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  • 2007 ISSUE Swing Away! Welcome to the 2007 Golf Season FatWallet.com Golf’s newest partner Page 2 Golf Hall of Fame Meet latest inductees Page 3 New Executive Director Q & A with Tim Dimke Page 4 Moore Golf Introducing Steve D. Moore Page 6
  • fatWallet.coM joIns dIstrIct Hall of faMe recognIzes corporate partnersHIp prograM tHe Best In local golf The Rockford Park District is pleased to members; membership is free. FatWallet enhance the golfing experience for Five individuals and one organization on the course. Later that evening, more of individuals who are worthy of announce a new three-year partnership earns commission from merchant golfers during the next three years.” were inducted into the Rockford Area than 100 people witnessed the induction recognition as examples of others to with FatWallet.com as part of the Park partners when members buy through the Golf Hall of Fame during the second ceremony at the Clock Tower Resort’s emulate. In 2006, FatWallet.com received the District’s corporate partnership program. site’s online stores. Some of its biggest annual ceremony last September at the Wallingford Center. Inductees are selected through careful Rockford Chamber’s annual Small merchant partners are Kohl’s, Target, Business of the Year award, presented for Clock Tower Resort and Conference “It was a special day for a special consideration by screening and selection FatWallet.com will be a golf course outstanding growth in employees and Center. group of people,” said committees comprised of knowledgeable partner at four of the Park District’s five courses– Elliot, Ingersoll, “We know that the sales, and service to the Chamber and Dave Claeyssens, Golf golf experts representing area groups and organizations. Individuals or Sandy Hollow, and local community is the community. Services Manager for the Sinnissippi. Rockford Park District, organizations may be nominated in one passionate about golf.” FatWallet.com will move its headquarters and a Golf Hall of Fame to the site of the former Wagon Wheel Resort in Rockton sometime in 2007. steering committee “It was a special day Circuit City, and Staples. In seven years, member. “This class will FatWallet has paid out over $10 million in long be remembered for for a special group cash back to its members. what each individual of people.” Over the next three years, FatWallet.com contributed to the great will have a significant presence at each game of golf.” of five categories: Player, Organization, “We are pleased Volunteer, Instructor/Coach, and of the Park District golf courses and the The sponsors for the to partner with the Contributor. Currently, the Hall of Fame ability to showcase its services, through 2006 Golf Hall of Fame Rockford Park District,” said Laura Pagles is located inside the signage, advertising, as well as on-course Hall of Fame Class of 2006 (Left to Right): Steven Hare, Salley Wessels, Marty Hogan (Hogan include: Clock Tower of FatWallet.com. “We know the local clubhouse at Elliot promotional opportunities. The agree- Family), Sally Hasse (Rockford Women’s Golf Association), Steve Hogan (Hogan Family), and Resort, Euro RSCG community is passionate about golf. We Laurie Welsh Howard (Mary Wilder Welsh) Golf Course. ment runs through 2009. 4D Impact, OSF Saint look forward to getting to know the local golfers through this unique partnership.” “We are pleased to have the opportunity Anthony Medical Center, Riverside If you would like to The Class of 2006 includes: Steven Community Bank, Rockford Park District, nominate a person to work with FatWallet.com,” said Reid FatWallet.com is a shopping portal, in Hare, the Hogan family, Dean Lind, the or organization Tennant, Corporate Partnership Manager Rockford Register Star, SwedishAmerican which customers click on links to retail Rockford Women’s Golf Association, for the Golf Hall for the Rockford Park District. “The Medical Foundation, and 13 WREX. Web sites to buy items using coupons, Mary Wilder Welsh, and Salley Wessels. of Fame, contact enthusiasm and support FatWallet.com The Rockford Area Golf Hall of Fame rebates, and discounts posted on Golf Services at brings to our program will certainly http://www.FatWallet.com The day began with a golf play day serves as a way to recognize, preserve FatWallet.com. The company has 625,000 815-987-1602 for an at Aldeen Golf Club for inductees and promote the heritage of golf in the and special guests. Despite cooler application. Rockford area. The Hall of Fame honors Major IMproveMents to temperatures, everyone enjoyed a day Salley Wessels makes her putt. the contributions and accomplishments aldeen practIce centre Hogan BrotHers naMed Honorary The finest practice drainage will improve the functionality of cHaIrpersons for Hall of faMe event facility in the area is the facility during periods of heavy rain. Golf has always been in the blood of the and Ben Hogan companies. Steve went Rockford Golfs! is published about to get a whole Hogan family since Robert was the golf on to become a golf annually by the Marketing and This renovation plan has been under lot nicer, thanks to professional at Macktown for more than professional at two Golf Services departments of the development for many years. “The a major renovation 25 years. country clubs in Rockford Park District. original intent of the Aldeen Practice project. Last August, work began on Centre was to provide players the class of 2006 Sons Steve, Denny, and Florida, and spent opportunity to work on any shot they Marty joined the family 21 years at Rockford EDITOR: Karen Weis the Aldeen Golf WRITERS: Paul Arco, Nancy Joan Club Practice Centre. The goal of the might have Steven Hare business, becoming golf Country Club. In on the golf professionals. Denny addition, many other Kauzlarich, Steve Moore renovation is to dramatically improve family members also course, and The Hogan Family succeeded his late father Marty Hogan speaks at the the visual quality and playability of the worked at Macktown, GRAPHIC DESIGNER: to have the as Macktown’s head 2006 Golf Hall of Fame Practice Centre. creating a real family Nathan McDonald same look as ceremony The four existing target greens will be the course,” Dean Lind Steve Hogan at the professional, and stayed atmosphere. 2006 Golf Hall of there 26 years until his Have an idea for a story? We want to hear replaced with six new, more visible said Duncan Fame ceremony death in 1999. The Hogan’s passion for golf was from you! Please send your suggestions to and accessible target greens. The main Geddes, PGA Professional at Aldeen Golf Rockford Women’s rewarded last year when the family was Steve and Marty became co- Golf Services at 815-961-1541 (FAX). body of the facility will be re-seeded Club. “As good as the facility is, we felt Golf Association professionals at The Ledges, where they inducted into the Rockford Area Golf NOTE: We make every effort to provide with a bent grass fairway, intermediate is was necessary that additional target Hall of Fame. And now, Marty and Steve accurate information regarding golf re-established the Ledges Invitational, programs. However, please be aware rough, and primary rough exactly like greens and delineation of turf would Mary Wilder Welsh increased daily play, and developed Hogan have been named Honorary that days and times of lesson programs, what players see on the golf course. give golfers the same impression as the Chairpersons for the 2007 Hall of New automatic irrigation will provide course.” successful juniors and men’s association tournaments and other special events is subject to change. for a more manicured presentation Salley Wessels programs. After the Ledges, Marty Fame event. Steve, a vice president in Continued on page 6 continued a career with the Taylor Made throughout the season, and new Continued on page 10  
  • Ingersoll and the Patriot’s Gateway First Meet neW executIve Tee facility, both teeming with youngsters learning the lifetime game of golf. Kids learn so much more than how to swing a golf courses Make capItal get to knoW… Juli Bracken dIrector, tIM dIMke golf club or hit a ball - golf teaches them social skills and builds solid character. Q. How do we “grow” new golfers, the next IMproveMents Operations Assistant Golf Services The Rockford Park The Park District staff is continually generation, to carry on this great tradition Juli joined the Golf Services team in November. She As the Rockford Park District gears District Board of looking at national and local trends, in golf that we’ve enjoyed for almost a is looking forward to getting to know the golfers who up for another season of golf, capital Commissioners and adapting offerings to meet our hundred years, ever since Sinnissippi Golf enjoy the Park District courses. Rockford Golfs! talked improvements are being made to all five unanimously ap- customers’ needs and preferences. Course opened in 1911? with Juli recently. district courses. proved the appoint- Q. What are your expectations when A. The golf learning centers I just Among the projects are a major ment of Tim Dimke it comes to the golf operations of the mentioned are part of engaging that renovation project at the Aldeen How long have you worked for the Rockford Park District? to serve as Executive District? “I’ve been with the Park District for 12 years.” next generation. We see grandparents Practice Centre, (Please see story on Director following A. We have high standards that are bringing their grandchildren to learn, the Aldeen Practice Centre on page 2.), Webbs Norman’s clearly communicated throughout the fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, the renovation of bunkers; improved In what areas have you worked? retirement last June. organization, so all of our team members playing together. It’s a great way to drainage systems and improvements “I’ve worked in Community Relations as a deputy assistant, and I served as Tim is a Rockford native and Auburn know what is expected of them. Our spend quality time together and connect to clubhouses. In all, more than a museum liaison before joining the Marketing and Community Relations High School graduate who has worked Board expects that all of our operations for an afternoon. We’ve been teaching $500,000 is allocated this year in capital department as an outreach representative and District event planner.” for the Rockford Park District for 35 years. are well organized, well-maintained, golf in our playground programs and improvements to the district’s five golf He has supervised all the recreation safe, and attractive. We provide excellent introducing kids to the game in a fun, courses. facilities, including golf courses and the instructional programs for all ages and interactive environment for several years. What do you like best about working for the Park District? “The Rockford Park District is dedicated development of Aldeen Golf Club during abilities to learn and grow in their skill We take the skill development to the “I really enjoy the relationships you develop with people over the years. The Park to providing quality golf,” said Ron his years at the Park District, and has neighborhood first, then get the kids to District is like one big family.” Butler, Deputy Director of Operations. held the Chief Operating Officer position the learning centers, and when they’re since 2000. “Staff is continually ready, the golf courses. “We believe the capital improvements we make each year further illustrates our What are your job responsibilities? Tim is also an avid golfer, and he readily looking at national commitment to provide the ultimate golf “I am the assistant to Nancy Kauzlarich and Dave Claeyssens, and support admits he’d love to spend more time on and local trends... experience for the passionate golfers of the rest of the team, including Steve D. Moore, Lloyd McWilliams, golf course the links. Rockford Golfs! talked with Tim northern Illinois.” about his thoughts on golf. customer needs and superintendents and their assistants, as well as the seasonal staff. I am involved Among the improvements at Elliot– in the many administrative aspects of golf, as well as working tournaments, and Q. What are some of the trends you have preferences.” replacing the bridge near the #16 tee, other special events such as the Golf Hall of Fame.” observed over the years with the sport replacing the sand in 47 bunkers and the development. The locations of the golf of golf and the golf operations of the replacement of 50 sprinklers. The tables What is one thing people might be surprised to learn about you? courses are geographically balanced and Rockford Park District? and chairs inside the clubhouses at convenient. Finally, the fees charged “I’ve never played golf, but I am looking forward to learning more about this A. We’ve seen a lot more competition Elliot, as well as Sandy Hollow, have been need to be reasonable for people to great game. Who knows, maybe I’ll get to play my first round one day soon.” come along since the National Golf replaced. pay, competitive in the marketplace, as Foundation studied the marketplace well as getting a good return on their At Sandy Hollow, the cart path system when Aldeen was built 15 years ago. What do you enjoy doing outside of work? investment, a good “bang for your buck.” was renovated and traffic is being There are now 33 public golf courses rerouted near the #1, #6 and #17 greens. “I enjoy spending time with my family. My granddaughter lives with us, so we It is my hope that golfers are loyal to have four active children in our home who keep us very busy. We also breed in the stateline area, well within an Drainage and pond improvements are Rockford Park District golf courses and Golden Retrievers.” hour’s drive. Golfers have more choices being made on the 11th hole. Over the programs because we provide them than ever before. This has kept prices next two years, the pond will be rebuilt the very best in service, amenities, and Juli can be reached in Golf Services at 815-987-1602. very competitive with deep discounts. into a horseshoe shape in front of the quality, at a reasonable price. We’ve seen fewer people investing green. in season permits; however, they are Q. What are some of the accomplishments “Our ultimate goal is that No. 11 will playing and paying the daily greens fees you are most proud to have been involved become Sandy Hollow’s signature hole, and obtain the best price. Golfers, like with over the years? much like No. 8 is at Aldeen,” said Dave any consumer, are looking for quality, A. Knowing and working with Norris Tim Dimke, new Rockford Park District Executive Claeyssens, Manager of Golf Services. affordability, convenience, and variety. Aldeen was one of the greatest Director, with retired Executive Director, Webbs Norman and wife, Mary. “When the renovation is complete, I remember the days when there was experiences of my life. He influenced me No. 11 will become a fun and unique typically a two-and-a-half-hour wait to in many ways because he understood challenge.” get on a Park District golf course. These how to lead and motivate people to Q. What’s next for the Rockford Park District golf operations? At Ingersoll, tuck-pointing and repairs days, you can pretty much make a tee excellence. He was a true gentleman, to the exterior will be made to the time in advance or walk on in a manner and I will never forget him and Margaret, A. We’re always adapting to the customer, We’ve got just what you need. The Rockford Park District is teaming up with Saturn of Rockford clubhouse. The on-course restroom of minutes. Because of the pace of life, watching their vision become a reality, and we appreciate their participation for the third annual Golf SeASon KicKoff PArty, SAturdAy, MArch 17, 2007, at Saturn of behind No.1 also has a new floor, fixtures Rockford, 343 N. Perryville Rd., from 10:00 am to Noon. it’s hard for working people to find time and the kindness they demonstrated through the Golf Advisory Committee, and lighting. The women’s restroom at in their day or weekend to play 18 holes. throughout the Aldeen Golf Club project. customer surveys, notes, and phone Come out to Saturn and test your putting skills, talk to a PGA professional, sign up for the City of Sinnissippi will also have a new floor. Gardens Golf Play Day, and test-drive a Saturn and receive one round of golf courtesy of the Rockford That’s where value-added amenities like When the Tiger Woods Foundation chose calls. Their feedback is critical to our All five courses have new equipment, Park District and an introductory oil change for $9.95 courtesy of Saturn of Rockford. Laser Link at Aldeen help to speed up Rockford/Beloit to host the “In The City” long-term success. Let me know, or our play, or choosing to play at twilight after golf staff, what the Rockford Park District including mowers and sprayers. In 2006, And everyone who stops by is eligible for the grand prize– a Rockford Park District 2007 season youth golf clinic, it had a major impact golf permit. Light snacks and beverages will also be provided. For more information, contact Golf work, or even using the Aldeen Practice can do to make your experiences more golf capital improvement projects totaled on our junior golf program. That was Services at 815-987-1602. Centre in place of playing a round of golf. enjoyable. $780,000. the catalyst for the Learning Links at  
  • park dIstrIct recognIzed golf lessons for everyone for youtH prograM BlAze Golf (AdAPted) covered are: Putting, Chipping, Pitching, Designed so youth and adults Sand Play, Full Swing Irons, Full Swing The Rockford Park District Golf with disabilities can learn at Woods, and Specialty Shots. Instructed Services Department was recognized their own pace in a relaxed by PGA members and PGA apprentices. at the 2006 PGA Championship for atmosphere. Golfers will have For ages 18 and older. their efforts in growing the game of golf. The Park District received time to hit balls at the range the PGA Foundation Growth of as well as course play on the leftieS only Golf clASS 4-hole Learning Links Course. Tired of always being stuck at the end the Game Grant and award for Golfers may prefer to hit balls of the hitting line? Tired of having to developing the PGA Medalist boys from a standing position, or translate instructor’s comments in program that debuted in 2006. try out of accessible hand left-handed terms? Then this is the class The Rockford Park District version controlled golf carts allowing for you. All lefties, all left-handed terms. of the PGA Medalist program was golfers to place themselves in Learn why golf can be easier from the designed for boys ages 10-17. Each an upright position. left side of the golf ball. Taught by PGA rockford park dIstrIct offers class session included a 90-minute clinic, a round of supervised golf, lPGA/uSGA GirlS Golf instructors that speak fluent left. youth GrouP* “Moore” golf InstructIon snacks, lunch, and prizes. Ages 13-17 played the front nine at the Have fun and make new friends while In cooperation with the Rockford ruleS clinicS This is a class for all golfers. The rules learning the fundamentals of golf (with Women’s Golf Association, this program Steve D. Moore didn’t start playing golf regulation 18-hole Ingersoll Golf an emphasis on “fun”). Classes cover is designed for girls 7-17. The age of golf can be fun and very informative. and the people around me to give the until the seventh grade, but he quickly Course. Ages 10-12 played the four- putting, chipping, pitching, sand shots groups of 10-12 and 13-17 will receive a This program will cover all the usual and Rockford area the best instruction grew fond of the game. Through hard hole Ingersoll Learning Links course. and the full swing with irons and woods. 90-minute clinic, a round of supervised most common rules, and will address possible,” he said. work and lots of practice, Steve became Look for more information regarding Golf course etiquette and care will be golf, snacks, lunch, and prizes. Ages confusing rules ending with an open “We are pleased to have Steve as part of forum. Instructed by PGA members and an exceptional golfer. “My Dad had a the PGA Medalist program in the emphasized throughout the entire 13-17 will play the front nine at Ingersoll our team,” said Nancy Joan Kauzlarich, PGA apprentices. set of clubs and we started playing in Lesson section. program. Instructed by PGA members following their clinic. Ages 10-12 will play Manager of Golf Services. “His teaching the backyard,” he said. “That’s when I and PGA apprentices. the four-hole Ingersoll Learning Links skills, demeanor, and knowledge of the hAlf-dAy Golf SchoolS became hooked on golf.” course. Ages 7-9 will receive instruction game are a real plus for our programs (Ladies/Seniors) Steve has turned Practice Centre Continued... Adult SPeciAlty* for 45 minutes. Instructed by PGA and all of our participants. Steve is a Offered for ladies (ages 18+) and seniors that passion into a Individual classes that cover all aspects members and PGA top-notch instructor when it comes to In preparing for the construction bids, (ages 50+), a low student/teacher ratio vocation. He is now of the game of golf. Try the Specialty apprentices, with teaching the game of golf.” District staff met with a variety of area will ensure lots of personal attention. the Golf Instruction Clinics and come to whatever classes you assistance from players of all handicap ranges, along with can. Instructed by PGA members and RWGA volunteers. These golf schools will cover golf course Coordinator for the Rockford Park “It gives me great consultations from Bob Lohmann and PGA apprentices. Each girl will receive strategy and management, when to lay Associates (golf course architectural firm a LPGA/USGA Girls up short or when to go over hazards, and District, teaching satisfaction to who oversaw the renovation of Aldeen’s the game to golfers Adult GrouP leSSonS* Golf membership getting out of trouble, along with the of all ages. see something I’ve 17th and 18th holes three years ago). Learn the game of golf (Beginner kit including a membership card swing mechanics in all areas of the golf Together, they created a revised layout game. Rules will also be incorporated Steve joined the taught click with for the Practice Centre’s targets greens to level) or improve your existing skills (which allows entrance into any LPGA into the golf school. Participants will (Intermediate level), and have fun doing tournament) and other golf goodies. Park District last the students.” vastly improve the golf experience. it. Instruction will cover the golf swing review before and after video analysis April after spending seven years as a first The Aldeen Practice Centre will starting at the green and working back to tiGer cuB cluB of their swings. Recommended for assistant at the Rockford Country Club. A Rockford native, Steve graduated from completely re-open this spring or early the tee. The shots to be covered include: An introduction to golf through fun intermediate level and above. Get a Prior to working at RCC, Steve, a member Guilford High School and earned degrees summer, based on weather and the Putting, Chipping, Pitching, Sand Play, and game based learning. This class is a destination golf school experience at of the PGA of America, served as an at Rock Valley College and Illinois State quality of the grass grown last fall. Full Swing Irons, Full Swing Woods, perfect fit at Ingersoll’s Learning Links a fraction of the cost. Taught by PGA assistant with the Aurora Country Club. University in Bloomington, where he and Specialty Shots. Instructed by PGA course, with classes designed to fit the members and PGA apprentices. “We understand this is inconvenient “I have enjoyed the opportunity of majored in Program Management. As a members and PGA apprentices. 5-8 year-old’s attention span. Instructed to our customers in the short term,” PGA MedAliSt ProGrAM working with a variety of people on golfer, Steve earned All-American honors by PGA members and PGA apprentices. Duncan said. “However, the long-term For ages 18 and older. many different levels,” he said. “I believe as a member of the Rock Valley team, was benefits for golfers and students will be Each session includes four classes. for BoyS my past experiences will help further first-team All Conference in the Missouri This program is evident with the new greens, improved Senior GrouP leSSonS strengthen the Park District’s lesson Valley Conference while at ISU, and drainage, and better irrigation. The It’s never too late to learn or improve. youth SPeciAlty clinicS designed for boys programs.” has qualified for the National Club-Pro Attend one or all– these clinics will ages 10-17. Each Aldeen Practice Centre will definitely be After all, “Golf is the game of a Championship each of the last five years. provide more in-depth attention to session includes a Steve is responsible for providing what it was envisioned to be –the finest lifetime.” Instruction will cover all “I still enjoy playing golf, but my passion specific areas of the golf course and 90-minute clinic, a group and individual instruction at practice facility in the Midwest– when areas of the game, just to make sure is teaching,” Steve said. “I like to keep up swing. Instructed by PGA members and round of golf, snacks, lunch, and prizes. the facilities, developing fundraising this renovation is completed.” your fundamentals are solid. Areas on what’s new in instruction and come PGA apprentices. Ages 13-17 will play the front nine at opportunities, and complementing to be covered: Putting, Chipping, The improvement project is the latest of Ingersoll following their clinic. Ages existing and cooperative programs. He up with different ways to teach. It gives Pitching, Sand Play, Full Swing Irons, me great satisfaction to see something many cooperative agreements between Full Swing Woods, and Specialty Shots. lAdieS GrouP leSSonS* 10-12 will play the four-hole Ingersoll works closely with golf course managers the Rockford Park District and the Aldeen Get your girlfriends together and you’ve taught click with the students.” We will do equipment evaluations and learning Links course. Instructed by PGA to develop operation and marketing Foundation. Approximately two-thirds have fun learning golf or improving recommendations for those who want members and PGA apprentices, with plans, instructional course content, and To contact Steve regarding lesson of the cost of the renovation is being your game. Classes will cover the it. Instructed by PGA members and PGA assistance from volunteers lesson brochures. “I’m always looking for information, call Golf Services at 815- generously paid for by the Norris and fundamentals of the game, starting at the ways to improve the programs, myself, 987-1602. apprentices. *Sign-up will start 10 minutes before class and classes Margaret Aldeen Foundation. green and working back to the tee. Areas will start at designated times.  
