CITY’S NEW REC DIRECTOR TAKES OVER HIS DUTIES

The following article first appeared on the front page of “THE OJAI VALLEY NEWS” on Thursday, February 23, 1961. It is reprinted here with their permission. The author is unknown.

CITY’S NEW REC DIRECTOR TAKES OVER HIS DUTIES

John Martin, Ojai’s new recreational director, is faced with the budget for the year plus many schedules of events.

Martin arrived in Ojai Monday from his home in Oceanside. He and his wife Carol, and their two year old daughter, Nancy, are living at 207 S. Fulton st.

The new director went to Ventura schools including Ventura junior college. He spent four years in the Navy following which he received his degree in recreation at San Jose State college.

In the throes of getting his feet wet in his new job he ran across Hoot Bennett whom he had known during his term of service, with the Navy. He also ran across an old friend, Bob Noren. He has high hopes of planning programs that will interest not only the youth of Ojai but also the adults.


John Martin (Staff Photo)

One Reply to “CITY’S NEW REC DIRECTOR TAKES OVER HIS DUTIES”

  1. John Martin jumped into his new job not with both feet but with all four extremities and his outgoing personality going at full tilt—programs for kids and adults alike. He joined in on ongoing Ojai traditions such as the Tennis Tournament but also encouraged others to start new programs. His easygoing manner, enthusiasm and focus on inclusion and fair play made the Boyd Center hum.

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