Gilbert & Associates & Associates Realen/Orleans Homes TYCO Matching Gifts Gilco Scaffolding Company Market Square Restaurant Red River Transportation, Inc. Program Glen Echo Golf Marmoles El Paso, USA, LLC Reil Construction, Inc. Unemployment Glueckert Funeral Home, Ltd. Mason Contractors Remax Unlimited Realtors Consultants, Inc. Gonnella Baking Company Association Rescue Medical Union Pacific Griffin, Kubik, Stephens & Massucci, Blomquist, Brown Transport, LLC Corporation Fund Thompson, Inc. & Hedrick RFS Graphics, Inc. Upfront Development Groot Recycling & McCarthy Insurance, LLC Richard W. Czerniawski, Inc. Company Waste Service Medical Center Dental Robert J. Williams US Foods Groundwork, Ltd. Menconi Terrazzo & Tile & Associates VATA Salon & Day Spa HC Security Meridian Banquets Ronald J. Nelson, Variable Annuity Communications, Inc. Mesirow Financial Attorney at Law Life Insurance Hair Changes Metro Federal Credit Union RSM Solutions Vic Hefner Insurance Harris Metropolitan Terrazzo, LLC Ruan Transport Corporation Vincent F. Giuliano Harris Pharmacy Michael B. Schroeder, DDS Ruben & Goldberg, Visual Edge Harry’s of Arlington, Ltd. and Associates LLC, Attorneys Von Sydow’s Moving Haskris Mid American Group Savino Del Bene, USA, Inc. & Storage, Inc. Heartland Eps, Inc. Midland Products, LLC Schaefges Brothers, Inc. Wa-Pa-Ghetti’s Pizza Heller Lumber Company Motorola Schoppe Design Associates Walter E. Smithe Furniture Here’s The Scoop Mount Prospect Park Screws Industries Waste Management Hero Headquarters Commissioners Secure Assets Waterwerks Applied Hollis Brothers Service Mulcahy Pauritsch Salvador Management, Ltd. Plumbing Services IHOP Ruben Restaurant & Co., Ltd. Sente Rubel Bosman Weber - Stephen IKON Nadler Golf Car Sales, Inc. Lee Architects Westhill Corporation Illinois Tool Works Nielsen Associates, Inc. Sentry Security Whitaker Insurance Foundation NM Nationwide Sephora of Old Orchard & Financial Services Insight Management, Inc. Northrop Grumman Sheraton Suites White Oak School & Insurance Design Center, LLC Corporation Elk Grove/O’Hare Day Care Center Inc. JP Phillips, Inc. Northwest Community Sikich, LLP Wilhelm & Conlon Public JayRose Mortgage Health Care Silpada Designs~Heather Claes Strategies, Inc. Company, Inc. Northwest Speech and Smith Family Construction William White JCL Consulting, Inc. Hearing Center, Ltd. Soprano & Associates, Ltd. & Associates Jeet, Inc. Northwest Water Sorrentino’s Barber Shop Wilmette Truck Jeffrey C. Socher, DDS, LTD Commission Spa Martinique~Schaumburg & Bus Sales Jennings Chevrolet, Inc. Oak Chiropractic, Ltd. Speer Financial, Inc. Wind-Lock Corp. Joel Johnston Enterprises, Inc. OG & Q Construction Starck Realtors Wine & Spirits Distributor JP Morgan Chase Foundation Olson Brothers State Farm Insurance Of Illinois JSM Associates Recreational Surfaces State Representative W-T Engineering Kafka Granite, LLC Pacific Safeport Co. Terry Parke Zimmerman, Smith, Kloss Distributors~Miller Beer Palatine Ace Hardware Stitt, Klein, Daday & Aretos Kostelny Kroeschell Engineering Palatine HOG Chapter Stonebridge Advisors Company Pam Douglas, Inc. Stonetech L’Eleganté Cuisine Pamela E. Loza, Ltd. Strahs, Boitz, & Associates La Finesse Parex Incorporated Supreme Lobster & Seafood Laganowski & Associates, Inc. PareXLahabra, Inc. SWANCC LaSalle Bank People’s Bank of Arlington Hts. TEC Specialty Products 10
