Cathy Van Sickle honored for 33 years as Ludington Recreation director
Ludington Mayor Kaye Ferguson Holman on Monday read and presented retiring Ludington Recreation Director Cathy VanSickle with a resolution of appreciation to thank her for the 33 years she has served the children of the community.
Holman also presented VanSickle with a key to the city while many of VanSickle’s friends stood and gave her a standing ovation during Monday’s Ludington City Council meeting.
“I appreciate this truly from my heart,” VanSickle said as her ovation began quieting. “I just want to thank you.”
VanSickle is now set to retire Sept. 1. City Manager John Shay said D’Ann Rohrer, the current pool director, will then assume the duties of recreation director.
Monday’s resolution of appreciation stated in part: “Whereas, Cathy VanSickle is most well-known for always putting kids first and has been instrumental in developing the recreation program as it exists today; and whereas, Cathy VanSickle’s vision was to make sure every child who wanted to participate in a sport was able to do so,… now, therefore, be it resolved, I, Ludington Mayor Kaye Holman, and the Ludington City Council hereby recognize and commend Cathy VanSickle for her years of service and extend our sincere appreciation for her enrichment of the community.”
“It was my calling — it was what I do,” VanSickle said about her work, which began in 1984. “You have a good gal coming in to take my position.”
VanSickle said she will still be in charge of field maintenance for the recreation program.