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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT

Rita Shue
INTERVIEW BY DANIELLE TAYLOR

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FTER 32 YEARS with California's Hayward Area Recreation and Park

District (H.A.R.D.), the largest recreation district in the state, Rita Shue
retired from her position as general manager earlier this year, although
she's certainly not letting her golden years go to waste. An NRPA member since
the late 1970s and a graduate of the first class of NRPA's Directors' School, Shue
continues to be an active voice on NRPA's Program Committee and in the Administrators and Special Parks Districts networks on NRPA Connect.
As a retired park and recreation
professional, how and why do you
remain active in the field?
I'm going to continue for awhile on
NRPA's Program Committee, and
there's also an association of special
districts in California-I'm going to volunteer to get involved in that. Also, I just
signed up for my first class at the local
[H.A.R.D.-run] senior center, so I will be
participating in the things I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity

to help create. It's something I really
believe in...It's a way of life. I get much
more out of it than the work I can do.
Looking back on your 32 years
working in parks and recreation,
what advice do you have for
professionals entering the field
today?
I'm a big proponent of training, education, and taking advantage of those
opportunities, whether it's attending a

conference or a training session, reading a newsletter or a website, or just
talking to your colleagues. Also, I would
strongly encourage new professionals
to get a variety of experiences. Specialties are great, but they can lock you in,
so you need to try new things. Get involved in your local associations, your
programs, and your community. Be a
strong partner with the community
your agency is in. We're a big part of
the community, so make sure you're
at the table.
Interview by Danielle Taylor, Associate
Editor, Parks & Recreation (dtaylor@nrpa.
org).

New America's Backyard Materials-
Feedback Wanted!
Let NRPA know how you're putting new toolkits to work

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N AUGUST, the first set of the " America's Backyard: Make Parks Yours " pub-

lic awareness materials kits were launched. These materials can help you tell
the story of how your park and recreation programs and facilities are critical to the livelihood and vitality of your community. The materials allow you to
pair vital national statistics and messaging with your local facts and successes
to help communicate a compelling, real story about parks and recreation and everything you do for your community.
The first set of materials focuses on
health and fitness materials provide
getting healthy and fit, timed for use in
you with the valuable information you
winter and New Year's program guides.
need, conveniently packaged and ready
Whether it's to support new programto roll out immediately.
Let us know how you've been using
ming or facilities or just to bring your
community up to speed about all of
the health materials and what you would
the health services you provide, the
like to see in future kits. Your feedback

is vital to making the materials kits effective, useful, and easy to customize.
And showing us examples of how the
materials are being used can provide
ideas for other agencies. The next kit,
focused on connecting kids and nature,
will be available in November. Send your
comments, suggestions, and usage examples to customerservice@nrpa.org.
America's Backyard is supported in
part by a generous donation from PlayCore.

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