  • 149. Thanks to Our Individual Donors John Aaron Alice Beine Marguerite Buck Pat Coy Marion Acciari Chrystal Beinlich-Noe Lenore Buglio Kay Coyne Claire Ackermann Marlene Bellamy John Buis Maria Cozzi Barbara Ackles Tom Belzey James Burke Ron Crawford Caroline Adams Sue Benes Kevin Burke Lynn & Ann Crawford John & Carrie Aeschliman Provi Benitez Jim & Traudy Burmeister Shari Crivello Mary Ann Ahern Charles & Bonnie Bennett Justin Burmeister Richard & Rachele Crivlare Beata Albiniak Bryan Bennett Linda Burmeister Tom Cronin Gino Alimondi Elizabeth Bergmark Phillip Burns Wendy Crouch Mary Joy Allain Beverly Berkin John & Nancy Busch Marybeth Curiale Don Allegretti Mary Bernd Richard Butler Tom Curran Shelley Allen Diana Berndt Jeff Butterfield Chris Curtis Eloyse Amato Richard Berry Bill Byron Mike Cushing Gloria Amling Stephanie Bertelson Judith Cahill Andrea Cutting Lori Anderson Richard & Laura Betts The Calzaretta Family Nancy D’Agostino Delbert Anderson Jan Bierman Peggy Campbell Ericka Dall Elizabeth Anderson Elizabeth Black Sandi Campbell Danielle Daly Andrea Anderson Suzy Blakely Thomas Campone Midge Dana Linda Anderson Rod Blane Mary Lou Capparelli-Dunaj Rosemary D’Andrea Christine Anderson Judy Bloom Shellie Carbone Mary Dane Sharon Anderson Jerry Bobek Gary Cardinal Terry DaPisa Shari Andress Ray Bock Al & Maureen Carlsen Christine Daros Maggie Andress Julie Boeing Jim & Mari Carlsen Don Daurs Amy Andrews Marge Bogaccki Debbie Carlson Bonnie Davidson Bev Andrews Ken & Sue Boitz Patricia Carlson Sylvia Davis Leah Angelakos Bernard Bono Joanne Carlson Patty Davis John Angerame Dianne Botefuhr Sue Carlson Raymond Davis Robert Angerame Michelle Bott Betsy Carlson Tim Dawson Linda Antonaci Judith Bott Jake & Terese Carman W. Dearinger Frank Appleby James & Jane Bottomley Grace Carnesciali Dennis Depcik Rosemary Argus Joanne Bowers James Carney Margaret Dettloff James Arnold Janet Boyle Mike Carosielli Pat Devereaux Carl Arthur Nancy Brandt Rita Carroll June DeVincentis Mary Arvidson Barry Brandwein Jacky Cartwright Kyle DeVries Cheryl Axley James Breckenridge Deb Caruthers Pat Devron Lisa Azzarello Melissa Casey Debra Dewey Sallyann Bacchiere Kim Cashmore Fred Dibbern Kevin Baden Michael Caskey Davis Dickerson Loretta Baden Sharon Castellani Louise Dickey Diana Baker Delores Catania Bob & Rosemary Doherty Bridget Baker Karen Cencula Kathleen Doland Ron Baker Michelle Cesaretti Belinda Dolloff Steve Balinski Pat Chamblee Val Domain Linda Ballantine Amy Charlesworth Kathleen Dombrowski Bill Balling Janet Christie Gary Dorn Amy Barber James Cicarelli Paul Douglas Russ Barger Gloria Clancy-Jostock Hazel Dover Lari Ann Barr Mary Claps Michelle Dreiling John Barrett Aimee Breckenridge Chris Coffman Barbara Drufke Sheila Barron Amy Bredfield Marianne Coffman Deborah du Vair Suzy Barry Scott Bredrup Michael Coleman Cyrena Duda Ed Bartgen Trisha Breitlow Kim Collar Edward Dunham Ben Bartnicke Dermot Brereton Frances Collins Gail Edgren Representative Suzie Bassi Art Brescia Lou Conley Shirley Edwards Diane Bathje Elaine Brettmann Ed Connelly William Edwards John & Maureen Battaglia Ardath Breuer Veda Connolly Shanan Egger Ann Battersby Cindy Brooks Joyce Conrad Stephanie Eich Chuck Baum Becky Brooks Ron & Micki Coppel Shirley Eichaker John Baumgart Rena Brooks Marianne Cordell Annie Eichhorn Cynthia Bavaro David Brooks Jerry Corirossi Jeanne Eichorst Jack Bechaud Mike Brottman Marjorie Corrington Mary Eiermann Lewis Beck Ila Brouder Julie Costigan Delight Eilering Michelle Beckemeier Timothy Brouder Maureen Costigan Don Eliasek Marcia Becker Grace Brusa Mary Costigan The Eliasek Family Patricia Becker Patricia Brzowski Robert Cowhey Thomas Eliasek Bonnie Beckonchrist Jan Buchs Tullio Cox Rose Eliasek 11 Julie Beesley Bill Buchta Mary Frances Cox Joseph Enk