  • 00 Major golf events 00 tournaMent W I n n e r s Mark your calendars and plan to play! GirlS clASSic Brittany Atterbury A major contribution to the success of BoyS clASSic Rockford Park District Tournaments has come from these outstanding sponsors: june july august septeMBer Bryce Davis 13 WREX 6 High School Playday 2 Area Youth Tournament 1 & 2 Greater Rockford Women’s 8 E-RAB Invitational – Aldeen WoMen’S clASSic – Aldeen Series – Ingersoll Golf Classic – Mauh-nah- Samantha Makovec Conny Sjostrom Sr. and 15 Guilford Girls Invitational tee-see Country Club Irene Sjostrom Youth Golf 8 City of Gardens Playday 6 Area Youth Tournament – Ingersoll – Aldeen Series – Sandy Hollow (Rain date, 8/3) Men’S clASSic Scholarship 18 Rockford Area Golf Hall of Jamie Hogan 4 & 5 Greater Rockford Men’s 8 RWGA Team Play – Sandy 9 & 11 Greater Rockford Boys Golf Fame Outing FatWallet.com Golf Classic – Sandy Hollow Hollow Classic – Ingersoll and Aldeen Golf Club Mixed douBleS clASSic LPGA-USGA Girls Golf 11 Patriots’ Gateway Play Day 13 Illinois Junior Golf Ali Herbig and Ken Lee PGA Foundation – Ingersoll Association, Rockford Open – Aldeen 7 Area Youth Tournament Series – Aldeen octoBer youth Mixed douBleS 11 Boylan’s Women’s Outing Riverside Community Bank 8-14 Golf Team Qualifying Week, clASSic – Aldeen 16 Rockford Pro Am – Forest 3 Dawn Patrol Outing various times – Elliot, Erin Gorman and Patrick Gorman Rockford Junior Golf 12 LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Hills Country Club Ingersoll, Sandy Hollow, 8 IHSA Girl’s Sectional Association Clinics/League – Ingersoll 18 Center for Sight and and Sinnissippi – Ingersoll Senior clASSic (Tuesdays June-Aug.) Hearing Outing – Aldeen Salley Wessels Rockford Women’s Golf 12 Riverside Community 13 PGA Medalist Boy’s 19 Area Youth Tournament Ron Cosler Association Church Outing (Tentative) Golf Clinics/League Series – Macktown – Aldeen Tiger Woods Foundation (Wednesdays, June-Aug.) drive, Pitch And Putt 20 Drive, Pitch, Putt 15 Manzullo for Congress conteSt U.S. Cellular 15 United Way Outing – Aldeen Competition – Elliot Outing – Aldeen Nic Barnes, Jordan Hatch USGA Foundation 15 RVC Outing – Elliot 21 Ability Golf Classic 17 March of Dimes Outing Robert Freethy, Kelsey Nelson 16-17 Melvin Ballard Memorial – Ingersoll (Tentative) – Aldeen Logan Norman, Elise Douglas Tournament – Ingersoll and 21-22 Aldeen Cup Jared Roberts, and Lydia Rittmeyer 18 Weekly Challenge Golf Tour MarcH Sandy Hollow 23 Girls Golf Classic – Ingersoll (Tentative) – Aldeen rocKford AreA youth 18 Area Youth Tournament (Rain date, 7/27) 20 Cironi Piping – Aldeen tournAMent SerieS 17 Golf Kickoff Party – Saturn Series – Elliot 24 Notre Dame Club of Trent Johnson 20 & 21 Greater Rockford Senior of Rockford 20 Ryan Jury Playday – Aldeen Rockford – Aldeen Golf Classic – Ingersoll Drake Bronk Jordan Keefer 21 Citizens for Morrissey 26 Youth Mixed Doubles 22 Winnebago County Robert Dofflemyer III Playday (Tentative) – Sinnissippi (Tentative; Medical Society Playday April aprIl aprIl – Aldeen Rain date, 8/1) – Aldeen Tyler Gilliam Jordan Hatch 21 Area Youth Tournament 28 & 29 Greater Rockford Men’s 27 Timberlee Outing AM Erin Gorman 9 Ice Hogs Play day Series – Ledges Golf Classic – Elliot and – Aldeen Kelsey Nelson (Tentative) – Aldeen 22 Boylan Open – Aldeen Ingersoll Cynthia Bounleutay 23 Rockford Memorial 30 & 31 Greater Rockford Women’s Elise Douglas 24 Franchesco’s Outing Hospital Ambassadors PM Golf Classic – Mauh-nah- – Aldeen – Aldeen May May May 25 Northwest Community tee-see Country Club (Rain date, 8/3) 24 Wachovia Outing – Aldeen Center Outing – Aldeen 25 Greater Rockford TBA Clubs for Kids Clinic Mixed Doubles Classic 28 Area Youth Tournament – Ingersoll – Sinnissippi Series – Atwood 3-5 Midwest Conference (Rain date, 8/26) 29 Tau Sigma Chi Outing Championship – Aldeen 28 Rockford Health System (Tentative) 21 Womanspace Playday Ambassadors 29 RWGA Team Play – Ingersoll – Aldeen 29 Wachovia Outing 24 NIU College of Business Outing – Aldeen  
  • aldeen Barn restoratIon tHrougH “We’re naIlIng It” caMpaIgn Tim Larson didn’t know about his during his lifetime. One historic barn was letter campaign solicitations to friends, family’s connection to Aldeen Golf Club once the horse stable and milk house families, and clients, as well as coin until one day when he and his mother on the farm of G.W. Aldeen, father of collection cans in retail businesses. drove by the popular Rockford Park businessman Norris Aldeen. Today, the Three parties were held with contests District golf course. “She told me that my wooden barn still stands as a landmark and prizes, and posters were on display grandfather built the barn,” said Larson, and is used for storage of golf course at Rockford Park District locations. There a Rockford businessman. “And I could equipment. The barn structure is sound, are incentives such as Park District tell that it needed some work.” but the exterior has deteriorated to the point where painting isn’t enough. Larson’s grandfather, Emanuel Larson, “The continuation of built many barns in northern Illinois “We cannot let this happen,” said Park Board President, Nate Martin. “Too my family’s heritage many beautiful barns that have through this barn... been a part of our landscape have disappeared from view as we see more is priceless.” urban development. Now we have passes, t-shirts, embroidered hats, and a concerned citizen who has come laser engraved hammers as incentives forward with a plan, a vision and a for higher levels of giving. Many items, passion, to restore the Aldeen family including barn calendars, are available barn to its original grandeur.” for sale at the Aldeen Pro Shop. The campaign is called “We’re Nailin’ “The continuation of my family’s It!” Aldeen Golf Club Barn Restoration. heritage through this barn at such a The public fundraising campaign goal premier Rockford location is priceless,” is $39,500, which will help pay for the Larson said. “I am very excited about cost of edging, gutters, and sideboards this project and the opportunities it repair work. Nearly $12,000 has been holds for all of us.” raised so far. Donations can be sent to the Rockford The project kicked off last summer Park District Foundation, 401 S Main Tim Larson speaks at the Aldeen Barn Restoration news conference with a news conference at the barn. St, Suite 112, Rockford, IL 61101-1321. in July, 2006. The first fundraising projects included Please write ‘Aldeen Barn’ in Memo. Hogan Brothers Continued... banking at AMCORE Bank, and Marty, a development agent for Subway and land cIty of gardens Hosts developer in Bloomington, IL., will lead a grass-roots effort seeking to raise $20,000 tH annual golf play day that will be used to support the Golf Hall The City of Gardens fifth The Golf Play Day is a of Fame. annual Golf Play great way to entertain “It was an honor to be inducted,” Steve Day presented by Saturn clients or get together said. “And now Marty and I look forward of Rockford and with a group of friends to helping the committee take this sponsored by First or family members for a incredible event to the next level.” Northern Credit Union and relaxing day of golf at a “The Hall of Fame is such a wonderful Lonnie’s Carpet Max will premiere golf club. The distinction to such a deserving group of be held on Friday, June 8, cost to sign up a foursome golfers,” Steve added. “To recognize their 2007, at Aldeen Golf Club, is $500, which includes achievements, dedication and place in starting at 12:30 pm. a hole sponsorship, or Rockford area golf history is a tradition City of Gardens promotes $400 for golf and dinner all golfers should enjoy and embrace.” beautification projects in only. Individual entries public and private spaces, are $100, and hole “We are so pleased that Marty and Steve volunteered to spread the word about encourages landscaping projects, and sponsorships are $150. The fee to golf the Hall of Fame,” said Dave Claeyssens, cooperates with established gardens includes use of the Aldeen Practice Manager, Golf Services for the Rockford and organizations. The City of Gardens Centre, a tee gift, lunch, dinner, and Park District. “As inductees and honorary partners with a variety of organizations prizes. chairpersons, the Hogans are excellent in the area in order to promote clean To register, call the City of Gardens at representatives of the Rockford Area Golf and green initiatives throughout the 815-987-1689. Hall of Fame.” community. 10 11
  • rockford golfs! golf course recyclIng Greetings returns to Wrok prograM sees Instant results dId you to our devoted golfers, The only live local golf radio show returns for a second season on 1440 The Rockford Park District is committed to engage in practices Since 2000, the Rockford Park District has received $145,346 in grant awards knoW... Never has there been a mid-size midwestern city with the passion for WROK. Rockford Golfs!, the one-hour show that are environmentally responsible, and towards that effort, expanded to establish and maintain a recycling program at office buildings, Sportscore in 2006 golf that Rockford enjoys! the recycling effort beginning in 2005 Complexes, major recreation facilities, hosted by the Rockford Park District, premieres Saturday, March 17. The to divert plastic soft drink bottles, parks, and special events. 6,281 golf lessons were given We know you have many choices when it comes to taking the time to weekly program airs every Saturday from aluminum cans, by the Rockford Park District get in a quick nine or a leisurely 18 holes, and we hope that Rockford The grant award of $21,775 came from 6:30 to 7:30 am until the end of August glass, metal, Park District golf courses are always your first choice because of the excellent course conditions, exceptional customer service, at reasonable office paper, and the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Illinois 1,852 participants played in cardboard from the Park District tournaments fees. rocKford GolfS! District’s five golf The Board of Commissioners appreciates your patronage, your hosted by rockford Park district Saturdays, 6:30-7:30 am courses – Elliot, Sandy Hollow, Sinnissippi, Ingersoll, and 2,597 rounds were played at participation in golf play days and tournaments, improving your game Elliot in November/December newstalk 1440 WroK Aldeen. by taking lessons, or spending time at the practice facilities. If you call-in line 815-398-9765 haven’t already, please consider bringing your children or grandchildren “This particular effort began in August, to learn the great game of golf at the Ingersoll Learning Links and the 2005, and has exceeded our original newly opened Patriot’s Gateway Golf Center, a First Tee facility. Rockford Golfs! provides golfers with information on Park District estimates because golfers have been so wiling to participate in recycling efforts lpga/usga gIrls Thanks to the Aldeen Foundation, you can look forward to major tournaments, lesson programs, as well where they live, work and play,” said Recycling Grants Program in 2005, which golf expands to improvements at the Aldeen Golf Club Practice Centre, with as instructional tips and other news Judy Roby, Grants Coordinator for the purchased recycling containers, two dramatically improved visual qualities and playability. There will be six concerning the world of golf. In addition, Rockford Park District Foundation. utility vehicles that are used to collect ages  to 1 new, more visible and accessible target greens, and the main body of listeners can win incredible golf packages recyclables at Ingersoll and Sandy The District golf courses diverted 22.68 the facility is re-seeded with a bent grass fairway, intermediate rough including rounds to Park District courses, Hollow golf courses, and signs to inform In participation with the Rockford tons of post-consumer waste from and primary rough exactly like what you see on the golf course. New as well as regional gems such as Geneva golfers of the opportunity to recycle. The Women’s Golf Association, the LPGA/ local landfills since implementing the automatic irrigation will provide for a more manicured presentation National, The General at Eagle Ridge, and District’s waste hauler is Onyx Waste USGA Girls Golf program will include successful recycling program. throughout the season, and new drainage will improve the functionality University Ridge near Madison. Systems, Inc. clinics for ages 7-9 beginning in 2007. of the facility during periods of heavy rain. The Aldeen Practice Centre These classes will be in addition to those Rockford Golfs! brings local golf fans aldeen golf cluB will definitely be what it was envisioned by Norris Aldeen to be– the previously offered for ages 10-12 and timely interviews with stars from the finest practice facility in the Midwest. Look for its grand re-opening in 13-17. PGA. Last year, Billy Mayfair, Steve late May. LPGA-USGA Girls Golf provides an Stricker, Adam Scott, and Luke Donald all We want you to consider your Rockford Park District golf courses as some of the very best facilities in the U.S.A. We want to provide you with appeared on the Park District show. The show is hosted by Paul Arco from one of “cHIcago’s Bears” opportunity for girls to learn to play golf, build lasting friendships, and experience competition in a fun, exceptional golf facilities and services at a reasonable cost. the Park District and includes weekly In a feature article by Reid Hanley in the on. Slope is relative difficulty for the supportive environment, preparing co-hosts Dave Claeyssens and Nancy May/June 2006 Chicago District Golf bogey golfer. If the Slope is high, it’s more May you experience the best season ever on the links of Aldeen Golf them for a lifetime of enjoyment with the Kauzlarich, managers of Golf Services; Association (CDGA) Magazine, Aldeen difficult for everybody but more difficult Club and Elliot, Ingersoll, Sandy Hollow, and Sinnissippi golf courses. game. Girls learn values inherent to the Duncan Geddes, manager and head Golf Club is included as one of the for the bogey golfer.” game of golf, such as practice, respect, professional of Aldeen Golf Club; Steve CDGA’s toughest 25 public golf courses, On the lists of the CDGA’s toughest rated perseverance, and honesty, preparing Sincerely, D. Moore, coordinator of golf instruction, called “Chicago’s Bears.” 25 public courses, Bon Vivant and Cog them to meet challenges of today’s world and Lloyd McWilliams, five-time men’s Hill lead the list, with Aldeen Golf Club with confidence. city champion and, along with Nancy, one of the first inductees into the ranked at #24, with gold tees rating 74.2, For ages 13-17, each session includes a Rockford Area Golf Hall of Fame. the Slope factor 134, and yards 7,131. 1½-hour clinic, plus a round of golf on “This confirms what we’ve known the front nine of Ingersoll Golf Course. Nate Martin, President Rockford Golfs! will broadcast live from for some time, that Aldeen is a very For ages 10-12, each session includes a Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners two tournaments this season, including challenging course,” said Duncan 1½-hour clinic, plus a round of golf on the Greater Rockford Men’s Golf Classic Geddes, PGA Professional at Aldeen the Ingersoll Learning Links. For ages at Sandy Hollow Golf Course on August 4, Harris H. Agnew • Jack L. Armstrong • Douglas J. Brooks • Laura Pigatti Williamson Golf Club. “We are always pleased 7-9, each session will feature a 45-minute and the Greater Rockford Mixed Doubles to be included with these other high lesson. Golf Classic at Sinnissippi Golf Course on August 25. quality public facilities. These are truly Each girl also receives a membership kit championship courses, some of which (with golf goodies) and a membership “We are looking forward to another great According to the article, “The course have hosted PGA tour events. Aldeen card, which allows entrance into any year of golf talk on WROK,” said Karen rating is what a scratch golfer should Golf Club is in excellent company.” LPGA tournament. Park District PGA Weis, Manager of Marketing and Public shoot,” said John Petrarea, director of Aldeen Golf Club was recognized as one professionals, high school golf coaches, Relations for the Rockford Park District. course rating and administration for of the top 50 public golf courses in the and other volunteers will instruct this “We know Rockford is passionate about the CDGA. “Slope is really a comparison United States one can play for under $50 program with assistance from volunteers its golf, and last year golfers showed that between the scratch and the bogey golfer. by GOLF Magazine, and was awarded 4 from the RWGA. The program is offered they are passionate about having their What that tells you is how difficult a stars by Golf Digest Magazine’s “Places to on Tuesdays from mid-June through own golf show, too.” course is for the bogey player. The course Play” book. mid-August. rating is what your handicap is based 1 1
  • 00 golf perMIts aldeen practIce pga MercHandIse sHoW AdditionAlly: centre The Rockford Park District offers season 3. To avoid the rush and any golf permits valid at five Rockford Park 1. All photo permits must be inconvenience to our golfers, the Golf BAllS District courses (a reduced greens fee purchased at Rockford Park District Rockford Park District suggests applies at Aldeen). Permanent photo Customer Service at 401 S. Main St. golfers purchase the photo season Warm-up bag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $4.00 permits are issued, and permits may be Photo permits will NOT be issued permit before the golf courses open. Small bag. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $6.00 renewed to validate the permit for the at District golf courses. Temporary Medium bag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $8.00 4. Temporary Permits—If you have not 2007 season. permits may be purchased at any of Large bag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10.00 purchased a photo permit for the note: Greens Fee receipts will not be the five golf courses. 2007 golf season, you may purchase accepted for credit toward the purchase 2. Photo permits are permanent and a temporary permit at any of the five of a Season Permit. non-transferable. Golfers who golf courses. Temporary permits will otHer fees received a “Universal Card” for their be valid for seven days from the date A Resident is an individual who resides Limited, Youth-Limited, 4-Course, of purchase. Bring the temporary within the Rockford Park District Motorized cArS or 5-Course Permit in 2006 will need permit to RPD Customer Service to boundaries or who can supply proof that (Must be 18+ with a valid driver’s license.) In January, members of the Rockford Park District golf staff attended the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, FL. PGA to purchase a renewal for the 2007 redeem it for a photo permit. he/she is a property owner paying taxes Aldeen Golf club apprentice Lloyd McWilliams (top) tests a new iron during Demo Days; more than 45,000 golf professionals (bottom left) golf season. All golfers with a Super 5. For further information, contact attended the event; Dave Claeyssens, Manager of Golf Services, poses with Hall of Fame golfer, Nancy Lopez (right). to the Rockford Park District. 18-hole. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $30.00 Permit will need to renew at RPD Rockford Park District Customer Customer Service. Do not dispose of Service at 815-987-8800 (815-963- 9-hole (Back nine only) . . . . . . . . . . $15.00 your Golf Permit. 3323, TTY). elliot, ingersoll and Sandy hollow 18-hole per rider . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $12.00 9-hole per rider . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $7.00 perMIt InforMatIon round fees hAnd cArtS four courSe SuPer PerMit Aldeen Golf cluB Aldeen Golf Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $6.00 Unlimited play on all Rockford Park Unlimited play on all Rockford Park 18-hole Weekdays Weekends/ Elliot, Ingersoll, and Sandy Hollow . $4.00 District courses - April 1 through District and Winnebago County Forest holidays Sinnissippi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2.00 October 31, 2007 except during approved Preserve District courses April 1 through Greens Fee $25.00 $30.00 tournaments. A reduced greens fee will October 31, 2007 except during approved drivinG rAnGe for your safety Non-resident $40.00 $45.00 be charged at Aldeen. Prior to April 1 tournaments. A $1.00 surcharge will (Ingersoll and Elliot) With Permit $11.00 $11.00 and after October 31, a greens fee may be be assessed upon presentation of this Twilight $18.00 $18.00 Bucket of Balls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5.00 charged to permit holders. permit. A reduced greens fee will be charged at Aldeen. Prior to April 1 and Non-resident $19.00 $19.00 Golfing is an activity which challenges and engages the physical, mental, and five courSe after October 31, a greens fee may be With Permit $8.00 $8.00 Aldeen PlAydAy emotional resources of each participant. However, despite careful and proper Unlimited play on all Park District charged to permit holders. Available to Replay Rounds $23.00 $23.00 Fee/electric cart per person . . . . . . $60.00 preparation, instruction, medical advice, conditioning and equipment, there is courses–April 1 through October 31, 2007 Winnebago County residents only. still a risk of serious injury. Understandably, not all hazards and dangers can be except during approved tournaments. elliot, inGerSoll And Aldeen rooM rentAl foreseen. Prior to April 1 and after October 31, a SeASon PerMitS SAndy holloW (Off season only) Four Course Risks related to golfing include poor conditioning or technique: being struck with greens fee may be charged to permit 18-hole Weekdays Weekends/ Call for more info . . . . . . . 815-282-GOLF a golf ball or club; being struck by lightning; slipping on wet surfaces; slip and $480 ($610 non-resident) holders. holidays falls associated with the choice of spikes; accidents with golf carts; inconsiderate Five Course play; horseplay; defects in course design; and premises defects and hazards. Greens Fee $19.00 $20.00 liMited $1300 ($1500 non-resident) In this regard, it must be recognized that it is impossible for the Rockford Park Permit is valid April 1 through October Limited Non-resident 9-hole $21.00 $22.00 oBserved HolIdays District to guarantee absolute safety. 31, 2007, except during approved $325 ($350 non-resident) Greens Fee $12.00 $12.00* To make your golfing experience the safest possible, the Rockford Park District tournaments. Must sign up to play Youth Limited Non-resident $13.00 $13.00* MeMoriAl dAy suggests that you should always stand away from and behind a player making a before 3:00 pm on weekdays. Must pay a reduced greens fee at all other times. $135 ($160 non-resident) Twilight $11.00 $11.00 Monday, May 28 shot, and be aware of flight patterns of balls being hit by other players when you A reduced greens fee will be charged at * 9 holes after Noon on weekends only are around the greens and alongside fairways. You should watch where you are Super Permit indePendence dAy Aldeen at all times. Prior to April 1 and walking (i.e., uneven terrain, sprinkler heads, surface imperfections, etc.); when $775 ($950 non-resident) after October 31, a greens fee may be SinniSSiPPi Wednesday, July 4 playing a shot from a wrong fairway, ensure that the players playing that fairway charged to permit holders. Other—Replacement Fee are aware of your presence. 9-hole only daily $7 Greens Fee $11.00 lABor dAy During a thunderstorm, do not ride in golf carts or stay outdoors; seek shelter youth liMited neW rocKford GolfS! Non-resident $12.00 Monday, September 3 in buildings, vehicles, or other locations that offer protection (avoid open fields, Youth must be 18 years or younger. After 3 pm $9.00 water areas, wire fences, overhead wires, isolated trees and hilltops). Drive BonuS cArdS Reserved time will be taken seven days in Permit is valid June, July and August, Buy a $100.00 gift card and receive advance for these holidays. carefully and slowly in golf carts, they are not toys. except during approved tournaments. The Rockford Park District a Rockford Golfs! Bonus Card worth notification of Severe Weather: Must sign up to play before 3:00 pm on welcomes the opportunity to assist $20.00. This card may be used for golf guests with disabilities to enjoy The United States Golf Association suggests the following procedure for notification of severe weather. weekdays. Must pay a reduced greens cart rental, range balls, and greens fees. ALL our facilities, programs, and 1. Three consecutive notes of the air horn will be sounded. Golfers should seek shelter or return to the fee at all other times. A reduced greens services. For assistance and information on Clubhouse. fee will be charged at Aldeen at all times. This new promotion replaces the golf cart accessibility, contact Therapeutic Recreation Prior to April 1 and after Oct. 31, a greens and range ball punch cards. Not valid at Services at 815-987-1600 (voice/TTY). 2. One prolonged note of an air horn will signal play to resume. fee may be charged to permit holders. Aldeen Golf Club. 1 1
  • PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID ROCKFORD, IL 401 S Main St • Rockford, IL 61101 PERMIT #4585 www.RockfordParkDistrict.org BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS Harris H. Agnew Douglas J. Brooks Charlotte Hackin Nate Martin Laura Pigatti Williamson rockford park dIstrIct 2007 ISSUE golf courses The Rockford Park District offers golfers five unique and challenging public golf courses, usually opening for play in early April and closing at the end of October. Aldeen Golf cluB And PrActice centre Spring Creek and Reidfarm Road 815-282-GOLF, Reservations • 815-282-4653, Practice Centre elliot Golf courSe 888 South Lyford Road • 815-332-5130. inGerSoll MeMoriAl Golf courSe And leArninG linKS courSe And PrActice centre 101 Daisyfield Road • 815-987-8834. SAndy holloW Golf courSe 2670 Sandy Hollow Road • 815-987-8836. SinniSSiPPi Golf courSe 1401 North Second Street • 815-987-8838. For more information on lessons, clinics, and tournaments, call Rockford Park District Golf Services at 815-987-1602. For information on Aldeen events, call Aldeen at 815-282-GOLF.
  • friends vol. 1/no. 1 of Pilcher Park “Our desire is to see that the unique natural beauty of Pilcher Park is recognized and thrives for future generations to enjoy.” Dear friends, Thanks to the Joliet Park Foundation the Friends of Pilcher Park is now a reality. On August 2, 2006, the Friends was given the go ahead to increase awareness and gather support to preserve and protect Joliet’s finest feature – Pilcher Park. Pilcher Park was given to the City of Joliet by the Pilcher family in 1920 and in 1922 the Joliet Park District was created with the donation of the land by the city. The park is now 87 years old. There is much work to be done. Challenges include increasing demand for environmental education, land management and woodland conservation, maintenance and the need for improvements. Also, many people have fond and loving memories of time spent at Pilcher Park with family and friends. The Friends of Pilcher Park would like to honor those cherished memories and work to ensure that others may experience them as well. We live in a culture that has forgotten its interdependence with nature and so the role of Pilcher Park and the Nature Center becomes even more important in our community. It is my hope that through the efforts of the Friends we will remind others that man and nature do not live in separate worlds. Thank you for joining us and please encourage your friends to visit the park! Jeanne Phelan Chairman Friends of Pilcher Park Friends of Pilcher Park – dedicated to preserving, protecting and promoting one of the highest quality forests in Illinois for years to come. Funds raised support the Nature Center as well as the trails and landscape.
  • The Nature of Things Debbie Greene, Natural Resources Superintendent join us The Friends of Pilcher Park is a group of dedicated people who have come together to promote the Pilcher Park Nature Center and preserve the unique beauty of Pilcher Park. Come out and enjoy the day with fellow Friends With that said…I would like to thank all of you. Pilcher Park is a unique resource that must be of Pilcher Park! Choose to view the movie: protected. As Superintendent of Natural Resources, I drive to work everyday thinking about how Edens Lost & Found: How Ordinary Citizens are amazing this park really is. There is a Dolly Parton song called God’s Coloring Book that expresses Restoring Our Great American Cities or enjoy my awe each time the leaves change, the bluebells bloom, or when I see a Great Horned Owl fly by a scenic hike with a Pilcher Park Naturalist. me as I walk a snowy path. Pilcher Park is an ever-changing canvas that I feel privileged to work in every day. Friends of Pilcher Park Open House Through the Friends newsletter we will try to keep you informed of the happenings in the park 4:30 pm and at the Nature Center. We invite you to join us for our Nature Center events as well as for all of June 24, 2007 the soon-to-be-announced Friends events. Pilcher Park Nature Center I recently attended a national symposium on the subject of children and nature. It was attended by the leading experts on this issue as well as educators, health professionals, developers, and conser- vationists. Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, Dick Kempthorn, the U.S. Secretary of Interior, and Dale Hall, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, were also in attendance. What I came away with from this symposium is that we need to find a way to get children back outside, playing in our parks. This means even those children who are currently enrolled in our sports classes need to play outside more than the couple of hours that organized sports affords them. The reality is that over the past several decades, within the last generation really, there has been a vast change in the lifestyle of American children. And for a variety of reasons I won’t list because there are so many of them, children simply are not interacting with nature the way past generations have done. This growing trend has captured the nation’s attention as attendance at national parks has dwindled, and cases of childhood obesity, diabetes, and attention disorders are on the rise. In this era where everything has to be diagnosed and named, the lack of interaction between children and nature has been called several things. Robert Michael Pyle first called it “the extinction of experience.” The Native Americans call it the “absence of the sacred,” but the current catch phrase coined by Richard Louv is “nature deficit disorder.” Whatever you want to call it, they all describe the same thing– the widening gap between humans and nature; the absence of play outside after school. Children are playing inside on computers instead of outdoors with their friends. And if this gap continues, there will be devastating results. The generation who is last in the woods will be the last to make land-use decisions conserving the land or, stated more succinctly, “You won’t save a tree if you’ve never climbed a tree.” Please feel free to e-mail me with any suggestions for programs and events that might get kids outside in our park. This is your park and we want you to feel that the Nature Center is your personal backyard. There is much work to be done here to preserve this amazing resource, so I thank you for your commitment to Pilcher Park, and I will enjoy working with each of you! “There is not a sprig of grass that shoots uninteresting to me.” ~Thomas Jefferson
  • From Our Members Submitted by Judith Studer On most days I try to spend some time in Pilcher Park. The days I work I’m doing what I call Since November, I’ve seen the bird on December 17 and 26, and on January 8, 2007, I saw two our members the short walk; that means the Trail of the Oaks. pileateds at the bifurcation of the upper loops. Terry & Janet Beaudry On the days I’m off I treat myself to the long They were hanging out together. Mr. & Mrs. Scott Brost way: the upper loop closest to Route 6. For me I was invited to the Audubon meeting to relay Martha Cetina this is a peaceful, sacred place in the park where my experience and I learned that one has not Charlotte & Norm Codo I can recapture some soul nourishment. been seen in Pilcher for five years. Ed & Gail Crobie On a beautiful afternoon, November 9, 2006, Barbara Cruise This is only one person’s incidental expression of I was walking and thinking when out in my Victor Davidson affection for a place that I spent a good deal of peripheral vision I noticed a black fluttering. I’m Barb & Pete DeLaney my childhood in. We must save, protect and love always on the lookout for birds. I thought for Marion Gibson this place called Pilcher Park. sure, a crow. But when it didn’t speak I was curi- Debbie & Robert Greene ous. There could be no doubt when I spotted Judith Studer Ann Hintze the red crest – a pileated woodpecker! 24 January 2007 Joliet Archery Club Kathleen Kleinhoffer I was one of the screaming fans of the Ivory Bill Annette Leck news a couple of years ago. But I’ve never seen a Terry & John Lesnak pileated woodpecker. Lynne Lichtenauer We encourage our members to submit essays and photos describing their special moments at Pilcher Park. Mary Lowery Please send submissions to Friends of Pilcher Park, c/o Joliet Park Foundation, 3000 West Jefferson Street, Lydia Massey Joliet, Illinois 60435 Karl Maurer Jim McFarland Joan Nielson Notes from the Naturalists Dave & Denise Papesh Vicki Perella Jeane & Jack Phelan May and June are busy months here at the Nature Center and in the woods. The seasons move John Phelan from spring into summer as the woodlands (and our programs) change over to warmer weather and Dolores Philiph different activities. School groups are looking for field trips at the end of the year, and our activities Michael Regis change from Maple Syrup and Spring Wildflowers to other programs. Rita & Bruce Renwick Jean & John Roach Soon the woods will have all of their leaves on the trees in the canopy at the top of the forest. The Carrie Rock resulting shade means the beginning of the end for the woodland flowers, and the start of the sum- Mr. & Mrs. Dale Rodeghero mer flowers blooming in the open areas around the park. Many more types of birds and other Janice Rogers animals have reappeared in the park as they prepare for raising young. Our programs turn to activities Ernie Rohr like pond studies, survival, woodland adventures, and others that are not possible in the colder Joseph & Marcella Roth months. The naturalists always look forward to getting back outside for activities and enjoying the Nicole Sanders warm weather. Instead of shorter times outdoors, most of these new programs are from two to Audrey Stoltz four hours long. Judith Studer With the summer months approaching, we are also making plans for various camps for our younger Jeni White visitors, along with campfires and other family activities. As with each season, we know what time Linda Zettergren of the year it is by the programs we are presenting. It also seems that the Center books more children Rita Renwick c/o Will County Chapter of the than ever before just to keep us on our toes. There is no sitting still here as the pages of the calendar Illinois Audubon Society turn through the year! Corporate Match If you get a chance to visit the park, make sure to take advantage of the weather and see the wood- PepsiCo. lands change into summer dress. It may not be as spectacular as the colors of autumn, but it is certainly another change in the pages of nature through the year. This is what makes Pilcher Park such a treasure.
  • Want to be a Friend at the Organizational Level? We are currently looking for members to chair and serve on each of the following committees. Communications Committee The Communications Committee shall assist in: creating and writing the newsletter; promoting events, membership, and activities through press releases; preparing and distributing press releases to local media. Development/Finance Committee The Development/Finance Committee shall oversee all fund-raising, and shall review, recommend, and supervise the scheduling of all fundraising programs, gift acceptance policies, capital campaigns, and endowment and planned-giving programs. Additionally, the Committee shall review annual operational and capital budgets; make recommendations in regard to the budgets; review major financial and property transactions; and submit proposed budget variances to the Board. Membership Committee The Membership Committee shall assist in: maintaining the membership directory; working with the Program Committee on mem- bership; telephoning new members; telephoning members who have missed multiple meetings to encourage participation; surveying membership for input on meetings. Program Committee The Program Committee shall assist in: procuring ideas for and securing speakers; surveying the membership for program ideas. Special Events Committee The Special Events Committee shall assist in: planning, organizing, and implementing special membership activities; providing press release information for Communications Committee; organizing budgets for membership activities. Volunteer Committee The Volunteer Coordinator/Committee will work with the Membership Committee to schedule volunteers for memberhips events and activities; provide necessary information to Newsletter Coordinator for inclusion in the newsletter. For more information or to serve on a committee please contact cmay@jolietpark.org Thank You! Become a friend of Pilcher Park We are seeking monetary donations of $25 or more to become a friend. If you are interested please fill out the information below and return it to Friends of Pilcher Park, c/o Joliet Park Foundation, 3000 West Jefferson Street, Joliet, Illinois 60435. Your tax-deductible donation will help ensure that Pilcher Park becomes and remains a premier outdoor destination for children and adults of all ages to enjoy. With your friend membership you will receive Friends of Pilcher Park newsletter and invitations to special member events. Yes, I want to become a friend with a donation of: $25 $50 $100 $250 Other Company Match I’m interested in becoming a volunteer. Please contact me with more information. Name Address City State Zip Email Phone
  • friends vol. 1/no. 2 of Pilcher Park “Nature never betrayed the heart that loved her” ~Anonymous Dear friends, While walking the path between Birdhaven and the Nature Center I was struck by the deep stillness of the woods. Stillness, I realized is yet another precious natural resource threatened by the ever widening disconnect of our lives from nature. Stillness can be found in the woods of Pilcher Park freely offered and in abundance for all to encounter. Stillness allows us to re-imagine, re-invent and re-design our world. Through the gift of stillness nature allows us to hope. Nature’s greatest gift of all! Please visit the park and use your imagination. Bring you families and friends and participate in what Paul Hawkins, journalist and best-selling author of the book Blessed Unrest refers to as the most important grassroots movement in the history of mankind. A movement that is reimaging, redesigning and reinventing our world. The movement that is reconnecting us to our environment and to each other and it’s all happening in the stillness of the woods of Pilcher Park. Wishing you all the best, Jeanne Phelan Chairman Friends of Pilcher Park Friends of Pilcher Park – dedicated to preserving, protecting and promoting one of the highest quality forests in Illinois for years to come. Funds raised support the Nature Center as well as the trails and landscape.
  • Sunset at Bird Haven Sunset at Bird Haven on Sept. 8 The Joliet Park Foundation will hold its annual fundraiser, Sunset at Bird Haven on Saturday, September 8, 2007. This event features cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the garden, followed by a dinner buffet and dancing to the live music of NoJo. This special evening in the gardens and beautiful showrooms of the Lord & Burnham Bird Haven Greenhouse and Conservatory celebrates all the accomplishments thus far in the renovation of this historic building. Funds raised will help with the finishing touches and preservation for future generations to enjoy. If you are interested in attending the event, donating a raffle prize, sponsoring the event or for more information, please call 815.741.7275 ext. 110. Planning for the Future… Pilcher Park Master Plan The Joliet Park Foundation is working side by side with the Joliet Park District for the preserva- tion of Pilcher Park. We are currently in the process of accepting requests for proposals for a Master Plan of Pilcher Park. This plan will include an overall development concept including present property uses and land assessments as well as future land development plans. In order to continue the preservation of this great park and to secure it for futures to come it is necessary for this planning to take place. It is our goal to create a unique, innovative and environ- mentally sensitive asset that will continue to add to the quality of life for the residents of the Joliet Park District as well as surrounding communities. Through collective and focused efforts, we will in time see Pilcher Park plans move from concept to reality. “All things by immortal power, near and far, hiddenly to each other connected are, that you can’t disturb a flower without the troubling of a star.” ~Richard Lieber, founder of the Indiana State Parks
  • From Our Members Submitted by Karl Maurer I can remember stumbling onto Pilcher Park when we moved to New Lenox in 1995 and how much I enjoyed walking the trails and visiting the Nature Center. Since then, I have been bringing our members my four boys, who are now ages 5 to 13 years old, to Pilcher Park during all four seasons. In the Terry & Janet Beaudry early spring, the swollen creeks run fast with melted snow on the Trail of the Oaks, and are irresist- Mr. & Mrs. Scott Brost ible for kids to play in. In the summer, the woods are full of birds, dragon flies, and blackberry Martha Cetina bushes waiting for hungry hikers. By autumn, the fall colors of leaves turning yellow, red and orange Charlotte & Norm Codo are astounding and beautiful. In the depth of winter, there are snowy hills to slide down and animal Ed & Gail Crobie tracks galore to examine and follow. Having Pilcher Park so close to my house has been like have Barbara Cruise a 350 acre oak forest in my backyard. I love Pilcher Park for its unique scenic beauty, but as I look Victor Davidson back, I love it even more for the priceless family experiences I’ve been able to enjoy exploring nature Barb & Pete DeLaney with my sons as they have been growing up. Ron & Barb Dodd Karl Maurer Marion Gibson 20 July 2007 Debbie & Robert Greene Ann Hintze Joliet Archery Club Follow-up: Spotting Pileated Kathleen Kleinhoffer Annette Leck Terry & John Lesnak Woodpeckers at Pilcher Park Lynne Lichtenauer Mary Lowery Submitted by Judith Studer Lydia Massey Karl Maurer Jim McFarland I was in Pilcher Park, I think it was May, and I encountered some of the same Audubon people I Joan Nielson met at their meeting. They told me that yes, they had that very morning seen a Pileated Woodpecker Dave & Denise Papesh in the park. Vicki Perella Judith Studer Jeane & Jack Phelan 7 August 2007 John Phelan Dolores Philiph We encourage our members to submit essays and photos describing their special moments at Pilcher Park. Michael Regis Please send submissions to: Friends of Pilcher Park, c/o Joliet Park Foundation, 3000 West Jefferson Rita & Bruce Renwick Street, Joliet, Illinois 60435 Jean & John Roach Carrie Rock Mr. & Mrs. Dale Rodeghero Links to Nature Miss the Movie? Janice Rogers Ernie Rohr Joseph & Marcella Roth Interested in ways to help out, check If you missed our viewing of Eden’s Lost & Nicole Sanders out these websites: Found: How Ordinary Citizens are Restoring Our Audrey Stoltz Great American Cities we have the movie avail- Judith Studer www.computertakeback.com able for loan. Contact cmay@jolietpark.org at Jeni White 815.741.7275 ext. 110. Linda Zettergren www.worldchanging.com Rita Renwick c/o Will County Chapter of the www.earth911.org Illinois Audubon Society www.footprintnetwork.org www.freecycle.org Corporate Match PepsiCo. www.recycle.net www.doe.gov www.epa.gov www.energystar.gov
  • Want to be a Friend at the Organizational Level? We are currently looking for members to chair and serve on each of the following committees. Communications Committee The Communications Committee shall assist in: creating and writing the newsletter; promoting events, membership, and activities through press releases; preparing and distributing press releases to local media. Development/Finance Committee The Development/Finance Committee shall oversee all fund-raising, and shall review, recommend, and supervise the scheduling of all fundraising programs, gift acceptance policies, capital campaigns, and endowment and planned-giving programs. Additionally, the Committee shall review annual operational and capital budgets; make recommendations in regard to the budgets; review major financial and property transactions; and submit proposed budget variances to the Board. Membership Committee The Membership Committee shall assist in: maintaining the membership directory; working with the Program Committee on mem- bership; telephoning new members; telephoning members who have missed multiple meetings to encourage participation; surveying membership for input on meetings. Program Committee The Program Committee shall assist in: procuring ideas for and securing speakers; surveying the membership for program ideas. Special Events Committee The Special Events Committee shall assist in: planning, organizing, and implementing special membership activities; providing press release information for Communications Committee; organizing budgets for membership activities. Volunteer Committee The Volunteer Coordinator/Committee will work with the Membership Committee to schedule volunteers for memberhips events and activities; provide necessary information to Newsletter Coordinator for inclusion in the newsletter. For more information or to serve on a committee please contact cmay@jolietpark.org Thank You! Become a friend of Pilcher Park We are seeking monetary donations of $25 or more to become a friend. If you are interested please fill out the information below and return it to Friends of Pilcher Park, c/o Joliet Park Foundation, 3000 West Jefferson Street, Joliet, Illinois 60435. Your tax-deductible donation will help ensure that Pilcher Park becomes and remains a premier outdoor destination for children and adults of all ages to enjoy. With your friend membership you will receive Friends of Pilcher Park newsletter and invitations to special member events. Yes, I want to become a friend with a donation of: $25 $50 $100 $250 Other Company Match I’m interested in becoming a volunteer. Please contact me with more information. Name Address City State Zip Email Phone
  • friends vol. 1/no. 3 of Pilcher Park Dear friends, As we prepare to celebrate the holiday seasons of thanksgiving and gratitude I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have supported the Joliet Park Foundation’s efforts to preserve and protect Pilcher Park by becoming a Friend. We’ve reached the end of our first year and achieved our goals. We’ve begun to raise money for the creation of a permanent endowment, we’ve produced a Friends newsletter and we’ve made new friends. I’d say that’s a respectable beginning toward making a long-term commitment to the future of our park. More importantly, though, we’ve raised awareness. Awareness that places such as Pilcher Park are important pieces of a larger whole that are needed in order to secure a healthy and sustainable future. Pilcher Park represents all that makes life possible for us to live. The forest, trees, birds, mammals, fish, insects, soil, air, water, bacteria, humus, food and fungi. It is an ecological community – a living system that we have been invited to join and become stewards of. What an honor and blessing that is. It is important for us to understand that a healthy, sustainable and peaceful future will depend on how we manage our natural resources and confront environmental issues. This holiday season, acknowledge the great gift of life that surrounds us by playing and living more consciously and fairly. Give more this year by simply consuming less. Consider, also, giving the simple gifts of thanksgiving and gratitude both are endlessly renewable, infinitely sustainable and build good will. Again, thank you, thank you, thank you for helping us plan and look forward to a more peaceful future! Peace on Earth – Good Will toward Man and Nature Happy Holidays, Jeanne Phelan Chairman Friends of Pilcher Park Friends of Pilcher Park – dedicated to preserving, protecting and promoting one of the highest quality forests in Illinois for years to come. Funds raised support the Nature Center as well as the trails and landscape.
