Parks and Recreation Staff Receive Awards

The Georgia Recreation and Parks Association (GRPA) First District held its annual Awards Banquet last week in Midville. Among those in attendance receiving awards was Statesboro Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department and its staff.

Service awards are given at 10 years of service and each 5 year interval thereafter. SBCPRD has two individuals that have reached their 10 year mark…Tony Morgan,  Parks Division Manager, and Kimberly Sharpe, Special Events Coordinator .
Darryl Hopkins, Superintendent of Athletics , received his 20-year Service Award. With 20 years under his belt, Ronnie Melton, Athletic Supervisor, accepted his Service Award. Congratulations to these dedicated staff for reaching these milestones in their lives.

Each year, the Leadership Award is presented to a First District Agency staff member who has been most instrumental in creating, starting, and/or supervising programs that benefited their respective community and brought praise to the department. In 2012, the Leadership Award was presented to Alison Brown, Program Supervisor.

Hired as a Program Supervisor in 2006, Alison worked diligently to provide optimum programming to 50+ Adults and Therapeutic participants.  By 2008, in an effort to diversify our program offerings, Alison was given the added responsibility of providing county-wide Instructional Programs to youth and adults.  Through her efforts there were 235 new participants and over $25,000 in new revenues in our community recreation budget last year.  In addition she conducts part time staff trainings and orientations, and develops and maintains operational budgets for specific program areas.

Alison has the desire to lead and is passionate about attaining success.  She is motivated and takes initiative when developing new programs and activities.  She looks for opportunities to lead and often accomplishes more than is expected. She is honest and compassionate concerning working for the common good of her programs and is supportive of other divisions within the department.
While resolving conflicts she remains calm and compassionate but is unwavering in her professional ethics. When training p-t staff she sets an exemplary example and is successful in choosing the best staff to accomplish her programming goals.  She has the skills to speak well, listen carefully and write clearly.

With Alison at the helm of the Adults 50+ Programming at SBCPRD, the department was also awarded the coveted Connie Kight Senior Adult Programming Award.  Connie Kight, a program coordinator for the Swainsboro-Emanuel Recreation Department enjoyed working with her local senior adults and involved them in many state programs. Connie, well known for her commitment to senior adults throughout the state of Georgia, pass away in 1995 while serving as Chairman of the GRPA’s State Therapeutic/Senior Citizen Committee–a committee she had served for over 5 years. In memory of her dedication and hard work with the senior adult programs, this award is presented for an exemplary senior adult program in the First District.
From bingo to lunches to trips around the state, SBCPRD provides numerous activities for adults who have the time to enjoy the good things in life. The department’s goal is to keep Seniors bodies in shape with line dances and yoga while card games throughout the week offer these adults a chance to exercise their mind.

Each year, the GRPA First District presents a department with an Innovative/New Program Award. For 2012, SBCPRD accepted the award for it’s Holiday Helping Hands program.  Do you know that there are several households in Bulloch County that celebrate Christmas without a Christmas tree because they simply cannot afford it? A Christmas Tree is a symbol of Christmas. Imagine your Christmas without a tree…can you? It may seem trivial to some, but it may be that we just take it for granted that we have one.

The Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department has a program called Holiday Helping Hands—a program that, through sponsorships only, will provide a Christmas tree to those deemed needy through a special partnership with the school system.

In addition to the tree, volunteers go into the recipient’s home to set up the tree, decorate the tree and spend a little time with the recipient—spreading a little holiday cheer.

The Georgia Recreation and Park Association was formed in 1945 as a private, non-profit Institution to support and promote the recreation and park industries within the state of Georgia. It is the only state organization that serves as an advocate for quality recreation and park areas, facilities, programs and services at the local level.

Darryl Hopkins, GRPA 1st District Commissioners presents the Innovative/New Program Award to SBCPRD representative, Dadrian Cosby, Athletic Program Supervisor.

Darryl Hopkins, GRPA 1st District Commissioner presents the Leadership Award and the Connie Kight Award to Alison Brown, SBCPRD Program Supervisor.