Schaumburg Park District Commissioner Honored with Prestigious Master Board Member Award

Schaumburg Park District Commissioner Honored with Prestigious Master Board Member Award

February 7, 2024

Bob Schmidt, a longstanding commissioner of the Schaumburg Park District, has been distinguished with the Master Board Member Award by the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD).

This prestigious award is a testament to Schmidt's extensive involvement in the IAPD, highlighting his commitment to committee participation, educational advancement for board members, legislative advocacy, and significant contributions to parks, recreation, and conservation at all levels.

Peter Murphy, President and CEO of IAPD, commended, "Achieving Master Board Member status reflects exceptional dedication to our mission of enhancing Illinois' quality of life through park and recreation services. Bob exemplifies this through his unwavering commitment at both local and statewide levels."

Since joining the Schaumburg Park District's board in 2003, Schmidt has played a critical role in its achievements, including the District's three-time recognition as a Distinguished Accredited Agency and its National Recreation and Park Association accreditation. His advocacy for youth recreation and leisure, particularly through the development of Bison's Bluff Nature Playground and the installation of turf soccer fields at Olympic Park, has notably benefited the Schaumburg community.

In addition to his local contributions, Schmidt's active role in the IAPD has further demonstrated his dedication to the broader community through his participation in various committees since being elected as an IAPD Trustee in 2023.

Schmidt's extensive volunteer work, including his service to a local food pantry and the Schaumburg Township Senior Center, and his leadership roles within the community underscore his commitment to service beyond his professional responsibilities.

The IAPD, founded in 1928, is the nation's oldest state association dedicated to parks, recreation, and conservation, serving over 2,100 elected board members across more than 350 agencies. Schmidt's recognition as a Master Board Member highlights his significant contributions to this enduring legacy.

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