  • introducing Master Plan green lingo In order to continue the preservation of this great park and to secure it for future generations to come, it is necessary for this plan to have execution. With the dollars raised by the Friends of Pilcher Park, the Joliet Park District will be able to carry out the improvements that the Master Plan calls As you may have noticed Going Green seems to for. With your continued support and help, the dollars raised will allow the park to be revitalized be all the buzz lately. Here are some words and and preserved. their definitions to help you learn some new Green Lingo: Carbon Footprint – Your carbon footprint is the amount of greenhouse gas that you create Poinsettia Show and Sale through your use of cars, plane travel, electricity, home heating, etc. Footprint is a nice metaphor at Bird Haven Greenhouse in two ways – one easily thinks of undesirable dirty footprints in your home and one can also The Bird Haven Greenhouse will host it’s annual Poinsettia Show from November 23, 2007 think of footprints left behind by us as we travel through January 13, 2008. The Greenhouse grows 20 different varieties/colors of Poinsettias the earth. <www.energyrace.com> from cuttings beginning in July. You may purchase them for $10 each on December 1st from Bioneer – (root: biological pioneer) It describes 8 am to 4 pm or while supplies last! individuals and groups working in diverse disci- plines who have crafted creative solutions to various environmental & socio-cultural problems Sunset at Bird Haven rooted in shared core values, including whole systems, anticipatory thinking, a view of all life as interdependent and sustainable mutual aid. <www.wikipedia.com> Muda – Japanese term for waste or activity that is wasteful and doesn’t add value or is unproduc- Sunset a Success tive. <www.wikipedia.com> With over $21,000 raised, a record was set for the Sunset at Birdhaven Fundraiser on Saturday, Natural Capitalism – A set of trends and September 8, 2007. With over 200 people in attendance, the night was filled with food, fun, raffle economic reforms designed to reward energy prizes and dancing at the beautiful grounds of the Lord & Burnham Birdhaven Greenhouse and material efficiency, and to remove profes- and Conservatory. Mrs. Janice Pilcher was also honored for her dedication and support of the Joliet sional standards and accounting conventions Park Foundation. Funds raised that night will continue to put the finishing touches on the that prevent such efficiencies. It merged in the renovation and allow for the building to be preserved for generations to come. Mark you calendars 1990’s as a coherent theory of how to exploit for next year’s Sunset at Bird Haven Fundraiser on September 13, 2008. market systems and mechanisms of neoclassical economics to save energy, discourage waste, A Friend Gives Back mimic ecology (biomimicry), and in general to support the goals of environmentalism by reforming commodity and product relations toward a strictly service economy thereby A big thanks to Mary Jane Whiteside. Not only has she dedicated her time but also some wonderful extending the services of natural capitalism. pieces of her late husband’s carved wood collection. Mrs. Whiteside joined chair Jeanne Phelan <www.wikipedia.com> for a day of art and fun at the Joliet Park District’s annual Art in the Park on September 16, 2007. The table at the art show, which was filled with great carvings, acted as a mini fundraiser and a voice for the Friends of Pilcher Park. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the carvings went toward the Friends of Pilcher Park. “The significant problems we face today cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them” ~Albert Einstein
  • Funding Loss for Nature Center new members Debbie Greene, Natural Resources and Grant Administration Superintendent Michael & Carol Pasteris Mark & Mindy Sayers $148,000 that was scheduled to be sent to the Joliet Park District to help fund the Pilcher Park Mary Jane Whiteside Nature Center has been vetoed by Governor Blagojevich. This is just under half of the total budget for the Nature Center, which puts the current level of operation for 2008 and future years in serious jeopardy. Volunteers Needed Pilcher Park Nature Center is looking for volun- Pilcher Park Nature Center is dedicated to environmental education for all ages from infants to teers. Come out and join the fun and get to seniors. The Nature Center sees over 15,000 school children annually. Programs emphasize math and know some of you fellow Friends or make some science in a hands-on manner that encourages a child’s natural curiosity and sense of wonder. new ones. We need help with the following: With funding in trouble it is possible that the Nature Center may have limited hours of operation, Underground Railroad Special Event limited number of field trips for area students, program cutbacks or staff lay-offs. January 27, 2008 from 4:00 – 9:30 pm Pilcher Park Nature Center not only serves the people in their own backyard but also the greater Here’s your chance to recreate history! Dress up Chicagoland area with emphasis on the southwest suburbs that include Illinois’ two fastest growing in costume and become a conductor on the counties, Will and Kendall. Underground Railroad. As a conductor you will Please write to your State Representative and State Senator, as well as the leadership in the take slaves seeking freedom from one safe house Senate and House and tell them how important Pilcher Park Nature Center is to your community! to the next. Explain how you and your school will be affected by the loss of Pilcher Park Nature Center. Pancake Breakfast and Pioneer Fest Ask them to file a motion to override the budget veto. Also please write Governor Blagojevich to March 8 & 9, 2008 from 7:30 am – 1:00 pm tell him what kind of impact this will be on the community. Governor Blagojevich President of the Senate In order to serve 4500 pancakes and 3000 Office of the Governor Emil Jones sausages to 1500 hungry people in two days, we 207 State House 327 Capitol Building need volunteers! We need help to make batter, Springfield, Illinois 62706 Springfield, Illinois 62706 flip pancakes, clean tables, fill coffee and help out 217.782.0244 or in the kitchen. 312.814.2121 If pancake flipping is not your style and you have State Representative Jack McGuire State Senator A.J. Wilhelmi instead always wanted to be a pioneer we can 121 Springfield Avenue 2200 Weber Road train you to be one of our reenactors outside in Joliet, Illinois 60435 Crest Hill, Illinois 60435 the Pioneer Village. Learn to churn butter, do 815.730.8600 phone 815.207.4445 phone laundry by using a bucket of water from the 815.730.8121 fax 815.207.4446 fax pond or help load and unload the wagon a few hundred times! Joliet Park District and Partners Other Opportunities Receive $25,000 Grant School Programs: In addition to these special events Pilcher Park Nature Center sees 15,000 school children annually. If you would like to The Nature Center, along with partners Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center and Joliet Public work as a volunteer for our school programs we School District 86, received a grant from the Will County Foundation in the amount of $25,000. can train you. All you have to do is be able to This grant will allow for the start up of an after school program that will run for 36 weeks. The hold a snake! theme for this after school program is the Underground Railroad. Children will act as slaves plan- ning their escape from slavery; they will be planting and maintaining an organic garden for one Restoration: Work with Nature Center staff of the three hours. This is the food they will be preserving and taking along with them on the long to restore the land. Learn about invasive species journey north. After the gardening portion of the program is complete children will be set free and help us control them. Supervise a crew where the children will participate in free play activities geared around survival in the wilderness for of Community Service people and clear some the remainder of the three hours. Buckthorn or pull some Garlic Mustard. Learn to do a prescribed burn and volunteer on our burn team. For more information about volunteering at Pilcher Park Nature Center please contact Siobhan Peacy at 815.741.7277.
  • Want to be a Friend at the Organizational Level? We are currently looking for members to chair and serve on each of the following committees. Development/Finance Committee The Development/Finance Committee shall: oversee all fund raising, and shall review, recommend, and supervise the scheduling of all fundraising programs, gift acceptance policies, capital campaigns, and endowment and planned-giving programs. Additionally, the Committee shall review annual operational and capital budgets; make recommendations in regard to the budgets; review major financial and property transactions; and submit proposed budget variances to the Board. Membership Committee The Membership Committee shall assist in: maintaining the membership directory; working with the Development Committee on membership; telephoning new members; telephoning members who have missed multiple meetings to encourage participation; surveying membership for input on meetings. Special Events Committee The Special Events Committee shall assist in: planning, organizing, and implementing special membership activities; providing press release information for Development Committee; organizing budgets for membership activities. Volunteer Committee The Volunteer Coordinator/Committee will: work with the Membership Committee to schedule volunteers for membership events and activities; provide necessary information to Newsletter Coordinator for inclusion in the newsletter. For more information or to serve on a committee please contact cmay@jolietpark.org Thank You! 1 Please recycle this by passing on to a friend. Become a friend of Pilcher Park We are seeking monetary donations of $25 or more to become a friend. If you are interested please fill out the information below and return it to Friends of Pilcher Park, c/o Joliet Park Foundation, 3000 West Jefferson Street, Joliet, Illinois 60435. Your tax-deductible donation will help ensure that Pilcher Park becomes and remains a premier outdoor destination for children and adults of all ages to enjoy. With your friend membership you will receive Friends of Pilcher Park newsletter and invitations to special member events. Yes, I want to become a friend with a donation of: $25 $50 $100 $250 Other Company Match I’m interested in becoming a volunteer. Please contact me with more information. Name Address City State Zip Email Phone 1 printed on recycled paper
  • Park District of Oak Park OUT ‘N’ ABOUT: A Newsletter for Active Adults May/June 2007 Inside This Issue: Memberships.................2 Dear Active Adult Participants, Luncheons................2 Hopefully by the time you read this, your winter coats have been put away for the season, our long late Ron The Safety Guy.....3 winter has finally left us, and spring is in full bloom. Programs of Interest .....3 During the month of March many Active Adults enjoyed several different activities. Our outings started with a spectacular performance by the Diavolo Ballet Company at the Auditorium Theatre on March Active Adult Activities ....4 10th. We cruised Lake Michigan aboard the Mystic Blue, feasting on a marvelous buffet with many Tai Chi ..........................5 eye catching and mouth-watering pastries as we enjoyed a magnificent view of the Chicago skyline. In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and all things Irish, a group of “green” Active Adults traveled to Exercise & Fitness ............5 College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois to enjoy a music trip to Ireland with their performance of Trips......................6-7 Irish Family Fest. New Registration Info .......8 Please read the contents of this newsletter carefully! Some items have changed including registration requirements for certain programs. We ask that you be patient during our transition period of Active Adult Staff: revamping the Senior Recreation Department. If you have any ideas on how we can better serve you please call Heidi Garton the Senior Recreation Coordinator at (708) 725-2150 - your opinion is Heidi Garton, highly valued. Senior Recreation Coordinator (708) 725-2150 Looking for adventure? Join the Active Adult Staff in May and June for our upcoming programs. Come seniors@oakparkparks.com shopping at the Aurora Outlet mall, luckily on Senior Discount day (10% savings at certain stores). Charity Luter, Then towards the end of May we will head back out towards Aurora to do more shopping in any one Seniors Supervisor of the many shops along the shopping corridor of Route 59. If plays are more to your liking then join (708) 725-2250 us for “Grease” and “Shenandoah.” If outings aren’t your bag, how about Party Bridge, Duplicate charityl@oakparkparks.com Bridge, or Bridge lessons? Don’t like bridge? Then try Scrabble, Bowling, or Sewing and Knitting. Love nature? Watch this newsletter and upcoming editions for “Nature Buffs.” At the Park District of Oak Sam Buchanan, Faciltiator Letitia (Tish) Pittman, Facilitator Park, there really is something for everyone! Mr. Albert Love Want more information on any of these programs? Just look inside - adventure awaits! We have changed menu options for your ease and convenience. For the quickest way to leave a message, dial the Active Adult line (708-725-2274) and then press 1. A staff member will return your See registration call within one business day. If you have a rotary phone then please call Heidi Garton directly at (708) information on 725-2150. back cover! Thank you, and we hope to see you all soon! NEW ACTIVE Charity Heidi Tish Sam ADULT PROGRAM INFO LINE: Charity Luter, Early Childhood/Seniors Supervisor Tish Pittman, Facilitator 708-725-AAPI (2274) Heidi Garton, Senior Recreation Coordinator Sam Buchanan, Facilitator In partnership with the community, we provide quality parks and recreation experiences for the residents of Oak Park.
  • Active Adult Membership - Ages 55 & Up! Get Checked Ron,The Safety Guy Sign up for your Half-Year Active Adult Membership & SAVE! Register now for a Emergencies: Be Prepared In The Park District of Oak Park Active Adult Membership entitles you to the member rate for trips, events, programs, activities, and select Park District of Oak Park classes. With your membership you will also receive the Park District of Oak Park’s Out ‘n’ About Newsletter for Active Adults mailed to your home 6 times throughout the year. Health Screening Advance! PART 3 Half Year Membership is valid: at Fox Center July 2 In continuing the series on “Be Prepared” here is a list IMPORTANT FAMILY DOCUMENTS May 1 – December 31, 2007. of tools and supplies and important family documents Keep these records in a waterproof, portable container: you should have on hand in case of an emergency. • Wills, insurance policies, contracts deeds, stocks and Please bring your membership card with you when registering and participating in Park District of Oak Park programs and events. New for 2007, free monthly programs For members of the community who are interested, Most of the items you’ll see are for “sheltering in place” bonds for members, and now your membership card is a pass that earns you rewards, the more programs that you participate in the more you save. Participate in 20 Park District Life Line Screening will be at Park District of Oak (meaning making a shelter of the place you’re in) • Passports, social security cards, immunization of Oak Park Active Adult programs and receive a $5 gift certificate good for any Park District program. Park –Fox Center on Monday, July 2, 2007. Life Line when there’s an emergency. I have placed an asterisk records Pass Type: ACTIVEAD Screening uses Ultrasound and Doppler to screen the (*) next to items you would most likely need if you • Bank account numbers Purchase at 218 Madison or Dole Center! carotid arteries in the neck for plaque buildup (up to were instructed to evacuate to a shelter. Those evacua- • Credit card account numbers and companies 75% of all strokes are linked to carotid artery block- tion items should be placed in a camping backpack or • Inventory of valuable household goods, important age), and the arteries in the legs for Peripheral Arte- a duffle bag. telephone numbers Pricing Structure Example rial Disease (PAD), which is linked to heart disease. They offer a third screening that tests for aneurysms • Mess kits, or paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils* • Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates) Oak Park Resident in the aortic vessel of the abdomen. • Emergency preparedness manual* > $XX / $XX# ? • Battery-operated radio and extra batteries* Store your kit in a convenient place known to all family / $XX This is a preventative program and is really worth par- ticipating in as these problems can be detected early • Flashlight and extra batteries* • Cash or traveler’s checks, change* members. Keep a smaller version of the supplies kit in the trunk of your car. Active Adult Member Non-Resident and taken care of before they become a big problem. • Non-electric can opener, utility knife* Your results are sent to you and you are referred back Keep items in airtight plastic bags. Change your stored • Fire extinguisher: small canister ABC type water supply every six months so it stays fresh. Replace to your own doctor. (Your doctor may recommend a • Tube tent yearly screening). your stored food every six months. Re-think your kit • Pliers, tape & a compass* and family needs at least once a year. Replace batteries, These non-invasive, completely painless screenings • Matches in a waterproof container* Cards & Scrabble F U N take about 10 minutes each and are offered for $45 or • Aluminum foil and plastic storage containers update clothing etc. 3 1 1 all 3 tests for $109. • Signal flares* Ask your physician or pharmacist about storing pre- • Paper, pencil scription medication. Scrabble Club (Seniors & Adults) Add glucose and lipid panel blood screenings to your • Needle, thread Tuesday Bridge Club - NEW TIME! Bring your lunch and dictionary and join us to make this a fun day. package! YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER! Please call • Medicine dropper Well, I know these lists are somewhat extensive but if there ever is a city, state or country-wide emergency, Location: Fox Center, 640 S Oak Park Ave 1-800-643-6075 for your appointment or for more Location: Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield (at East) in Oak Park information. There are a limited number of appoint- • Shut-off wrench, to turn off household gas and you’ll be glad you took the time to gather all of these Tuesdays from 10:30-2:30pm Fridays, 10am - 4pm water items and store them in a safe place in your home. ments. Please call to schedule your time as soon as Fees: $1/$2/$4 Fees: $1 for members, $2 for non-members possible. • Whistle This is Ron The Safety Guy saying so long for now and • Plastic sheeting Duplicate Bridge Sanctioned ACBL • Map of area (for locating shelters) Be Safe! Location: Fox Center, Wednesdays from 11am to 3pm. Fees: $6/per day -Guaranteed Partners -Any level welcome Oak Park & River Forest Townships Senior Services -Light lunch -Drop in anytime 2007 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Applications will be accepted only for those individuals who: 1) are age sixty (60) or older, 2) reside Luncheons within a household with a member who is disabled and is receiving benefits from the Social Security Administration, or 3) reside within a household that has had their gas/electric disconnected. Please New location - all senior luncheons take place at Longfellow Center, 610 S. Ridgeland in Oak Park. We share delicious meals and offer par- call the Oak Park Township with any questions or for a list of application procedures. ticipants a great chance to catch up with friends. Luncheons are held on the main level, which is handicap accessible. We’ll raffle off some The Oak Park & River Forest Townships offer: great prizes at each luncheon. Raffle tickets are 25¢ each or $1 for five tickets - you can purchase yours at the door! • BINGO every Tues @ 10:30 am • Dine Out Program Coupons are sold every Tuesday & Thursday from 9-11am @ the 5th America the Beautiful Floor Lunch Room at Oak Park Arms The American Flag is a beautiful symbol of our independence. Please join us at Longfellow Center for a celebration of our Independence and our flag. • Health & Wellness Programs on the first Wednesday of every month - call the Township Wear your red, white and blue, and bring any and all patriotic items to display. Our entertainment will be the Park District of Oak Park’s own John for details Borland, telling us about the American Doughboy of World War I. This presentation will include complete uniform and equipment, including many • Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) every Fri from 10-11:30am original artifacts. Please call for meal information. (As of the printing of this newsletter the menu was undecided.) Location: Longfellow Center Please call the Oak Park & River Forest Townships Senior Services with any questions about these programs at 708-383-8060. F, Jun 29 $16/$19/$21 12-2:15pm #352960-01 Senior Services Transporation is available to anyone in Oak Park and River Forest - the suggested 2 Min 20/Max 80 donation is $1 each way. Call (708) 383-4806 for reservations at least 48 hours in advance. 3
  • Active Adult Extra-Curriculars FREE MOVIES AT THE Tai Chi/Exercise & Fitness OAK PARK Active Adults (in fact, any adults age 18 & up) are invited to take part in these “Extracurriculars!” These fun CONSERVATORY Fitness Punch Passes LV Tai Chi/QiGong For Absolute Beginner’s Yoga activities are a great way to socialize, be active and perhaps even learn about a new activity! Reservations are Movies start at 1pm (and are over by 4pm) and Now personalize and diversify your fitness program! Senior Citizens This class is a fundamental class for those who have never practiced yoga, or for those preferring a less required to take part in an extracurricular - just call (708) 725-AAPI to let us know you will be attending. Purchase a “punch pass” at Dole Center screenings are held at the Oak Park Conservatory, QiGong exercises move progressively from chair to vigorous, less physically demanding style. Each class If a program listed below has less than three people signed up at least one day in advance, it will be can- (255 Augusta) which can be used for Basic Fitness 615 Garfield in Oak Park. standing. Yang Short Form taught at level appropriate to begins with a slow warm-up and gentle stretching. celled. For more information on any activity, you can also call (708) 725-AAPI. and Strong & Long. Each time you visit, the instruc- ability. Beginning/Continuing levels. For all movies, concessions are $1 members, tor will punch your pass. These classes are continu- Emphasis is on proper breathing and coordinating Location: Dole Center, Studio 2 breath with movement. A variety of lying mat poses Sewing & Knitting Group @ Fox Center, 9-11am, FREE $2 non-members! ous (unless dates are given), but will not take place Instructor: Beatrice DeFranco and simple standing poses are taught. Bring your current sewing, knitting, or crochet project to Fox Center and meet new friends, get some useful on major holidays. Th, 10:30-11:45am $71/$106 Fitness Punch Pass expires 6 months after the date of Location: Dole Center, Studio 3 tips and make some progress on your current project. Jun 7 - Aug 2 (No class 7/5) #343070-07 purchase and is non-transferable and non-refundable. Instructor: Tom Wilkens Friday, May 4 # of weeks: 8 Min 6/Max 20 Code: FITNESPP M, 6-7:15pm $83/$125 Thursday, June 21 Pass Type: 10 20 35 Some Like it Light Jun 4 - Aug 13 (No class 7/2) W, 7:30-8:45pm #343020-01 $83/$125 Nature Buffs Current Active Adult Member (see pg. 59) This class is designed for men and women not cur- Jun 6 - Aug 15 (No class 7/4) #343020-02 Join your Active Adult Staff at a different Nature Center every month all spring, summer and fall. Lunch is on (Ages 55 & up) $35 $65 $105 rently involved in an exercise program as well as for # of weeks: 10 Min 6/Max 24 your own from a local restaurant. Fee: $25/$30/$45 O.P. Resident $48 $90 $149 older adults. We exercise with hand-held weights Pick up at Dole Center (255 Augusta St) at 9am/Pick up at Fox Center (640 S. Oak Park Ave) at 9:30am which help prevent and reduce osteoporosis. This Non-Resident $72 $135 $224 May 31, 2007: Schaumburg Bird Sanctuary Code #252920-15 class is a great choice for cross-training with an Beginning/Continuing Yoga June 19, 2007: Chicago Botanic Gardens Code #352920-15 emphasis on stretching, toning, strength, flexibility Call 708-725-2274 for more information Basic Fitness (Adult & Senior) LV and endurance. These classes are designed for those who have begun their exploration of Yoga and would like to learn more Monday, May 14: “Big Fat Liar” Build strong bones and muscles while developing Location: Ridgeland Common cardiovascular endurance and flexibility. Individual challenging poses. We will cover more complicated OPRF Garden Walk A take on the classic tale ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’, Instructor: Judy Neumann modifications provided as needed. Bring a towel. mat poses, abdominal and core training, and basic Be prepared to be delighted and inspired as you tour the 11 gardens that make up the 14th annual Oak Park ‘Big Fat Liar’ is about a 14-year-old boy named Ja- Tu & Th, 6:15-7:15pm $60/$90 Instructor: Fitness Staff standing postures. As various poses are mastered, the and River Forest Garden Walk, Saturday, June 23. The gardens showcased this year will include a geometri- son Shephard (Frankie Muniz) who lies for the fun May 8 - Jun 28 #243110-01 Location: Dole Center, Studio 1 student’s awareness of the body grows, resulting in a cally designed garden to complement an unusual Art Deco home, a plant collector’s dream garden, and a of it. Jason loses an important story assignment en- # of weeks: 8 Min 8/Max 20 M, W, F from 11am-Noon centered and calm state of consciousness lovingly restored family garden featuring antique architectural elements. titled ‘Big Fat Liar’ in movie producer Marty Wolf’s Location: Dole Center, Studio 3 (except where noted*) Pick up at Dole Center (255 Augusta St) at 9am/Pick up at Fox Center (640 S. Oak Park Ave) at 9:30am (Paul Giamatti) limo, which Wolf then turns into a film. When Jason sees a movie preview of his Fee: See Fitness Punch Pass above. Body Celebration $20/$25/$40 Celebrate the “New You” with Body Celebration! story, he and best friend Kaylee (Amanda Bynes) Strong & Long (Adult & Senior) LV Energize your body with stretching and warm-ups, Tu, 4-5:15pm May 29 - Jun 26 # of weeks: 5 $42/$63 #343020-06 go to Los Angeles to make Wolf confess to using Learn safe, effective strength-training exercises followed by exercising major muscles for strength and Tu, 6-7:15am* # of weeks: 6 $50/$75 Jason’s story as well as to clear Jason’s name and to to acquire muscular endurance for everyday activities. Last Monday of Every Month 2nd Thursday/Every Month You can build lean, strong muscles without bulk. better body definition. We use free weights for muscle Jun 5 - Jul 10 #343020-04 get him out of having to attend summer school. conditioning. Open for men and women. Monday Munchies Meeting @ Fox Center, 10- Walking Club at Austin Gardens, 10-11am, FREE Tu, 9-10:15am # of weeks: 6 $50/$75 Learn how to stretch properly for improved range of 11:30am, FREE for members Location: Carroll Center Jun 5 - Jul 10 #343020-05 motion as well as for relaxation. Optional light resis- $2 for guests/visitors 3rd Thursday/Every Month Instructor: Annelie Palmer-Jeselski Tu, 7:30-8:45pm # of weeks: 6 $50/$75 tance equipment is provided. Bring your own towel. Join us for refreshments, discussion and a guest Game Day @ Fox Center, 11am-2pm, FREE Tu & Th, 7-8pm $60/$90 Jun 5 - Jul 10 #343020-07 Instructor: Fitness Staff speaker. Jul 10 - Aug 30 #343140-01 M, 7:30-8:45pm # of weeks: 10 $83/$125 Location: Dole Center, Studio 1 (No Monday Munchies on Mon, May 28) Last Friday/Every Month # of weeks: 8 Min 8/Max 18 Jun 4 - Aug 13 (No class 7/2) #343020-03 Tu & Th, 8:15-9:15am Gardening @ Oak Park Conservatory, 10am-Noon, Th, 6-7:15pm # of weeks: 10 $83/$125 Fee: See Fitness Punch Pass above. FREE Awareness Through Movement® Jun 7 - Aug 16 (No class 7/5) #343020-08 Sa, 7-8:15am** # of weeks: 10 $83/$125 Special Park District Workshops Feldenkrais Method® Jun 9 - Aug 18 (No class 7/7) #343020-09 Resilience of Mind & Body for facing life’s challenges! Min 6/Max 24 QiGong for Staying Young Postures for Your Body Type To Register for Programs: Please call (708) 725-AAPI If you’d like to feel more ‘at home’ and ‘at peace’ Explore this form of moving meditation based on Fill out a questionnaire which will reveal your main in your body, thsis is the class for you. Current (2274) between the hours of *At Barrie Center **Dole Center, Studio 2 Chinese bio-energetics. You will learn very easy body type according to Ayurveda, a sister science to students are “amazed at the reduction of pain and breathing and movement strategies that reduce stress yoga. Instructor Tom Wilkens will give an overview 8:30am and 4:30pm M-F or mail the improvement of ‘balance and flexibility.’” This by nourishing your entire system with fresh qi or of the different body style characteristics and discuss June 11: “Lord of the Rings: a completed registration form to class integrates healthy biomechanics, core exercises, life force. This daily practice will balance endocrine basic Ayurevedic lifestyle recommendations for each The Fellowship of the Ring” the Park District of Oak Park at meditation, and clarity of intention. function, fortify bones, build healthy blood, increase type. Learn which postures will increase vitality or In ancient times, the Elven-smiths created the 218 W. Madison, Oak Park, IL Location: Dole Center, Studio 2 flexibility, restore sexual energy, and promote healthy calm the nervous system and quiet the mind. Come Rings of Power. Then the Dark Lord Sauron cre- 60302 or visit us online at Instructor: M.S. Chen, PT(Guild Certified Feldenkrais®) hair, skin and eyes. You will leave this class with a prepared to do yoga! ated a Ring to rule the Lesser Rings. But the Ring www.oakparkparks.com W, 9-10am $50/$75 wonderful sense of youthful vigor. Wear loose com- Location: Dole Center, Studio 2 was stolen, and for a long time, he thought it to Jun 27 - Aug 8 (No class 7/4) #343070-08 fortable clothes. Refreshments will be provided. Instructor: Tom Wilkens, Certified Yoga Instructor be lost. But many years later, the Ring came to the Th, 6-7pm $50/$75 Instructor: Beatrice DeFranco Sa, May 12 $30/$45 hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. In a land called the Shire, Jun 28 - Aug 2 #343070-09 Location: Dole Center, Studio 3 Noon-1:45pm #243100-07 Frodo inherits the Ring from his uncle, Bilbo. Now # of weeks: 6 Min 6/Max 20 Sa, May 5 $75/$95 Min 6/Max 16 Frodo must take a journey across Middle-earth, and throw the Ring into the volcano, Mount 5 11am-4pm #243100-06 Doom, the only place it can be destroyed. 4 Min 6/ Max 16
  • Trips Trips Continued Shopping at the Aurora About Park District Trips! Outlet Mall “Kiss Me Kate” with 28-piece “The CSI: Experience” at Want to explore a new and exciting destination? Join us on fabu- “Shop ‘til You Drop” at the Chicago Premium Outlets in Aurora. Stores include: Orchestra at Northwestern the Museum of Science and lous day and evening trips. 2006 Active Adult members pay the first fee listed for any trip. The second price listed is for Oak Park Jockey, Lane Bryant, Nike, Totes, Adidas, Bass, and many others. Tu, May 1 $20/$25/$40 University Industry Join us at NWU’s Cahn Auditorium to see “Kiss Me Kate” with lunch beforehand at Bar Ever wanted to be a CSI (Crime Scene Investigator)? Now you can journey through a residents. The third price listed is for non-residents. 9am-5pm #252920-04 Louie in Evanston. This musical version of Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew” crime scence at the Museum of Science and Industry and learn scientific priciples Pick up Dole Center: 9am / Fox Center: 9:30am Min 10/Max 18 features a bickering theater couple as they rekindle their backstage romance in spite of and real investigative techniques. Not a fan of the crime scene? Join us and tour the We will try to use a bus as much as possible; however, in some interruptions by his mistress, her Texas millionaire fiancé and two hilarious gangsters exhibits of your choice, including the U-505 submarine. Lunch will be on your own instances, using a bus is not an option. When we do not use a “Grease” at Theatre at the out to collect a gambling I.O.U! at the museum. F, Jun 1 $40/$45/$60 Tu, Jul 10 from 9am-5pm bus, we will use a Park District of Oak Park van. For an additional Center in Munster, Indiana 9am-6pm #352920-01 Pickup Dole Center: 9am / Fox Center: 9:30am fee of only $1, our evening trips include door-to-door pick-up It’s 1959 and the students from Rydell High School take the stage in this Pickup Dole Center: 9am / Fox Center: 9:30am Min 6/Max 18 Museum Tour Only $34/$44/$54 and drop off service for Oak Park, Forest Park and River Forest blockbuster musical. This is the laugh-loaded, exuberantly-danced musical that residents.Please indicate meal choice and pick up location when had its birth in 1971 in a little playhouse in Chicago! Includes a champagne Museum + CSI: Experience $41/$51/$61 buffet brunch before the musical. “The Color Purple” at the #352920-05 registering for trips. Call the Active Adult Program Information Line at (708) 725-AAPI (2274) for more information on any trips. Su, May 6 11am-6pm $65/$70/$85 #252920-05 Cadillac Palace Theatre Min 6/Max 19 From the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the moving film by Pick up locations: Dole Center, 255 Augusta, on Augusta side Pick up Dole Center: 11am / Fox Center: 11:30am Min 10/Max 18 Steven Spielberg comes a soul-stirring new musical, nominated for 9 Tony Awards.Join “It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! us at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago for this musical saga of hope, inspiration Fox Center, 640 S. Oak Park, on Euclid side “Shenandoah” at the and triumph. It’s Superman!” at the Drury Marriott W, Jun 6 $78/$83/$98 Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace Please register early to ensure that the trip will 12:30-6pm #352920-02 Join the Active Adult staff at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace for the musical run as scheduled and to guarantee a spot. Theatre in Lincolnshire Pickup Dole Center: 12:30pm / Fox Center: 1pm Min 12/Max 19 “It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s Superman!” Superman jumps off the pages of a comic It’s North versus South, brother against brother. But widowed Charlie Anderson book to sing, dance and fly his way onto our stage and into your hearts. From dodging Active Adult Refund Policy isn’t about to let any of his boys take sides. That’s no easy task when your family farm is in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. As the Civil War besets the valley, “Pump Boys and Dinettes” the advances of Lois Lane to defending the city of Metroplis from a mad scientist, there is no rest for the Man of Steel. This famiy musical from the creators of “Bye Bye Birdie” If a trip is cancelled by the Park District, a full refund will be issued. Charlie is pushed to the limit as his family is dragged into the fray. Based on the will delight young and old alike. Lunch beforehand will include fruit panache, dessert All other trip refunds require the approval of the Superintendent of classic Jimmy Stewart film, “Shenandoah” is rich in emotion, heart, and hu- at Amish Acres Round Barn of the day and your choice of (A) baked tilapia filet served with a lemon beurre blanc Recreation or his/her designee. If your registration can be filled by mor - an enthralling musical that springs to life with stirring anthems, gentle lullabies and exhilarating dance. Through joy, sorrow, and turmoil, this great Theatre and garnished with fresh chives or (B) fettuccini alfredo with pancetta and sweet peas. another patron from a waitlist, your fee will be refunded with only the Travel via motorcoach to Amish Acres Round Barn Theatre in Nappanee, Indiana. Please indicate meal choice when registering! musical reminds us that it’s the strength of family that matters most. Lunch Th, Jul 19 $46/$51/$66 service fee withheld. Unrecoverable costs (i.e. tickets, meals) will be Our trip will include the famous Amish Acres family style lunch followed by the play beforehand at a local restaurant is included. “Pump Boys and Dinettes: A Rock N Roll, Country & Blues Musical Revue!” It’s the 9:30am-5:30pm #352920-06 added to the service fee. This fee is called the “Cancellation Fee.” W, May 16 $52/$57/$72 story of four men working at a gas station and two women who work at the roadside Pickup Dole Center: 9:30pm / Fox Center: 10am Min 10/Max 19 9am-6pm #252920-06 eatery across the highway, the Double Cupp Diner. This is their musical tribute to life Pick up Dole Center: 9am / Fox Center: 9:30am Min 10/Max 18 by the roadside! Freedom Museum Activity Key Th, Jun 21 $65/$70/$80 Travel to Chicago and explore freedom with the Active Adults. The 8am-8pm #352920-03 McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum is Chicago’s newest cultural institution. It Pickup Dole Center: 8am / Fox Center: 8:30am Min 3/Max 19 features 2 floors of highly interactive exhibits that engage vistors to explore freedom Minimal Some and the first amendment. Lunch will be our choice of sandwich from Rivewalk Cafe. Walking Walking “God Bless America: A Tu, Jul 24 $20/$25/$40 9:30am-5pm #352920-07 Moderate Mostly Mestas Musical” at White Pickup Dole Center: 9:30am / Fox Center: 10am Min 6/Max 19 Walking Walking Fence Farm Good food and good music - what more could you ask for? We’ll go to Lemont to enjoy a fried chicken dinner with all the sides at White Fence Farm. After dinner we will enjoy Wheelchair Stairs Shopping Along Route the Mestas Musical “God Bless America.” Watch history unfold before your eyes in this Accessible Required 59 in Aurora musical tribute to our country. This dynamic multi-media presentation honoring our country and those who served will make you proud to be an American. NEW Evening Trips ! Go shopping with the Park District of Oak Park on Route 59 in Aurora. Stores include: Crate and Barrel Outlet, Carson Pirie Scott Outlet, Super Target, Old Tu, Jun 26 $43/$48/$63 Shuttle Service 9:30am-5:30pm #352920-04 Navy, Kirkland’s, Shoe Carnival, Linens and Things, Meijers, and Border’s. Lunch is on your own from Portillo’s Restaurant. Pickup Dole Center: 9:30am / Fox Center: 10am Min 10/Max 19 For an additional fee of only $1, our evening trips Tu, May 22 $20/$25/$40 include door-to-door pick-up and drop off service 9am-6pm #252920-07 for Oak Park, Forest Park and River Forest residents. 6 Pick up Dole Center: 9am / Fox Center: 9:30am Min 10/Max 18 7
