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VRPS E-Update:   Vol 16 No 11
March 13, 2019
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Hands-On Athletic Fields Workshop
 
Formerly “Athletic Fields 101 – 601′, VRPS and course instructors have re-designed this course for a greater hands-on approach while earning .2 CEUs!
New for 2019:  Weed Control in Trafficked Turf
  • basics in agronomic and cultural programs
  • what is available in the world of herbicides and precautions to consider when using them on trafficked turf.

Monday, March 18, 2019:  Virginia Tech

Tuesday, March 19, 2019:  Chesapeake

Wednesday, March 20, 2019:  Henrico

Thursday, March 21, 2019:  Loudoun

 

2019 VRPS/Kings Dominion SUPER SAVER Tickets!
Get comp tickets all season!
Kings Dominion and VRPS have partnered to offer one complimentary ticket per 20 Super Saver tickets purchased throughout the operating season!
VRPS now offers 2 ticket types:
  1. Good Anyday:
    • $41/ticket
    • May be redeemed any park operating day EXCEPT park buyout days
  2. VRPS Super Saver:
    • $39/ticket
    • May be redeemed on the following days EXCEPT park buyout days:
      • March 30 – May 19
      • July 5 – July 31
      • September 21 – October 27
    • 1 Complimentary ticket is provided for every 20 tickets purchased
The differences between consignment and online tickets are:
  • Consignment tickets require a “Member Ticket Program Authorization Form” to be submitted to VRPS.
  • Consignment ticket agencies must be VRPS organization members throughout the ticket season.
  • Consignment tickets must be ordered from VRPS Central Office and picked up or shipped for a fee.
  • Consignment ticket agencies make payment on the tickets they sell to VRPS monthly and return unsold tickets to Central Office by deadline dates.
  • Online tickets are purchased via credit card payment through a VRPS/Kings Dominion portal.
  • There is a processing fee for each online ticket order.
  • Online tickets may not be returned or refunded.
More information, including ticket types and order forms , is available on the VRPS Ticket Webpage .
How to participate as a Consignment Ticket Agency:
  1. Complete and submit a “Member Ticket Program Authorization Form“.
  2. Complete and submit ticket order forms for each ticket type that you would like to order.
  3. We will ship your tickets via UPS unless you would like to pick them up at Central Office.  Pay your shipping invoice upon receipt.
  4. Submit payment forms and payments each month.  Your payments will be applied toward your ticket invoices.
  5. Keep your VRPS membership active throughout the entire ticket program.
  6. Return unsold tickets to VRPS by COB on return deadline dates so that we may credit your invoices with returned tickets.
  7. Check your “bubble” on the Kings Dominion consignment ticket agency MAP.  Is your contact information correct?  This map also appears on the VRPS ticket web pages so that customers can easily find you!
How to participate as a non-consignment ticket agency:  simply use the   Kings Dominion  e-ticket portal on the VRPS ticket webpage.
More information, including ticket types and order forms , is available on the  VRPS Ticket Webpage .
Trips and Tours Workshop

Join VRPS Senior Resource Group to discuss with the experts as to how to plan a quality trip.   Speaker, Mark Humphrey will present detailed information on trip planning.
Regular Registration:   $30.00/member. $20.00/student if paid before March 11, 2019.

Ideas provided by:

  • Visit Loudoun,
  • Visit Fredericksburg, and
  • Collette Travel.
20+ year trip coordinator Mark Humphrey will also present on tried and true tips.
Another Bag of Tricks

After the success of “Bag of Tricks” in 2018, the VRPS Southwest Service Area is hosting another workshop focusing on feedback.
Session topics include:
  • athletics
  • leadership
  • customer services
  • triathalons
  • round tables (inclusion/therapeutic recreation, staff recruitment and retention, fitness trends, “run it like a business).
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
9am-2pm
Wytheville Community Center
James K. Cole Scholarship Deadline is March 31, 2019

This $2000 scholarship was developed in memory of James K. Cole, a Parks and Recreation Professional from the City of Virginia Beach, who was dedicated to the profession.  As a memorial to his life’s work, an academic scholarship was established in his name.

The scholarship is designed to assist junior, senior and graduate students majoring in the Leisure Service field who can demonstrate a need for financial assistance.

 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must have a current grade point average of at least 3.0.
  • Must be have achieved sophomore or junior status at time of application or be a graduate student.
  • Must be pursuing a major in the Leisure Service Field.
  • Must be a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia at the time of application.
  • Must, through follow-up documentation, demonstrate financial need.

Criteria for Selection:

  • Past course work in leisure service field.
  • Financial need.
  • Volunteerism and professional involvement.
  • Quality of reference.

The online scholarship application must be submitted by COB March 31, 2019.

 

Scholarship preference will be given to those individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to the profession through membership in VRPS and the Foundation of VRPS.