  • 150. Robert Epperly Bonnie Gibson Tim Hanlon Brian Johnson Jodi Erickson Joseph Giglio Jerry Hanlon David Johnson Gary Erickson Peter & Janet Gilbertson Michael Hanrahan Lisa Johnson Chris Estep Kathy Gilly Gina Hansen Carrie Johnson Geri Estvanik Carl Hanson Bryan Johnson Beth Faillo Dennis Hanson Sharon Johnson Sal & Frances George & Sue Harig Senator Wendell Jones Falcone Molly Harrigan Michael & Paula Jones Charles Falls Shelia Harrigan Ann Jordan Donna Falls Avery Harris Randy Jordan Colleen Farrell Janet Harris Patti Jostes Jack & Melissa Mark Harrison Rick & Susie Julison Farrell Barbara Harrow Rosemary Justen Betty Fath Edward Hartgraves Lainie Kaiser Cathryn Faust Janice Hartwell Cathy Kaiser William Fayman James & Elizabeth Haskins Cindy Kalageropolous Chris Febel Annette Hassett Matthew Kaman David Fedyna Lauren Hatz Bill & Bev Kaman Janet Ferguson Jodi Gilmorer Lois Hauge Deborah Kaniewski Judy Ferrero Richard Ginsburg Theresa Hausenbauer Teresa Karow Dennis Fiedler Mary Gira Terry Hayn Brad Katz Michael Field Pat Givens Nanette Heaphy The Katz Family Mark Finder Patrick Glasso Joan Hedrick Heidi Katz Sue Finger Elfriede Glatz Daniel Hendrickson Rae Katz Tom & Jayne Finger Audrey Glickman The Henneberry Family The Kauffold Family Susan Finn Marci Glinski Lorraine Herforth Susan Kay Richard Fiorito Patricia Glod David Hermann Rachel Kay Kimberly Firth Pamela Gnolfo Darci Hermanson Cyndy Kay William Fisher Nancy Godfryt Briana Hernandez Alice Kay Penny Fitch-Heyes Marena Gohmann Anita Herr Cathy Kendrigan John Fisher Steve & Phyllis Gohmann Leslie Herra Cathy E. Kendrigan Stephanie Fitzsimons Susie Gohmann Robert Herscher Peggy Kendrigan K. Fitzsimons Andreia Golder Rosemary Herzog The Kenefick Family Christopher Fitzsimons Jeffrey Golich Christine Hess Sean Kenefick Lois Flaherty Robert Goodman Wendell & Natalie Hickey Barbara Kenny Douglas Fleck Donna Goodwin Walter Hilker Roger & Sue Key Rita Fletcher Deborah Goss Matthew Hill Sandra Khaksari Sylvester Flis Sue Gould Dorothy Hill Karen Kiester Garrett Flora Jennifer Gozdziak John Hintz Beth Kindregan Donovan Thomas Flores Patricia Grabowicz Christinia Hirsch Kevin King Sherry Foss Mary Grady Pam Hoary Carrol King Claudia Fox-Pachecho Donald Granell Carole Hodgson Kimberly Kini Patrick Foys Tara Grann Wilson Hogan Sheila Kinniry Sally Franz Neil Granzow Bob & Sarah Holcombe Stephen Kirkby Allison Frederick James Graves Bob & Dorothy Holland Renee Kirshner Jeffrey & Bette Fredericks Robert Greenberg Nancy Honeycutt Fred & Jay Ann Kist Irene French Deanna Griffin Betty Hopkinson Tom Kivalahan Mark Frisch Patricia Grivas Thomas & Sara Horan Patricia Kivlahan Linda Frye-Danner Chris Grooms Norm & Barb Horler Joseph Klanang Hiro Fukuda Kathryn Grossnickle Pamela Horwath King Klopfenstein Dorothy Gabrielsen June Grovak Mary Houser Richard & Joanne Kluck Mary Kay Gabrielsen Peggy and Mike Grunewald Ann Marie Houser Karen Knafl Chuck Galena Linda Gryziecki Jim & Judy Houser Deborah Knickerbocker Jesse Gallagher Tom Guare Matt Howell Barb Koby Vivian Gallo Barbara Gugliotta Sandra Hudson Rick Koch Peggy Gann Rick Gunderson Maribeth Hutchison Kevin Koch Christi Gantz Patricia Gusdane Amy Hutchison Gail Komarek Randy & Sue Garcia Adele Guth Pete Ingaunis Tom Kondrat Arelis Garcia Fran Guziel Madlyn Isadore Susan Koren Joanne Gasparotto Elizabeth Hackett Margaret Iurio Pete Koukos The Gatti Family Kathy Hahn Laura Jabeck Karina Kovar Arlene Gawlik Sajid Haider Alex & Luba Jackson Lucinda Krahn Ron Gbur Joyce Haight David Jagger Patricia Kralik Bessie Geanakoplos Cindy Hajost Pam Jandura Mark Krause The Geniesse Family Fred & Bunny Hall Janice Janovic Dale Krcek Sal & Karen Geraci Fred Hall The Janovics Family Maria Krilich Joseph Germano Linda Hall Howard Japlon Dawn Krones Doreen Gervais John & Linda Hall Raymond Jaskot Summer Krones Evelyn Getty Arlene Halverson John Jawor Patricia Krueger Margaret Giagnorio Keith Halvorsen Maureen Jennings Rene Krupa Tony Giambrone Christine Hammond Gertrude Jessup Patricia Kryger 12
