Good For You | by Nova Beall
The Florida Recreation and Park Association, a statewide nonprofit organization representing local government parks and recreation interests, presented a Media Excellence Award in the audiovisual-electronic media category to the Dunedin Parks & Recreation Department during the FRPA Conference Aug. 31 in Orlando.
The award is presented annually to agencies that have significantly contributed to the public's increased awareness and recognition of public parks, recreation and leisure services programs.
Created by Dunedin Parks & Recreation Department staff, the promotional video was designed to inform the public of the wide variety of parks, recreation and leisure opportunities available throughout the city. The video, with a running time of 9:49, plays daily on Dunedin's government television channel, is available for viewing at the city's website ( dunedingov.com) and is also shown at large special events.
The Dunedin Parks & Recreation Department unveiled the video at a City Commission meeting in July 2011 to commemorate and celebrate Parks and Recreation Month.
"The promotional video that Dunedin produced to highlight its parks and recreation programs and facilities served as a reminder to residents and visitors alike that parks and recreation is the heart of the community," said awards chairman Don Decker. "The video connected the dots between events, sports, open spaces and health and the civic pride that comes when one engages in these programs."
Dunedin competed against seven agencies that submitted videos for the Media Excellence Award in four categories.
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Clearwater residents Cindy Andrews and Kate Chamberlin, members of Donoghue-Dunedin Toastmasters Club, won slots to compete in a humorous speech and evaluation contest Sept. 22 at Clearwater Main Library.
At the club-level contest, Andrews was judged best humorous speaker and Chamberlin as best speech evaluator. They will compete publicly against winners of four other clubs.
Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of 13,000 clubs in 116 countries.
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