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Registration Manager Judy Heeter retires From JCPRD
POSTED: 05/02/2002
 
The last 24 years have brought a lot of changes to the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Registration Offices.

Registration Manager Judy Heeter recently took time to reminisce as she looked forward to retirement effective May 1.

Heeter said she originally learned of the job opening with the District from an acquaintance who worked here at the time. After turning down the opportunity for about a year and half, she applied and was hired. Judy began as a seasonal registration clerk in what is now the kitchen in Antioch Park's Building A.

At first, registrations for each season's aquatics and softball programs were taken on one day at one location, such as an area school, and people would come in by the score to sign up. Heeter recalled that all registrations were initially done by hand in spiral notebooks. But in the early 80s the District went high-tech when it purchased its first computer - a Sperry BC7. Heeter got to work on it because of her typing ability.

"I was scared to death because I had never done that before," she said. "It had these little buttons that would blink at you and I just knew that if I touched one of those, we were going to blow up."

She worked on a permanent part-time basis until the early '90s when she took a position as the first Childrens Services Secretary. She held that job for about five years before applying for and receiving the Registration Manager's job in 1996.

While Heeter is hesitant to take credit, there are several developments she is proud of that have taken place during her time as Registration Manager. Among these are: the elimination of starting registration dates; designing new and more user-friendly registration stations and moving to the current offices; and the initiation of an automated call distribution line that automatically assigns incoming calls.

As for retirement plans, Heeter said she looks forward to taking things easy this summer and may seek volunteer work in the fall.

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