  • 151. Len & Barbara Kuczma Penny Masucci Donna Morrison Michael Paradise Dale Kuester Diane Mathews Sandy Moser Michael & Diane Paradise Kurt Kuester Mary Maurovich Elizabeth Mousel Michele Paradise Whitney Kuhlin Joe & Diane Maxwell Gary & Barbara Muehl Carol Parke Greg & Darla Kuhs Samantha Mayfield Sue Mueller Marcia Parker Lenore Labello Jim & MaryKay McCabe Anita Mugnai Cathy Parker Bernard Labovitch Roger McCarthy Vera Muir Clare Parker Wilma Laden Rita Mullins Mark Parkinson Ken Lake Holly Murawski Henry & Florence Paul Carl LaMell Steven Murry Jennifer Pavlik Lillian Landau Janet Munz Gary & Linda Pavlik Marie Lane Judith Myers Mary Pearson Ken Laner Lois Myers Kathy Pedersen Sharon Lanera Edith Nadler Jeff & Patricia Penner Juli Langelund Donna Napoleon Kathleen Pennington Elizabeth Helen Nelson Dawn Pereira Laporte Denise Netzel Nancy Perkins Mary Larson Anton Neumann Sharon Perkins Patty Lasher Mary Lou Newbold Angela Perna Marilee Laurie Jeff Newing Alan Perri Jim Lauritzen Regi Newkirk Linda Peterson Hoang Le Karen McCartney Darlene Niebuhr Terrence Peterson Georgine Le Beau Kay McClellan Greta Nielsen Shannon Pfister Laura Lee Bonnie McCulla Elizabeth Noe Pamela Phillips Catherine Lee Andrew McCurley Mike Nolan The Picchi Family Patricia Lee Norma McFadden Suzanne Noller Becky Pickard Barb Leinonen Susan McGehee Ralph Norman Kathleen Pilmer James Lennon Nancy McGowan Eileen Norman Greg & Karen Pinns Marlyn Lenschow Burkart Kathy McKenna Judi Nosal Sara Pischak Minnette Leoni Charles McLaughlin Shandra Nosal Kay Pittelko Ruth Lessam Jim McLin Dawn Notaro Denise Polifka Dorothy Lessam Erik McNeill John Novak Mickie Polk Ted Lewis Karen McNulty Lorena Nowak Tom Polzin Joseph Lindeman Teresa McRae Kathy Nowicki Thomas Pope Michael Liner Steve & Pam McVoy Terese Oates Barbara Poprawski Nancy Little Sally Medansky LuRae Obey Douglas Postma Jan Lohr Sandra Meehan Jack O’Brien Joan Pouska Karen Lombardo Cathy Mekel Joseph O’Brien Mollie Pouska Esther Lordots Gary Mellon Sean O’Brien Sarah Poyner Thomas Lorig Margaret Mercer Lisa Ochoa Ed & Sherry Prause Tom Losos Jennifer Merritt Jack O’Connor Edwin Prause Susan Low Bradford Meyer Terrie O’Day David & Megon Preissig Edward & Diane Luebbers Bernadette Meyer Ann O’Donnell Christopher Prete Chris Lutman Sally Meyer Andrea O’Donnell Sue Primack Anne Lynch Rita Meyers Kenneth & Mary Oeschger Nancy Prosser Elizabeth Lynch Paul & Connie Micek Carol Olichwier Carol Prysby Kevin Lyons Anna Michalsen Jackie Olichwier Jeff Quattrochi Virginia MacDonald Sue Mika Laurie Olsen Joseph Quinn Patrick Mackey Judd Mika Mike Olshefke Jay Quinn Christopher Madsen Beverly Miles Bryan Olson Michele Rabenda Erin Magee Frank & Tracy Miletic John O’Meara Dee Raczkowski Frank & Clara Magnifico Tim Millar Georgianna O’Reilly Anne Racine Maureen Mahoney Dolores Miller Jennelle O’Rilley Frank & Carol Ramljak Theresa Malak Cindy Miller Kim Orlando Catherine Rateike Norm Malcolm Virginia Miller Susan Ostermann Vivian Ratzek Pam Maloney Brokston Miller Patty Ostermann Kurt & Linda Rauch Julius Mancini Geoffrey Miller Daniel Otto Jackie Rausa Jane Manda Janet Mintz George & Sue Paalbalog Robert Rayner Victoria Mann Megan Mlinarcik Charlene Padovani