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President Denise Knox Retires

President Denise Knox Retires

Denise Knox
At Veterans Park District's September Board of Commissioners meeting, President Denise Knox notified the Board of Commissioner of her resignation effective September 19, 2017. President Knox who has moved out of the boundaries of Veterans Park District to be closer to her daughter Deanna stated "This has been a difficult decision resulting in a bitter-sweet ending."

President Knox, who has served on the Veterans Park District Board since elected in 2003, also stated that it has been a pleasure to work with such a professional, dedicated Board of Commissioners and park district staff for the past 14 years. She commented on the fact that she takes great pride in all that has been accomplished, beautiful buildings, gorgeous parks, outstanding programs and special events during her tenure on the Board.

"I love Veterans Park District and am proud to have served the residents of our district. Thank you for all your support and everlasting friendship."

President Knox will be greatly missed. Her passion to offer quality recreational programs and events, and her commitment to Veterans Park District was evident in her dedicated service to our community.

Welcome Commissioner Sampson

Welcome Commissioner Sampson

Diane Sampson

My name is Diane Sampson and I, along with my husband Kary, have lived in Northlake since 1991. We have a daughter Megan (husband Louie), and a son Jeremy. Three years ago we were blessed with a grandson (Giovanni) and we are expecting a granddaughter in January 2018.
I have been fortunate to have worked at the same company for 29 years. I am an Executive Assistant to the Chairman and thoroughly enjoy what I do.
Our community is important to me. I have held various positions within our community which has enabled me to be a strong part of our community. Currently I am a Leyden Bears Board member and Cheerleading coach and Chairman of Community events and Affairs for the City of Northlake.
When not working or donating my time, I love to shop, travel and spend quality time with my family.
I look forward to serving the community as a trustee for the Veterans Park District.

Respectfully yours,
Diane Sampson

Veterans Day Observance

Veterans Day Observance

On Friday, November 3rd, Veterans Park District celebrated our 14th Annual Veterans Day Observance Ceremony.
Franklin Park Post #974 performed the Flag Ceremony while Veterans from World War II, The Korean War and the Vietnam War and members of the community stood on the sidelines to observe. World War II Veteran Angelo Provenzano sang the National Anthem and said a few words as only he can do. Korean War Veteran Eugene Piltaver read a poem by his friend and fellow Korean War Veteran and decorated hero, Don Beach. Vietnam War Veteran Angelo Egizio spoke most eloquently as he has in past years.
It was an honor and privilege to spend time with our local veterans who are all heroes in our eyes.

Special Olympic Summer Games

Senior Club Checks

Senior Club Checks

Top photo: Pictured with Donna is the Senior Club President, Chris Maggio along with Officers Virginia Holak, Sheila Pietrie and Shelby Krajewski. Bottom Photo: Donna Peluso, Theresa Cimino, Sonny Nicotera, Carole M. Babowice, Carmella Macino, Gloria Basili, Kathleen Contuchio.

Both Veterans Park District Grant Park Senior Club and Bulger Park Senior Club were presented with a $4,000 check by Executive Director Donna Peluso.

Left Photo: Pictured Donna Peluso, Theresa Cimino, Sonny Nicotera, Carole M. Babowice, Carmella Macino, Gloria Basili, Kathleen Contuchio.

Right Photo: Pictured with Donna is the Senior Club President, Chris Maggio along with Officers Virginia Holak, Sheila Pietrie and Shelby Krajewski.

Special Olympics Athletes Honored by Board of Directors at Veterans Park District

Special Olympics Athletes Honored by Board of Directors at Veterans Park District

Pictured group of special olympics athletes Honored by Board of Directors at Veterans Park District  On September 19th at the Veterans District Park Board of Directors meeting, Special Olympics athletes were honored for their outstanding accomplishments during the Summer Games and Golf Skills Fall State Games.
Shelly Coleman and her Unified Bocce partner, Mike Lund won a Gold medal at District Games to advance to the State Games in Normal Illinois at the ISU campus. There they won Silver medals in their division.
Missing was Steven McClinton who won a Silver medal in Traditional Singles.
Trinity Bryant competed in Track and Field in the 400 meter run and Mini Javelin to win a 4th place in her run and a Silver medal for the Mini Javelin.
Missing was Susan Johnson who won a 5th place ribbon for Tennis Ball Throw, and Tom Penton who won a 4th place ribbon in the Mini Javelin throw in his division.
Athletes Tyler Brownlee and Trinity Bryant were honored for Golf Skills at the Fall State Games in Decatur, IL. Tyler won a Bronze medal in his division and Trinity won a Gold medal in her division.
Missing was David Stechman who won a Bronze medal in his division. All athletes must win a Gold medal to advance to the state Games to compete.
The board awarded each athlete a certificate and a $10 gift certificate from Target. The Board meeting rounded out the evening with smiles, handshakes and a lot of pictures.

Veterans Park District Renovations

Veterans Park District Renovations

Tennis Courts at both Gouin Park in Franklin Park and Trumbull Park in River Grove were renovated with new fencing, black top and nets and are ADA Accessible. A great place to play a game of Tennis right in your own neighborhood!
The women's locker room at Cimbalo Fitness Center is being completely renovated with new flooring, sinks, partitions, lockers and a new Sauna. This will be a welcome addition to Cimbalo with all the new Fitness Programs being offered in the coming year!
Last but not least, Bulger Park got a parking lot, outdoor exercise equipment, new backstops and more!

VPD renovations:  parking lot, outdoor exercise equipment, new backstops and more

VPD/Leyden Alumni Fundraiser

VPD/Leyden Alumni Fundraiser

This past summer, a few Leyden Alumni Leydenettes (who refer to themselves as the "Pom Moms") were discussing the idea of reuniting with other Leydenette's and dancing together again for fun. Recognizing the importance of helping other children and supporting other women, they wanted to tie this fun dance event to a greater cause and give back to the Leyden community. Anthony Alfano, an 8-year-old Melrose Park boy, became the inspiration behind this desire. Anthony a Veterans Park District special recreation participant, has cerebral palsy and is wheel chair bound, which means it is difficult for Anthony to enjoy some of the simple things most kids do at the park, like getting on a swing. The reality is there are very few places around the Chicagoland area that offer a swing for wheel chair bound special needs children. Alumni Leydenette Moms believe that Anthony and every child with special needs should have the opportunity to enjoy a swing. So, in partnership with Veterans Park District they are raising funds for a wheel chair swing located at Gouin Park in Franklin Park.

Over the course of the next few months, the Leyden Alumni and existing Leydenettes will be working with Veterans Park District, other community groups and for profit companies to raise funds for the wheel chair swing. The cost of the project is estimated to total over $60,000. Fundraising events will occur alongside existing programs Veterans Park District's Special Recreation Department has planned. Additionally, the Leyden Alumni will be hosting an online portal where Leyden Alumni's from all of over the country can donate. A fundraising event is planned for January at a local establishment where alumni can purchase entry tickets and gather to network with their alumni peers. In February, the Alumni Leydenettes and the current Leydenettes will perform at half time during a basketball game at East Leyden!
Please help make this dream a reality for Anthony and all Veterans Park District special needs children by participating in our fundraising. For information on how to donate towards the wheel chair swing contact Anastacia Fratto at swingintokindness@gmail.com.