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Kansas Recreation and Park Association Recognizes Two From JCPRD
POSTED: 01/30/2007
Two longtime Johnson County Park and Recreation District personnel were honored by the Kansas Recreation and Park Association during the organization's annual conference, which took place Jan. 15-19 in Topeka.

Recreation Senior Administrative Assistant Jane Owens was presented with the KRPA Special Service Award, while 50 Plus Volunteer Joan Jackman received the Distinguished Volunteer Award.

According to the KRPA, the Special Service Award is for "any full-time nonprofessional employee within the park and recreation field who has rendered outstanding service" and has worked in the field for at least two years. Owens has worked for the District since November of 1980. She was also recognized recently as the JCPRD's 2006 Employee of the Year in the Recreation Division.

Owens' many responsibilities include managing the District's mail service, organizing and maintaining the District's form system, overseeing vans, and taking Board minutes in the administration manager's absence.

In duties relating specifically to the Recreation Division, Owens is her division's assistant to the District Board and is responsible for coordinating meetings, minutes, and agendas for the Board's Recreation Committee. She organizes and maintains the Recreation Division’s administrative files system, serves as mentor and trainer of the division’s support staff, and coordinates the division’s internship program. She coordinates the division’s annual budgets, policies and procedures, fees and charges, and coordinates and maintains contracts and agreements, bids, and purchase orders.

Owens also supervises the Antioch Park Building A receptionist and oversees building operations. She is the Recreation representative on the Assistance Task Force and has chaired the RACKO Potluck Committee for the past two years.

During 2006, Owens experienced "the highest of highs" in her personal life in the form of a happy engagement to her longtime love and "the lowest of lows" with the loss of her mother and her beloved pet, her nominator, Administrative Manager Jo Ann Courtney notes.

"In good times and bad, she is as steady as a rock and continues to produce high-quality work and care for the employees of the Recreation Division and District as a whole," Courtney writes. "She is unfaltering in her efforts to do the best job possible and to be a model for other employees."

Jackman has been a volunteer with the 50 Plus Travel Department for more than 16 years. She first became involved with the District when she was employed elsewhere as a travel agent. Every Thursday morning, she contributes three hours and she also helps with the department's special events. Over the years, she has contributed over 2,000 hours, which is the equivalent of a year's work by a full-time employee.

"Her knowledge, expertise and suggestions have contributed to the success of this program," 50 Plus Manager Carlene Todd wrote in her nomination.

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