  • New Registration Info! Important Phone MAY/JUNE 2007 Numbers We are no longer accepting registrations at our Community Centers (Barrie Center, Field Center, Fox Center, Longfellow Center, and Stevenson Center). Park District of Oak Park Main Office.................(708) 383-0002 In-Person registration accepted at: Active Adult Program Information • Hedges Administrative Center, 218 Madison Street, M-F from 8:30am-5pm Line.................(708) 725-2274 (AAPI) • Ridgeland Common, 415 Lake Street, M-Sa from 9am-5pm Oak Park Township Drop-off registration (takes up to 48 hours to process) accepted at: Senior Services ........ (708) 383-8060 • Hedges Administrative Center after hours mail slot (see address above) Senior Housing • Dole Center, 255 Augusta (at Cuyler), drop box located on 2nd floor Assistant ................... (708) 386-9322 outside Park District offices, M-Th 8:30am-9pm and F, 8:30am-Noon Mills Tower ................ (708) 386-7536 Phone registration: Oak Park Arms .......... (708) 386-4040 • Active Adults Program Info Line: (708) 725-2274 (leave message with your contact information & class you’re interested in; we’ll call you back within Blue Cab ....................(708) 383-2121 1 business day) Red Cab.......................(708) 848-1010 • Automated Attendant Line (using Visa or Mastercard): (708) 725-2000 • Senior Recreation Coordinator Desk: (708) 725-2150 (if no answer, leave Senior Services message and Heidi will call you back) Transportation .......... (708) 383-4806 Pace Office .(847) 364-7223 ext. 500 You can also fax registration forms to (708) 383-5702 or mail to Administrative Center, or register online at www.oakparkparks.com using Visa or Mastercard! Age Wise ................... (708) 660-4636
  • In The Fall 2007 A Newsletter for Residents and Friends of the Wheeling Park District The Pieces Are Coming Together These are exciting times for the Wheeling the current facility on Dundee Road for a new through the unique “people-driven” process community. After months of planning, the pieces Village Hall. facilitated by Park staff. The purchase of land are coming together for the “new” Heritage Park. On the same night the Park District and Village from St. Joseph and the land exchange with the By creating a partnership with the Village of finalized this agreement, the Wheeling Park Village of Wheeling were the two vital pieces Wheeling and working with State legislators and District Board of Commissioners completed the needed to set this process in motion. the Illinois Department of Natural Resources purchase of 10 acres of open space adjacent to The history of Heritage Park dates back to 1964 (IDNR), the Wheeling Park District has secured Heritage Park from St. Joseph the Worker when the Park District purchased 66 acres of the funding for a land acquisition that will lead Catholic Church. The purchase of this property land from G.D. Searle and Company with a grant the way for Heritage Park to become the was made possible, in part, by a $400,000 Open from the Federal Open Space Land Program. premiere community park for the residents of Space Land Acquisition and Development Situated between the Wisconsin Central Railroad Wheeling. (OSLAD) grant through the IDNR. This grant was tracks and Wolf Road just north of the On Monday, August 13, the Wheeling Park District available to the Park District, in part, due to the Meadowbrook subdivision, construction began on Board of Commissioners and the Village of dedicated work of State Senator Terry Link and a community recreation center, a lighted baseball Wheeling Trustees finalized a land exchange State Representative Kathy Ryg. Their leadership field, and an ice rink in 1965. agreement to allow for the expansion of in preserving the funding for the OSLAD The redevelopment of Heritage Park represents Heritage Park and the construction of a new programs is a major reason why the Park District the largest single project undertaken by the Village Hall on Dundee Road. The swap gives was able to acquire this property. Wheeling Park District since construction of the the Wheeling Park District approximately eight Community Recreation Center in 1994. In some acres of land adjacent to Heritage Park and The Redevelopment of Heritage Park respects, it could be considered the Park south of the current Village Hall, including the Over the coming weeks, months, and years, the District’s most significant project because it former public works/engineering facility which Wheeling Park District will be working closely means changing a long-standing community park will be demolished. The Village of Wheeling will with Wheeling residents to redevelop Heritage used by every age group in the entire receive approximately six acres of land west of Park into their vision of a community park community. Heritage Park offers a unique opportunity to develop, not only a community park, but a Municipal/Park District campus, a transit-oriented Transferred development, and a variety of natural areas. to the Village of Wheeling Because the property is contiguous with Village of Wheeling property, Park District facilities, potential development property, and the Metra Transferred rail station, understanding how all these entities to Wheeling will impact the design is crucial to its success. Park District Purchased Continue on page 2. from St. Joseph Inside this issue of“In The Know” Heritage Park Parking Update . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 New Commissioner – Vivian Smith . . . . . . . . . .3 Open House Health Fair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Sponsor Spotlight “Westin Chicago North Shore” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Scholarship Benefit at Claim Jumper . . . . . . . .4 Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
  • 2 More Parking Planned for Heritage Park The Wheeling Park District is planning to add 54 additional spaces to the existing parking lot situated between the Aquatic Center and the Community Recreation Center. This modification will offer guest parking closer to the facilities, improved vehicular flow, and an expanded Aquatic Center drop-off area in addition to more handicap parking spaces. The design also calls for planting 15 ornamental shade trees, native grasses, and perennials. Light fixtures will be installed to match the existing standards. The parking expansion project will be configured to align with the proposed access road that will serve the future Wheeling Village Hall. The design of the parking lot, which has been approved by the Wheeling Park District Board of Commissioners, will fit seamlessly with the proposed Municipal and Park District Campus. The Pieces Are Coming Together Continued from page 1. The Park District places a high be made available as they are However, had the purchase of the District facilities and Heritage Park to priority on a development process scheduled. St. Joe property not occurred, the the new Park District/Municipal that seeks input and support from Funding will play a large role in the Park District would have lost the Campus access road. See the article community leaders as well the redevelopment of Heritage Park. $400,000 grant in addition to being above for more details about this general public. Equally important is Therefore, alternative funding barred from obtaining any other project. understanding the sensitive nature of opportunities, such as grants and IDNR grants for a period of two this park while striking the delicate years. Get Involved partnerships will be explored and balance between active and passive The Wheeling Park District Board and researched as part of the master CRC/Family Aquatic Center recreation. The public process, as Staff are very excited about the planning process. It is important to well as the Community Attitude and Parking Expansion opportunity the Heritage Park project note that due to the efforts of our Interest Survey and the Park District While not considered a direct part of presents for the community. As a legislators in both the House and Comprehensive Plan, will drive this the project, the CRC/Family Aquatic resident of Wheeling, you are Senate, the Park District will be project. To augment these reports, Center parking lot expansion will encouraged to take an active role in eligible to pursue additional grants the Park District expects to gather have a significant impact on the the “people driven” planning process from the IDNR. The $400,000 OSLAD public support through stakeholder redevelopment of Heritage Park. The and help us achieve our Mission to grant the Park District received for interviews and focus group meetings expansion began in September of provide memorable experiences in the purchase of the St. Joseph that will allow all concerned 2007 and is expected to be parks and recreation that enrich our property is a great example of organizations to present their views. completed by November of this year, communities. Information about how potential opportunities for funding. Information on these meetings will The new parking lot will connect Park to get involved will be forthcoming. www.wheelingparkdistrict.com 847.465.3333
  • 3 New Wheeling Park District Sponsor Spotlight – Commissioner – Vivian Smith Westin Chicago North Shore On Tuesday, September 4, the Wheeling Park The Westin Chicago North Shore is approaching a one-year anniversary District Board of Commissioners unanimously on October 12, 2007. It has been an outstanding year of hosting many selected Vivian Smith to fill the empty seat on the corporate events in addition to numerous weddings, bar/batmitzvahs, fund Park Board. raisers, and social events. Vivian brings a well-rounded perspective to the The Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling has successfully blended Board as a long-time resident, parent, Park style and elegance with the convenience of a full-service hotel. District participant, and business owner. When Vivian heard of Commissioner Philipp’s resignation From the Westin Heavenly Bed® to the Westin Heavenly Bath®, each of from the Park Board, she felt the timing was right their 412 luxurious guest rooms and suites feature all the comfort and for her to get involved on the Board and offer her amenities for which Westin has become known. To accommodate all of expertise to the community of Wheeling. your travel needs, the hotel also offers a fully-equipped business center, “I have a diverse business background which includes corporate and Club Lounge, and the WestinWORKOUT® Powered by Reebok Gym. In criminal law, safety, risk management, and construction.” Currently, Vivian is addition to the expansive fitness center, unwind with a relaxing swim in President of the Wheeling-based Smith Family Construction Company. the indoor pool. After graduating from Wheeling High School in 1976, Vivian and her husband A total of 35,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space makes chose Wheeling to raise their five children who range in age from six to 20 the Westin Chicago North Shore the perfect choice for weddings, years old. Her involvement with the Wheeling Park District as an adult began conferences, and banquets. Along with the 14,825-square foot Ravinia 20 years ago when she registered her oldest son for swim lessons at the age Grand Ballroom, the largest on the North Shore, the hotel boasts three of six months. She and her family continue to enjoy the facilities offered at junior ballrooms, each measuring approximately 5,000 square feet. the Park District and remain active in Park District programs. For your dining pleasure, the One of Vivian’s goals while on the Board is to see the community gain as hotel features three dining much as possible from the new Park District/Municipal Campus and to ensure options: Osteria di Tramonto a that all segments of the population – from seniors to toddlers – have ample three-meal restaurant offering opportunities to engage in activities there. Vivian is a strong supporter of Italian specialties; Tramonto’s more passive open space for people to walk, hike, and bike. She also would Steak & Seafood – a dinner- like to work for an increase in developmental sports at the Park District. only restaurant featuring “I am very excited to be on the Wheeling Park District Board and to be part specially-cut steaks and fresh of the strategic planning to improve our parks and recreation system for the seafood preparations; RT long-range needs of the community.” Lounge, a stylish lounge serving Vivian’s appointment to the Board of Commissioners will run until 2009. small plates of oysters, shrimp, and other ‘crudos’; and Gale’s Coffee Bar where you can indulge in great coffee drinks Open House/Health Fair and breakfast pastries. The Westin Chicago North The Wheeling community is invited to an Open House/Health Fair Saturday, Shore is designed to be the October 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wheeling Park District Community Recreation Center. premier hotel and conference facility in Chicago's North Co-sponsored by the Village of Wheeling and the Wheeling Park District, the Shore community. Visit them event will feature health and fitness information. Blood pressure screenings, soon. massages, spinal screenings, health screenings, acupuncture, and living will workshops also will be offered in addition to fire prevention tips and smoking cessation information. Many state, county, and village organizations also will provide information on their services including the Cook County Assessor, District 214 Community Education, Illinois Veteran’s Affairs Office, Indian Trails Library, Omni Resource Center, SWANCC, Wheeling Fire Department, Wheeling Police Department, Wheeling Park District, and Wheeling/Prospect Heights Chamber of Commerce. This event is free to the public. There is a minimal charge for some health screenings requiring inoculations or lab work, but most services are free. Refreshments also will be available. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how the services in your community can help you live a healthier life. For more information, contact Beverly Slaby at (847) 459-2621 or Nancy Jenssen at (847) 459-2670. 847.465.3333 www.wheelingparkdistrict.com
  • Scholarship Benefit Night at Claim Jumper Mark your Come to Claim Jumper in Wheeling calendars for on Thursday, October 18, from 5 p.m. these upcoming to 9 p.m., for the Wheeling Park District Scholarship Benefit Night. special events at the The restaurant at 781 Milwaukee Wheeling Park District. Avenue will donate 10 per cent of all food purchases to the Wheeling Park Don miss a ’t District Scholarship Fund. The Fund is memorable experience! dedicated to offering program assistance in the form of scholarships Oct. 5 . . . . . First Friday Family Fun to resident children ages 18 years at Arctic Splash and under. As of September 1, 2007, Oct. 6 . . . . . Open House Health Fair the Wheeling Park District has released $60,000 in scholarships for Oct. 6 . . . . . Ping Pong Tournament the 2007 fiscal year. These funds Oct. 7 . . . . . Family Baggo Contest have given youth in the community Oct. 14 . . . Fall Fest 5K/10K an opportunity to participate in Park Oct. 14 . . . Fall Festival District sports, camps, and activities Oct. 14 . . . Fall Sweeper Golf Event that they otherwise would not have Oct. 14 . . . Halloween Hayrides been able to enjoy. Nov. 2 . . . . First Friday Family Fun The Wheeling Park District Scholar- at Arctic Splash ship Benefit Night is a great way to Nov. 17 . . . Turkey Shoot help the kids of the community while Nov. 24 . . . Turkey Trimming enjoying great food. Please bring the flyer pictured on this page to Claim Workout Jumper and present it to your server Dec. 7. . . . . First Friday Family Fun when ordering. For more information, at Arctic Splash call (847) 465-3333. Dec. 8. . . . . Breakfast with Santa Wheeling, Il 60090 Local Postal Patron CARRIER ROUTE PRESORT Wheeling, IL 60090 333 W. Dundee Road
  • Summer 2007 A Shining Star Retires: A Tribute to Bev Kuhn As Bev was counting down her days to retirement, she could feel After 26 years of crunching budget numbers, preparing financial herself relaxing because now she won’t have to deal with any reports, and attending monthly board meetings, Beverly “Bev” more budget nightmares. “I used to keep a notebook by the side Grand Opening Kuhn is hanging up her hat as the Director of Finance and of my bed so that I could write stuff down as I was trying to go to Batavia Park District Administrative Services for the Batavia Park District. sleep,” Bev said. “I really loved working for the park district but Celebration of the Clark now I’m just relieved not to have all of the responsibilities,” she Receives Top Accreditation When Bev first began her journey at the Batavia Park District, said. She looks forward to spending quality Island Recreation Area she was hired as the Secretary to the Director. A time with her husband, Chuck, who is a for Safety Program month later, the director left the district and she Featuring the Blackard Battalion Chief at Fermilab. ”It’s my turn Working diligently to make parks and recreational programs safe began working in the finance department writing to pamper him after all of the years he has Skate-n-Bike Park and cost effective for the public has been an ongoing goal of the the general ledgers by hand inside pencil books. supported and encouraged me,” she said. You (and 25 of your closest friends and family) are invited to Batavia Park District. These loss prevention efforts have paid off the Grand Opening of the Clark Island Recreation Area in many ways including having been recently awarded the highest At the age of 54, Bev reflects on how she has Her retirement plans include but are featuring the new Blackard Skate-n-Bike Park! loss control award which is a Excellent-Level A accreditation from spent almost half of her life at the park district. not limited to: gardening, quilting, the Park District Risk Management Agency (PDRMA). She took 20 years worth of board meeting scrapbooking, exercising, eating better, After one year of revolutionary renovations, Clark Island is minutes. She created a full-time personnel manual and cooking. She has even decided to ready for the world to see! Join us for an afternoon of This award recognizes the Batavia Park District for establishing from scratch, researching policies and meeting with continue her life as a public servant fellowship in recognition of this years most and implementing a comprehensive loss prevention attorneys. She developed the first working by volunteering at the Batavia Depot inspired and noteworthy park development! program to manage the specific projection model of the budget. Up until five Museum and helping out with park district special loss exposures that exist. The park Saturday, June 23, 2007 years ago, she handled all of the new employee orientations, events like the Easter Egg Hunt and Clark Island Recreation Area district will receive a check for human resource matters and was the district’s first safety Batavia’s Quilt & Textile 411 River Street, Batavia Park District $1,500 as a result of the high coordinator. She has watched the staff grow in size from 11:00AM Show. “I don’t think I’ll rating. The funds have already been ten to 32 full time personnel and from 50 to 312 part- Dedication Ceremony at Clark Island be bored,” she joked. earmarked for a new Park Watch time/seasonal personnel. She currently holds the record Special Acknowledgements reward fund that will reward tipsters for being the longest full-time employee at the park If the way in which Bev Flag Ceremony for reporting vandalism that lead to district. Accounting Supervisor, Tammi LaFleur said, has lived her life up until Refreshments arrests in Batavia parks. The Park “Bev is such a great teacher who is so patient this point is any indication Batavia Youth Baseball Games at Watch Program will launch in June. of how she will carry out her Woodard Field and has always brought balance into my life.” retirement, she will What’s new at Clark Island? The Batavia Park District is a member Over the course of 26 years Bev has only missed one undoubtedly live “happily ever of PDRMA, which is a membership Beautifully landscaped shorelines, rebuilt bike/pedestrian bridges, board meeting so that she could attend her daughter’s high after”.Bev summed up her years organization comprised of over 145 park districts, forest preserve a new bike park, shelter renovations, lighting at Woodard Field, school banquet. A single parent, Bev often found herself working at the Batavia Park District by districts and special recreation associations located throughout new playground amenities, a newly constructed canoe launch 50 – 55 hour weeks and balancing time between her daughter, saying, “I’ll always look back with Illinois. The loss control review is a comprehensive analysis of a and so much more! Brin Jennifer, and babysitters. One benefit is that Jennifer was able a smile and not a tear.” g member’s implementation of PDRMA’s loss control guidelines. 12:00PM Noon skatebo your bikes and to participate in park district dance and gymnastics classes. “The ards Get to Know Bev… Blackard Skate-n-Bike what yo and show us The review for the Batavia Park District covered risk management park district is my second family because I’ve spent more time Park Grand Opening u’ve got ! practices that relate to the parks and recreation field. Points are with the people there than I have with my own family,” she said. The greatest accomplishment in her life…was The Batavia Teen Center awarded in areas such as recreation safety practices, claims “Jennifer is my one and only but God gave me a good one.” raising her daughter and watching her become the Extreme Sport Demonstrations management, hazard identification, aquatic safety and other loss During Bev’s tenure at the park district, she has consistently person she is today. Live Entertainment prevention areas. The review process is spread out over the year demonstrated a strong work ethic and dedication. She credits She was the first employee at the park district to… Contests and entails a minimum of three visits by a risk management her work ethic to her hard working parents. Bev’s father passed have a computer. Prizes services staff member who determines the extent and effectiveness away when she was 10 years old leaving her mother to raise four If she could travel to any one destination at Free Stuff Questions? of each member’s implementation of the loss control guidelines. Call the Batavia children on her own. Her mother worked as a waitress tending to any given moment…she would go to Maui …and so much more that your Park District at: Executive Director Mike Clark for the Batavia Park District was late shifts and putting in long hours. As a result, Bev has always with her husband. imagination can’t even begin to fathom! 630-879-5235 very appreciative of the award as well as the hard work by staff made sure that she’s there for anyone when they need her. “I just One of her most proud moments was…receiving Parking is available on Shumway and the safety committee. “We have really attempted to promote want to make an impact on other’s lives,” she said. Batavia Depot the first employee “Award of Excellence”, which Avenue or at the south end of the the idea of safe operations in every facet of our programming Museum Coordinator Chris Winter said, “Bev is so family recognizes staff members for their dedication and Blackard Skate-n-Bike Park. Better and facilities,” he stated. oriented and such a fun-loving friend and hard worker… service of excellence to the park district. I don’t know how she ever found time to do it all.” yet – ride your bike to the ceremony! 4 1
  • Friday & Saturday, July 13 & 14 at the Batavia Riverwalk Favorite Traditions The Arts & Crafts Show and Flea Market create a through the Batavia Park shoppers paradise outside of the Depot Museum. District by calling: l blow The show will coincide times with the flea market 630-879-5235 or online at: and run from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Saturday www.bataviaparks.org . Simply only. Would you or someone you know like to by registering for the show, be a vendor this year? The cost is only $25 but you will receive a discounted “It’lyou Windmill City Festival reserve a spot quickly because there is very admission to Batavia’s way!” limited space. Please call Carla Hill or Chris Quilt & Textile Show. Mixes New Events with a Winter at the Depot Museum, 630-406-5274. Round up your grandmother’s Tried-and-True Kids Day, Suit up your pet rabbit, turtle, cat or dog for this old quilts as there will be quilt July is a time of excitement, as Batavia’s Windmill City Festival Friday July 13 year’s pet parade held on Saturday, July 14 at 10:00 a.m. appraisals offered by Alexandra boasts so many activities – the only complaint is whether one Parade participants must register prior to the parade between Schweitzer, a certified quilt Kids have first priority on Friday, July 13 “Kids Day”,offering 9:15 - 9:50 a.m. Pet prizes will be awarded for the following: appraiser. Quilt appraisals will take place on Saturday from person can see and do everything within the two days. This year’s a dodgeball tournament, fire hose challenge, sports corner, Best Kisser, Best Trick, Fastest Wagging Tail, Longest Ears, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. festival is slated for Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14. diaper derby and children’s theatre. Since the Windmill City Highest Jump, Best Costume, and Most Unusual Pet. Over the two days, people will find more than three dozen Festival usually takes place during 80 degree temperature days, Participants receive a doggy bag containing pet goodies and The general admission for the Quilt & Textile Show is $5, activities, plus a full range of food vendors, live entertainment, there will be a splash pad/water play area set up for you and contest winners take home gift cards from Petland of Batavia seniors sixty and over and students with ID are $4 while carnival rides, children’s activities and competitive games for your little one to hydrate. and Funway Entertainment Center. children under the age of ten are free. Save an extra dollar by adults. Activities include a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, ice clipping the coupon located inside the park district’s summer Children of all ages can win prizes by testing their throwing The Batavia Teen Center raised $900 from last year’s Saturday fun guide on page 16. For more details about the show, contact cream eating contest, 5k run, sudoku tournament, arts and crafts accuracy as their favorite All Star Sports and high school coaches morning Pancake Breakfast with the Batavia Rotary Club the Batavia Depot Museum at: 630-406-5274 or visit the show, flea market and nightly entertainment. Chicago entertainers sit in a dunk tank at this year’s Sports Corner. The Sports Corner matching the funding doubling profits to $1800. This year schedule of events online at: www.bataviaparks.org. such as Mike & Joe and Hot Rocks: Rolling Stones Tribute Show is Friday, July 13 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Batavia Riverwalk. the breakfast runs from 7:30 – 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 14. draw more than 13,000 attendees to the Batavia Riverwalk. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the gate $5 for Have a ball with us at this year’s Dodgeball Tournament debuting Unique Offerings for Adults adults, $3 for ages 4 – 17 and kids under 3 are free. on Friday, July 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Memorial Park. There is no reason why adults should feel left out of the loop This tournament will be divided into two age brackets: 7 – 9 and The Kane County Chronicle’s Golf Challenge, where participants at this year’s festival because there is a variety of new offerings 10 – 12. Participants will receive a team shirt, snack and water have a chance to make a hole-in-one on a green that floats in the and competitive games to satisfy even the pickiest of people. bottle. The fee is $90 per team with each team consisting of at Depot Museum pond, is scheduled for 2 to 9 p.m. Friday and A snapshot of some of the new features this year include least six players. Register by July 11 by calling the Batavia Park from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday. Participants who hit a hole a sudoku tournament, a “Baggo” bean bag tournament, a 3-on-3 District at 630-879-5235. in one receive a set of golf clubs. basketball tournament and an adult-division for the ice cream Freaky Friday will be held at the Hall Debut of Batavia’s eating contest. Gather your neighbors together, Quarry Beach located at 400 South Water place your bets and test your competitive edge! Quilt & Textile Show Street from 1:00 - 4:00p.m. Wacky games Give it a Whirl will be played and cool prizes will be Coinciding with the Windmill City Festival this year is Batavia’s distributed by the mascot, Chuck the Quilt & Textile Show. This will be a traditional show with with a 5k Race Duck. Participants of Laidlaw’s ’Lil 500 a contemporary interest featuring weaving and spinning The Windmill Whirl 5k community run Big Wheel Races can bring their own demonstrations, quilt and textile sales, and a quilt care and will be held on the festival grounds Saturday, big wheel and get ready to pedal to the display program. The show runs from Friday, July 13 – Sunday, July 14. The course covers some of the most finish line. Age groups are divided into July 15 at the Eastside Community Center and Shannon spectacular scenery of the Fox River Valley. the following: 2 year olds, 3 & 4 Hall located at 14 N. Van Buren Street, Batavia. This year all registered runners will receive a year olds, and 5 & 6 year olds. On Friday from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. there is a fascinating program complimentary Pancake Breakfast ticket with Plan now to drop by the downtown area and enjoy Batavia’s called: Pre-Civil War Quilts: Their Hidden Codes to the their race registration. The registration deadline biggest event of the summer. The Windmill City Festival Underground Railroad and Freedom presented by Dr. Clarice is Saturday, July 7 at noon. Race day registration is Committee includes representatives from the Batavia Chamber Boswell. Using replicas of Pre-Civil War quilts, Dr. Boswell will available for $25. Registration forms are available online at of Commerce, Batavia Park District, and the City of Batavia. reveal the secret codes and hidden messages that enabled fugitive www.bataviaparks.org. If you are interested in race registration For a detailed schedule turn to pages 12 - 16. slaves to follow safe routes to the Underground Railroad and information, turn to page 8 of the summer fun guide. eventually to freedom. Registration is necessary and available 2 3
  • Top Honors Celebrated at State Conference – Medinah Park District Commissioner, Rick Main, received the prestigious IAPD Rising Star award at the IPR State Conference. The award is given to an individual making significant contributions to their park district. Nicole Chesak Program Chesak, Supervisor for the Village of Glendale Heights, received the IPRA Young Profes- sional Award. NEDSRA’s Susan Balling Assistant to the Director, took home Balling, Vision 2010 & Beyond the distinguished IPRA Fellow Award and L aura Christensen Recreation Christensen, Manager, received the Illinois Therapeutic Recreation Section’s New Professional Rick Main (left) is congratulated by MARCH 2007 Underway Strategic Plan Under way Award. Ann Roytek and Lonna Converso were recognized for the “Best Medinah Park District Tom Director Tom Connolly NEWS ABOUT NEDSRA Recreation or Program Facilities Article” for writing “Friends Fore Ever!” for the during a reception in Abraham Lincoln once said, “The best thing They will bring an unbiased, professional focus FOR OUR IPR Magazine. Taking third place for Annual Service Report Content category in honor. his honor. A sparkling juice toast was made about the future is that it comes only one day to all aspects of the discussions. PARTNERS AND FRIENDS the Agency Showcase was NEDSRA’s 2005-2006 Annual Service Report. to Rick by the at a time.” While I’m not one to disagree attendees. A six-month process, involving our Board, with honest Abe, I do think his statement is 1770 W. Centennial Place Addison, IL 60101-1076 Introducing Marne Boario Introducing only partially true. The future does come staff, partners, consumers and other key one day at a time. But if we fail to plan for stakeholders, will commence in March. Joining NEDSRA in the Fund Development Department is Marne Boario. She is that future, the accumulation of those days Together, we’ll have an opportunity to step Phone: 630-620-4500 the new Fund Development Manager and comes to NEDSRA with a background in General e-mail: both sales and fundraising. Marne’s previous experiences includes working as the won’t lead us where we want to go. 2007 is back from daily and yearly operations and nedsra@nedsra.org Communications/Fund Development Director with the Girl Scouts in Wisconsin, an exciting year as we undertake a strategic discuss longer term initiatives and dreams. and as Development Specialist at VSA Arts of Wisconsin, a non-profit arts program planning process, which allows us to both The ultimate goal is a future-focused and for individuals with disabilities. There her focus was on securing grants and developing donor dream and plan for NEDSRA’s future. In cohesive NEDSRA, dedicated to agreed Putting People First relations. February, the NEDSRA Board unanimously upon mission, vision, values and priorities, approved the recommendation of our taking us to 2010 & Beyond. Will The Stars Will Shine! Strategic Plan Committee to hire the firm of Primer, Michaels & Associates to facilitate You won’t want to miss the excitement during this year’s Reach For The www.nedsra.org www.nedsra.or .nedsra.org Stars Night on Tuesday, June 5. The beautiful, new Medinah Shiners Center – our process. This highly respected firm has Medinah Banquets in Addison is our new venue, and the evening is complete more than 20 years experience, including Larry Reiner, Director with a four-course dinner. NEDSRA will announce its SuperStars for 2007, similar work for park districts and non-profits. including Distinguished Legislator during the awards portion of the evening. Invitations will be mailed in mid-April. If you would like an invitation, contact Lonna Converso, Director of Public Information, at 630-620-4500, ext. 141 or lconverso@nedsra.org. Administrative/Board Highlights dministrative/Board • Board of Trustees approved the Comprehensive Financial Policies for NEDSRA. • Board of Trustees unanimously approved the recommendation of the Strategic Plan Steering Committee to hire Primer, Michaels & Associates, to facilitate all aspects of NEDSRA’s NEDSRA Events & Dates Strategic Plan. Mark Your Calendar • Staff has completed the required documentation for receipt of $250,000 DCEO Grant from the State of Illinois. The funds should be received by July 1. Director Reiner is continuing SUN MON TUE WED THUR FRI SAT SAT the yearly efforts to secure the funding commitment for 2008. • Finance Committee reviewed and approved staff’s recommendations for reserve funds and levels to secure financial stability to 2010. Personnel Committee reviewed and approved wo- Two-Time staff’s recommendations for all personnel items in the 2007-08 Budget. Thursday, May 10 Thursday, Sunday, June 3 Sunday, 100 Hole Challenge Golf Marathon Kickoff Summer Kickoff & Fishing Derby National Gold Medal • The Joint Finance and Personnel Committee met on February 27 and Wood Dale Park District’s Salt Creek Golf Club Oakbrook Terrace Park District Terrace View Lake ward Winner Award Winner recommended for Board approval the 2007-08 Budget, including To participate, contact Karen Lesniak at To participate, contact Laura Christensen at For Excellence In Park & Excellence 3-year reserves and operations projections. 630-620-4500, ext. 117 or klesniak@nedsra.org 630-620-4500, ext. 138 or lchristensen@nedsra.org Recreation Management Saturday, May 19 Saturday day, Tuesday, June 5 uesday, 28th Annual Local Special Olympics For Reach For The Stars Night “Thank you so much for the “show” Track & Firled Meet Medinah Shriner Center in Addison Look Inside yesterday. One of my afternoon See page 2 for details. For an invitation, contact Lonna Converso students, who did not speak ever, Circle of Friends ....................... Page 2 at 630-620-4500, ext. 141 or is now talking! The “animal therapy” lconverso@nedsra.org Speaker of the House ................ Page 2 must really work! Special Day at the Track ............ Page 2 – Sara Grunt Special Education Teacher Sponsorships Grow for Meet ...... Page 3 Ardmore Elementary School, Addison
