February 1, 2021

The Wilmette Park District is thrilled to congratulate Marketing and Communications Manager Marlon Rodas, recipient of the 2020 Vision Award through the Communications and Marketing (C&M) Section of the Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA). The Vision Award is presented annually to an individual who benefits and supports the C&M section and its members through feedback, suggestions and ideas to help them grow.

Rodas is a prominent member of the C&M section and has been active within IPRA throughout his career. The section specifically recognized his stepping up to be Education Chair for the past three years. This role includes organizing all classes and schedules for the year relating to IPRA. Rodas was also elected President Elect to the C&M section for 2021.

The Vision Award also recognized Rodas’ unique work over the COVID-19 pandemic relating to the Wilmette Park District promotional marketing, notifications and communications, social media and videos. Rodas and his team guided the dynamic outreach efforts over the last year to maintain connection and a sense of togetherness with the community. One notable effort was the re-imagining of the Park District’s traditional Children’s Egg Hunt into a socially-responsible Neighborhood Egg Hunt where individual households could decorate and display egg coloring sheets in their windows. The event culminated with the posting of a map, videos of the Easter Bunny hopping through the neighborhood, and a weekend drive-by (or walk-by) egg hunt for all to enjoy.

Please join us as we congratulate Marlon Rodas for his exceptional work and achievements!