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VRPS E-Update:  Vol 17 No 42
October 14, 2020
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A Message from the President

 
Well the first-ever VRPS Virtual Conference is done and it exceeded all of our expectations.  We had hoped to have at least have 100 registrants and ended up having 205 total.  The sessions were well- attended with an average of 120 viewing online with each session.  We learned a lot running the sessions virtually,  and will evaluate the whole process to improve it even more for the future.  There was some confusion over CEU’s, but not to worry, those needing CEU’s that attended the session will get them. The Zoom webinar keeps a list of attendees and the time they logged in and when they logged out which will give us an attendance record.  We will have more information coming out (by Monday 10/19) on accessing the video recordings of the Sessions and all supporting materials from the instructors.
This conference was a collaborative effort and I would like to thank Katey Legg, our Conference Chair and Marcy Durrer, our Webinar Coordinator, for all of their hard work in putting this education opportunity together for our members.  I would also like to thank Lori for her help at the office, coordinating questions and information,  and our Session Facilitators, Marcy Durrer, Kat Fish, Tabitha Martinez and Cindy Roeder,  who did a great job keeping the sessions running smoothly.   Our hope is to one day return to in-person conferences but given the circumstances, I think this was a successful conference overall.
I would also like to extend my congratulations to all the exceptional Award winners for this year.  Many thanks to the Awards and Citations Committee for their hard work and commitment under such challenging circumstances.  If you would like to see the winners,  please go to this link to view them https://www.vrps.com/events/annual-conference/
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Dan Smith, CPRP
2020 President
Virginia Parks and Recreation Society
804-365-4693

dcsmith@hanovercounty.gov

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.
2021 VRPS Management Conference
 
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.

2020/21 Leadership Training Institute – April 26-28, 2021

As many have quoted before, we might not be able to control the wind, but we can always adjust our sail…
Like many this year, due to various protocols and travel restrictions still in place across the state, LTI has had to adjust their sails and change direction. With the health and safety of our delegates at the forefront, LTI will be going virtual.    
Although it may look a little different this time, LTI will still bring dynamic speakers, interactive sessions, and opportunities for networking.
Adding to the LTI experience this year, 5 preconference sessions are being included throughout the 6 months leading up to the Institute. Please visit the LTI webpage  for more information on dates, times and topic sessions.
Why choose LTI?
  • Proven Career Advancement – over 90% of Directors and Upper Management personnel in Virginia Parks and Recreation Departments have graduated from LTI
  • Flexible Setting -while LTI (usually) takes place at Wintergreen Resort and utilizes mountain top housing and amenities – this year, you can enjoy LTI from the comfort of your home or office
  • Fun Educational Sessions – LTI prides itself in offering fun, interactive and educational games, activities and presenters centered around bringing out the leader in you (activities will still be interactive, just from afar)
  • 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 (the preconference sessions will give you additional opportunities to earn CEUs) which are included in the registration fee
It’s not too late to join – Register HERE
Deadline to register: April 9, 2021.
 
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.
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 on Facebook. For instructions on how to update your VRPS profile and join our e-Blast list, click here. 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
Virginia Recreation and Park Society, 6372 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Suite 109, Mechanicsville, VA 23111