Barb Greiner described her tenure as Bexley’s recreation supervisor as a calling rather than a job.
Greiner retired April 1 from the Recreation and Parks Department after 33 years.
“What we’re doing is feeling — it’s the kid we’ve given confidence to and the kid we’ve made feel included,” Greiner said. “You can’t put a dollar sign on it. You can’t see that stuff.
Mayor Ben Kessler, Bexley Town Council and the Leisure Council have recognized Greiner for his years of contribution.
The council presented Greiner with a plaque and proclamation at its April 6 meeting. At the March 22 council meeting, Kessler presented a proclamation declaring the day as Barb Greiner Day in Bexley.
“His positive impact on our community is truly beyond measure,” Kessler said. “She has created and managed countless programs during her tenure, including sports, fitness and arts programs for a variety of ages, the introduction of lacrosse and field hockey programs and the launch of the first-ever Jeffrey Summer Camp program.”
Originally from Columbus, Greiner moved to Bexley after marrying her husband, the late Tim Greiner. After graduating from Ohio State University in 1971, she worked for the Ohio Department of Transportation before joining the Bexley Recreation and Parks Department in 1989.
Greiner was eventually promoted to recreation supervisor, where she oversaw adult and youth programming. She has lent her support to a variety of community events, including the annual Fall Harvest Festival and the John Barr 5K Run on July 4th.
“Other than schools, nothing touches families like the recreation department,” Greiner said. “We always try to do the best programming at the lowest cost.”
Greiner, who has four daughters and nine grandchildren, has been involved in many community programs affecting children’s lives, said recreation director Michael Price.
As a member of the Developmental Assets Resource Network (DARN), a non-profit organization based in Bexley, Greiner has helped coordinate programs that help local families in need with utility bills and other household costs, has connected students with educational support services and advocated for low-income people. housing assistance.
“His impact on our community was much broader than his work with the recreation department,” Price said. “His work with DARN and their efforts and being a liaison of our department with their efforts, to serve the underserved in our community and support families who need a little help has impacted so many lives. “
Price said Greiner also raised money for the department’s youth scholarship program, which allows financially challenged people to participate in recreational programs.
“She oversaw our scholarship program and managed it and was in constant communication with school counselors and identified families who might need help and always watched over everyone in our community and found ways to serve,” he said.
Greiner doesn’t quite leave, however. She will take on a part-time job with the department’s senior program, Price said.
“She developed a senior discount within our department several years ago, so seeing her take on this part-time role is exciting as well,” he said.
Price said the department recently underwent a reorganization. Marshall Drewry has been hired as recreation coordinator, and the plan is to hire an additional recreation coordinator, rather than replacing Greiner’s role as supervisor.
“His legacy with the staff that is here is strong,” Price said. “She taught the staff here how to handle different things, how to provide service in the best way possible.”