There’s a rat in the Grand Lake rec district wood pile |

There’s a rat in the Grand Lake rec district wood pile

To the Editor:

There’s a rat in the wood pile ” that’s an expression my grandmother used to define a situation that seemed somewhat unsavory, unpleasant, off-kilter or just not quite right.

There’s a rat in the wood pile in the Grand Lake Metropolitan Recreation District. I am appalled at the financial discrepancies and excuses to remove a 14-year employee of good standing in the guise of restructuring the program.

I would like to point out the commitment to excellence in youth programming that Becky McBride has brought to this community. I should know because she “inherited” me as the Summer Youth Program Director in 1993, the year she was hired.

In a matter of months, she helped market, develop and staff a 10-year success program for both local and visiting children. The program grew from 12 participants with two seasonal staff to a popular and lively program with up to 50 kids per day, eight staff members, and a counselor in training program that served both mainstream and special needs teens in Grand county and gave birth to the Youth Theater Program.

This much-loved and respected venue was taken away from her last year. She also helped the Buffalo 5K Run grow from a race of 90 to over 300 runners last year.

I wonder if the revenue that these programs brought to Grand Lake, not to mention the countless volunteer hours that community members gave to Becky and the programs she headed, could possibly justify the removal of Becky’s position.

I have always considered Grand Lake my Spirit Home ” a place of refuge, of old-fashioned neighbors who take care of each other, of rich and varied recreation opportunities (not just golf) and mostly as a safe place to raise my daughter who, by the way, went through those 10 years of Day Camp with Becky McBride at the helm and returned as a counselor and co-director.

With Becky’s encouragement, she was hired in the Grand Lake Golf Course’s pro shop as she finished her degree in marketing this fall. Why would anyone in their right mind remove such a role model for youth from their organization? Yes, there’s a rat in the wood pile in the Grand Lake Metropolitan Recreation District.

Christie Ann Miller

Grand Lake

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