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VRPS E-Update:  Vol 17 No 39
September 23, 2020
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Join fellow Parks & Recreation professionals for the Virtual 2020 Annual Conference!
 
REGISTRATION CLOSES 9/30/2020 – REGISTER NOW!!
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
Katey Legg, CPRP
Director, Gloucester Parks, Recreation & Tourism
Chair, 2020 Virtual Annual Conference
Attention, Registered Delegates
In lieu of the conference bag, this year you will be receiving a fun AND useful promotional item, courtesy of Cunningham Recreation. These gifts will be mailed out prior to conference, in one package per office, and distributed to registered delegates. 
Thank you, Cunningham Recreation!!
The Virtual VRPS Awards Ceremony 2020…Party-In-A-Box!
Calling all registered VRPS Delegates! Be on the lookout for your “virtual party in a box” coming to an email inbox near you. For agencies that are able to do a small gathering, find a location you and your co-workers can have a social-distanced viewing party. Let’s be sure we are CELEBRATING SAFELY – masks, six feet apart seating, hand sanitizer, etc. are some of the things you will need.  If you’re working from home or unable to gather in a group, that’s okay – you can still join in the fun and set-up your home or work office to celebrate solo!
Who:  YOU…all registered conference delegates
Where: Virtual VRPS Annual Conference 2020(included in your conference registration)
When:  October 7, 2020, 1 p.m.
How:     Your “virtual party in a box” details will be
               sent out to all registered delegates soon (keep checking your inbox)!
The VRPS Awards Presentation viewing link will be sent to all registered delegates in the upcoming weeks!
Why:  Because we all need a little razzle dazzle to help us RECOGNIZE & CELEBRATE in style!
Safe Return to Centers: Senior Programming Forum – TODAY!
Join the Senior Resource Group on Wednesday, September 23rd at 2:00 p.m. for a virtual open forum. We will discuss how to safely reopen your senior centers and share your ideas and success stories with others that they can use for their seniors in this new environment. Submit questions to be answered during the forum to cheryl.wheeler@loudoun.gov by Friday, September 18th.
Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/423391405

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (646) 749-3122

Access Code: 423-391-405

Register now for the NSA Fall Workshop – 2 sessions! 
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
 
Workshop sessions held via GoTo Meeting:  
Session 1: Leading During a Crisis 11:15 am – 12:30 pm
Session 2: Community Partnerships  1:15 pm – 2:30 pm

You may register for either one or both of the sessions.
CEU’s available for purchase when you register. 
 
 
More information on the NSA web page HERE
 
Register HERE after logging in.
VRPS Health and Fitness Resource Group Update


The VRPS Health & Wellness Resource Group held their virtual kick-off meeting on Thursday, September 3rd.  Discussion topics included enhanced cleaning practices, online music licensing, and group fitness equipment. An additional meeting to continue the discussion about online music licensing will be held on Thursday, September 10th at 1 pm.
The next regular meeting will be held October 1st at 10 am.
Email Julie Frederickson julie.frederickson@fairfaxcounty.gov for more information about upcoming meetings or to request recordings of past meetings.
2021 VRPS Management Conference
 
SPEAKERS: The Virginia Recreation and Park Society is seeking session proposals for the 2021 Management Conference, scheduled to take place in Suffolk, Virginia, February 21-23, 2021. DEADLINE FOR SESSION PROPOSALS HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 5TH
 
The Management Conference is geared towards mid to upper-level managers in the Parks and Recreation field. Desired topics include but are not limited to: administration, customer service, human resources, leadership, marketing, partnerships, advocacy, and professional development.
 
Speakers under agency travel restrictions or with underlying health conditions that put them in a high risk category for COVID-19 may be permitted to present virtually. Session proposals may be submitted online at https://www.vrps.com/events/management-conference/
Please indicate if you would like to be considered for a virtual presentation.
 
REGISTRATION is open for 2021 Management Conference.
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
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

 

 

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.
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.
Job Opportunities
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  • Organizations:  post a job – $50 fee (free to VRPS organization members)
  • Individuals:  search for openings
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