VRPS E-Update: Vol 17 No 28 July 8, 2020

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VRPS E-Update:  Vol 17 No 28
July 8, 2020
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Join fellow Parks & Recreation professionals for the Virtual 2020 Annual Conference!

It’s fitting that the theme of the 2020 conference was “Be Resilient.  Think Anew.”  The theme was decided well before COVID-19 changed our world, but now more than ever this is the truth of our profession.  Over the last several months, our citizens, elected officials and other colleagues have seen the vital role our agencies play in the community.  Parks & Recreation is always resilient – this will be no different.  Parks & Recreation always thinks in new ways – this will be no different.  We are resilient.  We are creative.  We are ESSENTIAL.
With travel and training budgets cut, staffing reduced, and out of concern for our members and professionals who participate, we’ve decided to move to a virtual conference on a smaller scale.  The conference planning team from Norfolk and surrounding localities worked very hard to get us to this point, and we know it was a difficult decision to cancel the in-person conference.  While we won’t be coming together for our annual socials, networking, catch-up sessions with friends, and so much more, we invite you to join us virtually!
The VRPS 2020 Virtual Annual Conference will be presented October 5-9, 2020.  More information will be available in the coming weeks, but here’s a taste of what to expect:
  • Keynote address by Kristine Stratton, President & CEO of NRPA
  • 12-15 Education Sessions over four days
  • Awards Presentation & Business Meeting
  • CEUs available for all sessions (pending qualification)
  • Sessions will be presented “Live” and Q&A will be encouraged
  • Recorded sessions will be available
The registration fee will get each attendee access to every session including CEUs, keynote address and awards presentation.
VRPS Members – $99
Non-Members – $149
Students – $25
More information on sessions details and times will be available soon.
Katey Legg, CPRP
Director, Gloucester Parks, Recreation & Tourism
Chair, 2020 Virtual Annual Conference
Summer Virginia Parks & Recreation Magazine now available on vrps.com
If you have articles for the November Virginia Parks & Recreation magazine, please send to Amy-Jo Hendrix  by Thursday, October 15.
If you would like to place an advertisement, please review the Advertising Pricing and Publication schedule and contact vrps@vrps.com.
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Athletic Fields Workshop – Re-Scheduled for November 6, 2020


The Athletic Fields course has been re-scheduled and will be presented VIRTUALLY on Friday, November 6th, from 8 am – 12 pm. This LIVE presentation will be brought to you by:
Dr. Mike Goatley, Jr. is Professor and Extension Turfgrass Specialist in the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences of Virginia Tech.
Mike will provide the basics of turf management, including detailing the strengths and weaknesses of grassing options in Virginia, how to conduct and interpret soil tests, and how to use those soil test reports in developing a fertility program for your situation.
Matt Anderson, CSFM, CSE, is currently a District Sales Manager for the Toro Company, focusing on Sports Fields and Grounds business for the western US.
Matt will discuss how mowing and cultivation inputs change as turf use and demands increase. He will touch on best mowing practices and various equipment options for mowing based on your organizations budget. Aeration will also be discussed regarding compaction relief and best aeration strategy to utilize based on your budget.
Our corporate partners, STI and TESCO, will then present an interactive presentation.
All registrants will receive a reminder email 30 days prior to the class, with the link to log into the virtual Athletic Fields presentation. A recording of this course will be sent to registered students who cannot attend on this day.

If you are not currently registered for the Athletic Fields course and would like to participate, contact www.vrps@vrps.com


NEW THIS FALL – Certified Playground Safety Inspector Virtual Course
CPSI certifications are valid for 3 years; is it time to renew?
This Fall, with the safety of both professionals and instructors in mind, NRPA is offering a virtual CPSI Blended Learning Course. The course will be comprised of 12 hours of independent online learning, followed by 4 hours of a live Virtual Training Session by ZOOM with an instructor.
Examinations will be completed via computer-based examination at PSI Professional Testing sites upon completion of the CPSI Online Learning Course and CPSI Virtual Learning Session.
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
Park Operations Resource Group (PORG) – PHASE III
Eldon James has put together some information regarding Phase III on the Legislative web page HERE (you will need to log in as a VRPS member).
Dan Smith, CPRP
2020 President
Virginia Parks and Recreation Society
2021 VRPS Management Conference
Registration is open for 2021 Management Conference.
COVID-19 Parks and Recreation Services Tracker
As parks and recreation professionals, many of us are making the difficult staffing impacts and decisions of what services and amenitites we can continue to provide to the public.  The Park Operations Resource Group has created a central spreadsheet to track the service impacts to various communities.  A link to the spreadsheet can be found on the Park Operations Resource Group webpage.  The spreadsheet relies on input provided by everyone, so if you use it for information, please add yours for others to use.
For questions or technical issues, please contact Alister Perkinson at 757-207-0002.
Special Events & Marketing Resource Group (SEMRG)
Stay connected with us!
To make sure you don’t miss out on important updates for quarterly meetings, socials and more – join our group SEMRG VRPS <https://www.facebook.com/groups/SEMRGVRPS/> on Facebook. For instructions on how to update your VRPS profile and join our e-Blast list, click here: <https://www.vrps.com/specialty-resource-groups/special-events-and-marketing/>. If you have any questions or suggestions for SEMRG, contact Joy Johnson at joy.johnson@jamescitycountyva.gov
We want to hear from you…
For those interested in SEMRG, please take one minute to complete a survey regarding a potential Virtual Roundtable & Quarterly Meeting. Click here<https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WWBDKVM> to complete the survey now!
Health and Wellness Interest Group

Are you interested in joining a Health & Wellness interest group?  This group would look to provide educational and networking opportunities for Parks and Recreation professionals who are responsible for health and wellness classes and services, as well as those who desire to improve the health and wellness of their community members through the addition of new programs.   This group would be great for facility managers, programmers, fitness directors, and other parks and recreation professionals who are seeking leadership positions and would like to broaden their knowledge through cross-training.  If this interests you, please email Julie Frederickson at Julie.frederickson@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Young Professionals Community
Network Focus: The Young Professional Community (YPC) is designed to inspire and engage members of the recreation profession under the age of 35 (of course all ages are welcome to be involved) to become active members of Virginia Recreation and Parks Society, grow and maintain their professional network, share ideas along with asking questions to the group, and discover the benefits of professional development.
For more information about the YPC, please join the group on Facebook at VRPS Young Professional Community group. If you have any questions or have additional information to share, contact Roberto Ramos at rramos@vbgov.com.
Keep Your VRPS Account Paid and Up to Date
  1. Login to www.vrps.com.
  2. Select “My Transactions”.
  3. Select “Pay Open Orders”.
Update your personal profile by selecting “My Information”.
  • 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.
Job Opportunities
  • Organizations:  post a job – $50 fee (free to VRPS organization members)
  • Individuals:  search for openings
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