  • Circle of Friends Circle Friends Save The Date 16th Annual Larry Roesch/NEDSRA The following groups or individuals are true friends to NEDSRA. As a result of their gifts of time, talent and financial support, NEDSRA participants are reaping the benefits! Special Recreation Golf Classic Volunteer Support Friday, September 7, 2007 • Wal*Mart employees assist with Jr. Wheelchair Bulls Tournament. White Pines Golf Club, Bensenville • Addison Knights of Columbus present the “Colors” at the Jr. Bulls Tournament. 18 Hole Golf Course, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner • Volunteers from Willowbrook High School Honor Society serve as “peer partners” Gifts and Raffles Contests Tr in Special Olympics Unified Bowling. Elmhurst College donates $500 to Unified Assisting with the Theater & Choir Troupe’s “Take Bow,” recent performance of “Take A Bow,” Joe and For more details, contact Karen Lesniak at Bowling program. professional Pat Niziolek utilized their professional sound • Fenton High School Girl’s Track Team volunteers assist with Special Olympics show. and lighting equipment to enhance the show. 630-620-4500, ext. 117 or klesniak@nedsra.org. Track Training. Proceeds to benefit children and adults with disabilities. • Addison Trail High School volunteers assist with Challenger Baseball. • Addison Police Department DARE officer assists with after-school bowling program for youth at risk. • Joe Niziolek from Progressive Communications in Lombard assists with sound and lighting for the Theatre & Choir Troupe performance in Oakbrook Terrace. • Beatrice Talavara from Kennedy School in Schiller Park volunteers as a Spanish Interpreter to assist Hispanic families registering for NEDSRA programs. Wal*Mart Supports Grows Sponsorship Grows for Jr. Wheelchair Bulls Jr. Special Olympics - Speaker of the House Speaker Saturday day, Meet Saturday, May 19 The “speaker”: Ted Callahan The 28th Annual Local Special The “house”: Medinah Country Club Olympics Track and Field Meet is fast approaching! This exciting On March 3, adult participant Ted Callahan addressed a group of private country club managers and May 19 event provides an golf pros at a CDGA Conference held at Medinah Country Club. This 31 year-old Lombard resident opportunity for more than 200 spoke about his involvement with the NEDSRA Special Olympics Golf Team and the benefits of the athletes to enjoy a day of competi- “Sunshine Through Golf” program. Ted’s testimony was sincere and heart-warming, thanking the tion entertainment, food and fun. group of professionals and donors who provide financial and technical support to disabled golfers NEDSRA is fortunate to have the throughout the Chicagoland area. As an ambassador for NEDSRA, Ted was excited and proud to support and sponsorship from accept this speaking engagement, and we look forward to more opportunities to allow our partici- The Jr. Wheelchair Bulls Tournament was a huge success, thanks Canon USA, Semblex Corpora- Ted Callahan (left) pants to be advocates for our services. to a generous contribution from Wal*Mart. For the second year, tion, Brown’s Chicken and Pasta, Wal*Mart graciously donated both financial assistance, and more and a new sponsor in 2007, than 25 hours of combined volunteer support for the event. Ten Foresters, Faith Branch 1106. In eager Wal*Mart associates volunteered their time assisting with addition, numerous community service organizations and Knights Track Join Us for a Special Day at the Track concessions, scorekeeping and serving lunches. NEDSRA is grateful for this wonderful partnership which makes each year’s of Columbus councils are sponsors of the event, both financially and providing volunteer support. Sam’s Club also showed its There’s no crying in track and field, unless you volunteer and witness the courageous event a huge success! support with sponsorship of the efforts of NEDSRA’s Special Olympics athletes! Our partners and friends are invited meet and general support for our to NEDSRA’s 28th Annual Local Special Olympics Track and Field Meet on Saturday, 12 year-round Special Olympics May 19, at Glenbard East High School in Lombard. This annual event is full of team sports. We sincerely thank competition and camaraderie, as more than 200 Special Olympians and 300 volunteers these sponsors for making the come together to celebrate the Olympic spirit. Opening Ceremonies are at 9:00 a.m., track and field meet event with the competition starting at 10:00 a.m. Stop by and cheer on our athletes as they enjoyable and memorable for the compete under the Special Olympics Oath: athletes! “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” See related article of meet sponsors on page 3. Page 2 NEDSRA NEWS Flash CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF SERVICE Page 3
  • Woodridge Park District Fall & Winter Highlights Park Board of Commissioners Santa Calls Tuesday, December 11 President . . . . . . . . . . . Fred Hohnke 4:30 - 7:00 pm Vice President. . . . . . . . . . Jim Duffy Ages 3 - 7 Commissioner . . . . . . .Jack Mahoney Free for Woodridge Park Commissioner . . . . . . . . . . Joe Kubal District residents with advance Commissioner . . . . . . Brian Coleman registration December 3-7 Friday, October 26 - Saturday, October 27 Pathways is published by the Friday & Saturday evenings: 6:30 - 9:30 pm Woodridge Park District. Comments Saturday afternoon matinee: 1 - 3 pm Santa’s Bedtime Storyhour and questions may be directed to: Tuesday, December 18 & $7 per person/evenings Wednesday, December 19 Woodridge Park District $5 per person/afternoon 6:30 - 7:30 pm Community Center No refunds Ages 1- 8 2600 Center Drive $8(R)/$12(N) Woodridge, IL 60517 Event at Hawthorne Hill Woods Community Center/Hickory-Oak Phone: 353-3300 Parking at Community Center 2600 Center Drive Fax: 353-3320 info@woodridgeparks.org Family Fun in the Winter/Spring Activity Guide Friday, November 30–Monday, December 3 — Winter/Spring 2008 Activity Guide delivered to homes Saturday, December 15 — Resident Lottery Deadline 11:00 AM Door to Door Direct distributes the Woodridge Park District Guides to the doorways of residents’ homes and to the leasing offices of multi-family complexes. Single-family households, who do not receive a brochure, please e-mail your address and phone number to info@woodridgeparks.org no later than Wednesday, December 12 to request redelivery of the brochure to your home. Brochures are also available at the Woodridge Park District Community Center, 2600 Center Drive. 2600 Center Drive Woodridge, IL 60517 www.woodridgeparks.org Mission Statement The mission of the Woodridge Park District is to enhance the quality of life of its residents by providing superior parks, facilities, and recreational services in a fiscally responsible manner.
  • 2007 Fall PathwaysA Newsletter for Residents of the Woodridge Park District Hobson Site Redevelopment HAUNTED FOREST WALK RELOCATES Survey Enclosed TO HAWTHORNE HILL WOODS For more than 25 years, the Woodridge Park District’s Haunted F Forest Walk has provided residents with frightening scenes and an abundance of screams the weekend before Halloween. This year the fall tradition will take place at a new location in order to provide residents with an even scarier and more convenient location. With 71 acres of scary woods and twisting pathways, Hawthorne Hill Woods will be the new home for Haunted Forest Walk. It is conveniently located near the Woodridge Park District Community Center, which will be the starting and ending point of the event. This change will allow event participants to park at the Community Center, which has bathrooms, adequate lighting, playgrounds and a heated building. Decorated hayracks will transport guests from the Community Center to Hawthorne Hill Woods, where monsters and ghouls await for everyone’s arrival. Park District maintenance staff laid down a new wood chip path and The Haunted Forest Walk team is currently putting together their is presently adding the final touches to the hayracks. best scare tactics in order to turn Hawthorne Hill Woods into the Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this annual Woodridge creepiest and most spine-chilling haunted walk yet. Local Park District tradition. The Haunted Forest Walk will take place from organizations have spent hours planning the layout of their 6:30-9:30 pm on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27. An horrifying scenes to include spooky decorations, life-like costumes, afternoon matinee will take place from 1:00-3:00 pm on Saturday eerie lighting and special effects. This year’s participating afternoon for young children and the faint of heart. For more organizations include Boy Scout Troops #109, #181, #512 and #562, information, call the Woodridge Park District Info Line at Woodridge Jaycess and Woodridge VFW Post 1578. Additionally, the (630) 353-3400. New Background Check Policy Established to Ensure Children’s Safety The Woodridge Park District recently instituted a new policy that character. Coaches and volunteers must consent in writing to a requires criminal background checks on all volunteers, coaches and criminal background investigation to determine if he/she has been independent contractors who work with children. convicted of any criminal or drug offenses or felonies under the laws of the State of Illinois. Criminal background checks are an important risk management strategy to protect program participants and all children located on quot;Conducting criminal background checks on staff is a national Park District property. The new policy requires individuals 18 years standard and the Woodridge Park District strives to meet and exceed of age or older who are assigned to volunteer in programs where those standards,” says Mike Adams, Director of Woodridge Park children will be present or who have recurring direct contact with District. “Ultimately, we want all parents to feel safe when they drop children to be of stable personality and of the highest moral their children off at a Park District program.quot; www.woodridgeparks.org
  • Woodridge Park District and Village of Jim Duffy Woodridge Recognized for Celebrates 20th Intergovernmental Agreement Anniversary The Woodridge Park District and Village of Because of the agreement, the Park District Woodridge Park District Park Board Woodridge have worked together for more and Village have been able to develop the Commissioner Jim Duffy than 40 years to offer Woodridge residents a pathways system for approximately a quarter is celebrating his 20th wide range of programs, special events and of the total cost through use of federal anniversary as a member facilities. To date, one of the most successful funding initiatives, state grants, county of the Park District intergovernmental agreements between the contributions and developer donations. This family. two agencies is the Bikeway Development coordinated effort generated approximately “Jim has been the driving agreement. The success of this partnership $3.3 million in alternative funds. Coordinated force of the development was recently recognized by the Illinois planning also reduced the overall pathway of neighborhood parks,” said Fred Hohnke, Association of Park Districts (IAPD) as the development costs by taking advantage of Woodridge Park District Board President. third place winner of the IAPD “Best of the better unit pricing, minimized restoration “Because of his dedication and vision, many Best” Intergovernmental Agreement Award. costs and reduced engineering fees. As a residents have parks in walking distance from result, each agency is responsible for only their homes.” “We are very honored to be recognized for 12.5% of the total costs associated with our partnership that has developed 21 miles planning, development and maintenance of Since Commissioner Duffy was appointed in of bike paths for Woodridge residents,” said the trails. 1987, nearly 20 neighborhood and William F. Murphy, mayor of Woodridge. “We community parks have been created or look forward to continue working together to “The bikeways agreement is a model program redeveloped including: Caddie Corner Park, create a positive impact on the community.” for all municipalities in how to work together Echo Point Park, Janes Avenue Park, Mending and combine resources,” said Fred Hohnke, Wall Park, Summerhill Park, Seven Bridges The Woodridge bikeway system was built by Woodridge Park District Board President. “If Park, Westminster Park, Windy Point Park, the Park District and Village in 1996. What it wasn’t for the agreement, the park district and many more. Additionally, Commissioner started out as a hodgepodge of path segments would not have been able to provide its Duffy watched over the Park District as the number of facilities grew to include Cypress is now a 21 mile continuous bikeway system residents with such a valuable tool at a Cove Family Aquatic Park, Village Greens that connects to existing and proposed major fraction of the cost.” Golf Course, Maintenance Facility, and the regional trails such as Centennial Trail in Will Community Center addition. and Cook Counties, Old Plank Road Trail in Woodridge Park District Board President New Lenox, West Branch of the DuPage River Fred Honke and Village of Woodridge Mayor The Illinois Association of Park Districts Trail, Southern DuPage County Regional William F. Murphy accepted the award at an recently recognized Commissioner Duffy Trail, proposed I-355 Bike Trail, as well as IAPD ceremony on Friday, September 14. with a 20 Year Service Anniversary Award at county forest preserves. the “Best of the Best” Gala Awards reception. Summer Memories at Woodridge Park District Motion Explosion Jubilee Egyptian Family Fun Days 2
  • Parks & Playgrounds News Summerhill Park and 63rd Street Park (East of 53 at Parkside Drive and Sundowner) and (63rd Street and Taylor Drive) Installation has begun for new playground equipment at Summerhill Park and 63rd Street Park. Both parks are receiving new equipment as part of the Capital Replacement Program. The playgrounds will each have slides, overhead climbing features, bridges and links to multiple elevated decks, as well as many ground level features to accommodate varying ability levels. 63rd Street Park Windy Point Park (Egerton Drive, just west of Woodward Avenue) Phase II of Windy Point Park is near completion. The parks added amenities in this phase include playground equipment—3 naturalized rock climbing features designed for grade school aged children and two spring toys and an overhead climber designed for toddlers. Also included in the playground improvements will be the full replacement of the toddler play equipment structure lost to arson last fall. Other park improvements in this phase will include additional landscaping and indirect low-level lighting. Internationale Estates Park (Internationale Parkway/East of Lemont Road at Aspen Lane) Construction has begun on the parcel of land in the Internationale Estates Park sub-division. The walking path, landscape improvements and park signage are near completion. When the park is completed it will also include a park shelter with picnic tables, other designated seating areas and open space for informal play. Making the Most of Your Tax Dollars Obtaining grants allows the Park District to expedite the development Neighborhood Park. If fully funded, the park will be built with of projects identified in the capital development plan. The staff universal barrier-free features that can be enjoyed by participants with continuously looks for ways to stretch your tax dollars by applying for all levels of ability. grant funding and working cooperatively with other agencies. • In an effort to partially fund the proposed improvements at Cypress • The Recreation Department was recently awarded the National Park Cove Family Aquatic Park for the summer 2009 season, staff applied and Recreation Association Double Play Grant. The grant money was for the Open Space Land Acquisition and Development from applied towards the cost of the 2007 MLB Pitch, Hit and Run program Illinois Department of Natural Resources in the amount of $400,000. that was held at the Park District on April 29, 2007. • This summer, the Woodridge Park District, the Village of Woodridge • Windy Point Park Phase 1 and 2 was 75% funded with $384,000 and School District 68 cooperatively applied for $503, 075 in from the DuPage County Community Development Block Grant that additional grant funding through the Safe Routes to Schools Grant for the Village of Woodridge cosponsored with the Woodridge Park the Route 53 pedestrian bridge and other improvements to provide District. safer walking routes to school. • Park District staff applied for $779,636 in grant money from two Be sure to look in future Pathways articles for more resourceful ways sources, Access to Recreation and the Community Development the Woodridge Park District puts your tax dollars to work. Commission, to fully fund the redevelopment of the 75th Street 3
  • The Buffalo Grove Golf & Sports Center has been named the Best Golf Dome in the United States and Canada by the Golf Range Association of America. Buffalo Grove Park District Preschool Registration Open House Buffalo Grove Park District Novem 10 a.m ber 3 November 17 ● Alcott Center . - 12 p .m. at the Alcott Hours ► Driving Range Resident Lottery & Registration 9:30 a.m. Center Monday 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. ► Putting Green Please be sure to bring: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. ► Chipping Green • Proof of residency. Saturday & Sunday 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. ► Pro Shop • Proof of child’s age. Must be appropriate age (3 or 4 years) by September 1, 2008. ► Golf Fitness • $100 nonrefundable, nontransferable deposit required. Fees (Per ½ hour) ► Private & Group Lessons • Cash, credit card or check made out to the Buffalo Grove Park District. Weekdays, before 6 p.m. $10 ► Team Sports Rentals Weekdays, after 6 p.m. $11 Weekends $11 ► Private Parties Non-Resident Registration 10:30 a.m. ► Gift Certificates Please be sure to bring: ► Season Memberships • Proof of child’s age. Must be appropriate age (3 or 4 years) by September 1, 2008. • $100 nonrefundable, nontransferable deposit required. 801 McHenry Road Open f • Cash, credit card or check made out to the Buffalo Grove Park District. (½ Mile West of Buffalo Grove Road) or d We feature: ● Bright and colorful air-conditioned rooms golf pra aily (847) 459-2321 ct ● Small class sizes with 2 teachers per classroom Novem ice ● Experienced and degreed professional staff ber 13 ● 2 beautiful outdoor play areas ● A spacious indoor play area Buffalo Grove Park District ● Convenient Parking ● Classrooms equipped with direct-line emergency phones Presented by: Buffalo Grove Park District Saturday, November 10 ● Buffalo Grove High School Children’s Theatre Join us as we honor all Veterans, their families and friends. There will be entertainment and Presents free refreshments from 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. courtesy of Culver’s and Starbucks of Buffalo Grove, and The Hershey Company. The program will begin at 1:30 Based on the popular comic strip, Annie Junior tells of a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find p.m. and will include the United States Navy Band, Presentation of the Colors her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel provided by Marine Air Control Group 48, remarks by Stan Nathanson, Post Miss Hannigan. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, Commander of VFW Post 235, a speech by United States Congressman Mark befriends President Franklin Roosevelt and finds a new family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal Kirk, keynote speech by Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Allen Lynch, secretary Grace Farrell and a lovable mutt named Sandy. Its upbeat plot, memorable characters and speaker Robert Inverson III from the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, beautiful score have made Annie one of the most beloved musicals in history. a Service Flag Ceremony provided by Champion Eagles Color Guard Post #208 American Legion Arlington Heights and more. This is sure to be a day Performances will be held at Ivy Hall School November 2 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. and November 3, 4, 10 and that will be remembered by everyone. 11 at 2 p.m. All tickets are $8, cash or check only. Seating will be reserved by row and tickets are on sale at the Alcott Center. Group rates are available for parties of 20 or more. To purchase tickets by phone, Join us at 3:30 p.m. for the dedication of the newly designed Veterans Memorial at Veterans Park please call Lindsay Grandt at (847) 850-2132. immediately following the program. Veterans Park is located at 1300 N. Weiland Road in Buffalo Grove.
  • critter CHATTER Fall 2007 Mark Your Seeing Stripes By Mike Borders, Scovill Zoo Director Calendar Most of you have probably already seen some believed it should be closed. It the zoo’s beautiful new zebra exhibit but was then that Judy Locke started the if you haven’t, you’re in for a real treat! charge to build a world-class, nationally- Fall Hours Like many of our accredited zoo. The 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Week Days exhibits, the new zebra zoo’s first master plan 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Weekends habitat was made was completed, and Last day for regular season possible by a generous expansion began. Judy’s zoo visits: October 8, 2007. donation. Thanks to the tenacity kept progress on Locke family, our track and the train was newest residents, installed. This was a huge Boo at the Zoo! plains zebras Chad and first step, as it generated 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Kizuri, have a beauti- significant income to October 12 - 14, 19 - 21 ful new home at further the zoo’s expan- & 26 - 31 Scovill Zoo. The sion. And the train is as Friends of the Zoo members Lockes made this popular today as it was in receive 1 free night’s admis- donation in honor of 1984! sion. Additional nights are their mother, Judy, who Judy has been a true $3.50 per person (collecting was a Decatur Park champion for Scovill Zoo treats) or $2.50 (not collecting Board Commissioner and if not for her efforts, treats). Under age 2 free if not from 1983 to 2003 and currently serves we would not be the first-class facility collecting treats. as Decatur Parks Foundation President. we are today. The next time you see We could imagine no more fitting a gift Mrs. Locke, thank her for her dedication Zoo Admission for Mrs. Locke since her passion for to the Decatur Park District and Scovill Children (under 2) - FREE Decatur parks and Scovill Zoo has Zoo. You’ll especially want to thank her Children (2-12) - $2.75 spanned decades. In the early 1980’s, after visiting the new zebra exhibit! Adults - $4.25 when the zoo was still in its infancy, Seniors - $3.25 Volunteer at the Wildest Place in Town! An exciting volunteer opportunity nature, being active in the community, awaits you at Scovill Zoo! Would you and attending free education classes. like to drive the train or operate the Volunteer training sessions begin in carousel? Do you want to learn more January. Each class provides participants about your community’s zoo and its the opportunity to share knowledge and animals? Opportunities range from meet new people with similar interests. Mobile Zoo presentations to guided Plan to join us this January...and be sure tours to helping at special events. No to invite a friend! For more information, experience required! The benefits contact Sarah Reining at 421-7435 or via include learning more about animals and email at sreining@decparks.com. 71 South Country Club Road • Decatur, IL 62521 • 217-421-7435 • FAX: 217-422-7330 • Email: scovillzoo@decparks.com • www.scovillzoo.com
  • 2< SCOVILL ZOO critter chatter • FALL 2007 Zoo Leadership Gator Box By Ryan Kirkland, Zoo Keeper Decatur Park Board During a recent trip to Scovill Zoo, ensure the safety of keepers as they Jack Kenny, President you may have visited the American examine the alligators, we con- Cindy A. Deadrick, Vice-President alligator exhibit and noticed a new structed this box. First, the alligators Don Luy large wooden contraption mounted to are led one at a time into the box. Dr. William R. Van Alstine wooden posts at the back of the Once the alligator is in place, steel Chris Riley habitat. Naturally, your curiosity was bars are slid into different holes of the piqued. This device is our new box to prevent the alligator from Decatur Parks Foundation alligator restraint box. backing up, moving forward, or Judith Locke, President moving its head too much. The Erv Arends In the twenty years we have had veterinarian can then safely complete Dale Arnold alligators, the staff at Scovill Zoo has the physical exam with minimal stress Cindy Black never been able to give these large on the animal. Brian Byers reptiles a complete physical. To Cindy A. Deadrick Kara Demirjian Larry Foster Barn Owl Adds Interest to Dr. Stephen Huss Jack Kenny Mobile Zoo By Kim Downey, Zoo Keeper Don Luy A new animal is taking flight with our extremely curious bird that loves to Patrick Mohan mobile zoo! After retiring our two investigate anyone or anything new. James Neff elderly Eastern screech owls, we We recently started training him to sit Pete Paulin thought another owl nicely on our hand and Chris Riley might be a great not to fly while being Cyndy Smith Mark Tupper addition to the handled. To ensure Dr. William Van Alstine educational animal that he can’t fly away, Kathy Wiesemann collection. Lindberg has little “Lindberg” is a leather straps, called Executive Director barn owl, a species jesses, attached to his Decatur Park District that is endangered ankles. The jesses William Clevenger in Illinois, but can don’t hurt the bird and be found through- actually help us ensure Zoo Director out the world. This he is safe while out of Mike Borders little owl was his pen. The staff and Assistant Director hatched at the zoo volunteers working Dave Webster on May 6, 2007. with Lindberg are also Education Coordinator When Lindberg’s parents (who can be learning how to interpret his behavior Sarah Reining seen in the petting zoo) were incubat- and how to respond to his reactions to Zoo Keepers ing eggs, it was decided that one of new situations. Heather Thompson the hatchlings would be used for During a recent Critter Encounters Nyan McFadden public appearances. A few days after class, Lindberg made his debut and Stacey Bryson his birth, Lindberg was pulled from did a great job! Over the coming Ryan Kirkland the nest and hand raised by staff months, additional staff and volun- Alan Lamb members. Hand raising allows the Amanda Hall teers will learn how to handle bird to become used to human Kim Downey Lindberg, and he will slowly be interaction, something it might introduced to more programs. Keep Office Coordinator normally fear. Keepers fed the bird, an eye out for this fantastic owl at Kathy Winter handled him, and helped him become future events! Maintenance used to his new surroundings. Kent Winchester Lindberg is a juvenile now and can fly and eat on his own. He is also an
  • critter chatter • FALL 2007 SCOVILL ZOO >3 Batman, Spiderman, and...Pygmy Hedgehog? By Sarah Reining, Education/Volunteer Coordinator Nearly every time I turn on the TV, I characteristics aid survival. Consider come across a movie featuring super- the African pygmy hedgehog. heroes: Batman, Spiderman, X-Men, While the small mammal weighs the Fantastic 4. One could put less than two pounds and mainly together an entire dissertation on what eats invertebrates, this cute little makes these films so appealing. critter is covered with spines… sharp Mankind is forever fascinated by spines to protect the animal from capable of surviving the elements and extraordinary powers, superhuman predators. They also act as a cushion overcoming danger. We hope these strength, and conquering evil with when the hedgehog falls or drops youngsters are forever fascinated by good. When developing the ten-day deliberately from a height. Now that the extraordinary “powers” and curriculum for this year’s Zoo Crew is way cooler than anything Batman strengths of animals. And if we can program for 5th-8th graders, it was easy could adorn himself with! inspire them to go out and strive to for me to make the connection be- become superheroes of the world by More importantly, World of Wild tween the animal kingdom and the being stewards of conservation, we Wonders encouraged students to superhero underworld. While animals are successfully doing our jobs. think differently about our planet. do not normally battle hardened Every animal, with its specialized So, the next time you’re flipping criminals, they all have super adapta- behaviors and characteristics, fulfills through TV channels and come tions and face unique challenges every a certain niche. Just as the lives of across the latest Spiderman movie, day. And with such lessons as “Desert superheroes, sidekicks, and villains pause a minute. Consider why a Daredevils,” “Alien Invasion,” and are interconnected and entwined, so spider might be good inspiration for a “Conservation Crusaders,” it turned are those of all living things. On superhero. Then, plan a visit to out to be an action-packed summer. Team Tropical day, the students Scovill Zoo so you can see first-hand Maybe I’m just a zoo geek, but I learned about the rainforests and our all of our superheroes, big and small. cannot help but see all animals as role in saving them and everything superheroes. A major focus of this that lives there. Students even got the summer’s curriculum, World of Wild chance to test their art skills and Wonders, was taking a closer look at invent their own rainforest animals animal adaptations and how these Zoo’s New Acrobats By Heather Thompson, Zoo Keeper After taking care of ring-tailed lemurs With their ring tails, our lemurs are have been rubbed on the scent glands for the past nine years, I thought I often mistaken for raccoons. How- located on their wrists. We can elicit knew these animals pretty well. ever, lemurs are actually primates and this behavior at our zoo by showing Previous lemurs have always been are only found on the island of our lemurs mirrors. They mistakenly pretty low maintenance, laid back, and Madagascar off the east coast of think that their reflection is a new social. Generally, they would eat Africa. Most children are familiar lemur and will defend their territory grapes and sit in the sun in a kind of with the animals from the movie with a stink fight. Lemurs spend Buddha position with their arms Madagascar and from the TV most of their time in the trees, but sticking out and resting on their legs. program “Zoboomafoo.” Ring-tailed ring-tailed lemurs spend more time You can imagine my surprise, then, lemurs live in groups, which are also on the ground compared to the other when we received two new ring-tailed called troops, with females dominat- species. Ring-tailed lemurs eat lemurs that have been bouncing off ing the males. Ring-tailed lemurs mostly fruit, but will also eat some the walls and hanging from the ceiling also have “stink fights,” which leaves, flowers, and tree saps. (literally!) since they arrived. consists of waving their tails that Continued page 4
  • 4< SCOVILL ZOO critter chatter • FALL 2007 Adopt a Dog; Save a Cheetah By Nyan McFadden, Registrar What do car washes, livestock guard- the Cheetah Conservation Fund formidable obstacle. Scovill Zoo’s ing dogs, and bake sales have in began a program in Namibia to AAZK Chapter and the Explorers common? Cheetah conservation! attempt to control cheetah predation Program held a car wash on July 14th This summer, Scovill Zoo’s Chapter upon livestock herds. The Anatolian to raise funds to adopt an Anatolian of AAZK (American Association of (Kangal) Shepherd is a breed of Shepherd for one year. Our donation Zoo Keepers) has been working will help cover the costs to raise funds to adopt an involved with raising the Anatolian shepherd. This breed puppy: vaccinations, new of working dog is an important owner support, veterinary component of cheetah conser- care, and long term monitor- vation in Namibia, Africa. ing. For more information, Due to competition with other visit www.cheetah.org. predators, most of Africa’s As you read cheetahs survive on agricultural this newsletter, lands where they come into we will be conflict with human livestock. This adding up the working dog that origi- sometimes results in livestock loss to proceeds from nated in Turkey. Young the farmers. To prevent economic our latest Anatolians are raised with loss, farmers are allowed to “remove” fundraiser for herds of livestock and Anatolian Shepherd the endangered cheetahs. The sharing cheetahs, the protect them from preda- of land and Fall Festival tors such as jackals, leopards, ba- resources has Bake Sale, held on Saturday, Septem- boons, and cheetahs. The guard dogs led to conflict, ber 9th. In honor of Scovill Zoo’s are trained to bark and posture to with cheetahs cheetahs Jafari and Runako, we will scare off the predators. The size and on the losing continue to work to save their wild strength of the dog makes for a end. In 1994, counterparts. Acrobats From page 3 At Scovill Zoo, we currently have time hanging out on top of the door by will eventually have two groups of three ring-tailed lemurs, a male the exhaust fan. Luckily our newest lemurs: a bachelor pair and (hope- named Larry and two females (a addition to the lemur building was fully!) a breeding group. We will not mother and daughter) named built with lemurs in mind, so every- be able to put all the lemurs together, Artemesia and Athena. Larry is a thing has a protective covering and since the males would fight during twenty year-old male with a cool the animals can’t be harmed. These the breeding season. Right now, the disposition who has been at Scovill two keep us on our toes by jumping two females are being housed in an Zoo for the past three years. and banking off the walls as the off-exhibit holding area, and I am Artemesia and Athena arrived in June zookeepers are cleaning and feeding looking forward to the day when we from Duke University and are our them. can put them out in exhibit. I am newest acrobats. They are extremely sure visitors will enjoy watching how Right now, our two female lemurs are hard to tell apart and we initially had active and agile they are. By next still separated from Larry, and we are to shave Athena’s tail tip so we could season, we should have the new not planning to introduce them. tell who was who. We have since lemurs on display, so be sure to stop However, we will be getting two new been able to see that Artemesia is less by and see them. If you don’t see males in the next couple of months. shy and will come over for food first. them right away, look up...they may One male is to be a buddy for Larry, This was helpful to find out, since be hanging out on the high branches. and the other male is to become a Athena’s hair has already grown back breeding male for our two girls. We on her tail! The lemurs spend a lot of
  • critter chatter • FALL 2007 SCOVILL ZOO >5 Zebra Fast Facts By Kim Downey, Zoo Keeper Kizuri’s birthday is August 31, 1995. consisting of one stallion and several Chad’s birthday is November 26, females and their offspring. There 1993. are several subspecies of Plains zebras. Chad is considered a Grant’s Kizuri weighs about 715 pounds; zebra, one of the subspecies. Kizuri Chad weighs about 630 pounds. has parents of different subspecies. Chad’s favorite treat is carrots. Plains zebras are sometimes called Kizuri’s favorite treat is….anything! common zebras. Plains zebras are She loves apples and carrots. In fact, very widespread. They can be found her favorite activity is eating. throughout most of eastern and Chad’s loves eating, rolling in the southern Africa. Kids Go Wild for dirt, and bugging his keepers. Zebras can run about 40 mph and typically eat grass. At the zoo, they Animal Crackers! Chad’s stripes are very dark, almost get a commercial zebra pellet (they Kids aged 3 - 5 can learn more black, and are close together. actually make a diet specifically for about the animal kingdom with zebras….kind of like dry dog food) “Animal Crackers” classes at Kizuri’s stripes are lighter and brown and hay. Apples, carrots, and browse Scovill Zoo! Sessions are held one in color. She also has some very light are given as treats. Saturday per month, year ‘round, stripes in between her darker stripes. from 11 – 11:45 a.m. Participants These can be seen especially on her Stripes are thought to be used as will enjoy stories, animal visits and hip and rump area. camouflage to confuse any potential creative crafts. Parents are welcome There are three main species of predators and may be a way for to stay! Pre-registration is required. zebras: plains zebras, Grevy’s zebras members of a group to identify each Fee is $7.00 for residents/$8.00 for and mountain zebras. Of the three, other. Of course, the stripes help non-residents per session. Friends of the Grevy’s zebra is the most in keepers tell who is who, as well! the Zoo members receive a $1.00 danger of extinction. Plains zebras discount! For more information, call commonly live in family groups Sarah Reining at 421-7435. The AZA is the leader in establishing and maintaining high standards for zoos and aquariums throughout North America. Scovill Zoo is proud to be an AZA-accredited facility. Boo at the Zoo! 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. October 12 - 14, 19 - 21 & 26 - 31 Enjoy Halloween fun with this Decatur favorite! Haunted train rides, trick-or-treat stations, goblins and ghouls, and more than four tons of carved pumpkins! An added treat this year is a visit from Curious George and our friends from WILL on October 12 & 13! Don’t miss this family-friendly event!
  • PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID DECATUR, IL PERMIT NO. 330 71 South Country Club Road Decatur, IL 62521 Return Service Requested Scovill Zoo Anniversary! 1967 - 2007 Proudly Celebrating 40 Years FALL 07 Briefs . . . Special Thanks to our Zoo Wish List Community Partners! Calling all animal lovers! Please consider donating an item on the Zoo Wish List. Especially needed are clay flower pots, an aluminum baseball bat, and a hand-held metal detector. Call the zoo at 421-7435 for more information. Zoo Parent Adoptions are Perfect Holiday Gift! Adopt an animal at Scovill Zoo! Zoo parent perks include a personal- ized adoption certificate, newsletter subscription, attendance at Zoo Parents Annual Picnic, recognition on Family Tree plaque, and one free zoo admission. Zoo Parent Adoptions are a perfect holiday gift! Call 421-7435 to learn more. On Safari Birthday Package This fall, go where the wild things are! The On Safari Birthday Party package includes zoo admission and train passes for birthday guests, a gift for the birthday child, and use of the outdoor deck or Shilling Environmental Education Center. Other party options include an animal presentation, lunch and gift bags (additional charges apply).
  • J ULY 15 , 2 0 07 VOLUME 2, 2 Employee News ISSUE ‘Timousine’ construction begins By Pam Otto meaning of the phrase. The come out and have a little boats, while sturdy and water- cardboard-boat building fun tight, typically have been any- this summer. Call or e-mail Tim Arbeiter may have passed thing but pretty. There was Pam at Red Oak if you’d like on, but his spirit lives. The the year of the John Deere- more info on where and park district will once again green pirate boat. Another when. have an entry in the United time it was a bright blue and Way’s “What Floats Your yellow raft that, despite the Can’t make the building ses- Cardboard Boat” Race, with a valiant efforts of the paddlers, sions, but still want to be sup- design that pays tribute to the refused to budge. That year portive? Donate to the United man known, at least during also featured the interesting Way! Look for the donation boat-building season, as The addition of t-shirts from past jug, on display at many FVPD Laura McCoy and Tim, 2006 Skipper. FVPD special events attached events this summer. All funds to the sides of the boat. The collected will go toward fi- Volunteers have begun craft- floating “laundry line” got nancing United Way’s part- Inside this issue: ing the Timousine, a limou- plenty of looks, but were they nerships with more than 50 sine-like creation to be pow- because the boat was pretty? local health and human ser- ered by paddlers dressed in Probably not. Now Playing at Red Oak 2 vice agencies. formal attire. The theme has its origins in one of Tim’s Cicadas, What Cicadas? 3 This year, the boat team hopes Most important, don’t forget favorite cardboard-boat say- to reverse that trend. Julie to come out and cheer the Shine! Video is out 3 ings: “She ain’t pretty, but DeKing, Jennifer and Steve Timousine and its crew on to she’s going to the prom.” Huber, Jim Kenney, Laura victory. The race takes place Birthdays, Anniversaries 4 and Dave McCoy, Pam Otto, on Saturday, August 25, with Followers of Fox Valley Park Barb, Tim, Carrie and Timmy The “Red Review” is back 5 the first heat starting at 10:30 District’s past cardboard-boat Thome, Debbie Smith, and a.m. from the Illinois Avenue entries will recognize the Sandy Smith invite you all to Meet Jon the Intern 6 boat launch. See you there! Three new employees hired 7 CONGRATULATIONS! Fox Valley Park district was named Champion of the Corporate Divi- sion for registering the most en- trants in the May 19 Communities in Schools 5K Run. From left to right are just some of the runners: Amy Roth, Joanna Cisneros, Deb- bie Smith, JoAnn Curry, Sandy Smith, Julia De La Cruz, Romni Oleson, Jorge Zamora and Alex Aguilar, kneeling. A toddler checks out an ex- hibit at Red Oak.
  • Now playing at Red Oak Nature Center By Pam Otto It’s summertime, and the liv- Mark brought the caterpillar work well enough. Red Oak’s ing is easy—especially at Red back to the nature center, and woods boast a healthy popula- Oak! Right now electric-blue out came the reference books. tion of underwings; some are indigo buntings are calling It didn’t take long to learn even kind enough to settle on from the trees as a sleek doe, that the little larva represents the nature center’s exterior, radiant in her reddish sum- a type of underwing moth making them easy to spot. mer coat, nibbles at fresh (Catocala spp.), a beautiful shoots on the woodland floor. creature frequently overlooked I believe it was George Wash- A family of raccoons—mom and greatly underappreciated. ington Carver who referred to and four youngsters—romp in At first glance, underwings nature as an unlimited broad- the woods near their hollow- couldn’t look any plainer… casting station. The under- tree home as the sweet scent and that’s assuming you see wings are only one of millions of basswood fills the air. them at all! Their forewings of shows playing this summer. are cryptically covered in gray- C’mon out and tune in! Pretty cool, huh? Well, wait… ish-brown scales, making them Another fact that make under- there’s more! Look beyond look like—you guessed it—bark. wings fun: Linnaeus named these obvious delights and Throughout the day they sit, the first few species using a you’ll find, as we have, that thoroughly camouflaged, on “marriage” theme; many other Underwing moth caterpillars Red Oak is home to thou- tree branches and trunks. But scientists followed suit. Com- have few defenses from preda- sands of other, less visible unlike their larvae, underwing mon names of species found tors. creatures. And a lot of the adults do have a means of in North America include time, it’s these obscure discov- defending themselves. It’s the Girlfriend, Darling, Sweet- eries that are most memora- part of their body for which heart, Charming, Betrothed, ble. they’re named: their under- Bride, Dejected, Tearful and wings. Widow. Take the other day, for instance. Part- time naturalist Mark Red Oak Nature Center has Kirshtner (a.k.a. the some interesting family pro- Bee Guy) was out grams coming up in August. trimming the trail Tell your friends! edges when he no- ticed an odd bump Bats! along one of the Red Oak’s popular evening branches. Closer program explores the facts inspection revealed a and fiction surrounding caterpillar…but what these nocturnal fliers. kind? Thursday, Aug. 2, 7 to 8 p.m. Grayish brown in color, with a Many species of underwing Fee is $4 per person or $10 faint pattern along its back moths sport brightly colored and fringe along its underside, per resident family. hindwings—the wings that this youngster looked for all remain covered by, or the world like bark. And good “under,” the larger forewings Ants! for it, as its defenses are few. when the animal is at rest. A What has three body parts, A lone spike, two-thirds of the quick flutter flashes the bril- six legs and a fascinating way down its fleshy back, pro- liant red or orange, or some- social life? Ants! vides little protection against a times deep black, coloration Saturday, Aug. 11, 2 to 3 hungry robin or phoebe with and poof! Potential predators p.m. $4 person or $10 per a nest of gaping mouths to are frightened away. resident family. feed. Is the strategy foolproof? Probably not. But it seems to Page 2 July 15, 2007
  • Now, what about those cicadas? By Pam Otto and St. Charles but that decrease those numbers in a “there are comparatively few specific area, it is difficult if in Aurora.” not impossible for the insects In the last employee newslet- Curious, I decided to dig to re-establish themselves. ter, I couldn’t say enough about the impending emer- deeper. With more help from gence of the 17-year cicada. library staff, we located an As I write this, there are spo- Now their time has come and article in the June 23, 1888 radic reports of cicadas in gone, and what did Aurora Beacon News describing how Aurora, but no large-scale get? Barely a blip. But why? cicadas were “appearing in emergences as towns east of this vicinity in large numbers.” here have experienced. We do a lot of things well here in Looking for answers, I con- Moving ahead to June 3, Aurora, but it would appear sulted with Dr. Eugene Krit- 1905, we found no less than that the periodical cicada isn’t sky, biology professor at the five articles about cicadas in one of them. College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati and a well- Aurora. One stated that the known periodical cicada ex- insects were “proving to be pert. He said his records, great pests around town.” which go back to 1956, indi- Interestingly, an article a week “Periodical cicadas don’t cated few cicadas here; he later by a noted local natural- further recommended that I ist said that “the cleaning of defend themselves well, dig back in time to see if, or forests, which are the natural when, our area had them. homes of the insects, is gradu- and can’t fly far. Their ally reducing the territory covered by several broods.” He strength lies in their vast Mary Ann Pirone at the added that “it is probable that Aurora Public Library was a the race is slowly disappear- numbers; the more there huge help with this endeavor. ing.” She located an article in the are, the more will survive June 3, 1938 Aurora Beacon News about periodical cicadas, Periodical cicadas don’t de- to reproduce and continue but it made no mention of fend themselves well, and any in Aurora. Seventeen can’t fly far. Their strength lies the population.” years prior, an article in the in their vast numbers; the June 8, 1922 Beacon News more there are, the more will A drawing of a periodical cicada… indicated that the insects were survive to reproduce and con- this is about as close as you may prevalent in Batavia, Geneva tinue the population. As fac- get to seeing one in Aurora! tors like development start to Shine — The promotional video is done! By Amy Roth The answer is that the district Public Relations Manager has been shooting a promo- tional video, and our staff, parks, facilities and residents Since last October, many of have been the stars! you have wondered why there have been helicopters buzzing over your facilities, bucket If you didn’t pick up a DVD trucks parking on your grass along with this newsletter and and a man videotaping peo- you would like to have one, ple, places and things all over contact Amy Roth at the district. ARoth@fvpd.net Page 3
  • Birthdays in July, August, September July August September 8 — Beth Waller 4 — George Cortez 1 — Debbie Augsburg 13 — Steve Messerli 6 — Brian Plant 5 — Stephen Kadlec 16 — Rose Gloor 10 — Panfilo Alanis 7 — Chris Kuehn 20 — Andrew Smith 10 — Rich Feuerborn 8 — Pam Otto 22 — Kathi Wencewicz 10 — Joe Hernandez 12 — Laurie Hoffman 25 — Lynn Fenton 10 — Steven Kulp 10 — Jeff Palmquist 30 — Jay DeMarco 14 — Randy Cagwin 16 — Vicente Hernandez 16 — Blake Ertmanis 26 — Cip Garcia 20 — Pat Blatner 30 — Edward Lee 29 — Karen Caldwell 29 — Nancy McCaul Employment Anniversaries Milestone Milestone Amy Roth’s daughter, Han- Celebrating: 10 years: Cip Garcia, on nah, graduated from Waubon- Sept. 22 sie Valley High School on May 20 years: Debbie Smith on 5 years: Enrique Coronado 27. She left a week later to Aug. 21. (Her 31-year wedding on July 31 work for a month in a camp anniversary is on July 31!) for orphans in Mariupol, Laureen Baumgartner on Ukraine. She will attend Col- Lincoln Robert Ijams Sept. 19. lege of DuPage in the fall. was born at 4:52 on Jaime Ijams on July 29 May 22nd. He weighed 8 pounds and 1 ounce. Parents are Health & Wellness Committee out to make us fit Jaime and Bob Ijams The Health & Wellness Committee is off to a ‘healthy’ start. tion with HR Some of the ideas the committee is discussing include: —Integrate IPRA Fusion Camp —Earning points for fitness activity and NRPA Partnership for Play (similar to B.E.S.T. points) into existing camps —Employee Lunchtime Fitness —Add healthy sayings to e-mails (Walking or riding bikes during lunch —Take an inventory of district hours) programs to help standardize and —Walk & Talk (Instead of sitting enhance as needed down and having a meeting, walking and talking) Upcoming events: Sept. 8 — Glow Golf at OV —Setting up a fitness challenge among centers Oct. 20 — Blackberry Pumpkin Fun Run/Walk —Employee Health Fair in coordina- Members of the Health and Wellness Committee are: seated, front row, Jordan Real; standing in the back, Debbie Smith and Gloria Neitzel, and in the middle: Laureen Baumgartner, Lisa Peterson, Ivan Chambers, Katie White, Andrew Smith and Beth Waller. Not pictured are Alex Aguilar and Kim Passini. Page 4 July 15, 2007
  • It’s a small world in newspapers and park districts By Amy Roth It was a pleasant surprise when Randy Cagwin stopped by Prisco Commu- nity Center the other day to say hello and drop off the article printed at left. Randy and I were acquainted 14 years ago when I was work- ing as a freelance writer for The Beacon News and he was a younger man living with his parents. This article ran on Sunday, May 2, 1993. Although Randy’s dad has passed on, he and his mom enjoy each other’s company and like to take in a movie now and then. Randy and his mom saw the latest installment of The Fantastic Four the weekend it came out. Read Randy’s review below. At left is a photo taken of Randy in fall 2006. (Photo by Gloria Neitzel) The Red Review Howdy. My name is Red Sky is sure to enjoy it. Just ask the Torch. Flame on! and this is the Red Review. I always sit and watch all the The movie stays true to the credits after a movie, because I wanted to review a movie comic book and even Stan Lee I’ve been there before, I was that I thought would be family shows up at the wedding. The really impressed with the fun similar to the 1950s and I wedding was a very touching amount of stunt people that picked The Fantastic Four: moment until the Bad Dude were in this movie. Rise of the Silver Surfer. shows up and everything If you want to treat your favor- breaks loose. ite youngster to a summer movie, go see The Fantastic What I liked about the movie Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. is it is just plain fun to watch. It also teaches if you belong to I give this movie THREE Red From the special effects to the a team, the team comes first, Stars. wisecracks, the whole family not the selfish one. Always. Page 5
  • Intern checking for environmental friendliness In its 60 year history, Fox Valley Park District has become synonymous with great recreational opportu- nities. But first in the district’s founding fathers’ minds was keeping the Fox River clean for present and fu- ture generations. Back in 1946, a study was completed to gauge the best plan of action to beautify the Fox River as well as give veterans of World War II a source of income. At the time, the Fox River was a dumping ground for manufacturing plants that operated in Aurora. Keeping the river clean was a goal that best could be accomplished by the formation of a park district, and on April 1, 1947, voters gave approval to the park district referendum question. Although the top priority of the park district at the time was the dredging of the Fox River, acquiring new lands also was a priority, as was obtaining land for use as a nature trail. But environmental respon- sibility always has been a top goal of the park district. Fast-forward to summer 2007, and it is evident that the park district is still interested in environmental protection and restoration. Spending his work weeks between Fox Valley Park District and the city of Eco-Friendly Cleaners: Aurora is Jon Smith, an intern with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. Try them at home! Jon is an undergrad student at the University of Illinois at Chicago studying chemical engineering. He is working toward a minor in environmental engineering. Try these products, which tend to be lower in (or free One of the tasks that Jon has been asked to accomplish is to take stock of what the park district has in from) toxicity and available stock in the way of chemicals, cleaning solutions and paints. at your local grocer or hardware store: So far, Jon has found the district to be in fair shape when it comes to cleaning agents that come from vendors. He also is checking to see if the cleaners are being diluted properly, or whether there are some Bon Ami chemicals that have been purchased independently that are not as environmentally friendly as those from district vendors. 20 Mule Team Borax Dr. Bonner Castile Soap Many cleaning products release volatile organic compounds (VOCs), a major component in the forma- Ajax Lemon Fresh tion of ozone or smog. In fact, with the exception of getting vehicles off the road, using low- or no- Liquid VOC cleaning products can reduce more emissions than any other environmentally-sound act. Mr. Clean Jon also is helping the district apply for a Clean Air Counts Silver Designation. To receive this award, Spic & Span the district will be participating in pollution reduction and educational programs. Spic & Span Spray Bath Cleaner If you are trying to use environmentally friendly products at home, there are a couple of key character- istics and ingredients to look for in a low-VOC cleaning product. Nontoxic, biodegradable, sodium Murphy’s Oil Soap citrate, bicarbonate, carbonate or Bathroom Duck silicate, and vegetable-based surfac- Comet Liquid Bathroom tants and solvents (pine and citrus Cleaner oils contain VOCs, but at lower amounts than many products) are all Orange or lemon oil descriptions used in safer cleaning Lemon Pledge Trigger Spray products. Plunger or drain snake Jim Kenney, left, shows Jon Smith a storage cabinet in the basement at Red Oak Nature Center. Page 6 July 15, 2007
  • UPCOMING EVENTS...UPCOMING EVENTS...UPCOMING EVENTS...UPCOMING EVENTS...UPCOMING EVENTS...UPCOMING A preschooler at Vaughan Ath- letic Center during her June 19 swimming lesson. A tee ball player gets a hit during a Wheatland Athletics Joe Gloor entertains at Blackberry game in Wheatlands Park on June 14. Photos by Amy Roth Farm on June 6. Marketing superintendent, program manager and coordinator hired Jolene Kremer has accepted Illinois University in DeKalb. sports management from Lo- Community Center. She is a the position of Superinten- ras College in Dubuque, Iowa. graduate of University of Kan- dent of Marketing and Com- His most recent experience sas with a degree in sports and Bradley Schmidt has accepted munications. She has an ex- has been as Assistant Manager fitness management. She the position of Athletic Pro- tensive background in the of the Heritage Tennis Club brings with her a variety of gram Manager at the Vaughan field including more than 17 in the Arlington Heights Park knowledge and skills. Jordan Athletic Center. He will be years in community news with District. has experience in athletics as a taking over the responsibilities The Beacon News. player, coach and administra- of Adam Camp in Tennis as tor. She also exhibits strong well as district-wide athletic Jordan Real has been selected commitment and dedication Jolene has a bachelor’s degree program management. Brad to fill the position of Athletic and an enthusiastic attitude. in journalism from Northern has a bachelor’s degree in Program Coordinator at Eola Page 7
  • Amber Fields Park Grand Opening E MPL OYEE N EWSLETTER Editor, Amy Roth (630) 966-4527 ARoth@fvpd.net 150 W. Illinois Ave. Aurora, IL 60506 It was a blustery day on June 7, but a good number of children and their parents took the oppor- tunity to attend the Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting at Amber Fields Park on Aurora’s far southeast side in Will County. Pictured at right, from left to right, are Steve Messerli, Jeff Palm- quist, Bill Donnell, Bill Thompson, Alderman Leroy Keith, Christine Coakley and Linda Cole. Park Notes from the Executive Director Staff makes outing a success We had sunshine and warm chard Valley Golf Course pro temperatures for the 13th an- shop and restaurant, em- nual Golf for Kids outing on ployee golfers and volunteers. June 25, but it takes more than good weather to make a golf The raffle sales were about outing run smoothly. $1,050 over 2006 totals. So many thanks to those who sat It takes dozens of committed in the hot sun and sold raffle staff members and volunteers, tickets. and I am grateful to everyone who made the event a success. Thirty businesses sponsored Many thanks to Deb Thomp- holes this year, which was a record number. Fox Valley Park District was nominated for a DuKane Valley son, who spent months plan- Council 2007 Chandler Award for Community Cooperation in ning the event, our staff at Or- Juventino Cano, recognition of its boundary agreement with Sugar Grove Park president of Cano District. The districts entered into a boundary agreement last Container Corp., fall that allows Sugar Grove residents to use Fox Valley facilities won a $1,000 prize at resident rates. Attending the luncheon were, from left to and donated the right: Kevin Johnson, president of the Sugar Grove Park Board; money back to The Jeff Palmquist, director of planning, development and grants for First Tee. Keep up Fox Valley; Greg Repede, executive director of Sugar Grove Park the District, Steve Messerli, executive director of Fox Valley Park good District, Bill Thompson, Fox Valley Park District board of trus- work! tees member and Laurie Hoffman, director of recreation, educa- tion, marketing and communications for Fox Valley.
  • Volume 4, Issue 3 Park Perks Fall 2007 Frankfort Park District 40th at the Fort Celebrates 40 Years of Fun! Gardens Galore Strong com- Thanks to some wonder- munity partner- ful community partners, the ships, a hard- grounds of the Founders Cen- working staff ter became even more beau- and a dedicated tiful this summer. Building Board of Com- supervisor and Eagle Scout missioners in- Jeremy Piepenbrink added a dicate that the lovely butterfly garden to the next forty years west side of the building for will be even his Eagle project on May 25. more success- ful! Thank you Then, on May 26, 2007, the to the communi- Preservation Foundation ty for helping us dedicated the third and fourth celebrate forty sculptures in Preservation Mr. D wows the crowd with his magic at the 40th at the Fort, 8/07. years of fun. Park, located on the north- east corner of our property at Oak and Oregon. These On Friday, August 3, several two busts honor former May- hundred children and adults or George C. Sangmeister, came out to Fort Frankfort who led Frankfort from 1935 to celebrate the Frankfort to 1965, and his son, retired Park District’s 40th birthday. Congressman George E. Thanks to the hard work of Sangmeister, who served the Eris Rudman and her crew public with distinction and of community supporters, the dedication in local, county, voters passed the referen- cont. p. 2 dum to create the park dis- trict in 1967. From owning no land of its own to now owning 250 acres and 20 park sites, INSIDE THIS ISSUE... the Frankfort Park District has Fire Dept. Heats Up the Fort............2 definitely matured over the Jackson Creek Fishing Pier...............3 Former Park Commissioner Linda Guillmette past forty years. looks on as her grandson enjoys an ice Parmesans Ice Cream Shoppe.......4 cream cone from Parmesans Ice Cream Coming Events Calendar................4 Shoppe at the Splash Park, 8/07.
  • Park Perks Page 2 Fall 2007 Fire Department Heats Up Fort Frankfort Gardens cont. ment. “It also gets us state and federal government out in the public eye for 40 years. Both busts have so people can see us accompanying plaques which and talk to us about tell the stories of these two what we’re doing, es- great native sons. pecially the kids.” On the south corner at Oak and And the Park Dis- Utah, the Eris Rudman Garden trict was happy to keeps expanding and look- have them there. ing more and more lush each The Frankfort Fire summer. Volunteers from the Department and the Frankfort Women’s Club and Park District partner Frankfort Garden Club help on several programs maintain this peaceful spot. throughout the year, Other Park District flower beds including CPR, Bab- can be adopted through a new Frankfort Fire Department Training Officer Lieutenant ysitting Basics, Hal- Park beautification program. Todd Hamm reviews the training drill with two of his fire- loween and Winter Please call for details, 815- men at Fort Frankfort, 7/07. Water Safety (with 469-9400. the police depart- This summer visitors to Fort ment) and the free blood pres- The Frankfort Park District ap- Frankfort got a little added ex- sure screenings on the sec- preciates the hard work of all citement when they came to ond Wednesday of the month its partner organizations and play...the Frankfort Fire De- at the Founders Center. volunteers who help us live partment was conducting train- cont. p. 3 out our motto: Frankfort Park ing drills at the Fort with fire- District…where the benefits fighters dressed in full gear. are endless! While trainees wound their way through the maze of tunnels, bridges and stairways, children and their parents stood by, asking questions and cheering them on. “We decided to use the Fort be- cause it simulates narrow open- ings, stairways and unstable environments,” said Lieutenant The new butterfly garden now en- Todd Hamm, a training officer A team pauses underneath the Fort to hances the west side of the Founders practice “buddy breathing” on their Center, courtesy of Jeremy Piepen- for the Frankfort Fire Depart- new, lighter-weight air system, 7/07. brink’s Eagle Scout project, 8/07.
  • Park Perks Page 3 Fall 2007 Fire Department cont. Jackson Creek Pier Ready for Anglers Training like the one done at Fort JACKSON CREEK PARK building that the Village of Frankfort is conducted regularly, Frankfort built for its two new Superintendent of Parks Bob explained Hamm. Other recent wells on site. The park is on Johnson and his crew have drills included elevator evacua- Wolf Road, south of Laraway. worked long and hard this tion and learning how to rescue summer to get the fishing horses from a burning barn, he pier at Jackson Creek ready said. for anglers. With the finish- ing touches just completed in “We have our own academy,” early August, the pier already Hamm added. “And we have a had visitors its first weekend lot of new faces right now. On open. The stocked pond is April 1, we put on 13 career fire- surrounded by beautiful sum- fighters and 9 through a con- mer wildflowers and a walk- New playground equipment at Main tract service.” That brings the ing path that connects to the Park is almost ready for friends to come total number of fire personnel to south half of the park, which play, 8/07. 44 (43 men, 1 woman) working is home to baseball fields, MAIN PARK out of the three fire stations (St. a playground, a skate park, Main Park construction is Francis Road, Nebraska Street basketball hoops and open wrapping up on the north end, and LaGrange Road), with the space to throw a frisbee or with Phase II in the southern Nebraska Street station getting play tag. half getting underway soon. an addition and two more sta- With the new playground area tions under construction. The Jackson Creek also features installed, the Park District is fire protection district itself cov- indoor washrooms, which are waiting for landscaping to be ers 55 square miles...and grow- located in the pump house completed and the pavilion to ing, just like the Park District! be erected before opening the north So when you see your firefight- section to public ers out and use. South end about, be sure improvements in- to stop and clude the sand vol- say hello and leyball courts, the feel free to ask tennis courts, an- any questions other pavilion and you may have, an RC car track. Hamm said. Thank you for your They’re here patience this sum- Training takes a to serve and team up the slide, mer. The end re- want to get to The Jackson Creek Park fishing pier enticed anglers the 7/07 first weekend it was open, 8/07. sult will be worth know you. the wait!
