Thank you . . .

Community thank you letters

Posted: Friday, January 07, 2000

...for playground equipment

On behalf of the Juneau Parks & Recreation Department and the citizens of Juneau, I would like to thank the Juneau Rotary Club for the generous donation of new playground equipment at Sigoowu Ye Park in Lemon Creek.

Scott Fischer and Ben Haight coordinated the project, which consisted of removing the old equipment, as well as the purchase of the new equipment. Joining Scott and Ben from the Juneau Rotary Club were Scarlett Adams, Louis Bandirola and Willis Kirkpatrick.

Thank you for giving back to the citizens - especially the children - of Juneau.

Kimberly Kiefer, DirectorJuneau Parks & Recreation

...for pet assistance

The staff, board of directors, volunteers and most of all the animals at the Gastineau Humane Society wish to thank the many people that answered our call for food and goodies to be donated to the animals at GHS. We received over 50 cases of cat and dog food, 300 pounds of dry food, many toys for the animals, 400 pounds of kitty litter and many other donations. Our supply room is full, at least for a while. Your support was incredible and in additional you helped make Christmas a bit happier for our orphan animals waiting for a home of their own (and the humans at the shelter too!).

From all of us, thank you so much for caring. We cannot do this without your support. Happy New Year from all at GHS, but most of all from our furry friends in need.

Jan Gordon

...for swim meet help

Thank you to all those who made the 1999 Speedo Alaska Age Group Championship statewide swim meet here in Juneau such a success. It takes a small army to put on a meet of this size and caliber, so please forgive us if we've overlooked someone; everyone's efforts were greatly appreciated. Over 350 8- to 14-year-old swimmers from 17 clubs around the state got together at the Augustus Brown Pool the weekend of Dec. 3 for an exciting three days of high-level swimming competition. None of it would have happened without the outstanding organization and efforts of our own Glacier Swim Club's meet director, Sandy O'Brien. She started making arrangements back in the summer, and persevered and kept her sense of humor throughout the meet. Extra thanks also go to our computer expert and meet entries and results person, Katy Fishel. She demonstrated remarkable calm on Friday afternoon when there were computer difficulties. She amazed us all and singlehandedly solved the problem. A special thanks goes to Mike Miller, who announced the entire three-day meet from 8 a.m. to anywhere from 6 to 8 p.m. each evening. His voice was still going strong Sunday afternoon! His ability to come up with the statistics and historical information on the swimmers, past and present, is truly astonishing. He helped keep the atmosphere fun and exciting for the swimmers.

Peter Crosby and Tom Jacobson came from out of town to act as visiting Alaska Swimming officials and provide training to our own swim officials. They helped ensure that consistent and fair officiating occurred throughout the meet. Thanks to our meet referees Matt Robus and Rick Harris, our starters Matt Fishel and Teri Robus, and our stroke and turn officials Dave Barto, Lisa Crowe, Matt Fishel, Paul Gulyas, Rick Harris, Susan Hennon, Ron Josephson, Paul Kaiser, Keith Levy, Tamira Potdevin, Jim Preston, Matt Robus, Teri Robus, Tom Rutecki, Rick Stone, Pat Tynan and Steve Wolf. The following out-of-town officials also helped: Jim Heaslet, Nancy Knapp, Kristy Totten and Mike Humphrey. You all deserve foot massages for standing for three days straight.

Claudette Kreuzenstein and Cyndy Gulyas were the clerks of course; Terry Johnson and Melinda Chamberlin were our head timers (thanks to all the parents, siblings, friends and the JDHS swim team for providing all the timers needed throughout the meet); Mark O'Brien, as a team of one, handled all the timing equipment (bless you); Barbara and Don Hale handled awards; and Tom Rutecki and Soc Kruezenstein were our safety officers. Carolyn Fox, Carol Pratt and Tamira Potdevin managed to find housing for all the visiting swimmers (what a job); thanks go to all the families who housed, fed, drove and looked after all the swimmers! It's a special thing you did. Carola Thompson, Mary Stone and John Clark made our concessions stand a financial success, and Ruth Johnson and Rondi Smith together put on an outstanding hospitality room for the coaches and officials. Thanks to all the parents who brought food to support these efforts. Thanks to El Sombrero, Heritage Coffee and Reliable Transfer for providing food and/or coffee.

Giselle Stone, Robyn Grayson and Kyle O'Brien each sang the National Anthem before the start of each day's finals. You could have heard a pin drop during those moving performances. They can sing and swim!

And, of course, a big thanks goes to our sponsors; our team wouldn't exist without you: Alaska Litho (they donated all the printing of the programs and heat sheets for prelims and finals each day); Carson Dorn Inc.; City and Borough of Juneau (a big thanks to Kim Kiefer, Parks and Recreation director, for coming early on Friday afternoon to help us kick off the first afternoon of finals); Coeur Alaska; Copy Express; Donald Hale, Edwards Jones Investments; Gateway Technologies; Haight & McLaughlin Inc.; Juneau Lions Club; National Bank of Alaska; Ruth, Bob and Martha Potdevin; Scentiments; Sealaska Corp.; Sign Pro; and Simpson, Tillinghast, Sorensen & Lorenson.

To the citizens of Juneau, thank you for your support our club. Our Glacier Swim Club came in second overall, the best performance ever by GSC for this meet. We invite you to the Southeast Regional Championship meet that we will be hosting Feb. 11-13 here in town. We will be defending the trophy; you're guaranteed to see some more great swimming!

Last, but most important, thank you to the swimmers and coaches for giving us three days of outstanding swim competition to watch and cheer. The swimmers were inspiring to watch, both in and out of the water. We appreciate your hard work and dedication, your sportsmanship in victory and defeat, and your support of each other. You make us proud.

The Glacier Swim Club

...for Christmas production

Many thanks to all those who shared so much talent, time and effort to give Juneau the wonderful gift of King Island Christmas! It was an incredible presentation enjoyed by many.

Beth Belflower

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