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 John P. "Jack" Hewitt


 John P. “Jack” Hewitt began his career as a seasonal employee with the M-NCPPC in 1938 and, after serving our country in World War II, eventually became Parks Director from 1957 to 1971.  During his tenure, he was responsible for increasing the park system from fewer than 2,000 acres to more than 20,000 acres.  Jack served as M-NCPPC Executive Director from 1971-74 and as a Montgomery County Planning Board Commissioner from 1987 to 1991.  He was past president of the American Park & Recreation Association, past president of the Maryland Recreation & Park Society (ultimately the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association) and was the recipient of the Pugsley Medal, a prestigious parks award. Jack was an incredible advocate for our profession and believed that what we do makes a truly positive impact on people’s lives.

 

 

 

 

Connie Romanello

 

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Connie Romanello, a Beltsville resident, was active in parks, recreation and volunteer activities since coming to the Washington area in 1957.  She helped to secure the transfer of more that 8000 acres at Fort Meade to the Patuxent Wildlife Visitor Center and served on the Center's Advisory Board.  She served on the National Recreation and Park's Association Board of Trustees and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council.  Connie was Chair of the Citizen and Board Member Branch of the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association and the Prince George's County Federation of Park and Recreation Councils. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission named the Beltsville Community Center in her honor. Connie saw the importance of volunteering as a way to give to the community and the community and our profession and better because of her efforts.

 

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