Bruce Reardanz Ken Marchini Fred & Karen Molzahn Sasha Pais Mike Reardanz Lois Marchini Carmen Molinaro Betty Palacz Ann Marie Recchia Tina Marciante Pamela Monahan Joan Palm Larry Reiner Art Marks Richard Monroe Janet Palmer Michael & Stacy Reiss Kevin & Patrice Marks Jolana Montanaro Terry Palmer Michael Reninger David Marofske Kathy Moore Lisa Palmer Jerlyn Rhodes Peg Maroney Jacqueline Moran David Palmer Leonard Ricco Barbara Marquart Diane Moretti-Schmit Pam Panczyk Karla Richards Marylou Martin Charles & Paula Morgan Kathleen Pankiw Karen Richardson Kimberly Martinez Jane Moroney Ray & Donna Paoli Tim & Kara Riebau Lillian Martiny Patricia Morris Patricia Papas Michael Riedy 13 Pat Mastores Laura Morris Betsy Paquin Thomas Riley
  • 152. Patti Rizzetto Glenn Scoggins Robert Steder Irene Vogeler Vince Rizzo Sheila Scott Paul & Barbara Steffens Cecilia Volk Carolyn Roberts Kathryn Seemayer Cathy Steiner Dorthy Von Bremen Pat Robillard Ken & Carol Lynn Seifert Jimmy Stelmach Jenny Voyda Sylvia Roe Stella Sellers Linda Stenberg Steve Wachler Dolores Roe Joan Semmerling Dolores Stephan Bill Wagner Jennifer Rogers Bob Senour Jean Sterbenc Bob Wagner Mary Rohr Marty Senour Nancy Stern Kathy Wahlborg Ginny Roi Joanne Sensendorf Michael Stevens Patricia Jo Wakeley Debbie Romanek John & Rhonda Serafin Dolores Stevenson Kathleen Walbert Andrea Romanelli Kelly Serafini Mary Stitt Patti Waldo Bonnie Ross Kim Serafini Malin Birgitta St. Jernholm Don Walker Diane Ross Patty Severud Judy Strauss Kevin Wallace Billie Roth Elyse Shapiro Michael & Debra Strauss Sally Wallman Jody Rotondo Steve Sharer Mark Styslinger Bernadine Walsh Dan Roumpos James Shartle Lisa Surdam Mary Kay Walsh Sue Royse Thomas Shaw Carol Joy Sutphen Beth Walsh Stacey Ruben Fred Sherman George Sutphen Sharon Waltz Eileen Rubin Beverly Sherman Tim Sweeney Margaret Wanielista David Rudzin Susan Shiraga Conrad & Michael Sandra Ward Barry Rush Bill Sholty Swiatkowski Hugh Ward Jr. Dianne Ruthman John Short David Swirsley Rosemarie Warren-Schuch Larry Ruud Maureen Shutvet Mark Symons Eric Wasowicz Eileen Rychlewski Sal Siciliano Al Tejcek Leonard & Delores Wasowicz Michelle Rygiel Curtis Siegel Theresa Tenner Mary Weatherford Mike Rylko Gerry Siena Marc Tepper Tom Webber Yvonne Ryzner Catherine Sikora John Terrelli Jr. Michelle Wegner Kenneth Rzepka Marilyn Silver John & Joanne Terrelli Robert Wegner Scott Saewert Masha Silverman Patricia Testa Deborah Weinfuss Howard Sall Richard Simmermon Robert Thelin Patricia Weinfuss Sue Saltsberg Mike Simpson Roland Thilmany Eileen Wells Maria Savitt Gayle Sinitean Angie Thomas Chuck Whitcomb Suzanne Sawka Jay Skwierawski The Thomas Family Maureen White Mary Scatena Renee Sloan Rachel Thomases Phil Whittemore Tim & Jeanne Schaap Karen Smart Barbara Thomases Margaret Wichser Amy Schams Fran Smith Arlene Thornley Nancy Wichser Marcia Scharpf Connie Smith Dennis & Mary Thune Thomas Wiegner Tim Scheffler Michalene Smith Scott Tice Collette Wiggins Clayton Schelitzche Joseph Snyder John Tiessen Alison Jo Wimmer David Schenwar Donald Snyder Marion Timmins Douglas Wingeard Ann Scheuer Dennis Snyder Ken & Penny Todd Ray & Arlene Winkelmann Keith Scheurman Zofia Sobkiewicz Effie Tonkovic Patrick Wirtz Gretchen Schiddel Eugene Sokol Steve Topolski Jim Wiseman Ireta Schiferl Lynn Sommer Zola Traphagan W. Wiwat Pam Schilling Revie & Susan Sorey John Trautschold Mabel Wohlhart Steve Schinkel Carly Soteras Kim Travaglio Joseph Wohlhart Regina Schlamp Paul & Nanette Sowa Maureen Treanor Sheva Wohlhart Mary Schlott Jan Spaletto Scott Triphahn Deborah Wojtysiak Paul Schmidt Helen Spaulding