2019 VRPS Awards Application Open

 
Recognizing Excellence in 2018
The  2019 Awards Application , recognizing excellence in 2018, is now available:
  • Nominees must be VRPS members at the time of award application submission as well as the Awards Ceremony on Monday, November 5, 2019.
  • Nominations are $35 each through April 30, 2019.
  • Nominations are $45 each May 1 – May 31, 2019.
  • The application deadline is May 31, 2019.
  • 2019 VRPS Annual Conference webpage
  • 2019 Awards Application page – YOU MUST LOGIN AS A MEMBER
For details on award categories, review the Eligibility and Selection Criteria .
NEW FOR 2019:
  1. Population category “Greater than 100,000” has been broken into two categories:  “100,001-200,000” and “Greater than 200,000”.
  2. Nominees should now obtain their population data, which they must provide as part of their application, from Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.  Instructions for obtaining the data are provided in the application.
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THIS WEEK’S POST:   SRG – Take the Challenge:  Get Out of your Comfort Zone to Stay Inspired
Publication Online Archives and Submission Deadlines
Submission deadline for the May VRPS President’s Newsletter is April 15, 2019.  Send your submissions to 2019 VRPS President Kim Turner.
Submit your content for the June VRPS Parks & Recreation magazine to magazine editor Amy-Jo Hendrix by May 15, 2019 .
If you would like to place an advertisement, please review the Advertising Pricing and Publication schedule and contact vrps@vrps.com .
To view previous VRPS publications, follow the links below  – you must login to the website and be recognized as a VRPS member to see the archives:
Please take note of the following deadlines in regards to submitting content for the VRPS publications:
Iron Bridge Park Demo Night – April 25
Join Musco Lighting for an on-field demonstration to get the answers you need. You can learn about the differences between HID and LED lighting; key factors like spill and glare control, warranty, controls, and life expectancy; how to determine if poles and electrical equipment can be reused; new advances improving playability, such as our BallTracker technology; and purchasing for retrofit projects.
Iron Bridge Park is located at
The event will start at 7 p.m., with food and drinks provided.
Please RSVP here.
See you there!
2019 ESA Summer Survival – Call for Education Session Speakers
The 2019 ESA Summer Survival Training Committee is seeking dynamic, motivating speakers to provide a unique learning experience that training delegates won’t find anywhere else!  The conference theme is “Level Up!”, a reference to taking your summer camp season to the next level!  Training delegates will be Parks and Recreation young professionals and students from across the state.
Interested?  Instructions and speaker proposals are available on the ESA webpage and by contacting Roberto Ramos (rramos@vbgov.com).
” Level Up! “
Summer Survival 2019 gives recreation leaders the tools to survive summer camp.  Topics include therapeutic recreation, team building, group games, fitness, customer service, and A WHOLE LOT MORE.
  • Saturday, June 1, 2019
  • 8:30am-2:30pm
  • Bayside Recreation Center, Virginia Beach, VA
  • Registration Deadline May 17, 2019
  • $30/person
  • Lunch provided
  • FOR THIS EVENT ONLY:  to register multiple persons, put the registration in your shopping cart multiple times, changing the “Badge Name” for each.
2019 ESA CPRP Bootcamp
Professional certification is extremely valuable to professionals within the field of parks and recreation, the organization they work for and the public that they serve.   By achieving certification you will demonstrate your high level of commitment and knowledge in the field of parks and recreation, career and professional accomplishments, and your dedication to professional development.
Eastern Service Area’s “CPRP Bootcamp” will provide you with an overview of the Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certification administered by the National Recreation and Park Association. Some colleges and universities have begun to integrate the CPRP exam content into curriculum, not only to advocate for professional certification, but also to better prepare students for when they sit for the CPRP exam. One pilot school’s data of the process will be shared. Dr. Eddie Hill, CPRP will facilitate the workshop.
WHEN :   Friday, May 31, 2019 from 9:00am-12:00pm
WHERE :  Old Dominion University, 5115 Hampton Blvd, Student Recreation Center, SRC 1009
Norfolk, VA 23529-0196
Location Phone Number :   757-683-4881

Questions?  Contact Roberto Ramos (757-385-0474)

Student Opportunity – 2019 VRPS Annual Conference
 
Through a generous grant fro the Foundation of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society, FULL-TIME students who are not currently working in the field, may register for complimentary attendance to 2019 VRPS Annual Conference.
  • Students must be VRPS members and register before 6/30/2019.
  • Students may place a VRPS Student Membership ($25) in their shopping cart prior to adding the student conference registration in order to receive the complimentary $0 student rate.
  • Registration will be honored upon payment of the student membership.
  • Registration as a nonmember or after the 6/30/2019 deadline are subject to student rates as follows:
Full Student – VRPS Member:  $245
Full Student – VRPS Nonmember:  $270
Daily (Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday) – VRPS Member:  $85/each
Daily (Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday) – VRPS Nonmember:  $110/each
2019 VRPS Annual Conference – Save the Dates!
 
