This letter is to express our appreciation to Mr. Leon Emo, the Madera Parks and Community Services horseshoe pitching coordinator.
I first met Mr. Emo approximately 10 years ago when I contacted the parks department to build a horseshoe complex in Madera. Mr. Emo guided me through the project planning stages and introduced me to the right people to get the complex built. Park directors Diane Lewis and Mary Anne Seay, along with project director Larry Hibdon, supported the project, and as a result the city of Madera has an excellent 12- court horseshoe pitching complex.
In addition to his many assignments with the parks department, Mr. Emo was assigned as our horseshoe league coordinator. He has been instrumental in the success of the horseshoe league. I have called him numerous times during off-duty hours when problems have arisen, and on each occasion he has responded immediately and dealt with our issues. He has stopped by the night league on many occasions, just to see how things were going, assuring me that the parks department was in support of our activities.
It is noted that Mr. Emo has had a wide range of duties with the parks department, such as coordinator of youth basketball, soccer, baseball and a host of other activities. He is a very visible person and took his job seriously.
I have learned that Mr. Emo will now be retiring from the parks department. The horseshoe league will miss him very much. We wish him and his wife a long and happy retirement.
He has been an outstanding representative for the Madera Parks and Community Services and a viable asset to our community.
On behalf of the Big Valley Horseshoe League we thank you, Mr. Emo, for your service, and wish you well in your future endeavors.
Harlen A. Rippetoe, president,
Madera Big Valley Horseshoe League