Ralph Trossen Barbara Wolf Robert Schmidt Elaine Specha Irene Troth Theresa Wolf Tim & Elaine Schmitt Julene Spies Judith Truelsen Margaret Wood Jim Schmuck Dennis & Nancy Spinazze Joan Tucker Kenneth Woods John Schneider Kristine Stabler Thomas Tully Denise Wright Cindy Schramm John Tumino Shannon Wright Tom Schroeder Brian Turck Barbara Wrona Maureen Schuler Arlene Tuscano Lawrence Wysocki Jennifer Marion Tuttle Janet Yamamoto Schulewitz Shawn Tuttle Katie Yamamoto Jeff & Susan Robin Twedt Marilyn Yantis Schulte Marge Ullrich Nick Yates Michael Schultz Paula Ulreich Donna Yeksigian Nancy Schultz Bob Unverricht Michael Yublosky Mary Schulze Tina Upton Raul Zaldivar Sarah Schurr Mike Vacala David Zapfel Monica Schuster Gayle Vandenbergh Barbara Zenner Jim & Brenda Cindi Varon Ann Marie Zgoda Schwantz Barb Vasquez Mike Zgoda Betty Schwarz Penny Staley Denise Venegoni Jon Zgoda Barbara Schwarz Scott Stancy Kristin Violante Sue Ziesemer Joan Schwarzbeck Julie Stanislawski Heather Vittore Shelley Zuniga Michele Scianna Deborah Stark Jeanne Vivirito 14
  • 153. Northwest Special Recreation Association NON-PROFIT ORG. Special Leisure Services Foundation U.S. POSTAGE 3000 W. Central Road, Suite 205 PAID Rolling Meadows, IL 60008 - 2559 Permit No. 2565 Voice 847/392-2848 • TTY 847/392-2855 Palatine P&DC FAX 847/392-2870 • www.nwsra.org Illinois 60095 Change Service Requested Celebrate Partnerships W e appreciate our partners in the community. Your caring inspires all to play, be active and experience the joy of community. We thank you.
  • 154. Annual Report May 1, 2006 - April 30, 2007 Message from the President Dear Skokie Resident, During Fiscal Year 2006-07, the Skokie Park District continued to establish itself as a national and state leader in parks and recreation, and as a top provider of user-friendly technology, state-of-the-art facilities, and cutting edge programming. Our agency is proud to operate under a balanced budget (see page 5) and to employ a staff of professionals known far-and-wide for expertise in their respective fields and for their daily dedication to customer service. As promised, the district has become far less reliant on property taxes by increasing program participation and thereby collecting more user fees. We take pride in serving the Village's more than 63,000 residents and in protecting Skokie's natural resources, preserving its historical sites and providing unique recreational opportunities within its more than 240 acres of parkland. We also reaffirm our promise to continue to enhance the quality of life for you and your family. Sincerely, Weber Leisure Center Susan Aberman President, Board of Park Commissioners Around the District: Accomplishments & Goals Met Parks and Facilities Weber Park Golf Course The award-winning Skokie Sports Park hosted the annual Liponi Foundation Golf Charity Outing. College golf teams from Northwestern, Loyola and North Park utilized the driving range. Weber Park Golf Course hosted the Parent-Child, Father-Son, and Two-Person Best Ball Tournaments, the Weber Park Open, and more. A junior team represented the district in the North Suburban Junior Travel League. The Fitness First! health club's 4,000+ repeat customers enjoyed 20 new cardio machines with mounted televsion sets. Emily Oaks Nature Center More than 250,000 participants and family members visited the Skatium Ice Arena to figure skate, play hockey and enjoy the Arena's numerous special events. Skokie Water The children's Exploritorium entertained 50,000+ children and adults at its indoor Playground playground for art, science and imagination.
