Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Letters

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Letters

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Immediate and Unselfish Response

Recently a group of seniors from my local church in Georgia were returning home from a bus trip to New England when one of them-a retired minister from our church and close personal friend-became ill and was hospitalized in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He and his wife were left behind as the group returned home. He underwent a couple of days of evaluation. Although they had a daughter who lived an hour and a half away, they were in a strange place.

Upon learning of what happened, I immediately called Bob Antozzi, director of Parks and Recreation in Fredericksburg, who took the time to listen to a colleague and then made the effort to visit my friend in the hospital that same day. Bob's visit was genuine and provided a real comfort to these out-of-town folks who were frightened and in unfamiliar surroundings. Not only the visit, but the offers of assistance and knowledge of a mutual friend had a significant impact on the patient...and on me.

What a great feeling it is to know that through our affiliations we have a resource in our colleagues that we can call on not only in times of professional need, but when personal needs arise as well.

Thank you, Bob, for your immediate and unselfish response to a personal need. Your actions should be an example for all of us.

-Tom Martin,

NRPA Southeast Regional Director, Conyers, GA

Give Us a Break

In reference to Kim Lathrop's quote about Generation Xers in Doug Stevenson's story "Making Change an Opportunity for Brightness and Hope" (March 1997):

I am 26 years old. According to the above-referenced passage, that means I have "an attitude." I've always had everything handed to me on a silver platter, and I think the world owes me a living. Because I'm stupid and have almost zero attention span, training me on the job will be frustrating and time consuming, and it probably won't be worth it in the long run because I'm not willing to do what it takes to advance, and I don't have any spirit of public service and working for the betterment of my community.

Yeah, right.

In reality, I-like most of the Gen-Xers I know-am bright, willing, and perhaps even a bit starry eyed. I truly want to make the world a better place, and am willing to pitch in and work hard on the job to make all the difference that I can. …

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