Myers discusses park district with Optimists

TROY — At its regularly scheduled meeting of Aug. 10, the Troy Noon Optimist Club welcomed Scott Myers as its speaker.

Myers is the executive director of the Miami County Park District. He was appointed on Jan. 1, 2012, after being the deputy director for a little over four years. Prior to that he spent five years as the parks and recreation superintendent for the city of Piqua and also worked nine years for the Springfield Parks and Recreation Department.

He is currently the president of the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Board, a nine-member board made up of parks and recreation professionals from across the state, the Troy Sculptures on the Square Committee and president of the Miami County Visitors and Convention Board.

Myers graduated from The Ohio State University in 1990 with a business degree and completed his master’s degree in sports management from OSU in 1992. He is also a 2009 graduate of Leadership Troy and a 2006 graduate of Leadership Piqua.

Personally, he is involved with Troy Junior Baseball, Troy Junior Basketball, is former president of the Ohio Association of Football Officials, and has been a football official for 25 years. He lives in Troy and has been married to his wife, Diana, for 22 years, and has two children, Jason, 18, and Megan, 15.

Scott spoke to the Optimist Club about the park district and its upcoming Fall Farm Fest.

The Troy Noon Optimist Club has been supporting the youth of Troy for 59 years. A few of the service projects that the club is involved in include sponsoring the Hometown Halloween Parade and Costume Contest, the Hometown Holiday Celebration, its own “Avenue of Flags” and the Troy Noon Optimists Strawberry Festival booth. The “Avenue of Flags” program provides the majority of the funds to support our five scholarships awarded yearly to Troy graduates and allows the organization to continue our Troy Noon Optimists Oratorical Contest for junior and senior high students.

It also gives the Troy Noon Optimist Club the ability to provide support for childrens programs like The Lincoln Center, Girl Scouts, Destination Imagination, Sheriff’s Summer Youth Camp, Brukner Nature Center, Kids Read Now, and many others.