  • 155. Annual Report May 2006 - April 2007 The district's Pooch Park, in cooperation with the City of Evanston, hosted the fourth annual, national award-winning event, 'Woofstock' in June 2006. The Dammrich Rowing Center hosted regattas, offered tank rental, canoe and kayak rentals, and camps. The center is home to the Northwestern and North Park University crews, as well as high school teams, Loyola Academy, Woodlands Academy, and New Trier. Devonshire Cultural Center The Skokie Water Playground and Devonshire Aquatic Center both continued to offer summer 'cooling' places for Skokie and the surrounding area. More than 100,000 people Devonshire Aquatic Center visited the pools in the summer. Building and Maintenance The district successfully completed roof replacement projects at the Skokie Heritage Museum and at the Devonshire Cultural Center in an effort to protect the investment in these facilities. Smaller projects included a roof and exterior study for the Weber Leisure Center in advance of upcoming repairs, security lighting improvements at Winnebago Park, pool heater replacements at the Devonshire Aquatic Center and Skokie Water Playground, and color coating improvements on various tennis and basketball courts. Skatium Ice Arena Programs and Events The district provided a diverse array of programming in the core areas of athletics/fitness, cultural arts/historic, outdoor recreation/earth education and social life skills. New programming included Circus Birthday Parties, Youth and Adult Computer Classes, Skokie 5K at Devonshire, Devonshire Theatre Academy, Emily Oaks Trail Pack, Club OC, and many more. World The Skatium Ice Arena hosted the Fourth Annual 'Superstars on Ice,' featuring Olympic Champion Champion Ilia Kulik, and World Champions Irina Slutskaya and Todd Eldredge. Irina Slutskaya at the Skatium Oakton Park hosted the 16th Annual Skokie Festival of Cultures, an event that earned more Ice Arena than $100,000 in grant funds, in-kind contributions, and sponsorships, welcomed 25,000 visitors and utilized 200 volunteers from 30 ethnic groups. Technology Fitness First! health club In conjunction with the Village of Skokie, the district brought SkokieLINK to Oakton Park, providing free outdoor wireless internet access at Oakton Park. Marketing and Communication The district won design awards for its Seasonal Program Guide Cover Series and for its e-newsletter. It dramatically increased its print advertising and constructed and designed a new Festival of Cultures web site. The district also continued to annually produce more than 260,000 program guides for all Skokie households and completed a 10-minute quot;Tour of the Districtquot; video for broadcast on cable access and the web, and for use as a sponsorship sales tool. Sponsorships The district raised more than $84,000 in strategic corporate partnerships and in-kind donations. Skokie Heritage Museum
  • 156. Annual Report May 2006 - April 2007 Staff Initiatives District employees servd on environmental action teams. Skokie Park District team members participates in charitable and philanthropic programs such as United Way, Relay for Life, Give Hunger the Boot, Adopt-A-Family, Avon Breast Cancer Walk, and Grant-A-Wish. Community Emergency Sites During flooding and power outages, the Oakton Center was used as an overnight shelter, Sports Park capable of sleeping more than 100. Weber, Oakton, and Devonshire were used as shelters Adventure Golf when severe weather occured, with the Ice Arena designated as a cooling center during extreme heat indexes. District facilities were also used in cooperation with the Village of Skokie's emergency disaster and terrorism plan and as flu shot sites for seniors, and for storage and distribution for quot;Adopt a Familyquot; and quot;Give Hunger the Bootquot; charitable programs. The Weber Leisure Center was the home of quot;S.O.C.K.S.,quot; an organization that collects and distributes clothing to underprivileged residents. Partnerships Oakton Community Center Various cross-promotions were held with Coca-Cola, RCN, Rush North Shore Medical Center, Evanston Northwestern Hospital, Fifth Third Bank, Turning Point, Westfield Shoppingtown, Village Crossing, NRG Marketing, Illinois Nut and Candy, Murphy's Fit, Wm. Wrigley, Jr., Co., Hockey at the Skatium Panera Bread, Whitted, Cleary and Takiff, First Bank and Trust, Ahlbeck and Company, Integration and Networking Solutions, T.A. Cummings Jr. Insurance, PETCO, 2aTee Golf, Whole Foods, and REI. The district continued its strategic partnerships and alliances with organizations such as the Village of Skokie, Skokie Public Library, School Districts 65, 68, 69, 72, 73, 73.5, and 219, Chicago Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, Loyola Academy, Skokie Art Guild, Skokie Historical Society, Skokie