History of the Recreation, Parks & Leisure Hall of Honor
Defining the Project:
The Hall of Honor is a collaborative project that began in 2004 as a hand-full of recreation and park professionals noticed that most of their agencies and organizations were literally discarding important planning and development reports, photographs and video, schematic drawings, and more…all important documents that interpreted their history and contributions in the community.
This group of interested professionals (Sam Crawford, Jeff Dubchansky, Pat Fenwick, Terry Jewell, Judy Quattrin and Debby Walker) formed a feasibility committee to document interest in the need to record our history: and thus begins our Hall of Honor project and the specific challenges we have met during the project’s planning cycle.
Defining the Project/Identifying the Challenge/Demonstrating the Need:
October 6, 2004, Judy Quattrin and Terry Jewell presented the feasibility committee’s project proposal to the CPRS District 2 Board, asking for their support. This project proposal was unanimously approved and included the following:
Recognize the professionals who have made significant contributions to the Recreation, Parks and Leisure Service Delivery Systems within the Sacramento Region, as well as CPRS District 2.
- Develop selection criteria with high standards;
- Establish a perpetual awards program;
- Establish an historical element that identifies and records major historical events and those who were involved in these events;
- Host Hall of Honor events where the recipients are recognized for their contributions;
- Strengthen our commitment to creating community through parks, recreation and people.
We sampled existing agency archival history methods, researched various organization structures and methods of selecting Hall of Fame Programs and identified current D2 award offerings.
Enlisted Others/Fostered Collaboration/Designed the Project:
We recruited members to expand the effort and to formally design the project. We explored a variety of possible sponsoring entities and organizational structures. (Initially we limited the area served to be the same as the Sacramento Area Council of Governmental Agencies boundaries). New committee members who eventually served and revolved off the committee included Keith Demetrak, Zachary Jones, B. Dana Kivel, Lisa Rudloff, Todd Sebastian.
Continually Modified and Identified the Steps to Implementing the project and continued to formulate a project critical path time-line including the longevity and structure. We eventually determined that credibility and sustainability were considerably more probable with CPRS District 2 as the administrator of the Hall of Honor.
November 2005, the CPRS District 2 Board unanimously approved the Recreation,Parks and Leisure Hall of Honor Awards Program Proposal, and by July 2006 it approved the official project design and criteria.
We were on our way……..but much work continued as we determined our nomination and selection procedures, awards, produced our first brochure, designed the media campaign, produced the Hall of Honor Induction Announcement and Invitations and created the awards ceremony.
Proudly, we announced our inaugural Class of 2007 at the D2 Awards and Installation Banquet at the Wackford Community Center, Elk Grove California.
We recognize the outstanding accomplishments of our Inductees and the contributions of our sponsors throughout the year:
- Special seed funding to sustain the project awarded by the J.R. Needy Foundation;
- Business and partner sponsors for our awards banquet;
- Nomination Brochures;
- Electronic and print media generated by the Hall of Honor Committee and Inductee Agency marketing;
- Brochures and Storyboard media at the annual CPRS Conference Session.
We continue to evaluate and strengthen our efforts in the creation of a broad-based Hall of Honor Committee that is recognizing, documenting and promoting significant historical park, recreation and leisure contributions to the quality of life with in the CPRS D2 geographic boundaries.
The benefits of this project have been realized and new strategies are continually emerging;
- History significant to the CPRS District 2 Region is continuing to be recorded and celebrated.
- Landmark events are being captured and those who have been visionaries and pioneers in our history are being acknowledged.
- Citizen engagement is being enhanced.
- Leadership connections/collaborations, partnerships are being built.
- Leisure quality of life factors are being identified as issues of local and regional significance.
- Acting as a conduit and incubator for future State-wide CPRS District’s Hall-of-Honor projects.
Committee Members: Additional committee members have served since our Inaugural Inductee class in 2007.
These people include Monya Jameson, Pam Allen (brochure production).
Committee Chairs have been Lisa Rudloff, Kelly Gonzalez, Debby Walker, Judy Quattrin, Terry Jewell, Barry Trute and currently Sandi Kukkola.