VRPS E-Update: Vol 17 No 40 September 30, 2020

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VRPS E-Update:  Vol 17 No 40
September 30, 2020
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A Message from the President

Fellow Members, we are very excited to offer our first virtual conference next week. This is all new for VRPS and thanks to members of the Society we are making it happen.  There is still time to register (until 5pm TODAY) for this very affordable experience.  We will send out a detailed email to all of those that have registered with instructions on how to access the sessions.  Those that register will have the option to watch live or view the recorded sessions starting 10/19/2020.  Those that register will also be able to view the Keynote Speaker, Kristine Stratton, President and CEO of NRPA and the Awards and Citations presentation.
Hopefully we will “see” you next week..
Dan Smith, CPRP
2020 President
Virginia Parks and Recreation Society


Join fellow Parks & Recreation professionals for the Virtual 2020 Annual Conference!
The registration fee will give 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…Capture the Moment!
All registered delegates should have received an email about the Virtual Party-In-A-Box that’s NOW AVAILABLE! If you missed the message, you can find the information here. Have you found your viewing party location (social distancing and technology capable)? Sent out your office invite? Decided on your snacks and decorations?…Great! If not, you still have time to pull all the details together. Let’s remember we are CELEBRATING SAFELY, and we are excited to recognize outstanding VRPS professionals. Be sure to CAPTURE THE MOMENT during your celebration – whether solo or in a social-distanced group. Snap a photo (or two) and post on the VRPS Facebook page (#VRPS2020).
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:     Have a phone handy to snap photos, and post during the CELEBRATION! #VRPS2020
An Awards Presentation viewing link will be sent out to all registered delegates soon!
Why:  CAPTURE THE MOMENT during this unpreceded time and “new normal!”
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.
New Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation Director

“I am pleased to announce that Bob Smet has been selected as the next Director of Parks & Recreation effective October 1, 2020.  Bob has over 25 years of parks and recreation, construction, horticulture, project management, and environmental experience.  As Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation, management oversight of community recreation centers, 50+ active lifestyles, therapeutic recreation, outdoor adventure programming, historical sites and programs, marketing and social media functions, athletics, and special events all fell within his area of responsibility.  He also served as the Department’s Chief of Finance for two years, and was head of the CAPRA accreditation/re-accreditation team, a group tasked with aligning operations with nationally recognized best practices.
In addition to his County employment, Bob has significant private sector management experience, including positions with Alcoa, Dominion Energy, and Skipjack Marine Development, a heavy marine construction contractor.  He is a National Park and Recreation Association Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP), a North Carolina Department of Agriculture Certified Plant Professional, and holds a Graduate Certificate in Public Management from Virginia Commonwealth University.  This semester, he is completing the final required course for an MPA at VCU.
I feel confident Bob will continue the exemplary work of Dr. James Worsley and the tremendous team we have in Parks & Recreation.  I also want to commend James on his promotion to Deputy County Administrator and thank him for his service in P&R.”

Scott Zaremba
Deputy County Administrator
Chesterfield County, Virginia

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.
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.
Sandi McPherson Memorial Scholarship

On the anniversary of Sandi McPherson’s 50th college reunion and her start into the recreation profession, we invite you to make a gift to  the Sandi McPherson Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund for a Radford University Parks, Recreation and Tourism Major. Sandi McPherson was President of Radford Class of 1970 and was active in Parks and Recreation, an area she made many contributions to throughout her lifetime. She was a long-standing professional member of the Virginia Recreation and Parks Society and served on the Board of Trustees. She was responsible for the creation of programs, parks, and new facilities. Ms. McPherson died in February 1995. She will always be remembered for her love of work and her love for helping others. Tax deductible gifts may be made to her scholarship at https://connect.radford.edu/give . Please go to Other in the drop down menu and write Sandi McPherson Memorial Scholarship. You also may send checks to the Radford University Foundation at P.O. Box 6893 Radford, Virginia 24142. Please put Sandi McPherson Memorial Scholarship in the memo line. For additional information, please call 540.831.5827.
Laura B. Turk ’87, M.S. ’90, CFRE
Executive Director of Alumni Relations
Radford University
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


New Member Spotlight:  Code Wiz
 Code Wiz is a coding school for kids mostly ages 7-17. We make coding fun so that your kids always want to learn more! We teach game-based Python, Java, HTML/CSS and also things like Minecraft Modding, Roblox, Unity, Robotics and much more! We also have one non-programming course called World Builder which is more of a civics lesson. Kids build a city in Minecraft and have to work together to build an economy and work with limited resources. We generally offer 6 week sessions to rec centers for 1 hour/week but have the ability to create customized offerings!
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
  • Organizations:  post a job – $50 fee (free to VRPS organization members)
  • Individuals:  search for openings
Virginia Recreation and Park Society, 6372 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Suite 109, Mechanicsville, VA 23111