VRPS E-Update: Vol 17 No 3 January 15, 2020

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VRPS E-Update:   Vol 17 No 3
January 15, 2020
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Virginia Parks and Recreation Pioneer Cecil Gilkerson Passes
Mr. Cecil Gilkerson – the father of Harrisonburg’s Parks and Recreation system and an individual with a lifetime of service to supporting and improving his community – passed away on Wednesday, January 8 at 92 years old.
Mr. Gilkerson was Harrisonburg’s very first director of Parks and Recreation, formally starting the department in 1954 with just himself, some part-time staff and 1.5-acres of park land. The City honored his service, including his 35+ years as director, over the summer at the 65th anniversary of Parks and Recreation, which thanks to Mr. Gilkerson’s leadership has grown to more than 125 full- and part-time staff and some 650 acres.
Cecil also was a founding member of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society, serving as the society’s president in 1963-1965. He also was the recipient of the society’s Fellows Award in 1967.  Additionally, Cecil was part of a Governor’s Commission that established a blueprint for outdoor recreation in Virginia. This ‘blueprint’, now referred to as The Virginia’s Outdoor Plan, is still in use today, and is updated every five years.  His efforts over the years not only made a lasting impact on Harrisonburg, but helped set a standard for what a Parks and Recreation Department should be for all of Virginia.
  • The family will receive friends at the Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg on Wednesday, Jan. 15,, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call at his late residence.
  • Pastor Jim Logan will conduct the funeral service at the Harrisonburg Baptist Church on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, at 10 a.m.
  • Burial with military honors and Elks rites will follow at Woodbine Cemetery in Harrisonburg.
  • After the graveside service, friends are invited to the Harrisonburg Elks Lodge No. 450 for a time of fellowship and sharing memories.
  • In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Virginia Recreation & Park Society, 6372 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Suite 109, Mechanicsville, VA 23111 to establish the Cecil F. Gilkerson Scholarship for young recreation professionals or to the Harrisonburg First Tee Program, 690 Garbers Church Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22801


You may see Cecil’s full obituary here to learn more about this remarkable parks and recreation pioneer.

Special Events and Marketing Resource Group
Quarterly Meeting and Roundtable – Save the Date!
The next Special Events and  Marketing Resource Group Quarterly Meeting is slated for Thursday, January 23, 10am-1pm. This meeting will feature a roundtable lunch and learn session!  Come discuss current trends or challenges you may be facing with other professionals like yourself. Special guest, Jason Shriner, Marketing Manager, Manassas Park Department of Parks & Recreation will provide a brief presentation and is tailoring it to your NEEDS.
What challenges are you facing in marketing and special events? What would you like to get out of the training? Email our Training and Education Chair ASAP with any ideas, challenges and current needs.

Come discover new ideas and Network!
Please RSVP by January 15 to JudiAnn Hawkins-Pond, Special Events and Marketing Training and Education Chair, jhshaver@hanovercounty.gov.

For more information about the SE&M Resource Group visit http://www.vrps.com/AboutUs/ResourceGroups/SpecialEventResourceGroup.
Central VA Therapeutic Recreation Summit
A Day of Dialogue and Exploration
  • Monday, January 27
  • 9am-2pm
  • Deep Run Recreation Center – 9900 Ridgefield Parkway, Henrico, VA 23233
  • Lunch Provided
  • RSVP by January 17:  zan01@henrico.us
2020 Leadership Training Institute – Limited Spots Remaining
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.
Green Stormwater Infrastructure Training Opportunity

NRPA is offering training scholarships for park and recreational professionals to participate in a   National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) , which certifies professionals to properly build, inspect and maintain green stormwater infrastructure practices. The training is being held in Atlanta, GA on May 11-14, 2020 and interested professionals are encouraged to apply. To learn more about the training opportunity and to apply, please click here

Young Professionals Community
The next Special Events and  Marketing Resource Group Quarterly Meeting is slated for Thursday, January 23, 10am-1pm. This meeting will feature a roundtable lunch and learn session!  Come discuss current trends or challenges you may be facing with other professionals like yourself. Special guest, Jason Shriner, Marketing Manager, Manassas Park Department of Parks & Recreation will provide a brief presentation and is tailoring it to your NEEDS.
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.

Publication Online Archives and Submission Deadlines
Submit your content for the
  • February  VRPS Parks & Recreation magazine to magazine editor Amy-Jo Hendrix by January 31.
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:
Hands-On Athletic Fields Workshop
A Great Hands-On Approach while earning .2 CEUs!
  • 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 16, 2020:  Virginia Tech

Tuesday, March 17, 2020:  Chesapeake

Wednesday, March 18, 2020:  Henrico

Thursday, March 19, 2020:  Loudoun


NEW:  Playground Maintenance Instruction Course
The National Recreation and Park Association’s Playground Maintenance Course will provide an understanding of the most prevalent playground hazards and safe maintenance and repair practices. This one-day course (0.6 CEUs) will train on playground safety standards, playground owner responsibilities and will include maintenance and repair discussions on playground equipment, surfacing and site items
Why Attend?
  • According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, over 240,000 children are injured each year on playgrounds.
  • Poor maintenance is one of the leading causes of injuries on playgrounds.
Who Should Attend?
  • Maintenance Staff
  • Recreation Staff
  • University Seniors
  • Anyone Responsible for Playgrounds

Newport News, March 3, 2020

Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course
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
Newport News, March 4-6, 2020
Online Registration – Early registration rate ends 12/31/2019.
2020 ESA Summer Survival
Summer Survival 2020 offers recreation leaders and supervisors the tools to survive summer.  Topics include therapeutics, team building, fitness, customer service, and more.
Interested in speaking?  Please contact Roberto Ramos.
2020 Annual Conference Exhibit Hall Registration
Norfolk Marriott Waterside
Exhibit Hall Hours:
  • Sunday, October 4, 4-6pm
  • Monday, October 5, 11am-1pm
Other promotions available:
  • Conference App Ad
  • Exhibit Hall Aisle Signage
  • Exhibit Hall Center Stage
  • Registration Packet Stuffer
  • Tabletop Brochure Placement
Register Online – Early Deadline 1/31/2020
2020 Annual Conference Seeks Speaker Proposals
Submit your proposal online by April 15, 2020.
Topic Areas include:
  • Administration
  • Aquatics
  • Career Development
  • Customer Service
  • Facilities
  • Funding
  • Human Resources
  • Inclusion
  • Leadership/Management
  • Marketing
  • Park Resources
  • Programming
  • Research Based Best Practices
  • Special Events
  • Technology
  • Therapeutic Recreation
NEW:  Session Proposals can be saved and completed later – there will be a link at the bottom of the submission form page.  HOWEVER:
  1. Speakers must save the link they are provided to use in order to resume their submission at a later time.  VRPS will not have this link!
  2. The link is good for thirty days.
  3. Attached files will not be saved within the form until it is submitted.
2020 Annual Conference Delegate Registration
Register by 5/31/2020 and save.
FULL  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
SUNDAY  registration includes:
  • All educational sessions
  • Opening Session/Keynote Speaker
  • Exhibit Hall Evening Reception
MONDAY  registration includes:
  • All educational sessions
  • Exhibit Hall Luncheon
TUESDAY  registration includes:
  • All educational sessions
STUDENT  registration includes:
  • All educational sessions
  • Monday Exhibit Hall Luncheon
  • Does NOT include Socials or Banquet

Registration does NOT INCLUDE CEUs which are available for additional pre-purchase.

Don’t forget, if you chose “Bill Me”, PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED BEFORE YOUR ARRIVAL.