Letter: Successful year for swim program

The 2018 Red Cross Learn To Swim Program is completed for this summer with 75 students participating. I would like to thank the Village of Ada for the facility to hold the lessons and to the Ada Kiwanis Club for being our sponsoring agency.

The classes were held with the help of 39 volunteers who gave in excess of 630 hours of their time. Some helpers were in the water, while others worked on deck and some did both.

My sincere thank you to everyone for the July recognition of my 50 years as a Red Cross volunteer, most specifically as a water safety instructor. I appreciate all the parents who for so many years entrusted your children to our classes and the adults who ventured out of their comfort zone to learn to swim.

Thank you to Mayor Retterer, our Ohio governor’s office, Todd James of the North Central Ohio Red Cross Chapter, which includes Hardin County, many friends, family, and former volunteers with this swim program, the organizations and individuals contributing to my “bronzed image” in the Ada Pool House; and especially to the person who spearheaded this recognition, Bryan Marshall. Please know how appreciative I am of all your kind gestures via cards, notes, flowers and many personal conversations!

Saundra Neely, Ada, Red Cross Water Safety Instructor, Volunteer

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