Volunteers needed for Manor Rec Board
Without an infusion of new volunteers, this weekend's “Spring Fling” could be the last event that the Manor Recreation Board sponsors this year, borough officials said.
A recent resignation means only two people are serving on the five-person board, and council has had difficulty attracting new candidates since two other longtime members resigned last winter.
In a reorganization of committees this spring, Council President Brian Woy assigned Councilwoman Christine Marchand to head a joint committee involving recreation and the Manor Public Library.
Marchand said she is hopeful that parents who are involved with the library might be willing to help with the recreation programs, too.
“We don't want to lose any of our events that we do, but the two people can't be the ones doing everything, so we definitely need more volunteers,” Marchand said.
“I'd hate to see the rec program fall apart, but, right now, that's kind of where we're leaning,” she added.
For this year, the board was set up to have only five official meetings to plan periodic events, such as a movie night for children wearing their pajamas; Easter Bunny luncheon; corn roast, Halloween Party and December Holiday Celebration.
“Spring Fling,” which starts at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lower Manor Park, is the official end of the T-ball season when players receive trophies.
The corn roast, scheduled for Aug. 9 in the Manor Community Room, is the next scheduled event. The summer playground program, which is organized by the Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission, is not threatened by the lack of volunteers for the recreation board.
Mayor Dave Sturgess said he frequently invites residents to volunteer when he's asked to speak at community events. He's not a formal recreation board member, but has attended the meetings since he was a councilman heading the recreation committee a decade ago.
Liz Aquino, mother of three children between the ages of 3 and 7, joined the board about a year ago. She said the events usually have good turnouts, but it's important to have more residents involved in the planning.
“For volunteers, it's not all that time-consuming,” Aquino said. “We don't meet every month anymore, and all our meetings are about an hour or less.”
Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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