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Randy Schools NIH Recreation & Welfare Association Finding Aid


Summary Information

Title: Randy Schools and NIH Recreation & Welfare Association (R&W) Papers
Creator: Schools, Randy
Dates:  1984-2014 (collection dates)
Extent: 12 boxes
Abstract:

Randy Schools served as president of the NIH Recreation and Welfare Association (R&W) and helped establish three NIH charities, which he continued to serve until his retirement: the Children’s Inn at the NIH, Special Love and Camp Fantastic, and the Friends of Patients at the NIH. He was also involved in numerous community organizations, including the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce and the Goodwill Dinner for the Homeless in Montgomery County. He was named a Washingtonian of the Year in 1988.  Under his leadership, the R&W developed one of the first employee fitness centers, which became a model for others in the United States.

Language: Collection materials primarily in English
Location: Materials stored at the Office of NIH History and Stetten Museum on the NIH campus. Contact the office for scheduling at 301-496-6610 or 301-496-7695.


Access and Use

Provenance:

These files were transferred from Mr. Randy Schools of the NIH Recreation and Welfare Association (R&W) before his retirement. 

Access Restrictions:

Collection is not restricted.

Copyright and Re-use Information

Most of these records belong to the federal government and are in public domain.  Archival collections may contain mixed copyrights and permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. It is the user's responsibility to research and understand any applicable copyright and re-publication rights not allowed by fair use.

Privacy Information

Archives and manuscript collections may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in any collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications for which the Office of NIH History and Stetten Museum assumes no responsibility.

Preferred Citation:

Randy Schools and NIH Recreation and Welfare Association (R&W) Papers. Located in the Office of NIH History and Stetten Museum, National Institutes of Health.


Biography

Raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Randy Schools received a B.S. degree from the University of Baltimore, a M.A. at Georgetown University, and a Certificate of Social Enterprise and Nonprofit Management at Harvard Business School.  During the Vietnam War, Schools did counterintelligence work in Washington, D.C.  After the war, Schools became operations manager at Garfinkel’s department store until a heart problem forced him to reexamine his life.  He then joined the NIH R&W in 1977.

During his time as R&W manager, and then president, Schools had a profound impact not only on employee welfare, but also on the services that the NIH could provide patients and their families.  For example, under his leadership, the R&W developed one of the first employee fitness centers, which became a model for others in the United States.  He helped establish Camp Fantastic, a summer camp for children dealing with disease, which hosts around 400 children at any given time and operates nearly 30 programs.   He then helped to develop the Friends of the Clinical Center to provide financial assistance to families of patients at the NIH through short-term assistance such as car or house payments.  Working with Congressional and industry contacts, Schools helped promote and raised funds for the NIH Children’s Inn, which provides housing for families at the NIH for long-term clinical studies.

Schools was active in the local community and was involved in organizations such as the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce.  Upon his retirement, many local officials issued proclamations to honor him.  He was selected as the Washingtonian of the Year in 1988.


Collection Scope and Content Note

Consists of R&W newsletters, brochures, photographs, and slides on topics such as Camp Fantastic, the Children’s Inn, the Federal Interagency Health Fitness Council, festivals, picnics, and other events.


Box List

Box 1

R&W Newsletters

1993 – July - December

1994 – January – December [July missing]

1995 – January – December [Includes April Supplement


Box 2

R&W Newsletters

1996 – 1998 – Complete; Includes 1996 Supplement

 

Box 3

R&W Newsletters

1999 – 2001


Box 4

R&W Newsletters

2002 – 2005


Box 5

R&W Newsletters

2006 -2010

2013 – 2014

 

Box 6

Subject Files; Alphabetical

Bylaws; 1986

Calendars

Camp Fantastic Brochure

Children’s Inn at NIH

Election Ballot R&W; 1990 – 1991

Emergency Preparedness; undated

Employee Guidelines; Physical Fitness Participation; undated

Employee Services Program; 1984

Employee Store; undated

Federal Fit Kit Manual; 1987

Federal Interagency Health Fitness Council; 1988 – 1989

Healthline; various dates

Legal Aspects of Preventive and Rehabilitative Exercise Program; undated


Box 7

Subject Files; Alphabetical

Other Fitness Programs; undated

Photos – Contact Sheets

Potomac Conference and Correspondence; undated

Promotions Miscellaneous; undated

Resource Guide for Fitness and Health Promotion; 1998

Speeches and reports; undated

Worksite Health Promotion; undated

 