  • Park Perks Page 4 Fall 2007 40th at the Fort cont. COMING EVENTS Fall Youth Soccer................................Aug. 21 Back to School Basics (cooking).......Sept. 12 Boys Lacrosse......................... .........Sept. 14 Festival of the Vine Trip...................Sept. 15 How to Get into Commercials.......Sept. 26 Lake Geneva Trip..............................Sept. 27 Halloween Haunting............................Oct. 26 Holiday Craft Show.............................Nov. 10 Celebrating 40 years of fun! Jeff Boubelik greets original Frankfort Park Board Commissioner Wilbur Hoss- bach at the 40th at the Fort, 8/07. FRANKFORT PARK DISTRICT BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS Tom Barz President Dan Smith, Vice Pres. Dean Vaundry, Secy. Parmesans Ice Cream Shoppe at the Fort Phil Simmons, Treasurer Ron Plantz Paul Shaffer Jason Walsh This summer the Frankfort Park District welcomed Parmesans FRANKFORT PARK Ice Cream Shoppe to the Splash DISTRICT Park concession stand at Fort 140 Oak Street Frankfort. Parmesans is open 9 Frankfort, IL 60423 a.m. to 9 p.m. this summer, with 815-469-9400 reduced hours in the fall. Be www.frankfortparks.org sure to stop by for a slice of their Jeff Boubelik, famous pizza or an ice cream Executive Director Parmesans Ice Cream Shoppe is now cone or slushie. They’ll also of- open at the Splash Park, 8/07. Rachel Gilmore, fer soups and hot drinks this fall. Park Perks Writer/Editor
  • News These activities are sponsored by the Lockport Township Park District. This organization is not affiliated with the District and the District is not sponsoring this organization or its activities. This flyer has been made available to students pursuant to the District's policy governing the distribution of written materials from non-school organizations. A Lockport Township Park District School Newsletter October/November 2007 O.A.S.I.S. (Organized After School Interactive Session) This program is designed to give children a fun and safe place to spend their time before and after school. Activities such as free play, sports, games, arts and crafts, snack time, and time for homework is conducted on a daily basis by qualified staff. O.A.S.I.S. is not held on school holidays, early dismissals or school closings. 50% of the fee is due at the time of registration with the balance due by Dec. 3. Schools in the O.A.S.I.S. program include: Butler School (K - 4th Grade) Walsh School (K - 5th Grade) Schilling Grade (K - 4 Grade) th Milne Grove (K - 3rd Grade) Goodings Grove (K - 4th Grade) Kelvin Grove (4th - 5th Grade) Richland School (K - 4 Grade) th Reed School (K - 5th Grade) Irene King (K - 5 Grade) th Christmas in the Square Take a ride on the Polar Express! Everyone who attends this holiday event will be sure to enjoy all the FREE festivities. Everyone will enjoy a visit with Santa and his reindeer live from the North Pole. Fright Fest at Plus, visit our Victorian Village at the Gladys Fox Museum to shop for c last-minute gifts. Enjoy musical entertainment and a tree lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Lockport Township Six Flags Great America Park District, City of Lockport, Lockport Township officials, and the Lockport Chamber of Commerce. Supervisor: Amy Rauen, Extension Fright Fest at Six Flags Great America will be 208. transformed into a frighteningly fun haunted park. Date Time Day Join us for a trip to this Halloween spectacular. Enjoy 11/24 2:00pm - 5:30pm Sa all the rides and thrills of Six Flags with a little extra Fee: FREE! spooky entertainment. Don’t forget to bring money Location: Central Square, 222 E. Ninth St. for food. Fee includes transportation and admission into the park. Code Date Time Day Jingle Bell 5K Race & Fitness Walk 528S137 10/08 8:00am - 8:00pm M Mostly rolling terrain with a few hills on paved roads and fairways Supervisor: Amy Rauen, Extension 208 through scenic Prairie Bluff Golf Club, which is certified and Age: 10 - 16 years old accurately marked and measured. Mile splits and an electronically Min/Max: 10/25 timed finish line. All participants will receive an official 5K race t- Fee: $75/R - $85/NR shirt, be entered in the raffle and enjoy the post-race party including Location: Trip pick-up/Administration Building chili lunch, cookies and hot chocolate. Standard race circuit age divisions apply. Interested applicants can sign-up by calling the halloween’s happenin’ in the park Lockport Township Park District at 815-838-1183 ext. 0 or via the Internet, www. lockportpark.org or www.active.com. Bring your family and friends and enjoy a fun filled Halloween Party in the park! Activities include a Code Date Time Day haunted maze, bon fires, hayrides through the park, 234JB137 12/01 7:30AM - Noon Sa face painting, crafts, entertainment, and a lunch with Supervisor: Carol Domico, Extension 207 hot dogs, chips, hot chocolate, s'mores and more! Age: 4 & older Costumes are welcomed. Pre-registration is required. Min/Max: 75/250 Code Date Time Day Fees: 5K Race/Fitness Walk: 227HH137 10/27 11:00am - 2:00pm Sa $20 - 15 & older (pre-race) Supervisor: Amy Rauen, Extension 208 $15 - 14 & younger (pre-race) Age: All $25 - 15 & older (day of race) Fee: $8/per person $20 - 14 & younger (day of race) Location: Volz Fieldhouse/Dellwood Park Facility: P.B. Mulligan’s Restaurant/Prairie Bluff -Tri County SRA Wolves Basketball For more information on these four -Holiday at Georgio’s programs and SRA, please call 815- -Lamb’s Farm Craft Walk 407-1819 or visit their website at -Meet Me in St. Louis at Drury Lane Theatre www.tricountysra.org. Tri County SRA is a separate entity from the Lockport Township Park District.
  • Get Into the Swing of Things at Challenge Fitness Tumbling / Cheer Tennis Level 1 Tennis Level 4 Classes The primary focus is on fun, footwork, racquet Players will be introduced to singles and All Classes instructed by control and games. doubles strategy as well as proper grips and Little Flippers Tumbling-n Date: September 11 - October 20 spin usage. Cheerleading & are held at Time: Tues., 4-5 p.m. - Date: September 13 - October 20 Challenge Fitness. We offer Sat., 9-10 a.m. & Fri. 4-5 p.m. Time: Thursday, 5:30-7pm tumbling & cheerleading classes for all ages beginning at 12 months Fee: $66/1 day-$108/2 day-$140/3 day Friday, 5-6:30pm thru 12 years old. Refer to your fall Saturday 11-12:30pm brochure or call Challenge Fitness Tennis Level 2 Fee: $102/1 day-$186/2 day-$252/3 day at 815-838-3621 ext. 0 for class For junior players who have completed Level fees, schedules and times. 1 or have the tennis pro’s approval. Tennis Level 5 Playful Parent Tumbling Date: September 11 - October 20 This student plays more than once per week Age: 12 - 24 months w/ parent Time: Tuesday, 4-5pm- Friday, 4-5pm & and participates at the novice to advance level Saturday, 10-11am in USTA tournaments. Parent Tot Tumbling Fee: $66/1 day-$108/2 day-$140/3 day Date: September 10 - October 20 Age: 18 mo - 2 1/2 years w/parent Time: Monday, 5:30-7:30pm - Tennis Level 3 Thursday, 3:30-5:30pm - Tiny Tot Tumbling Players at this level have knowledge of the Saturday 10:30-12:30pm Age: 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 years w/parent basic shot and can sustain a rally inside the Fee: $135/1 day-$246/2 day-$333/3 day Little Flippers Sibling Class service box. Ages: 1 - 5 years Date: September 12 - October 20 Time: Friday, 3:30-5pm - Wed., 5:30-7:00pm Pre-Flippers Saturday 9-10:30am Park Partner & Sole Sponsor of Tumbling-n-Gymnastics Fee: $102/1 day-$186/2 day-$252/3 day Lockport Township Park District. Ages: 3 1/2 - 4 1/2 years Spanish C lasses K-4th Grade 4 Kinder Flippers Tumbling-n-Gymnastics Fee: $69/R - $79/NR Date: Thursdays, 10/25 - 12/06 Ages: 4 1/2 - 5 1/2 years Time: 3:20 - 4:20 p.m. Location: Schilling School No Class: 11/22 Super Flippers K-1st Grade 1 Tumbling-n-Gymnastics Date: Mondays, 10/29 - 12/17 2nd-3rd Grade 3 Ages: 5 1/2 - 7 years Location: Walsh School Date: Tuesdays, 10/23 - 12/04 No Class: 11/12, 11/19 Kipper Flippers Location: Reed School Tumbling-n-Gymnastics No Class: 11/20 Ages: 7 - 10 years K-4th Grade 4 Date: Thursdays, 10/25 - 12/06 4 -6 Grade 6 th th Kinder Spirit Cheer & Pom Location: Butler School Date: Fridays, 11/02 - 12/14 Ages: 4 1/2 - 6 1/2 years No Class: 11/22 Location: Ludwig School No Class: 11/23 Super Spirit Cheer & Pom K-4 Grade 4 th Ages: 6 1/2 - 9 years Date: Mondays, 10/29 - 12/17 Location: Goodings Grove School Cheer Tumbling No Class: 11/12, 11/19 Ages: 9 - 12 years Lockport Township Park District You Can Register... 1911 S. Lawrence Ave. Over the Phone Lockport, IL 60441 In Person Phone: (815) 838-1183 ext. 0 By Mail Fax: (815) 838-4974 We b s i t e : w w w. l o c k p o r t p a r k . o r g Online
  • Special Leisure Services Foundation (SLSF) is the Fundraising Arm for the Northwest Special Recreation Association and Special Olympics Illinois Area 18. Aloha from the Gold Medal Fashion Show! For some, Sundays are usually reserved for rest and relaxation, a time to read the newspaper and reconnect with the couch. Apparently, Sunday, February 25 was not meant to be one of those days, as almost 700 people flocked to Belvedere Events & Banquets to see the high energy, fast-paced, and exciting 17th annual Gold Medal Fashion Show, hosted by the Special Leisure Services Foundation. The theme of the show was “Beautiful Hawaii”, and thirty-eight Special Olympics athletes celebrated Hawaii's music and dance while displaying the theme of the beautiful islands. The event featured a SLSF thanks the Fashion Show Committee for its dedicated work Hawaiian hula dancer, more than 50 raffle prizes including a $1,000 toward the event. Congratulations on another successful year! travel voucher, Hawaiian music, and a three-course lunch for all attendees. Ed Pavlovich from Presenting Sponsor Citibank stated, “I thought it was a very worthwhile event for Citibank and all of today’s attendees. We look forward to continuing our involvement with SLSF. Citibank has a strong commitment to the community and will continue to serve throughout the northwest suburbs.” While the Fashion Show provided an opportunity for the Special Olympics athletes to “strut their Winter/Spring stuff” on the runway, the show also served as a benefit for Special Olympics Illinois Area 18. Year 2007 round training and competition for the athletes is NWSRA/ possible with support from Presenting Sponsor Special Olympics 2 Citibank, Gold Sponsor Awards 3 Bloomingdale’s of Old Awards/Partnerships 4 Partnerships 5 Orchard, Media Partner the Fundraisers & Sponsors 6 Daily Herald, and Area Donor Members 7 Partner Schneider Board of Directors 8 Electric/Square D. So for Mission Statement Tracey Beesley of Elk Grove now, Sundays on the couch We exist to support and shows off her Hawaiian dance may have returned, but in promote outstanding moves on the runway. Also pictured, Joli St. Pierre of February 2008, when the opportunities through Rolling Meadows. Gold Medal Fashion recreation for people with disabilities in cooperation Linda Mancini of Rolling Meadows Show returns, the Special provided a unique experience to guests Olympics models will once with Northwest Special as she performed authentic Hawaiian Recreation Association. hula dances. again dress to impress! Official Area Partner Area Media Partner Special Leisure Services Foundation • 3000 W. Central Road, Suite 205 • Rolling Meadows IL 60008 • 847/392-2848 Voice • 392-2870 FAX • 392-2855 TTY www.nwsra.org
  • NWSRA/SPECIAL OLYMPICS NWSRA Boasts Artwork in the Area Achieving creativity is what the NWSRA strives for in its arts programs, and this Spring, the artistic talents of many NWSRA participants will be on display. Beautiful paintings, drawings and creative art pieces crafted by talented artists with disabilities from throughout the northwest suburbs are being exhibited at two art shows. First, the Achieving Creativity show, presented by NWSRA and Little City Foundation’s Center for the Arts, is being held from March 13 through April 24 at the Northwest Cultural Council in Rolling Meadows. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, April 15 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. For more information, please call 847-956-7966. The second show is presented by the Cultural Art Committee of the Illinois Therapeutic Recreation Section and held at the Bloomingdale Park District Museum from April 22-28. Five Special Recreation Associations are taking part in the show, and artwork utilizing Arts for All equipment will be displayed. For more information, please call Chelsi Hill at 815-459-0737. Kelsey Haase creates a masterpiece utilizing Arts for All adaptive equipment. Holiday Basketball Tournament On Sunday, December 3, Special Olympics Illinois Area 18 hosted its Area Holiday Basketball Tournament at Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, IL. Twenty two teams competed in this fast-paced, exciting tournament including a separate individual skills competition in the afternoon. Over 350 spectators, 330 participants, 100 volunteers, and 10 individual skills competitors attended the Holiday Tournament. Special Olympics Illinois Area 18 thanks Schneider Electric/Square D, and the Daily Herald, who partnered with the Special Leisure Services Foundation to provide funding for this tournament The Kirk Cubs get ready for an exciting day of along with Silver Sponsor the Kiwanis Club of Rolling Meadows. basketball at the Holiday Basketball Tournament. District Basketball Competition Special Olympics Illinois Area 18 witnessed major excitement at Hersey High School on January 21 at the 2007 District Basketball Tournament. Twenty four teams competed in six divisions to qualify for the state tournament. Each team that finished with a gold medal at the District Tournament is eligible to compete at the state competition. Area Director Ethan Bontly stated “This is a Torchbearer BJ Dammeier from Palatine High great opportunity for athletes to compete School at the District Basketball Tournament. against each other in a fun and positive atmosphere. The tournament was a great success and we look forward to next year's competition.quot; The NWSRA Silver Lightning junior basketball team will The Knights of Columbus present the colors for the advance to the state competition. SLSF congratulates all of the Area 18 teams National Anthem with the District Basketball athletes. and individual skills athletes on their advancement to the state competition! 2
  • AWARDS Hearts of Gold Award SLSF congratulates Paul Madden and Cathy Rateike on receiving the 2007 Hearts of Gold Awards, given out at the ninth annual awards presentation by the Arlington Heights Special Events Commission on February 17 at the Sheraton Chicago Northwest in Arlington Heights. Paul Madden received the Young Champion Heart of Gold Award due to his outstanding work with the NWSRA day camp program and weekly programs. Paul Madden (center) gives a big Cathy Rateike received the Volunteer Heart of Gold smile after receiving the Young Award. Her expansive history of volunteerism for Champion Heart of Gold Award. Trisha Breitlow (left) and Emily NWSRA includes calling bingo at social clubs, assisting in Meyer from NWSRA share in the Saturday morning swimming, helping with volleyball and excitement. basketball tournaments, and assisting with Special Olympics Illinois Area 18, for which she helps with medical screenings to clear athletes to participate. She is also very active in her volunteer role with NWSRA’s Camp Connections, serving as a nurse, helping campers with lunch, leading Cathy Rateike (center) shows the Volunteer Heart of Gold Award with craft activities, and chaperoning field trips. SLSF is proud of these dedicated individuals her daughter, Susie Rateike (left), and and the selfless work they provide to so many grateful people. friend, Helen Jensen (right). Chairman’s Partnership Award Through the Special Leisure Services Foundation Chairman’s Partnership Award, SLSF recognizes a respected leader in our community who supports the mission of promoting and providing outstanding opportunities for people with disabilities in cooperation with Northwest Special Recreation Association. In 2006, SLSF honored Benefax for its unwavering commitment to SLSF events, NWSRA programs and Special Olympics Illinois Area 18. Diane and Joe Maxwell of Benefax Christine and Diane Maxwell have been instrumental in the success of SLSF for over 16 years, as Diane is one of the accept the 2006 Chairman’s founding members of the Gold Medal Fashion Show committee, and they both continue to Partnership Award on behalf of Benefax. (Front left to right): volunteer, sponsor and attend events. SLSF thanks Benefax and the Maxwell family for Christine and Diane Maxwell. their continued support. (Back left to right): NWSRA Chair Roger Key and Joe Maxwell. Spirit Award On December 13 at the Special Leisure Services Foundation Holiday Luncheon, Susie Julison, Director of the Northwest Special Recreation Association presented the Kevin T. Kendrigan Spirit Award to Sal and Karen Geraci. When NWSRA planned the remodeling of its offices, Sal Geraci finished a multitude of tasks, dedicating hundreds of volunteer hours to painting, installing new carpet, and other office renovations. Karen was a member and volunteer of the NWSRA Family Ambassador Program and is a Gold Medal Fashion Show committee member. Both are Special Karen and Sal Geraci receive the 2006 Olympics event volunteers and relentless advocates of NWSRA. Together, Sal and Karen Kevin T. Kendrigan Spirit Award. From left to right: Special Olympian Christine head the Unified Softball program and are on the Polar Plunge event committee. SLSF Maxwell (front), SLSF Trustee Roger thanks Sal and Karen Geraci for their commitment to providing quality recreation Key, Susie Julison, Karen Geraci, and Sal Geraci. opportunities to people with disabilities. 3
  • AWARDS/PARTNERSHIPS Chris Cudworth (center) and Kerri Diminuco Len Laughland from Sony Electronics accepts the Mary Frances Cox (right) accepts the Area Partner (right) accept the Area Media Partner award on Community Service Award from Nanette Sowa for award from Christine Maxwell (right) on behalf of behalf of the Daily Herald, presented by Christine his donation of prizes to SLSF events. Schneider Electric/Square D. Maxwell (left). NWSRA wins the Give Us Your Best Shot photo contest NWSRA is proud to announce that the photo to the left was selected as a winner in a photo contest sponsored by the Illinois Association of Park Districts and the Illinois Park and Recreation Association. Winning photos may be used in future editions of the the Illinois Parks & Recreation magazine or in other publications produced by IPRA and IAPD. The winning photo was taken by Christina Corona, a part-time NWSRA employee working in marketing and communication during the summer of 2006. The photo depicts the thrill of a winning shot and shows two sled hockey players practicing their skills at the Hoffman Estates Ice Arena. Gooooaaaaalllll!!!! Sean Grady (left) celebrates the big goal as Grace Brandon gets the assist. Birginal Foundation The Birginal Foundation has donated funds to Special Leisure Services Foundation to provide support for NWSRA scholarships since 1988. Once again, the Birginal Foundation has decided to lend their support to the SLSF, which will assist families in receiving The Birginal Foundation provides scholarship funds. scholarship funding for NWSRA programs such as day camp. (From left to right) Heather Richarson, Nick Heinz, and Renee Miles pal around at the Out of this World Camp. 4
  • PARTNERSHIPS Elk Grove Township provides Inclusion support The SLSF thanks Elk Grove Township for providing funds toward Inclusion services for its residents. Since the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed, NWSRA/SLSF have provided Inclusion support to nearly 6,500 park district programs. In 2006, participation from Elk Grove Township residents accounted for 2,384 NWSRA program registrations. The Elk Grove Township currently funds in excess of 25 social service organizations. Township Supervisor Nanci L. Vanderweel, stated, “Every one we fund does something good for the community, such as Special Leisure Services Foundation.” Through the support of Elk Grove Township, the NWSRA (From left): Sam Rao, Jack Marzigliano, Jenny Palmer Inclusion program had another very successful year in offering high-quality and Varun Cidambi play a computer game at an inclusion activities to people with disabilities. program. (Pictured right): Funds from Zurich Thank You North America Foundation support the purchase of vehicles. Zurich North America Foundation Zurich volunteers showcase the In November 2006, the Zurich North America Foundation newest addition to the NWSRA fleet. granted SLSF funds to purchase an accessible vehicle to ensure safe and easy transportation of preschool children T BL AL LE ES FOU through seniors. The vehicles are used transport more than U S FOU 120 individuals to programs each day. Over the last four years, Zurich North America Foundation has not only provided necessary funding for vehicles, but has also partnered with NWSRA to provide the “Make a Difference Day” Fun Fair which provides diverse activities and experiences to kids with disabilities. SLSF sincerely thanks Zurich North America Foundation for its support and devotion to helping people with disabilities. Zurich volunteers hosted the “Make a Difference Day” on Saturday, October 28 at Kirk School in Palatine for NWSRA participants. (Pictured left): Michael Tierney, of Palatine, demonstrates a winning spirit Target at the 2006 Cultural Arts Showcase. SLSF thanks Target Community Giving Program for a third year of involvement in the NWSRA Cultural Arts Showcase. The NWSRA will proudly present the 2007 Cultural Arts Showcase on Friday, May 11 at the Rolling Meadows Community Center. With help from Target, this year’s Showcase, The Wild West, will provide a darn tootin’ good time! Target has given over $3 million per week to nonprofit organizations worldwide, and local Target stores have shown their support for the SLSF, NWSRA, and Special Olympics Illinois Area 18 by volunteering time and donating items since 1999! Brian Selders (left) thanks Target Executive Team Leader Brett Cecil. 5
  • FUNDRAISERS & SPONSORS Polar Plunge As the name implies, the Polar Plunge is the chilliest event of the year, but that did not stop almost 70 plungers from jumping into the icy waters of Salt Creek Park District’s Twin Lakes in Palatine, IL on Sunday, March 4. With a shivering crowd of over 100, this year’s plungers had all the support they needed as they boldly ran full steam ahead into the fourteen degree waters. The Polar Plunge is the project of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, the single largest fundraising event benefiting Special Olympics Illinois area programs. Plunger Liz Tisch, of Mt. Pleasant, MI stated “It’s great (From left to right) Travis Griffin, Mike Collins and Drew Bogenschutz to come out and support Special Olympics. It is such a wonderful take the plunge at Salt Creek Park District’s Twin Lakes in Palatine. organization and I’m glad to be back (plunging) this year.” Due to overwhelming support from the community, the NWSRA plunge team named “The Wedding Party” raised the fourth highest total of any plunge team in the state of Illinois. If you did not get a chance to join the festivities this year, get your team together and get ready for a thrill at Polar Plunge 2008! Citibank Thanks to Presenting Sponsor Citibank for its dedicated support of the 2007 Gold Medal Fashion Show, held February 25 at Belvedere Events & Banquets in Elk Grove Village. As part of its commitment to provide superior products and services and expand its retail distribution network, Citibank recently announced the opening of its new full-service Financial Center in Hoffman Estates. “Citibank is thrilled to open this new Financial Center in Hoffman Estates,” said Ed Pavlovich, Manager of the Financial Center. “We are proud to be part of this community and to provide innovative financial products and services to meet all of our customers’ needs.” Ed Pavlovich (center), Manager of the new Financial Citibank’s dedication to the Special Leisure Services Foundation ensured Center in Hoffman Estates, accepts the Presenting great success at its largest event of the year, and SLSF is very grateful for Sponsor award from SLSF Board Chair Elaine Schmitt and Special Olympics Area 18 Director Ethan Bontly at Citibank’s involvement. the Gold Medal Fashion Show on February 25. Dove Campaign for Real Beauty The Celebrate Ability…an evening with friends event was a major success in 2006, thanks in large part to Dove Campaign for Real Beauty, the Presenting Sponsor for the event. Dove representative Sangita Woerner gave a wonderful presentation to the event's attendees, and later stated, “It is great to partner with the SLSF as we are both going toward the same goal of building self esteem, giving confidence, and building strong character in young people.” Dove's global Campaign for Real Beauty aims to change the status quo and offer in its place a broader, healthier, more democratic view of beauty - a view of beauty that all women can own and enjoy every day. SLSF thanks Dove Campaign for Real Sangita Woerner, representative for Dove Beauty for its commitment to improving the lives of others. Campaign for Real Beauty, delivers a heartfelt presentation at the Celebrate Ability…an evening with friends event on November 3, 2006. 6
  • DONOR MEMBERS Thank You for Your Support SLSF would like to apologize to the following supporters whose names were inadvertently missing from the Annual Report. Thank you for your support: Edward Jones Investments, Edwin Guziel C.P.A., Eliz Events, Empire Cooler Service, Inc., Epoxy Inc., and Knights of Columbus #6481. Donor Member Program Contributions received from the Donor Member Program support accessible transportation, inclusion, the Kevin T. Kendrigan Scholarship Program, and Special Olympics Illinois Area 18. Thank you to the following Donor Members (11/20/06 - 3/12/07): Chairman's Club OG & Q Construction Doug & Nancy Wingeard Jeanette Holub Gene Looft John & Linda Hall Tony & Gina Picchi Mary Grady Paul Ivaska Dolores Stephan Cathy A. Kendrigan Elaine & Tim Schmitt James Haskins Laura Jabeck Heidi Tabib Jean Labovitch Joseph Snyder Matthew Hill Gideon & Ilana Kishony Patricia Jo Wakeley Peggy Kendrigan Holly Murawski Ms. Lucinda Krahn Patricia Weinfuss President’s Club Roger Key William Troth Dorothy Lessam Arlene Winkelmann Dakota-K Auto Repair & Janet McNulty Irene Vogeler Kay McClellan Robert Glod Tire Center Cathy Kendrigan Ed Vrablik Robert Steder Jack O’Brien Karen Geraci Conrad Swiatkowski Participant’s Club W-T Engineering Executive’s Club Roy Gott Roland Thilmany Kevin Kah Haskris Lynn Crawford Robert Wayne Lillian Martiny Joanne Kluck Member’s Club Joseph Wohlhart Jim Piotrowski Vice President’s Club Arlene Tuscano Loretta Baden Jay Carman Dee Raczkowski Fred & Bunny Hall Terry Versen Richard Bloom Dorothy Lessam- In Patricia Testa Judi Nosal Jenny Voyda Mr. & Mrs. William Gisseler honor of Zach & KC Guy Tolvstad Terese Oates Cindy Webber Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Gugliotta Coppel Deborah Weinfuss Yes, I would like to become a donor member. ( ) Chairman’s Club ............... $500.00 Name: ______________________________________ ( ) President’s Club ................ $250.00 ( ) Vice-President’s Club ....... $100.00 Address: ____________________________________ ( ) Executive’s Club ............... $ 50.00 ( ) Member’s Club ................. $ 20.00 ( ) Participant’s Club .............. $ 5.00 ____________________________________________ ( ) Other ______________________ My tax deductible donation of $_______ is enclosed to the Special Leisure Services Foundation. Please mail to: Special Leisure Services Foundation Park Central, 3000 W. Central Road, Suite 205, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008 Voice: 847/392-2848 • TTY 847/392-2855 • FAX 847/392-2870 • www.nwsra.org Check enclosed Please charge (check one) Master Card Visa Discover American Express Card No: ______________________________________________________ Exp. Date: __________ Signature: __________________________________________________________________ 7
  • Special Leisure Services Foundation NON-PROFIT ORG. Park Central U.S. POSTAGE 3000 W. Central Road, Suite 205 PAID Rolling Meadows, IL 60008-2559 Permit No. 2565 Palatine P&DC Visit www.nwsra.org Illinois 60095 SLSF Board of Directors Elaine Schmitt, Chair .............Critical Path Strategies Kristine M. Stabler, Vice Chair ..........Arlington Park Thomas M. Campone, Treasurer.................. Parent of NWSRA Participant Amy Charlesworth, Secretary ........ Rolling Meadows Park District Ernie R. Blomquist .. Attorney, Massucci, Blomquist, Brown & Hedrick Sue Boitz ......................... Strahs, Boitz & Associates and Parent of NWSRA Participant Michael Brottman .................Elk Grove Park District Jacky Cartwright ...................................... Harris N.A. Mary Frances Cox ......................... Schneider Electric Square D Foundation Deborah du Vair .............. duVair Consulting Services Ron Gbur...................................Palatine Park District Dennis Hanson .............Former Palatine Park District Commissioner Jim Heyden .............................................KI Furniture Susie K. Julison............................. Director, NWSRA Roger Key ................ Arlington Heights Park District Diane Maxwell .............................................. Benefax and Parent of NWSRA Participant Jamie Munce .......................... Tec Specialty Products Terri Oates ..................................................... Siemens Sherry Prause ....................................President, SLSF Brian Rubin ..................................The Law Offices of Serving: Arlington Heights • Bartlett • Buffalo Grove • Elk Grove • Hanover Brian Rubin & Associates Park • Hoffman Estates • Inverness • Mount Prospect • Palatine and Parent of NWSRA Participant Prospect Heights • River Trails • Rolling Meadows • Salt Creek Tim Schaap ....................... GAINS Education Group Schaumburg • South Barrington • Streamwood • Wheeling Jim Schwantz ......... Von Sydow's Moving & Storage Eric Wasowicz............................... Fujitsu Consulting 2007 Calendar of Events SLSF Fundraising Events Your Contributions Support: Accessible Transportation • General Parent’s Night Out................................................... Fridays: March 9, June 22, Program Support • Inclusion Opportunities • Kevin T. Kendrigan Scholarship September 28, and December 14 Program • Special Olympics Illinois Area 18 Schaumburg Flyers Field Trip................................. Thursday, June 21 Gold Medal Fashion Show...................................... Sunday, February 25 Summer Day Camp, Session II ............................... July 16-August 10 Polar Plunge ............................................................ Sunday, March 4 Street Sprints/Street Fest ......................................... Sunday, August 26 Buffalo Grove Golf Classic..................................... Tuesday, May 22 Adult Trip to San Antonio, TX................................ September 6-9 Palatine Hills Golf Classic ...................................... Thursday, June 7 Ala Carte Entertainment/NWSRA Golf Classic Special Olympics Illinois Area 18- Athletic Events In Memory of Kevin T. Kendrigan ......................... Wednesday, August 29 Unified Bowling ...................................................... Thursdays, Each Quarter Women’s Only Golf Outing .................................... Friday, September 7 District Basketball................................................... Sunday, January 21 Arlington Classic Golf Outing ................................ Thursday, September 20 District Aquatics...................................................... Saturday, March 10 Celebrate Ability. . . an evening with friends .......... Friday, November 2 District Gymnastics................................................. Sunday, April 15 Bowl for the Gold ................................................... Thursday, November 8 Track and Field Time Trials .................................... Thursday, March 29 Spring Games .......................................................... Sunday, May 6 Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA) Events Family Festival........................................................ Saturday, June 9 Windsor Indoor Classic ........................................... March 23-25 State Summer Games .............................................. June 15-17 Spring Day Camp.................................................... March 26-30 Unified Softball League .......................................... Tuesdays, July 17-August 21 Cultural Arts Showcase ........................................... Friday, May 11 District Softball ....................................................... Sunday, July 22 Illinois Games for the Physically Impaired ............ May 19-20 Golf Qualifier .......................................................... Monday, August 6 Page for a Day, Springfield ..................................... TBA Area Bowling .......................................................... Saturday, August 11 Trip to San Diego, CA for Physically Impaired ...... May 15-18 Bocce Combined Qualifier ...................................... Saturday, September 15 Adult Trip to Milwaukee......................................... May 18-20 Area Volleyball Tournament ................................... Sunday, September 16 Summer Day Camp, Session I ................................ June 11-July 13 Basketball Game Day ............................................. Sunday, December 2
  • Halloween Sock Hop Friday, October 26th 6:30pm-8:30pm Grades: 6-8 The annual Halloween Sock Hop will be held at the Oak Brook Park District Shelter. Grab your friends and join us for a FREE night of food, dancing, and fun. - Let’s eat, drink and be scary! Spook tacular Halloween Party Wednesday, October 31st 6:30pm-8:00pm Ages: 4-10 Park District’s Annual Halloween Party will feature many carnival games and prizes, moon walks, an obstacle course and a host of other activities. Wear your coolest costume and get ready for tricks and treats. The event is FREE and open to the entire family
  • Pleasant Dale Park District Message From The Board 1: the act of progression; forward or onward movement. Director's Message Rosalyn Wendt-Epting, CPRP With the blink of an eye time passes us by….. Special Message from Departing Commissioner As time passes us by, we often forget to reflect on the progress Edie Zuccaro we have made. From our very beginning in 1954 to our most recent property purchase of 6.887 acres at 8100 Willow Springs Road, Pleas- I would like to thank all of you who ant Dale Park District has seen tremendous growth. Please take a have supported the Pleasant Dale Park District. I moment to read a brief history of our park, included in this newsletter. would also like to take this moment to extend my appreciation to you for letting me serve you the I would like to take this opportunity to tell you about some facility upgrades on the horizon for the Chalet. After much consideration, last six years. I truly love our Park, and hopefully improvements have been agreed upon and construction is set to begin served for the purpose in which you voted me in. this summer. The Board has determined that a multipurpose gym area With everyone’s support, our Park will continue is definitely a necessity for our district. This area will be used to hold to be a great community service to all. Thank you volleyball, basketball, indoor soccer, as well as batting practice (in all, it has been a true honor to serve you! the drop down batting cages). This space will be available for rental, as well as programming of our own. The weights and cardiovascular Sincerely, machines will be moved to one central area where members will be able to use them. These changes will help the programming of the Edie Zucaro facility, as well as provide more opportunities for the users. Commissioner & Treasurer Throughout all of the changes your park district has made, we have continued to provide quality programs that enrich the lives of all who Director's Message attend. Our future looks very bright and we have a history we can all ... page 1 be very proud of. I look forward to working with the residents, board, Celebrating 53 years and the staff to expand on this history for years to come. As time ...page 2 passes us by with the blink of an eye, we can be proud of the progress Pleasant Dale Park District has made. Someone you Should Know ...page 3 Celebrating 53 years ...page 4 www.pleasantdaleparks.org 630 .662.6220
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  • www.pleasantdaleparks.org by: Marlon Rodas, Communication & Marketing Coordinator I sat down with Sandy Dixon, our Water Aerobics Instructor at the Chalet. Sandy is a 24 year resident of Burr Ridge, married, and mother of 3. Sandy is a tremendous asset to our park and our commu- nity, and someone you should know. Sandy Dixon seen here at the Chalet pool. PDP: Have you always been involved with fitness and health? Sandy: I became interested in water aerobics initially as a safe way for me, as a plus-sized person, to exercise. I joined a class at the Cha- let because it was close and I really liked the laid back atmosphere. Over time I realized my clients would enjoy a water aerobics class if it could be in a “safe” environment, which I feel the Chalet provides. PDP: Why do you enjoy teaching at the Chalet? Sandy: I love working at the Chalet for many reasons. It is a comfortable place for a plus-sized person to workout, with a friendly atmosphere, where people really get to know one another. I like the community house feel it The Chalet seen here located at 8300 S. provides. I love the location of the pool, towards the back, where we feel Wolf Road, Burr Ridge. like we have the area to ourselves. PDP: How long have you been involved with fitness, sports, etc? Sandy: I have always enjoyed movement and sports. As an overweight person I spent most of my life dieting and exercising with the goal of losing weight. At the age of 45 I decided to become an exercise physiologist to help me figure out why I was fat. Seven physiology courses later, I’m still not sure. But, I learned that there are huge health and fitness benefits from exercising. I also learned that the cardiovascular adaptations that come with exercise make me healthier than a thin person that doesn’t exercise. I now exercise because it makes me feel good, and I do it in ways that are fun for me. Previously, I would exercise for up to 2 hours a day while dieting and if I didn’t lose weight, I felt like I had failed. Now, I exercise at a more moderate level and I do it for the joy of movement and to maintain my good health. I have my own health and fitness consulting business, which I named, “Just for the Health of It,” because my focus with clients is on improving their health. PDP: Why should a plus size person join this class? Sandy: I think plus-sized people should join my class because it is a fun and safe way to exercise. If you are a beginner, or have been exercising for years, there are modifications that can be made so the class will be right for you and your body. Each one-hour class includes an aerobic component, a weight-training component and ends with stretches. It is a one-stop total workout for your body. Because I am an RN with a Masters Degree in exercise physiology, I can answer questions regarding health or fitness during class and serve as a reliable resource. We have had women join that have not been in a bathing suit for over a decade. No one in the class is made to feel like they cannot keep up. I encourage each person to work at the level that is best for their body. Seen here is The Thank you for your time today Sandy! Chalet pool
  • www.pleasantdaleparks.org Pleasant Dale Park District 7425 S. Wolf Rd. Presorted Standard Burr Ridge, IL 60527 U.S. Postage PAID LaGrange, IL Permit No. 14 Dated Material Do Not Delay! 630.662.6220 At the end of the day... Did you Play?
