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General Banter / Sad, but fond farewell
« on: October 01, 2009, 03:34:09 PM »

Mike was our biggest supporter over the years that I worked with him.  His shoes will be hard to replace.

Dear Friends, Peers and Co-Workers,

We wish to share with you our announcement that we will retire from Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation effective December 1, 2009. This decision to retire was not easily reached considering our combined investment of over 62 years in public service to Kansas City. During that time we have had the privilege to serve with four Directors including Frank Vaydik, Jerry Darter, Terry Dopson and, most recently, Mark McHenry. Also, we have had the opportunity to work with twenty-three Parks and Recreation Commissioners on thirteen different Boards, eight Board Presidents and five Mayors (too numerous to recollect are the number of City Council Representatives and City Managers we have supported). Michael was honored to have been appointed as Secretary to the Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners from 1988 to 1996. Each of us has enjoyed good opportunities for job growth, satisfaction and security.

For nearly 32 years, we have been part of many changes as KCMO Parks and Recreation has evolved in an ever changing social, political and economic environment. We have experienced at least six re-organizations and seen the number of staff decline from 642 full time employees to 273, a 135% loss. In that same period, responsibilities, expectations and needs have risen dramatically. For example, consider the following increases since 1978: parks from 160 to 219 (+37%), miles of boulevards, parkways and park roads from 126 to 176 (+40%), total acres from 9,366 to 11,885 (+27%), ornamental fountains from 19 to 48 (+153%), monuments and sculptures from 41 to 105 (+156%), soccer fields from 0 to 25, and miles of trails from 0 to 45. In response, we managed to excel despite difficult circumstances. This was possible only with the support, hard work and sacrifice of many loyal and dedicated fellow city employees and community leaders. These are the persons with whom we shared first-hand the challenges, successes, failures, discoveries, disappointments, joys, sorrows, births, marriages, divorces, retirements, illnesses and deaths that are integral to work and life. Many became our mentors and treasured friends. It is an honor to have worked with such exceptional people for an outstanding community service organization and contribute to its success. Our professional careers with KCMO Parks and Recreation have been fulfilling and complete. We are thankful.

We are blessed to be able to retire together with good health and security. Retirement at this time in our lives offers us the liberty to explore new and exciting challenges while we are still able to enjoy them. Plans include time for family, friends, home, travel, projects, hobbies and many other opportunities for self-discovery. We look forward to a life open to new horizons, many of which remain yet undefined. We have not enjoyed this much freedom since we were children! We are excited.

In closing, our decision to retire has been made with great thought and consideration. It is a bittersweet time for us. Over the years Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation has become "family" and will always be part of who we are. Leaving a place that has been the center of our lives for so long is difficult, at best. But, our work is complete and it is the right time for our departure. We salute KCMO Parks and Recreation. We celebrate a brave new world.

Remember, we are not leaving KC as we intend to stay in the city we love. Our paths will still cross, just in different ways.


Michael and Ellen Herron

“Leisure is the most challenging responsibility a man can be offered” – Dr. William Russell

Michael R. Herron, CPRP
Manager, Natural Resources Management Division
Kansas City, Missouri
Parks and Recreation
(816) 513-7523
Senior Admin. Assistant: Lorri Calandra

 WARNING: This e-mail is a suspected phishing scam.

Thats just it they are guidelines, if you read it real carefully they "suggest" you do it this way, and it is their preferred method, I just prefer mine.  I think that it is a good start, and especially if you have never ran an event it really helps, but for someone that is a renegade like myself, well...... :-X

Cliff Drive / Re: 9/28/09 Cliff Drive League
« on: October 01, 2009, 10:15:12 AM »
but what did i shoot last night when i whooped you?

Enought to take my money, but thats not the point.  The point is that you are a quitter.  Now that we have that acknowledged the world feels better that a quitter only finishes when he is in the lead.  I'll remember this one.  Good Times.....good times....

I had done that at the Mighty MO, and realized it later.  I think that for the cash divisions, paying 40% is too deep.  My own opinion is that the top 25%-30% should really be all that get paid.  Think about school, you pass at 70%, if you are lower than that you don' opinion.....its announced in everything that I have done.