Saturday, September 7 – Tuesday, September 10, 2019
We look forward to seeing you in Tyson’s Corner for 2019 VRPS Annual Conference :  “Growing to New Heights”!
Note:  CEUs and extra tickets are not part of your general conference registration.
DELEGATES
EXHIBITORS
SPEAKERS
Full Delegate registration includes:
  • All educational sessions Sunday – Tuesday
  • Saturday Welcome Social
  • Sunday Social
  • Sunday Exhibit Evening Reception
  • Monday Exhibit Hall Luncheon
  • Monday Awards Banquet Dinner
  • Monday Social
  • Tuesday Exhibitor Expo
Sunday Delegate registration includes:
  • All educational sessions
  • Opening Session/Keynote Speaker
  • Exhibit Hall Evening Reception
Monday Delegate registration includes:
  • All educational sessions
  • Exhibit Hall Luncheon
Tuesday Delegate registration includes:
  • All educational sessions
Tuesday Delegate EXPO  registration includes:
  • Expo Breakfast
  • Expo Education Sessions and Demonstrations

Student Delegate registration includes:

  • All educational sessions
  • Monday Exhibit Hall Luncheon
  • Does NOT include Socials or Banquet
Don’t forget, if you chose “Bill Me”, PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED BEFORE YOUR ARRIVAL.
Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course
NPSI
CPSI certifications are valid for 3 years; is it time to renew?
Becoming a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) positions you as a leader and role model in the public playground safety community.  Invest in Certification:
  • protect children from injury due to playground hazards,
  • protect your business or agency from costly liabilities,
  • open the door to more opportunities for career advancement,
  • increase your job mobility and choices even in the face of a tough job market,
  • reach not only your short-term job goals, but also position yourself for success in your long-term career, and
  • be associated with NRPA‘s strong and long-standing reputation in playground safety
Leesburg, September 18-20, 2019
Online Registration – Early registration rate ends 7/31/2019.
2020 Leadership Training Institute – Registration and Scholarship Application Open
Why LTI?
  • Proven Career Advancement – 90% of Directors and Upper Management personnel in Virginia Parks and Recreation Departments have graduated from LTI
  • Beautiful Setting – LTI takes place at Wintergreen Resort and utilizes mountain top housing and amenities
  • Fun Educational Sessions – LTI prides itself in offering fun, interactive and educational games, activities and presenters centered around bringing out the leader in you
  • Networking Opportunities – meet other professionals from around the state to make lasting relationships, share ideas, improve your self confidence and begin forming a support group to last throughout your career
  • CEU’s – Earn CEU’s to help maintain your certifications or to help get you on your way to becoming certified
NOTE:  LTI is limited to 65 registrants.  Unpaid registrants will be placed on the waiting list.
 
2017 VRPS Final Legislative Report Available
 
Login to the VRPS Legislative Page to see the:
  • 2019 Legislative Platform
  • 2019 Preliminary Legislative Report.
Your 2019 VRPS Legislative Committee Leaders are:
Keep Your Member Record Current

 

  • Have you recently earned your CPSI, CTRS, CPRP or other certification?
  • Has your title, designation, email address, or name changed?
  • Do you want to receive correspondence regarding Senior, Aquatics, Special Events, or Park Operation Resource Groups?

 

Your member record is available in the membership directory, and it is also used to “stuff your envelope” at member functions – badges, ribbons, and correspondence.

 

Update your profile.

 

  1. Login to www.vrps.com.
  2. Select “View/Edit Profile”.
  3. Select “Edit/View Information”.
  4. Be sure to “Save” at the bottom of the page!
Job Title Company Emp. Type
Recreation Manager Town of Ocean City Recreation/Parks Department Full-Time
Skatepark Maintenance Specialist I City of Charlottesville Full-Time
Operations Manager (School Age Programs) Jamescitycounty Full-Time
Park Specialist NOVA Parks Full-Time
Water Safety Instructors City of Falls Church Seasonal
Summer Fun Positions City of Falls Church Seasonal
Park Manager Frederick County Parks and Recreation Full-Time
Personal Trainer – Various Centers – 28841 City of Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Part-Time
Fitness Instructor- Various Recreation Centers – 28840 City of Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Part-Time
Aquatics Instructor – Water Safety Instructor – 28839 City of Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Part-Time
Program Assistant, Sports Coordinator Wythe County Parks and Recreation Full-Time
Activity Center Leader – Before/After/Summer Out of School Time – 28848 City of Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Part-Time
Activity Center Assistant Leader – Before/After School/Summer Out of School Time -27045 City of Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Part-Time
Athletic Specialist Franklin County Parks and Recreation Full-Time

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