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Hello Mr. Gaddo,

I read your article in PRB and am interested in seeing what exactly you’ve included in the PowerPoint presentation that you show to influential people in your community. It sounds like a great idea and if you could send a copy to me, I would appreciate it very much.

Thank you so much.

Wendell Fry

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Mr. Gaddo, I enjoyed reading your article in PRB. Oftentimes when we do presentations, people comment on how they did not realize we did “all of that.” Would you mind sending me your presentation? Thank you in advance. Brenda ZeckExecutive DirectorWarren Special Recreation AssociationGurnee, Ill.

I loved your article and would so appreciate a copy of your PDF. I just saw a video clip of “Who needs the library?” and I was off and running with the idea of creating our own “brag book” to take to clubs, city council, etc.–and then I read your article. Perfect timing! And thank you in advance for helping us make this happen here in the city of Paso Robles.

Trine Layman

Recreation Marketing Coordinator

Library & Recreation Services

Paso Robles, Calif.

Editor’s Note: Anyone interested in receiving a copy of the PDF Randy referenced in his article can reach him via e-mail at


New Trends Equal New Opportunities

Ms. Patterson,

We are constantly looking to increase our clientele here at our facility. I recently read your article about trends and would like more info concerning this phenomenon (Trends In Fitness Classes, Oct 2008). Please steer me in the right direction concerning this.


Scott Marko

Installation Director

Katterbach Fitness Center

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Mr. Marko,

I think the trends mentioned in the article are a good place to start. The dance-based classes, for instance, were mentioned by all of the sources interviewed for the story as ones that are particularly popular. These are also relatively easy to start; you can use a dance instructor, as I profiled in the piece, or you can hire someone trained in a type of dance exercise class, like Zumba. I think the key theme in the piece was allowing people to try something new and build relationships. So anything that fits your population that would accomplish these goals.

Best of luck!

Jennifer Patterson Lorenzetti




6 Golf Course Builders Association of America, New Orleans, La.—New Orleans Morial Convention Center;

9-11 Arkansas Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference and Trade show, Paragould, Ark.—Paragould Community Center;


2-5 New England Regional Turfgrass Conference, Providence, R.I.—Rhode Island Convention Center; www.nertf.org3-6 California and Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference, Santa Clara, Calif.—

4-6 National Truck Equipment Association Work Truck Show, Chicago, Ill–McCormick Place West Building;

22-27 National Institute of Golf Management, Wheeling, W.V.—Oglebay Resort and Conference Center; contact Danielle Price at (703) 858-2195

23-30 National Aquatic Conference & Exposition, Houston, Texas—Hyatt Regency Houston;


6-8 Iowa Parks & Recreation Association, Coralville, Iowa—Marriot Hotel & Convention Center;

14-16 Maryland Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference & Exhibit, Ocean City, Md.;

15-18 Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Heritage Conference, Portland, Oregon;

19-21 Nevada Recreation and Park Society State Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada—Gold Coast Hotel & Casino;

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