Youth Baseball, Skokie Indians, Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation, AYSO, Skokie Amateur Hockey Association and the Skokie Figure Skating Club. Tot Learning Center Leadership, Awards and Accomplishments Awards For the seventh time, Golf Range Magazine named the Sports Park driving range one of the top 100 golf practice centers and learning facilities in America. The district's seasonal brochure covers and the e-newsletter were named the state's best in design for 2006 at the IPRA Agency Showcase Awards. National and Regional Leadership John Ohrlund, Superintendent of Parks and Facilities, served on the the state IPRA/IAPD Joint Distinguished Park & Recreation Agency Committee, the body charged with awarding quot;Distinguishedquot; status to Illinois park districts. Dammrich Rowing Center William Schmidt, Superintendent of Business Services, served on the Government Finance Officers Association’s Committee on Accounting and Financial Reporting. John Gacki, Parks Supervisor, served as one of four Directors of the Midwest Institute of Park Executives. Festival of Cultures
  • 157. Annual Report May 2006 - April 2007 Scott Runkle, Aquatics and Safety Supervisor, served as a President-Elect for the National Recreation and Park Association's Aquatic Council and was the Chairperson for the National Aquatic Management School held in Atlanta, Georgia. High Achievement The district received the quot;Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reportingquot; Sports Park Driving Range from the Government Finance Officers Association. Certification Jennifer Elliott, Jon Marquardt, and Michelle Tuft, obtained their CPRPs, and Caryn Watson earned her APRP, bringing the total number of nationally certified and associate park and recreation professionals employed by the district to eleven. Accreditation The Summer Camp program was re-accredited by the ACA (American Camping Association), one of only 20 park district's in the nation to receive the honor. Education Park District staff attended numerous park and recreation educational seminars including the NRPA National Conference in Seattle in October 2006 and the IPRA/IAPD State Conference in Chicago in January 2007. 2006 Employees of the Year Full-Time: Nancy Eschker, Recreation Division Part-Time: Asuncion Herrera, Park Services Board of Park Commissioners Susan Aberman, President Michael Alter, Vice-President Jerry Clarito, Commissioner Mike Reid, Commissioner Maureen Yanes, Commissioner Woofstock at Pooch Park Administrative Team Mark Schneiderman, CPRP, Executive Director John Ohrlund, CPRP, Superintendent of Parks and Facilities William Schmidt, CPA, Superintendent of Business Services Michelle Tuft, CPRP, Superintendent of Recreation See Page 5 for Fiscal Year Financial Results Festival of Cultures Ryne Sandberg at Oakton Skokie 5K Winter Chilly Fest
  • 158. Annual Report May 2006 - April 2007 Financial Results: May 1, 2006 to April 30, 2007 Interest income Replacement tax Other Rentals & Revenue by Source Permits Fiscal Year End 4/30/07 Type Amount Pct. Property Tax $9,734,259 43.8% Bond Proceeds Registration & Fees $6,688,225 30.0% Property tax Bond Proceeds $3,551,902 16.0% Rentals & Permits $1,310,944 5.9% Registration & Fees Replacement Tax $369,858 1.7% Interest Income $303,030 1.4% Other $275,736 1.2% Expenditures by Source Fiscal Year End 4/30/07 Supplies Utilities Pension Contributions Type Amount Pct. Capital Projects Debt Service $7,951,872 36.4% General Personnel $7,055,530 32.3% Government Contractual Services $2,144,517 9.8% General Government $1,781,267 8.1% Utilities $881,237 4.0% Debt Service Contractual Supplies $794,802 3.6% Services Capital Projects $749,836 3.4% Pension Contributions $511,430 2.3% Personnel Total Fund Balance - April 30, 2006.................$5,845,832 Total Revenue................................................$22,233,954 Total Expenditures.........................................$21,870,490 Total Fund Balance - April 30, 2007...............$6,209,296 Oakton Where Your Local Tax Dollars Go (2005) Community Sanitary College Tax Type Pct. Library District Niles Township (0.39%) Elementary School District * 42.2% Other (0.16%) Skokie School District 219 25.4% Park Village of Skokie 7.9% District Cook County 7.6% Skokie Park District 5.2% Elementary Cook County School Skokie Public Library 5.1% Village of District Sanitary District 3.9% Skokie Oakton Community College 2.0% School Niles Township 0.4% District 219 Other 0.16% * Above percentage for School District 69. Percentages may vary depending on the district in which you live. For further detailed financial information, contact William Schmidt, Superintendent of Business Services. (847) 674-1500, ext. 2120 • 9300 Weber Park Place • Skokie, Illinois • 60077 • www.SkokieParkDistrict.org