Box 8

Photos, Alphabetical by Topic

Annual Recognition Days; 2 envelopes

              1998; 32 photos

              Undated; 31 photos

Awards

              1987, June; 6 photos

Awards, undated - Set 1; Set 1

Awards, undated - Set 2; 2 photos

Awards, undated – Set 3; 4 photos

Awards, Annual Meeting, 1990; 1 photo

Bill Branson’s CD

Camp Fantastic, Dated

              1983; 2 photos

              1985, June; 12 photos

              1989; 4 photos, BBQ

              1988, Feb 8 ; 1 photo,  Kids Skiing

              1992, May ; 1 photo

              World Champs July 1994, 1 photo

              1995; 28 photos

Camp Fantastic, Undated

              Set 1; 3 photos

              Set 2; 2 photos

              Swimming; 4 photos Set 3

              Horseback Riding; 2 photos Set 4

              Camp Fantastic Event; Set 5 29 photos

              Camp Fantastic Brochure

Children, Miscellaneous

              R&W Picnic; July 1985 1 photo

Children’s Inn

              Rugrats; undated 32 photos

              Groundbreaking; undated 12 photos

Circus

              May; 1991 1 photo

              June 1988; 1 photo

              1995; Set 1, 25 photos

              1995; Set 2, 4 photos

              1999; Set 3, 46 photos

              March 2000; Set 4, 23 photos

 

Box 9

Photos, Alphabetical by Topic

Circus, Undated

              Set 1; 39 photos

              Set 2; 78 photos (The Greatest Show on Earth)

              Set 3; 28 photos

              Set 4 (Camp Fantastic); 14 photos

              Set 5 March 24 (?); 12 photos

Comcast Film Festival

              May 1995; 18 phtos

              August 1999; 28 photos

              2000 (?); 10 photos

              2000 (?); background 38 photos

Donations

R&W Theater Group; January 1983 1 photo

R&W Donation; July 16, 1985 1 photo

Jan 28, 1986; 1 photo

June 1989; 2 photos

Lion’s Club and Connie Morella; 1991 1 photo

Theater; May 1 1995 2 photos

September 1998; 1 photo

ISO; 1999 1 photo

Little Theater Group; 1993 3 photos

Donations, undated; Set 1 3 photos

Donations, undated; Set 2 8 photos

Events, Dated

              Pot Belly Bear; May 1982 10 photos

              1985 Campus Presentation, 3 photos

              October 1985 Western Day, 7 photos

              1986 Picnic Set 1 4 photos

              July 29, 1986 Speakers 17 photos

              December 1987, 1 photo

              October 1989 Fair; 18 photos

              1989 Picnic 24 photos

              November 1993 Safety Day 9 photos

              September 1994 Hot Air Balloon 22 photos

              May 1995 Employee Fair 11 photos

              October 1995 Costume Halloween 3 photos, 1 album

              May 1996 Employee Fiar, 29 pictures

              August 1998 Fair 1 photo

              August 1999 Fair and Picnic 18 photos

              May 2001 Fitness Day “Fit to Be…” 45 photos


Box 10

Photos, Events Undated

Comcast; Set 1, 27 photos

Employee Fair; Set 2, 7 photos

Employee Fair; Set 3, 16 photos

Formal Ceremony; Set 4, 17 photos

Health Fair; Set 5, 4 photos

“Homeless’” Set 6, 7 photos

Picnic; Set 8, 4 photos

Santa; Set 9, 5 photos

Speakers; Set 10, 5 photos

Events, Miscellaneous; undated, 15 photos

Fitness Center

              June 17, 1986; 1 photo

              Exercise; 1 photo

              Undated; 8 photos

Fundraising, Dated

              1990 (?); Panda contact sheets, photo, invitation

June 1996; 19 photos

1996; Western Events 8 photos

August 1999 (?) 50 photos Set 1

August 1999 (?) 36 photos Set 2

2000 Football (Redskins)

Fundraising, Undated

              “Got Milk;” 2 photos

              Fair (Special Love) 31 photos

Membership Service

              1995 7 photos

NIH Employee Health Fair

              May 1996 2 photos

People, Miscellaneous

              Undated 39 photos

Places

              Miscellaneous; 5 photos

              Building 1; 1991

              Campus; 1 photo

              Research Triangle Park

              Children’s Inn (?); 2 photos

Randy Schools 25 photos

R&W Stores

              December 17, 1985 Fair 1 photo

              May 1996 2 photos

              1996 (?) 4 photos

              Undated, Set 1 4 photos

              Merchandise Set 2 16 photos

              Vendors Set 3 2 photos

              Store Personnel, Set 4 6 photos

              Store opening; 4 photos and 1 contact sheet Set 5

              Winter (Santa) Set 6 13 photos


Box 11

Photos-Sports

Baseball

              October 1982 6 photos

              1983 19 photos

              Undated Set 1 13 photos

              Undated Set 2 5 photos

Cycling

              1982 6 photos

              Fitness, Walkers; 1985 9 photos

              August 1991, 1 photo

Golf

              September 1991 1 photo

              1996 10 photos

              Undated Set 1 57 photos

              Undated Set 2 41 photos

              Undated Set 3 45 photos

Pool

              May 1996 1 photo

              Skiing undated 2 photos

              Tennis September 1982 2 photo

Water Sports

              1978 8 photos

              July 1982 Sailing 2 photos

              1990 Sailing 5 photos

              Undated 3 photos

Sports Events

              1989 4 photos

              Competition; undated 8 photos

              Cycling; undated 2 photos

              Various events; undated 5 photos

Timeline

              6 photos plus 1 duplicate set 

Toastmasters   

              August 26, 1986 1 photo


Box 12

Photos, Negatives