  • Get Fit Gazette 4 | Get Fit Gazette August 2007 Travel Fitness: to departure on your trip, find out if your hotel has a workout facility and a pool, and remember to pack A Plan of Action to Keep You Active your bathing suit and workout clothes. If they don’t have a facility, they may be affiliated with a local gym where August 2007 Nutrition Road Tips you can get a one-day pass for a small fee. There are no • Always drink plenty of water, particularly if you’re flying. limits to the exercise you can do while exploring new territory. Make the most of your trip, and get to know Featured Exercise: Message from • Conjure up a healthy meal in your mind prior to the city by foot. The Horizontal Leg Press entering a restaurant, and stick to your plan as closely as possible. Prepare for Power, No Excuses By Harvey Edelstein, Fitness First Training Coordinator the Manager • Try to eat at least three times per day to keep you from If your hotel doesn’t offer fitness accommodations, bring As fall approaches, I hope feeling famished and overindulging at any one time. The horizontal leg press is an effective way to build your thighs along a jump rope and an exercise tube. They are both you are enjoying all the • Pick up portable, healthy snacks at a local market so (quadriceps), butt (glutes), and hamstrings (back of thighs). The lightweight and easy to transport. Jumping rope is a great activities that the you won’t be caught hungry in front of the mini-bar. leg press requires you to push the weight with your legs only, great form of cardiovascular exercise, and you can do it Skokie Park District has • Go ahead and splurge on regional allowing you to focus on targeting the quadricep muscles without anywhere. With the exercise tube and a pre-arranged to offer. There have been dishes or local cuisine, but balance putting undue stress on your lower back. In order to protect plan to keep you motivated, you can keep your entire a lot of changes at Fitness your diet by choosing lower-calorie your back while performing the leg press, be sure to keep your body toned and energized without First recently and there foods at other meals. abdominal muscles engaged at all times. To perform the exercise, entering a gym are more to come! We position yourself in the leg press machine with your feet on the or stepping have replaced 20 pieces of cardio equipment It’s easy to let vacation or platform about hip-width apart. Adjust the depth of the machine on a piece of as well as 20 TVs (12 treadmills and 8 bikes, a business trip destroy your so that your knees and hips are at about a 90 degree angle, engage exercise equipment. all with attached TVs). For those of you that fitness schedule and eating habits, your ab muscles and push with your leg muscles. Focus on using Of course, body-weight enjoy group exercise you’ll notice new hand but why let something as rewarding your quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes. Once exercises such as push-ups and weights and new resistance bands in the as a vacation or as exciting as a business trip leave you your legs are straight (do not lock out your crunches require no equipment aerobics room. More exciting news includes feeling unhealthy upon return. With a little research and knees) begin to return to the starting position at all. The point is to find a workout routine that the development of our own Pilates Stu- proper planning, you can create an easy-to-follow plan to slowly. Repeat for suits your needs and follow it. Plan a specific time each dio that we hope to open at the end of the keep you fit and healthy no matter where you travel, and the required day or every other day to do your strengthening and summer. The studio will offer equipment- you can come home feeling more healthy and energized number of cardiovascular routines (a good based one-on-one sessions as well as partner than when you left. repetitions. plan is to alternate days between the two). Remember sessions and specialty programs. Watch for that the 20 to 60 minutes you spend working out each the next issue of the Get Fit Gazette for more Nature’s Playground and Man’s Monuments day is for you, and try to stay on schedule. updates. I hope to see many of you at our an- There is no excuse for not finding places to exercise nual Recreation and Recovery 5K event on when every city has a great staircase, stadium, or tall Have Fun September 9. Look for registration forms at buildings where you can master the stairs without a Be sure to enjoy yourself and make the most of the front desk. Don’t forget to check out the machine. If stairs aren’t your thing, cities have lots of the area to which you have traveled. Remember to Skokie Park District summer brochure for places good for walking, running or even hiking. Ask bring comfortable shoes so that you can easily get a all the great programs and activities that the the hotel concierge if there are parks or trails nearby, or workout while using your feet as your main mode of park district offers to the community. Fitness if you have ventured to the mountains, ask for a map transportation. Whether your trip is for business or Walking Club programs include Women on Weights, Easy of local hiking trails. It’s also a good idea to ask the vacation, remember that you should have some time Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30-10:30 a.m. Moves, Yoga, Kickboxing, Table Tennis, concierge for a map of the city to find out how many of for yourself every day. Why not dedicate that time to Folk Dancing, Mat Pilates, and the Walking your destinations are reachable by foot. (Walking will The walking club is a great way to make friends and achieve your improving your health and making yourself feel better! fitness goals. The semi-annual fee includes supervision by a Fitness Club. Keep your eyes open for more events increase your fitness and decrease your taxi fares.) Prior throughout the summer! First staff member. Call (847) 674-1500 to register for class number To Your Health — Sarah Natalie, Fitness First! 654951-02, or stop in at any Skokie Park District facility. Fitness First Manager www.SkokieParkDistrict.org 9300 Weber Park Place • Skokie • (847) 674-1500, ext. 2600 Resident fee: $23 / Nonresident fee: $29
  • 2 | Get Fit Gazette August 2007 3 | Get Fit Gazette August 2007 you sweat profusely you will want to replace the salt lost Safely Exercising in the Heat in your sweat. Sports drinks like Gatorade or PowerAde Prevent Osteoporosis Now Harvey Edelstein, Fitness First can serve this purpose. Try mixing half sports drink Personal Training Coordinator and half water to cut down on the sugar. Don’t forget Today is the day to begin preventing osteoporosis, an to drink plenty of liquids when swimming. Just because age-related disorder in which bones become gradually you are surrounded by water doesn’t mean you are well thinner, more porous and less able to support the body. Summer is officially here and hydrated. This condition affects both men and women, but wom- offers extra hours of daylight en usually suffer more severely because bone loss ac- to spend more time enjoying 2) Eat regularly; the heat may decrease your appetite, but celerates rapidly after menopause. By the time a woman outdoor activities. For many, this it’s important to eat. Try 4-5 small meals containing lots reaches the age of 70, she may have lost as much as 30 means more time for physical of fresh fruits and vegetables. percent of her bone density. Prevention is the key. activities: bike riding, swim- ming, and playing sports. So, it 3)Wear light, loose fitting clothing that can breathe. The following lifestyle-related factors may lead to the is important to remember the development of osteoporosis: potential dangers of exercising in 4)Wear sunscreen even if you • lack of exercise the heat. Knowing the dos and don’ts of working out in exercise in the early morning or • calcium and vitamin D deficiency Eat for Stronger Bones hot weather will allow you to take full advantage of the late evening. • prolonged use of drugs, alcohol, caffeine, You can bolster your bone strength by eating a summer fun. high-phosphate soft drinks high-calcium, high-fiber, low-fat diet. Did you 5) Check the weather forecast to • smoking know that two thirds of your bone is composed 1) Drink plenty of fluids. It is very important to stay make sure the heat index is not of calcium? You need vitamin D to help hydrated. Drink before you feel that you need to. If you in the danger zone. Avoid The good news is that osteoporosis may metabolize calcium. The best source of wait until you are thirsty you are already dehydrated. physical activity in the sun be prevented by a combination of exercise vitamin D is the sun, but fortified milk Stay away from caffeinated beverages. Water is your best 11 am-2 p.m. If you are and good nutrition. products offer the same benefit without bet. Top off your water supply by drinking 20 minutes going to be working out the risk of skin damage. before your workout, and every 15 minutes during exer- in the heat, take the time Get Plenty of Exercise cise. You may need as much as 8 ounces of water every to get acclimated. Spend Weight bearing exercises can help You can also get a good dose of 20 minutes during intense heat and humidity. If only a few minutes a day prevent bone loss and may encour- calcium from the following sources: in the hot conditions age bone growth. Specific exer- • nuts, seeds, beans and peas until your body gets used Turning Point and Skokie Park District present: cises to twist, bend, stretch and • fish with bones to the heat. Avoid extreme compress bones are needed • green vegetables temperature changes. Don’t to strengthen the common go from being hot and sites at risk: the upper arm sweaty directly into air-con- at the shoulder, the fore- ditioning. Cool down first. arm at the wrist, the thigh Stay cool and enjoy the rest of bone at the hip, and the spine. This process is Bones to Last a Lifetime the summer! known as “bone loading.” Include a variety of Bone-loading exercise and a balanced diet Sunday, September 9 exercises that will stimulate as many different are important components for preventing bones as possible. Add upper-body muscle osteoporosis. By taking care of your bones Devonshire Cultural Center strength and endurance training two days per now, they will stay strong enough to carry 5K Run/Walk week. Stick with your program and work up you safely through a lifetime of health and starts at 8:30 a.m. to at least 20 to 30 minutes of physical activity activity. 9 & Under Half Mile a day, on most, preferably all, days of the week. starts at 9:30 a.m. Also, think about ways to increase your daily Recreation & Recovery activity, such as taking the stairs or gardening. 5K Run/Walk and Festival for Health & Wellness
  • Park District Pointers Sullivan Community Center, 635 N. Aspen Dr., Vernon Hills, IL 60061 (847) 996-6800 Fax: (847) 996-6801 www.vhparkdistrict.org March 2007 Sponsored By Sponsored By Register for programs Online: www.vhparkdistrict.org PORT CLINTON PLACE Mail/Drop off at Sullivan Ctr. 1080 E. Route 45 471 W. Town Line Road Fax: (847) 996-6801 Vernon Hills (847) 634-7711 Vernon Hills (847) 247-4700 www.PortClintonPlace.com www.americanchartered.com Mark your calendars! March 1 Aquatic Season Passes on sale. Purchase an Early Bird pass Hoppin’ Holiday Hunt before March 31 & save 15%! Loop the Lakes Saturday, March 31 5K Run & 2 Mile Walk 9:00-11:00 am March 13 Saturday, May 5 Sullivan Community Center Spring/Summer Brochure Start Time: 9:00 am lottery registration deadline Gather up the kids and hop on Century Park 9:00 pm - walk-in registration down to the Vernon Hills Park Midnight - online registration District Annual Egg Hunt! Visit Check-in begins at 7:30 am at the with our Spring Bunny, enjoy the Boat Dock shelter. Race packets March 22 magic show, continental will be distributed then. Fee Open registration begins for breakfast and of course, the egg includes race shirt, goody bag & programs in the spring/ hunt for treats and prizes! medals for the top two male & summer brochure. female race finishers in each age Egg Hunt Times category. March 31 3 & under ..... 9:20 am Preschool Open House from 4-5 years ..... 9:40 am Fee: $15 through April 27 10:30 am - noon at Sullivan Ctr 6-8 years ..... 10:00 am $20 April 27 - May 5 April 3 Code Age R/NR fee Code# 47511-1 5K Run Picnic permits fo residents go 37210-1 Adult $7/$9 47511-2 2 Mile Walk on sale at 8:30 am. 37211-1 Child $5/$6 Register through VHPD or at April 10 Children under 1 year: FREE www.signmeupsports.com Picnic Permits go on sale for non-residents at 8:30 am. 6th Grade Early Release Trip to eSkape Friday, May 18 The Summer Planner bro- 11:30 am - 4:30 pm chure is filled with day camps Meet at the Sullivan Center at 11:30 am. as well as sports, specialty and We’ll then head to eSkape in Buffalo mini camps for pre-schoolers Grove for a pizza lunch, bowling & through 8th grade. laser tag. If you choose, bring extra money to purchase video game Summer swim lessons at the tokens. Registration deadline is May 10. Family Aquatic Center are also listed in the Sumer Plan- ner. Fee ......... $25 Register Early! Code ....... 41461-1
  • Spanish Kids Club Let’s Cook Promising Comfort Zone Learning provides A pinch of sour Picassos: an exciting, out-of-your-chair and a dash of Ocean approach to languages for kids. sweet, stir Each meeting is based on one Adventure them together theme. Crafts, show-and-tell, An expedition is about to shove to make our guessing games, songs, stories off! You are invited to enjoy treat. Measuring, table setting, and magic tricks will keep your under-the-sea favorites in this and cleaning up will be our new child excited about learning aquatic drawing class. Meet skills. Who knew that cooking Spanish. sharks, whales, and fish. You will would be such a thrill! become familiar with underwater Age ..... 4-8 years plant life too. Ages .... 6 years and older Date ....... Mon., 4/9-5/11 Date ....... Wed., 4/11-5/2 Time ....... 4:15 - 5:00 pm Ages .... 6-12 years old Time ....... 4:30-6:00 pm Loc. ......... Laschen Comm. Center. Date ....... Thurs., 4/19-5/10 Loc. ......... Sullivan Ctr/Mtg Rm A Sugar Creek Room Time ....... 5:45–6:45 pm R/NR ...... $70/105 Code ....... 41543-1 Loc. ......... Sullivan Ctr/PS Rm. A Code ....... 41451-1 R/NR ...... $72/90 R/NR ...... $39/49 Code ....... 41913-1 Peas & Thank You: Chinese Holiday Cooking Club Promising Picassos Chinese is the most widely Spring Celebration Learn to draw or work on spoken language on Earth! Give Spring is the season when technique...this drawing class your children a head start in animals awaken and plants come brings out the best in young art- appreciating this critical lan- to life. Celebrate with us as we ists! Children will focus on the guage. Our beginning conversa- prepare “egg-ceptional” goodies fundamentals of drawing and tional Mandarin course is a fun which are pretty to look at and creative expression. introduction to the language. delicious to eat. Our robin’s egg All materials are supplied. cakes are a cooking class Date ....... Thurs., 4/12-5/4 favorite. Join Peas & Thank You Date ....... Thurs., 4/19-5/10 Loc. ......... Laschen Center for a hoppin’ good time! Loc. ......... Sullivan Ctr/PS Rm. A R/NR ...... $72/90 R/NR ...... $39/49 Ages .... 5-9 years old Ages 4-7 years Date ....... Tues., April 17 Ages 4-6 years Time ....... 4:15-5:00 pm Time ....... 3:30–5:00 pm Time ....... 3:30 - 4:15 pm Code ....... 41542-1 Loc. ......... Sullivan Ctr/Mtg Rm A Code ....... 41911-1 R/NR* .... $20/25 Ages 8-12 years Code ....... 41241-1 Ages 7-12 years Time ....... 5:15-6:15 pm Time ....... 4:30 - 5:15 pm Code ....... 41542-2 *A $6 supply fee is payable to Code ....... 41912-1 the instructor on class day. Track Ready to maximize your speed and improve your fitness in a fun atmosphere? This 6-week clinic guarantees to get your heart pumping! This co-ed class will focus on skill-enhancing drills to build maximum speed, performance and cardio endurance. Stretching, light resistance training, speed & agility drills are stressed. This program is perfect for those who wish to compete in track, cross- country or other speed sports like soccer & basketball. Age ..... Grades 4-8 Date ....... Thurs., 4/5-5/10 Code ...............42971-1 5/3 class is at Sullivan Center R/NR Fee ......$105/131 Time ....... 6:30-7:30 pm Loc. ......... Hawthorn Middle School North
  • Foundation Focus Fall 2007 Floor Hockey Comes To WDSRA Western DuPage Special Recreation Recently added to the Special basketball, you’ll like floor accessible for everyone. “The Association Olympics line-up, floor hockey. If you don’t, there is equipment is adapted from 116 N. Schmale Road, hockey is gaining popularity still quite a lot to enjoy. It’s traditional floor hockey. The Carol Stream, IL 60188 and comes to WDSRA this great for all ability levels,” heavy felt pucks and rubber 630-681-0962 fall. “We are really excited adds Chrisman. tipped sticks allow for easier www.wdsra.com about this and can’t wait to maneuverability,” says get started,” says Amie Floor hockey provides a Chrisman. Players are able to Chrisman, WDSRA Special great alternative to traditional run, fling or scoot the puck. Olympics coordinator. “We hockey because there are no have had a lot of interest in skates or roller blades. It is Everyone who registers for getting this sport started. If played indoors on a gym the fall season will spend the you enjoy the fast pace of floor making it more first few weeks learning the game and building skills. Special Olympics Floor Hockey The remaining weeks will Teens and adults (16 & older) include games against other Thursdays 9/13-11/15 area teams. The season Register online at www.wdsra.com wraps up with the Special Olympics Illinois Floor WDSRA Floor Hockey has been made possible in part by a Hockey Tournament to be grant from Special Olympics. The grant allowed for the held in Chicago on purchase of team equipment. November 17th. Bring Your Appetite For The 2nd Annual Taste Back by popular demand! Our Tastiest Event Yet! Last year’s Taste of Western DuPage was so well received that we are holding it again. This is a delicious treat for the whole family Taste of and a great way to support WDSRA. Be sure to get Western DuPage your tickets early! Indian Lakes Resort Bloomingdale Sunday, November 4th 5-8pm Tickets are $45 Enjoy an evening of good music and good food when local restaurants dish-up their specialties for all to enjoy. Save the date now! Would you like to create a presence for your business at a WDSRA event? We offer sponsorship packages that are designed to feature your business. Would you like to provide a donation towards our raffle or door prizes? Please contact Cindy Allston at (630) 681-0962 ext.132.
  • 2 Cantu Runs For WDSRA Rory Cantu wanted a college) by coaching softball challenge. He wanted to get and golf with the young adult out of the office and get crowd. He also heads up the moving. So last year he WDSRA Voyagers group, decided to run the Chicago designed for active young Half Marathon sponsored by adults. Banco Popular. It was his first half marathon and his “There is so much positive goal was modest…to finish energy,” he says with the race. “It was an amazing enthusiasm. “It proves to me experience,” says Rory. “Just that we can make a difference being in the company of so in people’s lives. This is what many people who overcome introduced to WDSRA by his it is all about…people so many obstacles to brother Joe Cantu. Joe, a helping people to make this complete a goal creates such special education teacher, has world a better and happier a positive environment.” been working with WDSRA place for all.” as an inclusion staff for the This year he did it again! last few years. Joe knows the The half marathon may Rory ran the half marathon role that WDSRA can play in be over, but you can still Sunday, September 9th, someone’s life and the show your support for along with his brother Joe, positive impact that one Rory and Joe by making both of Naperville. But this person can have working a donation to WDSRA. year he had another goal…to with WDSRA. He recruited raise awareness of and Rory for WDSRA. funds for WDSRA. Visit www.wdsra.com to Rory now shares his love of make a donation online Rory, an IT recruiter, was sports (he wrestled in or call (630) 681-0962. Women’s Golf Outing A Ball For All Everyone had a ball at the 13th Annual Women’s Golf Outing! Thanks to all the golfers who came out to support WDSRA. And a very special ‘thank you’ to all our fabulous caddies who made this event such a hit! Pictured, from left: novice caddy and Wheaton Park Golfers, sponsors District Executive Director and donors raised Mike Benard, Carrie Gibson, more than WDSRA Special Projects $10,000 at the Women’s Golf Manager Lanie Munzing, and Outing. Kerry McLaren Foundation Focus
  • 3 Maximize Charitable Legacy With Insurance By Jack Vorhauer larger scale, existing life insur- The individual making the Independent Insurance Broker ance policies can be used as contribution could also use the and WDSRA Supporter one of those unique means of proceeds amount as a tax contribution to organizations deduction. As a WDSRA supporter, many such as WDSRA. of us recognize the This contribution can be made importance of helping those Traditionally, life insurance with new or old policies with challenges lead richer policies have either been whether they are permanent, lives. Recreation takes on a given to charities with the term or even a group whole new role for a person amount of the immediate gift certificate. There are some with disabilities and can be as the cash surrender value or restrictions but as an example, the pathway to enriching their the death benefits have been a person age 65 with a everyday activities. As a given as future gifts. $100,000 policy might be able WDSRA supporter, we to generate a gift of $20,000 contribute by attending There is however a new option although the cash value might fundraising events, whereby the value of the only be $10,000, thereby volunteering at programs, and immediate gift to the charity doubling their contribution to spreading the word to others. will be greater than the cash WSDRA. In a climate where both surrender value. This is made family and business budgets possible by the existence of a If you would like more can be stretched to the limits, secondary market in life information regarding this we often look for unique ways policies. A third party company unique method of to contribute. can purchase your policy with contribution, please contact the proceeds being greater than Lea Jackman at For those who embrace the the cash value. Proceeds can (630) 681-0962 ext 133 or idea of contributing on a then be given to WDSRA. leaj@wdsra.com. Bring Your Friends! Outback partners with WDSRA for a Wine Tasting at Cody’s very special luncheon! 500 S. Schmale Rd., Carol Stream Thursday, October 11th, 2007 5-9pm, $5 cover Must be over 21 years old. 166 S. Gary Ave. All the money Stratford Square’s 5th Annual Bloomingdale raised goes to support more than Night of Giving Friday, September 21 1,000 annual 11am programs, trips, Stratford Square Mall, Bloomingdale and special events Sunday, November 18, 2007 Tickets are $25 for individuals Tickets are $5 with special needs. Outback is donating the entire luncheon! Kick off your holiday shopping with one- Foundation events night only store discounts and specials. help keep program Call (630) 681-0962 for tickets. Call for tickets today! costs down. Foundation Focus
  • 4 Sign Up For Support Made Easy Supporting WDSRA has never your sales goes towards search, to the charity you been easier! WDSRA. Dominick’s makes designate. Just go to the donation. While at www.goodsearch.com and enter There are a variety of ways to escrip.com why not register WDSRA as the charity you make a contribution to for the many other stores in want to support. WDSRA without any cost to the eScrip program. you. Many businesses offer Have fun volunteering! Did programs in which they Open a new account! you know that many service donate to an organization on MidAmerica will donate $25 organizations need volunteers your behalf. Some programs to WDSRA for to run their fundraising are aimed at bringing you in every new events? When we provide as a new customer and offer account opened. volunteers, those an incentive for switching This applies to personal organizations make cash your business. Others reward checking, savings, IRA, CD or donations to WDSRA. existing customers by making Money Market accounts. a donation with every use or Knights of Columbus purchase. In either case, “Link up” your interest Tootsie Roll Campaign WDSRA benefits…all with no bearing account! If you are a Bloomingdale, Naperville or cost to you! current MidAmerica customer, Winfield—September 21-23 MidAmerica will make Glen Ellyn—September 14-16 Register donations to WDSRA based with eScrip on the amount in your Naperville Rotary and shop at Dominick’s! account. The donation comes Oktoberfest EScrip is a new program that from MidAmerica and does October 4-7 allows many stores, like not impact your account. Dominick’s, to donate money To volunteer for any of these to WDSRA every time you opportunities or more shop. No store credit card is Make GoodSearch.com your information about the necessary. Visit search engine! Powered by programs mentioned, contact www.escrip.com and register Yahoo, GoodSearch.com is a Cindy Allston at your Dominick’s Values card new search engine that donates (630) 681-0962 ext. 132 or and choose WDSRA. Then half its cindya@wdsra.com. every time you swipe your revenue, about Values card a percentage of a penny per Parade Pride Community pride never looked better! Packer Engineering, Naperville, lent their expertise and assistance in creating a professional looking float. It is big, bold and features our logo prominently. WDSRA participates in ten parades annually. Thank you Packer Engineering! Pictured are participants and volunteers who came out to the Wheaton 4th of July parade. Foundation Focus
  • 5 SO Coach Keeps It Light “I’m a big sports fan and I class,” says Feldman. to say, “He is such a great like to volunteer. WDSRA has Over the years he and many of guy. Everyone loves Doug. If you would like been the perfect way to the players have forged a Everyone wants to be on more information combine both,” shares SO special friendship. Some of Doug’s team.” about volunteer Coach Doug Feldman. “It’s the players have been with opportunities at been great.” Feldman has him since the very beginning. Get to know WDSRA, contact been coaching Special “We never take things too Wendy Craven, Olympics basketball and seriously. We joke around Doug support services Favorite Sports Team manager at (630) softball since 1996. quite a bit on and off the field, 681-0962 ext 117. while still trying to win every NIU Huskies football team “The athletes game” says Feldman. They (Doug is an alumni and goes are a lot of like to celebrate too. The pizza to all the home games with fun to work parties after every season are a his dad) with. I definite favorite. “I like to see Favorite On-the-Field Phrase really enjoy their smiles with each Just keep playing hard watching the celebration,” he adds. Favorite Pizza improvement from season to spinach season. And they learn so According to Amie Chrisman, Favorite Off-the Field Phrase much from being part of a WDSRA Special Olympics the napkin is your friend team. They learn concepts coordinator, Feldman has a Favorite Hobby like how to be a good special way of interacting with poker (Doug has had a teammate and sportsmanship - the teams and is extremely standing game monthly for winning and losing with dedicated. Chrisman goes on the past 20 years) Everyone Wins Big At Golf Classic East meets West as WDSRA Foundation travels to the Orient during the 14th Annual l Charity Auction y n The Abbington, Glen Ellyn Friday, March 7, 2008 More than Mark your calendar now! Scott MacKay, host and owner of the Egg’lectic Cafes $10,000 was of Wheaton, awards the coveted 1st place trophies! raised at the We invite our special guests to travel with us to a place steeped in tradition as With almost 130 golfers, the annual Egg’lectic/WDSRA we enjoy all the festivity that is the Egg’lectic/WDSRA Golf Classic continues to grow. We Golf Classic. In Orient. For more information or to are grateful for the continued support of our many addition, another sponsor a table call (630) 681-0962. golfers and sponsors. And a huge ‘thank you’ to Scott $10,000 donation (The above symbol means special, unique, was received as a and outstanding). for his continued support of WDSRA in such a big way! Pictured l-r: John Quinn, Neil Quinn, Scott result of the golf outing. Everyone is welcome! MacKay, Ray Bonelli, Ryan Bonelli. Foundation Focus
  • WDSRA 2007-08 Schedule of Events WDSRA Outback Steakhouse Luncheon Foundation Board Bloomingdale September 21, 2007 Elden Brauer, Chairman Pat Marks Wine Tasting Gregg Bettcher Cody’s Bar and Grill, Carol Stream October 11, 2007 Jim Gallo Lea Jackman The WDSRA Taste of Western DuPage Shirley Jakob Foundation is the Indian Lakes Resort, Bloomingdale Jane Hodgkinson Association’s November 4, 2007 Tom Corrigan fundraising arm Mike Deegan and welcomes TROOP Drama Performance donations from Amy Hansen Wheaton Park District, Community Center individuals, Saturday, November 17, 2007 companies, and service clubs. 2007 Night Of Giving Stratford Square Mall Visit us online at Donations help Sunday, November 18, 2007 www.wdsra.com offset the cost of or call programs. WDSRA’s 14th Annual Charity Auction (630) 681-0962 The Abbington, Glen Ellyn Friday, March 7, 2008 WDSRA...Developing individuals through recreation and providing equal fun for everyone! NON-PROFIT WDSRA Foundation U.S. POSTAGE 116 N. Schmale Road PAID Carol Stream, IL 60188 CAROL STREAM, IL 60188 PERMIT NO. 280