General Banter / NASCAR TIX FOR SALE
« on: October 01, 2009, 10:10:26 AM »

SO I don't know much about this Nascar thing, but I am heading there tomorrow, and the rest of the weekend.

I have lot 59 (Infield FRONT ROW) inside of turn 3 tickets.  I have 2 tickets left.  The people that I am going with have an RV (Andy would be proud of) that has a deck on it that seats 10 comfy.  Also the number of tickets in the lot so we have plenty of room.

The Tickets are $225/each all weekend,(all races that is...) I would probably take $400 for the 2 that remain.

Call me if you are interested.  I will have a practice basket as well on location!

Please help me make sense of this......

Tournaments / Re: OLATHE OPEN
« on: September 30, 2009, 03:56:06 PM »
Now that I like! ;D

I did not check the box indicating that I would abide by that rule Tracy.  So I will not be doing so in the Pro Field.

The shirt will be a long sleeve Dri-Fit valued at close to $20 for the event.  I may try to get some local sponsorship, but being gone all next week before the event it'll be hard then I have a week of work that will be back loggin from my time off.

Cliff Drive / Re: 9/28/09 Cliff Drive League
« on: September 30, 2009, 03:50:10 PM »
Ryan shot a 62 he told me last night, he was up there when we finished......put him down for an 84, that'll help.....

The first EVER C-Tier at Cliff Drive with Tee pads, I really mean it this time, they will be done.  The courses will NOT be set in Worlds configuration

City of Foutains
Saturday October 17, 2009
Blue Valley Registration 8:00-9:00 AM
Tee Off 9:30

Round 2 at Cliff Drive

Entry Fees
$43-All Other Pro Divisions
$23-All Am Divisions
$10-PDGA Fee for non-members will be added
$2-Ace Fund optional

Payout for the top 1/3 in professional divisions.
All Am's will receive a shirt!

Cliff Drive / Re: Need Help Running League
« on: September 24, 2009, 12:23:35 PM »
As if one league north of the office isnt enough to run, Ted Keith has offerred to help out in my absence.

I couldn't ask for a better guy to help out.

Please show Ted more courtesy and respect than you would most other people, and you should have no problems!

Be ready to throw at 5:30 the next few weeks, and probably earlier than that soon enough.....

Cliff Drive / Need Help Running League
« on: September 22, 2009, 03:37:37 PM »

I know that we are fast approaching the end of league season, and my job is heating up.  So I will need help on the following days to have people run league, or it aint happening.


I have new hire training on these days, and typically can not get out to the course until 8.  Please remember that league should be started no later than 5:30, and last night, we played our last few holes in the dark.  Though it was cloudy and overcast at any rate, still, we were done before 8 and it was dark.

If you can help out, please let me know.



Cliff Drive / League 9-21-09
« on: September 22, 2009, 08:52:16 AM »
Well 4 of us played on.  There was no rain, just wet ground......
Slim waws conquering the round, until.........17

Where the double circle 8 took him out of the lead.....


Swope / Re: September 26th - Putting in new baskets - Need help!
« on: September 21, 2009, 04:15:09 PM »
The old baskets will be stored to replace the stolen, vandalized ones within the KC MO city P&R.  I know that I have been pushing for quite some time to have replacements on hand.  They will be in stoarge that we may have access to, but they will not be auctioned, or go to any park that is not part of the KCMO P&R.

The old baskets were that, old, and when I wrote the grant, I was hopeful that we would have had them in prior to the worlds, but timing did not allow it.

This is making me think that I may not go to Topeka, and may come and help out on Saturday instead now, plus it looks like rain on saturday now, and I am thinking that I am pretty fair weather at this time of year.

Cliff Drive / League Starts 5:30 Remainder 5009
« on: September 21, 2009, 04:09:59 PM »
In the year 5009, all things start early.

I will try to get there as close to this time to start as possible, if someone wants to get started taking names and cash, that'd help a lot.

I will be heading out there today, if people show will play, if not, I have a kitchen to clean......

General Banter / Re: Stairs Idea from St Louis (Endicott #7)
« on: September 16, 2009, 03:35:30 PM »
Go South of the short pin 6 and you will see your treasure.....

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